Of our three trips (Memorial Day Weekend, Fourth of July Weekend, and Labor Day Weekend), this trip was both the most adventurous and laid back. For this trip we returned to Cheatham County, Tennessee on the banks of the Cumberland River.
The meatballs are frozen and the speghetti sauce is from a jar. Throw in a fresh salad of lettuce and tomato and a french baguette and you have an fast, easy, kid-friendly meal.
It’s a family tradition, and Sam pulled it off without a hitch. It’s a variation of taco salad. We call it Make-Your-Owns because each person decides what he or she wants to eat.
It’s Ben’s turn to cook and he’s not feeling well this evening. All of us pitched in a little. My Uncle Joe used to say, “Thirty minutes after you’ve eatin it really doesn’t matter what you ate. Whatever it was, you’re full.”
Okay. So the sloppy joes weren’t as bad as all that. I should probably be thankful that nobody has thought to get overly creative yet.
Ruth serves up Grandmommy’s Tuna Noodle Casserole. And she does a fantastic job.
1/2 16 oz pkg egg noodles (uncooked)
2 12 oz cans tuna
1 can cream mushroom soup
1 can green peas
1/4 cup milk
1/2 sleave saltine crackers, crumbled
Cook noodles according to directions. Drain tuna. Mix all ingredients except crackers and transfer to greased cassarol dish. Dot with butter. Cover with crumbled crackers. Bake at 350° until hot, about 30 minutes.
Served up this week in Meals Kids Can Make: Sam’s in charge of mac and chili. Simple, delicious, and gone! So what if it was the hottest day so far this summer? It was great!
Sorry for the lack of pictures. We ate late because Sam pulled this off after piano lessons so I just sorta wolfed down the yummy goodness without thinking about the blog.
Sam decided on the menu, went to the store to purchase ingredients, and prepared the meal. I never went downstairs. As far as I know, at 17, this is the first time he’s cooked on the stove.
The recipe is simple. He followed the directions on the back of a McCormick chili seasoning packet and made Kraft Mac and Cheese out of the box. Throw in a couple of apples on the side and he had a meal!
I have wise friends. Many of you said I had nothing to worry about and we’d have a great time. You were right. Even though it rained most of the weekend, we had a blast. We enjoyed the weekend enough to reserve a site for the Fourth and for Labor Day weekend.
I’m going to encourage the kids to say what they liked about the weekend, but here’s my take:
The View. Having never been to this campground, I wondered what it might look like. I thought it was breathtaking.
Summer break starts today for my kids. I have two boys and a girl, ages 16, 14, and 12. I woke up this morning worrying about what I was going to make for dinner. Then I thought, “Why can’t they make it? All they’re going to do all day is play World of Warcraft.”
To make this work, I’ll have to get a little more organized. That’s where you can help. Share with me your ideas and recipes and help me get my kids cooking. I’m looking for healthy family meals that teenagers can successfully prepare from start to finish.
After we make the meal you submit, I’ll come back and share the results. I’ll even take pictures!