If you haven’t read about our Flat Susie school project, you can catch up on the activity, here and here. Susie has completed the first leg of her journey and we received word from her as she left Lincoln, Nebraska on her way to Tifton, Georgia. Thank you so much, Aunt Debi and Uncle Blaine, [...]
If you haven’t read about our Flat Susie school project, you can catch up on the activity, here and here. Susie has completed the first leg of her journey and we received word from her as she left Lincoln, Nebraska on her way to Tifton, Georgia. Thank you so much, Aunt Debi and Uncle Blaine, for being such great hosts! Here’s what Susie had to say about Lincoln.
I arrived at Aunt Debi and Uncle Blaine’s home on Tuesday, April 20th. Aunt Debi was so excited and welcomed me with open arms. Matthew seemed a bit confused and not too interested in my visit. Aunt Debi and Matt volunteer in the chapel at Tabitha on Tuesday mornings. They take residents to chapel services and then back to their rooms when services are over. After lunch I helped Aunt Debi and Matthew deliver a twin bed to one of Aunt Debi’s clients. I also got to help Aunt Debi make tacos for supper and bake some cookies! I even played with Lucy the cat. After supper we watched the TV show Lost.
I really got some great pictures. If you want to see any of them full-sized, just right-click your mouse on the picture and select “View Image”. Then, using your browser’s back button will bring you right back here.
Aunt Debi had to work Wednesday – Friday so during the day I stayed home with Matthew. He is home schooled too, just like my third grader! Aunt Debi’s job involves cleaning, cooking and running errands for people who need help. Sometimes they go to doctor appointments or even out to lunch. Uncle Blaine gets to work on a computer all day for his job. He writes computer programs and designs web pages.
On Wednesday we ran an errand for Dan. He got a new job as a landscaper and wasn’t going to have time to do it himself. Yay Dan!! We spent the afternoons and evenings outside. I helped Aunt Debi dig up dandelions and weed around her flowers. We went grocery shopping, visited Mary and watched Judge Judy. Matthew’s grandpa came on Friday and he let me take my picture with him. On Friday I got to play with Dora and Uncle Blaine!
I also learned that Lincoln is home to the Nebraska State Capitol, Husker football, the Quilt Museum, the National Museum of Roller Skating, Morrill Hall (the University of Nebraska’s State Museum), and something called the Cornhusker Kickback!
I’m off to Tifton Georgia, now. I’m excited about what I might learn there. My third grader has explained to me that Mrs. Smith is a great animal lover, which I find very exciting. I also love peaches, which my third grader just discovered, is Georgia’s state fruit.
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Classical Phonics, from Memoria Press, is one of the best phonics resources I have seen for teacher and students, alike. If like me, you have never been fond of packaged phonics curricula, Classical Phonics will be the perfect tool to organize, sequence and review your phonics teaching and to be sure you cover all the [...]
Classical Phonics, from Memoria Press, is one of the best phonics resources I have seen for teacher and students, alike. If like me, you have never been fond of packaged phonics curricula, Classical Phonics will be the perfect tool to organize, sequence and review your phonics teaching and to be sure you cover all the necessary topics to help your student be successful. It is not a traditional “workbook style” curriculum, but affords the teacher the opportunity to design her phonics lessons around the needs of her student, lingering and studying a concept until it is mastered and then moving forward.
I really like how teaching tips and suggestions are included at the bottom of each page. A section at the end of the book, titled “Suggestions to Teachers”, states not to put the book into hands of students until the teacher has thoroughly reviewed these teaching helps. I heartily concur. The tips and ideas put forth will be beneficial to both teacher and student in providing a successful experience in learning to read. In my opinion, Classical Phonics, alongside any reading texts you select, will provide everything that your student needs to become a confident reader. The program is designed to do that at your student’s individual pace, whether that requires one or two years, or something in between.
Classical Phonics begins with the simple teaching of the alphabet. Unit One introduces each letter and its sound on a single page with line drawings that students could color as they master the sound. The short vowel sound “a” is learned on the second page and students begin blending consonants and vowels to form words in each lesson from then on. Unit One continues with CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words in word families and concludes with a brief assessment containing 48 CVC words students should be able to read accurately before continuing ahead in the program.
The silent “e” and long vowel sounds are the focus of Unit Two and again, a brief assessment aids in determining if your student is prepared to move on to more advanced phonetic blends.
