Buffalo Chicken Wraps

I've had my first official pregnancy craving and considering stuff like this usually makes me very sick, it was a strange one for me.  A few nights ago, all I wanted were Buffalo chicken wings with some blue cheese dressing to dip them in.  I think in my whole lifetime, I've only eaten chicken wings 5 times so I have no idea where it came from!
In a desire to try to eat something a bit healthier than fried chicken wings, I created these wraps and boy were they delicious and easy.  My kids really loved them as well, which surprised me with the blue cheese dressing.  I could have gone for a bit spicier buffalo sauce but kept it on the milder side for my kids.  If you want it spicier, substitute more hot sauce for the tomato sauce.

Buffalo Chicken Wraps
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 C tomato sauce
3 T hot sauce (if you want it spicier, substitute more hot sauce for tomato sauce)
1 1/2 T butter, melted
1 T worcestershire sauce
sliced green onion
packaged coleslaw mix
blue cheese dressing

1.  Heat large skillet with a couple tablespoons of oil over high heat.  Chop chicken breasts into bite size pieces and season well with salt and pepper.  Cook chicken in hot pan until no longer pink.
2.  Mix together in a small bowl tomato sauce, hot sauce, and worcestershire.  Pour over cooked chicken and allow chicken to simmer in the sauce for a few minutes.
3.  Mix together some coleslaw mix and dressing together in a medium bowl.  Warm your tortillas and assemble wraps with chicken, slaw, and green onions.  Serve a bit of the warm buffalo sauce on the side for dipping.

German Pancakes

Here is the latest addition to our family.  My husband says this new purchase truly makes us a redneck family but I beg to differ.  We live in the land of 10,000+ lakes and I'm so excited to take this baby camping!  We got it for a few hundred dollars and it is in amazing shape.  No leaks, tears or damage and sleeps eight.
Camping = Happiness. It was our form of vacation every summer as a kid.  My absolute favorite childhood memories go hand in hand with our pop-up camper filled to the brim with all nine of us.  I don't know if I will be able to recreate those same experiences for my kids, but I'm sure going to try!  Now if someone would be kind enough to send Minnesota some warmer weather.....
Unfortunately, this recipe will not be making any appearances on our camping trips since I won't have an oven but I might just try it in a dutch oven with coals.  This pancake is a major staple in our home, especially when Donny is traveling and I need an easy meal.  I have to make two pans to feed our crew because my kids love them so much, especially sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

German Pancakes
makes 9 x 13 pan
1/4 C butter
6 eggs
1 C milk
1 C flour
1/4 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt butter in a glass cake pan in the microwave.
2.  In a large bowl, beat together remaining ingredients with a whisk until most of the lumps are gone, about 3 minutes.  Allow batter to rest for 5 minutes so any gluten built up will relax.
3.  Pour batter into cake pan that has the melted butter in it.  Bake for 45 minutes on the middle rack of your oven to allow room for the pancake to puff up.
4.  Serve immediately with syrup, cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar or fresh fruit jam.

Shamrock Cookies

What an amazing day it was in Minnesota today!  66 degrees!!!!  If it wasn't for the pools of mud all over my yard from the melting snow, it would have been perfect.  I pushed kids in swings, strolled them in strollers, hiked to the park and set up the trampoline.  There is nothing like a Minnesota winter to make you honestly appreciate spring.  I was driving with the windows down in the car this afternoon and Elisabeth says, "Mom, this is the life!"  Yes it is my dear.
It's been many years since I have done anything fun with my kids for St Patrick's day, so I decided I was going to come out of "really busy Mom" funk and have some fun.  Elisabeth and I spent much of the afternoon working on these yummy treats for the lunch boxes tomorrow.  I even packed up an extra dozen cookies in each of their lunch boxes to share with their friends at the lunch table.  This recipe is easy and they keep their shape wonderfully when baking.
For St Patties dinner, we are going all green baby!  I'm making homemade spinach fettucini, green rolls, lime jello and a green beverage I'm still concocting in my head.  Any great suggestions???

Locks of Love

Today was a heart breaking day for me.  My four year old daughter Elisabeth insisted on cutting her hair short and donating it to Locks of Love.  Don't get me wrong, I am so proud of her but I love her hair.  Love it.  It is the hair I always wanted as a little girl but genetically couldn't have:  thick, shiny and all the way down my back.  
I was so scared to do it.  My oldest daughter even laughed at how much my hands were shaking while I was cutting.  That is 12 inches in that pony tail!!!
I think she looks so cute, but also so much older.  Elisabeth can't stop looking at herself in the mirror and I can tell she is thrilled with the results.  I guess I can cut 8 minutes out of my morning schedule now that I won't be brushing through the tangled mane anymore!
Pardon me while I take a few minutes to quietly mourn the passing of my little girl into a big girl.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Yesterday was quite easily the most miserable day I've had in years.  All of my kids were sick with the stomach flu, I had been up all night with the baby who was freaking out with his first experience with vomiting, my hubby was sick with severe bronchitis and I had the flu on top of morning sickness.  What do you do when everyone is sick and there is no one well enough to function as the parent?  Luckily everyone was sick enough that no food was required, but my house looks like a bomb went off and I have dirty clothes and bedding piles everywhere.

Today is a better day in the Jones home.  One of my kids went back to school today and I am feeling considerable more functional after a long night sleep.  I got the downstairs picked up already this morning but does anyone want to come do my mountains of laundry??  I just don't think I've got it in me today.
Here is a quick little variation for my favorite cookie.  The hardest part of this recipe is not eating the Reese's cups so they can actually make it into the cookie!

To make these yummies, I used one of my favorite cookie recipes, subtracted the chocolate chips, Andes pieces then stuffed half a peanut butter cup into the middle when scooping.