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The Good Life

26 Jun

Hey Everyone!

I posted a recipe on A Charming Twist that I thought you all might love! It’s Garlic Butter Chicken with Rice & Veggies! Check out the link above to see the recipe!

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Yesterday I spent the day in the kitchen and out in the pool with Emma beans 🙂

I also got some new listings done for my etsy shop! My goal has been to post something new each day that I’m home. So far I’ve gotten this made and listed:

Crochet Cell Phone Case Linen and Dusty Rose

 

Crochet Cell Phone Case Linen and Dusty Blue

Cell phone cases anyone!? These are so much fun to make!!!

Set of Three Burp Cloths - Dinosaurs

Finally! I’m all set up to make burp cloths again – I made a set just like this for my friends baby shower and loved the fabric so much I decided to make some more! Emma has been saying: RAWWWRRRR I’m a DINOSAUR!! every time she see’s them 🙂

If you want to check out my shop it’s: Daydreaming Gifts

 

Thanks for stopping by!

J

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Preparation Meets Opportunity

22 Aug

In this case – preparation meets the opportunity to spend less being grumpy in the kitchen 😉

So I did it! After all those lists, coupons, and shopping – I prepped the heck out of this weeks meals. I sat down a decided out of the two week list that needed to be prepped – which ones I was going to do for this week. Here’s the list in case you forgot:

  1. Taco Soup
  2. Enchiladas
  3. Vegetable Soup
  4. Tortilla Roll Ups
  5. Muffins
  6. Banana Bread
  7. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  8. Meat Sauce: (3 meals)
  9. Red Sauce: (2 meals)
  10. Crockpot chicken in broth for meals: 8 meals worth
  11. Hard Boiled Eggs: 6-8

So for this two weeks I did:

  1. Hard Boiled Eggs (8)
  2. Crockpot Chicken (3 Meals Worth)
  3. Meat Sauce (3 Meals Worth)
  4. Taco Soup
  5. Banana Bread

I’ll be doing the rest later as I go (you may notice a few things came off the list – those are the ones I’m going to make when I want them and save the rest for leftovers).

I started off with the meat sauce and the hard boiled eggs. Since meat sauce takes attention and a lot of standing in front of the stove I decided to pair it with eggs since those are easy peasy and I could easily check on them.

One of the tricks I use to my sauce is to let it cook for a while on medium low. Get all those seasonings in there and cooked really well so it’s even (this takes a little stirring too). Once it was done I put it in a container and put in the freezer. When it’s time to cook I’ll just defrost in the fridge the morning of, throw it in the pan on medium to warm up and TADA we are done. Easy peasy.

When the eggs were done boiling I cooled them off under the sink with cool water and put them in a container (shells still on) in the fridge. Later I can decide if I want to make egg salad sandwiches, put an egg in a fresh made salad, or have a hard boiled egg for breakfast! I made enough to have all three options. Leaving the shells on is something I chose to do so the eggs wouldn’t absorb all the other smells in the fridge as well as making them last longer. But now I won’t have to wait 15-20 minutes for these suckers to be ready to eat.

After that I put chicken broth in a crockpot with three meals worth of chicken. We buy chicken tenders at Sam’s Club because it’s cheaper to buy it in bulk and chicken tenders cook faster that big chicken breasts. Since there’s three of us in our family I use three chicken tenders. These cook on high for 2-3 hours. I kept checking them to see how they were doing.

While those where cooking I moved on to the banana bread! The first time I did this recipe it took FOREVER so I always make sure I am going to have plenty of time and not try to do anything else while I’m making this. Which meant while I was waiting 2-3 hours for the crockpot I had plenty of time!

Now that I’ve done this recipe a couple of times it’s getting easier and faster to do and my confidence in making this has spiked since I haven’t messed it up yet 😉 After it was all ready I popped it in the oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Yummmm. It came out looking fantastic! I let it cool for 10 minutes and then came back ready to cut it up and give it a taste test.

Brian helped with the taste test and decided it needed chocolate chips in it. I told him this was supposed to be a somewhat healthy breakfast or snack alternative and if he wanted chocolate chips he’d have to ask his mom to make him some 😉 haha. Good thing she lives five minutes away – so I can get away with that!

After all that the chicken was ready. I pulled them out of the crockpot and put three tenders in each container and stuck them in the freezer. When it’s time to make a meal I’ll defrost them in the microwave throw some sauce on them and heat them up in a pan 🙂 (I just saved myself 30 minutes of cooking in the kitchen!)