Unit Three introduces plurals, possessives (adding ‘s) and the letter “s” as a /z/ sound. Words with the form CVCC ending in ck or double l, s, f, or z are next in the teaching sequence. Once they are mastered, students are introduced to the blends nd, nt, st and mp, as well as ft, pt, xt, lt, lf, lk and lp. A brief reading from the assessment word list will let you see your student’s progress.
The consonant teams ch, sh, th, wh and the initial consonant blends using s, l, and r are the focus of Unit Four. Students will drill and practice words in families, helping to cement the blends in their minds. This unit contains two assessments, one covering consonant teams and one reviewing the initial consonant blends. This unit has only a few pages, but you may spend as much time as needed to review and internalize the phonetic concepts taught here. Mastery should be key before moving forward.
Sw, tw, qu and squ are the consonant blends introduced in Unit Five. Your student will also learn to recognize and speak the sounds of the final consonant teams ng and nk. Be sure your student demonstrates confidence and skill in the reading assessment at the end of the unit before continuing.
Unit Six is comprised of three main focuses: learning the three sounds of the letter y, recognizing and voicing the long vowel teams ai, ay, ee, ea and oa, and the exception to the typical CVCC rule that states i and o may be long when followed by two or more consonants. Word families that illustrate this exception will be introduced. As with all previous units, a final assessment is included.
The rules for soft c and g sounds and word families that include them are included in Unit Seven. Additional long vowel teams like ei, eigh, ey, ea ie, ei, ey, ie, igh, oe, and ow are also covered. This is another unit that may require some extra time and patient review for mastery. Use the assessment to know when your student is prepared to move on.
The sounds for oi, ou, oo, oo and ô (as in all, a, lk, aw), and the special vowel teams that form them, are covered in Unit Eight.
Unit Nine is comprised of rules and word lists that introduce R-controlled vowels and unusual vowel combinations that are exceptions to rules and are spoken as short vowels.
The final Unit of Classical Phonics introduces silent letters, suffixes, prefixes, plurals formed by changing y to i and adding -es, and more. The end of unit Ten has the typical assessment and then a list of sight words for students to review.
If you can’t wait to have your own copy of Memoria Press’s Classical Phonics, visit their website and order this simple to implement and thorough program for your family. However, you also have an opportunity to win this excellent phonics resource by entering our Giveaway Drawing. Classical Phonics along with Level One of the New American Cursive curriculum have graciously been gifted by Memoria Press for one of our Busy-at-Home readers. Visit the Giveaway page to be entered.
Memoria Press provided a complimentary copy of Classical Phonics in order for me to write this review. No compensation was received for the review and the opinions expressed are wholly my own.
I haven’t been this excited about a curriculum product in several years! Handwriting/penmanship has always been the sort of “thorn in my side” subject with homeschooling. I have good handwriting, however it is “old school”, lots of loops and hoo haa. My husband’s handwriting is adequate; it’s legible, and that’s an accomplishment in our culture, [...]
I haven’t been this excited about a curriculum product in several years! Handwriting/penmanship has always been the sort of “thorn in my side” subject with homeschooling. I have good handwriting, however it is “old school”, lots of loops and hoo haa. My husband’s handwriting is adequate; it’s legible, and that’s an accomplishment in our culture, today. My kids are writing basically by the “skin of their teeth”. I tried so many different things with them, it’s a wonder they can write at all and some of them still only put pen to paper when forced. I feel that admitting this to you, shows that I am evolving as an educator and am more willing to learn something new. Right?
Were you aware that only 16% of high school seniors are writing in cursive? Before the 1940′s (and before there was Kindergarten in many communities), this was taught in the first grade, because students were fully capable of learning it and adults recognized those abilities. Our expectations continue to diminish as does our proficiency in penmanship. There are important neurological connections in the brain that develop from the use of fine motor skills needed in cursive handwriting; and students are more able to focus on the content of their writing when their brain can help them to automatically write letters from memory, rather than puzzling over how to form each letter. Cursive is also superior to manuscript writing when teaching children with various learning challenges, including Dyslexia. Their are fewer problems with reversals that come from letters looking so much alike. Students have no need to make a difficult transition from manuscript to cursive, if they are given the tools to create neat, legible, cursive from the beginning.
