Archives for the month of: October, 2013

meals

Freezer meal are the best!  If you don’t know freezer meals are just that meals that have been frozen.  I like to stock pile about a months worth at a time and then you have one less thing to think about during the day, what’s for dinner?  There are lots of bloggers sharing their recipes and expertize. Check out a few that I found really helpful.

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The first thing you need are recipes I use mostly crock pot meals.  I hunt around Pinterest and blogs. I pick about 6-8 and plan on doubling each recipe and add in a few left over days and pasta meals to equal a months worth of meals.  Once I have my recipes all picked out I write up a big list of all the ingredients needed minus what’s already on hand like salt and pepper, etc.

Now for the shopping.  It is a lot all at once.  I try to go to a few different stores to ensure getting the best prices.  Aldis is great for all the canned goods and dry pastas and rice and then I head to my local grocery store for fresh produce and meats.  After a huge shopping trip, carrying everything in and putting all that food away its time for a break.   I freeze all my meals in gallon freezer bags so I like to sit down (yeah!) and write out all my meals and instructions on each bag.  still have energy? Nope

I put all my meals together the day after the big shop.  how I do this depends on how clean my kitchen is and what counter space is available.   It’s best to chop all your veggies at once and then just scoop what is needed into each bag.  After that cut up your meat and dump that into each bag per recipe.  and last seasonings and  canned goods like tomatoes and beans or whatever your recipes calls for.  Now just seal and toss into freezer and you are all set for a months worth of dinners.

Here are a few of the meals I froze for this month

Chicken tortilla soup

Chunky Chili

Sausage and Peppers

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I have been busy with 3 craft shows this month.  I didn’t make out as well as hoped but great to get out of the house.  If you don’t know I’m a stay at home mom in a one car family.  We are usually without transportation during the day.  It makes weekends crazy trying to run all my errands with a husband and toddler in tow.

I have one more show in December but until then I have time to clean the house and make freezer meals.  Yes I love freezer meals I did them last fall/winter.  I’ll do a more detailed post about recipes and how to later.  I will be set for dinners for about a month which is great because my toddler is either too helpful or just climbing on me while I cook.  All I have to do is dump it in the crock pot.  And I have more time to sew!

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Here’s some of what I sell at craft shows:  Toddler training pants, Baby booties, Crayon rolls.  All are found at my etsy shop except the crayon rolls.

My kid loves to cook.  It’s fun to make cookies or cupcakes together but I needed something for him so I could wash dishes and do some cleaning.  I decided to let him do his own baking.  I laid out a bath towel and put on it various bowls, spoons, measuring cups, etc.  and then I filled some with small amounts of flour, sugar and his very favorite eggs.  He had quite a blast and I was able to get some cleaning accomplished.  The best part was it wasn’t too messy when he was done. Awesome!  although I did have more dishes to wash.

 

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“EGG”

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Sometimes I like to shop online, OK I LOVE it!  Which provides me with lots of boxes, and potential fun!  Normally just having a big box to sit in is enough in itself to keep Blake busy, but he gets bored of it after a day or so.  And it’s off to the recycling bin.  So to stretch more play out of your box, color it!  yea!  I only let Blake color with color wonder because I don’t trust him to not color the walls and himself and the couch, but I let him go wild with some crayons while he was sitting in a box.  It was fun I think next time we will add some stickers to the mix and maybe some colored tape.

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Sensory bins are really fun for kids.  It lets them explore different textures and provides stimulating play time.  You just need a clear plastic bin and rice or beans or noodles or whatever else seems fun to dig through.  Then, just add some small toys and let your kids dig in!

I have tried these several times with Blake at different ages and we get the same results……a huge mess.  Trying to sweep up 3 lbs of rice is not fun for me.  It does keep him busy for almost 30 minutes but cleaning up the mess takes a lot longer so I decided we were done with this activity.  Here are some pics from our last attempt.  I used split peas that i found for .49 cents a bag.

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Hello all!

It’s been awhile since I posted and I realized I’m a lazy blogger.  I have been a busy bee with three craft shows this month and one in December.   And my little guy hasn’t been napping regularly as a result my blog got neglected and the laundry and dishes, etc. I feel like I’m constantly battling to get back into a groove.  I am just not very good about keeping on a schedule.  so here’s hoping lots gets accomplished tomorrow  and a new post gets done, for now enjoy the fall weather and pumpkin flavored everything.