We are packing to move into a camper. This means downsizing greatly! I do not consider myself a pack-rat but I have plenty of stuff that will not fit into the camper. So we have made the decision to sell most of it!
It is interesting how differently you look at your possessions when you have made the choice to let go of them. These many numerous items that need to go were really weighing me down. I heard a quote some were that said ” All the items we own possess a space in our brains” That is a very true saying, I am loving the freeing feeling that comes with getting rid of stuff!
I am currently making a list on our chalkboard( aff. link) that helps me separate items into 3 main categories! The categories are Sell, Keep to Store, Pack in Camper. I also have a couple small categories like: Things to return, Things to give, Items to scrap!
Today my job is to empty a couple closets and set up a space to place boxes for the upcoming moving/yard sale. I read this article on how to have a successful yard sale. I am planning to implement many of the suggestions.
Thanks for stopping in and visiting with me while I pack.
Dorcas (Dory) ~ For the Heatwole’s
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Can I get a raise of hands, who has yet to figure out the mysterious world of freezer meals and menu planning??? I am over here with both hands in the air! I can’t do it, I am just to spontaneous!
Menu planning is not enjoyable to me, because it involves thinking about food when I am not hungry! I also do not shop at a traditional grocery store, as a general rule, so I don’t always have the same ingredients in my cupboards. When I am hungry for something specific, then is when I like to cook it! Menu planning also involves recipes and cookbooks! Cookbooks do not interest me much, never quite understood why some of my friends read them like they are a good novel! I am a dump and pour kind-of cook!
Apron wearing time!
But cook we must, because the little’s in our house depend on us to eat, so I will be the mom and wear the apron! I am discovering as my boys grow , that I know even less about cooking than I thought. These boys of mine eat like lumberjacks, this leaves me with very little leftovers. If you are a mom, you know that leftovers are GOLD!
I have discovered a few shortcuts that help me have leftovers for later meals and quick fix options on hand for the busy days!
What do I mean by precooking, you wonder?? Well as I type, there is a handy little maid at work in my kitchen called a crock-pot! This crock pot is cooking dry beans. A whole crock pot’s worth!! I’ll only need about 1/2 of that amount for the spanish rice for supper but, I’ll freeze the rest in my handy Tupperware freezer containers that hold about 2 c.. In a few days we will be in the mood for tacos or haystacks or seasoned beans and these little gems are just hanging out waiting to be used! Precooking can be done with rice, meat, root veggies, lentils, etc and then frozen or refrigerated ready for easy quick use!
I have found that dry beans and rice are very budget friendly items! These items are not time friendly tho, if you don’t plan far enough ahead. I have discovered by cooking extra every time I cook beans or rice and/or by precooking I am building a stash of quick-er fix meal options! Who doesn’t love that?
The other item that is a sanity saver is leftovers!! Any kind of leftovers are my idea of menu planning! To cause this to happen, I have to cook more than what we actually need for the current meal!
Sometimes this looks like two pans of lasagna rather than just one, or baking 3 winter squash to mash and freeze, or cooking the whole big bag of frozen veggies at one time! I also like to make more potatoes (white or sweet) than needed because they fry up nice for an addition to eggs on Saturday morning! Leftovers turn into really great soup! A bit of leftover meat, a few different veggies, that last bit of onion,and those beans out of the freezer, and you have yourself a meal!!
The Hidden Bonus
I have discovered a hidden bonus in this type of cooking!! Less dirty dishes, this makes me happy!! When you precook or cook extra you do not make as many dirty dishes as when you cook each meal individually! I know this is not rocket science but, having the kitchen clean for longer than an hour is a win in my mind!
I am not knocking menu planning or freezer cooking at all, I wish it was in my skill set! If you are good at this than I am so happy for you! Keep up the great work. If you are like me and find this is not easy for you, take heart, try these tips, and do what works best for your family!
Now I gotta go, those beans might need more water and the wash in the washer was done an hr ago!
Do you wonder what to eat some mornings? What breakfast options are there for busy moms?
supper left overs,
Or ice water!
We all know that breakfast is a very necessary part of a successful day! Who doesn’t want a successful day? It just seems almost pointless to stop and eat some mornings, but if we have a bit of a plan it helps. Moms especially, need to feel good, the household depend on us!
I am not a morning person; night owl would describe me much better! But as life would have it, I am married to a man whose job takes him out of the house most mornings before the rooster even stretches on his roost! I arise and pack my man his lunch and make him a mug of hot coffee or tea! Honestly tho ladies who want to eat breakfast at the crack of crazy???
A breakfast plan is a life saver.
I have come up with a bit of a system to get breakfast in this mom’s face. Two breakfasts, yes, 2 breakfasts, one at 4-5 am and the second around 9 am. In the early am I drink a mug of bulletproof coffee, because it is easy, I just made a hot pot of coffee for the Man. Once the boys are off to school I eat a yogurt with fruit, or granola. If I actually take time to cook a hot breakfast for the boys then I have that option, such as oatmeal, or cornmeal. Some mornings one of the boys or I make fried eggs, these can be consumed with a slice of cheese or sour dough bread.
This system has really helped me stabilize my blood-sugar levels. I also take my supplements with the mid-morning breakfast. You must do whatever works for you, But, not eating is not an option!
Ladies we must take care of ourselves, we are the guides and map writers for the next generation! We can do this, we know it is best for our health, both physically and mentally!
Eat your meals,
Research and take supplements.
Jump and run with your children to get your heart rate up.
Fill your mind with positive encouragement from Gods word!
Show by example, let them see us doing what is good and right for our bodies. By making healthy choices for ourselves we then have the mental and physical health to do what is best for the family!
“Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates” Prov. 31:31