Happy Monday and welcome to the first of my weekly meal plans! Today is also the first day that I am starting my new job, back to working 5 days a week! So to be more intentional, I decided to get back to creating weekly meal plans. Below is a list of what’s on the menu for this week. I’m also sharing one of my family’s favorite sheet pan dinners as well as a printable for the weekly menu and grocery list.
Wednesday – Sheet pan honey mustard pretzel chicken (scroll down for recipe)
Thursday – Leftovers
Friday – Naan pizzas
Saturday – Crockpot Pot Roast
Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken with roasted veggies and potatoes
8 chicken tenderloins
1 cup of honey mustard dressing
2 cups of crushed pretzels
3 cups broccoli florets
3 cups diced potatoes
Salt/Pepper (to taste)
1.) Preheat oven to 400F.
2.) Line a large roasting pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
3.) On your prepared pan, place diced potatoes and chopped broccoli. Toss with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
4.) Bake in oven for 10 minutes.
5.) While broccoli and potatoes are baking, pour honey mustard sauce in a medium bowl and whisk with 1 egg. This will be your wet mixture. In a shallow baking dish, pour the crushed pretzels.
6.) Using one hand, pat the chicken with a paper towel and then dip in the honey mustard/egg mixture. Using your other hand (dry hand), dredge the chicken into the crushed pretzels.
7.) Remove the baking pan from the oven, flipping the potatoes and broccoli so you now brown the other side. Add the pretzel coated chicken tenders onto the aluminum foil lined pan and place in the oven for an additional 15-18 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
8.) Serve with additional honey mustard sauce for dipping.
Learn how to make scented salt dough Christmas ornaments with this easy DIY. And your little ones will have fun helping you too!
This morning was a rainy and chilly one. A perfect day for staying in our pajamas and adding some touches of Christmas throughout the house. So we made homemade salt dough ornaments. I had never made them before but they were really easy to make. The kids loved helping roll out the dough and playing with the cookie cutters and the house smelled like Christmas. Salt dough ornaments look great on the tree, you can add to a garland, or paint them and use as gift tags.
Homemade scented salt dough Christmas ornaments
You will need:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup of water
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp nutmeg
- Optional 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (I did a blend of Eucalyptus and Orange)
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees F.
- In a mixing bowl mix together flour, salt and spices. If you choose to add some essential oils, add those in as well.
- Add in 1 cup of water
- Mix well until dough comes together. It should not be sticky.
- Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface.
- Use some cookie cutters to cut out your ornaments.
- Make a tiny hole on the ornaments using a straw.
- Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 1 hour then flip and bake for an hour on the other side.
- Let cool. String with twine.
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This post is sponsored by Baby Einstein™, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Giving your child opportunities for sensory play encourages them to learn about their surroundings. From babies through children, they learn about the world around them through their senses.
What is sensory play?
Sensory play is any activity that encourages children to use their senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, balance and motion. Sensory play has been shown to enhance brain development and neuroplasticity.
Benefits of sensory play:
- Promotes fine motor skill development
- Promotes language development
- Stress reduction
- Promotes independent play and imagination
- Aids in developing and enhancing memory
- Invoke curiosity
Some of my favorite sensory play ideas:
Baby Einstein Strum Along Songs™ Magic Touch™ Guitar – This guitar is made with magic touch technology and plays sounds to respond to your baby’s touch. The guitar helps introduce colors and music while also encouraging the development of motor skills. It responds to baby’s strumming patterns to encourage self-expression and creativity. You can switch between 2 guitar sounds: acoustic and banjo. You can find the BabyEinstein guitar available at BuyBuyBABY now!
Sensory bins – I like to make various ones for the change of the seasons. It usually involves either cloud dough or water beads and an array of seasonal items for the kids to dig through and find.
Homemade play dough – My boys love this edible dough made up of frosting, confectioner’s sugar and sprinkles! And it’s super easy to make.