Monday, May 28, 2012

Make Ahead Freezer Meals

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Southern Living
Tips to get started.

1. Choose the number of recipes you want to make and assemble in your allotted time frame (some people like to spend a whole day once a month, others a few hours every couple of weeks, and you can just make dinner and create a double batch to toss in the freezer).

2. Make an organized and detailed shopping list. I created a separate freezer recipe binder book, I head to and know that I already my freezing and prep instructions laid out for me to follow so there is no guess work involved. The binder is divided into pocket tabs in sections: Dishes to Try, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Breakfast, Desserts.

3. Prepare your the meat the night before. Throw chicken in the crock pot, brown the hamburger. If you have time shred cheese and doing any preliminary chopping to make assembling the dishes even quicker.

4. Start with a clean kitchen. Create enough elbow room to for you to effectively work, clear the counters and the table, empty the trash can. Have space cleared in the freezer for finished dishes to go right to. Setup your tins, bags, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, marker, freezer inventory sheet, labels etc. Have an easy to read location for your recipe to sit (I use a clothespin and clip it to the vent of my microwave over the stove where I do most of my cooking).

5. Cooking Day. Roll your sleeves up and go for it. The first time to follow the recipes will take longer but once you get familiar with them and build your own inventory of recipes of winners you'll shave your preparation time more every time. Prepare, assemble, package, label, and freeze.

6. Keep your sink filled with soapy water. As soon as you are done with a pot or pan for one recipe dump it in the dish water and get it cleaned for the next recipe. Plan on quickly washing dishes for the next recipe rotation as you go. This will save a huge amount of clean up time and minimize dry dirty dish build up. 

7. Relax and put your feet up. Take a couple of minutes and stare at your handy work, your newly acquired freezer treasury. Tag your your freezer inventory sheet on your fridge with a magnet or if you don't like the fridge clutter use a clip board and use a command strip hanger and attach it on the inside of kitchen cabinet you get into often (if the clip board won't lay flat you can buy sticky tack at Walmart for about a $1 in the office/business supply area, and stick a chunk under the clip board). (Great step by step instructions, and variety of recipes with pictures that are super helpful). (Tips and ideas of how to organize yourself to make and prepare make ahead meals effectively).

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Never Land/Fairyland

diy teacup birdfeeder

Still doing research for some creative and inexpensive ways our little niche of play area in the yard. Thought the teacups looks so whimsical and a touch fun for the imagination for the outdoor space.


Lemonade Stand

Homemade Tent

Garden State Art

PVC Fort and/or Playhouse Instructions

the A-frame tent tutorial

Stylish camping 101. Didn't know there was such a thing. Good to know. ;-) 
Oh my . . .   :: "Rhubarb and Custard" 4 m Bell tent is the ultimate tent for Glamping in style. Size: 4 x 4 x 2.5m Fabric 100% striped Cotton Canvas. Mould and rot treated ,PU coated,waterproof to 3000-4000mm. Ground sheet: 480g/㎡ PVC mesh, Fireproof with detachable zip. Central pole with metal hoop. Front opening has A frame poles and zippered opening with velcro fastening. Full instructions with tent.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Camp Call

The best thing about playing outside I remember as a kid was having a great space of dirt, some old wood, and a great imagination. We spent hours as kids playing the Box Car Children. I've been trimming and clearing out the back corner of the yard and I think it would be great to have a spot for the kiddos to call their own.

Moose Head-- Original Contemporary Folk Art-- Friendly Taxidermy-- Made to order within a week-- LAST ONE

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New Sofa

We finally purchased our new sofa. We found it at great deal at Ashley Furniture. I hope it will fit decently through doorways and work well in the living room. The husband is happy and we made a decent compromise. Crossing my fingers it all turns out well when we pick it up. PS. The X Box stays downstairs!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Front Exterior Ideas

interior igloo
(Love the red mailbox...thinking ours is in need of a color refresher).

$8 diy shutter project

Inspired Room

Inspired Room

How to frame out a driveway with a picket fence:

House and Home

window boxes 1

porch swings

rockers adirondacks


novogratz yellow awning

(idea for a sign by by one of the doors)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Kitchen Islands/Carts

Little Green Notebook

Little Green Notebook

Little Green Notebook

Kitchen Island
Nate Berkus

I'm becoming a fan of this extra work surface concept. We have a small kitchen and the majority of my work on the counter surface happens between the sink and the stove. A move-able work surface would be great and then to also have the option to use it as a serving buffet with a crowd would be seriously awesome. 

Silverware Light

Random picture but it goes with the kitchen theme.