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May 11th, 2010 / 17 Comments

Kirkland Aprons -250No more boring aprons! Wearing one of these aprons pictured here adds a splash of excitement to your cooking routine, doesn’t it?

One of these aprons is exactly what I needed! So cute! All cotton, durable, washable, and did I say they’re cute? There are 4 sayings to choose from, which one fits your personality? Maybe if I look better when I cook, I will be a better cook…

These aprons can be found at Kirkland’sĀ  Store. I just heard about this store, and find their unique home decor and gifts to be very reasonably priced.Ā  Browse around and you’re bound to find something you like.

Here’s your chance to win one of these aprons!

~ Sorry, Contest Closed ~

To enter this Kirland’s apron giveaway:

*Comment below with a favorite dish you make for your family in the summer (I need some ideas!)

*For additional entries:

– add a comment on my Facebook page telling me your favorite dish you make for your family in the summer.

– post a link to this contest on your Facebook status (leave a separate comment here.)

– tweet this contest @RaisingKids

* Open to U.S. mailing addresses only. You must be 18 years of age or older. Contest will close on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at midnight PST. Winner will be chosen randomly by

Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way to post this contest except for a complimentary apron for review.

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  1. We did a mommies’ day at the spa and one of the fab mommies brought “watermelon & feta salad.” I looked at it and thought “no way” but was pleasantly surprised by how delicious it was and so simple.

    Chop up watermelon into square pieces around an inch big. Add feta (I just crumbled up an 8 oz block) to your taste. Season with some fresh ground pepper.

    chopped up fresh mint and a squeeze of lime juice to zest it up.

    Balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

    With or without the added options, it is delicious!


  2. Here is the link to my facebook status!/lmstraessley?v=wall&story_fbid=110117085697954&ref=mf

  3. Tweeted, too!

  4. I love anything I can put in the crockpot and be done with it! šŸ™‚ Tonight we are having Southwestern Beef wraps! šŸ™‚ Check out and you will find lots of great ideas there!

  5. Love this pasta salad. It’s fresh and light, and tastes amazing hot or cold! Huge hit whenever I make it.


  6. Actually any meal made with love is a good meal. But on special family date night I light candels,some jazz music. It adds to the ambiance of the evening. here it is.


    1 (6 oz.) pkg. white & wild rice mix (I use UNCLE BEN’SĀ®)
    1 stalk celery
    1/2 (4 oz.) can drained mushroom stems & pieces
    2 c. water
    1/4 c. butter
    2 cornish hens (about 1 lb. each)
    2 tbsp. butter, melted
    Optional (sm. chopped pieces of ham)
    In casserole dish, combine uncooked rice mix with seasonings,the celery, mushrooms(my daughter hates mushrooms so just add as needed) and water. Cut cornish hens in half lengthwise down side of breast bone and be sure to put them cut-side down over rice. Brush with melted butter,some times I add basil to the melted butter, Mmmm! Cover w/ foil bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr then uncovered 30 minutes longer.

    It may take a tad more of your time but you can make it a family event. Everyone can chop and dice , set the table. Makes for a great family date night!

  7. One of our favorite summer recipes is fruit salad with tuna sandwiches. I try to do as little cooking with the hot stove and oven as possible. Our favorite fruit salad includes; strawberries, bananas, watermelon and grapes. Tuna sandwiches is simply a can of tuna mixed with mayonnaise and a little bit of lettuce on top. Yummy!

  8. left a dinner idea on your facebook page.

  9. I tweeted today

  10. And by tweeting, it posts to my facebook, too!

  11. Good morning.. tweeted the contest
    Have a great day!

  12. and posted to my facebook

  13. I often use this two-night plan:

    Pick up enough chicken breasts, no bone, for two meals. Night 1: have hubby grill all chicken using favorite seasonings, and serve half the breasts with salad and veggies. Night 2: chop remaining breasts, heat tortillas, and make tacos with favorite toppings such as: shredded lettuce, tomatoes, refried beans, kidney or black beans, shredded cheese, cilantro, olives, sour cream, taco sauce, etc.

    I set all the toppings in bowls on the counter, and the kids love creating their own masterpieces.

  14. Asian Noodles are one of our family favorites.

    Cook one 12 oz. package thin spaghetti noodles and drained. Make sauce: 2 TBSPS vegetable oil, 2 TBSPS sesame oil, 4 TBSPS soy sauce, 6 TBSPS vinegar, 4 TBSPS sugar, 4 TBSPS sesame seeds. Mix sauce and noodles. Top with sliced ham (or any meat), sliced cucumbers, grated carrots, scrambled egg slices, and thinly sliced green onions. ENJOY!


  15. Lobster or Shrimp Salad

    1. cut up honeydew, cantalope, apples, cooked potatoes into cubes.

    2. Boiled a lobster or a pound of shrimps. Then cool it down to room temperature.

    3. Mix mayonese, vinegar, and sweetened/condensed milk to taste. This is the dressing.

    4. Right before you serve, mix dressing with fruits and potatoes. Mix in some lobster or shrimp meat. Save some to line the top of the salad.

    5. My favorite part is to align the lobster or shrimp shells on the plate to decorate. Put salad mixture in the middle. Pour in remaining dressing on the top. Line remaining lobster or shrimp meat on the top.

    Please note: Potatoes and fruits don’t sound like a good combo, but they will surprise you.


  16. Sorry, for the last recipe, it should be Miracle Whip not mayonese in step 3!

  17. Jello! In the hot, summer months, there’s nothing more refreshing, than ice cold jello. My kids love all of the flavors, and I usually just add a can of Mandarin Oranges, or Fruit Cocktail, to spice it up. You can even make finger jello, if you have a little extra time.


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