Tears, Tears and More Tears

25 Jan

Major Migraine from hell, so here are the cliff notes…

Dinner consisted of an Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole from eatathomecooks.com.

  • 2-3 cups cooked, chopped chicken
  • 1 cup rice, uncooked
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • handful of chopped fresh parsley ( I omitted)
  • 1 cup Italian blend shredded cheese
  • 2 cans (15 oz) chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2-1 tsp. oregano ( I omitted)
  • 1/2-1 tsp. basil ( I omitted)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or crushed
  • black pepper to taste ( I used garlic salt)

Put the chicken in the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish.  Sprinkle the rice, red pepper and parsley over the top.  Spread the cheese evenly over the top.

In a small bowl, combine the broth, chicken soup,, oregano, basil, garlic and pepper.  Pour evenly over the top of the other ingredients.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour – 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Let it stand for a few minutes before serving.


Kole ate about half of his.  Kennedy cried and cried because she didn’t want to eat the peppers.  She eventually tried a bite to earn her point.  Kennedy now has reached her goal of 50 and will get a playdate or toy.  Yay, Ken!  Kinlee ate hers all up – surprise, surprise.  Again, she cried when hers was all gone.  Jerry loves this kind of dish – he has a version that substitutes hamburger and cream of mushroom and calls it “slop”.  Yuck.

Craft time was super fun.  We created a little explosion.

I found these fizzy, explosion bags at http://homeschooljournal-bergblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/summer-fun-43-fizzy-explosion-bags.html.

Directions from the site:

Tear a paper towel into a square that measures about 5 inches by 5 inches. Put 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda in the center of the square, then fold the sides of the square in toward the middle, and then the opposite sides in toward the middle, with the baking soda inside.  This is your “time-release packet.”

Pour into your plastic bag, 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of warm water.
Now here’s the tricky part. You need to drop the time-release packet into the vinegar and zip the bag closed before the fizzing gets out of control. You can zip the bag halfway closed, then stuff the packet in and zip the bag closed the rest of the way in a hurry, or you can put the time-release packet into the mouth of the bag and hold it up out of the vinegar by pinching the sides of the bag. Zip the bag closed and then let the packet drop into the vinegar. One way or another, get the packet in the vinegar and zip the bag closed.
Shake the bag a little, put it in the sink or on the ground, and stand back! The bag will puff up dramatically and then give a satisfying pop sound.
I had asked the kids what they thought would happen when we mix the ingredients, neither of them predicted an explosion and they were very pleasantly surprised at the response.
Kole’s fizzed, but there was a tiny portion of the bag that was not sealed, so the air escaped and did not “pop” the bag.   Kennedy’s worked perfectly.  Kole wanted to give it one more try.  His bag slowly expanded as the kids eagerly watched.  The reaction took a few minutes, so neither one was prepared when the bag exploded.  This, of course, scared Kennedy and she started crying.
Lots of tears tonight.  Food was okay, kids loved the experiment and I am sure they will be asking to do this one over and over.
Head is pounding, so I am signing off!

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