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Homemade Chili

img_9819Ingredients

1 lb ground turkey

1 lb ground pork

1 green bell pepper

1 medium diced onion

1 minced cloves fresh garlic

1 10oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies

6 oz can tomato paste

1 package of mild chili seasoning mix

1 tsp garlic salt

2 tsp chili powder

1 cup of water

1 Tbsp sour cream

a sprinkle of cheddar cheese

Directions

Place all the ingredients into a crock pot and stir well. Place on high and cook for 3 hours.

Place on a bed of riced cauliflower and add a dollop of sour cream some sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.

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Two For One

Life Hack 101

Making More Than One Lunch A Day

img_8594I had a revelation the other day. I have never seen this before but, I found it to be a lifesaver idea, one I wish I had thought of years ago.

I get up early and make my husband’s lunch every day. While, for the most part, I do not mind, there are, however, some mornings I just can not get woke up enough to want to do it.

The other day when I was really tired, I had this wonderful idea to not only make his lunch for that morning but I made one for the next day as well. This enabled me to have the next morning off. This is a huge score for me.

This will work well for the parents who make their kid’s school lunches every day. If you do not like doing this chore every morning, consider trying this method and see if it works well for you too.

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Preparing Meals In Advance

Life Hack 101

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My friend, are you tired of having to prepare meals every day and struggle like myself in deciding what will be for supper?

Try this handy life hack, prepare a weeks worth of meals all at one time. As you are making one meal consider preparing several others at the same time.

I did this on Sunday and I am so thankful I did. It took me two hours which in the spectrum of the time saved this week was well worth the effort.

Several of the meals I prepared in advance are included below…

  • meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, and frozen peas and carrots
  • saute’ed mushrooms, onions, and cooked chicken chunks served over a bed of riced cauliflower and salute’ed asparagus
  • baked chicken, mashed potatoes, chicken gravy, Brussel sprouts
  • chicken tostados
  • beef and cheese nachos
  • homemade pizza

I precooked all the meats and separated into meal portions.

I peeled and diced potatoes and placed in plastic bags according to their portion size. I put a small amount of water in the bags and then froze them. This keeps the potatoes from browning while waiting for their meal to be cooked.

I used my food processor to cut a head of cauliflower into riced pieces. After I cut the cauliflower into rice form, I placed in a bag and put in the freezer to keep it from turning mushy while I wait for its meal day.

I made my homemade pizza dough ahead of time as well. I placed in an oiled plastic bag and refrigerated until I am ready for its meal.

As for my vegetables, half of them are already frozen while some are fresh with no preparation work required.

My friends, this has been such a helpful way to save time in daily meal planning.

I will be posting the recipes to these meals as I have time to write them up.

Here are a few pictures meals I prepared over the weekend.

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Beef and Cheese Nachos
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Meatloaf
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Mushrooms Onions and Chicken
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Riced Cauliflower
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Peeled and Cubed Potatoes

 

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Homemade Pizza Dough
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Maximizing The Life of Your Bananas

Life Hack 101

Maximizing The Life of Your Bananas

E8F9FD00-B5F6-4950-9541-0A60AB286B97Do you ever buy a bunch of bananas that are a beautiful shade of bright yellow but find in only a couple of days they have brown spots all over them?

Try this trick when you buy them and you will get a few extra days of freshness in them before they start growing brown spots and get soft.

5FD513C4-D198-4B59-BCAD-BFAFD523BBF7After you buy your banana and bring them home, immediately separate them from the stock and let them rest individually. They will stay ripe for a few more days.

 

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Checking In….

Hi Friends,

B56B2286-12CB-4BED-BCDF-F42D9FEEA2C5Hang tight, I know I need to post 2 Christmas recipes as well as an encouragement for today.

I am now to the point where I am going to be laying low this afternoon. I was up all night last night icing kiddos foot to keep her ugly surgery pain at bay, but to no avail. She got up this morning feeling that ugly pain as well as a headache. She was able to take some of her meds now she has had her surgery so she finally found something to get it controlled since it was borderlining a migraine.

