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Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Sweet Onion Sauce

I usually try to make this the day before we need it or at least a few hours ahead of time so that the flavors can meld together but if you need to use right away it’s still delicious.

This makes a big batch… about 2-3 cups worth… so you may want to half it if you don’t need as much.

We reuse some old squirt bottle from other condiments to store this in once it has cooled down. I have also kept it in glass jars but they are a little more difficult to control when pouring.

This is great on sandwiches and can be used as a salad dressing as well. My family has put it on a variety of different foods and even used it as a dip for chips or in place of ketchup on their fries!

Tip: blend your onion in the food processor or blender and add a bit of the water to it so it gets smooth!

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Sourdough Battered Squash Blossoms

Oh my! How did I not know that fried squash blossoms were a thing?

I just happened to search for ways to use squash blossoms the other day as we have several veggies starting to ripen and it seemed such a waste for those big beautiful blossoms to just wither away. That’s when I found out that fried squash blossoms were a thing and I had to give them a try.

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Easy Chia Pudding

This recipe is pretty easy to make and I’m sure you could adjust it in many ways to suit your taste. I love that this is full of fiber, protein, and lots of healthy fats that little bodies and brains need!

I’m not sure how long this will keep in the fridge as I need to make a new batch every 3 to 4 days because my kiddos just gobble it up! Little miss loves this for breakfast or a snack.

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Weekly Meal Planning and Grocery List Printable

I just thought I’d jump on here and share this simple printable I made. Today is meal planning day here as tomorrow will be our grocery pickup day and I have misplaced the meal planning sheet I was using so I decided to make a new instead of scribbling it out on a scrap piece of paper again this week. Now that it is posted on my blog here I can find it the next time I need it… at least I hope. I’ve already lost a copy of it somewhere on my computer this afternoon… lol.

Meal planning is a must around here and with all of the social distancing precautions still in effect we try not to make too many trips to the store… I really love the Walmart Grocery Pickup service but even with their ‘No Contact’ feature I try to only go once a week.

When I write out my meal plans the older girls can see them which means they can help get out the items that I need for each meal. This is especilally helpful right now because sometimes our littlest princess can be very needy and refuses to cooperate when Momma needs to get things done.

Speaking of our adorable little princess, she is singing her ‘you better get over here and pick me up before I start screaming’ song right now. So without further ado, here you go:

Here’s a link to my grocery list that I use as well but I need to update mine as our needs have changed a little bit since the last update. It was also originally organized by the order of the aisles in our favorite store at the time but we know how frequently those things can change. I currently use this as I am meal planning so I can check my pantry supplies and check off what I need for the week’s meals. I then use the grocery app to place my order.

Here’s a blank one also:

White Chocolate Fudge

This is a family favorite that is so easy to adapt to make your own unique fudge flavors. You can add crushed cookies and/or candies to this to make it extra special as well as adding colorings to customize it for different holidays or occasions. The possibilities are endless!

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Cookies N’ Creme Fudge

This is yet another adaptation of our family favorite fudge recipe. I didn’t get a picture because the fudge disappeared so fast I didn’t have a chance! I will definitely be making this again and will try to snap a picture when I do. I plan to test out some more flavor variations throughout the year as well.

Cookies N’ Creme Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 7-ounce jar of marshmallow creme
  • 1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 – 1 c. crushed oreos or similar cookie (you could also experiment with different cookies/candy bars for your own unique flavor)

Directions:

Line 8 x 8 pan with wax paper.

Combine marshmallow creme, sugar, milk, butter, and salt over medium heat.

Bring to a full boil. Boil five minutes, stirring constantly.

Working quickly, remove from heat and stir in white chocolate chips. Stir until melted and smooth.

Gently fold in the crushed cookies or candy of your choice.

Pour into prepared pan.

Gently tap/shake your pan to remove air bubbles.

Chill for two hours.

Cut into 2-inch pieces and store in airtight containers.

Note: Can also be made in cupcake liners for individual servings.

Colds, a collapsed well, and some deep cleaning

It’s New Year’s Eve and I, along with many others, will be glad to be putting 2020 behind me. It was a rough year in so many ways. We did have quite a few good things that came from it, like our beautiful baby girl, but it seemed like something new and even more ominous was lurking behind every corner.

Such a cutie!
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Red Velvet Fudge

This is a new family favorite as my daughter brought home some red velvet fudge she had found at a gas station. The challenge was on to adapt our recipe to include this new flavor and it’s been a hit so far.

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Free Freezer Meal Planning Success Guide

Are you stuck at home and getting a bit antsy? Well, check out this Free Freezer Meal Planning Success Guide from MyFreezeEasy.com to help you learn how to get started with Freezer Cooking.

I can tell you that Freezer Cooking has been a game-changer in our home and we have been eating quite a few of the meals I had prepared before the COVID 19 CHAOS hit here. It has been such a blessing to have so many meals already prepped in the freezer so that we don’t have to head to the grocery store very often right now.

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and check it out right now!

Being Grateful When Things Are Bad

The past couple of days have been a doozy here. As you all know my kiddos have had the stomach bug, then Mr. Awesome caught it, and then I got it. It seems to be taking me a bit longer to get over it but today I do feel like I’m on the mend. I’ll spend today focusing on getting rehydrated and trying to eat a little bit.

Even if you aren’t sick I know this time is harder for some than for others. We are facing a lot of changes and uncertainties that we’ve never dealt with before.

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