Crockpot breakfast is a woman’s way to sanity! Getting up and moving in the morning can be tough for people. Heck! It’s hard for most people. We’re certainly not a family of joyful early risers. And pre-coffee trying to make a healthy breakfast seems way too difficult. But reaching for a stale pastry or stopping for something that pretends to be healthy from a fast food joint aren’t great options either. That’s why we love a good crockpot breakfast. [Read more…]
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We’ve all been seeing the buzz on Pinterest and Facebook about Crockpot freezer meals and how you can make a bunch of them all at once to save time and money. The organization of it is what set me (Chris) up for the challenge. Bill is off to Ireland this month so I have extra time on my hands. Upfront, these are the points I learned from my easy crockpot freezer meals:
I LOVE corn chowder and every winter I crave it. I realize the winter is over, the snow is melting but I made this recipe a month ago and am just now getting around to sharing it with all of you. It’s so easy to make! I’ve heard chowders are tricky because of curdling the milk and you need to watch it closely but this easy crockpot corn chowder recipe changed my life! I’m looking forward to experimenting with other chowders over the summer like seafood chowder. Mmmm mmm! If you have any favorite recipes, we would love to hear about them! Please, pop on over to our Facebook page and share! [Read more…]
The coronavirus has millions of people rushing to the stores and hoarding items like toilet paper. It’s a scary time and our big concern isn’t TP. These sisters are both wise shoppers and go to places like Sams Club to do our shopping. When there is a sale, we stock up so paper products were the least of our concern. Our concern was fresh produce and keeping vegetables in our daily diet. Here are a few ways we’ve learned to stretch supplies during the coronavirus.
- Know what you have. Take inventory of your pantry, spices, canned goods, and freezer. Guaranteed you have a few items you forgot you had. I found beef broth I bought for something a couple of months ago in the back of my pantry. BONUS!
- Inspect your food. Every day we take a look at our refrigerators to evaluate the condition of our fresh items. My potatoes are starting to grow eyes and a few of my carrots are starting to get soft… now what? Remember my bonus beef broth from #1? Well, I also remembered a small pack of stew beef in my freezer, had half a cabbage, and half a turnip leftover from the St. Patrick’s day meal we made at the start of the Coronavirus outbreak. I’ll give you 3 guesses what I did. You guessed it! Beef stew in the crockpot! The beef was a little sparing BUT I saved a lot of vegetables that would have been wasted AND created 10 meals for us.
- Ration and portion. I don’t know about you but when I make something we usually eat it until we are sick of it. And sometimes we throw the last part out. Not now. I’ll take the stew from #2 and freeze half of those meals for another time.
- Use the fresh and expiring items first. Yes, I LOVE french fries and I have them in my freezer. Yes, I love American cheese slices and have some in my refrigerator (I keep telling my husband to leave them alone!). But what makes the most sense? Use the fresh items first. Save the frozen, canned, processed foods and focus on the items that will go bad.
- Grow your own. Check out our new post about growing vegetables in the winter. Spring is here but you can still grow some items right now – celery, lettuce…
What do you do when you finally do have to go out again? I’m not talking about being safe. We all know about social distancing and wearing gloves or using hand sanitizer. I’m talking about what do you buy? A LOT of people are still going to be thinking about toilet paper and if you find some, great! But be on the lookout for the important items. Be on the lookout for the foods that are going to give you energy, keep your immune system up and keep you full longer. The goal is to stay home as long as possible without going out again so you want to make your trip matter. Here are some items that are on my list already:
- Northern Beans (and molasses to make Baked Beans)
- Olive Oil
- Milk – did you know you can freeze it?
- Egg Whites – these last forever and are a good fall back
- Cream of Mushroom Soup (can)
- Cream of Celery Soup (can)
- Cheddar Cheese (can)
- Thin Spaghetti or Angel Hair Pasta
Some ideas of what to do with all the fresh food
When I shop I buy in bulk anyway. As I said, I’m a Sam’s girl. I buy 5 or 10 pounds of burger, 6 peppers, 3 pounds of fish, 10 pounds of chicken and cases of canned goods already. Just before the outbreak got really bad, we were planning on going to Florida (obviously we didn’t!) but weren’t sure what to expect when we got back home so I prepared a bunch of meals for the freezer to ensure we had meals that had vegetables in them. Vegetables are important! Here’s a list of what I made from the supplies I bought with a description and the recipes:
- 30 Turkey Burgers – these have yummy zucchini and garlic mixed in and are a family favorite!
- 6 Zesty Beef Meatloaf – these have red peppers and spinach mixed in!
- 10 servings of Chili – Peppers and garlic make this simple chili quick to make, yummy and a nice treat as nachos when you run out of salsa. 🙂
- 2 Taco Casseroles – These are made with beef, salsa, and cauliflower. Yup, cauliflower but you wouldn’t know it.
- Tuna Casserole – my all time favorite recipe passed down from mom. Not only can you freeze it but ALL the items that go in this are either canned, boxed or frozen so pick up the supplies and just store them til your ready. Make in bulk or just as needed. It’s a no fail meal plan!
- Turkey Vegetable Soup – This one came after. I had celery, a pepper and some rotisserie chicken that were going to go bad so I combined it with some other ingredients for a delicious healthy soup.
Emily and I were brought up in a traditional family of the “early years”. Dad was gone all day working and mom was home all day keeping the house in order. She always made amazing meals for our family of 6 and we ate like kings and queens! When I got older, I liked the idea of cooking but it wasn’t always that way. So I can relate to anyone reading this post that hates to cook but needs to anyway… Whether you’re not comfortable in the kitchen or simply don’t have a lot of time to spend on meal planning and preparation, having a few simple steps to follow can help make weekly meal planning and preparation easier. [Read more…]
Right from the get-go I will say that weather can be a drag! Check out this thermometer!It’s hard to motivate for anything outside with this temp! I’m lucky that I can plan my outdoor activity around the sun and wait until the temperature rises a bit. Last week Chris shared her ideas for when the weather is less than pleasant. What do you do if it’s uncomfortable to go outside and exercise? [Read more…]
Harvest time is here in my garden and with it thoughts come for how to preserve garden vegetables. I’ve kept up fairly well with my zucchini and tomatoes, but there’s a limit to how much one family can eat! There are easy ways to preserve garden vegetables for another time. And some of my ways are below!
Mom’s Tuna Casserole recipe is home to me. My mom is an amazing cook and out of ALL the mouth-watering recipes, this is the one I love the most and request for my birthday. Every time I go for a visit she makes this for us. She usually makes a double batch so she can send some home for me, freeze some for another time and have some leftovers for herself. Yup, I’m pretty spoiled.
I wish I lived closer to mom. I don’t get home as often as I’d like so sometimes I make a batch myself. Even though I follow the recipe to a tee, it’s never quite the same. The secret ingredient, without a doubt, is mom’s love.
We are excited about the upcoming months here at Sisters Know Best! We have taken a little time off to work on our personal blogs: Wayward Wanderers and Emily’s Quilting. If you get a chance, have a look!
Now that we are back we have some great posts coming up we know you are going to like! Here are a couple of the categories we are going to focus on:
Recipes– We are completely different and so is our cooking so plan on organic recipes, desserts recipes, crockpot recipes and more.
Cost Saving Tips– who doesn’t like to save money? We travel, cook, shop, entertain on a budget.
Time Saving Tips – one thing we have in common is we are Virgos. And with that comes ORGANIZATION.
Reviews – we use products. Some are good and some are not so we extend our experiences on to you.
We’d love to hear from you so let us know how we are doing!