Staying Calm In the Midst of Chaos! #let’s get practical

So after reading and hearing the news that most people have their kids home for two weeks….all I hear is complaining and chaos from everyone around me. Now that is not to say that schedules will need to change, and things will need to be tweaked,  but we need to stay calm and be practical about this. Let’s create less stress and less chaos in the midst of this situation that we find ourselves in.

After talking with my sister….she was saying how her state was crazy all week, but this weekend people seem to be calming down a bit.  Staying calm is one of the answers to this craziness!!! No matter if you are single, married with kids, or without kids, and it does not matter your age….we are all in the same boat.  And this boat is not the Titanic, and it is not sinking….it is a boat of change and uncertainty, but being as normal as possible will calm the spirit.

So how can we stay calm and try to be “normal”?  Well here is my two week plan that I am putting into place. Yes, wash your hands.  Take necessary precautions needed for your lifestyle and where you live. But my plan after that is in place, is to make a list of all the things that I always put off and never seem to have the time to do.

Keeping our hands and minds busy will make the time pass, and it will not allow our minds to go places that are not reality and also allow our imagination to go crazy.

Today I had a friend pick up some potatoes for me since I had to work, and I could not get out.  She was kind and would not take the money for it. So I then told her I would share the soup that I was going to make with them, and that I would also make her some bread.  Since she is a single woman….she does not make homemade soup and bread, so this was a real treat.

Clean out  that closet that you have been wanting to clean, email a friend and check up on them, call someone, text someone, write a letter, sort out those recipe cards that are a mess.  Stop and breath, stop and take hold that you are alive today, and there is a purpose. Reach out to others….we are all human beings and should be respecting each other in a unique and special way.  This does not mean that you need to put yourself at risk….there are plenty of ways to help someone without doing this.

For those of us who have hope of eternity with the God of creation….share that hope today.  We as Christians can rise up and encourage our friends with this plain and simple gospel message.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Honey, Garlic Instant Pot Pork chops #quick and easy dinner

Need a quick and easy and delicious dinner?  Check this out!

Ingredients:

  • 4-8 pork chops (thin sliced or if thick, pound down for a thinner cut) – taste better this way
  • 2-3 teaspoons of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 strips of bacon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon of orange marmalade

 

How to cook in the Instant Pot:

  • Turn your pot to sauté
  • Place butter and 2 strips of bacon in the pot to cook for 1-2 minutes only (cut bacon up into small bite size pieces)
  • Salt and pepper both side of chops
  • Place chops in pot and brown on both sides
  • Turn Instant Pot off
  • Now pour in the rest of the ingredients on top
  • Place lid on pot in sealing position
  • Turn on Manuel for 7 minute for thin chops and 10 minutes for thick chops
  • When you are done with you 7 minutes ….do a quick release
  • Open pot away from you and enjoys your oh so good pork chops.

 

Great over rice, pasta or just about anything!

 

Ranch and BBQ Red Chili Kielbasa # Quick and Easy Meal

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!!

Ingredients:

two packages of kielbasa

one package of dry ranch dressing mix

one bottle of Red Chili BBQ sauce

Preparations: 

  • slice up the kielbasa into bite size pieces

 

  • dump into a crock pot

 

  • sprinkle the ranch mix over meat

 

  • pour the bottle of BBQ sauce over top

 

  • turn on high for one hour and low for two hours

 

  • Once done, mix together well and enjoy!

 Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Cleaning out the freezer/freezer and pantry challenge #2020

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.

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

 

Sausage Casserole (or AKA Hotdog Casserole) # Quick and Easy

Do you want quick and easy? Do you want simple and yummy? Do you want a crowd pleaser….try this yummy recipe!

Ingredients:

1 package of hotdogs, kielbasa, or chicken sausage

5 lbs. of potatoes

1 can or bag of sauerkraut

2 bay leaves

1 cup water

½ stick of butter

How to prepare:

I use a slow cooker (I have tried doing this in the instant pot but I didn’t think it tasted as good).

Potatoes – Wash, peel, and cut in half;  dump in the crock pot.

Meat – Slice the meat of your choice into bite size pieces and pour over top of the potatoes.

Next, take the sauerkraut and pour over the meat and potatoes, and then add butter and water too.

Add two bay leaves on the top of the mixture, and then cook two hours on low for four hours on high.

Before serving ….just remember to take out the bay leaves.

Oh soooooo good!!!

 Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

 

 

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