5/30 Meal Plan

This week I think my unintentional theme was comfort food. Sometimes life is so busy comfort food is just what the doctor ordered. This week definitely had some extra leftovers, and one meal that I put half in the freezer for an easy meal later. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Keep scrolling to see whats on the menu.

A quick recap on how this meal plan works. There will be 1 meal prepped lunch for grown ups, 3 dinners with leftovers every other night. One of the dinners will be vegetarian/ vegan. This is a tiny step we are taking to try and lower our impact on the planet.


What’s on the menu….

  • Greek Couscous Salad(lunch)
  • Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
  • Greek Lamb Burger
  • Slow Cooker Wild Rice Soup

Shopping list…..

Bellow you will find a complete shopping list for everything on the menu. I have separated everything by recipe, so there are a few duplicates of pantry staples.


Greek Couscous Salad

10 lunches https://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/greek-couscous-salad/

This was a great lunch! It is always nice to have a pasta salad, but sometimes they can feel kinda heavy. This one was nice and light. I doubled the recipe to make 10 salads. I didn’t double some of the produce items because once again 6 bell peppers seems super excessive. I did buy the packaged couscous to test that out, but I really don’t think it added much. I would just buy a package of pearled couscous and add a little olive oil, onion powder, and garlic powder. It has you leave off the dressing until you are ready to eat. I felt like the dressing could have used a bit more acid. So I would add 1/3 cup of vinegar instead of 1/4 cup.

Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

5 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://americanhomecook.com/chicken-pot-pie-casserole/#recipe

Chicken pot pie is easily one of my favorite foods. I crave it all the time. I really liked this recipe! It was super easy using the rotisserie chicken and store bought puff pastry. It says it takes 45 minutes to prep, but it didn’t take nearly that long. Your hands on time is really to make the filling, which is very simple. I didn’t have any white wine, and because I live in Utah it is a hassle to get to the liquor store. I substituted it for 1/3 apple juice, 1/3 white wine vinegar, 1/3 broth. The apple juice made it a little sweet but it was yummy! You basically just bake it until the crust is nice and golden. They suggest 20-25 minutes but mine took at least 10 minutes longer. Keep an eye on it yours could cook differently.

Greek Lamb Burgers

8 adult burgers, 2 toddler burgers https://giveitsomethyme.com/greek-lamb-burgers-with-avocado-tzatziki/#wprm-recipe-container-5325

We LOVE these burgers! They are juicy and have so much flavor from the herbs. Kyle’s family has a history of sheep farming so we buy a lamb every year. Out of everything we get the ground lamb is always our favorite. I highly suggest using ground lamb if you can, but ground beef would also work. This recipe says it makes 6 burgers, but that would make a pretty big burger! I split it and froze half for an easy meal later. I served these with a prepackaged salad and sweet potato fries. To make the fries I simply coat them in a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Then roasted them in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, flipping half way through.

Slow Cooker Wile Rice Soup

6 adult meals, 3 toddler meals https://kristineskitchenblog.com/slow-cooker-wild-rice-vegetable-soup/

This was a great simple soup! I knew I was going to be gone all day so I looked for a crockpot meal so we had dinner ready when we got home. I prepped everything the night before and quickly tossed it in before I left in the morning. This one has kind of a short cooking time so I actually put it all in the instapot and set the delay cook setting. hen cooked it for 6 hours. When we got home I threw in the kale and decided it needed a little something extra. So I added the juice from 1 lemon just to give it a little kick. We served it with a yummy sour dough bread.


I hope you enjoy this weeks comforting yummy meals! I’d love to hear from you if you try them out. Please like, share, and enjoy!

Crockpot Chicken Stock

Do you like to eat those rotisserie chickens from the grocery store? Of course you do! They are delicious! I like to buy them for easy chicken soup or to make a chicken pot pie. Aside from making a great meal, the bones make incredible chicken stock! With a few simple steps and passive cooking time, you can ditch the store bough stock for a much more flavorful homemade version.


Ingredients…..

  • Rotisserie chicken bones + skin and whatever is left over
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Herbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Equipment…..

  • Large crockpot or stock pot
  • Storage containers/ziplock bags

Start with whatever is left from your chicken. The bones, skin, fat, whatever you might have. I like to shred the chicken off the bone as soon as I get it home because that is when it is easiest. If you aren’t ready to make the stock at that time, put the bones into the freezer until you are ready. When you are ready, toss it into your pot. I like to use a crockpot, but you could also use a large pot on your stove.

