8/26/14

Peeling an Orange Trick

Here is the trick for peeling an orange fast and easy!
Even with those easy peel mandarin oranges, a person could spend half their lunch time peeling. Here is a fast and easy trick, to peeling and orange quickly, and having those slices ready to grab and eat!

For your child's lunch box, do step one, and then put the orange in a container or sandwich bag. Let the child split open the orange and pull the slices off one by one!

1) Cut off the top and bottom of the orange.
2) Split open the orange.
3)The orange segments will be ready to just grab and eat!

Enjoy!

8/24/14

Lunch Box Notes

Sandwich Messages. An updated version (and more fun!) than writing a note on your childs napkin  in their lunch box! Here are a few of my favorite tricks from around the blogging world!

Use alphabet stamps (for cake decorating) to stamp messages!
 This photo and idea are from Hungry Happenings. That Blog has TONS! of great ideas, go check them out!
photo: HungryHappenings.com

 
Sandwich Wraps. Download this free printable for wrapping around your childs sandwich:
Photo, idea and free printable credit to: Little Lovely: Give her a big thanks when you go over there and check it out!

photo: Littlelovely.typepad.com


 

My even easier trick is to wrap your sandwich in white parchment or freezer paper. Secure with a fun sticker and write a note or my personal favorite, a joke, right onto the wrapper itself. Easy, no need for printing or stamping, just write a quick note and move on!
 (ok this photo is from one of my freezer meal posts, but you get the idea!)



8/19/14

Emergency Supplies You Should Buy During Back to School Sales

Back to School Sales is the perfect time to stock up on or replace some items in your emergency preparedness supplies.

Particularly your 72 hour kits/"Bug out Bags". If you don't already have items gathered and stored ready to evacuate in case of emergency you really should!

Here is a list of my favorite things that are usually on sale during this time of year.

Emergency Supplies to Buy at Back to School Sales:

1. Water Bottles. Cases of water is at the lowest price you will probably find all year. Now is the perfect time to grab a couple cases. Store some with your bug out bags as well as in case you need water at home in case of an outage.

2. Backpacks. If you need to prepare your bug out bags or 72 hour kits, now is the time to buy a back pack for each member of your family.  I prefer a bright color such as red or lime green so they are easy to spot when evacuating, and won't blend in with all the navy blue or black ones out there.
Back packs are easy to carry even for your younger children and easy to store.

3. Antibacterial wipes/hand sanitizers. I usually  grab one of each kind to store with my go bag. who knows where we may evacuate to, and being able to "degerm" even a little bit will bring peace of mind!

4. Facial Tissues. grab a pack of those portable small packages to go in each back pack.

5. Plastic totes/bins. With college students heading off to college, they usually have plastic totes on sale. Grab some now for storing sleeping bags, tents, Toiletry supplies, first aid kits etc. for your evacuation readiness.

6. Peanut Butter and Jelly: These staples will last a long time in your kit, and the protein and carbs will go along way to keeping you fueled during an emergency.

7. Granola Bars/ Protein bars: Perfect on the go for a small meal  on the go.

8. Fruit snacks/ fruit roll ups/raisins/craisins: Think protable snacks. Now is the time to grab some that will last a while and will keep the hungries away in between meals.

9. Canned Pastas/ Canned Meals: Canned pastas such as Ravioli provide meals straight from the can if necessary. In an emergency they provide some protein, some carb's, as well as some vegetables (via the tomato sauce).  Pick foods with pop tops or toss can openers in your bags, and pick foods that have protein as well as carbs such as Corned beef hash, etc.

10. Juice pouches/drinks: Your kiddos might get tired of water (although this is the least of your worries in a crisis) Grab a box of small portable juices or drinks. I prefer those with Vit. C added in, so if I hand them one with a granola bar, I feel like they got a Semi- meal.

AND ONE MORE BONUS ITEM:

11. Gum/Candies: You may think this is unnecessary but in a crisis, it's amazing how something so small can keep your and your children's spirits up! Plus if you have a diabetic like I do in my home, the extra sugar is necessary.

8/18/14

Sloppy Joe Buffalo Chicken Sliders

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich. All opinions are 100% mine.
As my readers all know, Tip Garden is all about easy and quick solutions for busy families. I don't like sacrificing quality either. One of the staples in my pantry for a quick, yummy meal are the three flavors of Manwich Sauces, which has no artificial flavors or preservatives.
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They aren't just for your typical sloppy joes either. One of my favorite recipes are these Buffalo Chicken Sliders. They are a favorite game night snack at our house, especially when the gang comes over to watch with us.
 Manwich sauces are hearty with a sweet and tangy taste, so it makes the perfect go to base sauce to pull these sandwiches together in no time. My favorite flavor is the Bold. It is still very kid friendly, not spicy at all, just has a nice full flavor, that is perfect for today's recipe.
I use left over shredded rotisserie chicken to pull these together, so is also a great way  to pull together a family weeknight meal in just minutes, that I promise, will have everyone digging into a meal together around the table.
Jan's Tips: I prefer starting with less hot sauce (1/8 cup) and then seeing how hot it is, before adding more. You can always add more later, but you can't take it back out.! 
Sloppy Joe Buffalo Chicken Sliders
IMakes approx. 12 mini sliders or 6 regular sandwiches
Ingredient
1 can Manwich Sauce (I used Bold Flavor)
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1/8-1/4 cup hot sauce.
12 slider sized buns or 6 full sized buns (I used Chibatta rolls)
Optional: Blue Cheese crumbles or dressing
                 Ranch Dressing

Directions:
1. Pour shredded chicken into large skillet.
2. Pour 1 1/2 cups of the Manwich Sauce into skillet. (Reserve remaining 1/2 cup of sauce for another meal)
3. Add in hot sauce (I used 1/8 cup), and stir to mix.
4. Heat over medium heat  5-7 minutes, stirring frequently until mixture is heated through.
5. Split open your rolls in half, and divide mixture evenly between the rolls. Place top buns on sandwiches.
Serve warm w/ bowls  of  toppings: blue cheese and or ranch dressing (I serve both).
Jan's Tip: Use a small ice cream scoop! It will give you the perfect amount of Sloppy Joe mixture onto each slider bun.

Did I mention this recipe freezes well? 
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8/12/14

Moneterey Chicken

Monterey Chicken is a delicious twist on barbecue chicken. It has the traditional barbecue sauce layer, then topped with crispy bacon, then melty cheese, for a delicious dinner, your family will ask you to make over and over again. It's also great for having company over.


 I found it many many years ago in a magazine. (I think it was Woman's Day). I cut the recipe out, tried it and it became a family favorite that I have been making ever since.


I usually bake the chicken in the oven, but you can cook it on the grill if you'd like to. I almost always serve it with Bacon Ranch Potato Salad. Since I have to cook bacon for both, they just seem to go together.


Monterey Chicken
serves 4-6


Ingredients:
 4-6 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (one per person)
1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce (grab your favorite brand)
8-12 thick sliced bacon  or turkey bacon cooked crispy (2 per chicken breast)
1 cup shredded cheese (Cheddar, Colby/jack or even pepper jack )
Optional: Diced tomato and green onions


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 °
Place  chicken breasts on baking sheet
brush tops of chicken with barbecue sauce.
Bake 15-20 min. till chicken is cooked through.
Pull baking sheet from oven.
Place 2 slices of crispy bacon on top of each chicken breast.
Sprinkle cheese on top of the bacon layer.
Return baking sheet to oven and bake 5 min. till cheese is melty.
Remove from oven.
Top with diced tomatoes and green onions.

Serve Warm.


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