Freezer Cooking for the weekend

I love freezer cooking it makes the busy weekends so much easier!

LAZY DAY TURKEY STEW 

3-4 lbs Ground Turkey Meat
2 cups approx. of baby red potatoes ( you can use whatever kind you have in the pantry really)
3 cups approx. of baby carrots (chopped or whole, whatever you prefer)
2 onions chopped
6 celery stalks chopped
1 can of Kidney Beans or Chick Peas (whatever you have, we like kidney beans)
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 can of tomato Sauce
2 tbsp of Brown Sugar

Split between two freezer Ziplock Bags, remove air & seal, mix around in bag, lay flat and freeze.

Instructions to pre-write on zip lock with sharpie pen,
-Thaw
-Add 1 Cup of water or Chicken broth, cook on low 4-6hours

Enjoy with fresh bread or on it’s own.

Macaroni & Cheese with Broccoli

1 box (13.25oz) of rotini, shell or macaroni pasta

– 4 TB butter
– 4 cups shredded cheese (I used a Colby-Jack blend, but Cheddar would work great too)
– 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature, cubed
– 1.5 cup of milk
– 12oz evaporated milk
– 1/4 cup sour cream
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/2 tsp pepper
– 1/2 tsp paprika

1. In your zip lock bag mix together butter, cream cheese, milk, evaporated milk, sour cream, salt, pepper and paprika. Try to stir out as many lumps as possible. Add Frozen Broccoli, I used 2 cups.  then divide in to two zip lock bags to stretch this for 2 meals, seal and freeze.
 
Instructions on Zip lock Bags prior to filling with Sharpie Pen.

Thaw,
Dump in Crock pot
Stir in UNCOOKED noodles
Top with Shredded Cheese   (DO NOT mix at this point. The cheese will melt and make it’s way through the noodles.)
-Cover and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours.

These are recipes I’m trying from:  http://www.mommyconnections.ca/ridge-meadows/2013/01/01/freezer-crock-pot-recipes-for-the-month-on-a-budget/

Tuesday blues day

I ain’t talking about the music. The anxiety and depression is bad this morning. I had a few really good days and now I’m back to ground zero. At least that’s how it feels. I just want my heart to stop hurting. I don’t even care anymore why it hurts I just want it to stop hurting. I want to be happy and not have try so hard. I want my smiles not to be forced and my days filled with light. I want this for myself but most of all I want it for my kids…my husband. I told the Doctor I have a very noisy soul. I’m not sure if he understood what that meant or what it feels like. How can you describe that feeling to anyone who has not gone through it themselves?

The doctor asked me if I felt like I have different personalities. I guess I didn’t know what that meant. I said I have drastic mood changes but personalities? I still don’t know what that means really.

There’s a very snarky, sarcastic, direct, strong willed, dry sense of humored, take no prisoners side of me.

There’s a very hopeless, depressed, tired and emotional side of me.

Then there’s the very manic girl that feels like she can do anything and is playful and bouncy and funny and can get many things accomplished in one day.

Then there’s me?

……………and time goes on. It ticks away and can’t be wasted. Laundry to do, kitchen and bathrooms to clean, school work to help with, sporting events to attend…….with a smile.

Real or not real?

Retro and proud…and a work in progress.

 

Clearly I was born in the wrong era.

Keeping a marriage fresh and exciting can be challenging amidst the stress of daily life. Thankfully, there are small deeds that you can perform to keep your husband happy and let him know that you love him more and more each day.

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Two newly reissued books originally published in 1913, Don’ts for Husbands and Don’ts for Wives, contain hundreds of tried-and-true tips for a happy marriage.

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Advice for wives includes such tidbits as “don’t let him have to search the house for you after his day’s work. Listen for his latch-key and meet him on the threshold,” and “don’t bother your husband with chatter if he is tired.”

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And for husbands, “don’t hesitate to mention the fact when you think that your wife looks exceptionally nice,” and “don’t scowl or look severe; cultivate a pleasant expression.”

Take care of your appearance. When you were dating, your husband found your body type attractive. He was hooked on your looks. Now that you’re married, it’s important that he still finds you attractive. When you take time and effort to watch your weight and dress nicely for your spouse, it communicates volumes. I care about you. You’re still the one for me. I want you to approach me. 