Next, roughly chop your carrots, celery, onions, and garlic. Definitely rinse them off but there is no need to peel anything. Meaning go ahead and leave the skin on your onion and garlic. Also add in any fresh herbs you might have. Here I had some leftover stems from some parsley I used for another meal. Rosemary, sage, and thyme would all also be good. If I don’t have those fresh, I usually add about a TBSP of whatever dried herbs I have on hand. For this batch I added dried thyme and rosemary.

Next I add a small handful of salt, and 6-10 whole peppercorn.

Last thing is to fill it with water. I turn it on for the longest possible time. Mine has a low setting for 10 hours. You then let it do it’s thing for 3 days. Your house will soon start to smell like delicious chicken soup, and you will probably dream about it. I just check the timer a couple times a day and reset it if necessary. You may notice the water level lowering, just add more to fill it back up. If you were doing this on your stove you would bring it to a boil and then let it simmer.

When those delicious smelling 3 days are up, turn off your crockpot/stove and let the stock cool for a while before handling it. You’ll want to strain out the chicken and the veggies. You will be left with this beautiful rich golden brown stock that took almost no effort at all. I pour it into containers about a quart each and let it cool completely before I freeze it. I pull it out as I need it and it will last about 4 days in the fridge.


Crockpot Chicken Stock

Prep time: 10 minutes/ Cook time: 3 days


Ingredients…..

  • Rotisserie chicken bones + skin or whatever is left over
  • 3-4 Celery ribs
  • 3-4 Carrots
  • Onion
  • 3-4 Garlic cloves
  • Herbs of choice, a small bunch if fresh, about 1 TBSP if dry (Rosemary, thyme, sage, and/or parsley)
  • Small handful of salt
  • 6-10 Peppercorns

Equipment…..

  • Large crockpot or stock pot
  • Storage containers/ziplock bags

Step 1- In your crockpot/stock pot add your chicken bones + whatever else you have leftover from your chicken.

Step 2- Add your roughly chopped carrots, celery, onion, and garlic. Don’t worry about peeling anything. Also add in whatever herbs you are using.

Step 3- Add your salt and pepper.

Step 4- Fill with water.

Step 5- Set your crockpot to whatever the longest setting is. Let it cook for 3 days, resetting the time when it switches to warm. I just check it a couple times a day. If the water is low, just add more. To do this on the stove, bring it to a boil and let it simmer for full cook time. Add water when necessary.

Step 6- Once the cook time is up, turn off the crockpot and let it cool until it is safe to handle. Strain the stock and package it however you like. Let it cool completely before freezing. The stock stays fresh in the refrigerator for about 4 days.


I hope you enjoy this stock recipe! In reality we should be thanking my Mom for teaching me. It’s one of the secrets to what makes all the food at my parents house taste so good (aside from the love of course😛). It is sure to add some delicious flavor to whatever you might be making too. I’d love to hear from you if you try it out! Please like, share, and enjoy!

4 Waterbead Activities

Waterbeads are my new go to activity! The small ones are ready to play with in 4-6 hours, and the large take 24-36 hours. Watching them grow is definitely interesting. Especially the large ones, they go through multiple stages before they hit their full size. . They are really satisfying to play with, nontoxic, biodegradable, and apparently reusable! I tested drying them out I’ll show the results bellow. They are really fun to play with all on there own but I wanted to come up with a few idea’s of other things that can be done with them. I also wanted to think up second use idea’s for them so you could get more than one play session out of them.


Color Sorting

This one is super simple. Set up cups or bowls for your child to sort the beads into. I wrapped construction paper around cups, but if you already had colored cups or bowls that would also be great. This would be great for slightly older kids. Asher was much more interested in squishing them.

Make it MESSY!!!

Waterbeads with a toddler ends up messy in my experience. Especially with the large ones. I figured why not make it MORE messy. I thought why not add shaving cream! It hid them and changed the sensory experience he had. He really enjoyed finding them and rinsing them off in some water. I also gave him a big spoon and he enjoyed scooping and stirring them up.

Freeze them!

