Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Summer, glorious summer is finally here! The start of summer brings those busy nights, every night, of ball games, swim lessons, and the infamous, last-minute, on the go, concession stand dinner! What’s the old saying?? Failing to plan is planning to fail…Well let’s plan for some weeknight meal success! My Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole is a light yet hearty casserole, great served with bread, and the leftovers go on all week so you will have dinner set and some of your weeknight stress gone! This casserole features savory chicken, rice, veggies, and mushrooms that come together so easily, it is a delicious change from the ordinary. When they taste the flavors of the wild rice and green peppers, your family will cheer, and it is sure to become a weeknight staple!

Start by cooking your two boxes of Rice-A-Roni Long Grain and Wild Rice according to the package directions in one pan.

Now while you are cooking the rice you can chop your chicken into bite size pieces and cook it in a separate pan with 1 teaspoon butter until it is cooked until it reaches a temperature of 165 degrees and set it aside.

In a pan cook the onion and green pepper in 1 teaspoon of butter until tender.

Now add the 1 (8 oz.) can drained mushrooms, 1 teaspoon Frank’s Red Hot Pepper Sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Remove from heat and mix the cooked green peppers, onions, and mushrooms with the cooked rice. Add the cream, and then the cooked chicken.

Pour into a greased 13″x9″ baking dish. Bake uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Now you are ready to enjoy this weeknight favorite.

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 2 ( 4.3 oz.) packages of Rice-A-Roni Long-Grain and Wild Rice
  2. 1 pound of chicken cut into bite sized pieces
  3. 2 teaspoons butter
  4. 1/2 onion chopped
  5. 1 green pepper chopped
  6. 1 (8 oz.) can of sliced mushrooms (drained)
  7. 1 teaspoon Franks Red Hot Cayenne Pepper Sauce
  8. 1 cup heavy cream
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking your two boxes of Rice-A-Roni Long Grain and Wild Rice according to the package directions in one pan.
  2. Now while you are cooking the rice you can chop your chicken into bite size pieces and cook it in a separate pan with 1 teaspoon of butter until it is cooked until it reaches a temperature of 165 degrees and set it aside.
  3. In a pan cook the onion and green pepper in 1 teaspoon of butter until tender.
  4. Now add the 1 (8 oz.) can drained mushrooms, 1 teaspoon Frank's Red Hot Pepper Sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  5. Remove from heat and mix the cooked green peppers, onions, and mushrooms with the cooked rice. Add the cream, and then the cooked chicken.
  6. Pour into a greased 13"x9" baking dish. Bake uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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May Day Printable and Basket

Next Monday is May Day, and this year I’m featuring a new printable and twine basket craft. This is a gift tag featuring a cute flower arrangement in a mason jar.  The printable has six color combinations so you can have fun mixing and matching them with your baskets.  If you need to make some baskets, I have a cute basket craft made from empty yogurt cups and twine that looks perfect with the printable.  The possibilities of what you can do with these baskets are endless…you can fill the cups up with candy, you can punch a few holes in the bottom of the cup and add a plant, etc.  If you want to see other May Day ideas, check out my May Day posts from previous years: Printable May Day Gift Tag and Caramel Puffcorn, Free May Day Printables, and May Day Basket Ideas.

 

CLICK HERE TO PRINT THE MAY DAY PRINTABLE

To make the May Day baskets, start by taking empty yogurt cups and punching a hole in each side.

Then tie a piece of string through the holes to make a handle.

Now take your hot glue gun and glue the twine around the cup while wrapping the twine around it. Use a popsicle stick or spoon to push the twine up to avoid burning your fingers since the glue is hot.  Note, an adult should do this step if children are helping out.

Once you cut the string, you’re done with the basket.   Now attach your free printable. This is a great way to create fun gifts and recycle plastic yogurt cups.

 

Easter Place Cards

Easter is this Sunday, and I have the prefect place card printable to decorate your table.  This place card has a hand drawn bunny on the front side with a hand drawn mason jar on the backside.  I used a soft pink background to give it a vintage spring look.  Using these place cards is the perfect way to let your guests know where to sit, and it adds fun, festive decorations to your holiday table decor.  These place cards are so easy to print.  Just click on the link below and print them on white card stock or white paper.  Then cut them out.  It’s that simple!  

The back side of the place card is shown in the picture below.

CLICK HERE TO PRINT THE EASTER PLACE CARD

 

Simple S’mores Trail Mix

The weather has been warming up this week here in Iowa, which reminded me that soon we will be making s’mores by the campfire.  So when I was looking for a snack to make for my daughter’s sporting practice I had to try this recipe from Like Mother, Like Daughter.  It combines the perfect mix of sweet dark chocolate with some salt from the pretzels.   I filled up snack size baggies with this wonderful mix and the kids loved it.  My niece loves to assemble little miniature s’mores with all of the pieces as she snacked. So if you are looking for the taste of s’mores without the hassle of the campfire then try this fun blend of goodies.

Here are the ingredients you will need, 3 cups of Golden Graham Cereal, 2 cups of mini marshmallows,  1 cup of chocolate chips, 2 cups of pretzels, and 1 (10 oz.) package of Ghiradelli dark chocolate melting wafers.

Start by mixing the cereal, marshmallows, chocolate chips, and pretzels in a bowl.

Then spread out the mix on parchment paper.

Now melt one (10 oz.) bag of melting wafers according to the package directions in the microwave or on the stove top.  I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate, but you could use a different brand.

Then using a spoon drizzle the melted chocolate wafers over the mixture.

Now let the chocolate cool until it is set and then break it into pieces and fill your snack baggies or other containers.

 

Simple S'mores Trail Mix
A fun snack mix
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups of Golden Graham Cereal
  2. 2 cups mini marshmallows
  3. 2 cups of pretzels
  4. 1 cup of chocolate chips
  5. 1 (10 oz.) package of Ghiradelli dark chocolate melting wafers
Instructions
  1. Start by mixing the cereal, marshmallows, chocolate chips, and pretzels in a bowl.
  2. Then spread out the mix on parchment paper.
  3. Now melt one (10 oz.) bag of melting wafers according to the package directions in the microwave or on the stove top. I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate, but you could use a different brand.
  4. Then using a spoon drizzle the melted chocolate wafers over the mixture.
  5. Now let the chocolate cool until it is set and then break it into pieces and fill your snack baggies or other containers.
Adapted from Like Mother, Like Daughter
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