Meals Kids Can Make: Make-Your-Owns

Sam Smiling Over His Make-Your-OwnsIt’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.

  • crushed tortilla chips
  • browned hamburger,
  • refried beans,
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • A1-Sauce
  • ketchup


Meals Kids Can Make: Sloppy Joe’s

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.


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Meals Kids Can Make: Tuna Casserole

Ruth serves up Grandmommy’s Tuna Noodle Casserole. And she does a fantastic job.

Tuna Casserole1/2 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.

Meals Kids Can Make: Chili Mac

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!


Memorial Day Camping 2009: The View

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:

Sunset on the Cumberland River

The View. Having never been to this campground, I wondered what it might look like. I thought it was breathtaking.

Meals Kids Can Make

ben is excited about the idea of cooking.

ben is really excited about this idea

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!