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  • Chicken Noodle Soup

    I make this for my family any time we need a little warm up or any time we aren’t feeling well. In the making of this this week I missed some pictures of some of the steps due to a family thing that came up but here is the recipe. It is super simple and easy to make. I also used some of my new Pampered Chef tools, which was exciting!

    Ingredients:

    • 2-3 Chicken Breasts or I’ve also used a whole small rotisserie chicken
    • 2-3 Carrots
    • 2 Stalks of celery
    • 1/2 sweet yellow onion
    • 1 TBSP minced garlic
    • olive oil
    • 1 TBSP Butter
    • 2 48oz of low sodium Chicken/ Bone Broth
    • 1 12oz egg noodles
    • 1 TBSP Garlic powder
    • 1 TBSP Onion Powder
    • To taste Garlic salt
    • To taste Black Pepper
    • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
    • 1 tsp Rosemary (I actually use 1 drop of Rosemary Vitality oil)
    • 1 tsp Thyme (I actually use 1 drop of Thyme Vitality oil)
    • 1 tsp Oregano (I actually use 1 drop of Oregano Vitality oil)
  • Easy Dinner (Meat) Prep

    I have mentioned before that I use a service called 5 dinners 1 hour. Through that service I’ve not only prepped the dinners with their recipes but other dinners as well. Before covid-19 the prep would also involve sauces stored in the refrigerator and chopping veggies to have ready for cook day. Since I have more time, meat prep is primarily what we do now. We typically buy our meat in bulk partly because we have a big family and use a lot of meat in one meal, and the other is because it typically is more cost effective. I figure out what recipes we will be using for the week or two week period then Ian will prep, in this case, chicken. I get the bags ready and add in the other ingredients.

    Materials used:

    • Sandwich baggy holder (Available on Amazon)
    • Ziploc Gallon Freezer Bags
    • Sharpie
    • Chicken (Meat)
    • recipes
  • Easy Labels and Organizing

    I have gotten around to doing some organizing. It started with my desk area last week and although I tidied it enough to use the desk… I still have a long way to go on the organizing piece. These are some basic labels that are super easy to make, and if you use chalk you can change them over and over.

    Supplies Used:

    • Scotch Brand chalkboard tape
    • Scissors
    • White Chalk pens

    I measured how big I wanted the labels on he containers and cut out the number of rectangles. Next write whatever you want on the label, my example was “Markers”. Then I cut off the corners and lined the outside. That is literally it.

  • Chili Recipe

    I have been asked for years for my chili recipe. Until now I have not measured anything and gave approximates for everything… That has changed. And now I actually have a blog post about it.

    Ingredients

    • 1 can black beans
    • 1 can garbanzo beans
    • 1 can kidney beans
    • 1 lb ground turkey
    • 2 cans diced tomatoes
    • 2 cans tomatoes sauce
    • 1 green bell pepper
    • 1 onion
    • 2 TBSP garlic
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 1 TBSP garlic powder
    • 1 TBSP onion Powder
    • 2 TBSP chili powder
    • 2 TBSP cumin
    • Garlic salt and pepper to taste
    • Top with Cheese, sour cream, avocado
    • Serve with Corn chips, tortilla chips, or corn bread

    Brown the ground turkey with a little salt and pepper. While the turkey is cooking, rise all the cans of beans, and chop the green bell pepper and onion. Once the turkey is ready add to the crock-pot along with the rest of the ingredients and seasonings. Cook on low for 8-6 hour or you can cook on high for 4-6 hours. Top with cheese, and sour cream. Serve with tortilla chips, corn chips, or corn bread.

    *I use low sodium beans, I do not have fresh onion, and I have 4 cans of diced tomatoes. Hypertension runs in my family, so I try to get low to no sodium when I can. We buy bulk diced tomatoes from Costco. Kirkland brand diced tomatoes have less sodium than the tomato sauce, so I use an immersion blender to make my own tomato sauce. This house rarely eats raw onion… so I put it in the recipe but I rarely use it when I make it.

  • Update.

    One major update has been the monthly calendar. I updated that to reflect a weekly calendar.

    It has been two and a half weeks since I put our new schedule into place. In this time, we have learned that this is more than just a few more weeks of lock down. The kids will not be returning to traditional school for the remainder of the school year. Originally set to get out of school June 9th, which turned into sometime in June, which turned into the duration of the year.

    On our walk we took a pic in front of the Elementary school they will not be going back to this year.

    The schedule has been working great! The kids have clear and concise times that they can look forward to. We have not stuck to it super strictly… dinner and bed time for instance seem to be 30 minutes to an hour off.

    Another update has been “my space” cleaned and ready to use. We were quarantine schooling in the dining room but I moved everyone into the play room so that I could utilize my work space and keep the kid mess to one room. Take a look at this before and after!

    Yikes! It’s probably been this way for a few years and like this more times then it’s not…
    It’s just progress… it’s not finished but it’s significantly better.