Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Creamy Ravioli Dinner

Hi friends!  Sorry I have been absent around here.  I have been working on getting my e-book ready and getting my school year going.  This year is honestly exhausting me, I have a lot of needy kids.  Some need lots of extra help, some need lots of love because of home life, and then there's a few that just need extra attention because of behavior.  I love my job, but it does wear me out.

Since my cookbook is about to be published, I thought I might do a new segment on my blog.  A review of meals that ACTUALLY take less than 15 minutes prep time to make.  I don't mind prepping something for 10 minutes if it takes 30-45 minutes to cook.  I just don't have time with a 2 year old running around to do ANYTHING that takes more than 15 minutes of my time where he can't have my full attention.  I will also try to include a freezer version when possible.

So, Monday night, I was perusing Pinterest trying to find something that I could make really fast and something that my 2 year old would eat.  That's a task, in and of itself!  I found a great pin, but it was just a picture, but the idea is so easy, I didn't need more than that.  You can find the pin HERE.  My husband loved the sauce, as did my toddler.  It was cheap, easy, and yummy!

So, here is the recipe for an on the spot dinner:

Creamy Ravioli Dinner
1 package of your choice of ravioli
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
1/2 a container of Italian style cream chesse

Directions:  Cook ravioli according to package.  (Mine took 10 minutes total).
Stir in cream cheese to pasta sauce and mix well.  Serve over ravioli.

Since the ravioli is already frozen, this makes a great "freezer meal".  All you have to do is keep the ravioli and pasta sauce on hand.  Those things keep very well.  Then, purchase the cream cheese the week you plan to make this meal.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Freezer Cooking Away

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I am excited to share my latest Freezer Cooking meals with you.  As always, these are my experiments and I hope they are good!  Always feel free to let me know if you had any trouble with a meal so I can adjust it for future readers!  Today's list of meals won't feature a grocery list like my other sets.  Sorry! 

But, on that note, I have some other exciting news!  I will be launching my very own e-cookbook by the end of October.  Unfortunately that means that I won't be sharing all my recipes/grocery lists on my blog anymore.  I plan to price the e-cookbook around $6-7, so it should be affordable to all!  It will feature 20 crockpot freezer meals, printable grocery lists and printable labels for your bags.  And of course a few bonus recipes and a guide to freezer cooking.

On to the recipes!  All recipes are to be split into two bags.  Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.  Always brown the ground beef ahead of time.

Spaghetti Meat Sauce
  • ½-1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1-2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 (29 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans Italian-style diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
Honey Chicken
  • 10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or 8 breasts
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
Sloppy Joes
  • 3-4 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 cups ketchup (enough to make all your meat covered)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Lemon Garlic Chicken
·          4 Cloves Chopped Garlic
·          ¼ cup Chopped Parsley
·          6 lemons juiced (1/3) cup
·          Salt and pepper to taste
·          2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
Taco Meat
  • 3-4 pounds ground beef
  • 2 packages taco seasoning
  • 2 small cans of green chiles (according to your spicy preferences)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup beef broth

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Big Egg Recipe

I am thrilled to share with you one of our favorite breakfast dishes.  This recipe has been passed down to me from my mother in law.  She came by this recipe when she was in Zaire working as a missionary.

The recipe is amazingly simple, quick and delicious!

Big Egg
3 eggs
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 cup of milk
3 tbsp. butter
Directions:  Beat eggs with a mixer until frothy.  Add flour and mild and mix well.  Melt 3 tbsp. of butter in pie plate.  Bake  25-30 minutes at 400 degrees or until light brown and puffy.  Serve with syrup.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

My Husband's Favorite Cookies

My husband has been asking me to make Honey Cookies for a while.  So I thought I would share it with you guys!  This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies.  I always bake half and then roll the rest in wax paper for some slice and bake cookies for later.  Here's the recipe:
Chewy Honey Cookies
1 1/2 cups shortening
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
4 1/2 cups sifted flour
4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt.
Directions:  Cream together on high speed shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.  Blend in honey.  Add eggs, one at a time beating well.  Blend in vanilla.  Sift together flour, baking soda and salt.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamy mixture.  Shape into 1" balls and place 2" apart.  Bake at 350* for 12-15 minutes.

