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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Creamy Southwestern Penne Pasta Salad

This Creamy, smoky, salty, & yummy pasta salad is HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!!

I created and quickly threw together this salad from the meager contents of my refrigerator for a pot-luck type gathering my Sister's for the Journey bible study group holds at the end of each study.

 

("Kingdom Woman" by Dr. Tony Evans and his daughter Crystal was the study we had just finished & it is Soo Awesome btw!) 

The ladies loved it soo much they each had seconds!! I snacked on the miniscule bits of the salad the next day and it was even better! 

 

I decided I had better write it down so I can re-create it it!

As you can see it was eaten so fast I didn't capture it on film, this looks very close! Picture Source

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fun & East FREE DIY Kids Gifts

 These are soo adorable! 

I was cruising Google one night in search of Free Cupcake Tag Printables for an upcoming Bake Sale when I spotted this adorable craft!!


Free Printables and Original Post HERE!

The original poster of this GORGEOUS cupcake printable suggested using adhesive paper to turn them into stickers or heavy card stock to complete this project. 


Well, I loved the idea and thought with the ink costs and time it would take to cut and create these...why not make it last longer and use sheets of adhesive magnets like I did with the MYO Magnet Dolls? 


How adorable are these magnets with a 
brand new cookie sheet for under $10??  
Storage and part of the TOY!!! 
Yeah baby! Now we are "Cooking!"

Or just store in a metal lunch box or something like that for a carrier and BINGO instant gift or "Busy Bucket" for those waiting times at
  • Doctor appointments, 
  • Restaurants, or
  • Long trips in the car etc...!!


Printables found here!

Monday, March 16, 2015

What is Cerebral Cavernous Malformations?

What is she talking about? 

Cerebral Cavernous 

Malfor-What's-It-now?

 

Yeah, that was our initial reaction in 2010 when the neurologist walked in the waiting room and dropped that "bomb"on us.


In honor of National Developmental Delay Awareness Month, I thought I would share a little about my son's condition...


I have had many people ask me about Izak's condition, at times his symptoms mimic autism, other times cerebral palsy, and others ADD ADHD. Yet he has none of these disorders and his symptoms aren't always apparent. The best I can explain is it's like he has many aneurysms in a circular pattern in his brain- though it is similar, technically CCM is not the same. To avoid giving you a "glazed over expression on your face" here's some slides I created to give you an idea of what Izak has and what we all face.



Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pantry Challenge WEEK! Nearly FREE Meal Plan! 11-24-30,2014

Getting caught up on some bills this week along with the MRI for my son, 2 Thanksgiving Dinners, plus a family wedding out of state BUSY!! Not sure how I will squeeze in the grocery store for perishables and ingredients I will need to make the side dishes & desserts to both dinners.

Luckily I scored at the grocery store a while ago and stocked up on a variety of baked goods (TRY FREE!), seasoning mixes (try .10 each!! Yep! nearly FREE!) as well as Cod and boneless skinless chicken breast. So We will be eating out of our food storage mostly this week, that is the dry goods & freezer. I am nearly depleted of meat, so what I save this week I am going to have to save for next week. 


Taco Cups from our Lunch Time Offerings!

HOPEFULLY we will have some turkey left overs to sustain us next week! Hoping for the carcass so I can make turkey and barley soup, turkey pot pie, and possibly turkey hash with all the rest of the goodies!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Cheap, Quick, & Easy Family Friendly Meal Plan: 11-16-14

Let the Craziness BEGIN!! So the holidays are a coming, in case the "Christmas Creep" displays in mid October didn't scream that to you even before the leaves had a chance to turn color let alone FALL for crying outloud! 

What are you planning on making for Thanksgiving? Do you stay tried and true or do you like to live vicariously through TV Chefs and make gourmet FOODIE type fare?


 NOT To prove my total dorkiness, but I have a notebook from way back circa Thanksgiving 1997 that not only has a meal plan, but a recipe list, grocery list, time table, and notes!! I still refer back to that time table and chore list so I can keep on time. I have scaled back as that was before children and I could crank out 5 side dishes, 6 pies, and made every single item from scratch. 

 

This week is my calm before the storm, I plan on making some holiday cookies, but mainly eating as healthy as possible so when I have my 3 Thanksgivings in a row I won't gain too much!!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cheap, Easy, Frugal and Simple Appetizers and Dessert Plan

Need a simple yet "Foodie" type appetizer& Dessert menu AND on a tight budget? Yea...me too! 

This menu was created on the fly this past weekend during a ladies retreat. We had a team builder where as a team we had to plan, shop, and create an appetizer and dessert for $40 or under.

   
While our team didn't stay on budget($2.50 over) nor did we win the competition...we did make an amazing trio of tempting tapenades that fed 15 people and we still had left overs!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cheap, Quick, & Easy Budget Friendly Family Meals for 4 under $150/week!!!! Edition: 11-9-14

$150/week for a family of 4 PWEEEEHHH!!! That is a tall order these days!! 


I have compiled a List of my BEST tips we use all the time to help us stay on budget and save $$ during this tough economy... Click here to read my TOP 10 LIST!

 Stay Tuned for MORE delicious Recipes on a DIME!! I will post the recipes my girlfriends and I made for a weekend retreat battle of the apps and dessert...we made a topenade trio consisting of Gluten-free Chicken Tacos, Gyro Sliders, Chicken Bruchetta on toasted Baguettes, and Peanut Butter Reece's Cup Ice Cream Pie...ALL FOR $42.50!! 

Now on to the Menu!!