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Thursday, September 29, 2016

No-Bake OREO Cream Pie Bars

These no bake OREO cream pie bars are delicious! Super easy, only a few ingredients, and the perfect Halloween dessert!
 Hi I Dig Pinterest readers!! My name is Chelsea from Life With My Littles and I am super excited to get to be here helping Christine out with her Halloween Extravaganza today! Today I'm sharing these delicious no-bake OREO cream pie bars! They are super easy and seriously the perfect, creamy OREO Halloween treat! And seriously, they are so easy. My toddler and preschooler even helped! These no bake OREO cream pie bars are delicious! Super easy, only a few ingredients, and the perfect Halloween dessert!
And not only are they super easy, but they only take four ingredients! Woo hoo! They are the perfect dessert for when you are busy getting Halloween costumes together and carving pumpkins and don't have a lot of time (or energy!) to do much else! These no bake OREO cream pie bars are delicious! Super easy, only a few ingredients, and the perfect Halloween dessert!
This recipe was actually adapted from one of our family's favorite OREO cream pie recipes. We make it all the time when we have guests or when we bring food to friends. It's always a big hit, and these bars were, too! We gobbled them right up! And who wouldn't? A layer of OREOS, a layer of whipped cream, and a layer of OREO cream pudding. Mmmmm. Is it too early for me to make these again? These no bake OREO cream pie bars are delicious! Super easy, only a few ingredients, and the perfect Halloween dessert!
To be honest, you could probably get away with making these any time of the year, but there's something about using Halloween OREOS that makes them even yummier!

  NO-BAKE OREO CREAM PIE BARS 

 Ingredients:
1 package Halloween OREOS
1 1/4 cups milk
2 (4 oz) boxes OREO pudding mix
1 tub (8 oz) whipped topping

 Instructions: 1. Crush up 12 OREOS and squish them in the bottom of an 8x8 pan. 2. Spread 1/2 container of whipped topping on top. Freeze for 10 minutes. 3. Blend together 1 cup milk and 2 boxes of OREO pudding mix. Once blended (it will be thick), gently fold in the rest of the whipped topping. Spread on top of the whipped topping layer and freeze for 4 hours. 4. Sprinkle with crushed OREOS or top each bar with a full OREO! Thaw for 10 minutes before serving. These no bake OREO cream pie bars are delicious! Super easy, only a few ingredients, and the perfect Halloween dessert!
 I really do hope you get a chance to try these out, because they are DIVINE! Happy Halloween!! And come check out my blog where I share pregnancy and parenting tips, simple activities for babies through preschoolers, and yummy, easy recipes for the whole family!

I'm officially craving these luscious bars now, Chelsea! Talk about yummy and so festive too! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents and this amazing recipe with us today!

If you haven't visited Chelsea's fun site yet, Life With My Littles, you should! She shares loads of wonderful parenting tips, mommy must-haves, and activity ideas for the little ones. 
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Egg Carton Monster and Ghost Buddies

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WalmartMonsters #MiniMonsters #Walmart

Celebrate Halloween with this festive Egg Carton Monster and Ghost Buddies craft!
I'm sure you all know by now just how much I love Halloween. It's by far my favorite holiday.  I can't get enough of the spooky celebrations, decorations and treats that accompany it. Not to mention it occurs during my favorite season of the year, fall.

The weather here is cooling off and we're having to start wearing light jackets.  The leaves are changing colors here in the mountains too.  I love it! I'm going to enjoy every moment until it snows.  We're looking forward to lots of special activities and outings during this wonderful time of year.

My kids have already decided on what costumes they'll be wearing.  Those were pretty much cemented in months ago.  :)  And they've been begging me for weeks to put up the Halloween decorations.  They also can't stop talking about our upcoming annual trip to the pumpkin patch.  I think it's safe to say that we've all caught the Halloween bug around here!

I'm always trying to come up with new ideas for party favors and refreshments, so I put together these super simple egg carton monster and ghost buddies that the kids will love to play with!  
The buddies look like they were made just to sit on top of these mini A&W® Root Beer and 7UP® Mini Monster cans!  The whole thing just makes me smile.

