If you like something quick, easy, and really tasty….than this might be something good for you to try. We serve this over rice and add broccoli on the side, or you can even use this as an appetizer. Either way, I think you will really enjoy this!!
I love watching You-Tube channels on home and organization. How about you? I sat one day and watched two of my favorite channels….Jamerrill Stewart and Parsnips and Parsimony. They are two large families, but the overall idea is the same. One family will fill their pantry once a month for the next month’s menu, with a few extras. The other family will fill their pantry with extras for when the budget is tight. They then have food in the pantry to pull from.
After watching the two of them, I took one look at my freezers and realized….what a mess!!! Not only was it a mess, but I would buy doubles of things I did not need, and not enough of what I needed because I was not organized. Another You-Tube channel that I love is Coupons to Provide. She goes on to say how she is a visual person…and oh how I could relate to that. If she puts it away in a closet, etc…and she does not see it….she forgets she has it.
Bingo…that gave me an idea. What I need is a place for a pantry that would be organized, simple (with my busy schedule I need this), efficient for the family to use, and visual for me. I need to know quickly what I have in order to work for meals.
So, I emptied my pantry….what a job. I sorted what I wanted to keep and what I wanted to give away. I was able to bless someone else with the things I will not use, and I created a great little nook.
Now every time I enter and exit my kitchen….I get to see my pantry stash of stuff, and I love it. If you are not a visual person, and/or a practical, functional homemaker….this would probably drive you nuts. But for me it is perfect.
So now it is time to clean up, and clean out my two freezers. Creative cooking will be happening in our home from now until Easter. Come and join in the fun; clean out your bits and pieces in both your pantry and freezer.
Nothing beats homemade meatballs over a big plate of pasta! Meatball subs and sandwiches are always a treat too. I find when I have a crowd over or a large family gathering for the holidays, this is a great thing to serve. This is a simple foolproof recipe that I am sure you will enjoy!
3 lbs. of meatloaf mix (my preference but you can use ground chicken, turkey, or 100% beef)
1 cup of breadcrumbs
½ parmesan cheese
¼ cup of milk
1 – 2 teaspoons of crushed garlic
1 teaspoon of onion powder
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
2 large jars of spaghetti sauce (enough to cover the meatballs)
Easy to prepare
Dump everything in a bowl and then mix together.
Roll into the size of a meatball that you prefer.
Easy to cook:
Toss in a crock pot and cover with spaghetti sauce for four hours on high, or six hours on low ( if you find this is the best tasting).
You can bake them in the oven or fry them in a pan first, and then cook on the stove top or crock pot the same way.
For best results, I find letting them cook slow and long will retain all the flavors!
Good old fashioned mac & cheese…is there anything better? Whether it is a cold, rainy, or snowy night, or a beautiful summer night, this is a good thing to make. Mac & cheese is always a crowd pleaser….and here is one of my favorite recipes. Enjoy!!
1 1b. of elbow macaroni (or the pasta of your choice)
1½ cups of cheddar cheese
1 cup of queso fresco cheese
½ cup of cream cheese
1 cup milk
½ stick of butter
salt and pepper to taste
Cook pasta to al dente, drain, and rinse.
In a separate pot, melt and mix together the butter, milk, and cheeses.
Add the salt and pepper to the cheese mixture (to taste).
Place pasta in a casserole dish; pour cheese mixture over it, and stir it in with the pasta a little bit.
WOW…..on those days when life’s storms come, and then chaos seems to follow, do you just feel like you want simplicity to come? We had one of those days this week, and I found myself craving for a simple way of life, and to slow things down so that I could think about what the next step would be.
For me, soup is comfort food, and since I work full time….I don’t usually have the time to invest in an all-day prep for soup making. So come and join me for this quick and easy soup recipe. It will not only comfort your stomach, but your soul as I share some ideas of how to get through life when you have days like this. Also, how to turn your soup into comfort for someone else.
Life is definitely a journey and an adventure if you know anything about me. Every day brings new and exciting things and also some overwhelming moments. For the past two weeks my husband has had two major falls from having seizures which led him to be in the chiropractor’s office 2 to 3 times a week plus having to have physical therapy and wear a back brace.
Because of this we decided to take a quick weekend away that we called a Saturday vacation. While on this vacation he had a seizure, his scooter that he uses to get around in large places died in the middle of the museum. This led to us having to push it out of the museum, to loading it in the car manually, and causing me to be completely overwhelmed and having to have a good cry.
If you asked me is it all worth it I’d say 100%. If you asked me what I marry this man again I would tell you absolutely 100%. He is the man of my dreams and if he comes with an extra package called epilepsy …I wouldn’t change a thing. Now having said all that… I have stated over and over it many times that I have found “my new normal and it’s a moving target”.￼￼￼￼￼￼ so what does all of this mean, for me there is no normal, normal is only for a moment and that changes again. And I am OK with that. I’ve had to learn to be OK with that… Otherwise I would not have survived life and all that has been part of it.
This is made me in the long run realize how precious life is, it is giving me the desire to encourage other women and their walk and their journey, it is also encouraged me to invest in peoples lives whenever I can.
But having said all that… I have a new journey in life and an adventure and that is my YouTube channel. Come and join me and come and visit me and see what this crazy life entails.￼￼￼￼ I hope you will find encouragement along the way, maybe some new ideas that you’ve never thought of before, maybe a few laughs, but most of all I hope that you leave feeling a little bit better about yourself, a little bit more encouraged than when you first started to visit with me.
Over thirty years ago I learned how to can tomatoes. I did that for a few years but never really ventured out from there. Recently, after watching so many YouTubers who are now getting into canning, I decided that it was time to try this again.
I reached out on Facebook to find someone who would be willing to teach me and get me going. I was blessed with a friend, and the first thing she started me with was Cranberry Chutney. I had never had chutney and really didn’t think I would even like it or use it. To my surprise I am in love with it.
We have used this for roast pork and turkey, but the best is with cream cheese and crackers. This recipe is simple and a keeper for me.
At this point I have made over thirty jars and have given most of them away as Christmas presents. Homemade is always a great way to go for gifts, and my friends and family were so pleased. I will start canning jams and jellies soon, so stay tuned for some more yummy recipes.
Do you can? What have you made? Share some of your favorite recipes with me and let me know what works best for you as a beginner canner.
Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother
Cranberry – Apple Chutney Recipe
Total Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
1 – 1 ¼ cups of sugar
½ cup water
1 package (12 ounces) of fresh or frozen cranberries
2 large tart apples, peeled and finely chopped
1 medium onion or I like to use 1 teaspoon of dried onion instead
½ cup of raisins and I prefer to use homemade raisins
½ brown sugar
½ cider vinegar or white vinegar will also work well
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (I like to add a pinch more)
½ teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon of ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves
1 teaspoon of fresh ginger (I used powder)
If you do not have allspice and cloves….I used ½ teaspoon of apple pie spice
In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 3 minutes. Carefully stir in the cranberries, apples, onion, raisins, born sugar, vinegar, cinnamon, salt, all spice, ginger and cloves.
Return to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes until desired thickness and stir occasionally.
Can be served hot or cold and added to Roast Turkey, Roast Pork, use as a side dish and also add to sandwiches or cream cheese on crackers ( a favorite of mine)