BBQ Crescent Roll-Ups

 Do you ever have those days where you’re gotten up before the sun comes up (on a weekend???), been to a football game and had soccer practice by 1pm and still have kids that  are glued to your side?  What can we do Nana?  Well, we went for a walk.  That’s what we did.  It’s an 80 degree day here in MN and that won’t last much longer.

Caleb asked to where his roller blades (what was I thinking when I agreed??) and Brooklyn wanted to walk Coco.  Off we go.  We’ve got Radio Disney blaring from my iPhone and the wind blowing in our face keeping us cool.  What more could we want?

Well, let me tell you.  Not even 3 blocks from home Caleb started complaining that his back hurt.  He wanted to stop.  No.  We had more than a mile and a half to go on our walk.  I kid you not, that boy started telling me every dang two feet how bad his back hurt.  All I could say was: “Sorry bud, keep going!”  At the mile marker he was crying because now his feet hurt and he needed to sit.  “Sorry bud, keep going.”  After the next block the boy began to cry harder (this is why I take my walks during my work day…alone…so I can dislike them in peace – and I certainly don’t mean to sound rude about my grand babies – but they worked me today).  Finally I stopped and had him take off his blades and walk the rest of the way home in his socks.

By this time I’ve got one mad at me walking really far in front of me, and the other one crying because his feet and back hurt (which is why he hasn’t gotten to wear these things on a walk before)!

Anyways.  So we’re home.  I’m hot, the house is hotter.  I turn on the air and think what am I going to make for these kids?   I think….think….Oh, I remember seeing these BBQ Crescent Roll-Ups on Pillsbury site.  I just so happen to have a package of the Lloyd’s BBQ Beef in the fridge.  I turned on the oven, got my crescent rolls out and started putting these together.

Brooklyn came in the kitchen to ask for help.  Normally I welcome the kids in the kitchen.  But remember?  I’m hot and now crabby from the walk that was supposed to be enjoyable.  She looks at what I’m making and said:  “What is that?   Ick, that looks gross!”  As to which I thought, shux, you’ll be eating this for dinner!

So… I used:

2 packages of crescent rolls (I used fat free)

1 container of Lloyds BBQ shredded beef

shredded cheddar cheese – some got mozzarella cheese

Olive Oil cooking spray

1.  Heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a baking sheet (I lined mine with aluminum foil) with Olive Oil Cooking spray.

2.  Unroll the crescent rolls and place a spoonful of the meat on the long edge of the roll and sprinkle with the cheese.

3. Roll the crescent roll up and spray each one with the spray.

4.  Cooking in the oven until each roll is light brown.

You’ll never guess what Brooklyn said after eating this!!  “Wow, this is pretty good!”  Yep, the kids know how to push the buttons!

Quick, easy, not bad at all.  Now it’s 7pm and I’ve told the kids to go outside and play.  The house is quiet.  For at least the next 15 minutes.

(Do you remember being a kid – for those of you that grew up in the 70s and 80s – playing outside all day until dinner?  No cell phones, no way for mom to text you to find out where you were.  You just went out and played.  Because there wasn’t 500 channels on tv – nor did we have flat screen tvs to watch in different rooms throughout the house in case someone was using the other one –  or 5 different types of video games.  Memories are what those days are!!!)

Have a great week.  Even though today has been a button pushing day for Nana, never go a day without cherishing those that you love.  Time goes by way too fast.  Gone are the 70s.  We’re in 2012 where iPhones and Macbooks rule the world (yep, I had to go there)!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 🙂

Tortellini Soup

With fall weather come soup!  Yay for soup.

I made this soup for myself a week or so ago and planned on having it for lunch for the week.  I made the soup during the day and left it sitting on the stove when I took one of the kids to their practice.  I had mentioned to Craig that we were having the Cinnamon Waffles for dinner that night, so he SHOULD have known that the soup wasn’t dinner.  However, when I came home from sports, opened the pot of soup to put it in containers for myself, it was near empty except for the carrots sitting on the bottom.  Yep, he ate it all but the carrots!  I had nothing to eat for lunch.   I assumed that the soup would be overlooked because of the green and orange things floating in the liquid!  Nope!

So I made this for diner tonight.  A not so hot day, a not so cold day.  A day of church and Brooklyn’s first soccer game.  Got home and put this together in just a matter of a half an hour!!!

