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.


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


Great Idea for Easy School Night Dinner September 9, 2011

Filed under: Cooking,Family,Food,Kitchen,Recipes — jdkihlken @ 1:21 PM
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After soccer practice and Tae Kwon Do…yes all back to back on Wednesday, I had to come up with a quick dinner.  Ta Da!

These are Peanut Butter Apple Crescents with extra apple slices.  It’s a must try for all moms…whose kids don’t have a nut allergy.

The recipe called for apricot jam, but I didn’t have any so I used what I had.

I used 1 package of Pillsbury crescent rolls, peanut butter and grape jelly, and apples.  Unroll the dough, divide into the triangles, spread with pb and j, place a couple apple slices on top, then roll up into the crescent.  Bake at the temp on the package until golden brown.  Serve with a few extra chilled apples and milk.

YUM.  I heard lots of mom this is delicious.  Easy, yummy and doesn’t take any time to make.



Holiday weekends = Food September 5, 2011

Filed under: Cooking,Family,Food,Kitchen,Recipes — jdkihlken @ 11:03 AM
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This weekend I promised myself I would make breakfast for my family.  I try to cook breakfast when I can.  But time doesn’t always allow.  Between 7 am Tae Kwon Do practices and 10 am soccer games, Noon swim team practices and 2 pm birthday parties, my weekends don’t allow for a lot of fun time in the kitchen.

Sunday and Monday JT woke me up nice and early.  I guess he knew that would give mom time in the kitchen before the rest of the house woke up.  Well, he was right.

This was a lazy weekend.  Sunday I made biscuit waffles…

So Easy!

This is such an easy recipe. Use a pop open can of biscuits (with 10 biscuits). Heat your waffle maker. Put 4 biscuits on the griddle (one on each corner). Close and cook 1-2 minutes. Then serve with peanut butter or maple syrup.

This morning, I decided to go with the make from scratch recipe for Jumbo Blueberry Streusel Muffins.

From Southern LIving Cookbook


I found this recipe in a Southern Living Cookbook. It was delicious. THe kids loved them. It makes 6 jumbo muffins or 12 regular sized muffins. The ingredients were items you already have in the house, flour, sugar, cinnamon, lemon, blueberries, veggie oil, salt, baking powder, butter. It was really easy to make and the muffins were done in 20 minutes.

What a great weekend of yummy breakfast!


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