Homemade Meatballs #Quick and Easy Meal

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!

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs. of meatloaf mix (my preference but you can use ground chicken, turkey, or 100% beef)
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • ½ parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 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).

Or…

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!

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

 

 

Mac & Cheese #quick and easy meal

 

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.

Bake at 350 degrees for about twenty minutes.

Serve and enjoy!!

 

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

 

Self-Care (Mental, Emotional and Physical Health) #5-5-5 Challenge

When you are too busy, then you are just too busy.  Usually what suffers is yourself. You forget to take time to keep yourself in good shape. Mental, physical, and emotional health need to be a complete package.  I know myself; I am running around taking care of others, and working full-time. I find that my needs are not being taken care of.

Physically, I need to get up, walk, and eat right. That seems to be something that I can do, when I push myself.  But, when it comes to my mental and emotional health, I seem to feel like, “I am ok”, but I am not. I need to keep these areas in check too.

I decided for this year I need to challenge myself and be creative with how I do it, but also realistic.  I need something that I know that I can really do, yet not set myself up for a fall.

Come and join me in my “5-5-5” challenge this year.  Leave me a comment below, and visit my channel on how to also help yourself.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Quick and Easy Gift…no Cost Gift Idea!

Do you need a cheap and inexpensive gift idea that can last a lifetime?  My kids, this year, gave me a wonderful gift and I wanted to share with you all.

Gifts can be expensive, and/or sometimes we just don’t really know what to get.  I know myself; so many times I have purchased a gift for someone and they in turn gave it back to me, put it on a shelf, or who knows what.  Why waste your time and money buying something when you have other options?

Check out this great gift idea; comment below if you decide to do this, and let me know what you did.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Quick and Soup /Cooking up a Storm

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.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

 

Finding Balance – When too Many Plates are Spinning

Are your plates spinning in life, and are you overwhelmed where you are today?  Life, for me, seems to keep getting more and more busy, crazy, and nuts. Some days my plate is so full….that I don’t even know where to start.  The thoughts start coming. Where do I start? Work? Home? Kids? Husband? The sound in my head just keeps going in circles. I needed to STOP, and listen for a moment, and pray for wisdom.  The verse that says, “a wise woman builds her home”, became my reality. I have learned over time to take four simple steps in life to keep some balance. Balance and simplicity are what you will find today in this message as you listen.  I hope you enjoy this special event with me!

 

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

 

Autism…. Learning about the ”WE” and not the “I”

When you have a special needs person in your life, it is always a learning experience. As the saying I use goes, ”I found my new normal and it’s a moving target.” Our youngest son is now seventeen and it took me about twelve years to finally start to understand how he thinks. The funny thing is, once I started to get the ‘we not I’ way of thinking, it helped me understand why some of my extended family members act and react the way they do.

Let me explain a little. The bottom line is this, when you say to someone with Autism, ADD, ADHD or something similar that they need to be to bed earlier since they woke up so early that day, usually you get a fit and a large argument. But if you say that we all woke up early and we should all go to bed early, that one individual seems to calm down and agree with you.

In our home we have learned to be creative and use we more than I. Yes, some might say that we are giving in, but we say why have an argument when you can just change the wording and make life a little easier?

Do you struggle with a special needs family member? What have you been able to do with changing one or two words?

Here are some practical tips we use to help the day a little better:

Things to do and say:       

  • Include yourself and talk as if you are a group.
  • Speak clearly and only use the facts.
  • Smile and be kind.
  • Make eye contact and smile.
  • Use kind speech and words.
  • Respect them as you would anyone.
  • Remember God created them unique.

Things not to do or say:

  • Don’t single them out.
  • Don’t use figures of speech
  • Don’t joke: jokes to them are insulting (even the most simplest joke is not the same for them)
  • Don’t expect the same in return when it comes to eye contact. (eye contact for them sometimes can be overstimulating)                                                                                                   
  • Don’t yell or use harsh words (a soft voice goes much further with them)
  • Don’t treat them with disrespect….they are people too.           
  • Don’t treat them like they are weird.

We are all unique in our own way and have been wonderfully made. Your uniqueness might make you just as strange to someone else as they are to you.  Remember to be kind and respectful to each person you encounter. Most of the time we can navigate life much better that way.

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

 

The Good Old Days

Philippians 2:14-15

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent.”

Colossians 3:15

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

The Great Depression, this is a time in history that I can only read about.  I was not born in that time, but I can learn to appreciate what happened and what the way of life was.  Many times I have sat and listened to my dad talk about a meal called Scrumptial, his father would make this for them on Saturday nights with the leftovers from that week. This unique pot of leftovers was the highlight of his week.

Recently I was listening to an older lady talk about living in the Depression era, and she recalled one of her fondest memories. She remembered that on Sundays they would go to her aunt’s house, but her aunt could not afford heat. So they would grab the kitchen chairs and huddle around the stove while lunch was cooking and get warm by the fire.  She went on to say that they would sit facing the stove to get the front of them warm and then have to turn around so their backs would get warm. As she talked about this, she was giggling and repeating, “Oh the good old days.”

Fast forward to 2020 and what do we have? Central air, heat in our homes, cars to drive, and so many other advantages. We have plenty of food, clothes, and almost everything we could want or need at our fingertips. Yet, I never hear, “These are the great present days.”  What has happened to us? Why do we not seem like a happy people? You would think with all these “things” that make our lives more convenient and stress free, that we would be overjoyed.

Many times I have said to my husband that I almost wish we could go back to a time like that. A time when we as a people appreciated what we had. Working in a guest service position, I see the side of people that is ungrateful and demanding. I see this at church when we want what we want and demand our rights. What happened to being thankful, grateful, and appreciative?  I personally am challenged to look at what I have and learn to be content in these things and to appreciate them even more.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother