Chicken Pasta Florentine Recipe – One-Pot Cooking

Chicken Pasta Florentine

For busy weeknights, it’s great to have some good standby recipes that you can prepare in just about 30 minutes. What’s even better is when they are one-pot cooking recipes! I hate finishing dinner only to face a big sink full of dishes that I used during preparation. This Chicken Florentine Pasta Recipe fits but of those requirements. It is done in right around 30 minutes and it all cooks in ONE skillet.

My husband absolutely LOVES this dish. I agree that it is pretty darn yummy with tangy tomato sauce and creamy cheese. I also like that the tomato sauce and spinach in the recipe adds that nice boost of veggie nutrition.

Chicken Pasta Florentine Recipe

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 small onion, diced
5 oz bag of spinach, chopped (or you can use drained frozen spinach)
2 cups uncooked penne pasta (or your favorite pasta shape)
1 24 oz jar pasta sauce
2 cups water
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp cream cheese

Heat the oil in a 12″ skillet. Cook the chicken and onion over medium high heat until chicken begins to brown. Add pasta, spinach, pasta sauce and water to the skillet. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cheeses and serve.

Chicken Pasta Florentine Recipe Skillet


12 School Lunchbox Ideas

12 School Lunchbox Ideas

Thinking up ideas to keep lunch boxes fun, fresh and something your kids will actually eat can be a challenge.  Kids are often picky and there are always the favorites and not-so-favorite food items.  Making those lunches as appealing as possible is the best chance to ensure that they are eaten and will provide fuel for learning and development throughout those school day afternoons.

We have gathered a dozen ideas, both from here at and from other awesome bloggers to compile this list of 12 School Lunchbox Ideas.

12 School Lunchbox Ideas

Puppy Themed Bento Box - This fun box from Two Little Cavaliers features mini sandwiches, string cheese, fruit and veggies.

Homemade Uncrustables PB&J - Our recipe to make your own Uncrustables will save you a lot of money vs. the pre-made.

Homemade Pizza Lunchables/Bento Box - Again you can save vs. packaged Lunchables with this fresh recipe from Cincy Shopper.

Southwest Turkey Wrap - This wrap would please adults or kids and makes a filling, complete lunch.

Camping Theme Lunch - So cute!  I love this original idea from Frugal Coupon Living.

Chicken Taco Bento Box Lunch - Tacos are always a hit and this bento box lunch plays on that classic theme.

Apple Sandwiches - Who says you need bread for sandwiches?  These are made with apple slices.

Tortilla Pinwheel Lollipops - Turn lunch into a lollipop with this fun recipe from Home Cooking Memories.

Peanut Butter and Fruit Pizza - Clever Pink Pirate shares this unique twist on a pizza idea.

Lunchox Kabobs - Your kids can have fun creating their own kabobs with this idea from A Mitten Full of Savings.

Hardboiled Egg Chick Bento Box - These adorable chicks from Sweet Bella Roos will have your kids gobbling up their lunch.

Chicken Taco Roll-Ups - We can’t have just one taco-theme in our round-up so we top it off with these roll-ups from The Tiptoe Fairy.

Which one will you try first?

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Nutella is so delicious and can be used in many ways, including this delicious recipe for peanut butter Nutella cookies! YUM!!

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies

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SNICKERS Rice Crispy Treat Football Recipe for Game Day

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SNICKERS Rice Crispy Treat Football Recipe #Chocolate4TheWin

It’s getting to be that time of year.  No, I don’t mean autumn, back-to-school, or the soon-to-be-here Halloween.  I’m referring to Football Time!  I may have mentioned in the past that while I really have zero interest in the game of football itself, I LOVE a good football party.  It’s just another reason to entertain and it’s a whole new party them to work with!  Football parties also mean comfort food and yummy treats that make everyone happy.  Of course, CHOCOLATE is one of those foods that can make a lot of smiles, so I was happy to put on my chocolate recipes thinking cap and come up with a football-themed dessert recipe using SNICKERS® candy bars!

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To get started, I headed to my local Sam’s Club to stock up on a 48 count box of SNICKERS®.  I needed to have enough to make my recipe, plus extras for those who just wanted straight-up chocolate candy bars.  While I was there, I also grabbed a 105 Count Variety Bag.  That way we had a few different MARS Candy treats to satisfy different appetites.

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So, to get ready for game day, I created a super cute and SUPER delicious SNICKERS Rice Crispy Treat Football Recipe to add some fun and some flavor to the party.  It takes a classic recipe and throws in a couple of extra chocolatey twists to amp up the chocolate goodness.  In my opinion there is no such thing as too much chocolate!

