Santa Fe Chicken with Black Bean Salsa
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) Wolfgang Puck organic creamy tomato soup
- Seasonings to taste (I used a little garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne, and salt)
- 1/4 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or Monterey Jack are good)
- 1 cup black beans
- 2 tbsp red bell pepper, diced
- 2 tbsp red onion, diced
- 1 tbsp jalapeno, diced (more or less to taste)
- 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp lime juice (more or less to taste)
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp salt (more or less to taste)
- Stir the flour and chili powder on a plate. Coat the chicken with the mixture.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 10 minutes or until well browned on both sides.
- Add the soup and desired seasonings to the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
- Meanwhile, mix black bean salsa ingredients in a medium pot over low heat until heated through.
- Top with cheese and black bean salsa and serve over my Cilantro-Lime Rice.
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Thanks Karen for planning our nature fun!
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Skip to My Lou is collecting ideas from the craftiest of the crafty. Visit this thread often as it's updated.
And she has an archive of awesome gift ideas here too.
I love this personalized gift bag from Mique from 30days (found via Skip to My Lou)
She provides the printable topper and instructions on how to complete this personalized gift bag for teachers. Include a gift card and fun supplies or maybe some pamper items.
Collected from FamilyFun.com:
Candle with "You Lit Up My Year"
My daughter gave her teachers each a candle to which we attached a note that read "[teacher's name], Thank you for lighting up [grade] for me this year! Signed, ___." It was a great way to end the year.
"The Giving Tree" with a Sapling
My favorite gift for a teacher is the book "The Giving Tree," by Shel Silverstein, along with a small tree for the teacher to plant.
Ice Cream Basket
Include two ice-cream parfait glasses with colored tissue paper inside, an ice cream scooper tied with multi-colored ribbons, hot fudge topping, caramel topping, colored sprinkles, nuts, a jar of cherries, and a certificate to an ice cream parlor -- all in a small basket with a "You're the Tops" card.
You Deserve a Hand
Buy a pampering gift of good hand lotion. Trace your childs hands and cut them out to create this great presentation. Variations include a gift certificate for any pampering/pedicure.
A fun gift to receive is a "movie night" kit wrapped in a popcorn box (from the theater). Include several packages of microwave popcorn, Twizzlers, Junior Mints, and Dots, and gift cards to a local video store, Netflix or the movie theater.
Beach Basket Bonanza
A great end-of-the-year gift is a beach bag with beach towels, flip-flops, sunglasses, citronella candles, paperback books, an insulated water bottle holder, plastic tablecloths, paper plates, napkins, cups, sunscreen, moisturizer, bug spray, red nail polish (for summer toes!), and coupons for Italian ice at a local shop.
Books, Classroom Materials
Give a much-appreciated gift certificate from a local book store accompanied by a handmade bookmark from your child. Or include a gift certificate to a teachers' supply store. Teachers often spend their own money on items for school, and this makes it a little easier!
The best gift we ever gave a teacher was a seed-planting kit. It had everything in it from the pot to the seeds that the teachers needed to grow a plant. This way they could either keep it at home or use it with their next group of children in the classroom. It's also a great learning experience for the next group if it is kept in the classroom. The teachers loved it!
A fun way to group gift cards is to buy a plant and some picture clips to display a "garden of gift cards".
And always the best gift is a heartfelt thank you note. A letter from you and your child expressing how much the teacher means to both of you may be the most appreciated gift of all. Send a letter with similar sentiments supporting the teacher's work and give it to the school principal too.
Foodie Friday is dedicated to the smallest members of BaltimoreMommies.com -- the adorable babies that are just starting on solids. Many of our moms want to try to make their own baby food. It's easy, delicious and saves money. We've shared many of our favorite recipes in different threads. Here are some resources:
~Here is Weelicious' Top 15 Purees.
~Simple Mom has a lot of information including the Baby Led Weaning movement.
~Simple Kids shares preparation techniques and a list of tools.
~Wholesome Baby Food is a go-to source for all things baby food. Here is an archive of puree recipes.
~NutureBaby shares tips for traveling with your homemade baby food.
~HonestFare shares her experiments and recipes.
We are having our site's 4th birthday party on May 14th and we are looking for sponsors to donate money & raffle prizes.
This is our biggest event of the year. Our sponsorships come in many affordable levels and are an easy way to support our non-profit organization and advertise to hundreds and hundreds of local moms!
If a monetary donation/sponsorship is not for you, we also welcome any donated item to use for raffle packages for our event. The value of these donated items is also tax deductible. Please e-mail Sara & Rene (info above) to arrange pick-up or mailing of your donated items or gift cards. Speaking of gift cards -- members can also donate any that you will not use, to our birthday party too.
Here are some favorites already listed in the thread:
Allrecipes Ingredient search (search for recipes based on what you have in the pantry. Also look for the leftover feature too)
Food & Wine
Cooking with My Kid
Food Porn Daily
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- Now you're cooking ...
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- Earth Day 2011
- Teacher Appreciation Ideas Round-Up
- Foodie Friday: Pint Size edition
- Volunteer Driven
- Our board is buzzing with moms excited about the T...
- Major Event Sponsors & Raffle Donations
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