Life Update: A Full Moon, Spongebob, and A B&E (with permission)

I was looking back through my posts to see when our last update was and if you don’t include A Series of Unexpected Events, Part 2, and Part 3 then I believe it would’ve been Life Update: A Jacuzzi, A Boy’s Night out, And Why We Don’t ‘Do’ Halloween which seems like it was forever ago.

Monday

I know last week I posted 35+ Freezer Meals In One Day! where I did give a couple of updates like Ms. Bella’s birthday:

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Life Update: A Jacuzzi, A Boy’s Night out, And Why We Don’t ‘Do’ Halloween

How’s the weather where you are? It’s been a bit nippy this weekend and I actually plugged up one of the heaters yesterday morning because it was so chilly in the house. It’s looking like I’m gonna need to dig the heavy blankets out of the shed soon. Luckily today has been quite a bit warmer and seems like it’s gonna be a nice day… which is a blessing as I really don’t like hanging clothes out when it’s cold! We’ve had a pretty busy and interesting weekend! So busy that I’m feeling a little like this right now:

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New House Update

We’ve also been dealing with yet ANOTHER SNAG as far as our NEW HOUSE goes… we’ve already closed but now the bank (and the county) are asking for a NEW SURVEY! We did ask about this beforehand and we were assured that it wasn’t needed. Now we get the ‘this has never been required before‘ and ‘we’ve never had this happen before‘ from the dealer… sigh. Honestly, I’m really quite sick of the whole mess and I’m gonna give real-life updates about the situation from here on out and not hide the messy part of it because I know if we are dealing with all of this there will be others as well. Maybe reading about our ordeal will help prevent someone else from having the same issue. Continue reading “Life Update: A Jacuzzi, A Boy’s Night out, And Why We Don’t ‘Do’ Halloween”

Holiday Meal Planning Made Easy With The Deck The Freezer Party!

As you all probably know I am a big fan of Meal Planning here at our home. We stay so busy and we are constantly on the go so it can be hard to figure out the ‘What’s for dinner?’ question every single day. I have found it so helpful to have a stash of freezer meals on hand for those super BUSY nights and when I saw this Deck the Freezer Party pop up in my email I was so excited that I just had to share!

I know that even though our schedules are already BUSY things always seem to get busier around the holidays… and this year will be NO EXCEPTION as we are preparing for OUR NEW HOME, which has had yet another delay… y’all please say a prayer that I don’t lose my sanity over here!

On top of all of that NONSENSE, I know we will have a lot of planning, crafting, and baking going on for the HOLIDAYS. I also planned to host a Polar Express Party in our new home but it is looking like we might not be able to do that either… I am seriously about to cry because I really want to do this again.

One thing I won’t need to cry about is what we will be having for dinner. I just downloaded the FREE Meal Plan and boy do is it look good! I will probably add a few more recipes to my list because we have a lot of people to feed and a lot of busy days ahead but this party is going to be a great way to get started!

 

What are you waiting for?

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I know I’ll feel good knowing that I have some healthy meals ready to go because during the hustle and bustle of the holidays it can cause us to throw out meal plans out the window and we may find that we are eating more fast-food which is not good for our budgets or our health. That’s where this Deck the Freezer Party comes in to save the holidays and make things a little less stressful!

What will you get?

When you sign up for the Deck the Freezer Party you will get a meal plan, recipes, shopping list and everything you need to prepare up to 6 freezer meals for those busy holiday nights.

The party begins on November 4th, so be sure to sign up for the Deck the Freezer Party today. I hope to see you there!


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Monday Message: Seeing Your Blessings Through The Tears

I had planned to just ‘chill out’ this weekend and maybe work on our next Little House on the Prairie Adventure but lately, things rarely go as planned around here.

Friday had been rearranged for a very important event that didn’t happen because of a HUGE misunderstanding. To say I was disappointed would be a HUGE understatement but this event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, so fingers crossed that everything goes as planned.

Friday evening I had been binge-watching some Fixer Upper when a text came through. It was from Southwestern Produce to let us know that they had rescheduled the veggie pickup due to bad weather… well, that threw a little wrench in Saturday’s plans as I had already scheduled a few other things around the pickup but I quickly got to work a rescheduled things so I wouldn’t have to get up quite so early… yay! I still need to figure out a plan for next weekend as I already had plans for Saturday morning… Continue reading “Monday Message: Seeing Your Blessings Through The Tears”

100 Days of Summer Freezer Meals – the series!

I know it’s the middle of summer but I just found this great program that I had to share! I’m always looking for ways to cut back on the craziness around here and I am a big supporter of meal planning. (I do apologize for dropping the ball lately on getting those posted but I promise you I have a very good reason which I’ll share soon!) The one thing I need to incorporate more into my meal planning is freezer cooking. Continue reading “100 Days of Summer Freezer Meals – the series!”

Protein Power Pancakes (3 variations)

This is a variation from our regular pancake recipe that adds a little extra protein and good stuff to get your day started off on the right foot! You can add other yummies like blueberries, chocolate chips, or even some pureed pumpkin to make these even better. The variations are countless.

