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Recipe: Crock Pot Thai Chicken

Crock Pot Thai Chicken

Serves 8

Ingredients:

4 Chicken Breasts
1 Tbs Grated Ginger
3 Green Onions, sliced
14 oz. Can Coconut Milk
1/2 tsp Tumeric
1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
8 oz. Pineapple Chunks, drained
2 Tbs Cornstarch
2 Tbs Water
Rice, cooked (to serve with)
Chopped Peanuts (to top the dish)

Instructions:

Cut each breast in half. Place chicken in the bottom of a crock pot. Add ginger, green onion, coconut milk, turmeric, and pepper flakes. Cook on LOW for 4-5 hours. Turn the crock pot to HIGH. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water. Add pineapple and cornstarch mix to the crock pot and stir. Cook on High for 15 minutes. Serve over cooked rice and topped with peanuts.

Kitchen Tips: Moist Leftover Turkey

When you go to eat your leftover turkey, is it deliciously moist or is it dry and hard? Often times when we go to reheat the turkey leftovers, it goes in the microwave and comes out dry as a bone. No one wants to eat dry turkey. And, often our gravy is long since gone. What is a person to do?

To combat dry turkey:

Drizzle some chicken stock over your turkey before reheating. The turkey will soak up the stock and leave you with deliciously moist turkey.

Moving: The First Steps

So you’ve found out that you’re moving. Now what?? Well, I’ll tell you some step by step things to do in the beginning.

Step 1: Breath

Really, breath. Moving can be overwhelming and you need to remember to relax. Everything will be OK in the end. Will stuff break? Yes! Will You miss your old home, neighbors, friends, favorite store…? Yes! Will you move on and make new friends, find a new favorite shop, fill your new home with memories, and keep in touch with your old friends? YES! So, no matter the problems with moving, it will all be OK in the end and you just need to take a moment to breath and assure yourself that it will all work out.

Step 2: Gather Information

It’s important to gather as much information about your move as possible. I like to keep all of this information in my “Moving Control Binder” which is a binder in a red zippered case. We move a lot and it comes in handy time after time. You don’t need to have something fancy, but at least grab a spiral notebook, binder, or make a new notebook in Evernote to place all the research you are doing. Here are a few things you’ll want to find out:

  • When are you moving?
  • Where are you moving to?
  • How far away is it?
  • How many days will it take to get there?
  • Will you drive to your new home or fly?
  • Are you renting or buying?
  • Will you need money set aside for deposits at the utility company for the new house? (This can range from $0 to $200 per utility I’ve found based on the part of the country you’re moving to and if you have a previous history with the company)
  • Are you moving yourself or is a company moving you? (If you’re moving yourself, I recommend renting a truck from Penkse over U-Haul or Budget)
  • Do you have a set weight allowance (mainly for military moves)?
  • Are you moving with school aged children? Do you need to register the kids with the new school?
  • Are you moving with pets? Are their shots all up to date? (Make sure to get a copy of their records from your vet to take to the new vet)
  • Who do you need to notify of your new address? (Make a list of banks, utility companies [for deposit refunds], friends & family [don’t forget your Christmas card list], magazine subscriptions, health insurance, car insurance, DMV, rewards or loyalty programs, credit cards…)

There are hundreds of other questions but this is at least a start for you. As you find more information, put it in your notebook!

Step 3: Declutter and Downsize

When you are moving, it is easier to do when you have less stuff. If you know the size of your new house, you’ll know if all your furniture will fit. If some pieces won’t fit, sell or donate the pieces so you don’t have to pay to move it. With the big stuff figured out, start to declutter other things too. Go through your closet and see if there are old clothes or shoes that no longer fit, are irreparable, or just plain out of style. If you don’t need it, use it, or love it, out it goes. **Once you are in the new house, everything that gets hung up should be placed on hangers and put the hangers up backwards (hook it from behind). Once you wear something, put it back up the normal way. Then in about 6 months, 1 year, or the next time you move, you can easily see what you don’t wear. This makes getting rid of it much easier emotionally.** 

Go through other things as well, do you need all of your kitchen gadgets? tools? kids toys? seasonal decor? How about going through your papers. Now is a great time to make sure everything is filed correctly and you know where the important papers are (birth certificates, shot records, bank statements, mortgage papers, marriage certificate…) that you will want to move by hand. Recycle or shred any papers you don’t need. I like to use my Neat Receipts portable scanner to scan in the really important papers, and some that are mildly important. The less important ones I will scan and then toss/shred the original. Make sure to use a good quality Crosscut Shredder to shred your documents for higher security.

