JUL
23
2014

One Pan Pasta Dinner

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Hi all! If you know anything about me by now, you know that I’m not a professional chef. I’m a busy mama of four and I don’t have time to dilly dally around in the kitchen everyday! That means when I hear something like “easy recipes”, “5 ingredient meal”, or ‘one pan’… well let’s just say you had me at “one pan”! So today I have a one pan pasta dish for all of you busy parents out there!   So if you have about 15 minutes to spare, then stick with me people and you’ll also have dinner ready too!   One Pan Pasta: 12 ounces linguine 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large 1/2 onion, thinly sliced (Or finely diced if you’re trying to hide them from your children.) 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes 3 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 5 cups water 6 oz. tomato sauce … [Read more...]

JUN
25
2014

July 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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We’re in full swing of summer and enjoying every minute of it! I have to say it’s been a little hectic though so I’m still wondering when the actual relaxation part of summer will hit! Since I don’t like to have to think a lot during summer time I made up another Monthly Meal Plan for you. I hope it’s helping you get your meals planned, and relieving a little bit of stress from your day too!   Download the 2014 July Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 July Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 July  Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable)   If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to a recipe.   Since you always ask, here are some of our smoothie recipes, just click on an image below for a fabulous recipe! … [Read more...]

JUN
18
2014

Homemade Salsa Recipe

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I don’t know about you, but summer always leaves me craving fresh snacks! And so for today, I have a very simple Pico de Gallo recipe to share with you! It’s crisp, fresh, and muy bueno!   I know you all probably have a favorite recipe for pico de gallo, but I thought I’d share mine as well. I like to keep it simple, so the less ingredients I have to deal with the better! Let’s get started chopping shall we?   Ingredients: 1-2 tomatoes, diced 1 red or white onion, diced (I prefer red, but only had white today!) 2 sprigs fresh cilantro, finely chopped 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Splash of lime juice (Normally I would use half a lime and squeeze it in)     Directions: Chop everything up and mix it in a bowl!   Serve! Serve with tortilla chips, tacos, carnitas, and anything else you would like to add a little zing to! We like to just eat it plain with some crispy tortilla chips for a … [Read more...]

MAY
28
2014

June 2014 Monthly Meal Plan!

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Good morning! We only have a few more weeks until summer break, and man am I ready for some relaxed warm summer days! And so I can relax and enjoy the remainder of our year, I have my June 2014 Monthly Meal Plan ready to go! I hope these help you get your meals planned, and relieve a little bit of stress from your day!   Download the 2014 May Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 June Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 June Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to a recipe.   Since you always ask, here are some of our smoothie recipes: Click on the image below to see our latest, and delicious if I say so myself, green smoothie recipe! … [Read more...]

MAY
21
2014

Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Recipe

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Do your kids beg for a Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino every time you go like mine do? Ugh. And those things are like $4/each! Being a homeschooler I quickly figured out that $4.00 x 4 kids = way more than I want to spend on drinks! Since I’m a softy and have a hard time saying no, we decided to come up with our own recipe so we could make them at home and save about a zillion dollars.   Ingredients: 1 cup of ice 1 1/2 cups of milk (You can use non-fat, 2%, or whole) 1 T. Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (You can add another tablespoon if you like, but we thought it was a little too much.) 1 t. vanilla extract Optional: Whipped Cream topping   Directions: Blend and top with whipped Cream!   BAM! Just like that I saved myself about $16 by making them myself! Yipee! If it’s still not sweet enough you can add in a tablespoon of sugar, but we didn’t think it needed it. You can also add in a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but again, the flavoring … [Read more...]

APR
30
2014

May 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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Good morning faithful homeschoolers! We only have 2 more months until summer break, and man am I ready for some relaxed warm summer days! But until then, we still have some things to do, so in an effort to make life a little bit easier, I’m back today with another Monthly Meal Plan for you. I hope it’s helping you get your meals planned, and relieving a little bit of stress from your day!     Download the 2014 May Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 May Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 May Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable)   If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to a recipe. Coming soon! I’m working on putting them all together in a book for you as well to make it a little easier each month!   Since you always ask, here are some of our smoothie recipes: … [Read more...]

APR
24
2014

Cheesy Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe

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Okay, so how many of you were curious about those delicious looking little biscuits behind my Ham and White Bean Soup recipe last week?   Oh my, they’re so yummy! And if any of you have a Jim-n-Nicks BBQ around you, you’ll recognize them. I’ll tell ya what…these are knock-offs, but they taste the same and you can make them yourself! Ready? Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups flour 3/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 4 tablespoon butter, melted 3/4 cup buttermilk (Found in the dairy isle by the milk. You can substitute whole milk, but why?)  1 egg, beaten well 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, and baking powder) in a bowl and then cut in the butter with a fork until well mixed. Add in the finely shredded cheese and mix well. Next mix buttermilk, egg, and vanilla together and pour into dry mixture and stir. Batter will be … [Read more...]

APR
22
2014

Ham and White Bean Soup Recipe

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with an easy recipe for you!   Every now and then we make a spiral sliced ham for dinner, and for a long time, I just tossed the left over bone with all of that meat on it. I never could get it all off. ugh. Anyway, I’ve finally come up with a really easy and delicious Ham and White Bean Soup recipe to use up that left over ham! Interested? Read on…     Ingredients Leftover ham bone (with ham on it) 16 oz. bag of northern white beans 1/2 sweet onion finely diced Optional: diced carrot and celery (or any other veggie you like in your soup) Optional: 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar Directions: Place ham bone and beans into a stockpot and cover with water. Simmer all day on low heat. Add your onions and other veggies about 1 hour prior to eating so they cook until soft. If you want a little fresh kick to your soup add 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar right at the very end. That’s it! No kidding, just put the … [Read more...]

APR
10
2014

Easy Chicken, Rice, and Bean Burritos

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  Hi everyone! I have another simple and fast recipe to share with all of you busy homeschoolers out there! After saying this was fast, I realized that I normally make these a few days after I’ve made my Southwestern Chicken Tacos, refried beans, and Spanish rice. That way I can just pull out the leftovers, stuff them into burritos and heat! It’s a great way to use up the leftovers but make it seem like a whole new meal! But if you need to take the long way…the directions for the insides are at the bottom of this post! Ingredients: 4-5 Cooked and shredded chicken breasts 2 cups Spanish Rice 2 cups Refried beans 1 can cream of chicken soup 1/2 c. milk Tortillas of your choice. I like the small corn tortillas, just heat in a warm skillet for about 30 seconds each side. Optional: Toppings of your choice, we use sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, and lettuce. Maybe a little hot sauce if we’re feeling crazy ;o)   Directions: Spray a casserole dish … [Read more...]

MAR
28
2014

April 2014 Monthly Menu Plan

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Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying 2014! We’ve only got a few months left of school, then we’re out for summer! Yay! .   So today I have another monthly meal plan for you. I hope these are helping you to keep your days a little more organized and stress free! I don’t change my meals up too much, but the plan helps me stay on budget when grocery shopping. It also helps me avoid ordering out for dinner, or heading out for lunches. I normally shop once a week either on the weekends on on Mondays. That way we have all of our needed ingredients for the week’s menu plan. I also do my best to stay to my shopping list so I don’t go over budget or come home with a lot of extras I didn’t intend on buying. Download the Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 April Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 April monthly meal plan Word Doc (Editable) Here are some of our yummy smoothie recipes: … [Read more...]