A fast and quick dinner to make any night of the week when you just don’t feel it!
I came home tonight after a long week of working and I just didn’t feel like cooking. We also have already overspent out eating out funds….so what is a girl to do. Get out the Instant Pot and start cooking.
This recipe is fast, fun and oh so yummy. Here is my version along with the original recipe I found on Jamerrill Stewart website. I hope you enjoy…leave me a comment below if you make it and how you like it!
1 lb. of ground beef
1 box of elbow macaroni
1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp. spoons of Worchester sauce
1 tbsp. spoon of brown mustard
1/2 cups of sour cream
1 tsp of garlic
1 tsp of garlic butter
1 tbsp. spoon of dried onions
6 cups of beef broth
1/4 cup of tomato paste
brown ground beef on sauté mode on your instant pot with the garlic butter and dried onions
in a separate bowl mix the beef broth, tomato paste, garlic, and Worchester sauce together
when beef is done cooking turn instant pot off
now add the box of macaroni over the meet ( do not stir)
now poor mixture over the macaroni ( do not stir)
place lid on instant pot ( venting not sealing) and then put on manual for 5 minutes
after 5 minutes do a quick release and take the lid off
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.
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!
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.
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.
Simple and easy is the way to go for a working mom or any busy person. We just love the smell of bread baking in our home and more importantly we love to eat a warm loaf of homemade bread!!! But how in the world do you find the time to bake it? #breadmachine
Years ago we purchased a bread machine and used it once or twice. I decided to dig it out a few months ago and try it again. We just love it. We are trying all new types of bread and are having so much fun.
Here is a simple and easy sandwich bread recipe for you to try! Whether a peanut butter and jelly or a yummy ham and cheese…..you will certainly enjoy this bread.
So let’s get started!!! What you will need is….
For a Large loaf (1 ½ to 2 pound)
1 cup of lukewarm milk
½ cup lukewarm milk
3 tablespoons of butter
3 ¾ cups of Flour (I use unbleached)
3 tablespoons of sugar ( I usually omit this and use Honey instead)
1 ½ teaspoons of salt
1 ½ teaspoons of active dry yeast or I use instant Yeast
And for a Small Loaf (1 pound)
2/3 cups of lukewarm milk
1/4 cup lukewarm milk
2 tablespoons of butter
2 1/2 cups of Flour (I use unbleached)
5 teaspoons of sugar ( I usually omit this and use Honey instead)
1 1/4 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoons of active dry yeast or I use instant Yeast
I stopped using shampoo years ago. I found that my hair was so dry and almost brittle as well as I did not like the texture of my hair anymore. I tried cheap shampoo along with some high end products and I did not find anything that I really liked.
On a whim I turned on QVC one day to see them advertising something called Wen cleansing conditioning. And no this is not a paid advert for them but rather a mom on a budget who wants a good product.
I figured why not try it for a 30 day money back guarantee and WOW…I was thrilled. I have been purchasing this ever since.
My hair is clean, soft and healthy … and one bottle will last me about 10 months. I have also tried some other products that are the same but to me they don’t seem as good. But it could just be my hair type.
Have you used an alternative shampoo? What do you use and why? I would love some other ideas.