Monday, August 20, 2012

More coming soon!!!

I know it's been a while since my last post.  I have tons of things in the works.  A yummy cookie recipe that my family loves, some more crockpot freezer meals and some awesome exercise tips!

Truth is, it's that time of year.  Summer is over and I am spending most of my free time in my classroom setting up.  I am very excited, it's going to be a great year!  My husband also just started his new job as a firefighter, so I've been busy taking care of extra things with that as well.  We have been praying for this transition for just about 4 years now.  Seems like an eternity.  We had just gotten engaged when an unexpected event happened and he was left no choice but to leave his current fire job.  We thought about postponing the wedding and waiting things out.  I'm glad we didn't!  Not sure I could have waited 4 years!!!  We've been through so much in that time and God has done so much in our marriage.  Although it was a very difficult journey, I am so glad it happened the way it did.  Do you ever think about things like that?  Do you ever think even though it was so incredibly hard, you are grateful God brought you through it?

Anyhow,  I just wanted to let you guys know that I'm still here, just very busy at the moment!  I promise this weekend you'll get to see lots of fun stuff!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Poverty Immersion Experience

My school staff took part in a Poverty Immersion Experience last week.  No, this wasn't one of those things where they make you live on the street for a day, but I feel like we really got a tasts of the kinf of poverty that isn't so far away from home.  The scary thing is that my family, or many of my friend's families could end up like the pretend family I was apart of with just a couple bad things happening.  I know that we have enough is savings for us to get by for a few months, but other than that, we live paycheck to paycheck.  I think most people do.  Yet another reason I started my Shaklee business, so we could change that.  But that's not the point of this post.  I live in a fairly rural area in Texas, so I don't think about poverty that often I guess.  I don't really see it on the street corner.  Here's a map that lays it out for you.  It was borrowed from  From what I can tell, there is actually quite a bit of poverty in my area.  I know there it's in my school, we have over half our kids on free and reduced lunches.

When we came inside the building, we were assigned a person to be and a family that we would be part of.  I was Ben, 42 years old with 3 kids.  My 16 year old daughter was 7 months pregnant and I had lost my job as a computer programmer 2 months ago.   My wife was working as a receptionist for a hospital for $9 an hour.  We had bills.  Nothing more than what most people have--car payment, student loans, mortgage, credit card bill, utilities, etc.  Oh, and don't forget we needed food, school supplies, new clothes and the gas to get us everywhere! 

When I got my role card and read the amount of money we made and the amount we had to pay compared to how much my wife was bringing in, it was clear we weren't going to make everything work.  We had to sell some of our belongings.  My 16 year old pregnant daughter had to stay out of school to help me go to all the places to make payments since of course internet service was one of the things that had to go!  I had to stand in line everywhere and wait to take care of things.  There just wasn't enough time for it all to get done.  I was rushing from place to place and the people weren't always very friendly.  I found it so hard to go from one place to another, that the idea of sparing time and gas to go "get help" wasn't the top priority.  In addition to the daily things that had to be taken care of, you would get dealt kind of like "chance" cards in Monopoly.  Like the car broke down, or a family member sent you some money. 

Anyhow, the reason we did this was to see what it might be like to be down on our luck.  I was only in that situation for an hour and it was exhausting.  I can only imagine why parents don't come to the parent teacher conferences, or why some students come to school dirty, hungry, without homework done or falling asleep.  It was such a moving experience and I'm glad I got to be part of it.  You can click here to go to the website for the place that put this activity on for us:  Center of Hope.  I am so grateful for God's grace on my family and how even when things have been tight, he's brought us through it.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Great Cookbook I'm Using!

I am so excited to share Mama and Baby Love's cookbook with you!  I have used a couple of her recipes, but I will be using 5 recipes of hers in my next freezer cooking day in the next week or so!  You should definitely check her out.  Click here to visit Mama And Baby Love.

