Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Casserole: Cooking With Kids

Bacon-casserole-unbakedCooking with kids, as you know, can be fun and interesting. And occasionally they’ll even create a recipe that makes everyone go “wow!” and becomes a ‘keeper.’ You’ve probably all heard of or had the popular bacon-wrapped chicken. It’s a family favorite, but if you’re homeschooling and/or have a large family, it’s excessively time consuming to prepare. Well, 14-year-old Becca came up with the idea of turning the recipe into a casserole to save time. Add to that the fact that we were short on some ingredients and had to improvise, and her final recipe was amazing. She made a HUGE casserole to feed our family (20 people), but you can easily halve this recipe to suit your family. I know you’ll enjoy this variation: Continue reading

What a Mess!

“Mom, I’ll help make dinner!  I’m a great cook…honest,” exclaimed my exuberant seven-year-old.  “Shepherd pie is my favorite!”

*Sigh*…I really did need help in the kitchen – consistent help – and that comes only one way that I can figure!  Yep, train them to cook!  So, I said (rather reluctantly) yes.  And thus begins the transformation of my kitchen from a sparkly clean place that invites creativity to a dirty, crumbly, greasy…Yuck!

First, Caleb stirred (or…flinged) the burger in the skillet until browned (notice the burger and carrots all over the stove).  He stirred in the gravy (and splashed that all over as well).

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