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Friday, January 6, 2012

Get Your Camera!

That’s right!  It’s that time of year… time for Today’s Family magazine's 2012 Beautiful Baby Contest!

So, grab your camera and get a shot of your little cutie!

-the child whose photo is submitted must be between the ages of 0 and 3 years old (not 4 before June 2012)
-the person who’s submitting the photo must be the child’s legal guardian and own the copyright to the submitted photo
*Please crop your image (file size at least 750K or larger) to the head and shoulders and size to 2” x 3”, and send it in a jpeg format.

Click here to fill out the official entry form online, and send an email to with the baby's name, birthdate and a recent photo of your baby attached. Entries received without a photo will not be valid or included in the voting form.

Hurry… the deadline is January 11, 2012.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Perfect Chili Recipe!

"Besides the fact that the adults will adore it, your kids will have a ball adorning their chili bowls with tons of accompaniments. Kenya usually covers his with so much shredded cheese you can't tell there's chili under the surface, but he devours it all nevertheless. Make this recipe the night before the game or early in the morning, and all you have to do when everyone shows up is hang out and enjoy the fun!"

Four Bean Chili (Serves 8-10)
2 Tbsp Vegetable or Canola Oil, divided
1 Large Onion, chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Lb Lean Ground Beef
1-15 Oz Can White Beans, rinsed and drained
1-15 Oz Can Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained
1-15 Oz Can Pinto Beans, rinsed and drained
1-15 Oz Can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1-28 Oz Can Chopped Tomatoes with Juice
2-15 Oz Cans Tomato Juice
2 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Cumin
2 Bay Leaves
2 Tsp Salt

Accompaniments: Sour Cream, Yogurt, Grated Cheddar Cheese, Scallions, Hot Sauce (if you want to take it up a notch)

1. In a sauté pan over medium heat place 1 tbsp of oil and sauté onions for 3 minutes. Add minced garlic and sauté another minute until the onions start to caramelize, then remove and place in a crock pot.
2. In the same sauté pan, add another tbsp of oil and sauté the ground beef for 5 minutes, breaking down the beef with a wooden spoon until it's cooked through and most of its juice has evaporated.
3. Add the cooked beef and the remaining ingredients to the crock pot and stir to combine.
4. Cover and cook the chili on low for 8 hours.
5. Top with desired accompaniments and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Louisville’s own Catherine McCord of weelicious.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Mom’s Music Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.

From voice lessons to instrumental instruction and more, Mom’s Music has got you covered.  Mom’s Music can be found in Louisville at: 1900 Mellwood Avenue, or here on facebook. This week’s giveaway is 1 month of private music lessons.
3 ways YOU can enter to win (just leave a separate comment here for each):
-become a Today’s Family Every Day follower (one entry)
-like Today’s Family on facebook (one entry)
-like Mom’s Music on facebook (one entry)
Giveaway ends 1/10/12 at midnight.
See Official Rules for details.

Update: susan_tuma (comment #6) is our winner.  Congratulations!  Please email us within 48 hours to receive your prize.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Shrimp Creole for Your Crockpot

“Hmmm… it doesn’t look good.”

“… but it tastes good.”

My children were a little skeptical because it looked like soup, but after I convinced them to try it, they loved it!

1 1/2 C. diced celery
1 1/4 C. chopped onion
3/4- 1 C.  chopped bell pepper  (I used red because they’re sweeter than green)
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (29oz.)  can whole tomatoes
1 chopped clove garlic
1 t. salt (just shake a little in, it doesn't really need to be measured)
1/4 t. pepper (just shake a little in of this, too)
a couple of drops of Tabasco sauce
1 lb. frozen shrimp (thawed, deveined, & s helled)
white rice (I used Minute Rice because it cooks so quickly)

-Combine all of the ingredients except the shrimp and rice in your crockpot
-Cook 3 to 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low
- Add shrimp during the last hour of cooking
-Serve over your cooked rice


What’s your go-to crockpot recipe?

Monday, January 2, 2012

It’s on the Calendar.

My resolution is to start scheduling.  Literally, I’m going to write things with a lead pencil, instead of a stylus, on a real-life, go-on-the-refrigerator, can’t be accessed from “the cloud”, paper calendar.   I could put it on the computer on a Google calendar, but it’s much more likely to happen if it’s tangible and  “in my face,” and I see it every time I go in the kitchen.  So, here are some things that are going on my 2012 schedule:

-a weekly family night (a special book, puzzle, game, craft, or Wii game)

-a weekly meal plan (plan actual dinners ahead of time to avoid the “What in the world are we going to have for dinner tonight?” question that I often ask at 5pm)

-a weekly organizing project (closet, junk drawer, pantry, garage, etc.  Just think… at the end of the year, 52 things will have been organized!)

-a monthly family movie night  (at the movies or a Redbox rental)

What are you putting on your 2012 calendar?  Share some of your 2012 resolutions.

Contributed by Miranda G. Popp, Editor, Today’s Family Every Day.
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