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Friday, April 27, 2012

Freelace Friday - Genius Meal Planning

Wow! I admire the work of this ingenious mom and sure wish I could put this together! Maybe someday I will. Do you have a way to meal plan that works well for you? I'd love to hear it!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday Tip - Recipe Binder

Do you get overwhelmed with keeping your recipes organized or finding your favorites when you need them?  Well here is a great post by The Peaceful Mom on starting a recipe binder.  I have been using a recipe binder for years!  In fact . . . I don't own even one cookbook.  There were probably a few gasps there but nope not even one cookbook . . . just me and  my recipe binder. 

In the front of my recipe binder I have a list of breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas to help me start menu planning each week.  Then I also have copies of my grocery list.  The rest is similar to the Peaceful Mom's.  Hope this helps you get your recipe's in order!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday Meals - Yummy Salad

So I pretty much made my version of this salad, but love the recipe gave me the idea to put apples, walnuts and feta cheese together. Yummo! That's all I have to say! I've been making my own raspberry vinaigrette for a few years now (no set recipe, just kind of throw oil, water, red wine vinegar, sugar and raspberry jam together), so it went perfect with this.

Oh, and I chose to omit the bacon :-) Other than that, it was the same! Seriously, it was a good combo of flavors - simple but delicious: I highly suggest it!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tuesday Tip - Freezer Cooking

I love my crock pot . . . and I love when a meal is easy to put together - which is why I'm enjoying trying these recipes at RingAroundTheRosies. I just put together the recipe for the Chicken Teriyake, and although we haven't eaten it yet, it does sound quite delicious (for those who know me well, don't worry, I won't eat the pineapple chunks! :-)

Go check out the blog for some simple freezer meals for your crock pot!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Munchies - Honey Mustard Dressing

This is a quick and easy recipe for a delicious Honey Mustard Salad Dressing from $5 dinners.

1 tsp vinegar
1/4 c. Dijon or regular mustard
1/2 c. honey
salt and pepper

In a small bottle combine all ingredients and shake. For a creamier dressing add 1 T. of milk or I like to add Greek yogurt!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Freelance Friday - Spring and Summer Party Ideas

I don't know about you, but I love Pinterest. I love it because it helps me organize ideas and tips. Now when I find a good idea, I "pin" it to the appropriate board (kind of like a virtual cork board) and know exactly where to go to find it again . . . unlike my piles of papers that are somewhat organized (or not).

One of my boards I pin to is "Cake and party ideas." I thought I'd share some of the fun ideas I've found for Spring and Summer themed parties. Clicking on the picture will take you to my Pinterest board. For those of you not on Pinterest, if you click on the link below the picture it will take you directly to the websites. Enjoy!

The ones below are just pictures for ideas - there are no website links

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Toddler Thursday - Scavanger Hunt

Here is a fun Scavenger Hunt a mom of 5 small children did . . . you could do lots of variations on this idea!

We always love to "practice" Easter egg hunts leading up to Easter. It kept our children quite busy when they were smaller!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wacky Wednesday - Say it slowly

OK, how many of you will admit with me that you started falling for it? And just as you start slowly saying "guh-l" - you think "GAH! I'm gullible!" :-)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday Tips - Teacher Appreciation

The week of May 7th is Teacher Appreciation week. Here is a great post I came across in March for Classified Employee week that has some great ideas that will work for teachers as well!

I love the sweet gram and the . . . Thanks for making me "Sharp"ie! Adorable!

Yes, that is a month away . . . but just trying help you all plan ahead! :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday Meals - White Chicken Enchiladas

I was able to get together with a dear friend last week after many months of trying! She made these enchiladas which were SO yummy! I can vouch for this recipe - not only is it easy, it's delicious! It's getting added to my list of regular meals. The other thing I like about it is that it doesn't call for any canned soup and yet is easy and tasty!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

Freelance Friday - Super Mom or Abiding Mom

Confessions of a Homeschooler has a great free printable that is a wonderful reminder of the type of mom we should strive to be . . . Super Mom versus an Abiding Mom. Click the link to download and print a copy.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wacky Wednesday - Lunch protection

Does your child get his/her lunch stolen at school? Here is an innovative solution to that problem - anti-theft sandwich bags!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tuesday Tip - Ways to Love

OK, so this isn't necessarily a money-saving tip . . . but I thought it was a good reminder of how we can show love to others without spending a dime! Check out the whole list!