We love having friends over for dinner and these would be perfect to serve alongside some Mummy Mini Pizzas and other Halloween-themed sides!  They're also great for adding to your favorite Halloween drink recipes!
The mini cans really are such a convenient size and I can't get over how creepy those monsters are!

They come in six packs and are easy to find at Walmart on the soda aisle.  Be sure to get on on this Walmart-exclusive Ibotta offer!
And if these things aren't amazing enough on their own, they just got more awesome, because guess what?  You can "Release the #MiniMonsters" (a.k.a. bring the monsters on the can "to life") in an augmented reality experience! The monsters pop out of the cans and interact with each other! So cool, right?! It's easy to do: just download the Mini Monsters Augmented Reality app here to activate the experience!
Once you've downloaded the app, you'll have the option to scan your specially-marked cans to Release the Mini Monsters!  You can watch a quick tutorial there, too, on how it’s done. Pretty nifty, right?!

You can also record video of your monster experience and take selfies with the monsters!

Now let's talk about how to make the cute egg carton monster and ghost buddies! It's super simple to accomplish.

{SUPPLIES}

cardboard egg carton
craft paint
googly eyes
permanent black marker
foam brush
scissors
Begin by gathering your supplies and then cutting out the individual compartments of the egg carton.  You'll need to trim around them so they sit flat and so the edges aren't jagged.

For the ghosts, paint the egg compartment white, allow it to dry, then draw on the eyes and mouth with a permanent black marker.  

For the monsters, paint them whatever colors you choose, allow them to dry, then hot glue on googly eyes and draw on mouths with a black permanent marker.  That's it!

Now display them on top of the mini Halloween Mini Monster cans for a fun surprise!
Happy Halloween everybody!


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Monday, September 26, 2016

Easy DIY Skeleton Costume


Hello I Dig Pinterest readers! I’m Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts, and I am so excited to be back for another Halloween Extravaganza! Eek! I love seeing everyone’s spooky ideas each year. This year I’m sharing the easiest & cutest Halloween costume ever! This DIY Skeleton Costume is adorable! Annnnd best of all, the kiddos can even get involved & help make their own costume. Let’s get started!

Supplies:
long sleeve black t-shirt
black leggings
this design from Silhouette
white vinyl
Silhouette
First, I cut out my vinyl using my Silhouette. Don't worry about using transfer tape over your vinyl. We'll just put them on like stickers in just a bit. Then have your kiddos get dressed in their all black outfits.

Then just stick on the vinyl. How simple is that? ;)

I told you this was the easiest costume ever! ha!
Check out some more fun Halloween crafts from me. :)







Thanks so much for having me over Christine. :)
What are your kiddos going to be this year?
I'd love to hear! Leave a comment below. :)


Ginger Bowie is the blogger behind Ginger Snap Crafts. Ginger loves sharing her crafty ideas, latest DIY projects, yummy recipes, organization tips, kids crafts and more with her readers. Ginger is the wife to one amazing guy, and mom to 5 wild & crazy kiddos that range in age from 6 to 19. Her family loves calling Northwest Arkansas home. She has a crazy & busy life, and she wouldn’t change a thing. Ginger Snap Crafts is a place that she hopes inspires others to create along with her! If she can do it, she knows you can, too!


Oh my goodness, this idea is completely genius, Ginger! It's one that would be so easy to put together if you're short on time before a party or gathering and it's sure to impress too! I'm a huge fan of the fact that it's no-sew too! I LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us again! Be sure to pop over to Ginger Snap Crafts and check out her other incredible craft ideas and tutorials! She seriously makes the most darling and amazing things!

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pecan Bars

Dessert doesn't get much more delicious than these bars that are loaded with pecans, a sweet brown sugar and cinnamon filling that bubbles when baking, and finished off with a to-die-for crumbly pie-type topping!

I'm kind of obsessed with pecans.  Most of my kids don't like nuts, so I don't often put them into the confections that I make, but today's delectable beauties just wouldn't be the same without them!