Ingredients

  •  cups vegetable broth
  •  cups water
  •  1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  •  9 ounce package cheese-filled spinach tortellini
  •  large carrots, peeled and sliced into thin coins
  •  6 ounce bag baby spinach
  •  Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Make It

1. In a large pot, bring broth, water and Italian seasoning to a boil. Add the tortellini and simmer for 3 minutes. Add carrots and simmer for an additional 4 minutes. Stir in the spinach and simmer for 2 more minutes or until vegetables are tender and the spinach is wilted.

2. Ladle soup into bowls and serve with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 4; Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215, Protein(gm): 9, Carbohydrate(gm): 37, Fat, total(gm): 4, Cholesterol(mg): 15, Saturated fat(gm): 3, Dietary Fiber, total(gm): 6, Sodium(mg): 1006, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

I threw some frozen bicsuits in the oven to dip in the soup.  Great dinner!  AND I have leftovers for lunch!!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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Getting Ready for School

So we are all getting the kids ready for back to school (if they have’t already gone back).  Who’s excited for that??  Hands up, mine is, mine is raised really, really high.

I love school.  My kids here, not so much.  I love that the kids have structure, a solid routine for their day.  They may want to hang out with friends and ignore the school work, but I know they need the structure just as much as I do.  As we all do as parents/grandparents/guardians/Aunts/Uncles..anyone caring for any kid in a school.  Not trying to leave anyone out.

Along with the new school year comes of course the fun shopping sprees we all get to pay for.  And if you’re lucky as I am, you have more than one child to buy all the fun stuff for!  Double the pleasure, double the cost.

Here’s Brooklyn and me:

We got to go shopping for some new clothes for her.  I love shopping for her.  She loves to wear the cutesy frilly skirts, the pretty shirts:

I love this shirt.  We went shopping at Khol’s and found this cute little top.  I really wanted them to have one in my size.  But no such luck.

And this cute dress!!

Brooklyn is pretty tall for her age, so none of her jeans from last year fit her.  She needed a new closet full of clothes.  I wish I could say the same thing.  Well, I could, but I really don’t need it, I would just like to have it!!

Next up comes the school supplies.

Yes, that little pink box is full of all new supplies.  We can’t go into the new school year with pencils that have been used or crayons that have been broken.  So we keep a container here at home to use for after school homework or art projects that we come up with.  They do not go to waste.  New back pack as well.

This weekend we are supposed to go shopping for Caleb:

Caleb isn’t a fan of pictures like Brooklyn and Nana!  He’ll do it if I beg him to though!  But we will try to get his clothes and supplies done this week.   Caleb has to be with me when I shop.  He’s very picky about what he wears.  Thank goodness for hand me downs from my nephew.  He has all new pants that fit him that we’ve saved for a year!  Woo hoo!  Shirts, not so much.  And that is what he is picky about.  It has to be something he likes and/or picks out or it will sit in the closet with me trying to force him to wear.  Eventually I find it in the bottom of the closet hidden under a truck that he got for Christmas three years ago.  (We will be making a donation to some organization for kids that need clothes and toys coming soon).

Both Kids did get some new shoes though:

These shoes have been tucked away in our closet so that they can’t wear them to daycare. Trust me, they have tried.  But the deal was, we buy them at the time they found them, they are for school only.  So far they have been forgotten!!!!

Hopefully you’ll find great deals on clothes and supplies for your kids.  I tend to go to one store and get what I need and I’m satisfied with the cost for the supplies.  I haven’t figured out yet where to take this young boy for clothes.  After the first few weeks he’ll find a shirt that he loves and will try to wear it 3 times per week if not more anyways.

Here we all are being goofy:

I found last years school pictures.  I’m sure they will appreciate this when they see it!  Well Brooklyn will anyways.

Well the weather is starting to change here in MN (for now anyways) and stores are packed with all the school goodies.  I hope I have more luck with the kids this fall in school doing reading and school things.  I had a rough time getting them to read.  How sad is that??  Oh how I wish I could take time every day and just READ.  I would love to do that.  I did it when I was younger and now not much time is allowed for me to do so 😦

Have fun with your kids and enjoy the time that you have.   Before you know it you that time has passed and you see your children as adults with their kids!!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking (aka Nana)