Thursday, November 29, 2012

No Camping Needed!

Tin Foil Dinners

Who thinks Tin Foil Dinners are only for when you go camping?
This is such a fun and fast idea that tastes so great!
Once you eat this meal it seems like you would have spent a longer time preparing it - but
this takes about ten minutes tops.
The best part of it all is there's hardly any clean up! 
Who doesn't love that!
You just toss your tin foil and you are done.
This can be fun for everyone. 
Maybe you can even have fun with you kids and play like you are having an inside camp out! 

Ground Beef Tin Foil Dinners
1 lb. Ground beef
3 potatoes peeled and sliced
1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can of Corn
1 cup chopped Onions
Salt and Pepper to Taste 

Chicken Tin Foil Dinners
1 lb. Chicken
3 potatoes peeled and sliced
1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
1 1/2 cups of Carrots diced
1 cup chopped onions
Salt and Pepper to Taste

*Note: When I make these meals the ingredients all kind of vary. So when you make them plan around how much your families eat and what they like and don't like.
Other vegetables to use could be: squash, peas, asparagus, green beans

First what you do is use 2 layers of tin foil with the shiny sides placed for the inside. 
With the shiny inside this helps with the cooking process. 
Lay the foil on top of each other then spray with cooking spray so your food won't stick to it.
Always put the meat on the bottom because it takes the longest to cook. 
So, first place your ground beef or chicken on your foil.
I usually make a hamburger sized patty for the ground beef 
and then just do as much chicken as you want.

Salt and pepper your meat and season it how you would like it. 
Next, place your sliced potatoes and onions on top of the meat. 
(Usually plan more for big eaters and less for children and smaller eaters.) 
After, place your vegetables on top of your potatoes. 
You can do many vegetables or just one depending on how filling you want your meal to be. 

Last you put a scoop of your soup on top. 
I usually plan 3-4 tin foil dinners per can. 
Then you wrap up you sides, seal your dinner so no food is showing, 
and place these on a cooking sheet. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
And there you have it - a quick meal with hardly any clean up!


Another Gift Idea: 

Still trying to figure out what to give some of your neighbors? Try this. Buy any dough at the store - this could be those refrigerated Nestle chocolate chip cookie dough's, Rhodes rolls dough, homemade dough or any you can think of and put a cute little tag on it that says:

"Everyone needs a little extra "Dough" at this time of year"
Have a Merry Christmas!

Love, The _________ Family 

Simple Decor: 

This is so easy. To spice up your living room just a bit wrap ribbons around your throw pillows so they look like they are wrapped. It is easy but makes the room a little more decorated!

25 Days of Christmas Countdown: 

This is a great idea if you have a mini cupcake tin. All you need to do is drill 2 holes on one end and tie a ribbon in it so you can hang it up. Next, cut out 24 circles that cover the 24 holes and place the numbers 1 - 24 on each of them. Fill each cupcake holder with either treats or something fun for each day. Then place the numbers over each with tape or something sticky. And enjoy! Just remove one each day until Christmas - and you can still use your tin afterward!