So, by making these, I pretty much just guaranteed that my husband and I would have them all to ourselves.  :)  Because I'm sly like that. :)

The crunchy texture is unmatched and the crust and crumb topping are unbeatable! Not to mention the gorgeous golden brown filling that distributes itself generously and perfectly among the other components when baked. The total effect is pure bliss!
I was trying to achieve a pecan pie-like bar, so I took some inspiration from the ever-popular Dutch Apple Pie Bars and Dutch Peach Pie Bars. You guys like your pie, apparently.  But I admire and commend you for your impeccable taste. :)

These sort of taste like a nut-loaded candy bar.  Yes, they're a wonderful way to splurge and unwind after a long week or just pat yourself on the back after a day well played.

I've been working on Halloween treats in the kitchen over the past week and about half have been flops, so I was just glad to finally have a BIG dessert success in the kitchen. I needed that boost to my self esteem after literally throwing out pans of this and that.
So thank you Pecan Bars for reinstating my faith in the fact that I can bake! :)

Cinnamon and pecans just scream "autumn" to me! These bars are a wonderful way to celebrate the start of a new season, my favorite season, actually. 

The sweet sauce, combined with the yummy nuts reminds me of a candied pecan, which in my book is the equivalent of heaven.

These would be perfect for fall potlucks and even an after Thanksgiving day pick-me-up.  Because we all know how depressing it is when feast day is over and we don't have the excuse to eat like there's no tomorrow and calories don't exist. :)  It's always a sad realization for me.

{PECAN BARS}

Crust:
1/2 c. pecans, chopped
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. oats
2/3 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. butter, melted
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Filling:
1 1/2 c. whole pecans
1/2 c. brown sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. water
1/4 tsp. baking soda

Prepare 9"x13" pan by greasing or spraying with nonstick baking spray.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  For the crust, stir together pecans, flour, oats, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Incorporate melted butter completely until all the mixture is moistened by it.  **Reserve 1 c. of the crust mixture for the topping.   Press remaining crust mixture into the bottom of a 9"x 13" pan and bake for about 9 minutes.

While crust is baking, prepare filling by stirring together all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat on the stove top.  Allow mixture to come to a boil while stirring constantly, then remove from heat immediately.  

Once crust is done, pour and spread filling mixture over, sprinkle remaining 1 c. of crust crumble mixture over the top of the filling and return to the oven to bake for another 15 minutes, give or take a few minutes.  Let cool, then slice into squares.
I hate to be bossy, but seriously you need to bolt to the kitchen right now and make these.  You'll love yourself for doing so! Trust me.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Best Apple Pie

It's hard to beat a homemade spiced Apple Pie! This is one of my most favorite fall desserts!

I'm so excited to finally be getting around to posting this recipe! I actually photographed this amazing confection last year at Thanksgiving time.  We hosted my sister and her family at our home.  I called her ahead of time to see which pies they had their hearts and mouths set on and this was top of the list.

So I delivered.  I was a little nervous because I don't make pies very often and the crust stresses me out a little bit, but I've since learned not to worry about it, because somehow it always works out.  I made sure to tell them to save room as we were stuffing our mouths with turkey, potatoes and rolls, because this one needed to be enjoyed to finish off the perfect day together!
 Oh my! This luscious creation did not disappoint.  As I'm making pies, my thoughts usually go like this: "Why did I agree to do this? Why didn't I just buy the dang thing?! This is way too much work."

And then while we're enjoying a slice with a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, I'm thanking myself profusely, all the while, for putting in the time and effort.  Everyone in attendance at Thanksgiving dinner thanked me too.

We ate it for breakfast the next day, because it's just too good to resist. 

Be sure to check out my perfect pie crust tutorial!

{PERFECT PIE CRUST}
Makes two 9" pie crusts

2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/8 c. shortening

Filling for 9" pie:
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Dash of salt
6 c. peeled, thinly-sliced tart apples
2 Tbsp. butter

 For the crust, stir flour and salt together. Add shortening on top.  Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture forms pea-sized pieces.  Add 3 Tbsp. ice water (ice water prevents the shortening from melting) and work into mixture with a fork, pushing aside the moistened portions.  

Sprinkle ice water, 1 Tbsp. at a time on dry areas, and continue working moistened parts to the side until all the dough is moist.  Divide dough into two equal portions and form into balls.  You can use a scale for this or just eyeball it like we did.  Press dough ball with the palm of your hand to flatten a bit.  Roll out on floured surface until about 2" wider than your pie plate. Scrape dough underneath with a metal spatula for a clean release from the counter top.  