Maybe this approach isn’t for everyone but keeping my husband happy, our marriage strong and our household a pleasure is important to me.

My summer head start program…haha

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While the hubs is getting ready to head to Wyoming for the week I got a little bit further planning for summer break 2014.

As a  I said a few weeks I was already planning for the summer….yes I’m that mom.  I know it’s not even December yet. The reason I’m psycho planning for 2014 is because last year I didn’t plan at all and it was a disaster. I was working and everything I did plan was for their  daycare. I missed out on a lot because I tried to just fly by the seat of my pants. Never again.

I always make each one of my kids a summer binder. It has schedules, pictures, art projects, movies ticket stubs, etc.  This is mainly because if any of my kids dare to say they had a boring summer I have the proof that they did, in deed, have fun over summer break.

So far I’ve looked up some movies and what dates we will go to them. Our movie theater has $5 Tuesdays so I always plan our movies the Tuesday after it comes out. There are usually less crowds on a Tuesday morning. It’s very relaxing and budget friendly.

These are the movies that have an actual release dates I’m sure there will be more posted after New Years.

Maleficent – June 3rd.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 – June 17th

Planes 2 – July 22nd

Ninja Turtles – August 12th

Most of our Fridays are dedicated to the pool. I meet my best friend with her three kids and we make a whole day of it. Pool day Friday has been a tradition the last three years. Since this year we will be in a house and will lose the pool access of the apartments I’ve added up all the days we will try to go to the pool and looked up the cost at our local swimming pool. I added that total to the costs of all the movies and now I have a pretty good idea what my summer budget looks like. We will put a little bit of extra cash away in May so we’re ready to spend a little extra over the summer. This will be a lot cheaper than having all three kids in summer camp!

I printed off a new cleaning list, that I found on Pinterest, for the house. I still need to make new chore lists for the kids.

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I made a list of things I’d like to do this summer just to keep me organized. It doesn’t mean we’ll do everything but at least there is a goal. I printed one out for each of the kid’s binders. I can’t wait to move into the new house. It will make this all seem real. 🙂

12 Weeks of Summer

 

Go to pool         Make treats for neighbors                  A day with Grandma & Grandpa

Play board games on a rainy day       Go hiking           Create art

Backyard camping    Read books        Go bowling        Picnic in a park

Play Mini Golf            Write letters    friend sleepovers

Go to a baseball game        Crawdad fishing        bike ride

Make root beer floats       Pajama Day     Crazy hair day   Watch fireworks

Lego Creation Day   Make dinosaur eggs           Science experiments

Make rock candy       Shaving cream fight Make bird feeders    plant flowers

Create with sidewalk chalk       Go to a movie    Take pictures

Make a journal          make a race track out of masking tape

Have a marble race   Go to church    Play in the sprinklers        eat ice cream

Hike to a waterfall    Go fishing     Play in a lake            take naps            Have fun!

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Chicken Rolls Recipe

Here is a really yummy recipe I found from a delightful blog. Will be making this very soon.

I’m posting this recipe as requested in lieu of Menu Monday this week. Since I’ve been cooking so much and working so hard to double recipes and freeze–I’m taking a week off cooking! I’ll be pulling chicken and broccoli, taquitos, chicken spaghetti, and these chicken rolls out of the freezer this week! It’ll be nice 🙂 And yes, I realize that’s a lot of chicken. For some reason I don’t get sick of it…

But I digress. Back to the recipe. I only have a crappy picture that I took with my phone to taunt my little brother with when I made these 2 times ago. I knew I was going to post this recipe but I just completely forgot to take any decent pictures. Oh well.  You’ll get the idea of what they’re supposed to look like in the end from this!

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Thanksgiving detox

I’m a big believer that Thanksgiving is not a day to diet. Once a year, you get to gather ’round the table with family and friends, count your blessings and eat delicious holiday dishes to your heart’s content.

After any Holiday diet I think it’s important to jump back on the wagon of healthy eating with a good detox from all the toxins you just ate. The master cleanse is always my go to cleanse. It can be used with raw veggies and almonds or by itself.

A single serving of the Master Cleanse drink consists of:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grade-B organic maple syrup
  • 1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 10 ounces filtered water

After following this fast for 4-14 days, dieters are urged to slowly ease back into eating solid food, starting with items such as vegetable soup, followed by fruits and vegetables.