Since I had just bought some fresh hamburger meat I went ahead and made mini hamburger patties to freeze. I thought sliders would be the perfect lunch for the girls and I one day since they have little fingers and big buns are hard to hold. Emma and I actually had a taste test of these Monday and they were DELICIOUS! ❤ It took about 15 minutes to make.. maybe less than that and one pan to clean 🙂 I can handle that!

Taco soup was the other thing on my list but we previously made that so I was off the hook there 😉 If you haven’t heard of taco soup click this link and you can see the recipe for it. It’s so easy and so yummy I make a batch every time we run out so there’s always some on hand at my house.

This entire process took about 3 and a half hours including stopping for 30 minutes to eat dinner. Doing this every Sunday night might just be worth it to make each meal during the day cut in half with easier clean ups.

I’ll keep you updated on how it goes 🙂

Love Always,

J

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Making Food Easy

20 Aug

One thing that this family does not have – is a good grasp on food and making our grocery trips the best. Part of my budgeting is couponing. Part of my couponing is not buying things we don’t need. Part of my problem is I don’t know what we really do need..

So to solve this problem I made lists upon lists upon lists: Are you ready for this?

First off – I grocery shop every two weeks or less if possible. So I needed to make 14 different meals for each three meals a day.

Breakfast:

  1. Waffles
  2. Cereal
  3. Pancakes
  4. French Toast
  5. Sausage Biscuits
  6. Bacon Egg & Cheese Sandwhiches
  7. Oatmeal
  8. Muffins
  9. Banana Bread
  10. Yogurt & Granola
  11. Cream Cheese Bagel
  12. Oatmeal Smoothie
  13. Breakfast Bar
  14. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Then I separated lunches in two sections. One for the girls and one for me because we obviously eat different lunches!! Brian’s left out of the lunches since he buys lunch each day at work and he has his staples on the weekends that are always in the house.

Girls Lunches:

  1. Pizza
  2. Fish Sticks
  3. Ham & Cheese
  4. Quesidilla
  5. Hot Dog
  6. Raviolis (Mac N Cheese)
  7. Chicken Nuggets
  8. PB & J/Banana
  9. Cheeseburgers
  10. Chicken Noodle Soup
  11. Egg Salad Sandwiches
  12. Meatball Mini Bites
  13. Tortilla Roll Up
  14. Pasta Salad

Lunches for Me! (Note: There are a few main course meals in here because Brian refuses to eat them – so I make them for lunch and just portion myself appropriately)

  1. Chicken Potatoes & Carrots
  2. Chicken Rice & Veggies
  3. Enchiladas
  4. Taco Soup
  5. Beanie Weenies
  6. Rotel Chicken Wraps
  7. PB&J
  8. Ham & Cheese
  9. Pizza
  10. Vegetable Soup
  11. Quesadilla
  12. Egg Salad
  13. Tortilla Roll Up
  14. Leftovers

And finally the easiest to think of meals – but the hardest to get myself to cook them.. Dinners!

  1. Spaghetti
  2. BBQ Chicken & Pasta
  3. Steak Bites & Potatoes
  4. Tacos
  5. Baked Ziti
  6. Teriakyi Chicken Rice & Corn
  7. Lasagna
  8. Breaded Chicken & Pasta
  9. Sloppy Joes
  10. Chicken Cacciatore
  11. Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwhiches
  12. Quesadillas
  13. Chicken Cordon Bleu & Pasta
  14. Easy Chicken

You’ll notice some of these meals are repeats of lunches but since I have two weeks I can do one meal for lunch and the next week for dinner. That way we don’t get sick of it but honestly they could be eaten for lunch or dinner!

Okay!! So now that I have the list of food and my grocery list all set I needed to come up with a prepping plan to make it easier for the rest of the two weeks easier.

Prepping Plan: I hope to do a majority of my cooking on Sunday. The meals that probably won’t get prepped on Sunday will just be made the day I want to eat them and the leftovers saved for another meal 🙂

Fully Prepped Meals:

Chicken Potatoes & Carrots (throw everything in the oven and cook for 30 min)

Chicken Rice & Veggies (will probably be made the day I want to eat it and saved for another day of eating)

Taco Soup (This batch makes enough to last a loong time and is frozen. Will only have to make this every 3-6 months.

Enchiladas

Vegetable Soup (again frozen)

Tortilla Roll Ups (refrigerated and easy peasy)

Muffins

Banana Bread

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – which might be knocked off my list depending on how irritating they are.

Partial meals to prep:

Meat Sauce: (3 meals)

Red Sauce: (2 meals)

Crockpot chicken in broth for meals: 8 meals worth (lunches & dinners) this makes it easy to pull out a cooked piece of chicken, shred it, and cook it in a quesadilla with some cheese and veggies. Same with other meals – just heat up with whatever sauce you use and it’s ready to go. I think I’ll be splitting this up into a weekly event where I crockpot four meals worth and divvy it up for certain meals then repeat on the next Sunday.