Fold dough in fourths to transfer easily to the pie plate.  Align dough so it overhangs by about 2", then unfold.  Trim dough so it hangs over the pie plate by about 1".  If some areas are scant, grab a piece of trimmed dough and use a few dabs of ice water to "glue" it to the area.  Fold dough under so a little of it sticks above the pie plate.  Prick crust with a fork all over for venting.

Make the filling by stirring together sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.  Stir in apples, ensuring they're well coated.  Turn into pastry-lined pie plate.  Dot with butter. Cover with top crust (you can use the folding it in fourths method for easier transferring) and flute the edges together to seal.  Cut slits in the top for venting. Sprinkle the top with a little bit of sugar, if desired (I always like to do this).  Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit until crust is brown and apples are bubbling, about 40-50 minutes. Enjoy with a big ol' scoop of vanilla ice cream or not! Either way it's fantastic!

This recipe comes from my mom.  Growing up, every time we saw the fresh apples on our tree turn a gorgeous red color, we'd beg her to make a pie that very instant. I truly believe she's wonder woman because to feed our very large family, she had to make two.  But, she didn't complain. Instead she always said that making pies was a work of art and that she enjoyed it.  This is where we differ.  I enjoy the eating part whole-heartedly, but not necessarily the crafting it part.  I'm chalking it up to my very impatient nature. But, boy, is the end result of all that effort oh-so worth it!  I'm telling you, this pie is amazing!

I beg you not to buy that Apple Pie this Thanksgiving. Make this one instead! You'll be SO happy you did! Heck, please don't wait until Thanksgiving to make this! Practice a few times before the special day! Your taste buds will thank you! :)
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Creative Sandwiches to Switch Up Your Child’s School Lunches

When it comes to making school lunches for your kids, you probably stick to the basics. Most kids bring peanut butter and jelly or turkey sandwiches to school. Many schools around the country have banned peanut butter because of the severity of peanut allergies, so this leaves picky kids and their non-creative mothers with one less option to choose from. If you’ve found yourself in this sandwich rut, it’s time to break free and come up with some creative ideas for your children. No one wants to eat a turkey sandwich five days a week. Here are some great sandwich ideas that you can try.

OLIVE & TOMATO SANDWICH



There is no rule that says meat has to go on a sandwich with vegetables. There is nothing wrong with a purely vegetarian sandwich. You’d be surprised how many kids would enjoy eating them. An olive and tomato sandwich might sound weird, but they’re two ingredients that are often put on pizza, so why not a sandwich. All you need to make this sandwich is some mayonnaise, black olives, tomatoes, green leaf lettuce, and sliced cheddar cheese. You can add a little salt and pepper for taste and your child will probably love it.

ROAST BEEF ROLL-UPS

Doing something simple like replacing bread with a wrap can go a long way. Wraps will switch things up and give your children a little bit of a different taste in their lunch box. Roast beef and cheddar is a great place to start when switching to the wrap. It’s simple, yet it tastes completely different than other types of sandwiches you have probably made. Horseradish is something that is eaten often with roast beef. It’s served in packets with roast beef sandwiches at fast food joints and alongside prime rib at high-end restaurants. Horseradish might be a little too much for your little ones, but some horseradish mayonnaise might give the wrap the little kick that it needs. Hampton Creek makes a horseradish version of Just Mayo that you can have your kids try.

BLT SANDWICH

Bacon lettuce and tomato sandwiches don’t seem to be as popular as they once were, which is quite a shame. BLTs have been around for decades, they’re easy to make, and they’re absolutely delicious. In the morning, fry some extra bacon when you make some bacon and eggs for breakfast. Put together a BLT sandwich for your kids and wrap it in aluminum foil. It might still be warm by the time your kids go to lunch at school. For an extra delicious taste, put butter on each slice of bread and fry it like a grilled cheese first. This helps keep the bread from getting soggy and it tastes amazing.

PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA SANDWICH


Peanut butter and jelly is good, but it starts getting old after a while. If your child can bring peanut butter to school, try peanut butter and banana. Bananas and peanut butter go together so nicely and your child will have a guaranteed serving of fruit for the day. Just thin slice a banana the long way and lay the slices across the bread after you put peanut butter on each slice. The banana will stick to the peanut butter and you won’t have to worry about it sliding out of your child’s sandwich. You can even drizzle some honey on it before you put the sandwich together for some extra flavor.