After we played with the small ones I tossed them in the freezer. Ice is always a hit with Asher, but having colorful frozen squishy things was extra exciting. I gave him little buckets of water which he enjoyed pouring over them, I’m glad we did this outside because the freezing process kind of exploded the waterbeads. Once they thawed they were just squishy little piles. I just sprayed them into the grass since they are biodegradable.

Crushed Waterbead Search and Find

The large waterbeads crush really easily so I wanted to find a second use for them. I hid some plastic animals in the bottom and let Asher look for them. The crushed up beads is a different sensory experience, you’ll notice Asher couldn’t resist getting his feet in it. We also did this outside in our little IKEA sun shelter. When we were done I just shook it out into the grass.


I hope you enjoy these waterbead activities! I would love to hear from you if you try them out. Please like, share, and play!

5/23 Meal Plan

We had such a lovely time on our camping trip last weekend! It has been tough to get back into the rhythm of things since we got back though. We all came back with a cold😭(not covid so no need to worry). So that has made it extra hard! Asher is a trooper, he hasn’t been all that bothered by it. Because it has been an off week, I never managed to get lunches made and we just had sandwiches. I will re-share my favorite salad we’ve had recently. Hopefully you week was more fun than ours, and I hope you enjoy the yummy meals we had!

A quick recap on how this meal plan works. There will be 1 meal prepped lunch for grown ups, 3 dinners with leftovers every other night. One of the dinners will be vegetarian/ vegan. This is a tiny step we are taking to try and lower our impact on the planet.


Whats on the menu….

  • Moroccan Farro Grain Bowl(Lunch)
  • Sticky Sausage Tray Bake
  • Tuscan White Bean Skillet
  • Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

Shopping list…..

Bellow you will find a complete shopping list for everything on the menu. I have separated everything by recipe, so there are a few duplicates of pantry staples.


Moroccan Farro Grain Bowl

Double recipe to make 8 meals https://mealpreponfleek.com/moroccan-farro-grain-bowl/

The first time I made this I had never had farro before but I will 100% be making this again. The farro has a really nice chew and is very filling. This grain bowl has a delicious herby dressing, and a salty crunch from the pistachios. The store was out of dried apricots, so I substituted with dried mango which I totally recommend doing. Those sweet chewy bites are such a treat! One of my favorite lunches I’ve made recently.

Sticky Sausage Tray Bake

4 adult meals. 2 toddler meals https://lostinfood.co.uk/sticky-sausage-tray-bake/

I thought this meal was so interesting with all the different kinds of root vegetables. This dinner was a high in prep, but low in cooking effort. It has you cook the veggies for about an hour, but it definitely took longer. I would probably try cooking at 400 degrees instead of 350 and checking every 20 minutes. I cooked half hot sausages, and half bratwurst. Asher LOVED the bratwurst. He is so funny, and such a toddler. He will try any meat as long as you call it a “burger”. He ate almost a whole “burger” with each dinner. 😂

Tuscan White Bean Skillet

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.nourish-and-fete.com/tuscan-white-bean-skillet/

This was my favorite meal of the week! It seriously took 30 minutes or less to make, prep time included!!! It was super flavorful and I can’t get over how easy it was. I wasn’t on my game, so we bought a yummy artisan bread from whole foods to go with it. If you are feeling up to it my unbelievably easy bread would also be yummy! You can find the link to that recipe bellow. https://turtlelion.com/2021/03/20/unbelievably-easy-homemade-bread/

Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.killingthyme.net/2021/05/07/baked-honey-garlic-chicken-thighs/

This dinner was also super easy! You simply mix up the sauce coat the chicken and toss it in the oven. I intended to buy broccoli to go with this but I either forgot or it didn’t make it with my grocery delivery. So I resorted to whatever frozen veggies I had. Asher’s was served with his favorite peas, and I threw some edamame on mine. I really liked the Montreal steak seasoning the sauce used. It is pretty pepper-y, and will be useful for other meals later. Asher was super into this meal, he started asking for more when he was only half way through his first plate.


I hope these meals hit the spot for you like they did for us! I’d love to hear from you if you try them out. Please like, share and enjoy!!!

Campfire Pizza Log

It is camping season again, which means EPIC meal planning! This has quickly become our favorite camping meal, because honestly who doesn’t like pizza! The best thing about this meal is your prep it ahead of time, and freeze it. So it will help keep everything in your freezer cold. I hope you love it as much as we do!


