Dinner when you are overworked

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I love food! I love Pinterest! I love my crockpot! I have begun a routine of at least one meal a week is in my crockpot. Why? By the end of the week, the last thing I want to do is slave over dinner. There is nothing better feeling than loading the crockpot after I make the kids lunch and having free time for the rest of the day. Todays post is a few of our family favorites.

I did not write out the actual recipes as they are not mine, I found them on Pinterest and do not deserve any credit for them. I did provide the links to where I found them and the ingredients you will need. I hope you enjoy.

Beer can chicken – Yummy and moist! My husband didn’t understand the foil balls and the beer not actually touching the chicken but when he tasted it… he stopped questioning me. What you need – 

Meat

  • 1 (6 1/2 to 7 pound) whole chicken, whole

Produce

  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Oregano, dried leaves
  • 2 tsp Thyme, dried leaves

Baking & Spices

  • 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp Paprika, smoked
  • 2 tsp Pepper, coarse
  • 2 tsp Salt

Beer, Wine & Liquor

  • 1 can Beer

Other

  • 4 (6-inch) strips Aluminium foil, each bunched into a ball

Slow cooker lasagna – My bonus child hates lasagna, not sure why she loves spaghetti. To satisfy her enough to try and because my hubby hates ricotta and cottage cheese I omitted these. They loved it and couldn’t get enough. My husband actually said the sauce was the best he ever had.

You will need – 

Meat

  • 1/2 lb Ground beef
  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage

Produce

  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 Onion, large
  • 2 tbsp Parsley

Canned Goods

  • 1 (6oz) can Tomato paste

Condiments

  • 1 (29 oz) can Tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Pasta & Grains

  • 1 (8 oz) package Lasagna noodles, regular

Baking & Spices

  • 2 tbsp Granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt

Dairy

  • 1 1/2 cups Cottage cheese
  • 4 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Liquids

  • 1 1/4 cups Water

Potato soup – I think the chicken stock was a little much. I think I would sub at least a cup of it with milk.

You will need – 

  • 6 slices cooked bacon*, diced
  • 3-4 cups good-quality chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes**, peeled (if desired) and diced
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 tablespoons bacon grease* (or butter)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 (12-ounce) can 2% evaporated milk
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • optional toppings: thinly-sliced green onions or chives, extra shredded cheese, extra bacon, sour cream

Honey Lemon chicken – I would honestly omit the lemon being cooked inside the chicken. To us, it was a little overwhelming. Next time we will just squeeze a lemon over the chicken after cooking. Other than that it was great!

What you need –

Meat

  • 1 Chicken, whole roast

Produce

  • 1 Lemon, whole

Condiments

  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice

Baking & Spices

  • 1 tsp Lemon pepper
  • 1 Salt

Oils & Vinegars

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil

Drinks

  • 1/2 cup Orange juice, lite

Dairy

  • 4 tbsp Butter

Crustless pizza – This is the house favorite to date! My bonus child has never ate dinner and said “Can we have this every week?” My husband was skeptical about the fact that it was crustless.

I served the pizza over buttered toast that was sprinkled with garlic powder. Instead of using hamburger.. we used breakfast sausage. Instead of using jarred pizza sauce I used a recipe that I also found on pinterest, it will be included also.

What you will need

  • 2 lbs Ground beef

Condiments

  • 1 14 oz jar Pizza sauce

Baking & Spices

  • 1 Garlic salt
  • 1 Your favorite pizza toppings

Dairy

  • 2 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cup Pizza blend cheese

Homemade pizza sauce – Instead of using the basil, thyme, and oregano..I just used Italian seasoning. I also omitted the bay leaf.

You will need

Produce

  • 1/4 tsp Basil, dried
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1/4 tsp Thyme, dried

Condiments

  • 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 15 oz Tomato sauce

Baking & Spices

  • 1/8 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar

Liquids

  • 1/4 cup Water

 

 

 

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Being specific – New Year’s resolutions suck

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They do, they really suck. When you set them, they seem reachable… most in reality are. Lose weight, take more you time, save money, etc; all seem easy enough. The problem is life happens. You think you are going to work out more or take more time to yourself but your seems to demand more. You try to save money but your hours get cut, the furnace goes out, something happens.  What happens? You feel like shit! You set a goal and had a no excuses attitude but life decided to make it nearly impossible.

One goal was to start a christmas fund. My husband hasn’t worked in 2 weeks. I have worked 21 hours since the 22nd. The little money I had saved back has been used.

My work-outs… didn’t last long. I lasted longer than I thought I would but my arthritis in my back (34 and moderate arthritis in my back..ya Im screwed) started to flair up, I’m guessing due to the cold.

My entire list fell through, I gave up. I feel horrible, I sit here today and tell you… I want the change I set out for. I have decided, I’m going to take a step at a time. One goal.. until its habit and squeeze another one in.