She is truly awesome, she has labels for you to print and everything!  This is what I'm aspiring to do!  :)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Crockpot Freezer Cooking 5

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Hey guys!  Here is my latest set of crock pot to freezer recipes.  I hope you enjoy.  I do appreciate all your comments.  Just so you know, I do make these for my family and I do what works for us, so I apologize in advance if these don't suite your family's needs.  I simply post these to share what we are doing at home.

A few tips:
  • Each bag is one meal that serves a family of 4 typically.  Some meals are a little bigger and leave leftovers.
  • I do not defrost my bags overnight.  You can if you want, but I haven't had any issues just putting the frozen chunk in.  However, some people say that doing that may cause a foodborne illness.  We have never gotten sick from this.  I also find that by putting it in frozen there is less chance of things overcooking/burning.
  • I run the bag under hot water for about 30 seconds to loosen the contents from the bag before dumping the contents in the crockpot.
  • This particular meal plan cost me about $120 for the ten meals.  That's $12 a meal--can't beat that!
  • At this time, I am not offering printable recipes/grocery lists.  But you can copy and paste into a word document.
  • Feel free to share my ideas, but please link back to this post!
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Here's what's on the menu this week!

Mediterranean Pork Chops

1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups chick broth
4 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp poultry seasoning
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried basil
6-8 thick cut pork chops

Directions:  Split all ingredients into two bags.  Cook on low for 8 hours.  Serve with salad and rice or noodles.

Beef Pot Roast

2  2lb boneless chuck roasts
salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
1/3 cup olive oil
1 large onion diced
4 bay leaves
4 beef bouillon cubes crushed
4 garlic cloves
2 cans of cream of mushroom
1/2 cup Chardonnay

Directions:  Sear the roasts on all sides.  Split ingredients into two bags.  Cook on low 8 hours.  Serve with potatos and salad.  You can add other veggies if desired.  Warning: new potatoes are the only ones that freeze acceptably.

Chipotle Lime Chicken

2 cups diced onion
2 cups chopped celery
2 cups chopped carrots
8 skinless chicken thighs
salt and pepper to taste
2 cans tomato sauce
1/2 cup lime juice
2 tbsp miced chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup cilantro
2 sliced avacodos

Directions:  Split all ingredients into two bags except avacado.  Cook on low 8 hours.  Serve with avacodo on top.  Serve on top of rice or noodles.

BBQ Pork Sandwiches

2 cans of beef broth
3 lbs of boneless pork ribs
1 large bottle BBQ sauce

Directions:  Slipt all ingredients into two bags except BBQ sauce.  Cook on low 8 hours.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degress.  Shred pork and put in cooking pan and mix in BBQ sauce.  Cook for 30 minutes or until warmed.  Serve on buns.  *You can use bone-in pork ribs, the meat falls right off and they are a bit cheaper.

Chicken Taco Soup

2 onions diced
2 cans of chili beans
2 cans of black beans
2 cans corn, drained
2 cans tomato sauce
2 cans chicken broth
4 cans of Rotel undrained
2 taco seasoning packets
6 chicken breasts
cheddar cheese
sour cream
tortilla chips

Directions:  Split all ingredients except cheese, sour cream, and chips into two bags.  Cook on low 8 hours.  Top with cheese, sour cream and chips.  This makes a lot of soup!

And here is the grocery list:

6-8 thick cut boneless pork chops
4 pound boneless chuck roast
8 lbs skinless chicken thighs
3 lbs boneless pork ribs
6 chicken breasts

½ cup Chardonnay
large bottle bbq sauce
2 cups chicken broth
2 cans cream of mushroom
3 cans (15 oz) tomato sauce
1 can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
2 cans (14oz) beef broth
2 cans chili beans
2 cans black beans
2 cans corn
4 cans Rotel
Tortilla chips
Sandwich rolls
12 cloves of garlic
2 avacados
½ cup cilantro
4 large onion
2 cups celery
2 cups carrots
½ cup lime juice
¼ cup olive oil
1/3 cup vegetable oil
garlic powder
poultry seasoning
4 bay leaves
5-6 beef bouillon cubes
2 packets taco seasoning
Sour Cream

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Why I'm Quitting Soda!