Great ways to get rid of your stuff:

  • Sell (craigslist, local classifieds, garage sale)
  • Donate (freecycle, church, local thrift shop)
  • Trash

**Please be safe if you are selling or donating your items! Be aware of your surroundings and look out for scams. Pick public places and always have someone else with you if possible.**

Step 4: Start Packing

I don’t mean start packing everything (unless you have a very short time frame). But start packing things you don’t need right now. Pack up your clothes that are out of season, extra office supplies, hobbies… If you don’t need it again before the move, pack it up. Ziploc bags are a great way to keep small things together like office supplies (pens, pencils, paper clips…), kitchen items (chip clips, corn on the cob holders…), bathroom items (hair accessories, nail polish bottles…).

Step 5: Use What You Have

A major pain about moving is that often you can’t take your half used bottles or food items with you. So, use up the last of your soaps, shampoos, lotions… and work your way through the food in the house.

In preparation for my own pending move, I’m currently working on eating us out of stock for every item in the freezer, fridge, and pantry. I took a blank calendar and started planning my menu carefully. I first took stock of all the pasta I had left and decided that every Monday we are eating pasta. Wednesday’s we are eating chicken. Friday’s we are eating sandwiches. Saturday’s we are having breakfast for dinner. Sunday’s we are having a crock pot dish. I went through my recipes and penciled in dishes all the way out to our moving date. We don’t follow it 100% all the time, but we are thinning out our stock of everything! We just finished up the last of our turkey so we won’t be eating that again until after the move. We have one ham, one pork shoulder, one pack of sausage, 3 lbs of ground beef, 3 packs of dogs, some bacon, and a bag of chicken. I have bread in the freezer, and some veggies. In the pantry I need to use up flour and some emergency food supplies we opened. There are other canned goods but they can be donated to the food pantry if we don’t eat them before we go. The fridge gets cleaned out regularly so the only foods we purchase anymore are fruits and veggies, milk and eggs. It has dramatically helped the budget. Click here to see our menu plan, in progress, for August and on with links to the recipes I’m using! 

In the bathroom, I’ve taken stock of all our open items and I’m using them up! I use up the ones with the least amount left first. I’m not opening anything new unless I have to. If I really don’t like it, I’ll either donate it on freecycle or trash it.

Recipe: Turkey Apple Brie Wrap

Turkey Apple Brie Wrap

Turkey Apple Brie Wrap

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Spinach TortillaLettuce
Turkey, sliced thin
Apple, sliced thin
Brie, sliced thin

Instructions:

Layer your tortilla with lettuce, turkey, apple slices, and brie. Wrap up and enjoy!

 

Recipe: Crock Pot Party Meatballs

Crock Pot Party Meatballs

I made these meatballs for little man’s first birthday party and everyone loved them! It was easy to throw it all in the crock pot in the morning and continue on with party preparations. By the time the party started, they were done and delicious!

Ingredients:Chili Sauce

32 oz. Frozen Meatballs
16 oz. Chili Sauce
10 oz. Grape Jelly (low sugar)

Instructions:

Dump everything into your crock pot. Stir it around to coat the meatballs. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 2-3. Stir once more before serving.

Recipe: Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Ingredients:

2 c Flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
2 Eggs
1 1/2 c Banana, mashed
1/2 c Oil
1/2 c Sugar

Instructions:

Pre-heat the oven to 350°. Grease the bottom and 1″ up the sides of a 9×3 loaf pan. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients (except sugar). In a medium bowl, mix the wet ingredients and the sugar. Then mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until just moistened. Bake for 60 minutes. Place a foil tent over the bread for the last 15 minutes of baking. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Recipe: Chorizo Burrito

Chorizo Burrito

Chorizo Burrito

A simple spicy twist to the classic burrito. Who needs plain ground beef when you can have spiced, flavor packed pork!

Ingredients:

Sun Dried Tomato TortillasBlack Beans
Salsa
Monteray Jack Cheese
Avocado
Chorizo Sausage, casing removed
Onion
Olive Oil

Instructions:

Heat some olive oil in a large pan. Cook sausage and onion until done. Move the sausage around frequently to break it up. Once the sausage is fully cooked, assemble and enjoy!