Below the first recipe is a recipe for sourdough pancakes and a ‘hybrid recipe’ too that we use on occasion when time is crunched. These can also be used to make waffles as well. We usually make these for breakfast and have enough leftover for lunch. Sometimes I will also make a couple batches and freeze them too.

Why don’t you give them a try with our favorite Blueberry Syrup (with healthier options) or Homemade Chocolate Syrup (with healthier options) and a little bit of whipped cream? Just because we are on a journey to healthier eating doesn’t mean we can’t still indulge in some of our favorites. We just need to look at them a little differently and change them a tad to make them work with our new way of eating. Continue reading “Protein Power Pancakes (3 variations)”

Quick & Easy Garlic Bread or Garlic Cheesy Bread

This recipe is just too easy and with just a few ingredients and minimal work you can impress your family and friends while taking an ordinary meal to an extraordinary meal. Really this is so good that a couple of guests said it was ‘the bomb’ the last time we had it and it is so easy a kindergartener can do it (with a little help when it comes to the oven).

The other great thing about this is that you can fix up a couple loaves at a time and store them in the freezer for easy additions to meals. Continue reading “Quick & Easy Garlic Bread or Garlic Cheesy Bread”

Meal Prepping

These are link I have written related to meal prep and such.

Meal Prepping: Freezing Squash

Meal Prepping: Freezing Veggies

 

Meal Prepping: Freezing Veggies

Life has been a bit crazy around here with kids, housework, homeschool, square dancing, and just day to day things. I am always trying to find ways to make life a little bit simpler and easier for everyone.

Today I have been a bit busy trying to prep a few things to make mealtime a little bit easier for me. (I did this a lot last year but somehow got out of the habit.) I try to keep up with my meal planning and this helps a lot with the prep work. As I work on reinforcing this habit I will try to do various posts to help others with this task also.

Today has been prepping veggies. I really love mushrooms and can often find them on sale but they don’t keep long in the refrigerator. My solution is to freeze them right away if I am not using them. You can do this a couple of different ways.

One way is to:

  1. Slice or chop them as desired.
  2. Cook them and let them cool.
  3. Spread them out on a cookie sheet and freeze 2-3 hours.
  4. Scoop the frozen mushroom into baggies and place in the freezer until needed.

You can also freeze them raw by following the steps above and omitting step 2.

I do the same thing with bell peppers and onions. I will usually slice a few onions/peppers and dice a few as well. This is really great to do when you find those sales on bulk amounts of veggies. This helps to reduce the amount of waste you may have. Just be sure that you are using clean, fresh veggies that are in good condition.

These vegetables can be used in many of your normal dishes. When you freeze them on the cookie sheet to start with it helps keep them from clumping together and makes it easier to remove the amount you need without thawing out the whole bag.

Other veggies can be frozen and stored the same way but some, like baby carrots, may need another method called blanching:

  1. Bring 4-6 quarts of water to a boil on the stove.
  2. Add 1-1/2 lbs of carrots (or other veggies)
  3. Bring to a boil and boil for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Quickly drain and cool the carrots with cold water for another 3-5 minutes.
  5. Drain and dry.
  6. Use steps 3-4 from above.

I normally use my most of my prepped vegetables within 2-3 months but some of them can keep as long as 12 months at a time.

Below is a link that I found to help determine what vegetables can be frozen and what method to use. It also goes into more detail about the different methods.

Freezing Vegetables – National Center for Home Food Preservation

Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken

This is one of those super simple meals. The base recipe can be used in a variety of ways to make different meals. This would also work as a freezer meal! Continue reading “Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken”

Chinese Fried Rice with Veggies

I love Chinese food but I don’t get the chance to get it very often. I have a few different stir fry recipes but I needed a good recipe for fried rice. Well, it took me a little while but I came up with one that the whole family enjoys. This could almost be a meal in itself.

We like to eat this with the Japanese White Sauce. It’s probably not the healthiest thing in the world but we don’t eat it very often. Also, check out my recipe for Easy Fried Noodles. This is also a great freezer meal!

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November 27 – December 3, 2016 meal plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Banana Crumb Muffins

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Free Day (USE PANTRY/FREEZER ITEMS TO MAKE A MEAL.)

Snacks:

Cinnamon Toast


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Leftovers

Dinner:

Hamburger Casserole, Salad

Snacks:

Muffins


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches

Dinner:

Chicken Tacos, salad

Snacks:

PB Toast


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Muffins

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Chicken Taquitos, Spanish Rice, Salad

Snacks:

PB Crackers


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Hot dogs w/mac n cheese

Dinner:

Sloppy Joes, French Fries, Cole Slaw

Snacks:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, fresh veggies or fruit

Dinner:

Beef Tips and Gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans (we had egg noodles instead of mashed potatoes this time around.

Snacks:

Sugar Cookies


Saturday

Breakfast:

Dutch puff and fruit

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches

Dinner:

Meatball Sandwich Casserole, Chips, Salad

Snacks:

No Bake Cookies