Monday, October 3, 2016

Hello and Meal Prepping

(Isn't that an exciting way to wake up a sleepy comatose blog)

Well, I will try to make this short, and make it make sense.

I just quit blogging, and I wish that I hadn't done that. Not that it is a great resource that has helped thousands, but that it is a great journal for me...because I quit scrapbooking too. :)

So, I would like to jump back in a share a little about our days.

In the span of time of that this blog really went inactive I have graduated my first child from our homeschool, and whoa..... let me tell you....that is a big thing for a mom's heart. Perhaps I can blog about that later.

For this post I would like to share something that is so simple, but it really is so helpful to running a smooth household.

Who thinks it is a fun thing to stay in the kitchen most of the day on Saturday? (Goodbye to a lot of you, right?)  Well, I happen to really enjoy meal planning, grocery shopping, and prepping. It makes me feel more in control. I have 5 people asking me several times a day the eternal question: "What is there to eat?" By spending a little productive time in the kitchen I have really made my entire week easier.  Will I have the luxury of doing this every Saturday? Who knows, but I hope that I can most of the time.

This week here is what I did, and  I can already see what I will do different next week.

1) Sliced fruit. So easy, but gosh it is so good to have it in the fridge. We will stare at a cantaloupe on the countertop until it goes bad, but when I sliced it up the thing was gone by Monday morning. So, next week I will buy more fruit.

2) Waffles. Jessie was reading a book in which the characters eat a lot of waffles. Naturally, she decided she needed waffles. So, we made the Bread Beckers pancake/waffle recipe from the Red Book that you can find here: Bread Beckers  We put them in a Ziploc bag, and just heat them up in the toaster oven.

3) Egg Muffins: There are so many variations of these on the Internet and mine aren't anything new, but they are so good!  Basically this is what I did:

PREHEAT oven to 350
6 Eggs
1 Cup of Egg Whites
Diced Red Bell Pepper (about a 1/4 of the pepper)
Shredded Zucchini squash (1/2 of a squash)
Green Onion (sliced thinly, one onion)
1/2 C or more Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
1 pound lean pork or turkey sausage, browned

Mix it all together, pour into a muffin pan (this one is the BEST.  NO OIL NEEDED)
Bake for 12-15 min, or until firmly set and not jiggly at all.

If you'd like a real recipe to go by check this one out: SkinnyTaste Loaded Baked Omelet Muffins

4) I made a basic recipe from the Bread Beckers book (Zojirushi recipe) and shaped them into buns. On Sunday we had the buns with chicken salad. Do you have a pressure cooker? My Instapot makes chicken tender, and easy to shred, in 30 minutes. I use it several times a week. 

So, there you go. A way to kick the week off feeling like you are one step ahead.

For your convenience, I have put links in where I mention products I use. (Some of the links are affiliate links)

Sorry for the plain I get back to blogging I will make them look better. :) 

Have a blessed day. I am going to listen to a Podcast featuring Cindy Rollins and organize my school area.  :)


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