Throughout our 20-year homeschool journey, I have heard about those who start with cursive, rather than manuscript writing. However, I never knew anyone who had personally done it. There are many who will tell you I am “a little off the beaten path” in my approach to homeschooling and I don’t favor grade-specific “packaged curricula”. I’m not sure why I’ve adhered to the failing mainstream techniques that are reducing penmanship to chicken scratch. It doesn’t really fit with the way I approach education, yet I have done it, and I don’t have an explanation. I have experimented with, reviewed and used more handwriting programs than many of you will ever be aware of and none of them have provided the results that I wanted for our children. After a thorough review of New American Cursive, I am hopeful that that is about to change.
New American Cursive can be taught as early as Kindergarten/First Grade, in fact it’s recommended. After studying Level One, I am convinced that the method would be a quick way to remediate the penmanship of older students as well. I haven’t had the opportunity to see the Level Two book that is designed for these older students and who already use cursive, but I will be acquiring a copy, based on what I have seen in Level One and the Level Two Sample.
This is a simplified and yet beautiful script that will be easy for students to learn and for others to read. Memoria Press designed this program to use 26 fewer strokes than the top three most common handwriting programs. Level One focuses on correct letter formation, with the end goal being accuracy and legibility. It helps to encourage and motivate students by leaving artwork spaces throughout the book.
Level Two adds exercises in proficiency, plus copywork and practice using Scripture and character-building quotes. Level Two also includes reproducible practice pages. Both levels have instructions and guides for the teacher included right in the text, and the inside front cover is a complete cursive alphabet. The text’s for both levels are spiral bound at the top, so binding never interferes with proper paper placement or hand position. I love that!
Another feature that sets this curriculum apart from the rest is the opportunity to pair it with StartWrite/NAC® software, which allows you to create your own lessons and practice pages, printed in the New American Cursive font. Students can follow the examples you print to practice writing their own names, addresses and other papers that are relevant to them and their personal schoolwork. I can speak from personal experience that the Start Write software is a great way to produce your own lessons and now that it incorporates the New American Cursive font, it is the perfect solution for our homeschool. Use it to create Book Report Forms, Reading Lists, any handouts that you give your student. Reinforcing the penmanship you expect them to use when providing them worksheets is an excellent option to continue penmanship practice in all subject areas!
If you can’t wait to have your own copy of Memoria Press’s New American Cursive, visit their website and order this excellent penmanship program for your family. However, you also have an opportunity to win it by entering our Giveaway Drawing. One copy of both Classical Phonics and Level One of the New American Cursive curriculum have graciously been offered by Memoria Press for one of our Busy-at-Home readers. Visit the Giveaway page to be entered.
Memoria Press provided a complimentary copy of New American Cursive in order for me to write this review. No compensation was received for the review and the opinions expressed are wholly my own.
The Perfect 10 Diet, by Dr. Michael Aziz, MD, is one of the most interesting books I have read on health and diet, recently. You should know from the outset that I have some definite opinions about diet and health and they rarely follow guidelines set out by our government’s regulatory agencies. My opinion is [...]
The Perfect 10 Diet, by Dr. Michael Aziz, MD, is one of the most interesting books I have read on health and diet, recently. You should know from the outset that I have some definite opinions about diet and health and they rarely follow guidelines set out by our government’s regulatory agencies. My opinion is that if God created it for food, it is ultimately much more healthy than any man-made, chemically altered alternative. Sugar substitutes have had multiple side effects on our family and at best, I am suspicious of artificial fats and chemically processed oils. For about the last year or so, I have tried to avoid purchasing things that are labeled non-fat, low-fat or sugar-free unless we will be having guests I know are more comfortable with them. (Do you have any idea how difficult it is to purchase full-fat yogurt at a traditional grocery store? Who knew?) : ) Something just didn’t make sense when I listened to what was being said about these products and then saw their results in my family and on the whole, in our nation.
I also believe that the term “organic” is thrown around very loosely in our country and that being certified by a government agency as “organic” does not make a product healthier, or for that matter, even organic. The only true guarantee we have of obtaining organic food is to grow it ourselves or have personal knowledge of, and trusting relationships with, the people who are growing it for us. I’m sure any of you that grew up on farms and in rural communities, as I did, understand that the best intentions of one farmer to grow organically can only be as good as the wind direction and drift of the pesticides sprayed on the farm field across the road from him. No one knows how much pesticide or chemicals have leeched into the water table that are used to water so-called organic crops. It simply is not verifiable. We are all better off to rely on our own common sense, rather than reports from government agencies, food corporation research and private certifying groups. I’m not advocating going off on some radical tangent, but I AM advocating doing some personal research. As a perfect example, do any of you recall that just a handful of years ago, eggs were basically poison and we were all going to die from eating them? When science proved that “certified” claim to be patently false, it was no longer trumpeted, but neither was the mistake acknowledged or apologized for.
