10 Busy Night Dinner Ideas
It’s back to school time here in Tennessee again, which means busy evenings and sometimes no time to cook. That shouldn’t mean you let the family dinnertime ritual fade away however, it’s easy to keep it up with these recipes! Put a few ingredients in the crockpot early in the day and you can spend your pre-dinnertime hour helping with homework or snuggled on the couch watching a movie with the kids
Here are 10 of our favorite busy-night slow cooker recipes:
Valentine Scavenger Hunt for Kids (Free Printable!)
I’m so excited to finally share this Valentine Scavenger Hunt for Kids with you! Scavenger Hunts are such a fun way to let your kids (or your sweetheart) know you’ve thought about them enough to hide a gift and lead them to it. The hunt just builds the excitement and makes Valentine’s Day extra fun.
I had one of my older sons help me come up with these 12 cute clues, and we created this Free Valentine Scavenger Hunt Printable to make it easy. All you have to do is print it, cut apart the clues, and hide them in the suggested hiding places. Then place a little treat in the final hiding spot for your sweetheart to find!
Here’s what I’m leaving my boys this year – a barrel of monkeys (because they’re my little monkeys), a chocolate heart and a coupon for extra video game time
The first pages is for mom/dad’s eyes only – it’s a guide containing the numbered clues along with the place to hide each one. (See above)
The following two pages are hearts containing the 12 clues that you can cut out and hide. (See example below)
This hunt is probably best suited for ages 5 – 12, with some easier ones and some more difficult ones that may require a little help.
Let us know if you use this Valentine Scavenger Hunt – and if your kids had fun searching for the clues!
I wanted to make something sweet for my family this Valentine’s Day – and I wanted that sweet thing to be chocolate chip pancakes before school. But not just ANY chocolate chip pancakes: I wanted to make them in the shape of hearts.
Just one problem…. I don’t have any heart-shaped pancake molds or even metal cookie cutters to use. I did have some plastic heart cookie cutters though, and I figured I could somehow MacGyver heart molds out of tin foil. I set out to experiment and did a trial run with my all-too-willing preschooler. Here’s how to make them!
Tutorial: Heart Pancake Molds from Tinfoil
1) Start with a plastic heart-shaped cookie cutter – even if you just have one, you can make several molds. Do these a few days ahead, and you’ll be ready to cook up some love come Valentine’s morning!
Keep the kids busy on these cold, snowy days with a cute Valentine Word Search! Think you can find love at first sight? It may take a lot of looking This free printable is great for a class party or just to keep the kids busy for awhile – simply click the image above to print it out!
You can also roll it up and hand it out as a class party favor with a note that says:
I’ve been “Searching” for you Valentine!
Also, check out our Valentine Scavenger Hunt for Kids Free Printable!
or 30 Couple’s Conversation Starters for a fun (and frugal!) date night-in.
See lots more Valentine’s Day Ideas here!
Here’s several Valentine Restaurant, Food, or Dining deals and freebies to snag if you’re going out this week.