Hey friends!  I wrote a post about quitting sodas for my friend Jaima's blog!  I'd love for you to check it out here:

Here is a little preview:

To start, I have to tell you about my husband. I guess it was about a month into dating, he told me that he used chewing tobacco. While I was thoroughly disgusted, I had already fallen in love with him. I told him that it was fine, but once we had kids, it had to stop. I knew in all honesty, that he’d likely never quit, especially if he really didn’t want to. I am so proud to say that 4 years later, with a two year old at home, my husband finally quit! I have never been so proud! I had been nagging at him since my mom was diagnosed with cancer, and even more after she passed away. I understood the addiction side—I’m addicted to sodas. I always thought that it wasn’t nearly as bad of an addiction, but since my husband quit, I decided to do some research to help convince myself to stop drinking soda.

Now, I LOVE cokes. It’s often one of the first things on my mind when I wake up– I need a fix.  Terrible isn’t it?......

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Garlic Chicken Ranch and Fajitas Crockpot Freezer Meals

Okay, here it is!  I know everyone has been looking for these recipes and here they are!  I know I found these online, but I can not remember where, I only found my typed up copy for shopping and meal prep.  So, if I have posted your recipe, please let me know I will credit you promptly!  I never want to steal someone's ideas!  Just borrow!  :)

Garlic Ranch Chicken
8 Chicken breasts
2 bottles of ranch (you may want to use ranch packets and add the milk/mayo on crockpot day)
2 cup of mayo
3-4 tbsp of garlic
*Add in some crumbled bacon if you want to make it special!

Directions:  Split all ingredients into two gallon sized baggies.  Cook on low 8 hours.

2 lbs of round steak or chicken
2 8oz cans of Rotel
1 large onion
1 green pepper, strips
1 red pepper, strips
2 tsp cilantro
2-4 cloves of garlic
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
salt and pepper to taste
1 jalapeno

Directions:  Split all ingredients into two bags.  Cook on low 8 hours.  Serve with fajita fixings!

My Week in Paradise

Well, it's taking me a lot more time than I anticipated to get back into the swing of things since coming home from vacation! Sorry I've been MIA for so long. I thought I'd share some pictures of our vacation!

We stayed at the Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel. We thoroughly enjoyed our all-inclusive Adults Only resort; it was so peaceful and relaxing. No wonder I am having a hard time getting back into things! I took naps on the beach every afternoon. I didn't have to cook or clean anything. I didn't have to worry about anyone else. It was nice, but I was really happy to get back to my little boy. We are still dealing with a little separation anxiety. He's been attached to my hip since we got home. That's probably another reason I haven't gotten any blogging done!

And now I begin my Cinch weight loss program to get those extra vacaction pounds off! Good thing I love all the Cinch products!  Jen's story is so inspiring to me!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Breakfast Made Easy

One of my sweet friends shared with me something she's been doing to make breakfast easier at her house and shared it with me to share with you guys!  Thanks, Courtney!  This is going to make back-to-school so much easier and healthier at my house.  I've been known to eat a few pop-tarts in my days!  Here's to a dozen easier mornings!

All you need is a carton of eggs, 12 english muffins, 12 slices of canadian bacon, and 12 slices of cheddar cheese to make yummier, healthier breakfast sandwiches that you can freeze and then pop in the microwave for a minute and you are out the door!

Just whisk up your dozen eggs and then pour them into a non-stick or greased muffin pan.  People have told me you can just crack each egg into it's own muffin slot, but I prefer to whisk mine first.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  DO NOT OVERCOOK!  Otherwise you'll have rubber eggs!

Layer the egg, cheese and canadian bacon in the english muffin, wrap up with plastic warp and put them in a ziploc for even more freezer protection and throw those babies in the freezer.  Seriously easy prep!  