Today, I start with my Journal goal.

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1.) Right now… I’m looking forward to our court crap being done. $4,500 in attorney fees for 2 custody cases has been finacially and emotionally draining. The court system is rigged and pure insanity.

2.) My three goals for this month. Get my budget in order. Make journaling a habit. Take as much Overtime as possible.

3) Running on little sleep, lots to do, I’m freezing

4) I look forward to my birthday! My husband and I did start a routine to try and help our marriage from falling victim to the enormous amount of stress. We take one Saturday night a month to ourselves. No kids to put to bed, just us. Even if we stay home we have a night of peace. The 28th is our next night which means I can wake up on my birthday and maybe get breakfast in bed.

5) I hope to never forget the look in my husbands eyes every time he tells me he loves me!

6) I would love to take a trip to Colorado this year. My husband has family there and I have only met a few of them. The issue we are having is money. I refuse to drive it so we need plane money.

7) My top priorities today are family time, staying warm, and at least getting the laundry and dishes done.

Regaining my Vigor – Day 1

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As I stated Here things have to change… I will post my progress daily.

My financial plan – Christmas time is chaos, we never seem to save enough money. Today is the day I begin this savings plan. Day 1 – $1 plus whatever change is thrown in the jar

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Cleaning schedule – Working 40 hours a week, maintaining a happy clean home can be overwhelming. I’m going to give this a try – today was a day of running errands and chaos. So Tomorrow will be the start.

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Workouts – For the next three days I’m going to work on these and start a 30 day plan on the first. Day 1 – I’m at 175 lbs

5 min pooch workout – Done

Bedtime glutes –

Sleep pattern – Working days I need to get up at 3:30 Am… I need to make this a days off routine too. Tomorrow… I promise.

Mental wellness – Ohhh do I need this. I’m actually on day 2..

21 day mental wellness challenge – Day 2

I’m thankful for my Husband, my children, our home, coffee, my job, second chances, a warm bath, memories, low fuel prices, and Xmas deals.

More changes coming  – look back tomorrow for Day 2

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Starting my New Year resolutions now

My life in the last year and a half has been amazing within my marriage. My health, stress levels, financials, and so on need some repairs.

I have had back pain and migraines since my childhood. My migraines are always hell the ONLY thing I could ever get to relieve them was a shot at the E.R. My back pain, no one wanted to do anything but give me muscle relaxers. In September I had enough! I couldn’t get into my Doctor so settled with our Nurse Practitioner. She did the usual “here’s your script” she had a shocked look on her face when I told her  I did not want a single pill until the source was found.She ordered MRI’s and Xrays, I have mild disintegration from my neck down, several bone spurs, several herniations and arthritis. It is believed that the spurs in my neck are what is causing my migraines. My medications did not change but I do not feel crazy when explaining my pain, there is no mystery. I now have to learn stretches, relaxation techniques, and my limits.

When I met my Husband I was a size 3 at this time we were just friends and I was working at a job where I was running 10 miles a night gathering foam and seat covers for Toyota Highlanders. A month before we started dating I had given birth to our daughter (he adopted her)  I was a size 5. Slowly, as I became content in my life my weight spiraled out of control. I went from 135 pounds to now 175 in a year and a half. My diet is crap. My Husband and his daughter are the pickiest I have ever met. He loves veggies but hates cooked veggies, he hated casseroles, he hated anything with sour cream or cottage cheese in it, he hates cream of mushroom and much more. Luckly, he has worked with me and has started to try different things. The bonus child…. no so much. She thinks she hates everything. If she had her way we would just stock Mac N cheese, biscuits and gravy, grilled cheese and tomato soup, Pizza, and lunchables. She will eat spaghetti but put spaghetti sauce on any other noodle she freaks. Getting her to try new foods you would think I was trying to poison her. I hate gotten her to try new foods and she reluctantly admits she likes them. Sometimes, I lie about what’s in it until her plate is clean but she still will hold on to her “I hate that.” So with these two, finding something healthy and well balanced is complicated.

For the most part of our life together, I have not had to work outside of the home. My husbands business is doing and until issues arose with our Exs we were living well. $7,000 in lawyer fees is not something you want to deal with right after you pay your house off and right before the holidays. We are struggling to pay bills and keep our sanity.

It’s time for a change! Now more than ever I need to feel better about myself and our situation. I’m going to lose weight, I’m going to better my sanity, better my marriage, better my family, my finances,  and more.

Changes –

  1. Start a savings plan for Christmas next year
  2. Start a cleaning schedule that will help me not feel overwhelmed
  3. Start a workout schedule
  4. Sleep schedule… I need to get up at 3:30 A every morning and bed by 9P
  5. Mental wellness
  6. Morning routine
  7. Be a better step-parent
  8. Journal more –

Regaining my Vigor – Day 1

 

 

 

 

Holiday anticipation

This is only my second Thanksgiving with my husband. Roles at his parents have already been established his dad makes the Turkey, Sister makes the pies and green bean casserole, Mom makes everything else. Every dinner, we bring the Soda and if any needed the chips. I’m rebelling this year… I love to cook and love desserts. I’m making no-bake Reese’s rice krispie cookies, Pumpkin cheesecake balls, and Magic custard cake. I  can’t wait til dinner.

