Archives for June 2012

Cheese Enchiladas – The Easy Way

Super Easy Cheese Enchiladas from thishappymom.comIn the final installment of the cheese enchilada story,  I’m giving you the quick and easy method for making cheese enchiladas.  I almost title them “slacker mom enchiladas” because they’re so easy.

Honestly, I think my kids liked this version the most.  I had to make a second batch of these.  These photos are from my foodie blog archives and use a mixture of real and processed cheese.  I know you can make them without the processed cheese.  You need to use some kind of cheese that melts into smooth creaminess.

First, put some grated cheddar cheese on some corn tortillas. [Read more…]

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How to Make Enchiladas (according to a 4 year old)

If you got here hoping for a recipe about how to make enchiladas, sorry.  I’ll post that recipe soon.  It’s a really good recipe.  Honest.

As I’ve mentioned before, I used to have a food blog.  It was pretty, I loved it, but I had to stop.  I listed my reasons in a previous post, and as I disclosed then, I’m slowly re-using content from my other blog.  Not all of it, just the good stuff.

I wanted to share Watty’s recipe for making cheese enchiladas from a few years back.  He was four, and he drew the pictures.  He was so proud!  He told me the exact recipe and everything.  Then he fully expected me to cook enchiladas for dinner.

cheese enchiladas in the eyes of a 4 year old

Enchiladas (according to Watty)
Step 1: get the stuff to wrap the cheese in (notice the purple swirling lines, those are the tortilla part) [Read more…]

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How Happy Are You? Do you want more happiness?

how happy are you?How happy are you?

Do you know? Are you happier today than you were last week? Do you see yourself as becoming happier with every passing year? Are you happier than you were before you had kids? Do you want more happiness in your life? I have a simple idea that will answer all of these questions and help you become a happier mom. [Read more…]

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Stress Free July 4th Party – Five Simple Steps

In honor of Independence Day, I’m sharing five simple steps to throwing a stress free July 4th party.  These ideas should work whether you are having a block-wide blow out or just celebrating as a family.   Holidays can be stressful.  Parties can be stressful.  But if you follow this simple plan you should be able to enjoy a stress free July 4th party. [Read more…]

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Commas Matter – My kids make me laugh

Commas matter, and punctuation makes my kids laugh.   Well, more accurately, my sons’ comments about commas make me laugh. So do my husband’s comments about the essential differences between “tamal” and “tamale.”    And his comments about goose hunting?  Priceless.  (Or was that geese hunting?) [Read more…]

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Review: Child Training Bible

I read about the Child Training Bible on Hodge Podge Mom when she had a give away.  I loved the idea, and I didn’t want to just wait for one of my own, hoping I’d win one.  So, I ordered one, direct form the Child Training Bible people.   I followed their links and bought the supplies I needed from Amazon.  I did not receive any compensation for this review.  I’m reviewing it because I think it’s an awesome tool.  I’ve been struggling to find something like this for several years.  When I finally read about it online, my immediate response was “where has this been!  how haven’t i known about this?  why didn’t someone tell me sooner!” [Read more…]

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No More Whining, Complaining, or Arguing (and this time, I really mean it)

It’s “no whining” week in my home and on my blog.  My goal is a total heart adjustment for myself and my kids.  Why?  Take a look at my twitter feed over the weekend. [Read more…]

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No Whiners Allowed – Menu Planning Made Simple

Welcome to the whine free edition of Menu Monday. Menu planning without complaining or arguing.  (Yep, it’s whine-free week).

I figure after several posts about what I have planned for breakfast, it was time to break things up.  So today’s edition of (whine free) Menu Monday is about… lunches. [Read more…]

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Give Thanks for Thankfulness – Thankful Thoughts

Awareness. Appreciation. Gratefulness. Thankfulness. Gratitude. Enjoyment. Thanksgiving.

Thankfulness is one of my keys to happiness.  When I can focus on the blessings of my life, everything just works.  I’m contented with what I have, I see purpose in the random events of my life, I stay focused on God instead of myself.  I find peace.  Being able to be thankful in the midst of tough circumstances… that’s amazing.

This week, I really struggled with what to write about.  Thankfulness may be a daily event for me, but writing about it is apparently a little more difficult.  I struggled. So much so that it’s midnight on Saturday night and I’m just now sitting down to type.  Normally, I have my Sunday post on thankfulness written and scheduled by Thursday at the latest.  I had several ideas.  I have a ton of things to be thankful for.  But the words just would not flow.

Until now.  Now the words are spilling out faster than I can type. [Read more…]

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Ten ideas for indoor activities for kids that are free and easy

Adding indoor activities for kids to your day is easy if you can tolerate a little messiness. I wanted to share a few ideas for things we’ve done to break up the boredom on rainy days or just plain “too hot” days (we don’t get snow days here). These are indoor activities for kids that are free and easy to do using supplies you probably have on hand.  They are parent tested (by me) and kid approved (by two boys) and require no crafting skills whatsoever.

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