Monday, January 18, 2010

I Ain't Just Whistling Dixie

Yesterday was a holiday - no school for the kids - and it poured rain all day. A perfect pajamas & tent, don't leave the house kind of day!

The girls and I had so much fun together! We played dance class, hair salon and playdoh. We made 2 kinds of jello and gingerbread cookies. We used a lot of dixie cups!

In the morning, my kitchen looked something like this*

After having two kitchen helpers all afternoon, and making two dinners (tonight: casserole, recipe below and tomorrow: enchiladas) my kitchen looked like this...

Wait for it....

I actually took the photos in reverse, as I didn't know in the morning that my kitchen would end up like this. :)

Okay, now about the Dixie Cups...

If you don't use dixie cups, you are missing out. I use these bad boys all.the.time. Today I took a photo every time I used a dixie cup. What can I say, I am easily entertained!

In one day, these are all of the things we used dixie cups for...

Crafts: I typically use a dixie cup for my daughters water paint cup. Today we also used it when she played with her clay.

Condiments: ketchup in a cup, to go with string cheese. Much easier than cleaning it off a plate.

Snacks: fill it with pretzels for a 1 point Weight Watchers snack. The kids like 'em too!

Drinking: 'nuff said

Cooking: I measure ingredients for the kids to pour in. Saves time and mess.

Yes, I'm the bubba gump of the dixie cups. :)

Lastly, here's the recipe for tonight's casserole.

Stuffing Crusted Creamy Chicken Casserole

1-2/3 c hot water
1 pkgs (6oz) stove top stuffing
6 sm boneless skinless chx breasts (I diced and cooked mine first)
garlic salt, pepper
1 bag (16oz) frozen veggies. I used broccoli, cauliflower, carrot mix (thawed and drained)
1 can (14.75oz) cream style corn
1/4 c ranch dressing (reduced fat)

1. preheat oven to 425
2. add hot water to stuffing mix and stir until moistened, set aside
3. place chicken in 9x13 pan and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper, top with veggies
4. mix together corn and dressing. Pour over chicken.
5. top with stuffing and cover with foil
6. bake 30 minutes. uncover and bake additional 10-15 minutes.


  1. I keep forgetting to buy those bad boys. I've been meaning to pick some up ever since you posted about kids, cooking, and dixie cups. I'm adding it to my list right now!!

    And that casserole looks divine.

  2. Oh my.. yummmm. I will add this to my must cook list! Good times were had at your house, that is for sure. Hopefully, everyone slept really well after an action packed day, right?
    I CAN'T WAIT for our rendezvous. CAN'T WAIT!xoxo By the way, I love your title of this blog. awesome.

  3. You are the dixie cup queen! But I have to looks like a good idea. I've never bought dixie cups in my life, but I think I may have to make an investment. With two wild boys, dixie cups just may save my sanity!

    The after shot of your kitchen cracked me up...oh I've so been there!

    Thanks for visiting my blog today!

  4. That Casserole looks Great! I absolutely look your "window" from your kitchen to what I think is your living room!

  5. OK, YUMMM! And the Dixie Cups - yeah, they rock! I ran out and need to restock though. Thx for reminding me.

  6. That is such a great idea, I'm going to use it. I love the AFTER shot of your kitchen. So true!

  7. Never used Dixie cups! Ingenious :)