Animals In Costume

While perusing the shelves recently, I came across these gems and what a better time to read books about dressing up!   These books totally crack us up and your kiddos will love them.

Ron Barrett’s illustrations paired with Judi Barrett’s writing…you can’t beat it. It’s perfect, PERFECT!  After reading Animals Should Definitely Not Act Like People and Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, we go back through the books and laugh at all of the illustrations.

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I’m leaving you with the cover of both and an illustration sample.  Not much more I can say about these without ruining the whole thing.  I think the pictures speak for themselves:)

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Go get these!  You totally won’t regret it:)

That Book Mama

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Faking Taco Bell

Anyone that knows me knows how much I love Taco Bell.  You cut me and I bleed mild sauce.  …not literally but you get the idea.  What is my favorite thing at Taco Bell?  Chicken Enchiritos.  With my recent discovery of bottled Taco Bell Mild sauce, I decided to try and recreate the enchirito.  Is this recipe exact?  No.  Do I know their secrets?  Not really.  Do I feel like Plankton, on Spongebob, trying to find out the secret formula?  Completely.  So, here it is.  It’s pretty close but not exact.  Another day, Mr Crabs!  Another day…

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Fake Chicken Enchiritos

  • Family size package of grilled chicken breast (pre cooked)
  • 1 medium sized onion – diced
  • 1 can refried beans
  • Large tortillas
  • Shredded cheese (2 cups)
  • Taco Bell mild sauce

In a large skillet, saute onion until tender and add chicken.  The chicken has to basically warm up so do that until everything is sizzling.  In a microwave safe bowl, heat the refried beans for 3 minutes.

Once everything is warm, place a tortilla on a microwave safe plate.  Place a few pieces of chicken, some onions and 3 tablespoons of the refried beans on the tortilla and roll it up.  Pour mild sauce over the top and add shredded cheese.  Microwave for 1 1/2 – 2 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.  Eat IT!  Yummy:) Nom Nom Nom!

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Cornflake Chicken

This recipe comes to you straight out of my childhood home. It was one of my favorite things that my mom used to make for us and one of the very first things I cooked on my own. My mom taught me to cut up a whole chicken when I was about 11. My parents had a houseful so I’m sure any help we could give was much appreciated. Little did I know that years later I’d be using the very same recipe and skills to cook for my own family. If you haven’t tried this before, I hope you enjoy it and if you’ve had it and it brings back some memories…then you’re welcome:)

Cornflake Chicken

Ingredients
1 whole chicken (cut up)
5 cups cornflakes
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk

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1. Preheat oven to 350. Cut up your chicken. I didn’t attempt to show you how to do this because I tried to teach someone once and it didn’t really turn out so great… If you don’t know how, you could always buy one already cut up.

2. Crush the cornflakes. This is where my kiddos come in handy. You could always take out some aggression this way too:)

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3. Crack your eggs (I use a pie plate) scramble them and add the milk. Whip the two ingredients together.

4. Put the crushed cornflakes into another pie plate.

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5. Dip the chicken into the egg mixture and roll in the cornflakes. Place chicken into a 9 x 13 pan.

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6. Cook for 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes.

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Mmmmmmmmmmmm! Yummy:)