Reduced Fat Cheese For a Balanced Snack and Dinner? Yes please!

We love cheese!!  If we can have it with every meal we do. So finding a healthy yet tasty
 option was a must. I was happy to find out that most varieties of Alpine Lace® Deli Cheese 
are reduced fat, perfect for snacking on the go or adding delicious flavor to your favorite
 meal. Its great taste comes from high-quality ingredients, and it provides a good source of
 protein and calcium but most importantly my kids eat it up!

This is one of our favorite go to dinners, it’s quick and easy and just a hand full of ingredients.

A friend gave me a helpful tip about using potato in dishes, cook them half way first!
 It will cut down the baking time and keep everything else from overcooking. Definitely good advice.

So first boil the potatoes for 15 minutes then thinly sliced them.
We like to use fresh from the farm organic potatoes.

Next combine buttermilk, flour, garlic, salt, pepper and parmesan in a sauce pan
bring to a boil and let simmer until it thickens like a cream sauce.
In a baking dish pour some of the cream sauce to coat the bottom then a layer of sliced potatoes,
next the Alpine Lace Swiss Cheese from the deli.
Then another layer of potatoes and finally pour the remaining cream sauce over the top of the potatoes.
 I sprinkled some parmesan over the dish (optional)

Bake at 385 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

The kiddos were so hungry a quick healthy balanced snack does the trick to hold them over. 

I just sliced the apples and rolled them up in some Alpine Lace® Swiss Cheese.

Everything’s better rolled up in cheese!

For nutrition info on all cheese varieties visit Alpine Lace and visit them on Facebook.

Thanks to Alpine Lace® for sponsoring today’s discussion


St. Paddy’s Day Parade

I loved watching the sea of green heading into the elementary school today from tutus to 
face paint, hats and boots, what a fun but chilly day to be Irish or well at least look it!
This year we decided to go to the “Old Neighborhood” parade since they forecasted the weather to be half-warm 
??? which really means 30 degrees on Saturday and not the 15 set for Sunday, brrr!
Last year we froze even in snow pants and yes we froze again the wind was blowing, but it turns out
candy is magical and kids don’t complain!

Hey St. Patrick I heard you weren’t Irish! Who knew?! Well no worries neither are we. Even if my son’s name would fool anyone and I always always gotten mistaken for being Irish,  
but it can’t possibly be from my green eyes and freckles, can it?

So much fun! 
Now into the kitchen to try making my first Irish soda bread and some yummy cabbage.

DIY: Shrinky Dink Rings

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Shrinky Dink project and I forgot just how much fun they are!
There’s so many options and ideas but I decided to try and make some rings. Sounds easy enough,
though it wasn’t without a lot of trial and error and some sore finger tips, even slight blistering can occur with this project.
First off was to track down the supplies, I didn’t have any recyclable #6 plastic so I needed to buy the actual Shrink Dink sheets.
The local craft store had them in clear, solid white or inkjet printable. I just needed the clear for this project.
I also had to find the right ink, sharpie wasn’t working as well as I had read. On the packaging it lists several kinds of ink to use.
It MUST be a permanent ink. (I found sharpie markers and paint markers to wipe off)
Finding the right length and width for the rings took some time.
 Then we needed something to wrap the rings around while they cooled. 
A medicine syringes tended to be the right size, the ones Target gives you for children’s medicine.
I also heard that Chapstick works for some, not in our case. 
Just take a ring you wear and find a cylinder shapes object it slides snuggly over and that heat won’t damage.

Measurements for Shrink Dink rings are:
5 inches by 3/4 inches – ages 5-8
5 1/4 inches by 5/8 inches – ages 8-10
5 1/2 inches by 5/8 inches – ages 11-14 
(young adult or women with slender fingers)
5 3/4 inches by 1 inch – adult female
if making the fox ring for ages 11-14:
6 1/4 inches in length by 5/8 inches
(length is longer since the face and tail must overlap)

Stamp the design onto the plastic sheet then measure, cut to size and round the ends.
Bake at 325 degrees for 2-3 minutes
Here’s the tricky part, it cools in 5 seconds!!
So I didn’t even remove it from the oven and just rolled it right on the pan slightly pulled out from the oven.
It will be hot, I did not get burned and it isn’t any worse than using a hot glue gun.
My best project tip:
** The rings can be reheated for 2 minutes and reshaped over and over again**

Got a fun Shrinky Dink project, leave a comment and share!