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Weekly Menu 9/25/17

Welcome to another Monday & another weekly menu! I hope your meal planning is going GREAT & you are all ready to tackle the week ahead of you!! If you’re not- hopefully I can give you some great recipe ideas to help make your menu come together easier this week! We had a fun packed weekend. Our kids both went to Homecoming, my friends had a nice brunch to celebrate my birthday, I hugged an Alpaca at an Alpaca farm & we got some things done around the house and grocery shopped~ just to name a few things!!

 

Monday:

Pork Shoulder Roast- this recipe comes from The Pioneer Woman! Have you heard of her? I love her show on Food Network. She doesn’t typically make healthy meals, but I have learned to adapt them a little, by making some simple changes. I personally make this into a crockpot meal, just because it works great for us on Mondays to do a crockpot meal.

The edits I make are:

  • When making the marinade/sauce I go step by step, per the recipe except I sub out the sugar- instead of brown sugar, I use coconut sugar
  • To make it into a crockpot meal, after making the sauce I coat the entire pork roast in the crockpot, flipping it around in it so it coats all sides. Then I put it on low and cook it all day long, over 12 hours

It makes the best shredded pork EVER! You can put it on tortillas, make it into a bowl with rice,or cauliflower rice, or just eat it by itself really- it’s that good.

Tuesday:

Cool Ranch Tacos -this site has some great crockpot meals.  When I made this for the first time in this post a couple of weeks ago, my husband fell in LOVE with them. They were so easy. He doesn’t easily fall in love with chicken recipes, so that says something in itself. Again this could be served with tortillas, rice or cauliflower rice. Depending on your level of carb intake 🙂

Wednesday:

Spaghetti Pie- I get most of my veggies from a CSA that I belong to from a local farm in our area. So when this weeks pickup had a spaghetti squash in it, I knew I HAD to make this. This is another recipe that I found when I was strict paleo & it is still one of the mainstays in our meals~especially when it is fall time! I highly recommend her blog PaleOMG and her cookbooks. She has an awesome sense of humor and amazing recipes.

Thursday:

Breakfast- Scrambled eggs with some add ins- chopped up cherry tomatoes (fresh from my garden), spinach torn into small pieces and feta cheese. It tastes good & it good for you! This is a great way to incorporate veggies into breakfast!

Paleo Honey Biscuits is one of the best paleo biscuits I have ever had. They have a slight cornbread taste to them & they are really YUM! This comes from a website Against All Grain which is  FULL of healthy recipes. 

Friday:

Leftovers

Saturday:

Out to eat

Sunday:

BLEATS~  BLT’s but better!! Add a fried Egg and sliced Avocado and you have yourself a little slice of heaven!

Well that’s it for our week of meals! Remember also to check out Organizing Junkie for a ton more ideas if you need them!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Faith ♥

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Battery Organization

Well hello! Happy Fall! What a better way to start the first weekend of fall then enjoying Pumpkin Spice Creamer in my coffee and a quick and easy organization project!! Yay!

Batteries- they are pretty unexciting until you need them!  It is usually in the most inconvenient time. My son usually is in a panic because the Wi remote is about to die and he is in the middle of Supersmash bros! Talk about devastating!!

So… that brings me to a quick and easy project about Battery Organization. We used to just throw all of our batteries into a basket, but that lead to not really knowing when we were running low on a certain kind of battery. It is no fun to have a smoke detector chirping low battery at 3 in the morning, and going to the basket to get the batteries and finding out that you are OUT of that kind of battery ~Not like that’s ever happened or anything 🙂

To start this Battery Organization project:

  1. First I figured out what was the best way to store batteries: I found a simple tackle box
  2. Setup-  situate the tackle box. This tackle box has adjustable compartments, which I found REALLY handy to sort the batteries the way that I wanted to. The dividers just slip in and out of the slots.
  3.  When the batteries were in their designated slot, the tackle box just closes and latches. It makes it really simple! Again each slot is adjustable so it can be set up however works best!

What do I like about this project?

  • Easy- It was simple and straight forward to set up
  • Function- It is very simple to look and see if we are running low on anything
  • Organization- There is something about each type of battery having it’s own little place that makes me 🙂

Happy Fall & thank you so much for stopping by today!

Faith

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Taco seasoning

We celebrate taco Tuesday every week! Here is a simple and quick taco seasoning mix! Not only is it cost effective, but it is nice to be in charge of the ingredients! You could also make this ahead and seal in an airtight container! Enjoy!!

