Monday, April 14, 2014

Random Pantry Recipes: Beef burritos

While this isn't the most exotic recipe...

ground beef, taco seasoning, a package of unopened soft tortillas, an oversized bag of Mexican cheese, a can of corn and salsa- we had it all.

So, for the next few nights this home will be enjoying beef burritos.

What ingredients in your pantry/fridge can be put together to make a meal this week without spending additional money?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Random Pantry Recipes: Malt vinegar

Ok, so we had a rough week and bought a box of fish sticks.

But we have a lot of it left and my husband has just announced he no longer enjoys fish sticks.

What to do with this condiment?

I took out 3 lbs frozen chicken we had. We seasoned it with garlic seasoning and paprika. I popped it in the crockpot with the 1/2 cup leftover malt vinegar. In 4 hours I had perfectly seasoned shredded chicken and served it with rice and veggies.

Stay tuned next week for my concoctions with a bunch of random Thai and Chinese ingredients we have on hand ;)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Random Pantry Recipes: Greek Yogurt beyond snacking

In an effort to clear out the pantry and fridge, here's what I've been doing with my Greek yogurt this week:

1) With a chicken breast and curry, to make a healthier chicken salad

2) With strawberries and maple syrup for breakfast

3) As a healthful cool topper for pancakes, oatmeal, or chili and rice

Next week's recipes are going to be far more creative because I am almost finished with school this semester and actually have some time for meal preparation.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: Chapter 10

This chapter is really just a summary but since I've committed to making a difference for myself in many areas I found it to be a nice overview but lacking any real meat. It was really more of a short conclusion than a summary.

An excellent book!

March 2014 Goals

March 2014 Goals

Offer to host friends for dinner
So, transparency here. We invited people several to our home but on the day of the dinner, we cleaned the house, cooked dinner, and in the end, nobody was able to join us and we enjoyed a quiet night, alone, watching television with a nice meal and a few too many margaritas!
Get together with girlfriends 2x
Cards to each side of the family 
Attend a bridal shower

Get a new credit card
Pay for home repair
Pay property taxes
Pay another chunk of mortgage

Complete 2 more projects for school (I did 3!)
Lead a team meeting- 3/31
Complete work project
Complete project log

Find a new doctor 
Walk 5-10 miles weekly- fail this month
Quality time with husband 2x/week- 5/8
Read 2 books outside of school

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Random Pantry Recipes: SW Chicken Salad

Do you have old packets of restaurant dips or dressings lying around? We did. Today I planned a "fast food" lunch at home. I cooked up a few plain chicken breasts. Then I made a nice salad with ingredients on hand (spring mix, tomato chunks, and some leftover Mexican cheese from our failed taco party a week ago) and poured my extra packet (unopened I might add- these aren't really safe to save once you have opened and used them) of dressing over the top and enjoyed my "fast food" salad. For my husband, I put out a few McDonald's dipping sauces and let him have a homemade version of chicken nuggets.

Easy, fast lunches courtesy of the random pantry items from my cupboards...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Cleaning Part 15: Neglected drawers

Today Crystal challenged us to clean out our medicine cabinet but I had just gone through mine a few months ago so I knew it was fairly current.

Instead, I took some time to weed out my manual drawer and found 5 manuals to get rid of because we no longer own those appliances. 

Realizing we needed to find a few more items today I spent my 15 minutes (which may have been 45 minutes) reading some magazines. When I finished with 2 magazines, I put them into my declutter pile, and went back to my project for work!

I also returned a video and mailed 2 packages that needed to go out, though I'm not sure whether that counts towards decluttering ;)

Have a great weekend everyone!