Dr. Aziz’s book is the first one I have seen that calls mainstream dietary ideas into question. He brings the science to back up what I suspect many of us have intuitively understood for some time, now. If low-fat, no-fat, sugar-free is better for us, why since their introduction into our diets have Americans progressively increased in weight until a frightening percentage of us are now obese – even our children? Why have diseases like cancer and diabetes continued to be on the rise? The American people aren’t actually as ignorant as mainstream media would have you believe. Many of us may be misinformed and may have become too reliant on untrustworthy sources for our information. What would be the driving force to mislead us? Your guess is as good as mine, but at first glance, I would say, “Follow the money.” The food industry is a multi-billion dollar business. They have a lot at stake in making us “need” their products.
I also have a direct investment and interest in diet as it relates to health because of health issues in our own family. My husband’s grandfather died of diabetes related illness, his mother was a diabetic, as are both his only siblings. Eleven years ago, my cousin succumbed to the ravages that diabetes had railed against his body. His sister, my cousin, who just sponsored the Crop for a Cause fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes Research, is also a type one diabetic, as is her young nephew. Several of my aunts and uncles are type two diabetics and our own daughter is insulin resistant (pre-diabetic) which has contributed to another disorder called PCOS. I have a younger sister who was recently diagnosed with MS. Needless to say, diet and what it does to harm or improve our health is of tremendous interest to me. It is not enough for me to take the word of others any more about what will work. I need to know why and how it will work; and I need the information to be reliable. So, now that you know my own biases that could influence this review, I hope you will weigh all the information for yourself and look for the best healthy options for your family.
This book will run so contrary to what you have been told about diet and health, that you will find yourself shaking your head and asking, “Can it be true?” I would encourage you to keep reading. I honestly believe the health of a nation could turn on some of the information provided here. While the primary focus of the book is to help people lose weight, I consider the primary value to be what it can do for our health. Dr. Aziz explains in simple, laymen’s terms how many of today’s most popular diet programs and foods react in our body and affect ten key hormones. These ten key hormones when out of balance can account for many of our modern day diseases. (Did you know insulin is a hormone? And did you know it can have a profound effect on not just your blood sugar, but other body systems as well? I didn’t until I actively pursued information about my daughter’s illness. Insulin is only one of the ten key hormones Dr. Aziz teaches about in this book. The other nine are just as critical to your health.) Eating in a way that re-balances these hormones can have a major impact on your health and weight. The book includes sample menus, recipes, testimonials and tons of research and science that can help us learn how our bodies work and why what we put in them can alter the way they function.
I don’t have all the answers. I don’t believe the government or any one entity does either. I do think we have to have the wisdom to sift through what’s available and utilize everything we find that common sense tells us is trustworthy. God gave us the minds to discern and evaluate information and with His help we can find the answers we need. I highly recommend The Perfect 10 Diet as one resource you consider as you make a healthy eating plan for your family. As I stated previously, I would not agree with every point, but would never want to ignore the enormous amount of valuable information to be gleaned.
I received a complimentary copy of The Perfect 10 Diet from Sourcebooks.com. No compensation was received for this review and the opinions are strictly my own.
I have put off this review as long as possible. When I review a product, I anticipate that it will be something useful for our family and/or our homeschool. I want more than anything to be as fair as possible and present positive reviews. However, after weeks of studying this short text, I am still [...]
I have put off this review as long as possible. When I review a product, I anticipate that it will be something useful for our family and/or our homeschool. I want more than anything to be as fair as possible and present positive reviews. However, after weeks of studying this short text, I am still unable to recommend it.
Zenny Riel: An Arithmetic Notebook is described by the author as the software for a game and the hardware is a red, white and green plastic “toy” (which is not included with the book). Nowhere in the text are instructions for ordering or obtaining one given. From the black and white diagrams in the manual, I can discern that the “toy” is an abacus or counting toy of sorts, with red and green apples on it. Some apples have a value of 5, others of one. Some of the apples represent fingers, some hands and some toes. This “toy” in conjunction with the book is intended to teach tricks and help with memorization of math facts, through a series of examples and problems.
