Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fun Ideas for Cinco De Mayo #CokeFiesta

It feels like we just celebrated Christmas so it's almost unreal that it's almost May already. This May is going to be a really busy month for us too. We will celebrate two of our children's birthdays, it's the last month of school for our children AND I am chaperoning my 5th graders gifted math class to Chicago. On top of that, Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner. With our busy schedule, I have been trying to figure out some great ideas that we can do to celebrate at home with the kids. We will do our best to make a fun filled night of games and delicious food and if you are looking for a delicious recipe to make, look no further. Chef Ingrid Hoffman has been busy whipping up some delicious recipes that your family is sure to love! 



Enchiladas Suizas

Makes 4 to 6 servings

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, trimmed of excess fat, rinsed
3 cups water
3 garlic cloves, crushed under a knife and peeled
1 teaspoon Delicioso Adobo Seasoning
 6 medium tomatillos (about 12 ounces), husked, rinsed, and quartered
½ medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
¼ cup packed cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
2 jalapeƱos, seeded and coarsely chopped
½ cup fat-free sour cream
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
8 corn tortillas
cooking spray
1 cup (4 ounces) 2% milk reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions:

1.Place the chicken, water, 2 of the garlic cloves, and the adobo to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer until the chicken is opaque when pierced in the thickest part with the tip of a knife, about 15 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Strain the cooking liquid into a heatproof bowl and reserve. Let the chicken cool. Using two forks, shred the chicken into bite-size pieces.
2.Puree the tomatillos, onion, cilantro, jalapeƱos, and the remaining garlic clove with ¼ cup of the reserved cooking liquid. Transfer to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring often, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the sour cream and Parmesan. Pour into a wide, shallow dish or bowl.
3.Wrap the tortillas in moistened paper towels. Microwave on high (100%) until the tortillas are pliable, about 15 seconds.
4.Position the broiler rack 6 inches from the source of heat and preheat the broiler. Spray a 9 × 13-inch flameproof baking dish with cooking spray. Dip each tortilla in the sauce. Transfer to a plate. Place about 2 tablespoons of the chicken on the tortilla and roll it up. Place, seam side down, in the baking dish. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese.
5.Broil until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with the cilantro and serve immediately.

Homemade Maracas

As you might know, no party is complete without music so we have also found a fun craft to do with the kids so they can make their own maracas! These are so easy too. Just take empty water bottles and fill them with any type of beans, seeds, etc! We have even used cupcake sprinkles and rice in a pinch. You can use anything that will make noise, just make sure you leave room in the bottle for the stuff to move around and make noise. Kids can use colored paper to wrap around the bottles for decoration or if you have paint supplies, they can even paint the bottles. We have used everything from tissue paper to string! It doesn't have to be expensive, just use what you already have laying around the house.  The sky is the limit! Tape is another great alternative. If you wrap it in masking tape, your kids can color it with markers. Another great alternative is duct tape! There are some really neat designs out there now. Busy Bee Kids Crafts used the masking tape idea and it turned out great! 


No party is complete with a fun dessert and these cupcakes are our favorite!

Margarita Cupcakes



Cupcake Ingredients:

1 box Betty Crocker Lemon Cake Mix
1/2 Cup water
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 tsp grated orange peel
3 Eggs 
1 box lime-flavored gelatin

Frosting:

2 containers whipped fluffy white frosting
1 tsp electric green gel food color 

Decoration:

1/4 Cup coarse white sugar
24 thin cut lime slices 
24 cocktail umbrellas 

Directions:

*Heat Oven to 350 degrees and place paper baking cups in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups

*In large bowl, beat all cupcake ingredients together with electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds then on medium speed for 2 minutes. Evenly divide mixture between the 24 muffin cups

*Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pan and allow to cool completely on cooling rack.

*In a medium bowl, mix frosting and food color until blended. Frost cupcakes.

*Sprinkle sugar on small plate and roll edges of cupcakes in sugar. Cut small slit in lime slices, twist and place on cupcakes. Poke 1 umbrella into each cupcake and you are done! 

The kids absolutely LOVE helping make these too which adds to the fun!


There are so many fun Cinco De Mayo activities you can do with your family on the My Coke Rewards website so be sure to check that out! There are super fun decoration templates including a really cool taco holder that you can print out and use for your party too! 



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