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Kid shows, every single day 

You know what I find interesting? When I turn Netflix on, go to my tab,  hoping to find some amazing new show to get addicted to,  I find Zootopia. The movie all about animals that wear clothes,  have real people jobs,  and solve crimes.  To be honest,  I’m not ashamed to say I kind of like it.  “What do you call a three humped camel? …… pregnant!”

I keep on flipping,  and come to the row.  Top picks for Becky.  I am excited now.  This will be good.  Nope.  What do I see? Bunked.  Fuller house.  Sing.  Again,  not ashamed to say these aren’t that bad.  Bunked is about a group of super rich kids being thrown into a summer camp,  and learning to fit in,  all while crazy things happen. Fuller house is a great “bring me back to the old days” show! I laugh at references of Stephanie saying “How rude!” Even though she’s grown and is a DJ now 🙂  And of course,  Sing.  “Piggy power!” Gets me every time! Or when the mom turns into a hot momma! You’ve  gotta love that! A show where songs from across the genre board are sung,  danced to and completely crushed,  all by animals in costume…. amazing!

Ok,  let’s try regular tv. Pbs. Enough said.

Turn off the tv.  Let’s play a game.  Frozen…. something.  The board pieces flip over,  you move pieces…. we start singing “let it go, let it go,  can’t hold it back any more” in our best Elsa impersonation.  Still kid movie related.

Let’s play Chinese checkers.  No characters.  Perfect.  Turn on the radio to listen to some tunes.  The song comes on,  my girls yell “It’s Jonny! Turn it up!” I was excited they knew who was singing on the radio,  until I realized….. it was the song from Sing…… but sung by the original artist, Elton John!!! Not the character Jonny, the gorilla!

Do any of you out there find that as a mom,  most of the things you read or watch or listen to, are kid things? It must be a rule.  Or maybe common sense.  Play things appropriate for children around children.  Maybe that’s why,  when I asked  my own mom what her favorite 80’s song is,  she says “Raffy”.  When you have little kids during the entire 80’s decade, Raffy it is.  Come on,  “Baby Ballooga in the deep blue sea”,  gets me every time.  Is your momma home?

When asked what my hobbies are…. I sit dumbfounded.  I mean,  I’m a mom and a teacher.  I like to go to the bathroom and not have fingers under the door.  I like to eat breakfast and drink hot coffee for longer than 5 minutes.  Ooh,  and I love coloring a picture with my kids, and not have to share my page with unwanted scribbles and lines.  Ooh, I’ll miss these moments you  say.  I bet I will.  But I still can have my hobbies can’t I?

Well,  to all the mom’s rocking it,  or are really good at faking it,  keep it up! Cuddle up with the kiddos. Watch “Sing” for the 1344th time,  and be sure to use your vibrato when belting out every word!

And remember,  even though you may have your own little square with your name on it when you turn on Netflix….. it will belong to your little people in your life for a while (yes they may have their own square…I don’t know what happens!).  One day you’ll be able you watch reruns of Friends without worrying about the context of the episode.

Share your favorite kid’s show in the comments….. we’ve got to stick together,  so let’s get some new ideas!

Mom on!  — Becky

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One Pot Meals Rock

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I am one who will ALWAYS love one pot meals!  I will ALWAYS be an advocate of them!  You may even read  several posts from me all about how awesome they are.  This post is no different.  As I have started to look for meals that I can make from things already in my pantry/fridge/freezer, it is important to find new recipes.

This recipe I’m going to share today, is from http://www.smells-like-home.com/2015/02/one-pot-creamy-sausage-pasta/ .   If you know me, I don’t follow recipes very well.  It has to be forced upon me to follow exactly. LOL!  This recipe is no different.  I like this recipe, but I didn’t have ALL the stuff I needed.  So I substitute!  I feel, cooking is supposed to be fun right?  If it is too stressful, all because you don’t have an ingredient, that’s not good.  Lesson learned, have fun, try new recipes, sub out if you have to, and enjoy.  If it tastes good, that’s what matters.

My version of the One Pot Creamy Sausage Pasta:

To start, dice up a medium onion.  I used my Pampered chef 8″ Chef’s Knife to chop it up.  In retrospect, I should have used my food chopper! Hello!  But with this amazing knife, it was nothing to chop it up 🙂  Did you notice the lovely circle with PC on the blade?  This is so you can put your fingers on there for the perfect grip!  Pampered Chef has thought of everything huh?

 

Now, you’re going to saute these onions in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Please don’t measure this oil.  WE are NOT that crazy!!  Cook it until they are looking translucent (almost see through!).

Now ADD 4 cloves of garlic.  Go real garlic on this one!  There is nothing better than real garlic in a dish.  Using my Pampered Chef Garlic Press makes it sooooo easy!  Can you tell I also love my PC!!??  It is my second gig, but I’ve always had it in my house!  LOVE!

I wish I could have smell-a-vision for you on this one….so good.   You will want to cook this garlic with the onion for about a minute to get it cooked a bit……let that aroma come through!  NUM!    Now ADD your sausage!  I didn’t have ground sausage this time, I had sliced chicken sausage.  Like I said before, if I don’t have something, I make it work!   Use what you’ve got!!!

Once the sausages were warmed (these were fully cooked sausages), I deglazed the bottom with about a 1/4c. of chicken broth.  Recipe suggested wine, I didn’t have any on hand.   Then, ADD in 16 oz. of your favorite spaghetti sauce, and 3 cups of water.  I may have added another 1/4c of chicken broth just because, too! LOL!  Like I said, I like to sub out stuff and make it work for what I have in the house!

