Category Archives: Meal planning

Slow Cooking Monday, Back to Basics

Back to Basics This week, I want to focus on basic slow cooker uses like cooking frozen meat. Many times I use my slow cooker to make full meals, other times I use my slow cooker to cook frozen chicken. The slow cooker makes cooking frozen meat so easy. I sometimes shop in bulk, I …

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Irish Stew

Stew is one of those meals that feels like a hug in a bowl. My family is Irish, Scottish, German. Our varied heritage means we embrace a little bit from each piece of our backgrounds. Well, mostly we embrace the Irish and the German. I should work on the Scottish. Irish stew is one of …

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Turkey and Gnocchi Soup

One of the great things about Thanksgiving, besides the family time is left-overs….turkey to be specific. What do you do with all that left-over turkey once you’ve eaten a few of the pre-requisite turkey and stuffing sandwiches? I love using the left-over turkey to create new twists on recipes. Olive Garden has this amazing soup. …

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Star Wars, Cereal and a Walmart gift card.

No, that’s not the beginning to a tacky joke. It’s another giveaway! This is the last giveaway I have scheduled for a bit, I love that MyBlogSpark is giving me the opportunity bring these fun winning opportunities to you. This spark is on a subject near and dear to my family. Star Wars. Being a …

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Meatless Monday….3 bean soup.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!   We’ve had a wonderful weekend here in central Texas.  🙂  The Texas State Fair opened on Friday, we’re planning to visit the fair tomorrow (Tuesday).  My children have Monday and Tuesday off this week, for the fair and a teacher in-service (6 weeks grade entering day). On Sunday …

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Look what’s new in my kitchen!

First things first! Living Social has a great deal going  Tuesday only (probably US only) for Whole Foods Market.  Buy a $20 gift certificate for only $10.  Limit 1. Today 9/13 only.    This deal is sold out! Now for my new kitchen items! My super sweet husband bought me a pressure cooker!  I’m not …

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Mini, but mighty meaty.

I must confess, I make meatloaf using muffin pans.  Is that strange?  Probably.  See, sometimes it’s like Dinner Time Fight Club around here.  Everybody, and I mean everybody wants the crunchy bits.  How can I make everybody happy and support family harmony? Mini meatloaf.  It’s the only why I know how to make sure everyone …

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Red Tortilla Soup with Chicken

I love soups…love them…gobble them up. Soups freeze well, they taste better on day two or day three, I love soup. If it’s a Tex-Mex soup….even better. Tex-Mex is one of my true food loves. Maybe it’s because I’m from Texas, maybe it’s just because Tex-Mex is Awesomesauce. If you’re in the northern part of …

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Freezer cooking on a small scale…

When I say freezer cooking…you say? Eek! No way! You’re a crazy lady! Okay, maybe not, but I’m sure you’re not giddy. Freezer cooking to some sounds like a whole day, 30 meal affair. It does not have to be….. Don’t be scared, it’s not so bad. Freezer cooking does not have to take up …

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Meatless Monday

I hope you had a fantastic weekend. We had a nice weekend here. Did a little yard work, used the grill, splashed around in the pool on Saturday, had a lovely lunch with some equally lovely friends and lounged around the house on Sunday. No Farmer’s Market trip over the weekend, but I’m planning on …

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