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Makes enough taco seasoning for 2 lbs of meat

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Weekly Menu 9/18/17

Happy Monday! It feels like fall to start the week, so that’s super fun! I even got to wear boots with some jeans and long sleeves which is my favorite!!! It looks like it is supposed to be back up to high 80’s/low 90’s by the end of the week, so I will enjoy it while I can 🙂  For my weekly menu, I am going to have to use my crockpot several times this week. I am so glad to have one though because some nights if I didn’t, we would probably be going through the drive through! So it helps save time & money & helps us to eat a healthier options! Here are some more details about my crockpot! 

Monday:

Breakfast for dinner! Waffles, Cheesy Eggs, Bacon with Sweet Potato hash

My waffle recipe for this night are pumpkin & paleo. I will make up  some extra ones to freeze for breakfasts. For great paleo recipes you have to follow Paleomg– she is first of all hilarious, secondly when I was strict paleo for over a year, she was my life line to come up with fun and yummy recipes!! I still use her recipes multiple times a week. She has 2 cookbooks which are both amazing! She also posts some great workouts & fashion advice!

Tuesday

Tacos served with tortillas or cauliflower rice

Wednesday:

Pork Shoulder in crockpot I use this recipe from The Pioneer Woman, but adapt it to go in the crockpot 🙂

Thursday:

Chili- from last week. I made an extra batch and froze it! Some great left over ideas with chili- Chili nachos, Chili over a sweet potato or rice, Chili with scrambled eggs, it could even be used as taco filling!!

Friday:

Out to eat

Saturday:

Peanut Butter Chicken- I posted the recipe last week and we didn’t get the chance to make it, so it is on for this week!

Sunday:

BLEATS BLT adding egg and avocado!

A tool that comes in handy when prepping meals is  this hands free baggy holderIf you remember from last week when I made Chili & I made an extra batch. I used this and it made it super easy to put into freezer bags (If you are going to freeze meals, make sure that you use the baggies that are made for the freezer- this helps protect from frosting & keeps food fresher). I will use it this week on Thursday for a quick meal!

What is on your weekly menu? If you need some more ideas- hop on over to Organizing Junkie !

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Faith

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Weekly Menu 9/11/17

Our Weekly Menu: Okay, I know it’s really late in the week to be posting a weekly menu… but it’s been one of those weeks!! I did throw in some recipes- so hopefully that makes up for my lateness 🙂 If you remember from last week’s menu I made that extra pan of meatloaf- which was great to have for lunches this past week! I did the same thing this week, but with chili. If you can do this with 1 or more meals a week,  it gives you either an extra meal that you can freeze for another time, or use for lunches for the week! Either way it takes very little time to double a recipe and it saves so much time later!

 

Monday- 

Chili, Cinnamon Rolls & fruit

If you ask my husband every time I make chili, it is a little bit different! (He likes to tell people about the first time I made chili, when we were newly married and I used dried beans & didn’t realize you had to soak dry beans overnight- let’s just say that chili had a crunch to it)

But the basic recipe I follow is:

  • 2-3 lbs of meat this time I wanted to make extra so I used 2 lbs ground beef and 1 lb of ground pork (you can also use bison, bacon, or steak)
  • 1/2 yellow onion & clove of garlic (diced)
  • 2 cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • 2 cans of beans (I used chili & black beans)
  • spices- a mixture of chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt & pepper.

Heat pan with olive oil & sauté diced onion and garlic

Add ground beef and pork until cooked through

Add beans, sauce, tomatoes, & spices

If you can put all in a crockpot and let it all cook together for several hours

Tuesday 

Cool Ranch Shredded Chicken Tacos YUM!!

Wednesday

Philly cheese steak with mushrooms and onions. Served on a hoagie or rice

Thursday

Peanut Butter Chicken with rice or cauliflower rice

  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • 1 t minced garlic
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1 lb chicken breasts or thighs, chopped in bite sizes
  • 1 t salt & pepper
  • 1 t minced ginger
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 c chicken stock or water
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  1. In large sauce pan,  heat olive oil on medium heat. Add garlic and chopped onions. Cook for 4-5 minutes until onions are translucent, add salt & pepper.
  2. Add chicken to onions, and cook until cooked through
  3. Add ginger, tomatoes, cayenne, paprika, crushed red pepper and broccoli. Reduce heat to medium low and add water. Allow to simmer until sauce starts to become thick, this will take several minutes
  4. Start adding peanut butter small bits at t time
  5. Serve with rice or cauliflower rice

Friday

Left overs

Saturday

Shrimp, Sausage & Grits

  • 1 lb shrimp (I personally like getting the pre cooked, deveined you can find behind the meat counter)
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 package of Smoked sausage precooked then cut into thick slices (I use the one that is the big giant link that is shaped like a big U)
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 T butter
  1. Heat skillet with butter. Saute garlic for a few minutes. Add shrimp and Old Bay seasoning. Shrimp cook FAST & if you have the precooked ones then you are really just warming them quickly. Remove from the pan but keep them warm.
  2. Add more butter to pan, then add the cut up sausage. Just lightly brown it. Then add back in your shrimp that you have been keeping warm. After cooking that all together for about 1 minute, add the 1/4 cup of water and cook for 30 seconds. Make sure you scrap the pan to loosen the little brown bits.