To be fair, I did not sit down and try to draw out a color diagram of the “toy” so often referred to and described in the book. I have gone over the included black and white diagrams that are included, however, with very little success. No matter how many of even the most basic problems I tried to work with the pictures provided of the “toy”, I could not make heads or tales out of what was being taught. I am far from a math prodigy, but I am fairly good with the basics and above average when it comes to mental math. I have never come across a more confusing approach to God’s system of mathematical order. While I cannot recommend the text as I had hoped, I would think that having the apparatus described, in hand, as I went through the book, might possibly have helped to create a more favorable impression.
I received a complimentary copy of Zenny Riel: An Arithmetic Notebook as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit dorrancebookstore.com to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.
Mmmmmm…..yum, absolutely delicious! You will love this simple homemade version of a classic comfort food. After throwing this together the other night, we will never buy frozen potpies. This is inexpensive, hearty and flavorful. The best part is it goes together in minutes and is simple to prepare. You could definitely make it ahead and [...]
Mmmmmm…..yum, absolutely delicious! You will love this simple homemade version of a classic comfort food. After throwing this together the other night, we will never buy frozen potpies. This is inexpensive, hearty and flavorful. The best part is it goes together in minutes and is simple to prepare. You could definitely make it ahead and freeze it, but when you smell the filling cooking, you won’t want to. I used chicken because that’s what I had on hand, but any meat that seems savory and wonderful to your family would work as well.
Family-Sized Chicken Pot Pie
Yield: 9×13 pan (8-10 servings)
- 3 cups cooked, diced chicken breast
- 4 cups diced potatoes, uncooked
- 4 large carrots, diced
- ½ – ¾ cup chopped green onion
- 1½ cups frozen peas
- 4 or 5 chicken bouillon cubes (4-5 tsp granulated)
- 2 tsp. dried rosemary
- black pepper, to taste
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/3 cup flour
- 2 cups water
- 2 – 3 cups milk (I used whole milk.)
- (2) 9 inch pie crusts (homemade or refrigerated)
Melt the butter in a large skillet or saucepan. Crush and add the bouillon cubes.
Add diced potatoes, carrots and onions to butter and saute 5-10 minutes, until veggies start to soften some.
Add the rosemary and pepper.
Pour flour over sauteed vegetables and stir constantly over medium heat, until veggies are coated and the flour incorporated into a thick roux.
Add the water and continue stirring, until well blended.
Add 2 cups milk and continue to stir over medium heat. Mixture will thicken fairly quickly. Add extra milk to get the creamy consistency you want if necessary. You want it thickened and creamy, but not gloppy.
Remove filling from heat. This is where you want to taste it and see if you want to add salt. For me, the bouillon has enough salt and I didn’t add any extra, but season this to your personal taste before filling the pie.
Spread the diced chicken and frozen peas in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
Pour the prepared filling over the chicken and peas. Mix thoroughly.
Use two prepared pie crusts or roll a rectangular crust from your homemade recipe and cover the top of your pot pie. You will see from the pictures why Sara Lee bakes all my pies. - lol - It may not have been pretty, but it was delicious.
Cut two or three vent holes in the top of your crust and bake in a 400° oven for 40-45 minutes. Crust will be golden brown and the filling bubbly and delicious. Serve with a green salad or fruit and you have a complete meal.
This is going into our family’s regular meal plan rotation. It was not only easy and delicious, the leftovers heated beautifully in the microwave the next day and it would also be the ideal candidate for freezer meals. I did not track the costs of this dish down to the penny, but I feel very safe in saying, even with purchased pie crusts, it was under $5 and with homemade it would be even less. What a great value as well as a tasty supper!
Bake some, today. Your family will thank you and build monuments in your honor!
Flat Susie began her travels on Monday. She and our third grader were so excited to begin the journey and discover all the things she will see and learn. We had waited to send her on Monday, so that she would be here for the dance recital on Sunday evening. However, in all my hurrying [...]
Flat Susie began her travels on Monday. She and our third grader were so excited to begin the journey and discover all the things she will see and learn. We had waited to send her on Monday, so that she would be here for the dance recital on Sunday evening. However, in all my hurrying and preparations for the recital, poor Flat Susie was inadvertently left at home and we had to show her pictures from the evening. When the video arrives of the whole recital, she will get a chance to see it more clearly.