Lets start with the dough! I made my own using this recipe… https://veronikaskitchen.com/homemade-pizza-dough/ . I find I do need to add more flour to that recipe. Up to 1/4 cup adding a little bit at a time until it is not to sticky. You could also buy a store bought dough, or even use the Rhodes frozen rolls. To start you roll out the dough to a large rectangle, about 1/4″-3/8″ thick.

Next step is to sauce and top your pizza! Spread the sauce leaving at least 1/2″ around the edges. Add your toppings being careful not to go to crazy. If it is to full you will have a hard time rolling it. I filled ours with pepperoni, Italian sausage, bell peppers, artichoke hearts, and cheese.

Next you roll up your pizza like a cinnamon roll. Starting at one side and carefully rolling it up. Coat the whole thing in some butter or olive oil and sprinkle some parsley on top. Wrap the whole thing in tinfoil and toss it in the freezer until you are ready to go. Pull it out of your cooler a few hours ahead of dinner to let it thaw. When you are ready to cook get some nice coals going in your fire. The fire is an unpredictable cooking method so you’ll see mine got a little crispy. You’ll want to cook it 10-15 minutes on each side. Unwrap, slice, and enjoy!


Campfire Pizza Log

Serves 4

Ingredients….

  • Pizza dough (store bought, homemade, or Rhodes frozen rolls)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Pizza toppings
  • Olive oil/melted butter
  • Dried parsley(optional)

Toppings we enjoy….

  • Pepperoni
  • Italian sausage
  • Bell peppers
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Onions
  • Cheese

Step 1: Roll out your dough into a large rectangle, about 1/4″-3/8″ thick.

Step 2: Spread the sauce over the dough leaving about 1/2″ around the edges. Next add your topping, being careful not to go overboard or it will be hard to roll up.

Step 3: Roll up your pizza like a cinnamon roll. Starting on one side carefully rolling to the other side. Coat it in olive oil or melted butter, and sprinkle with parsley. Wrap the whole thing tinfoil and toss it in the freezer.

Step 4: Pull the log out of the freezer/cooler a few hours before cooking to thaw.

Step 5: Build a fire and get some good coals going. Cook the log 10-15 minutes on each side. I cooked mine for 15 minutes and it got a little crispy so you may want to try to check it around 10.

Step 6: Slice and enjoy!!!


I hope you enjoy this campfire meal! It is one of our favorites. I’d love to hear from you if you try it out. Please like, share, and enjoy!

5/9 Meal Plan

Happy Mothers Day all! This week has been another whirlwind… I feel that might just be life now. Now that Kyle and I are vaccinated, we are beginning to go back into the world and interact with other vaccinated people. It is so refreshing(and a little scary). It is such a strange feeling to be told that all of the sudden it is safe to visit with people again, but I am ready to do it. On that note I’d like to mention that there will NOT be a new meal plan next week, as we are going to have some family fun! There are now quite a few to choose from so hopefully there are some meals you would like to revisit! All that being said lets get to this weeks meals!

A quick recap on how this meal plan works. There will be 1 meal prepped lunch for grown ups, 3 dinners with leftovers every other night. One of the dinners will be vegetarian/ vegan. This is a tiny step we are taking to try and lower our impact on the planet.


What’s on the menu…..

  • Pinwheel wraps (lunch)
  • Za’atar Pan Roasted Chicken
  • Slow Cooker Pot Roast
  • Chickpea Tikka Masala

Shopping list….

Bellow you will find a complete shopping list for everything on the menu. I have separated everything by recipe, so there are a few duplicates of pantry staples.


Pinwheel Wraps

So these are really simple to put together. You just put whatever you might like in a sandwich inside a wrap, and then slice it into little rolls. I also served these with grapes and baby rainbow carrots with hummus. It is totally a grown up school lunch. The nice thing about these is you could switch up the flavors for each wrap. Maybe put in different meats, veggies, or sauces. I’ll share bellow the things we used.

