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  • Crock pot chicken cordon bleu recipe

    Happy One Pot Wednesday!

    The Crock Pot Moms on CafeMom are raving about this easy recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu. It combines chicken breasts with ham, Swiss cheese, and stuffing.

    Mmmm...I might have to take a night off from our less meat resolution!

    *If you're watching your weight in the new year, significantly reduce the amount of melted butter and soup in this recipe. All you need is enough to slightly moisten the stuffing mix.

    Crock Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu

    6 pieces boneless, skinless chicken breast

    6 pieces thinly sliced ham

    Swiss cheese, shredded or sliced

    1 can Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushroom Soup

    1 box of Stove Top Stuffing

    1 stick of butter, melted

    Combine stuffing mix with melted butter and soup. Spray the bottom of the crock pot with cooking spray to keep chicken from sticking. Place chicken on the bottom, then top with ham, Swiss cheese, and stuffing-butter-soup mix. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

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  • New mom secrets: I let my young child watch my baby

    It's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets-we'll never tell.

    This Week's Secret:

    My DS is one and my DD is five. I let her watch him while I shower. But it is in an enclosed, gated living room. - anonymous

    Question: Have you ever let your young child watch the baby, even if it was just for a short amount of time.

    Take Our Poll

    We all have secrets and opinions-so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation nonjudgmental!

    Posted by Brittny Drye for Baby Buzz in CafeMom Baby


    Past confessions:

    I Hate When People Hold My Baby

    I Don't Sterilize My Baby's Bottles

    I Go to the Bathroom to Get "Me" Time

    I Wash the Pacifier Off in My Mouth

    I Turn Up The Volume When My Baby Cries

    I Hate Breastfeeding

    I Put Cereal in

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  • Quick, Healthy Breakfast: 3-Minute Scrambled Egg Whites

    Did you know that you can make scrambled eggs in the microwave? I've been making 'em this way for years and never thought twice about it until a friend of mine watched me do it and was truly fascinated...she had no idea scrambled eggs were so easy-and fast!-to make.

    I know that lots of us are trying to recover from the holidays and looking for healthy breakfast ideas in the new year. Scrambled egg whites are a great way to get healthy protein without a lot of fat. Plus, they take about 3 minutes to microwave...so for everyone with their "I don't have time for breakfast" nonsense? I don't want to hear it!

    When I'm being really good, I eat them with a slice of dry whole wheat toast and a piece of fruit. But every once in a while, I'll scramble them with a little low-fat shredded cheese and make an egg sandwich using ketchup and an English muffin. Yum!

    Scrambled egg whites

    2 egg whites

    1 tablespoon of milk or water

    Salt and pepper to taste

    In a shallow dish,

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  • Parents arrested for tattooing their kids

    A Georgia couple face cruelty to children charges for giving six of their kids, ages 10 to 17 small homemade cross tattoos with an old tattoo machine and used guitar strings, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    The couple says they didn't do anything wrong -- that their children asked for the body art to look like mom and dad, and they obliged. They're out of jail now, and still don't know why this is such a big deal.

    But it is, according to Georgia law. It prohibits tattoos on children under 18 from from anyone other than a licensed professional.

    Moms were discussing the ethics of tattoos and parental involvement in Answers. Lots of CafeMoms have tattoos, and have no problem with their kids displaying body art ... when they are grown up enough to decide that for themselves.

    But, really? A 10 year old making this decision? I think of myself and 10 and thank my lucky stars my parents said "no" to pretty much everything I asked for.

    "The reason they need

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  • Vegetarian lunch idea: hummus sandwiches

    In an effort to be more healthy, my husband and I made a New Year's Resolution to eat less meat. Four days in, and I'm happy to report that we're doing pretty well with our "less meat" diet. One of the things we've been eating for lunch are hummus sandwiches. It's a great healthy lunch option because hummus is high in protein, and the rest of the sandwich is packed with fresh vegetables.

    Hummus Sandwich

    1 whole wheat pita (we use sliced wheat bread if we don't have pita)

    2 tablespoons hummus

    Sliced red onion

    Sliced tomato

    Sliced cucumber

    Black olives, chopped

    Feta cheese, crumbled

    Fresh basil leaves (optional)

    Spread hummus on pita. Stuff pita with remaining ingredients.

    What's your favorite vegetarian lunch?

    Written by Kim Conte for Food & Party Buzz in CafeMom's Food & Party


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  • Find joy in a more balanced life: my new year's resolution

    Photo by Sheri ReedPhoto by Sheri Reed

    For my 2010 New Year's Resolution, I'm resolving to find more joy in my life by focusing on balance.