Most of us in his family see each other or speak on a daily basis. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only time we are all together in one spot. It gets super interesting. The sibling remind the parents of the mischief they got into. The siblings mess with each other like they are still teenagers. They teach their off-spring to mess with their cousins as if they were siblings. There is not a dull second when the Keesling Clan is under one roof. I love seeing my Husband forgetting about the stress of his job, our financials, the outside issues with those we have children with. I love learning more about my husband childhood. I have never been big on the way holidays are commercialized but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this family life and the aroma of a meal cooked with love.

No bake Reeses Krispy treat cookies – these are super easy to make, require little time, and are delish.

You need

  • 4 cups Rice krispies cereal
  • 1 cup Corn syrup, light
  • 1 1/4 cups Peanut butter, creamy
  • 5 Reese’s peanut butter cups, regular sized
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk chocolate chips

Melt Peanut butter, corn syrup and sugar in the microwave I did 2 minutes.

Pour over cereal and mix.

Pour in Chocolate chips and mix. Let cool for a few minutes.

Break up Reeses and mix in the rest.

Spoon onto wax paper and let cool.

Flatten…. done

Magic Custard cake – This is truely magic! I did not think for a second when I placed it in the oven it was going to turn out. It did and was great except I would add a tad more vanilla and would whip the egg whites AFTER putting the other ingredients together.

My no bake cheesecake balls failed –

Is Trump being Clumsy or is it intentional?

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I have said it once and I will say it again… I can not wait until this ‘election” is over! In the beginning, I honestly thought it was an Election… now not so much.

We all know that the Primary was rigged. Bernie deserved to be standing where Hillary is plain and simple. The more Trump opens his mouth the more I think Hillary rigged the ENTIRE process.

Everyone has a past. Everyone says and does dumb shit. What Trump says is over the top! “Locker room talk” really? Those were NOT just dirty words. I have a vocabulary that would make a sailor blush… I don’t care if a  President says Fuck as a comma. My problem is he spoke of sexually assulting women as if it were the cool thing to do. My problem is everything he says is morally wrong.

The words he spewed were mild in the beginning. Now that we approach Election day he becomes more of not only a monster but a complete and utter moron. He knew those emails from Russia were bogus. He knows when election day is. He knows that the majority of Americans hate everything he stands for. It’s smoke and mirrors.

Both Hillary and Trump should be sitting in jail. Both are Frauds. I think that Hillary has made Trump promises if she wins and Americans are buying it.

Your thoughts?

 

Promises

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We have all made a promise at one point or another, some over use them.

I promise to love my children til my last breath.

I promise to love my husband until my last breath.

I promise to do my part to raise my step- children and love them as my own.

I promise to never give up on making the best life for my family.

I promise to never relapse into my meth addiction ( 16 yrs clean)

I promise to never make a promise I can’t keep.

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I promise you, this is the last time. Who are you kidding? If you wanted the behavior to stop… you would stop it. I always cringe when I hear this one. It screams desperation. This person is addicted to something and not ready to give it up. Drugs, control, attention, who knows but that person is not giving up the habit anytime soon.

I promise if you… Nope! A true promise is unconditional no strings attached. I hate hearing kids being made promises if they are good. The person making the promise holds all control, they can find that minute way out.

Promising the material things – There’s always an excuse.

Political promises – Straight up BULL-SHIT! You can agree with their stances or their record but if you believe a promise…you my friend are a damn fool. Do you really believe that someone who has been in politics somehow (even Trump has enough money for pus and pull) is going to fulfill their promise? All of them have been in a position to change things re-electing them or electing them to a higher position is NOT going to change that.

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Marriage is a promise. Marriage is not always easy. I always promised myself that my first would be my last. I didn’t end my first one but I’m thankful for my second chance at life. It sickens me how marriage is more of a status with this generation. I know of a girl who in the last year has married two guys twice. Why?

My husband is my partner, my best friend, my equal. As a team, we run this household. He is the breadwinner, not my ATM. My love for him is unconditional. Do we fight? OH YES! We do not agree on everything, life would be boring if we did. Even on the rough days, I am proud to walk through this life with Jeffery. I love him because he challenges me. I love him because he loves me even on days that I do not love myself. I love him because he doesn’t promise me the world. He instead makes sure that we build our world together.

Together we promised

To be honest no matter how hard the truth is.

To be faithful

To make decisions together

To give each other space

To never try to change the other

To start each day as a new…no argument carries over to the next day

 

 

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