Do you use your slow cooker recipes more during the summer? or winter? I know lots of people use the slow cooker more in the summer because it creates less heat in the kitchen. I tend to use mine more in the winter. Either which way, I’ve got a great tip for you today for using your slow cooker.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m all about simplifying things. Why do 2 steps when you can do 1? When it comes to using slow cooker recipes, I’ve never liked that many slow cooker recipes have you cook everything before you put it in the pot. Hello, it is going to cook everything for me, right?
Most of the time, I just throw things in and let it cook for me rather than pre-cooking like the recipe calls for. With ground beef it works fine, you just have to skim the fat off the top. I also use a low-fat ground beef in the slow cooker to reduce the problem.
The problem I had was with ground turkey in the crock pot. It disintegrates and changes the texture of the meal. You can’t even tell you put meat in.
I found a solution that works perfectly to cook ground turkey and save the whole pre-cooking time. View full post »
I have got the easiest recipe for you today. It almost seems wrong to post it, it is so easy. Yet I know that many of you are busy moms, like myself, and that you have picky eaters in your house as well. If you have ever wanted an all natural and crazy easy Spanish rice recipe your kids will eat…then today is your lucky day!
I’m telling you sometimes feeding my kids is the hardest part of being a parent. They can be a bit picky, though I know I’ve got it easy in that department compared to a lot of my friends.
I grew up in the Southwest and Mexican food is one of my favorites. As you may remember, I also like to eat as natural and organic as our budget can afford. For a really long time Trader Joe’s sold a Mexican Rice seasoning kit. It was really good and really easy. However, they either stopped selling it or they don’t sell it in the region in which we currently live. I had to come up with a new plan. My new plan is what we call cheater Spanish Rice, but that didn’t sound very good for a title, so I changed it to Crazy Easy Spanish Rice.
Today I have another post for you that is from my quest to complete projects that have been on my to-do list for a really long time. I recently made wool dryer balls.
It has been over a year that I have been wanting to make wool dryer balls. Yay for another thing off my to-do list!
Of course I’ve got you covered as well. I’ve got a full tutorial so you can make your own wool dryer balls.
First, let me tell you a little bit about wool dryer balls and why you might want some as well.
Wool dryer balls are supposed to reduce your drying time. Saving you money by saving energy. They are said to reduce drying time by up to 50%. They will eliminate static, eliminating the need for dryer sheets or sprays with chemicals or perfumes. You can also eliminate the cost of buying those sheets and sprays. They will often help soften your clothes and reduce wrinkles naturally. By using wool dryer balls, you are doing one easy thing to help the earth in multiple ways. Sounds good, right? View full post »
Today I’ve got a project for you that I have wanted to complete for a very long time. I labeled my spices and homemade mixes.
As I showed you earlier this week with my taco seasoning recipe, I make a few of my own spice mixes. It saves me money and more importantly, to me, I know exactly what is in each mix.
For several years now, I’ve stored them in reusable plastic containers. It worked, but I had been saving spice jars as I emptied them in hopes that some day I would finally make pretty containers for my mixes and spices. That day finally came!
This was a very easy project. I LOVE the result. It makes me smile to open my pantry and see these pretty little jars in there. It really is the little things! and it is getting things checked off my to-do list as well.
Eventually I want to re-organize my pantry and I want to have all kinds of pretty labels and such. Eventually.
This project would work great for the mixes and spices as I used them, but it would also work great for labeling any other containers or baskets in your pantry. Let me show you this easy project so you can pretty up your pantry as well. View full post »