    When you're done laughing at my insanely difficult New Year's Resolution, won't you join me in this challenge?

    Like most moms I know, I struggle daily to maintain balance between my family, my marriage, and my personal interests, as well as my work and my household (which, for me, occur in the same location). I know it's finding a better balance between all these areas of my life that can bring me the most joy.

    But I'm not going to lie. When my editors told me I had to come up with a New Year's Resolution and follow its progress, I dug my heels right in. I scoffed in my mind. No one's going to force me to do something that might make my life better! Wait... Huh?

    I figured I'd try. Why not, right? I only have to try. I'm working on a plan for maintaining a more joyful balance, and I can tell you the goals and steps are small. My motto will be progress not perfection.

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  • Mashed potato snowmen recipe: bring back the vegetable

    Photo from CafeMomPhoto from CafeMom

    Bring back the vegetable after the sweets-filled holiday season with these adorable Mashed Potato Snowmen from CafeMom kmrtigger.

    CafeMom kmrtigger says, "To offset the treats with a little extra nutrition, create a frosty and edible friend, made completely of wholesome vegetables. Your child will have so much fun building and eating his snowman he won't even realize he's eating a serving of vegetables!"

    Mashed Potato Snowmen by kmrtigger

    3 russet potatoes
    1/2 cup cooked, pureed cauliflower
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon butter
    Fresh or frozen peas
    Small, thin carrot sticks

    Directions:

    1. Wash, peel, and boil potatoes until soft.
    2. Drain cooked potatoes and place into a large bowl.
    3. Have your child use a potato masher to mash the potatoes until they're smooth.
    4. Help your child add the cauliflower puree, salt, and butter and mix until well-combined.
    5. Chill potatoes in the refrigerator for several hours.
    6. Using an ice cream or
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  • Should Facebook be taught in school?

    Photo from FacebookPhoto from FacebookReally enjoyed the piece: Fifth Period Is Facebook: Why schools should stop blocking social network sites by Nicholas Bramble over on Slate.com.

    What do you think? Should Facebook be taught in the classroom?

    In his essay, Bramble argues that schools should consider integrating social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace into classroom learning rather than banning their use on campus.

    It's kind of the age-old argument here: Is it better to outright ban popular but possibly detrimental trends and crazes or educate our teens about them so they can make more informed, and hopefully smarter, decisions?

    Should we be glad teenagers are reading the Twilight series because hey, they're reading. Or should we ban the books because of their dark and mildly lustful themes? Should we teach teens to "just say no" or educate them on the adverse effects of using drugs and alcohol. Should we promote abstinence and/or offer sex education?

    Personally, I advocate for education

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  • 6 Healthy Recipes for 2010

    Photo from Simply Recipes Photo from Simply Recipes Here are six recipe links I've gathered to inspire some healthy eating in 2010!

    I'm about to start my Christmas cookie detox (er, as soon as I finish these last cookies), and to inspire a healthful New Year, I've compiled this roundup of yummy and healthy recipes I want to try (and by healthy, I mostly mean includes real food ingredients and seasonal fruits or vegetables).

    1. Homemade Breakfast Bar Recipe from Vegan A Go-Go, shared by a CafeMom in this quick breakfast ideas post
    2. Turkey White Chili Recipe from Simply Recipes (yum!)
    3. Arugula, Fennel, Apple, Mandarin Orange, and Pomegranate Salad from epicurious (many of the season's best fruits)
    4. Poached Eggs Over Rice Recipe from 101 Cookbooks (high protein)
    5. Turnip-Parsnip Gratin Recipe from Cooking Light (high in fiber)
    6. Healthy Banana Bread Recipe, adapted by Cafe Kim (no butter or oil, low sugar)

    What healthy recipes are you thinking about whipping up in 2010?

    Written

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  • Ever pee in one of your baby's diapers?

    I was chatting with a CafeMom friend about her Christmas. She, her husband and two young children were stuck in standstill traffic for three hours without a restroom in sight.

    My mom friend had to pee the whole time, and even considered using her son's diaper before the traffic broke and things starting moving again.

    She's not the first to think about this ... another CafeMom in Answers posed the same question a few months ago. She said being trapped in an enclosed place and peeing in your baby's diaper seems a much better option than wetting your pants.

    The first several dozen commenters wouldn't admit to it, some even said no way, they'd never do it, but I wonder if they're telling the truth.

    I've peed outside in some pretty strange places using some odd contortionist techniques ... but never did I consider a diaper. The more I think about it, what a great idea in a pinch! I wonder if it would really work ...

    Have you ever peed in your baby's diaper in an

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