Dehydrate Kale

Have you ever wanted to try dehydrating?  It is so easy whether you do this in a dehydrator or an oven.  I have linked below a video on the why, how to’s and what to use it for after it is dehydrated.  Come and see how fun and easy this is.  Leave me a comment below if you have any questions too.  Happy Dehydrating.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Amish Baked Oatmeal – Simple Breakfast

Sometimes breakfast can be the worst meal for me to make. I never quite know what to make and prepare. This recipe is simple, affordable, easy and oh so yummy. It is also a go to meal and or snack for anytime and any age. It is a favorite in our home. #amish baked oatmeal

  • 3 cups of oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups of whole milk, skim milk, almond milk or the best is oat milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 brown sugar, while sugar, honey, molasses, or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of butter melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/1/2 vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. mix all dry together first ( saved the sugar for the wet ingredients if you are using a syrup etc…)
  2. then add butter and milk and mix in with the dry
  3. now add the eggs and extract of your choice as well (and sweetener if in a liquid form)
  4. pour mixture into a greased 8×8 or a 9×13 baking dish
  5. place baking dish into a preheated oven on 350 degrees for 25 minutes
  6. best served warm
  7. ENJOY!

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

 

 

 

 

Freezer

The Freezer and Fridge is full and yet you have nothing to eat? Let’s roll up our sleeves and clean out the freezer, pantry and fridge and see what we can come up for with meals for 2 weeks only using our bits and pieces. Money is tight, some foods are hard to find and we want to be as frugal and budget friendly as we can to help us stay on track. Also….did you know that you can get some foods sent to you via UPS with free shipping from Walmart. I have a small Walmart Haul with a few fillers.

A small Walmart Hall via Walmart.com
So what can we find in the freezer to make a meal with?
So what can we find in the refrigerator to make a meal with?

 

Living with Autism #Autism Awareness

We as a family live with Autism everyday and have for about 18 years. Life is different, life is crazy and life is full of Joy. We have learned how to navigate this journey, how to make a life full of successes and how to teach our son to be the best he can be and to be the person he was created to be. Come hear our frustrations as well as our JOYS that we have experienced. This month of April is Autism Awareness and this video can help if you have Autism, live with someone with Autism or if you just want to get to know about this unique life.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Budget Cooking, Depression Cooking and HOT MILK CAKE!

Right now we are in weird times and everyone is scrambling to find budget friendly meals, and resources for these meals as well. Many people have not had to cook so many meals at home until this virus hit us. On top of having to cook the meals we are now finding that our resources are limited for meats, rice etc. Here are two books I can recommend not only give you a budget friendly recipes but also for alternatives for when you can’t find what you need.

I’ve included a great recipe for a yummy cake. This recipe is basic ingredients that you have normally at home and all you do is change up the extract to create a different flavor every time you make it. I hope you enjoy the show me a cake as much as I do. It’s moist and delicious and great deserve as a snack or dessert at any time. Be creative with the icings and toppings that you use for a different dessert every time you serve it.

The BEST ever Banana Muffins

I know….I know you have heard this before from someone.  At some point I am sure that you have heard of  a great recipe along the way.  But stop…wait this really is the best ever recipe!!!

So here we go a short and quick recipe to follow:  Enjoy!!!

  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of butter, margarine or shortening
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla but I like to use almond instead
  • 1/2 cup sour milk ( add 1 tsp of white vinegar to your milk for 5 mintues and you will see it curdle
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup bananas ( 3 large should work)
  • additional items: nuts, raisins or chocolate chips
  1. mix dry together
  2. mix wet together
  3. combine all together and then pour into a greased muffin pan
  4. bake on 350 for 22 minutes or until golden brown

serve warm right out of the oven or the next morning

 

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Prepping and Organizing a Pantry….

This has always been something that I have wanted to do.  I think overall I have had small sections of my kitchen and/or a closet or two with some pantry items.  But over all I have never had a full and complete set up for a pantry.

Well, now fast forward.  After 30+ years of marriage and raising a family, I decided in January of 2020 to create one.  First of all, I did not have the time to create a pantry and the space for one, or at least I didn’t think I did. Now we find ourselves with more time then we realized we would have, and a situation that makes us realize that a pantry is so needed.

I have to admit that I had a rude awakening, along with a bit of panic shopping.  I did not think that I had certain things on hand, so I went right out and spent funds from our budget to accommodate what I thought we needed.  After we had all these goodies piled on our dining room table, it was time to now set up our pantry.  So, we gathered all our items from every little spot that we stored things in, and brought them to one place in our home.  Then we cleaned out our one and only closet to make a pantry where we could store everything.  After setting it up and putting things away, we realized that we had spent money on things we already had, and had items in large amounts (like extra cans of tomatoes that we did not need).

This taught me a BIG lesson in life, and one that I will hold onto for a very long time.  I wasted money on things I don’t need, I am using up space that I could use for something else, and I probably wasted time in buying these items too.  Now it is time to make a change!  I have a pantry set up with an inventory list of my staples, how many I want on hand, and then how many I need to buy for the next time.

Have you found yourself without a pantry?  Or are you well organized in this area?  Either way leave a comment below with pictures of what you have set up or what you would like to do.

These are trying times in our country; it is a good time to reevaluate what we do and why and how to make things better for ourselves.

I would love to hear from you.

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!

 

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