Green leafy vegetables are great for detoxing. Good raw veggies are what I’m using along with the master cleanse  so I’m not completely depriving myself. Here are some great raw veggies to add to your diet.

Spinach: With romaine lettuce, spinach is probably one of the most consumed leafy green.  Rich in vitamins A and C as well as spinach can easily be incorporated to a range of recipes, from soups, pastas and casseroles.  Baby spinach leaves also makes wonderful salads.  Why not try an Asian inspired salad with baby spinach, bean sprouts, sesame seeds, raisins with a lemon/miso/sesame oil dressing?

Kale: One of the most nutritious vegetables on earth! Kale is an excellent source of vitamin A, C and K, as well as in calcium, folate and potassium.  Kale makes a nutritious substitution for spinach in recipes, or can be cooked slightly in garlic, olive oil and vegetable broth.  But my favorite Kale recipe is definitely crunchy kale chips. As satisfying as regular potato chips, but oh so much more nutritious!

Collards: With a similar nutrient profile as Kale, Collard greens is also a nutrition powerhouse.  The great thing about collard is that it comes with huge leaves, the perfect healthy substitution to tortillas. So why not try Collard greens as a gluten-free tortilla to make delicious detox wraps!

Beets greens: I always buy beet and turnips with their leaves. This way, I get 2 vegetables in one!  Like kale and collard, beet tops are rich in vitamin C and A, in calcium and potassium.  Beets greens tend to cook quicker than other greens. Personally, I like to add some in my detox smoothies.

Swiss chard: Milder in flavor than kale or collard, Swiss chard can be used as spinach in most recipes.  Separate the tough stems from the leaves and cook them separately or use it as celery.  Swiss chard contains oxalates, substances that can hinder the calcium absorption. Hopefully, cooking reduces the oxalate content, making calcium available for your body.

Mustard greens: With their peppery taste, mustard greens can add spiciness to many dishes. My favorite way to eat mustard greens is in sprouts form. Cheap and quick to grow, they add a perfect kick to salads or wraps.

Broccoli: Broccoli is probably one of the best-known greens. It adds crunch to many different dishes and are great as a side or raw, served with a dip.  Don’t throw away broccoli hearts. The center of the stalks makes a wonderful slaw, once you remove the fibrous parts and thinly slice the tender center.

Dandelion: The single best green to cleanse your liver.  Instead of fighting against it on your lawn, embrace this nature’s gift to boost your health and detox naturally.  Dandelion greens are a bit bitter so blanching them in 2 different waters will help to diminish the bitterness.  Tender, leaves of early spring dandelion can be eaten in salads, and tougher or bitterer leaves can be turned in a wonderful soup.

Cabbage: Cabbage saw is always a crowd’s favorite. But a true healthy cabbage slaw has nothing to do with the radioactive green, fat drenched mush some fast food restaurant serves.  Try a homemade slaw with a fresh sweet and sour dressing made of apple cider vinegar.  Cabbage also makes a delicious detox soups that boost your weight loss efforts.

Romaine: A salad classic.  More nutritious than Iceberg, romaine can make a terrific base for delicious nutrient packed salads.  Try mixing in other greens to boost the nutrient factor.  Using romaine as a base will help your palate to get used to more bitter greens.

What is your favorite green vegetable? How often do you eat dark leafy greens?

Eat soup: Don’t relive that overly stuffed feeling from Thanksgiving. Keep yourself satiated without the bloat with a brothy low-sodium soup.

After eating that much food I always feel like it’s seeping though my pores the day after. Never a good feeling. This is a Dr. Oz three days juice cleanse plus his recipe for a detox bath. I have tried both The juice cleanse was ok. I had to teak it a little bit as I’m sure everyone does when they try it. The bath however is amazeballs! It truly believe it helps with the detox process.

Here are the recipes:

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Combine 10 drops Lavender Oil with 2 1/2 cups Epsom Salt in a hot bath. Soak for 30 minutes.

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There is also one more detox I can recommend, the belly fat cleanse  can work wonders over a weekend. Here is the recipe:

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I’m only doing this cleanse over the weekend, then working my way to the soup, then back to a mostly carb free lifestyle.

I hope this is helpful and please let me know of any progress you make.