Hard Boiled Eggs: 6-8

Along with the meals are of course, fruits, veggies, pretzels, crackers, and a few other snacks/sides! But now that I have a serious list of what we are going to eat for the next two weeks and enough choices to not get sick of things, I am thinking our grocery list will dwindle down without all those unnecessary foods that never get made into meals or go bad before I actually use them.

Let’s see how this goes 😉

On Wednesday I’ll be posting about my prepping that I did all day Sunday 🙂 and I’ll let you know if it was worth all the trouble.

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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A Wrap That Will Make Your Mouth Go “O”

16 Jul

This is for that moment when you are sick of the usual foods you are eating, just a plain chicken wrap is driving you insane, and you don’t mind a little bit of kick. And by kick I mean, you don’t mind a little green pepper bite!

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Marinate Time (if preferred): about 3-4 hours

Makes: Two – Three Wraps

Ingredients:

1 large piece of boneless chicken breast

Tortilla Shells

2-3 cups of Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing (Kraft)

1/2 of a small can of Rotel (I used diced tomatoes with green peppers but there’s a ton of choices!)

Chopped Lettuce

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Ranch Dressing

Instructions:

To Marinate –

Put chicken in a zip lock bag with the vinaigrette dressing, seal, and lay in the refrigerator to marinate for 3-4 hours or longer.

Cooking –

Defrost chicken if not thawed completely.

Put a skillet on medium heat and spray Pam or dab a little oil in the skillet.

Dice chicken into cube size pieces.

Throw the chicken in the pan and let it cook for about ten minutes making sure it’s cooked all the way through.

Turn the skillet down to low or warm and add 1/2 small can of Rotel in the skillet.

While it’s simmering chop lettuce and put in a small container with a lid.

Add shredded cheese to the container.

Add Ranch dressing to the container (your preference on how much).

Close the container and shake it up really good so it’s all mixed up and there is a little ranch on every piece!

Pull out your tortilla shell, add chicken & tomatoes, add lettuce mixture, wrap it up & eat!!

If you are anything like me this is what you’re wrap will look like in seconds! ❤ I love a nice change of pace when it comes to food!

This is the kind of meal I always look forward to during lunch. I’ll marinate the chicken in the morning and know it won’t take that long to make – which when you have a toddler is a must! It’s also fantastic for when you are really hungry but don’t want something that heavy to eat. If you aren’t a green pepper fan, you can always do just diced tomatoes or any of the other rotel’s if you are feeling brave!

Hope you enjoy!

Love Always,

J

Daily Life: Cooking Queen!

25 Jul

There’s something about me you should probably know. I’m not the best cook ever. Boxed meals with instructions are some of my best meals. I make an awesome Parmesan Chicken & Fettechini Alfredo – but the Alfredo is the only thing I make from scratch. Taco soup is probably my favorite meal – but it’s all cans, seasoning packets, and a pound of hamburger. Enchilada’s – now that’s another story!

I got creative and adventurous when I was in high school. My dad was living in D.C. my senior year, my sister at college, and with my mom working she said she wasn’t cooking meals anymore so it was up to me to make dinner for myself or I was left to PB&J’s and deli sandwiches. Well PB&J’s and deli sandwiches get old after a while and when you’ve grown up having a hot HUGE yummy meal every night – you start craving the madness and get adventurous. I took out one of my mom’s recipe books – ran to the grocery store for a few things – and made the BEST enchilada’s EVER. I didn’t exactly follow the recipe and I think that was my favorite thing about it. I was so proud of me not following directions and making something so amazing!

Luckily I married a cook who was great at making a million different things and since then I haven’t really had to cook anything. Maybe a few lunches and then some box dinners when he needs the night off. This new job of B’s? Yeah he’s never home for dinner. After a week of eating traditional meals that I can make – boxed dinners and a few things I am okay at – I wanted something different. I pulled out some chicken, butter, and breadcrumbs. Defrosted, rolled in butter, dipped in breadcrumbs. In the oven they went! Boiled some pasta, made some tomato sauce with garlic, pepper, and a few other spices. Added LOTS of cheese and watched it melt 😀 (My favorite part of cooking!!) Got some brocoli and cheese out since E needs some veggies and TADA! There you have it!

I sat down assuming it might taste blahh like most of my meals from scratch end up tasting and surprise! It was actually good 😀 and E ate a good amount – minus the broccoli….

Either way – I am super proud of me and I know B would be too 😀

 

Yummm.

Love Always,

J

Luxuriously Lazy!