  1. Sun dried tomato/ spinach wraps
  2. Baby spinach
  3. Mayonaise
  4. Onions
  5. Cheese
  6. Sweet peppers
  7. Ham/ turkey
  8. Hummus

Za’atar Pan Roasted Chicken

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.thefeastlocal.com/entrees/zaatar-pan-roasted-chicken/

This recipe was really simple to put together. It suggests thighs or breasts, I went for the breasts. I served it with a pan roasted cauliflower rice. This meal was definitely a little light. Somewhere in the recipes post it mentions adding more veggies and making it more of a stew. I would do this if I made it again. It also has two unique spices; za’atar and sumac. Sumac is easy to replace with lemon zest. I will post a za’atar replacement recipe bellow if you can’t find it.

Za’atar Substitute

Mix together equal quantities of:

  1. Thyme
  2. Oregano
  3. Lemon Zest

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://keviniscooking.com/moms-slow-cooker-guest-pot-roast/#wprm-recipe-container-28529

This is by far the winner meal of the week! This pot roast is so flavorful you won’t regret making it. It wants to sit in the marinade for at least an hour, but you could do it the night before. The recipe says it can be cooked on high in 4 hours, but I always want to get it in first thing in the morning, so I put it on low for 8 hours. I threw in a quartered onion in for a little something extra. It can be shredded or sliced. I served it with smashed potatoes and oven roasted broccoli. I coated the broccoli in olive oil, salt, and pepper and put them on the bottom rack in the oven at the same time as the potatoes. Bellow you’ll find a great recipe for the smashed potatoes. http://www.kimshealthyeats.com/smashed-potatoes/

Chickpea Tikka Masala

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.watchwhatueat.com/healthy-chickpea-tikka-masala/

This is one of my favorite tikka masala’s I’ve ever made! Asher usually loves curry, but I made this one a little bit to spicy. I thought it was pretty mild, but he was bothered by it. I think I maybe but into much chili powder or garam masala. All that being said the flavor is awesome, and I love the baked garbanzo beans! I threw some spinach in the sauce at the last minute for something green, and served it on brown rice.


I hope you enjoy this weeks set of meals! Remember that there will not be a new meal plan next week. I hope you revisit some of the meals from weeks past! If you enjoyed this weeks meals I’d love to hear from you. Please like, share and enjoy!

3 Warm Weather Ice Cube Activities

The sun is out, and playing outside has quickly become Asher’s favorite activity. Playing with water is always a hit, but you can easily spice it up with these ice activities. The best thing about doing this outside.. no cleanup!


Ice Cube Tansfer

Lets start with the easiest. Simply get one bowl of ice cubes, and a bowl of water. Asher loves to scoop the ice from one bowl to the other. He usually ends up pretty wet, but this will keep his attention for at least 30 minutes.

Pom-pom Ice Cubes

Similar to the first activity, this one involves transferring the ice cubes from one bowl to the other. It is made extra fun by freezing pom-pom’s inside, and using warm water to help them melt. I used a few sizes of silicone molds to make these, with a variety of pom-pom sizes. The pop of color and the different textures of the cubes makes this really fun. We obviously did this inside, but could easily be done outside too!

Ice Cube Painting

For this I just added a few drops of food coloring to the water, and a popsicle stick to each ice cube mold. Then when the sun is out lay out some paper and get to painting. It works best if you let the ice cubes get a little melty first. The effect reminds me of watercolor. You also could paint right onto the concrete, but beware it might stain. It should eventually wash away, but it is something to keep in mind.


I hope these simple activities bring a little extra fun to your outside time! I’d love to hear from you if you try them out. Please like, share and enjoy!

5/2 Meal Plan

This was a wild week. Our schedule was so weird but we made it through. This weeks meals were quick and easy for the most part. Sometimes, I really like to go all out for dinner, use every dish in the kitchen, and make a super fancy meal. When the pandemic hit, I like a lot of people, turned to the kitchen as my escape from reality. I baked everything I could think of, mastered macarons. I also cooked gourmet meals all week. Now that Asher is a toddler that is just not a possibility. So quick and easy is often where it’s at! That being said, there is no reason a quick and easy meal can’t be delicious.

A recap on what my meal plan includes. 1 adult meal prepped lunch for the week, 3 planned dinners with the intention of having leftovers every other night. On the 7th night we either have family dinner, extra leftovers, or get take out. One dinner a week will be vegetarian, this is our small effort to help save the planet. Check out the menu bellow!


What’s on the menu…..

