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Buffalo Chicken Dip With Rotisserie Chicken

How to make buffalo chicken dip with rotisserie chicken or shredded chicken.  This makes a great appetizer for a party. I've heard that there's a big game coming up soon.  My family won't be watching the big football game, but we will be watching the Puppy Bowl before that.  We make all the snacky foods and watch the puppies. When that's over, we will watch the commercials and the half time show.  We usually make pizza (I've learned never to order pizza on that day!) and live on snack foods like this buffalo chicken dip. My kids are picky eaters, but surprisingly two of the three will eat this dip.  They both like buffalo hot sauce, which really shocks me since one is a really picky eater.

Mermaid Scale Free SVG File For Stencils, Shirts, Crafts

Free mermaid scale SVG file to make stencils, shirts, or other crafts.  My daughter used it to make a stencil for her pinewood derby car. Each year, the Girl Scouts join the Cub Scouts for their Pinewood Derby.  Between three children, we've made at least one car each year for over 10 years! Dakota is the last one still involved in Pinewood Derby.  The boys could make one for the "fun run" of adults, siblings, or Boy Scouts, but they elect not to. This year, Dakota wanted to make a mermaid pinewood derby car.  She'd gotten some mermaid leggings for Christmas, and they inspired her car. She wasn't sure she would be able to paint it, so I offered to make her a stencil to use to paint the mermaid scales.

How to Keep Your House Clean When You Have Pets

Like kids, pets can create messes in your home.  Learn how to keep your house clean when you have pets. As all pet owners know, taking care of a pet means a lot more cleaning. Whether you have to deal with fur getting on everything, or trying to house break an animal, keeping pets can lead to a lot of cleaning. We have four pets inside the house, two dogs and two cats.  My cats are pretty low maintenance.  The kids brush them two or three times week, but they don't require much extra care.  Carly is bad about knocking things off of counters and making messes though. Nacho doesn't shed much.  He's always on a leash outside, so he doesn't get too dirty or muddy.  He's a small chihuahua, so he doesn't make much of a mess. But the rottweiler shepherd mix Dolphie...he makes a mess!  He sheds like a shepherd.  We call them little rottweiler puppies because he leaves clumps of fur that likes to collect under furniture and against walls. To help ease your w

Happy Valentine's Day Printable Decorations Sign (Free Printable)

This Happy Valentine's Day printable decorations sign is easy to make in about five minutes.  Use it as a sign for your home as a decoration or give it as a gift.  I haven't decorated for Valentine's Day in a few years.  That's changing this year.  I found a really cute Valentine's Day table runner for the dining room table.  I also want to buy and make a few fun and cute decorations for the dining room and living room. My husband and I both agree that Valentine's Day is pretty much just a Hallmark holiday, so we don't do much to celebrate.  We'd rather do small things for each other all year than one big thing once a year. That said, I think this Happy Valentine's Day printable decorations sign is a cute decoration and gift.  I made mine early so I could get it on the blog, but I think it would make a great inexpensive gift for your loved one too. This would be really cute for a child, too.  You can change the sign every day, so your ch

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken From Fresh or Frozen

Learn how to make Instant Pot shredded chicken.  This is my favorite way to make it because it's so easy, and you don't have to watch it.  Use this shredded chicken to make dinner or freeze for later. Like you, I'm a busy mom.  If I don't meal plan, we won't eat.  Before I go grocery shopping, I play our meals for the week and make a list so I stay on budget and have a plan for the week. When I get home, I try to meal prep as much as I can.  We have activities at least two evenings every week and sometimes up to 5 nights a week.  For being a homeschooling family, we are rarely home! One of my favorite time savings tricks is to make Instant Pot shredded chicken.  I can make it in an afternoon while I'm working or helping the kids, then we have our chicken cooked for the week.  I also freeze leftovers for the following weeks. Not a fan of shredded chicken?  You can also use this to make cubed chicken for different recipes. Instant Pot Shredded Chick

My Semi-Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Get dinner on the table quickly with this semi homemade alfredo sauce.  Start with a jar and add a few ingredients for an amazing flavor with less work. I have two picky eaters and one that will eat anything.  My kids are also learning too cook, and fettuccine alfredo is a quick and easy recipe that they can help with. When I make fettuccine alfredo, I don't usually make it all in one pan.  We cook the chicken or shrimp and veggies separately and keep the sauce and noodle separate too. This way we can mix and match and create our own dishes.  One kid eats just noodles, one kid eats just chicken, and one kids eats the veggies and sauce. Making alfredo sauce from scratch takes forever, and jarred sauce is just too plain for my taste.  This semi-homemade sauce starts with a jar, but it quickly turns in to a thick, creamy sauce that tastes completely homemade. Semi-Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe I'm not a fan of most jarred alfredo sauces.  Most are thin and lack a

How to Reduce Dust in Your Home

Is your home dusty?  Learn how to reduce dust in your home for better air quality and a cleaner home. Dust can be a severe problem, especially in older homes. Not only is dust a major hassle to clean, but it can also pose a hazard to the health of your family. As such, it is important to keep your home as free of dust as possible. We live in a farm house that was built in the late 1800s and had an addition in the mid 1900s.  We moved from a new construction home, and I wasn't prepared for the dust. I feel like I can vacuum three times a day and dust daily and still not catch up.  We also have two dogs and two cats in the house, so my vacuum definitely gets a workout! The main contributors of dust in the home are fabrics and dead skin. Much of your cleaning should be focused on places where these particles congregate, such as bedrooms and living areas. Here are some tips to reduce dust in your home, as well as eliminate before it becomes a problem.

How to Make a Bird Seed Wreath Recipe

Learn how to make a bird seed wreath recipe to feed your backyard birds.  This wreath is easy to make with only a few ingredients.  It makes a great project for kids, and they can make it with minimal supervision. When we came to the farm for the first time to walk through, one of the first things that we noticed was the wild life.  There are deer, chipmunks, squirrels, and birds all over the place.  It's like a mini animal sanctuary.  They know that they are safe here. We get a lot of birds near the house.  Years ago, back at the turn of the last century, they planted a pine tree every year so they would have Christmas trees each year.  Several of them remain, creating a border between our yard and the corn field. There's also a line of trees directly in front of the house that blocks the house from the road. In front of those is a small orchard with pretty trees like cherry blossoms. The cardinals and blue jays love that little corner of the property.  They are p

Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe No HFCS or Dyes

How to make homemade chocolate syrup without high fructose corn syrup or artificial food dyes.  This easy recipe is perfect for making chocolate milk, putting on pancakes or waffles, or topping ice cream.  I don't even want to admit how much chocolate syrup we go through.  When Caleb was little, he had a milk allergy or so we though.  Whatever it was, he outgrew it. But now he doesn't like the taste of plain milk after drinking alternative milks for so long.  He likes cereal, so he uses chocolate syrup in his milk to make it.  The kids also like some chocolate sauce on pancakes, waffles, and ice cream. Store bought chocolate syrup usually has high fructose corn syrup and preservatives and artificial flavors.  I have two kids with autism.  One is sensitive to HFCS and dyes, so we have to avoid them. Back when I wrote this in 2012, Aldi wasn't preservative free.  Now they are, and most products don't have HFCS. However, this homemade chocolate syrup recipe i