 

 

 

Bring this to a BOIL.  This means the water is bubbling, a lot!! We have to pretend that we will be boiling noodles the normal way….so don’t forget this step!  Once it has started to boil, add in your noodles.

 

Now, set your timer for 15 minutes, and put your feet up!  Well, first give it a stir, and put the cover on!  Then put your feet up!

 

Give it a stir every 5 minutes or so, and if it needs more water, add it then.

When the noodles are done, stir in your cheese.  As true Becky fashion, I didn’t have what was called for, so I added in about 1 cup of cheddar cheese, and stirred it in until the whole pot was creamy and thickened!

 

Stir and smell, and then, get a bowl and dig in!  Serve with buns or bread of choice.

 

 

Was it easy to make?  Yep!  Was it delish?  Yep!  Did I get the approval from the family?  Yep?    I don’t know the Smells like home author personally, but I do like this recipe!  Maybe next time, I’ll try to use all the suggested ingredients 🙂

Thanks for reading!            Becky 🙂

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Budget Family Friendly Meals

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With a new year, I thought I would set a goal for myself to utilize what I have already in the pantry and freezer.  I also wanted to create a better and cheaper way to cook for my family to help with the budget.  I brainstormed.  I “Pinterested”.  I created.  Some are healthy, some come straight from the freezer to the oven, and some have a combo of both.

Rules for this challenge for me, include: 1.) It must be easy to make (because I definitely am NOT a professional chef!) 2.) It must be budget friendly (AKA…most of stuff is found in pantry already or found on sale) and 3.) It must get the approval from my hubby and kids (ages 5 and 8)

I have started a Bullet Journal recently, and I have included a page just for meal ideas.  I use the Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Squared, Sapphire Blue, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (mine is soft covered tho!) with the squares already on each page!  There are also ones with blank pages and some with dots!   See my planning page here!

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Journaling ideas of things to make for dinner is key to staying budget friendly for me!

Two days ago, I attempted the Crockpot Roast and Pinto Beans recipe (credit goes to fortheloveofcooking-vanessa.blogspot.com).  Unfortunately, I didn’t have the roast very thawed, so it was not done.  I adapted it a bit to fit what I had on hand.  My version was this:

  • 2cups of dried Pinto beans                                                                                          (I soaked them over night—caution, they will expand to twice their size)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes,     
  • about 2 tsp garlic salt,
  • about 1/2T of dried onion flakes,
  • 1t. chili powder,
  • and a 3lb roast.

I put all of this into my Pampered Chef Rockcrok Dutch oven, and poured water in until it was half way up the roast and covering the beans completely.  I did sprinkle a bit more salt on top of the roast along with a heavy sprinkle of Pampered Chef Chipotle rub.  I put it on high for 10 hours (the time  I would be at work).  The Roast, being so frozen still, was not done.  But an hour later it was, and it was fab!

Jump to yesterday….I took that cooked roast, shredded it, and warmed it up on the stove.  I also took the cooked pinto beans and warmed them up as well.  While that was all going on, I cooked 3 cups of Minute Rice White, 28 oz (something I had in the pantry, just like the pinto beans and roast).  I turned these ingredients into a burrito station!  My family could make their burritos with all of these ingredients or just one or two!  It was a hit!  We also had a bag of tortilla chips and salsa open and ready to eat, so that was on the side!

Now, you probably want to see a picture of my final plate that I created.  Yeah…I ate it too fast before I remembered to take a pic! HahaHa!

If you take a look at the “calendar of ideas” you’ll notice I wrote “NUMMY” on a few items we’ve tried!  One is the 3 ingredient orange chicken from www.craftymorning.com/3ingredient-orange-chicken-sauce-recipe/ …… it was definately approved by me and my family!  What I thought was sooooo much food, ended up being all eaten!

Items needed for this recipe:

  •  1c. Sweet baby rays BBQ sauce (I used the ALDI brand!)
  • 1c. Smuckers brand Sweet Orange Marmelade
  • 2T. Soysauce (I forgot to add this, and it was still fabulous!)

Bring these to a boil while the chicken is cooking.

For the chicken:

  •  3-4 chicken breasts (I used a pack of tenders that were on sale at ALDI 🙂 )
  • 1c. of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • oil for frying

Dredge the chicken in egg, then flour (which I salted), and then fry in the oil.  Place done chicken on a paper towel plate to drain.

Once the chicken is cooked and all done, toss with the sauce.  Eat with rice 🙂  ENJOY!

Does this recipe fit my requirements?  Sure!  Chicken on sale, off brand of BBQ sauce, and flour/egg/oil already in pantry/fridge!  My family and I love it! It was a bit putsy with the chicken frying, but really, it was easy!!  Result….WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER!!

Ok. Yes, I’m sure you also saw that Frozen Pizza was on the list.  Sometimes schedules just are too busy to make a good meal. Oh I know there are crockpots (obviously!)  but come on, when pizzas are on sale for cheap, buy a few for the freezer!  They come in handy!  Or as I told you before, when the roast doesn’t cook all the way in time for the family to eat, then pizza it is!  I find that our local supermarket has good deals often, and I also like to go to ALDI for pizza too.  Good deals, good pizzas!  Got coupons?  Even better.  Watch your ads in the paper, sign up for coupons.com, or go to your store’s website to find store coupons.  Some places you can double dip.  This means you can use a store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon.  Sometimes, this gets you FREE products!  Are you a Target Cartwheeler?  Then you can do 3 types of deals in one!

Stay tuned for my next meal!  Questions?  Let me know in the comments below!