25 Oct

This morning B woke up at his normal time and his alarm went off without me hearing it like usual. I usually never wake up or hear him leave but this time I woke up while he was in the shower and I couldn’t go back to sleep. I was a little frustrated and thought of all the things I could do to keep me busy this morning until E woke up. I turned on the light by the bed and saw the book I just picked up from the library. Problem solved! I spent the entire morning reading this book and it is so addicting. I am loving it! Thanks to the nook I have decided never to buy a book again unless I can get a sample of it to read the first 50 pages see if it’s interesting.

Today I had planned on moving everything back to our original place since the disaster and doing laundry. Today E and I have been watching sprout, taking naps, cooking, and relaxing! Although it has been a fabulous day, I am waiting for the guilty feeling to sneak up on me but as of right now I still feel like I have the rest of the day to accomplish something so I am not too worried.

I decided to have fun cooking this morning so I made up my own recipe.. which I will warn you the last couple times I tried to make up my own recipe it was an epic fail.. but I was feeling quite confident today!

Ingredients:
1-2 pieces of thinly sliced chicken
Pasta of your choice
Butter
Salt & Pepper
Any spices you like (I used italian spices)
Cream cheese
Half n Half or Milk
Grated parmesan cheese
Either a can of Ragu, Prego, or a can of Petite Diced Tomatoes (I used Ragu because that’s all we had but next time I am using Petite Diced Tomatoes)

Instructions: I defrost the chicken then cut it up into bite size pieces. Dash salt and pepper and add a tablespoon of butter in a sauce pan. When the butter is melted While the water was boiling for the pasta I let the chicken brown. Add pasta to boiling water and set timer for the amount of time instructed on the box. Then when the chicken is browned and cooked all the way through add a quarter of cream cheese cubed. Once the cream cheese has melted add a cup of half n half or milk and a cup of grated parmesan cheese. Put the saucepan on low and it cook until the pasta is ready. If you like everything hot like I do I took a cup of the Ragu (Prego, or Petite Diced Tomatoes) and put it in the microwave just to warm it up. Strain the pasta pour into a bowl, add the chicken and cream sauce, then top with Ragu! Totally yummy!!

Well E and I are going to cuddle before her next nap time 🙂

Love Always,

J

Chicken Carbonara … YUMMMM!

22 Oct

You know those days where you have one major thing to do and it takes all day to do it? That’s today for me! I am making dinner for my family (B and E) and B’s parents (Nana and Dodo and possible his brother and brother’s wife Uncle J and Aunt S). Of course there’s only so much I can do because B is going to be grilling up the chicken but I thought I would share the recipe with you all.

Chicken Carbonara .. YUUUUMMM. I totally stole this recipe from my mom (Thanks Momma D!) and she apparently stole it from Kraft 😉

Ingredients:

1/2 lb of fettuccine pasta (or whatever pasta you like insert here)

4 slices of bacon chopped

4 oz of philadelphia cream cheese cubed

1 cup of grated parmesan cheese (it calls for 1/2 but we loooove our cheese)

1 cup of milk or half n half (we use half n half)

1 cup of frozen peas (or forget the peas please is what B says)

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder or garlic salt (your preference here but we use salt)

As you can see Momma D changes things up.. but we love it!

Before you do anything! Get that chicken out of the freezer and drowned it in italian dressing for about an hour or so. For four pieces we usually use a half of a regular bottle of italian dressing or more.

Cook the pasta as directed on the package while cooking bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon with slotted spoon to paper towels (or leave it in and enjoy the fatness like us!) Add remaining ingredients (cubed cream cheese until melted as much as possible, then milk, then peas or no peas, and garlic powder) Cook on low heat in skilled until mixture is well blended and heated through.

Drain pasta and place in a large bowl and add mixture (or after draining the pasta put it in the pan with the goods and mix it up so you can see if you  need more cheese or milk depending on if you like things creamy or cheeesssyyy!)

While I am doing this B grills the chicken so it’s hot and fresh! You can slice up the chicken and put it in the pasta or keep it separate. Either way it’s FANTABULOUS!

Enjoy!

(If you love garlic bread, this is the perfect meal if you want it.)

Okay totally off subject but I wanted to Thank all my 50 viewers yesterday! That is the highest views I have ever gotten! EVER! Love you all 🙂

Plus I added a new page up front .. look up there to the top left! It’s the contact me page. It has my email so you can personally right to me and chat it up about whatever it is you want or you can check out my new esty.com page! If you don’t know what etsy is it’s basically amazon.com but for homemade items. Totally cool!

Stay tuned for crafting fun this weekend 😀

Love Always,

J

(Picture from google)

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