Defrost overnight in the fridge before heating--this gives the egg more time to defrost, otherwise when you heat in the microwave, you may end up with a frozen egg still.  When you are ready to eat them,  just pop one into the microwave for about a minute and that should do it.  They are around 300 calories depending on what products you buy.  And you know it's much more natural than what you get in the drive thru!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Under the Kitchen Sink

I asked some of my FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS what they wanted to see and one of the topics that was brought up was cleaning under the kitchen sink.  This was something I really did need to do since I switched cleaning products.

Here is what it looks like now, after I removed all the poisons.  Although, now that I see the picture, I think I'm going to go back and clean the bottom of the cabinet!!! 

But let's talk about what I took out of my kitchen cabinet.

After I took all this stuff out, it occurred to me, what on earth am I going to do with all this stuff?  Did you know that all of these things you spray around your house to get things "clean" can't be disposed of in the regular garbage or down the kitchen sink?  E-How puts it best, "Household cleaners and chemicals can become hazardous waste if they are not used properly or are not used up entirely. Household chemicals should not be thrown in the garbage or disposed of down the sink because of the possibility of contaminating the ground or water systems." 


Anyone else hearing that?!?  You can't put this stuff in the garbage and down the sink because they are worried about contaminating the ground and our water (don't get me started on our drinking water...) but it is okay to spray this stuff all over our homes where our children play.  Then there are all the warning labels on these things.  What made me laugh more were the ones that said things like "quality control ingredients" and "shining ingredients."  Makes me wonder what those ingredients are that make them not want to list it on the label.  No thank you.  I am so glad I am using Shaklee's Get Clean products that I know work and are 100% safe for my family.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Laundry Room Makeover


Let's face it, I hate laundry.  And I hated my laundry room.  It is connected to my garage so I go through that room several times a day normally apart from the time I spend in there to do the laundry.  I decided it was time for a change!  I had one of my former students come over to help me paint.  She was raising money for church camp.  She did such a great job!  Here is what it looked like before.

Of course I browsed on Pinterest a while to get some inspiration.  I found some great ideas and combined it all into my new laundry room!  On a side note, who puts a chandelier in their laundry room?!?!  Okay, sorry if I offended anyone, but it just doesn't seem practical.  I agree it is pretty, but this is a laundry room, where you bring all your filth!  I can only imagine how dusty it gets just from cleaning out the dryer lint!  Okay, sorry for my personal rant, and again, I apologize if you have a chandelier in your laundry room.  I'm sure it really is gorgeous!

Let me explain what all I did.

1.  I added a curtain on a tension rod to hide all those things we have to store.  Wish I had cabinets, but I don't, so this is the next best thing.

2.  Just a little picture that I found at Goodwill.  It says Care Deeply, Love Much, Speak Kindly.  Some days I really need to see that!  Like about now, when my toddler is trying to mop the floor with the dog's water bowl.  *Sigh*  So much for a little room time!

3. I made the switch to all natural, safe cleaning products.  And I'm saving money!!!  You can check it out by clicking HERE.  Seriously, who doesn't like spending just 3 cents on a bottle of cleaner!

4.  I chose the paint color Gravity.  It's a soothing gray color, I really like it.  Do you ever choose paint colors just for the name!?!  Love John Mayer!

5. Another picture; this one came from a friend in my town.  We have this facebook page called Free or For Sale for our city and I find all sorts of treasures!  The picture is a Paris theme.  I've never been to Paris, but one day I will go!

6.  Same thing, another Free or For Sale picture.  Love shopping from my neighbors.  It's also another Paris themed picture.

7.  Ah, this one makes me happy.  It's my shelf to catch all those hangers and socks that disappear behind the washer and dryer!  I went to Lowes and bought an 8 foot long white shelf panel.  I got out my jigsaw to cut around the outlets behind the washer and dryer and cut it to the length it needed to be.  I put two shelf brackets on the wall to hold it up, and the front edge sits on top of the washer and dryer.  It really wasn't that hard.