I was able to bake her some protein rich muffins (which I will post here since she liked them) and some protein rich granola bars so she can snack on healthy food which will promote quicker healing, I hope.

I also wanted to get my house picked up so it doesn’t get ahead of me, but exhaustion has settled in.

We are living by an alarm still, but as long as the ice keeps the ugly pain managed then I will continue to do it. The doctor is having her ice 15 minutes on with 30 mins off. It is amazing how fast that 30 minutes in between goes.

I wanted to drop by to reassure you all that I am still here and will make every effort to keep posting even though she is down.

Thank you for your patience. I truly means a lot to me.

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Cinnamon Raisin Bread

25 Days Countdown Recipes

December 8, 2017

6EDCBED0-35C5-4B68-AAE6-0900BD51CB54This is a sweet yeast bread you can make if you are tired of the same boring white bread. While it is baking it leaves a beautiful fragrance of cinnamon in the air, which if you are like me, you love to smell coming from your kitchen this time of the year.

This recipe actually came from a cook book I borrowed years ago from our local library, but I can’t remember the name of it. I just know the recipe is amazingly easy and the bread is fabulously wonderful.

It makes wonderful Panini sandwiches as well as scrumptious French toast.

It tastes wonderful if spread with peanut butter or a honey cream cheese spread as well.

Enjoy! If you bake it, leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

Ingredients

2 tsp or 1/2 packet of yeast

2 c bread flour

2 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp butter

7/8 c milk

2/3 c raisins (optional)

Directions

Add all the ingredients to the machine in the order of you manufacture’s recommendations. Choose either a regular or a light crust (depending on your preference), select the sweet setting and push start.

Disclaimer, I have used this bread for a scheduled setting and it comes out just as beautifully as if I had done it on the present setting.

Happy Bread Baking!

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Mushroom Alfredo with Broccoli Supper

Mushroom Alfredo with Broccoli

Are you looking for an easy supper idea?

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Try this Mushroom Alfredo with Broccoli dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 jar of Alfredo sauce (easy method instead of making from scratch)
  • 1 8 oz box of any choice mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • sprinkle Parmesan cheese
  • approximately 1 cup cut spinach
  • spaghetti
  • fresh broccoli

{All of the above ingredients are not exact measurements, they are to taste.}

Directions

  • In a saute’ pan heat on a medium high heat the coconut oil until melted. Cut the mushrooms into pieces and cook until soft. Add garlic powder, dried parsley until cooked. Add spinach and turn down to warm.
  • In a sauce pan boil water and when boiling add noodle of choice (I used spaghetti noodles) until soft.
  • Drain and add noodles to Alfredo sauce and stir until well mixed.
  • When serving sprinkle with a dash of dried parsley and Parmesan cheese.
  • Lastly serve with fresh steamed broccoli

Enjoy your easy supper plan. You can add or take away from this. It is all you want it to be.

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Life Hack 101

Cleaning Up After Cooking and Baking

How To Survive The Piles of Dirty Dishes During This Busy Season

DB5A7664-3A91-4C59-A45B-E2EB8A65BD1CAre you like me sharing the fact we hate washing tons of dishes after cooking and baking?

I learned a long time ago to multi-task this horrible chore. While my food is cooking or baking I wash up the load of dishes that I dirtied while making what is cooking now.

It is a huge time saver because you should stay in or around the kitchen to be sure your food isn’t burning.

By doing this you not only free yourself up some time physically, but it will help to free your mind of time as well. By doing this you will have more time to do an activity, run errands or go shopping, or  it will free you up the time to just sit back and put your feet up allowing time for some much needed relaxation.

This seems like a simple hack, but some of my greatest ideas in life have come from people sharing their thoughts while others like me say, “ Why didn’t I think of that.”

Happy Cleaning Up!