  • Lentil and butternut squash buddha bowl (lunch)
  • Creamy bacon chicken
  • Grilled pizza
  • Honey garlic baked cauliflower

Shopping list…..

Bellow you will find a downloadable shopping list for this weeks menu. I’ve separated everything by meal, so there are some duplicates of pantry staples.


Lentil and Butternut Squash Buddha Bowl

10 Lunches https://foodbyjonister.com/recipe/lentil-and-butternut-squash-buddha-bowl/

I really enjoyed this weeks lunch! The lentils are kinda earthy, the squash is sweet, and there is a nice acidic note from the pickled onions. The recipe has a little button to scale up or down how many servings you want to make, which I LOVE. If I were to make this again, I would cut the onions differently. I cut them in rings, and would probably slice them next time. The rings were to much for one bite. The recipes for the dressing and the onions was a little tricky to find, so I will link them bellow.

Creamy tahini dressing… https://foodbyjonister.com/recipe/creamy-tahini-dressing/

Pickled onions….. https://foodbyjonister.com/recipe/pickled-red-onion/

Creamy Bacon Chicken

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://40aprons.com/creamy-whole30-bacon-mushroom-chicken-thighs-paleo/

This photo is misleading…. I didn’t get the chance to take the picture the first night and we must have gotten carried away with the sauce. The sauce is so creamy and delicious, it’s a shame you can’t see it in this photo. The recipe calls for chicken thighs, which are DELICIOUS! I often opt for bite size chicken breast to save time. I just quickly pan sear it, and then make the sauce. That way I can skip the baking. I served it on roasted sweet potatoes, but this would also be yummy on rice. I added some peas to the sauce for something green, but sometime I do steamed broccoli. I also leave out the mushrooms because no one likes them in my house. I have obviously changed this quite a bit, but rest assured the original recipe is great!

Grilled Pizza

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://turtlelion.com/2021/04/30/grilled-pizza/

Everybody loves pizza! This is a great easy meal, and is always a crowd pleaser. We have been making this in my family my whole life! So fun for everyone to get to make their own pizza. When I do this for dinner, I prep all the toppings, and grill the pizza’s fresh each night. It is super easy to thaw and roll out the dough. Cooking time the second night is 15 minutes or less, minus thawing time.

Honey Garlic Baked Cauliflower

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://kirbiecravings.com/honey-garlic-baked-cauliflower/#wprm-recipe-container-41972

This was our meatless meal. It can be so hard to find a veggie meal that isn’t some kind of pasta! There are so many things people do with cauliflower these days, I thought it was time to try a crispy version. This definitely took some effort, but it was easy to do. You’ll want to utilize the wet hand dry hand technique when coating the cauliflower. I served them over farro, and with some pan fried brussel sprouts that I got in my basket. Rice and whatever your veggie of choice would also be great! I doubled the sauce just to be safe and it was more than enough. I did put in about a TBSP of Sriracha and it was a tiny bit spicy. You could 100% leave it out. I found this surprisingly filling, and Asher ate two bowls!


Another week down! I hope you enjoy this weeks meals. If you try them out I’d love to hear from you. Please like, share, and enjoy!

Grilled Pizza

We have been making these grilled pizza’s my whole life, so I am not really sure where the recipe came from! They are so easy and customizable, the whole family will be happy! These are also great for a party, whenever we get to have those again. 😝

Ingredients…

  • Rhodes frozen dinner rolls
  • Flour
  • Olive oil
  • Tomato sauce
  • Cheese
  • Pizza toppings

Toppings we enjoy…..

  • Pepperoni
  • Italian sausage
  • Bell peppers
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Pineapple
  • Jalapeno
  • Onions
  • Bacon
  • Goat cheese
  • Mozzarella

These frozen rolls make great pizza dough! I like to pull them out around lunch time to let them thaw. I usually do 3-4 for an adult pizza and I used 2-3 for Asher’s pizza. I set them on a plate and cover them with a piece of plastic wrap and leave them on the counter. By dinner time they are thawed and have risen. If you are in a rush you can also thaw these in the microwave, they just won’t have time to rise.