8.  Last but not least, and certainly my favorite part! Don't you just love finding money when you do the laundry.  It makes me feel like I'm getting paid.  And it is MY money!  If someone left it in their pocket and I washed it, it is MINE!  Hahaha!  So,  I added a little TIPS jar.  I printed out a shippins size label that says, "To INSPIRE Prompt Service."  Maybe my laundry room makeover will inspire me to get some laundry done!  It's already holding some of the money "I've made" from doing laundry!

Okay, so here is the side by side comparison picture.  I LOVE my new laundry room!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

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Before you stop reading thinking this is way too much work, stop.  It only took me 15 minutes!!!

I had a reader ask me a while back about not using canned soups because of the MSG and all the other chemicals that end up in that stuff that we don't know about.  Personally, I do like to know what is in the food I eat.  Again, I can't help but think that so many of the cancers and other diseases and developmental problems are coming from environmental contaminants.  Okay, enough of my personal rant.

I set out to make a homemade Cream of Chicken Soup.  I knew that I would need flour, milk, and chicken stock.  Those are you basics.  From there, open up your spice cabinet and have fun and do some taste testing.  Here is what I ended up with and put in the freezer today.  I have read from other people that it is okay to freeze this and use in cooking.  We shall see...try at your own risk!!!!

Aimee's Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

3 cups of milk (I used Organic lowfat)
3 cups of chicken broth (I used Swanson's certified organic)
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp poultry seasoning (makes sense, right?)
1/2 tsp of garlic salt (I was out of garlic powder)
a dash of paprika (my personal go-to seasoning)
a hint of ground sage
a bit of Mrs. Dash's Table Blend seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:  Bring broth and seasonings to a boil.  Meanwhile whisk the flour into the milk.  Stir briskly into the broth mixture until thick and creamy.  Split into 4 small freezer bags.  Makes about 48 oz (4 bags, 12 oz each).

Feel free to double or triple the recipe!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Crockpot Freezer Cooking 4

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I will say in advance, there's not a lot of veggie prep work in this meal plan, but you will have to brown some meat this time around and grill some burgers.  It worked for me to grill the burgers on an electric skillet for about 4-5 minutes each side, brown the ground beef on the stove while I chopped my veggies.  I even had a little helper for a while!  He's so cute!

Okay, on to the menu!  I like to post this in the kitchen as I'm cooking.  But I hate taking up counter space.  So I just put it up in the cabinets!  You could also tape it up there.  I just couldn't find my tape and didn't feel like searching.

On the Menu

Poppyseed Chicken
8 Chicken breasts
2 cups of sour cream*
3 cups of crushed crackers
2 teaspoons of poppyseeds
1 cup of butter
2 cans cream of chicken soup
*EDIT 7/16/12*  You will need to add a can of cream of chicken soup or this dish will be watery, or your own homemade cream of chicken soup.  For an easy how to, click here
*Also, you may consider adding the sour cream the day of cooking.  Freezing can break down milk products.
Directions:  Divide all ingredients into two bags except the crushed crackers and butter.  Place crushed crackers in a separate baggie in your pantry, ready for use when you cook this meal.  Cook on low for 8 hours.  Transfer crockpot bag/liner into a casserole dish about 10 minutes before serving.  Spread cracker crumbs over the top and drizzle ½ cup of melted butter on top.  Brown in the oven on broil.  Serve with your favorite veggies or salad.

Shredded Pork Tacos
3-4 pound pork roast cut into chunks
2 onions
6 tbsp canola oil
2-4 serrano chilies (be careful here!  Make sure you put just enough spice for your family!)
3 garlic cloves
salt and pepper
2 cups of water
taco shells or tortillas
taco toppings
Directions: Divide all ingredients into two bags, except tortillas/taco shells and the taco toppings.  Cook on low for 8 hours.  Serve in taco shells or tortillas with toppings of your choice.

