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Quick and Easy Meals

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We all have the basic need for food but sometimes we don’t have a lot of time to make something to eat. This page will be dedicated to meals that can be fixed in 15 minutes or less.

10 Bread-Free Lunch Packing Sandwich Alternatives


 

10 Snacks your Preschooler Can Make Today


20 Recipes Kids Can Make

 


Easy Bean Tostadas


Egg Salad Sandwiches

I usually have boiled eggs in the fridge and this can come together really quickly. Serve on bread or toast for a quick meal or snack.


Fluffernutters


Freebie page – paleo snacks


Freebie page – snacks


Fried Egg Sandwich

Fry one egg per sandwich. Use your favorite condiments, salt and pepper.


Ham and cheese tacos

Spread mayo or your favorite condiment on a flour tortilla. Add ham and a slice of cheese. You can also add any other toppings you like. Roll it up and enjoy!


Ham and Cheese Sliders on Sweet Rolls


Homemade lunch meat recipe


Oven Toasted Cheese Sandwiches


Quesadillas


Peanut Butter or PB&J tacos

Spread peanut butter (and jelly, if you like) on a flour tortilla and roll it up to eat.


Pepperoni pockets


Pig In A Blanket


Scrambled Egg Sandwiches

Pretty much like it sounds. Take 1-2 eggs person and scramble them up. Place between 2 slices of bread or toast, use your favorite condiment and enjoy. You can also put a piece of cheese on the warm eggs.


Super Easy Power Cooker Potatoes


Tomato Sandwiches

Slice up your tomato. Place between 2 slices of bread. I add mayo, salt, and pepper to mine.


Tuna Salad

We enjoy this for a quick lunch and/or snack. Sometimes we’ll even have it as a cod dinner with a salad, hard boiled egg, and sliced peaches with cottage cheese.

My favorite is to top it with a slice of juicy tomato on a sandwich!


Super Easy Rotisserie Chicken Salad

 


Breakfasts

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Awesome Hash Browns

Bacon Grits/Cheesy Grits

Banana Crumb Muffins

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast

Simply make a batch or bowl of oatmeal and slice a banana on top. Enjoy!

Best gluten-free pumpkin muffins recipe

Bird Nests

Biscuits ‘N Gravy

Blueberry Oatmeal Bread

Blueberry Syrup (great over waffles, pancakes, and french toast)

Breakfast In a Cup

Cheese Danish

Cheesy Breakfast Croissants

Chocolate Chip Applesauce Muffins

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Creamy Chipped Beef Over Toast

Dutch Puff

**Vanilla Dutch Puff ( I have to double this and usually make it in a 9×13 pan.)

French Toast

French Toast Roll Ups

Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Mexican Egg Bake

Monkey Bread (this is a great treat that kids can help with too!)

Muffins

Candies

Butter Pecan Fudge

Crockpot Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

Milk Chocolate Fudge

Peanut Butter Bites

Peanut Butter Fudge

Peppermint Bark

Yearly Routines

This page is a work in progress. Here are some links you can check out until I get this page completed.

The Ultimate Household Chore List

ANNUAL CLEANING CHECKLIST {FREE PRINTABLE}

Monthly Routines

This is a quick run down of our monthly routines or tasks that I try to complete once a month. I have divided them up by weeks so that it helps me keep them on track. I only have five tasks per week so I only need to concentrate on one each day.

1st week:

  1. Check/Pay bills
  2. Change calendars
  3. Clean/Sanitize the dishwasher
  4. Make appointments
  5. Yard work

Ok so number one is a must! If you don’t do that one you will be sitting in the dark.

Number two is a little more detailed for us as this not only involves me flipping the page on my desk calendar but changing out the school calendar. I have different themes for different months/seasons. All the cards are printed out and laminated. I keep them separated by months in a small index card holder. (I will try to do a post on this another time.)

I have included a link for the third task. It is important to make sure you take care of your appliances so they will last.

I sit down and see who needs appointments for physicals and such. I also check through my mail to see if I have gotten any appointment cards for anyone.

We try to take care of any big yard work like weed eating, trimming bushes, etc.

2nd week:

  1. Run vinegar and water through the coffee pot
  2. Clean burner pans on the stove
  3. Spot clean couches
  4. Spot clean the carpets
  5. Garden

I have included a link to this first one. It is important to clean out your coffee maker to keep the germies away!

