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Saturday Leftovers it is! Sunday "pizza" chicken Cook 'A-inch-thick boneless chicken breasts on the stovetop for 5 minutes per side. Spread tops with tomato sauce; sprinkle on mozzarella and parmesan. Reduce heat; cover until cheese melts, monday meatless chili Sauté onion, garlic, bell pepper, chill powder, and ground cumin; add canned diced tomatoes, rinsed canned beans, and diced zucchini. Add vegetable broth; simmer to desired consistency, tuesday philly-cheesesteak panini Sauté onion and bell pepper until soft; season with red-wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. Layer hot dog buns with provoione, deli roast beef, and the veggies. Place the closed sandwich in a skillet; top with a second, heavy skillet. Cook until the cheese melts, flipping once. Wednesday pork fried rice Sauté cubed pork; remove from skillet. Add beaten eggs, and scramble; remove. Add minced garlic and ginger, then leftover rice, soy sauce, hoisln, and sesame oil. Stir in frozen peas and carrots, the pork, and the eggs, thursday stuffed peppers italiano Halve and core bell peppers; microwave, loosely covered, for 5 minutes. Combine frozen hash browns, shredded mozzarella, tomato sauce, and chopped leftover meat. Stuff peppers with filling, and bake for 15 minutes at 350°F.

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t string up a snowflake garland This is a great way for little kids to practice their scissors skills and for big ones to show them off. Have them fold squares of paper in half diagonally, then in half one or two more times so they end up with small triangles. Then draw shapes around the edges and cut out. Unfold the papers and press flat. Once you've got a bunch, string them up to hang on the tree, the mantel, or over a doorway. Have a toddler? Let him "decorate" the paper with crayons, markers, or stamps before you make the cuts. O unleash their inner van gogh Fill up a few spray bottles with water and various shades of food coloring, then send the kids out to create their masterpieces in the snow. # celebrate the festival of lights Have your little one make a handprint menorah: Dip each hand in paint; ask your child to overlap his thumbs (this will create the center candle) and then press his hands, with fingers spread, onto paper. Wash hands, then have him dip a finger in yellow paint and dab the top of each candle to create flames.

9 glacier jump Toss a bunch of pillows on the floor. Each player must jump from "glacier" to "glacier" without falling in the "water." If she does, she's out. With each round, move the pillows farther apart until everyone is sunk. 9 make a snow globe You'll need: a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid; a plastic figurine; waterproof glue; distilled water (you can also use boiled and cooled tap water); liquid glycerin (available at crafts stores); glitter. Let your child pick out the figure, then glue it inside the lid and let the glue dry. Fill the jar with water, a squirt of glycerin (it helps the glitter swirl), and the glitter. Screw on the lid tightly, then flip!

ask a kid

What's Your favorite thing to do around the holidays?

Open presents. What else do you like?

Playing with presents! —Evan, 4

jO Need more silly in your life? Check out Parenting.com/ourplay.

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