This zesty beef meatloaf recipe is one of my favorites. The best part about it is that touch of spicy that most meatloaf recipes don’t have. AND the added nutrients from the vegetables is a bonus. When we make this meatloaf we make a bunch of them and throw them in the freezer for a quick and easy meal. During these times, being able to plan ahead matters. If you haven’t caught our post Stretching Supplies During the Coronavirus, it might be of interest to you. Keeping to yourself is pretty important these days and if you can limit how often you venture into public you’ll limit your risk to exposure. [Read more…]
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…]
Hands down my favorite “healthy burger” recipe is this Zucchini Turkey Burger recipe I got from Beyond Diet. The first time I tried them I was a skeptic. Afterall, they have zucchini in them and they are made from turkey not beef. But I feel in love. My whole family did. We like them so much that we don’t make just a couple at a time. We make 5 pounds and freeze them. [Read more…]
Calling all Green Thumbs! Let’s talk about how to grow vegetables in the winter! If you’re like most backyard gardeners, you think planting time doesn’t start until after the danger of frost has passed. Depending on where you live, this could be anytime between March and May. Waiting until then to plant crops means you also have to wait until mid-summer or early fall to begin enjoying the fruits of your labor. Instead, try these garden veggies you can plant in winter and start using your homegrown veggies much sooner! [Read more…]
We’re excited to share our upcycling ideas for clothing with you! How often do you clean out your closet? And what do you do with the clothes you no longer wear? While we’re advocates of donating gently used clothing to help others, we all have that favorite shirt, skirt, or pair of pants that we just can’t bear to part with – even if it doesn’t fit anymore. If that sounds familiar, try upcycling clothing in creative ways to make something fun and new with that favorite item. Check out a few of our favorite ideas! [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.
We live in New Hampshire and Maine. Winter means snow, ice, and cold temperatures. BRRRR! As the mercury drops, we spend a lot of time and energy figuring out how to keep the heat in our homes and stay warm efficiently. Preventing drafts is key to this process. And believe it or not, doors are huge culprits. Here are some great ideas for DIY Door Draft Stoppers to keep your family toasty this winter. Whether they lead to the outside or to a closet, doors allow a lot of cold air to seep into the house. Door draft stoppers are the answer! Of course, you can buy these, but we never say no to a DIY project. If you’d like to make your own DIY door draft stopper, we’ve got several methods for you to try.
New Year’s Eve parties aren’t just for adults anymore. Kids want to have their own fun, even if they’re asleep well before the ball drops at midnight. For as long as they stay awake, there are great food, drinks, and games to keep things fun and make them feel like they’re a part of the New Year’s celebration. [Read more…]
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, we all know that Christmas will be here in a flash. During this time of year, it can be difficult to keep your normal day-to-day under control in the midst of all the seasonal events and tasks. Is your holiday shopping done? Are your halls decked? Are Christmas gatherings scheduled? If you answered no to these questions, it is time for you to get organized. Here are a few tips that are going to help you keep the holidays on track, and to be better prepared for years to come! [Read more…]
Shopping on Amazon has become one of the best ways to save money online! And you’ll find what you want at a great price. But what if you could get even better deals on Amazon? There are nine great ways that you can save on Amazon, and other shopping venues, that will enhance every shopping experience. [Read more…]