Cheese grits

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked quick cook grits
  • 1 cum of milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • dash of hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  1. Bring water to a boil
  2. Stir in grits- cover & simmer for about 5 minutes
  3. Stir in the milk then remove from heat
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients

Add some cheese grits to your plate, then put the shrimp and sausage mixture over the grits- enjoy!!!

 

Sunday

BLEATS BLT’s with Egg and Avocado!

Weekly time saver tip:

Crockpot! Do you have one? Oh my goodness this is a lifesaver for a busy household. 

This is the one that I have and I LOVE it. The reason is there are 3 different settings High, Low and Warm. For me that Warm setting is KEY for when the meal is cooked but I need to keep it warm for a while. Once I purchased this crockpot I have no issues with my meal getting too hot or burning.

Especially coming up on the fall and winter months, Crockpots are a necessity.  Chilis, stews, soups, roasts, etc. Speaking of crockpot recipes. I found a great site that has really good ones. New Leaf Wellness there are instructions for making it for that day or freezing it.

What’s on your Weekly Menu? Any favorite tips or tricks? Thanks for stopping by!

Faith

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Drawer organization project

I love finishing a BIG house project, but they require a lot of time and planning and are just not something that can be done all of the time. But… small projects- those are the projects that you can finish in minutes, hours, or an afternoon! They may be a SMALL project, but they certainly have a BIG impact.

So that brings me to a drawer organization project! How frustrating is it to open a drawer to grab something and it a) won’t open because something is jammed or b) you can’t get it closed again because it is overflowing! Not fun!! So set aside 15-30 minutes and work on 1 drawer a day. In a weeks time, you will have 7 drawers cleaned out! Just imagine the impact that will have on your day to day life!

Here is a drawer that I worked on. It was cluttered and there was an old shelf liner in it. So I started by emptying it completely. The best way to start an organizing project!!

Next I put a new shelf liner in the drawer. This can be a little tricky- you want to measure and accurately cut it, then have a flat object to press it down as you un-peel the backing.

Finding the right organizing tool- I found this Bamboo Knife Block and after measuring (important step) ordered 2 for my drawer.

 

When  organizing it is essential that after clearing out a space (in this case my knife drawer) if each items is something that gets used. If not donate, recycle or throw away. While going through this process another important question to ask is if this item is where it should be or does it need to be kept somewhere else?  In this project, I first realized I had way to many things in this drawer. Not only was the drawer full of knives, but I also had a countertop knife block on the counter. So I purged the knives that we weren’t using. I re-homed  some of them to our camping gear. Secondly- I had been keeping the can opener in this drawer, and realized it would be really handy to keep it in our pantry right by the cans! So I used a command hook to hang it on the pantry wall.

Then I put all of the items that “made the cut” 🙂 Also if you notice I got rid of the counter top knife block, which left the counter less cluttered.

Recap of the steps of this small drawer organizing project:

Step 1: Remove everything from the drawer

Step 2: Sort, purge, and move items if needed

Step 3: Wipe out drawer and put on new shelf liner

Step 4: Find the right organizing tool ~remember to measure before you purchase something- had to learn this one the hard way 🙂

Step 5: Put items back in their new, clean space!!

 

 

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Thanks for stopping by!

Faith

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Target- weekly savings through 9/9!

Happy Wednesday! This week is a busy one in our household. Everyone is going in different directions- luckily not every week is like that, but this one sure is! Let’s make the week go by with a break for some happy stuff! Does anyone else love Target?? Well lucky you- Target is offering some special savings that you can get this week, through 9/9. Just click on the links below and it will take you directly to the sale.  Also they offer FREE SHIPPING on any orders 35$ or more & they offer FREE returns. How fun is that!! (see details on their website, as there are some restrictions and exceptions)

Target Furniture up to 30% off

Target has some really cute furniture pieces & they offer even more options online!!

 

Legos up to 20% off

Legos are so fun- but they can be pricey! It’s a great time to stock up and maybe do some Christmas shopping 🙂

$40 Giftcard  when you spend $200 on nursery furniture

If you have been waiting to get the furniture for your nursery- your wait is over! A $40 giftcard will definitely come in handy!!

