Life with the Wild Things

Just another mom of 2 boys in a house full of energy!

Strawberry Bread February 2, 2012

Filed under: Food,Recipes — jdkihlken @ 5:52 PM
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I had a lot of strawberries that were about to go bad.  There was no way to eat them all.  I found this recipe from  It was submitted by Ellen Rainey.

Strawberry Bread

2 cups fresh strawberries

3 1/8 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups white sugar

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

4 eggs, beaten

1 1/4 cups chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter and flour 2 9×5 loaf pans.  I used mini loaf pans and muffin tins instead.

Slice strawberries and place in medium-sized bowl with a light sprinkling of sugar.  Set to the side.

Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in large bowl.  Mix well.  Blend oil and eggs into strawberries.  Add strawberry mixture to flour mixture.  Blending until dry ingredients are just moistened.  Stir in pecans.  Divide batter into pans.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until tester inserted comes out clean.  Let cool in pans on wire rack for 10 mins.  Turn loaves out and cool completely.

Since mine were smaller in size, I let them bake for about 30 mins.


Mommies need a support group January 19, 2012

Filed under: Family,Motherhood — jdkihlken @ 8:09 PM
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I started this blog because I really believe that mommies need a support group.  Weekly meetings (virtual or real) where we can let it all out.  All the stuff about being a mommy.

Lately it has felt like the mommy things have been pulling me further and further from center.  Between work, the kid’s school, the kids, the kids’ activities, and the list keeps going, it has felt like I can’t quite balance life the way I did in the past.  So… I started looking for books to read to help.  Organization books, inspirational books, anything.

I am currently reading two books.  Smart Martha’s Catholic Guide and Handbook for Catholic Moms.  Yes…I guess you can tell I must be Catholic.

Both of these books have been very helpful.   I am remembering what is important and what isn’t.  I’ve noticed that 2012 is shaping up to be a much less stressful year.  Not because work and the kids changed, but because I am changing.

I am not spending 2012 yelling all the time…that was 2011.  Out with the old in with the new.

One theme I noticed in these books and other ones I have picked up recently is that having girl friends is really important.  Sometimes I think we forget that we need to spend time with our friends.  It’s very therapeutic.  So my original idea that a support group helps moms may not be that strange.

We need to take more times for lunch together.  We need to set aside time to talk to each other.  Our best allies are other moms who have gone through what we are going through or who are currently going through the same things or just other moms who understand.

 This week I had lunch with a dear friend…my son’s best friend’s mom.  She has turned into one of my very best friends.  This weekend I am going to go to a Pampered Chef party with my son’s 2 best friends’ moms.  That is 2 times in 1 week that I had some girl time!!  I am so proud of myself…this from the woman who spends all her time working or with the wild things.  I very rarely take time away from the wild things…my babysitter is laughing so hard right now I can hear her from across town.  So it isn’t from lack of an amazing babysitter and 2 wonderful back up sitters or a great husband who offers to watch the wild things that I don’t take time away from the wild things.  It is just me.  Something about me…my need to be that perfect mom.  That mom that is always there taking care of everything.

Instead of being the mom on the right.  I am going to strive to be the mom on the left!  A good mom.





Best Breakfast Casserole EVER! December 15, 2011

This recipe was shared with my about 5 years ago by the President and Vice-President of the PTA at my boys school.  It is absolutely the best breakfast casserole I have ever made or eaten.  I would like to share it with all of you as we approach Christmas.  It is a great Christmas morning breakfast.


2 pounds sausage (your favorite kind)

1 8-0z package of cream cheese

2 packages of crescent roll dough


  1. Brown and crumble sausage
  2. Drain Sausage
  3. Put sausage back in the pan and melt cream cheese into it.
  4. Stir thoroughly so that the cream cheese is melted into all of the sausage
  5. Layer 1 package of crescent roll dough on the bottom of a greased casserole dish.
  6. Pour sausage mixture over dough.
  7. Layer second package on top of sausage mixture to cover the sausage.
  8. Bake at 375 until dough is cooked and browned.
  9. Serve!

I have used this for class parties, family events, work breakfast, funeral dish, and the list goes on.


The wild things love this casserole.  We have even made it for supper before!  I hope your family enjoys it as much as my family has!


Easy idea for dinner December 4, 2011

Filed under: Family,Food,Recipes — jdkihlken @ 8:58 PM
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To try to make life easier, I try to think ahead by freezing stuff I’ll need later.  I peel carrots before they go bad and cut the tops and bottoms off.  I clean celery and cut it up in half.  I dice up onions.  Then I put everything in small sandwich bags and then all of the sandwich bags into a freezer bag.  Then I freeze it all.  It makes life much easier later.

So tonight… I took out my frozen veggies and 3 chicken breasts.  Threw it all into a large pan with water and cooked my chicken.  When it was done, I shredded the chicken.  I mixed together Cream of Chicken soup, sour cream and little shredded cheese.  Then I mixed in the chicken.  I greased a baking dish then layered it with fajita size shells.  Sprinkled a little cheddar cheese on top of that.  Layered the chicken mixture, more shells, cheese, etc until all the mixture was used and finished with shells and lots of shredded cheese.

And here it is….

Layers of yummy gooey cheesy goodness.  Now it is cooling.  I’ll refrigerate it for dinner tomorrow night.

I also like to use Paula Deen’s House Seasoning in the chicken broth water.  YUMMY!  It is so easy to make.  I mix it up and store it for all kinds of uses.

You can find the recipe at


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