Menu Monday use what you have! #planyourmeals #menumonday

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Occasionally it’s always good to eat whatever is in your fridge and freezer. It allows you to get out the old and then later on bring in the new. It also allows for you to not spend  money and make do with what you have. I don’t always do this. But I do tend to do it more in the summer when we go on vacation and then need our dollars to stretch until next paycheck. So yes, I am doing it again. LOL Sorry you’re having to see it again. But here’s what’s left in my fridge and what we will be eating for 9 days until my hubby gets paid.

Monday Bean burritos salsa and chips

Tuesday zuppa toscano soup copycat recipe from Olive Garden

Wednesday Beef stew in crockpot

Thursday grilled italian chicken sandwiches, baked potatoes zucchini crisps

Friday homemade pizza

Saturday  spaghetti with wine sauce and hamburger

Sunday white chicken chili

Monday fettucini alfredo, broccoli, carrot sticks

Tuesday beef tips over rice, salad, green beans

Menu Monday Super Bowl tryouts #menumonday

menu monday super bowl recipes

This week I’m making meal items that we will have on Super Bowl Sunday. I can’t wait. Here’s what we’re going to be eating all week.

Monday Meatless Monday so we are having a big salad with green lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cuke, grated cheese and hard boiled eggs. Yum!

Tuesday Sausage Ball Muffins I plan to make these ahead of time and stick them in the fridge for when I get back from gymnastics. Can. Not. Wait to eat these.

Wednesday Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken, steamed broccoli,  carrot sticks

Thursday Barbeque Meatballs (slow cooker), corn and green beans

Friday Cream Cheese Wontons, Bacon wrapped chicken and slow cooker buffalo chicken dip

Saturday Chili for the win! and Sun Drop Cake

What do you guys eat on Super Bowl Sunday? Any recipes I can try for you? Leave me a comment and let me know what recipes you’d like to see on the blog. 

Check out my Valentine’s Day crafts and recipes going on the blog now! How about the 2 ingredient fudge recipe that is so popular? Check out my other post on Valentine’s Day Crafts for kids, more Valentine’s Day crafts are fun,  my super easy and yummy Valentine’s Day Cake and follow me on pinterest for more fun activities!

Menu Monday Use it up week! #menumonday

We just got back from a short vacation. We had a blast and as all vacations go spent more then I wanted too. So this will most definitely be a use it up week. Here’s what we are having for dinners this week. 

Monday Ground turkey chili It’s simmering right now and smells divine. I also made pink salad for dessert. 

Tuesday Baked Chicken and rice with a side of broccoli

Wednesday My hubby’s birthday! We’ll be having per his request beef stew and cornbread. Yummo

Thursday Tilapia, baked potatoes, green beans

Friday Homemade veggie pizza

If all else fails I always have pinto beans and cornbread. Do you have a good dump recipe you’d like me to make a featured dish? Share it with me in the comments and I  just might make it next week! I love to hear how you use up all your leftovers. 



Easy eggs for easy your kids can make it!

When I’m craving eggs I do a simple thing and make them in the microwave. This is so simple that even my daughter can make it.  My kids make this recipe on a regular basis.  

easy scrambled eggs recipe

  1.  You start with 2 eggs. 
  2. Whisk them to break the yolks.
  3. Cook in microwave for 45 seconds.
  4. Add cheese, ham, spinach, whatever you like.
  5. Cook 45 seconds more. 
  6. Eat and enjoy. 

**Notice my microwave is 25 years old so if you have a newer one it may take less time. 🙂 Do you have a quick and easy breakfast recipe? Share it with me in the comments. 


Red Gold Jalapeno Burgers Recipe #rgparty #recipes

I was so fortunate to get this lovely package of red gold tomatoes love delivered by my handsome UPS driver the other day. I thought and thought about what goodies I could make. I wanted it to be a grilled burger but wasn’t sure how to make it different. Then I came up with the Jalapeno Burgers that has no actual jalapeno in it. They are so yummy, very tasty and not too hot.  Make sure you like Red Gold on facebook and check out their sweepstakes that they have going on! Follow them on twitter and get in on their #rgparty. You can win a green egg grill on their facebook page! Hurry sweepstakes ends Aug 30!   Here’s my recipe in pictures and then the lovely actual recipe to follow.  redgold5  

Red Gold Jalapeno Grilled Hamburger
Serves 6
A very yummy grilled burger with jalapeno cheese.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
18 min
Total Time
28 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
18 min
Total Time
28 min
  1. 2.5 lbs lean hamburger meat 90/10
  2. 1 can lime cilantro red gold tomatoes
  3. 1/2 chopped onion
  4. 1 tsp cumin
  5. 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  6. salsa
  7. sour cream
  8. jalapeno ketchup
  9. jalapeno white cheddar cheese slices
  1. Drain tomatoes and reserve liquid to baste burgers. Combine onion, tomatoes, spices and hamburger meat. Pat out patties after thoroughly combined. Grill 8 minutes each side. Make sure no pink. Then add salsa, sour cream and cheese to burgers and eat. Yum!
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Homemade salsa so good your friends will think you got it from a Mexican restaurant!