Now it’s time to make you pizza’s, the fun part is that everyone gets to make their own! Asher loves to help make his pizza. Heat your grill up to a medium-low heat. Dust your clean counter with some flour, and start to stretch your dough. The dough is very elastic and wants to spring back, so it may take a bit of effort to get it as big as you want. You can use your hands or a rolling pin. Once you have it stretched out coat the side that is going on the grill first with olive oil so it doesn’t stick to the grill. Put the oil side down on the grill and let the dough cook. Watch it carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn. It usually takes a couple minutes. Take the dough off the grill and coat the other side with oil.

On the grilled side of the pizza, add your toppings. Start with the sauce and then add whatever you want! When it’s ready, put the pizza back on the grill. Let the bottom of the dough cook, and the cheese melt. Remove from the grill, cut and enjoy!


Grilled Pizza

Ingredients….

  • Rhodes frozen dinner rolls
  • Flour
  • Olive oil
  • Tomato sauce
  • Cheese
  • Pizza toppings

Toppings we enjoy…..

  • Pepperoni
  • Italian sausage
  • Bell peppers
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Pineapple
  • Jalapeno
  • Onions
  • Bacon
  • Goat cheese
  • Mozzarella

  1. 4-5 hours before you want to make the pizza’s, pull the dough out of the freezer. You want 3-4 rolls per adult pizza, 2-3 for a child size. Place the dough onto a plate and cover with plastic wrap and leave on the counter. They will thaw and rise by dinner time! If you are in a time crunch you can thaw these in the microwave, they just wont rise. They still make a good pizza!
  2. Heat your BBQ to a medium low heat. Then dust your counter with flour and begin to stretch your dough. You can use your hands or roll them out with a rolling pin. The dough springs back so it might take a little effort to stretch it out. Coat one side in olive oil and place the pizza oil side down on the grill. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn. Pull it off when it seems about half cooked.
  3. Coat the raw side with olive oil, and begin putting toppings on the cooked side of the pizza. (raw side down, cooked side up) Add your sauce and whatever toppings you enjoy!
  4. Once you are satisfied with your toppings, place the raw side of the pizza back onto the grill. Allow the dough to finish cooking, and the cheese to melt. Once it’s done cut and serve!

I hope you enjoy this Barnes family classic! It is always a hit at our house. I’d love to hear from you if you try it out! Please like, share, and enjoy.

4 Shaving Cream Activities

Shaving cream is a fun, messy, inexpensive, sensory thing to play with! It is so light and fluffy, and hides things great. It is fun to squish in your hands, scoop, and mix it all up. If your child has sensitive skin, these activities might not be for you. That being said, shaving cream is great for all kinds of things! Here are 4 activities to try!


Shaving Cream Squish Bag

Lets start with the only mess free option. Simply fill a ziplock with shaving cream and few drops of food coloring, squish all the air out and zip it up. Tape it to a window, the floor, a wall, or the table and have at it! It is so fun to squish all the colors around and watch them move and blend.

Color Mix

This is a great activity for talking about colors! For this activity I took 6 little cups and filled them with shaving cream. To each bowl I added a few drops of food coloring. 1st-red, 2nd- red and yellow, 3rd- yellow, 4th-green (or yellow and blue), 5th- blue, 6th- blue and red. Then I let Asher mix them with a spoon and see each color blend. He soon began to mix the colors from bowl to bowl, and eventually all over himself. I sat him up on top of our kitchen island to do this, but I would probably put him in the bathtub to do it again.

Shaving Cream Search and Find

This is the messiest activity in the bunch! In the bottom of the box I put little plastic animals, then covered them with shaving cream. I gave Asher a large paintbrush and a little bucket of water. Asher really enjoyed squishing his hands around in the shaving cream and he was SO EXCITED when he found animals in there. He washed them off and threw them back in the shaving cream. As you can see eventually he ended up completely covered in shaving cream. I would definitely do this in the bathtub next time for easy cleanup.

Shaving Cream Art

This activity is for older kids, I’d say 3+. You’ll need shaving cream, food coloring, paper, and toothpicks. Start by spreading shaving cream on a piece of paper. Then drop food coloring around the shaving cream where ever you’d like. Take a toothpick and gently swirl the colors together. Next, place another piece of paper on top and gently rub it so all the colors transfer. Remove the top paper and scrape off the remaining shaving cream. You’ll be left with a really cool piece of art! Let the paper dry and admire your work.


There you have it! 4 super fun shaving cream activities. I’d love to hear from you if you try these out. Please like, share, and enjoy!