Monday, May 20, 2013
Really, that should not be what gets let go. Meal planning saves my sanity every single night. Instead of 4 kids whining and crying to eat, because I took too long deciding what to make and then getting it on the table by 5:30 - I would have 4 kids happily playing, and eating most of their dinner that they helped prepare because I knew what we were having, and gave myself the right time to make it.
I was thrilled when this last week eMeals contacted me to see if I would like to join the eMeals Connect program. Basically, they gave me a 1 year eMeals plan in exchange for me telling you all about them. Of course, all opinions are my honest to goodness true thoughts on the program! So no worries, I'll let you know just how much I like them (or don't if that's the case).
So far, however, I am enjoying eMeals immensely. I received my first week of meals in my email shortly after signing up for the Classic Plan with Walmart as my grocer of choice (they have a few different grocers to choose from, but Walmart was the only one near me). They also just recently announced their Slow Cooker Classic and Clean Eating Plans! This would be a great summer plan to avoid turning the oven on.
Shocked I was! The first thing I noticed was that they break down the price of each item on the shopping list, so you know about how much you'll be spending for that week of groceries. I thought I was a frugal shopper, but eMeals just managed to save me another $10-$20/week in groceries. If the subsequent meal plans are similar in price I will be thrilled!
I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but we will be this coming week. I've exchanged a few of the eMeals out in favor of my own preferences (and chicken 3 times a week is just a bit much for me). I'll show you the original plan with my altered plan in italics. This is just to accommodate for what I have on hand since I don't plan on grocery shopping this week.
Sunday - Chicken Pot Pie with buttered Biscuits and Honey Carrots
Actually making Spaghetti with Biscuits and a Side Salad
Monday - Mexican Beef Bake with Fajita Rice
Changing the side to regular White Rice
Tuesday - Easy Spare Ribs with Coleslaw and Baked Potatoes
Skipping the Coleslaw and having Mashed Potatoes
Wednesday - Chicken Fried Rice with Sesame Ginger Salad
Actually having Ham Fried Rice
Thursday - Classic Ravioli with Stuffed Zucchini
no zucchini, just a simple side salad
Friday - Apricot glazed Pork Tenderloin with Wild Rice and Green Bean bundles
Strawberry glazed Steak with Creamed Corn
Saturday - Rosemary Garlic Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Black-Eye Peas
No black eye peas
*I received a 1 year eMeals plan in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Today only, they are giving away a FREE headwrap with every order. NO MINIMUM purchase!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine.
I love spring time! All the flowers begin blooming, and the world becomes a more colorful place.
Every spring though, I look at my front porch and feel blah. There's not much color besides the door (a dull green), and it just isn't all that inviting. This year, I decided to remedy that. After planting my vegetable garden, the porch has become my top priority! I need a little cheerful color greeting me as I leave and come back to the house each day.
The great part, is that it's really easy to add some color, and it doesn't have to be expensive either. I used what I had on hand, along with some flowers I received for Mothers Day to put together this bright little piece for my porch.
First gather your supplies. You'll need the following:
A colorful bucket
flowers, or flower seeds
a little backyard dirt
Next fill your bucket halfway with the Potting Mix. If you're repotting flowers make a small well and transfer the flowers to your bucket. Top off with a little more potting mix, and some backyard dirt. Water the flowers, then sit back and enjoy your little splash of color.
Don't worry if the flowers were looking a little wilty when first planted. With Miracle Gro's potting soil, a little water and sun, the flowers will perk right back up.
For more fun garden projects, visit Miracle Gro's Pinterest page. Then get out and Gro something!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Today I was Mom
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
This post brought to you by Private Selection. All opinions are 100% mine.
We love desserts around here! If you couldn't tell from all my delectable Foodie Friday recipes lately, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen concocting recipes, and hoping they turn out great. When I have company coming over though, I do not like to experiment with our dessert. Sadly, that's exactly what I did the last time we invited friends over. I spent a fair portion of the day creating these little apple pies, only to want to hide after serving them. They really were that bad!
Looking back, I should have gone with one of my tried and true recipes, like cookies, but I didn't. It would have been so nice if I had some of Private Selections Upside Down Cakes on hand. Instead of serving odd looking and a tad cold apple pies, I could have just pulled out an Amber Honey Apple Spiced Upside Down Cake. A quick warming in the microwave, followed with a flip onto a pretty plate, and voila! Dessert served without embarrassment.
Of course the German Chocolate Fudge or Double Chocolate Molten Upside Down Cakes would have also been delightful to serve up in a pinch.
If there's one thing I learned about entertaining from my Mother In Law, it's to always keep something quick and easy on hand. She stocked me up one summer with brownie and cake mixes for the "just in case" events that came my way. It was so nice to have those in my pantry when the calls came in to drop a dessert off at the church...because I signed up to do it! Sometimes I sign up for too much, and easily forget until those calls are made. Private Selections look so scrumptious, and since they are already mixed and baked, are even easier to prepare and drop off in a pinch - Warm, Flip, Serve.
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The Lake House
HEATHER BREGMAN. At twenty-eight, after years as a globe-trotting columnist, she’s abandoned her controlling fiancé and their glamorous city life to build one on her own terms. Lulled by a Victorian house and a gorgeous locale, she’s determined to make the little community her home. But the residents, fearful of change and outsiders, will stop at nothing to sabotage her dreams of lakeside tranquility.