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SNICKERS Rice Crispy Treat Football Recipe


3 tablespoons butter
1 package (about 40) Marshmallows
6 cups cocoa flavored crisp rice cereal
4 full sized SNICKERS® bars
White decorator icing tube

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  • Start out by chopping the SNICKERS® bars into small pieces about 1/4″ across. (They are easier to melt when they’re small.)
  • Melt the butter over low heat in a large saucepan. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Turn off heat.
  • Add in the cereal and SNICKERS® bars. Stir until the cereal is well coated. Turn out the mixture onto a large cookie sheet coated with cooking spray.
  • Let it cool for a minute, butter your hands and shape into a football. (I used part of the mixture to make additional small football shapes.)
  • Using decorator icing, pipe the laces onto your football.

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So, I loved the way the football turned out with that nice brown football color, but what is even better is that it tasted AWESOME!  It was seriously so good that I was really glad I made the extra mini footballs because that meant I had some set aside to eat all by myself!  If you don’t necessarily want a big centerpiece dessert for your party, you can make lots of little footballs instead so that they can be just grab and eat.  We simply used a knife to cut apart our big football.

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To add extra treats to our dessert spread, I served up lots of full size SNICKERS bars, as well as the Twix, M&Ms, Milky Way and 3 Musketeers bars from the 105 count variety bag in cute little metal buckets that I picked up at the craft store.  They can be easily refilled to make sure you never run out of chocolate!

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Iced Coffee Pops Recipe

Iced Coffee Pops Recipe

Kids aren’t the only ones who like a nice frozen treat. That’s why we have this yummy Iced Coffee Pops recipe just for the grown-ups! They’re really easy to make with only two ingredients – coffee and sweetened condensed milk. This are best made with a dark roast coffee.  This Starbucks French Roast is a perfect choice.  You can make a whole batch of these for your next summer party, or just keep them in the freezer and grab one for yourself when you need a treat.

Iced Coffee Pops Recipe Ingredients

Iced Coffee Pops Recipe

10 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
10 oz cooled strong Coffee

Combine 1/3 the coffee with 2/3 of the sweetened condensed milk and mix well.
Divide this mixture evenly into the molds.
Place in freezer for 1 hour or until it is barely frozen.
Combine the remaining 2/3 of the coffee with the remaining 1/3 of the sweetened condensed milk and mix.
Use this mixture to fill the remainder of each mold and insert sticks.
Place in freezer for 3-5 hours.

If you don’t have popsicle molds already, there are several inexpensive choices.  Here are two of them from Target and Walmart, but if you browse their web sites, you’ll find lots more!

Tovolo Groovy Popsicle Molds



Tovolo Groovy Popsicle Molds from Target – $12.99




Good Cook Ice Pop Maker



Good Cook Ice Pop Maker from Walmart – $3.00




Apple Sandwiches Recipe – Great After School Snack!

Apple Sandwiches Recipe


This apple sandwiches recipe is not only pretty, it’s lots of fun to make (and eat)!  It’s perfect for an after school snack or in a school lunchbox.  You can even let the kids get involved to help make them.  You can just prepare the apples and then let the kids take over for the fun part of the sandwich building!

If you’re going to pack these in a lunchbox, you’ll want to do something to keep the apple slices from browning.  You can use a product like Fruit Fresh or else just dip the slices in a citrus juice – lemon works well, or you can use pineapple juice for a sweeter taste.  These snacks are packed with good-for-you things like apples, raisins and peanut butter.  If peanuts are off the list at your house or school, just substitute almond butter, sunbutter or another spread of your choice.

Apple Sandwiches Ingredients

Apple Sandwiches Recipe

2 Apples
2-3 tbsp Peanut Butter
3 tbsp Granola
handful Raisins

Coring Apples

Remove cores from apples (this apple corer makes it easy) and cut into 1/4-1/2″ thick slices
Spread apple slice with peanut butter.
Top with granola and raisins.
Place another apple slice on top and gently press together.
Repeat with remaining apple slices.

Apple Sandwiches Recipe 1


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Chocolate Dipped Kiwi Pops Recipe

Chocolate Dipped Kiwi Pops Recipe

I love fresh kiwi!  It has that bit of a tart tang to it and is truly a unique fruit.  It’s also chock full of vitamin C, which is always a bonus.  For a tasty summer treat, this Chocolate Dipped Kiwi Pops Recipe is sure to please. Serve these at your next summer barbecue or let them add a little something special to the dessert table at a party.  This can also perk up a school lunch if you add one into a lunchbox.

Chocolate Dipped Kiwi Pops Supplies

Chocolate Dipped Kiwi Pops Recipe

4 Kiwi Fruit
1 cup Melting Chocolate
20 Pop Sticks

Chocolate Dipped Kiwi Pops Step 1

Peel and slice Kiwi into thick (between 1/4″ and 1/2″) slices.
Insert stick in each slice and place on parchment or wax paper and freeze for several hours.
Heat Chocolate by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
You will need to work with one pop at a time while they are completely frozen (no moisture). Moisture may cause your choclate to sieze up (clump).
Dip pop in chocolate and use spoon (if necessary) to coat completely. Gently shake off excess. Chocolate will set almost immediately.
Return to parchment and place in freezer to set up.
You can optionally drizzle with white chocolate by heating in microwave as described above, tranfering to zipper bag, clipping corner and drizzling a small line back and forth across each pop.