ANTI-PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH

If your child can’t bring peanut butter to school, it doesn’t mean PB&J is completely off limits. Although you can’t use actual peanut butter, you can use other nut butters that are just as delicious. Sun butter, almond butter, and cashew butter are just a few of the choices that you have. Sun butter tends to be a favorite of most kids because it’s creamier and doesn’t have the strong nut taste of the others. Sun butter is a butter made from sunflower seeds, so that’s pretty much what it tastes like. It’s pleasant, delicious, and healthy. It’s great with jelly, honey, bananas, and anything else peanut butter works well with.

Your child doesn’t need to take the same old boring and plain sandwiches to school every day. There are so many options out there. You can do something simple like adding bacon to a turkey sandwich and making it a club or go out of the box and try one of these creative sandwich ideas.


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pumpkin Caramel Whoopie Pies

Bring a little bit of fall into your home with these soft pumpkin sandwich cookies with velvety-smooth caramel cream cheese frosting!
There's been a little bit of a bite in the morning air here, recently.  It gets me all giddy about the coming of autumn!  It's my favorite season.  Maybe because it's when Halloween happens, and we all know how I feel about that holiday (I'd insert a heart eyed emoji here if I could). :)  Or possibly because I love donning my pea coat and boots every day. It could be that I relish that crisp morning and evening air. Or the fact that I don't have to water my lawn or mow the grass anymore.  Hooray!

But, one of the main reasons I love the fall season is for its incredible flavors and desserts!  Give me all the pumpkin and apple treats! I simply can't get enough.

I never let these months pass me by without making my mom's famous Pumpkin Pie Cake, and I certainly would be remiss if I didn't whip up a batch of Dutch Apple Pie Bars (I'm sensing a pie trend here).
But I also can't resist a good pumpkin cookie or two! Especially when eaten together with caramel ice cream topping-infused frosting.  The combination is utterly amazing...completely unforgettable.

I could eat pumpkin year-round and never tire of it. In fact, I always stock up on canned pumpkin when it hits the store shelves with a vengeance this time of year because it seems to become more scarce in the warmer months.  And then I about have a panic attack, and we don't want that. :)
But you know what is an incredibly great cure for a panic attack?  One or ten of these delectable oozy things! I love that pumpkin makes desserts moist and soft! I tossed in some yummy pumpkin pie spice because who doesn't want to feel like they're eating a fall favorite pastry with every bite of cookie?

I also am a fan of the fact that these are super fancy looking, so they give the appearance that you've spent precious moments making a dessert for family and friends with love.  And yet, they come together so quickly that you can literally throw them together in less than an hour, we're talking with the frosting.  These are party platter cookies and they will wow those party peeps.

{PUMPKIN CARAMEL WHOOPIE PIES}
Makes 18 sandwich cookies

1 cup (2 sticks butter), softened
1 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 1/2 c. canned pure pumpkin puree
3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 2/3 c. all-purpose flour

Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 c. caramel ice cream topping
4 c. powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare cookie sheets by greasing or lining them with baking mats.  For the whoopie pies, in the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir in flour by hand.  Drop onto cookie sheets by the heaping tablespoonful (or use a 1 1/2" ice cream/cookie scoop) in mounds that are at least 2" apart to allow them room to spread out.  Bake for 9 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool on sheets for a few minutes, then remove them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer, mix cream cheese, butter, vanilla, caramel ice cream topping, and powdered sugar together until smooth and creamy.  Grab a cookie, apply a generous amount of frosting to the flat side, then sandwich with another cookie, pressing it down slightly.  Store in an air tight container with wax paper separating the layers.
Don't fret about what to bring to that fall potluck, because these will totally steal the show wherever they make their delicious appearance!  What is your favorite season? I'm going to soak up every minute of this one until the snow starts falling!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Chicken Fajita Casserole

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Mars, Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #BensBeginners #UncleBensPromo #CollectiveBias

Call the family to the table and watch them smile when they see this colorful, cheesy-good Chicken Fajita Casserole!  Layers of delicious Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Spanish Style with chicken, tortillas and bell peppers make this meal hard to beat!
I grew up helping my mom at meal time in the kitchen.  I owe my love for baking and cooking to her.  She was so patient as she taught me to make bread, desserts, pies, casseroles, you name it.  She was totally trusting and allowed me to make cookies all by myself when she knew I was ready at a young age.  This was when I truly gained confidence in my ability to create something yummy that could be enjoyed by all.