My family eats so much salsa. My middle child reminds me of me. That’s what I had as an after school snack on most days. It’s what he loves also. We have so many tomatoes right now that I had to make some and use them up. Here’s my quick and easy recipe for salsa. 


Homemade Salsa tastes like you were at a Mexican restaurant
Yields 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. I used 9 roma sized tomatoes
  2. 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  3. 2 packs of salsa seasoning
  4. 1 smallish onion
  1. Chop onion in food processor. Boil water and drop tomatoes in after cleaning them. Let boil for 3 minutes drop in cold water with ice to stop the cooking. Let sit 3 minutes. Peel the peel off the tomatoes and core them. Add to food processor. Chop 1/2 the bunch of cilantro and add to food processor. Add seasoning and pulse. You can have it chunky or smooth your choice. So good!
  1. This makes 2 batches at once. You can half it if your family is smaller then mine. 🙂
Adapted from the salsa packet
Adapted from the salsa packet
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Making Blueberry Freezer Jam recipe

I love to cook and can my goodies from the garden. However the canning process makes me so nervous that I tend to freeze most everything. We went to a blueberry farm and we picked tons of fresh organic blueberries. What on earth should I do with all this?

I decided that I needed to try making blueberry freezer jam!

I made it last week and it was so good! I took lots of pics so I could share the recipe here!


Here’s how I made the blueberry freezer jam.

The cast of characters were:

4 jelly jars with lids

2 packets freezer jam pectin

3 1/3 cups of crushed berries

1 1/3 cups sugar

First I crushed the berries using my potato masher. I, also, used my meat tenderizer to make sure all berries were mashed.

Then I added the sugar and pectin.

Stirred it up for 3 minutes. Make sure you stir for 3 minutes.

Then ladle into jars and let sit for 30 minutes.

blueberry freezer jam recipe

 Then freeze. And if you’re me, you make toast quickly and put the yummy blueberry jam on it!


I’ve never made blueberry freezer jam before.

But I most definitely will make it again. It’s quick and easy and so yummy! I made this simply following the directions on the Ball fruit pectic. So easy, simple, and delicious.

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

slow cooker chicken fajitasI’d seen these around on the web and had to make them myself. I’m not one for following recipes and I just kind of winged it.

But here’s how I made my slow cooker chicken fajitas.

  1. I picked my garden clean of peppers. Washed and cut up into long strips 4 bell peppers and a few banana peppers. Scraped the seeds into the trash.
  2. To that I added one roughly chopped onion and 2 lbs of chicken tenderloins that had been frozen. I just added the frozen chicken straight into the slow cooker.  
  3. I opened a can of diced tomatoes and chilis and poured it in juice and all. 
  4. Optional add a block of cream cheese 20 minutes before serving. I didn’t but may do this next time.
  5. Added 2 tsp cumin and 1 tsp chili powder
  6. Cooked on low 3.5 hours. Set to warm the last 30 minutes. 
  7. Served on whole wheat tortillas steamed in microwave.
  8. You could add sour cream or guacamole.

Such Yummy Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

They were really good. I loved that I was able to feed my family something healthy and not have to watch over it the entire day. Set it and forget it. That was the best part. My kids and hubby ate  it up! What’s the latest greatest recipe you tried in the crockpot? Anything you’d like to me to attempt? Leave me a comment and let me know!


Baked Potatoes not baked in the oven!

It’s summertime and it’s hot. I don’t like to heat up my kitchen to make a baked potato. So here’s what I came up with the other day. I cooked my potatoes for 3 hours in my slowcooker. It worked wonderful and we all had baked potatoes with no heat increased in my kitchen. It was so nice. Here’s how. 

So easy to bake potatoes in the slow cooker


Wash your potatoes thoroughly. 

Prick the potatoes with a knife.

Roll up aluminum foil and put in the bottom of the slow cooker. 

Cook on low for 3-4 hours. 

Add your sour cream, bacon bits, butter, broccoli, chili and whatever toppings you enjoy! 

That’s it. It was that easy. I hope you enjoy your baked potatoes and that you enjoy not heating up your house. 

How to pop popcorn!

I saw this recipe floating around facebook so I had to try it. I have no idea where I saw it to give credit. But it wasn’t hard to do from memory. I make popcorn weekly in my air popper and I know the recipe by heart. But this time you can adapt that recipe and make it in your microwave. Here’s how. popcorn1

Grab a pyrex bowl and a microwave safe plate that covers the bowl completely. 


make popcorn in your microwave
make popcorn in your microwave



Put popcorn in microwave and microwave from 3-4 minutes depending on your microwave.
Put popcorn in microwave and microwave from 3-4 minutes depending on your microwave.


Yummy popcorn goodies!
Yummy popcorn goodies!
So easy to pop popcorn in the microwave! Yum! Enjoy.
So easy to pop popcorn in the microwave! Yum! Enjoy.


Add your favorite toppings, butter, cinnamon, etc and enjoy! I found the flavor similar to the air popper. It was a touch chewy but is a great way to pop some popcorn and save money on an air popper should mine break! Try it and let me know if you like it. Thanks for reading!




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