Chocolate Dipped Kiwi Pops Dipping

Homemade Uncrustables PB&J Recipe – Perfect for School Lunches

PB&J Uncrustables Recipe

I have to say this may not be so much a “recipe” as it is a “how-to”. Whatever it is, kids love Uncrustables, but they have their drawbacks – number one being that they can be expensive!! If your kid is a big peanut butter and jelly fan they can go through a lot of these in a hurry and the price can really add up. BUT, with a simple tool and some basic, inexpensive ingredients, you can make them yourself, toss them in the freezer and save a LOT of money!

To make these easily, we recommend a sandwich sealer. Check at your local store or you can find lots of them (new) here on Ebay. Technically you can also make these by cutting off the crusts with a knife and using a fork to crimp the edges, but it is so much easier with this tool that you will be glad you spent the $5 to get it. Especially once you see how much money you’re saving by making your own Uncrustables rather than buying them!

Homemade Uncrustables PB&J Recipe

PB&J Uncrustables Ingredients

Sandwich Cutter and Sealer
Peanut Butter
Sandwich Bags

Uncrustables Recipe Process

Make sure you get bread that is large enough to trim without hitting the crust.
For each sandwich, get two slices of bread.
Spread peanut butter on each slice of the bread, being careful to stay in the center and avoid where the cutting and sealing occurs.
Apply jelly to the middle of one slice.
Place the peanut butter only slice on top of the peanut butter and jelly slice (peanut butter side down).
Place cutter on top of sandwich and press down firmly (make sure crust is completely cut away).
Remove crust while cutter is still in place.
Make sure you have pressed down completely on the blue center sealing piece.
Lift off cutter and place sandwich in sandwich bag and place in freezer.

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Homemade Uncrustables peanut butter jelly


Chicken Taco Bento Box Lunch with Printable Lunchbox Notes

Chicken Taco Bento Box Lunch Idea

What makes a good school lunchbox idea?  Balanced nutrition and great taste are always the goal, but if the lunch can also be fun it helps the chances of it all being eaten and not traded away or brought home again at the end of the day.  With this Chicken Taco Bento Box Lunch idea your child will get protein, veggies, fruit, dairy and carbs along with a lot of FUN as they create their own little chicken taco cups!  If you have your own leftover chicken you can use that instead of prepackaged and, of course, you can change up the side dishes from what we have here.

Chicken Taco Bento Box Lunch

Chicken Taco Bento Box Ingredients

2 oz Grilled Chicken Breast pieces
7-10 Tostitos Multigrain Scoops
1/4 cup Cheese Crackers
1/4 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Orange sliced
1/4 cup Diced Tomatoes
1/4 cup Shredded Lettuce
1 Lowfat Milk Carton

Chicken Taco Bento Box Lunchbox

Cut up the chicken into small pieces.  Place each ingredient into cups and place in Bento Box.  You can also use cupcake liners (the washable silicone type work great) in a regular rectangular food storage box.

Printable Lunchbox Notes

To make this and all of your kids’ school lunches more fun, we have these cute Printable Lunchbox Notes that you can print out and slip into a lunchbox or bag for a little surprise.  Add your own short note to make them more special!

What  type of bento box lunches do YOU like to create?

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12 Recipe Ideas for Excess Garden Veggies

12 Recipe Ideas for Excess Garden Veggies

If you planted a garden this summer, just about now you might have more vegetables than you know how to use!  Gardening is a great way to save money and to grow good-for-you food that helps your budget as well as your family’s healthy.  But, if you end up with TOO MUCH bounty from your gardening efforts it can be tricky figuring out what to do with all of it.  Sharing is always a great idea, but sometimes there is even too much for that.  If your neighbors are tired of taking your excess tomatoes, zucchini and other produce, we have a roundup of ideas for you. These recipes offer creative ways to help use up all of those excess garden veggies.

12 Recipe Ideas for Excess Garden Veggies

1. Baked Tomatoes with Feta, Olive Oil and Fresh Basil ~Lori’s Culinary Creations
2. Roasted Asparagus with Garlic and Balsamic Vinegar ~One Creative Mommy
3. Easy Oven-Roasted Summer Vegetables ~The Kitchen is my Playground
4. Homemade Vegetable Chips ~Canadian Free Stuff
5. Fresh Kale Recipes ~The Thrifty Couple
6. Easiest Green Beans ~I Eat Therefore I Cook
7. Roasted Sweet Pepper Dip ~Keep It Simple, Sweetie
8. Nutella Zucchini Muffins ~Farm Fresh Feasts
9. Tomato Cheese Bread Recipe ~Thrifty Jinxy
10. Zucchini Carrot Slaw ~Turning the Clock Back
11. Fresh Homemade Garden Salsa ~Poofy Cheeks
12. Shortcut Zucchini Muffins ~Amanda’s Cookin’

Which of these tasty recipes is your favorite?