I always knew I wanted to do the same for my children. I want the kitchen to be a place where they feel free to experiment and taste, even make mistakes, and laugh about them.  

My daughter is very reserved, but when I get her stirring and spreading, tossing and sprinkling, she really opens up about her day at school and what's going on while she's away from home.  There's nothing that quite brings out quality conversation like a skillet and spatula.  :)
And it sure makes me beam from ear to ear every time I hear my kids say how much they enjoy working alongside me in the kitchen.  I cherish the time we spend together there.  I've learned from experience that when my kids participate in the preparation of a meal, they're much more likely to eat it, so before I start, I always offer to let them get involved in the process.  The extra cleanup afterwards is completely worth it!

I truly believe that culinary skills are one of the best life skills we can equip our kids with before sending them out into the world as adults.  Because good food has a way of bringing comfort and making one feel closer to home, even if thousands of miles away.  I know I was very grateful for what my mom had taught me while I was eating really well in my college apartment. :) 
And since casseroles to me are the number one make-you-feel-warm-and-fuzzy-inside food, and the cooler weather is just around the corner, my family and I came up with this Chicken Fajita version that is sure to please! It's super simple to put together, so the kiddos can jump in and help and make memories in the meantime. 

Who doesn't love a good Chicken Fajita? This is even better because it's got all of the wonderful flavors of this classic favorite dish, but is made to serve a crowd with leftovers to boot!  I don't know about you, but I'll take every chance I can get to avoid cooking every night of the week.  
And since, when the family is joining in, the recipe needs to be straightforward and quick, Uncle Ben's Ready Rice (Spanish Style) is the perfect component.  In fact, Ben's Beginners came about for just this purpose...to get kids cooking.  Because learning to cook can be both educational and fun!

Plus, 90 seconds to warm rice in a bag is all too convenient when there's homework that needs to be done and after-school activities galore cutting down on meal prep time.  
Be sure to get in on this Ibotta coupon offer that earns you $0.75 off Ready Rice products exclusively at Walmart.

Enter here for a chance to win a Walmart gift card!
#UncleBensPromo Sweepstakes

And because parents like me just love any opportunity to help our kids' school, I want to encourage you to check out the Ben's Beginners program and contest where you can enter for a chance to win! 5 families will win $15,000 for themselves + a $30,000 cafeteria makeover for their kid's school. How awesome is that?!  

And now let's get down to business with today's delectable recipe.

{CHICKEN FAJITA CASSEROLE}
Makes one 9"x13" pan

2 large chicken breasts
1 medium yellow onion, sliced into rounds and then sliced in half and broken apart
1 green, yellow, red, and orange pepper, seeds and stem removed and sliced
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic
2 Tbsp. fajita seasoning
2 bags (8.8 oz. each) Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Spanish Style
1 can (10.5 oz.) cream of chicken soup
2 medium flour tortillas
2 c. shredded Colby/Jack cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  In a skillet over medium-high heat, saute onion and peppers with garlic in olive oil until tender.  Prepare Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Spanish Style according to package directions and add to a large bowl.  Cook and shred chicken breasts.  Toss with 2 Tbsp. fajita seasoning.  Add chicken and cream of chicken soup to Uncle Ben's Rice and stir together.
Grease a 9"x13" casserole dish and spread chicken and rice mixture in the bottom.  Layer with two flour tortillas, allowing them to overlap in the center.  Spread pepper mixture over the top of the tortillas and sprinkle with cheese.  Cover with foil and bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until warmed through. Remove the foil for the last 5-7 minutes of cooking time so the cheese can melt nicely.  Enjoy!

This one will get rave reviews for sure! It's one of those meals that will warm you right through and leave everyone feeling content and happy.

What are your favorite ways to cook with Uncle Ben's?
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