Mommy's Kitchen - Home Cooking & Family Friendly Recipes

Monday, August 31, 2015

Pepperoni Pinwheels & Getting your Kitchen BTS Ready!

Getting your kitchen back to school ready with lunch making stations, and a little help from Walmart. #wmtmoms #ad

Hi everyone and happy Monday!!! Now that summer is behind us it's time to start thinking Back-to-school!!!! Yep it's definitely that crazy time of year when we have to force ourselves out of summer mode and snap back into to school shape. There's school clothes and uniform shopping, new shoes, supplies, back packs, lunch boxes, hair cuts, and more!!! Whew it's definitely that time of year that I seriously dread. 

Thank goodness Walmart is my one stop shop for everything Back-to-school.  I can pretty much knock just about everything off of my list in one trip. Everyone in my house is still having a hard time adjusting and we're already into the second week of school. With a new school year it's also time to get back into the habit of packing lunches. 

During summer we pretty much ate whenever we wanted, so getting back into a routine is always difficult. Both of my kids bring their lunch to school almost everyday, so keeping a good stock of lunch items on hand is a must. It's also important to keep everything organized, and to have a good lunch system in place.  

Now that my kids are older they can make their own lunches which makes things a lot easier. No more guessing what to pack for each of them. My son and daughter love sandwiches, so I try to mix thing up a bit so it doesn't get too boring. They love these Pepperoni Pizza & Ham and Cheese Pinwheels pictured above. This is something they can easily put together on their own, so I will be sharing the recipe at the end of this post.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Baked Bean Stuffed Bell Peppers

A meatless stuffed bell pepper, filled with Mexican corn, jalapenos, spices, Bush's® baked beans, and topped with pepper jack cheese. #sponsored #DoneThis 
Hi everyone and Happy Friday!!!! Today I have a quick and easy meatless meal to share with y'all. Are you a fan of stuffed peppers? I grew up eating my moms traditional stuffed peppers, with rice, meat, and a yummy tomato sauce smothered on top. 

I recently made these Baked Bean Stuffed Peppers, filled with Mexican corn, jalapenos, spices, and Bush's Baked Vegetarian Beans. These meatless stuffed peppers were so delicious, that I didn't even miss the meat. We don't usually eat too many meatless meals at our house, but a few here and there is always a nice change.

The first time I had these stuffed peppers was about 2 years ago on a summer blogging trip to Bentonville, Ar. It was definitely love at first bite, and I had to find out how they were made. I headed over to the grilling demonstration and chatted with who was preparing these delicious peppers, because I had to have the recipe. 

To my surprise it was a Bush's representative who explained how to make these easy stuffed peppers. I couldn't wait to get home and recreate this wonderful dish. The original cooking method for these peppers is to grill them, but they're just as good baked in the oven. I added a note at the end of this post to include the grilled version just in case you would like to give it a try. Grilling the peppers gives the baked beans a nice smokey flavor.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Encore Chess Pie Bars & The CMA Awards (Giveaway)

Today I have some exciting news and a special recipe to share with y'all!!! I have kept this secret under wraps for a couple months now, and I''m about to burst at the seams. I am excited to announce that Martha White has partnered with the Country Music Association as a sponsor for The 49th Annual CMA Awards

The CMA Awards - Country Musics Biggest Night™ air live in Nashville from the Bridgestone Arena oWednesday, November 4th at 8/7 CST on ABC.  This is the night when the Country Music industry honors its finest entertainers and celebrates 49 years of excellence. There will be dozens of performances and countless special moments throughout the night, so I hope everyone will tune in and watch. 

What does this mean for Mommy's Kitchen and all my readers? Well, every year I watch the CMA Awards from the comfort of my home and it's always a blast. The music, the excitement, and all my favorite country stars, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, and my girl Reba!!! 

Well, this year will be a little different for me, because.............. this year I will be going to the CMA Awards in Nashville!!!!!!! How cool is that? I'm so excited to attend and do a behind the scenes post all about my experience and the excitement of  the CMA Awards. Someone slap me, because I still can't believe I'm going.

Nashville is one of my favorite cities, the people, the scenery, the music, and the food. Oh, how I love the food!!!! Food and country music go hand in hand, like an old southern recipe, they always have a story to tell. I'm so excited to be returning to a city that welcomes you like family. 

I don't want y'all to feel left out, so I'm excited to say that Martha White wants to send ONE OF YOU to the CMA Awards too!!!!!!!  Awesomesauce!!! I'm just full of surprises today. The Grand Prize is a trip for Two to Nashville (airfare, hotel and transportation included). The winners get to attend the CMA Awards, as well as tour the Country Musics Hall of Fame/Museum and a special recording experience.