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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Beef Enchilada Casserole

I love Tex-Mex food! Whether it’s fajitas, cheesy enchiladas or a giant burrito I could honestly live off of all of these for the rest of my life.  My family loves going to a restaurant here in the Midwest called, Carlos O’Kelly’s.  They feature the kind of Tex-Mex food that we love.  So when I made this week’s featured recipe, my husband said it reminded him of a favorite meal at the restaurant. It’s only natural that it has become a dish we have in our regular weekly meal rotation. This casserole features the flavor of spicy jalapeño peppers, hearty beef, and amazing cheese layered together to make this wonderfully simple weeknight favorite.  So let’s get started, because it is so good you’ll never want to make traditional enchiladas ever again!

First you can chop up the jalapeño pepper.  You may want to wear gloves and avoid touching your face and eyes while chopping. Cut the jalapeño stem off.  Then cut the pepper in half, and remove the seeds along with the white membrane. These are the hottest parts of the pepper. Then chop it into fine pieces.

Next cook the hamburger in a pan until it is no longer pink. Then drain off the fat. Stir in the jalapeño pepper, 1 can diced tomatoes and green chilis, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.

Then in a separate pan over medium heat mix together 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, and one can of enchilada sauce.  Cook until heated.

Now it is time to start layering the casserole. Spoon one-third of the sauce onto the bottom of a lightly greased 13″x 9″ baking dish.

Next layer 6 corn tortillas.

Spoon half of the beef mixture and one-third of the sauce mixture over the tortillas.

Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheddar cheese.

Top with 6 corn tortillas and then repeat the layer one more time ending with tortillas. Then sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese, diced tomatoes, and chopped fresh cilantro.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Now you are ready to spice up your next taco Tuesday.

Beef Enchilada Casserole
A delicious Tex-Mex casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  3. 1 (10 oz.) can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles
  4. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  5. 1 teaspoon cumin
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1 (10 1/2oz.) can cream of chicken soup
  9. 1 (10 1/2 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
  10. 1 (10 oz.) can red enchilada sauce
  11. 18 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  12. 2 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese
  13. 1 cup of shredded Monterey jack cheese
  14. 1 tomato diced
  15. 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro chopped
Instructions
  1. First you can chop up the jalapeño pepper. You may want to wear gloves and avoid touching your face and eyes while chopping. Cut the jalapeño stem off. Then cut the pepper in half, and remove the seeds along with the white membrane. These are the hottest parts of the pepper. Then chop it into fine pieces.
  2. Next cook the hamburger in a pan until it is no longer pink. Then drain off the fat. Stir in the jalapeño pepper, 1 can diced tomatoes and green chilis, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
  3. Then in a separate pan over medium heat mix together 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, and one can of enchilada sauce. Cook until heated.
  4. Now it is time to start layering the casserole. Spoon one-third of the sauce onto the bottom of a lightly greased 13"x 9" baking dish.
  5. Next layer 6 corn tortillas.
  6. Spoon half of the beef mixture and one-third of the sauce mixture over the tortillas.
  7. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheddar cheese.
  8. Top with 6 corn tortillas and then repeat the layer one more time ending with tortillas. Then sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese, diced tomatoes, and chopped fresh cilantro.
  9. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
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