21 freezer meals….12 Freezer dinners, 4 freezer breakfasts, and 5 freezer lunches, in the freezer NOW .

21 freezer meals

I have been doing freezer meals ever since my second son was born almost 4 years ago. (I don’t know why I have never REALLY shared on here about my experiences)

 I was very very blessed to have a family friend watch my oldest (3 1/2 at the time) when I was in the hospital with my second.  When we were discharged from the hospital keep in mind 4 days later. We went to pick him up and go home as a New family of 4.  Stressed already about having a December baby.  Driving home in the snow, Not being able to drive myself anywhere for anything, To my surprise she sent us home with a HUGE box and 2 paper bags full of meals-prepared and already frozen.  She even included most of the “extra” things that go with the meals, What I mean by that is if the meal was Spaghetti, she had a loaf of bread and a bag of salad to go with it in the bag as well.   It was such a huge blessing to our family.

With my first son I was able to have him naturally, but with my second he was very stubborn and never flipped over not even once after I hit my 5th month of the pregnancy-so being breach I had to have a c-section.

So ever since she blessed us with all these meals, I have tried to always have some ready in our freezers.  Or if I make a meal I try to double it so I can eat one and put one away in the freezer for another day. This comes in so handy when we have a busy week, busy day, or if someone you know is struggling with surgery, finances, or anything else.

This week I was able to put together a HUGE list of some our favorites.

Head to the grocery store

And fill up our freezer.

The recipes I included were:

        Beef-

                     Spicy mexican sirloin roast and mexican corn salsa to go along with it.

                     Meatloaf with brown sugar glaze

                    Slow cooker beef fajitas

                   Tamale Pie

                  Taco Casserole

      Chicken-

                  Chicken and bean tacos

                  White Chicken Chilli

                  Slow cooker chicken fajitas

                  Tortellini soup

                 Chicken soup

    Pork-

                Honey Sesame pork roast

                Pulled pork for sandwiches

    Lunches-

               7 Layer Nachos

               Alfredo mac and cheese cups

             Slow cooker refried beans

            Bean and cheese burritos

              chicken for chicken salad

   Breakfast-

              Maple Breakfast cake

             Spiced pumpkin bread

             pb granola bars

             healthy Granola

*pictures and recipes to come soon!!

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Everything’s better with pumpkin……right?

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Today my 3 year old and I made waffles for … wait for it….”lunch” !!   I am so blessed with one boy that will eat waffles for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack with me.

This time since it is October and all-we added some pumpkin puree, and some cinnamon.

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He loves mixing….just like any other kid – right?  mixing, and mixing,  and more mixing.

I added about a 1/4 to a 1/2 of a cup of the pumpkin puree to my regular waffle mix.

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Then adding 1/4 cup of the mixture to each “section” of the waffle iron.  You will have YUMMY pumpkin spice waffles to devour in no time.

*UPDATE: I had to cook these a little longer than just when the “ready” light popped on.   Then wanted to pull apart.  So I waited just about an extra minute. Then I was able to pop them out with no problem.

24 Advocare challenge meal prep.

I promised you I would show you some of my meal prep…and here it is. In our “group” we don’t do grains, beans, dairy, soda, or sugars so I couldn’t go by any of the meal plans I found on Pinterest so I went ahead and came up with my own.

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Chicken thighs were on sale at Freddies this last week so I bought the family pack, and came home and baked them ALL off.  After they were all cooked and the juices ran clear, I took off all the skin and started assembling them all together in containers,

I added a vegetable, this time I used the steam fresh green beans.

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All packed together, lids on, and ready to go in the fridge, I made 7 meals, and left 3 without veggies, I planned on using the chicken in a salad or using a different veggie for those days.

few new things going on around these parts….

so I tend to get in over my head with things.  I love starting/trying new things but this time I have hit the mother load- first off let me tell you a few things. So I did a Facebook challenge in August and did really great at it for about 8 weeks, the last two weeks not so much.  Total I lost 13 lbs and have for the most part kept it off give or take a lb or so.  I am tired of just doing these things and still feeling like poop.  I lived on coffee and eating good but I was still exhausted, and never felt rested.

So now back to today or shall we start with yesterday 🙂 I started my first AdvoCare 24 day challenge and am feeling great.  I also like always jumped right in head first and became a distributor. Interested in trying product, becoming a distributor, or just have a question you can comment or you can go to my website.

 https://www.advocare.com/140945020/MemberHome.aspx

I am going to try to post my food choices and my thoughts and concerns daily … I will be posting my meal prep soon (we are going to be heading to Costco for our big shopping trip this evening)

I am on day 2 today and yesterday went well.  I am a COFFEE drinker and of all days crazy how I chose to start my challenge on NATIONAL COFFEE DAY  crazy huh.  I know it was meant to be.  I love coffee and I love creamer-I think that has been my set back all along. I am now 2 days completely coffee free !!

So I LOVE the Spark – I chose the Watermelon flavor and it literally tastes just like a jolly rancher.  The pills are horse pills but still managed to slide them right down 🙂 The fiber drink is different to state it nicely.  I read a few people say to just chug it so I did on day one.  Today was a different story.  I work in the daycare of the local gym and today was Baby day lol not really but it really felt like it.  We had 4 babies and two toddlers that were wanting to be held.  Keep in mind there is only 2 of us adults.  Only 4 legs 🙂 so all that to say I let my fiber drink sit a little bit too long and it turned to gel….I got it all down though.

more updates to come.  hope to hear from you all about your experiences with the 24 day challenge.

a little overwhelmed…

To say the least I am overwhelmed…School started on the 2nd for my 2nd grader and on September 9th for my Junior preschooler.

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I started a new job August 1st…(very very part time, but still feels *time-consuming for some odd reason.  Motocross is still going, only 2 more races for the Thursday Night Motocross season, and only 1 more race for the season in Albany.

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I have started back up with my couponing..*nothing to extreme* just saving a few dollars on each grocery trip which seems to be ok with me.  I would love to have a little bit of a stockpile though but nothing crazy.

I have been trying my hand at a few apps on my phone….ibotta, favado, checkout 51 and the walmart savings catcher app.   So far they are all similar but offer something slightly different.  On all of them you have to upload your receipts, on ibotta you get your “money back” on gift cards that you can cash out at I believe 10 dollars. On Checkout 51 you have to have a minimum of 20 dollars before you can cash out.  On the walmart savings catcher app they do the work for you—if they find another store that has the item you purchased cheaper than you get the difference.

Just starting back into the couponing thing and adding the apps I am a bit on the overwhelmed side, but I think it will be great for the holiday season coming up.  I know with ibotta you have the option of getting your *money back* in starbucks gift cards, etc.

Well let me know what you think of these apps.  I would love to hear your opinions? or your experiences.

Friday Pinterest Favorites!

This week we have been doing a lot to prepare our home for new siding and windows… WOOP WOOP

so I will show you my favorites

I love this porch light – I want it a little “less shiny” though.  A little more of a rustic feel.

I do LOVE LOVE this but it may be a little too large of scale!  but I love the lines and feel.

I am almost positive this is the light we are going to go with. Find it here.

Now lets move on to the garage door…remember we are trying to stay on a budget 🙂

while staying on a budget this is BEAUTIFUL!!…find the link here and I believe a tutorial.

I know this isn’t very exciting or pretty but it is very practical and keep all the unwanted leaves and dirt out.

find the link here

House numbers … there are SOO many choices.

I love how simple these numbers are….and so beautiful.  (I bet pretty reasonably priced too) find it here.

I love this too…a little more ornate-but still very beautiful. Find it here.