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”.  These are two large families, but the overall idea is the same. One family will fill their pantry once a month for the next months menu with a few extras and 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 by doubles of things I did not need and not enough of what I needed because it 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 in away in a closet etc…and she does not see it….she forgets she had it.

Bingo…that gave me an idea.  What I need is 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 to know quickly what I have to work with for meals.

So, I emptied my pantry….what a job.  Sorted what I want and gave away and blessed someone else with the things I will not use and created a great little nook to look at .

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 out my two freezers. Creative cooking will be happening in our home from now until Easter. Come and join in the fun and clean out you bits and pieces in both your pantry and freezers.

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 and dump in the crock pot.

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

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

Add 2 Bay leaves on the top of the mixture and then cook 2 hours on low or 4 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 full proof 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 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low ( if 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 let them cook slow and long to retain all the flavors!

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 and comment below if you decide to do this and let me know what you did.

Happy gifting…..

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 starts coming where do I start, work, home, kids, husband……and the sound in my head just keep 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 4 simple steps in life to keep some balance.  Balance and Simplicity is 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

 

Welcome to my home and life…

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.

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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.

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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.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

YouTube Channel name: “At Home with Lynn Wilson”



Cranberry Chutney: Simple Canning Recipe

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.

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wash cranberries, sterilize jars, cook down cranberry and apples
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fill your jars, take the air bubbles out, and wipe jars clean for before adding the lid
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put the jars under the bath for 20 minutes, take out and place on a towel.
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an empty pot is when you know it was yummy and my favorite part is listening to the sound of the jars popping.

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.

25 jars done and ready to give away as gifts
oh so good and oh so yummy

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

16 servings

 Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. Return to a boil and reduce heat.  Simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes until desired thickness and stir occasionally. 
  3. 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)

 

 

Sour cream banana bread… Double batch!

I’m sure we have all had a bunch of bananas sitting on our counter and after a week come to realize that no one has eaten any of them… and they’re all getting extremely ripe. So here is a great recipe for you to try….my family just love it! Grab a bunch of ripe bananas about 6 to 8… this is just perfect for this double batch of sour cream banana bread.

Enjoy!

In one bowl beat together…

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract
  • 10 heaping tablespoons of sour cream
  • 2/3 of a cup of vegetable oil

After this is thoroughly mixed add in your 6 to 8 ripe bananas and whisk or I like to use an electric hand mixer to thoroughly mixed it together.

And then in the second bowl mix together…

  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 cups of flour

Optional items that you can add could could be a half a cup of dried cranberries, dried blueberries, walnuts, or even chocolate chips.

Combine your dry ingredients with your wet ingredients and gently mix together.

Grease to 2 bread loaf pans, place them in a preheated  oven on 350° for 45 to 50 minutes

Let stand for 10 minutes and pop out the banana bread from the bread loaf pans… Place on a plate cover until it cools off.

Make sure you lightly cover it even when it is still warm, so that the bread does not dry out.

Add a little butter… peanut butter… or your favorite fruit jam and enjoy this delicious homemade bread.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother