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First time, Freezer Cooking…

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I spend many sleepless nights on Pintrest, pinning all of these wonderful ideas.  I have tried many of the recipes, but one idea I have been wanting to try for some time is freezer cooking.  How perfect would it be to have a freezer full of homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner for those days I’m either to busy or to tired to cook.  I felt rather domesticated this past weekend and decided it was time to cook up some freezer meals.  It seems that many of the blogs I read about freezer cooking cater to rather large families or the mom just likes to make weeks of meals at one a time.  Well, there are only three of us, and my freezer is only so big, so I stuck with four simple recipes.  Plus, being at the height of hurricane season, in Florida, it is not a good idea for me to stock my freezer with more food than we can eat in a couple of days if need be.

This is what I ended up with after about three hours in the kitchen…

10 Apple Cinnamon Waffles

12 Corndog Muffins

Tatertot Casserole – 6 servings

Goulash – 6 servings

Pizza Pasta -6 servings

I split the three meals into six different pans. I used the aluminum round 9″ pans with the cardboard lids from Dollar Tree.  After I put the food in the pans, I then wrapped them with heavy-duty aluminum foil. All of the recipes I used were from Pintrest, tweaked  to my liking! I have more pictures to post along with the recipes that I will put up later!!  All-in-all I think it was a success, but I really won’t know until we try the meals.  This will be a first for us trying out freezer meals…I will let you know how we liked them!

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Candy Sushi

Candy Sushi

I made these cute little snacks recently for my son’s birthday. They are so simple to make and the kids as well as the adults loved them. I had many treats to make so I went the simplest route possible by buying packaged rice crispie treats. If I had more time I would have opted for homemade rice crispie treats. You can change the colors up however you want. Next time I think I will go with green fruit roll ups and all red Sweedish Fish.

What you need to make 16-

1 box 8 count rice crispie treats
1 bag Sweedish Fish
6-8 Fruit by the Foot fruit rolls

Cut the crispie treats in half, sit the fish on top and wrap with enough of the fruit roll to go all the way around. It’s that easy! The seam of the fruit roll should be in the back. The fruit roll is sticky enought that you don’t have to use anythnig to secure it.

Taco Pizza

At our local all-u-can-eat pizza restaurant they serve a taco pizza, two of my family’s favorite foods!  I decided to make my own version of a taco pizza.  My family LOVED it!  It is a very child friendly recipe, so make sure to let the kids help out.

We started out by using a pre-made pizza crust.  We spread about a half of cup of  fat-free re-fried beans on the crust.  We then made the seasoned taco meat.  I used one pound of ground turkey breast and one packet of taco seasoning.  I followed the directions on the taco seasoning packet.  Then we topped it with shredded sharp cheddar cheese.  I cooked the pizza on my Pizza Pizzaz (love it)!

After the taco pizza was finished cooking we topped it with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and salsa.  With a little sour cream and some tortilla chips it made a great dinner!

Birthday Cookie

Bubby just celebrated a birthday.  His birthday cake request was for a giant chocolate chip cookie.

Normally I would make chocolate chip cookies from scratch, but I happened to have coupons for the cookie mix and icing so I decided to make it the easy way.  I was able to make his birthday cookie for around $2.00!

I just followed the cookie directions on the bag, used an aluminum pizza pan and baked for 15 minutes.

Bubby loved his Birthday Cookie!

J-E-L-L-O

"Jellin'-Melon" Snacks

What is the perfect summertime treat…JELLO! I came across this recipe on the Jello website the other day and thought how cool is that!  The next time you need to take  a side dish to a BBQ make this but wrap the two halves together with plastic wrap and wait until you re ready to serve before slicing.

1 Cantaloupe, cut lengthwise in half.
3/4 cup  boiling water
1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Cherry Flavor Gelatin
1/2 cup  cold water

Make It

REMOVE seeds from melon halves; cut thin slice from bottom of each. Scoop out melon flesh, leaving 1-inch-thick shells. Place upside-down on paper towels to drain.

ADD boiling water to gelatin mix; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate 15 min. or until slightly thickened. Pour into melon shells.

REFRIGERATE 3 hours or until gelatin is firm. Cut into wedges.

Variation:  Prepare using a honeydew melon and JELL-O Lime Flavor Gelatin.

Home Made Liquid Hand Soap

What if you don’t have any coupons and your out of liquid hand soap? How about making your own for pennies! It works just as well, and is fun for kids to help make!

1 bar Castile soap  (make sure it says “Castile” )

8 cups of water

3 T glycerin (found in drug store)

Plastic Pitcher

Wooden Spoon (don’t use for food cooking after using for making soap)

Fragrance or essential oils of your choice, as much as desired

Begin by grating your bar of castile soap. You can do this by hand with a cheese grater or if you have a food processor that will grate you can use this and it will go much quicker.

Put your grated soap into a sauce pan and cover with water. Simmer until the soap has melted.

Remove from heat & Add glycerin let cool a few minutes and scent oils ( Micahels has scented soap oils or you can use essential oils found at area health food stores.) Start wit only a few dropper fulls a little goes a long way.

Pour into plastic pither and cover

Let this mixture sit overnight (or all day). Stir the soap then pour into desired containers.

** Tea tree essential oil is considered to have good antibacterial properties
Thanks Lea!!

Check out her site for her Homemade Laundry Detergent!!


My favorite BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 cup any-flavored barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 16-ounce baked pizza crust (I use whole wheat thin crust)
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

Position rack in center of oven. Place large baking sheet on rack and preheat oven to 450°F. for 30 minutes.

Heat olive oil in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Cube and season chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to skillet along with onions and sauté until just cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Add bbq sauce to chicken and onions.  Arrange chicken on crust, spacing evenly. Top with cheese.

Transfer pizza to hot baking sheet. Bake until bottom of crust is crisp and cheese on top melts, about 14 minutes. Let pizza stand 5 minutes.