 

I love Target and I love saving money, so I am happy to share BOTH!

Thanks for stopping by & happy shopping!!

Faith

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Meal Plan Monday 9/4/17

Happy Labor Day & Happy Meal Plan Monday! I hope you were able to have a nice day off doing something you love!  We started the day off with a Birthday Brunch at my mom’s. Brunch is one of my favorite meals EVER! There is something about it that allows you to be a little lazy and enjoy your meal. One of the things my mom made this morning (per request) is my FAVORITE breakfast casserole! It is called Easy Breakfast Casserole it is so yummy & makes for great leftovers too! Then we just did some things around the house, got a work out in, ran some errands and we just finished up dinner!

It feels like a Sunday, doesn’t it? So now that the evening is winding down, it is time to get ready for the week! It is going to be a super busy one at our house, so I really need to be focused on doing this “prep work”.

If you need a helper on keeping your meal planning organized and ready to go, don’t forget about my favorite meal plan tool I blogged about a couple of weeks ago.

Our Meal Plan for the Week: 

Monday–  Meatloaf  with baked potatoes and salad ( I made 2 meatloaves so that way we have a pan left over for lunches) Making 2 of something is usually not much more work than making 1, so it makes sense to make an extra to freeze for a later day or use for lunches for the week.

Tuesdays– Tacos with guac and rice

WednesdayChicken Fajitas

Thursday- Breakfast for dinner

Friday– Crockpot Roast with carrots, onions, mushrooms

Saturday– Leftovers

Sunday– BLEATS: Take your classic BLT’s but add and Egg & Avocado YUM!!!

You definitely want to check out another one of my favorite blogs I’m an Organizing Junkie for tons of meal plan ideas.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Faith

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Organize paperwork!

Incoming paperwork – what the heck do we do with all of it? What is the best way to organize paperwork? Are you like me &  overwhelmed by all of the papers that comes in to our household? It is a struggle to figure out how to first- organize it all, second-  keep it in a place that you remember to fill out or reference it when needed, thirdly- remember to actually do something with it! In our house things tend to become put into piles and then whatever I was supposed to of turned in or done something with, doesn’t get done. ARRRRGGGGG!!

Solution:  This  3 slot file box:

  1. Folder for each slot
  2. Label them
    • To Be Filed
    • Review
    • Action
  3. Setting up a time to attend to the folders
    • Using my phone I put an alert for each Sunday evening to remind me to go through each folder. I use this designated time to also file any of the papers that are in the “To File” slot.

On the front of the file box it was our monthly calendar fit perfectly!

 

 

 

 

These reusable calendar pages I ordered from one of my favorite blogs I Heart Organizing

For us, this is another example of taking a little time to do the “prep work” that makes the rest of life go so much smoother! Earlier this week I posted about our meal plan for the week for us that is the first step in the week running smoothly, but this task- ORGANIZE PAPERWORK- helps day to day things go smooth. Once these things are organized and have a system set up , then assigned a time to complete it, there are no more crazy, last minute did this get signed, did this form get completed, etc…

 

I would LOVE to hear how your family organizes paperwork. Have you found a system that works for you or is it still a struggle?

Thanks for stopping by!

Faith

 

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Ibotta **Earn cash back while grocery shopping!!

Have you signed up for ibotta? I am super excited to share this opportunity with you! It’s an easy to use, cash back rewards app. I use it every time I shop, and thought you would like it too! Use my referral code, rkxoypx, and you can get a $10 welcome bonus. Sign up at https://ibotta.com/r/rkxoypx

 

  • Sign up for ibotta and then download their FREE app
  • Using the navigation tabs at the bottom of the app click “find rebates”
  • Find a store you will be shopping at 1 of 3 ways: Using the search bar at the top, clicking on your favorites or browse by category- then click on it
  • Then go through the items available for rebate at each store, click the ones you are purchasing, or have recently purchased
  • Once you are ready to redeem push the “redeem” button at the bottom of the screen
  • It will instruct you to take a picture of your receipt – just follow the instructions
  • To redeem your $10 welcome bonus, just redeem rebates within the first week

There are so many things that this app does- you can earn bonuses for referrals, bonuses for specific purchases,  when you are ready to cash in your rebates you can do that in a form of a gift card or actual cash using your paypal account! You can use this for more than grocery shopping- Uber rides, Amazon services, traveling, online shopping and more!!  For even more savings pair it with coupons and sales!

You might as well earn money while buying things you were already going to buy anyways!! What is your favorite way to save money while grocery shopping?

Thanks for stopping by!

Faith

 

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