Ground Beef Stroganoff
2-3 lbs browned ground beef
2 garlic cloves
2 cans of sliced mushrooms (optional)
2 cups of beef stock
4 tbsp tomato paste
2 onions
3 cups of sour cream mixed with 8 tbsp of flour
salt and pepper
Directions:  Divide all ingredients into two bags except rice/noodles.  Cook on low 8 hours.  Serve over rice/noodles with a veggie side or salad.

Chicken Delicious
8-10 chicken breasts
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ tsp celery salt
¼ tsp paprika
10 oz can of cream of mushroom soup
10 oz can of cream of celery soup
1/3 cup of dry sherry or white wine
parmesean cheese
Directions:  Divide all ingredients except cheese into 2 bags.  Cook on low 8 hours.  Sprinkle cheese on top 30 minutes before serving.  Serve with veggie side or salad.

Barbecue Sauce and Hamburgers
3-4 lbs of ground beef to make enough hamburger patties to serve your family. (or pre-made patties)
2  14oz can of beef gravy
1 cup of ketchup
1 cup of chili sauce
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp mustard
hamburger buns
Directions:  Grill hamburger patties on a griddle while prepping bags.  Divide all ingredients into two bags except hamburger buns.  Cook on low 5-6 hours.  Serve with sweet potato fries or salad.

Grocery List
  • 18 chicken breasts
  • 3-4 lb pork roast
  • 5-7 lbs ground beef

  • ketchup
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • cooking sherry
  • beef gravy
  • mustard
  • chili sauce

  • tomato paste
  • 10 oz can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 10 oz can of cream of celery soup
  • 10 oz can of cream of chicken soup

  • butter crackers
  • tortillas/taco shells
  • hamburger buns
  • 4 onions
  • 4 serrano chilies
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • lemon juice
  • taco toppings
  • poppy seeds
  • canola oil
  • beef bullion
  • celery salt
  • paprika

  • sweet potato fries
  • 5 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup butter
  • taco toppings
  • milk
  • eggs
  • bread
  • rice
  • veggies for sides
  • fruit
  • salad supplies

 I hope you enjoy all the meals!  I know our family really benefits from this method of dinner preparation.  It gives me exactly what I want--more time with my family.  If you are interested in even more time with your family, check out Shaklee!  It's a great way to earn extra income so you can be a work at home mom!  Their organic cleaning products are also a wonderful way to improve your home.  Click on the picture below for more information.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Book Sling, Mom Would Be Proud

So, I saw this idea on Pinterest and had to try it out.  I must say, I am not a sewer, but I think my mom would be proud of me!  I am so glad I was able to figure it out on my own since this was the first time I've attempted to use the sewing machine since my mom passed away.  That could have produced a huge meltdown!  It's the little things, you know?  I'm so glad she taught me the basics.

So I used this site:  Again, let me say, I am NOT a sewer!  I think I've hemmed some pants and shortened curtains before.  That's it.  So, if I can do this, so can you!  Albeit I might have had to make some adjustments.  I should have measured them and then chosen the size of slings I wanted.  But no, I had to do things the hard way.  I did the large size first, had it all done, and went to put Caden's books in and you couldn't see any of them!  So, back to the sewing machine.  I ripped out the seam, made a cut, and sewed it back up.

I bought some curtain rods, shown in the picture below, which are clearly not going to cut it.  I couldn't find any wooden dowels longer than 3 feet though.  My slings are 4 feet long.  Again, had I thought this through more, I would have cut my fabric shorter to use the cheaper wooden dowels.   I would shorten them now, but I already put holes in the wall.  Not a fan of making more holes than necessary!  I will be going back to the store to get a sturdier rod to hang the book sling with.

I was very happy with my $9 double curtain rod hangers.  They are wooden and brown and match Caden's room perfectly.  They are quite sturdy, too.  Overall, for two book slings (the other one is awaiting the shortening process) I spent about $35.  I love that it saves space and isn't so bulky like a bookshelf.

I hope you other non-sewers out there find this helpful!  Maybe you won't make the same mistakes I did!

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