Monday morning, Susie set out to visit Aunt Debi, in Lincoln, Nebraska and I understand that she had quite a busy day after she arrived on Tuesday morning. We will update you with new pictures and information as she makes her way around the country.
We are learning a few facts about Nebraska and Lincoln, today, since that is the first stop for Susie. The details will be coming soon!
Comfort food at its finest! I was using up some leftover turkey from Easter, but chicken would definitely work just as well in this great new recipe. We ate these smothered crescents for dinner with a salad and heated some in the microwave for lunch the next day. The remainder were flash frozen and then [...]
Comfort food at its finest! I was using up some leftover turkey from Easter, but chicken would definitely work just as well in this great new recipe. We ate these smothered crescents for dinner with a salad and heated some in the microwave for lunch the next day. The remainder were flash frozen and then placed in a gallon freezer bag for another meal. They never made it to another meal, because someone was always grabbing one for a lunch or a snack or a quick meal-on-the-go. I know for a fact that a couple of these were eaten cold, but the most delicious way is warm and covered in creamy, cheesy, chickenny goodness!
Whole Wheat Crescents
Yield: 32 large crescent rolls
- 2 Tbls. yeast
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 cup sugar, honey or brown sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 4 eggs
- 6-8 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 c. butter, melted (Don’t mix this with the other ingredients. It is for brushing the rolls, later.)
You know my Bosch is my best friend in the kitchen, so I let it do all the work in mixing and kneading the dough.
I started by mixing the yeast, warm water and sugar.
Once the yeast and sugar were dissolved, I mixed in the softened (not melted, but REALLY soft) butter and the eggs.
I added 5 cups of whole wheat flour, mixed that in and then started adding flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough pulled cleanly away from the sides of the mixing bowl. For that particular day’s humidity, it ended up being just a smidge over 7 cups of flour. I can’t stress enough, how much this can vary depending on the humidity in your house and the moisture content of your flour. It is more important to use the “pulling away from the sides of the bowl” test than to have an exact measurement of flour, when making bread. You’re going for a specific dough texture, not a specific measurement.
Once dough forms and begins to pull away from sides of bowl, knead for 5 minutes.
Oil a large bowl and turn the dough into it to rise until double in size. I generally place a warm, damp tea towel over the bowl to encourage speedy rising and to keep the dough from drying out on top.
Once dough has doubled in size, punch it down and divide into four equal portions. Roll each quarter into about a 15″ round. I used a pizza wheel to cut the rolled quarters into eight pieces.
Brush each triangle with melted butter. Roll crescents from the wide end to the point and place, point-side down, on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Brush tops with melted butter while still warm.
These are supreme straight from the oven, but they also freeze and reheat easily, too. I used this recipe to make what we are calling Turkey Crescent Roll Ups.
Turkey Crescent Roll Ups
This recipe yielded filling for 17 large crescents and I used the remaining dough for plain crescent rolls. The filling recipe could easily be doubled and used to make the entire batch of dough. At the time, I was just experimenting, so wasn’t sure of the proportions.
Ingredients for Rolls:
- one batch of Whole Wheat Crescent Dough
- 12 oz cream cheese
- 3 cups diced turkey or chicken
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Optional ingredients: minced onion, celery, bell pepper, whatever your family really likes. I believe it would be fairly easy to do these without meat at all and use spinach or or other veggies with herbs, instead. I plan to do some more experimenting in the future.
Ingredients for Sauce:
- 8 oz very soft cream cheese
- (2) 10.5 oz cans cream of chicken soup
- 2 – 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup milk
To make the rolls, prepare the crescent roll dough as directed above.
After dough triangles have been brushed with butter, add about 1/4 cup filling to the wide end of the triangle. Roll the crescent just as you would for plain rolls. Place, point-side down, on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
While rolls are baking, mix the ingredients for the sauce in a microwaveable bowl. Heat until all ingredients are melted and can be thoroughly blended. Add more milk to thin the sauce if necessary. Heat through, but don’t boil.
To serve these delicious dinner rolls, cut a piping hot, filled crescent in half. Arrange the two halves on a plate and spoon warm sauce over the top. They’re great served with a green salad and/or fresh fruit. Yum!!!!