I usually need to clean the burner pans on the stove at least once a month. This reduces the chance of something catching on fire.

The next two are pretty self explanatory. With kids messes are inevitable. I try to clean up messes when they happen but sometimes I don’t see them right away. I take a few minutes, once a month, to check the furniture and give it a quick cleaning.

I do the same with the carpets. I have the Shark Sonic Duo and I love it! It cleans really well and dries really quickly. This machine comes in really handy for big messes too.

When we have a garden I will use this week to give it a little extra attention and let the kids get some hands on learning at the same time.

3rd week:

  1. Change water filters, if needed
  2. Clean vacuum filters
  3. Clean AC filters
  4. Clean out fridge
  5. Clean out freezer

I use a water filter on the kitchen sink for drinking water and our fridge has a filter also. We try to keep a check on them and replace them as needed.

A lot of the vacuums have filters that can be washed. I try to wash mine once a month. I also give the vacuum a good cleaning and check the roller as well.

We have window AC units and they stay in all year round. The ACs run much better and are  more efficient when the filters are cleaned on a regular basis. So this not only saves me money but helps keep us more comfortable as well.

Once a month our fridge gets a deep clean. We take everything out shelf by shelf and wash it. Then we dry it and put it right back.

Same with our large freezer. I try to take everything out shelf by shelf. I use laundry baskets and coolers to hold the items. Things can get a little disorganized when others help put away groceries so I try to organize it by shelf. I separate the fruits and produce, the meats by types, breads, and try to keep the small items or items that need to be used in the door.

4th week:

  1. Wash your car
  2. Menu planning
  3. Wash shower curtain
  4. Clean out tubs/showers
  5. Chicken pen

Our cars get really dirty here. If it rains they get covered in mud. If it doesn’t rain they get covered in dust. When I am in town running errands I try to run my truck through the car wash once a month.

I also take a day to review my upcoming month’s menus and rearrange meals to fit our schedules and budget for the month. If I have multiple meals that pop up for a day I will choose one and delete the rest of them. I will also try to keep in mind what foods are more readily available for whatever season we are in.

Once a month I try to remember to throw the shower curtain in the wash with a load of whites. I hang it up as soon as it is washed so it can dry. When the curtain is down it makes it easier to clean out the tub in the back bathroom. I normally have DD17 take care of that and I take care of the big tub and separate shower in my bathroom.

The bathrooms just smell so much better when you keep everything washed up on a regular basis and don’t give them a chance to gather any kind of funk.

This last week is when we give our chicken pens a little extra attention too. We try to give everything a good cleaning with the water house and replace shavings and whatnot. This keeps the chickens and the geese fairly happy.

I hope this has helped you with some ideas for setting up your own monthly routines.

 

Cookies

5 ingredient chocolate chip cookies

7 layer cookies

Easy Sugar Cookies (We also added some butterscotch and some white chocolate chips to a few and they were delicious.)

Granny’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hot Dog Cookies

Lazy Dazy Cookie Cake

No Bake Cookies

Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Wheels

Peanut Butter Cracker Cookies

Pizzelles

Russian Tea Cakes (These are a holiday favorite here at our house.)

S’mores

SOFT AND CHEWY GINGER MOLASSES COOKIES

Side Dishes

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Awesome Hash Browns

Baked Eggplant

Baked Potatoes 

Baked Potatoes in a Crockpot

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Black Eyed Peas

Cheese Potatoes

Cheesy Squash Casserole

Chinese Fried Rice with Veggies

Cole Slaw

Creamed Peas

Easy Chili Mac N Cheese

Easy Collard Greens

Easy Creamed Spinach

Easy Fried Noodles

Festive Holiday Greek Salad Recipe

Fried Cabbage

Fried Eggplant

Fried Cauliflower/Vegetables **new recipe, link will update soon.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Grandma’s Mac N Cheese

Grandpa’s Fried Potatoes

Green Bean Casserole

Mashed Potatoes

Nanny J’s Carrot Souffle

Nanny J’s Corn Pudding

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Oven Roasted Green Beans

Oven Roasted Steak Fries

Pickled Eggs

Potato Salad

Refried Beans

Salad

Sauteed Squash

Southern Fried Squash

Spanish Rice

Steamed Asparagus

Steamed Red Potatoes

Super Easy Power Cooker Potatoes

Sweet Potato Casserole (I’ve misplaced my original recipe but this is the closest I’ve found.)

Vegetable Casserole