2018 Planner

It’s time for me to start scheduling stuff for 2018.  I prefer a monthly view planner without a lot to it.  I went with this one.  Have you purchased your 2018 planner yet?

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Easy Meatballs


I thought I would share my meatball recipe.  It’s very versatile.  You can freeze them, bake them or put them in the slow cooker.

What you will need:

1lb ground chuck (ground beef works too), 1 cup oats, 1 egg, 1/2 cup milk (you can used condensed milk too), 2 tablespoons dried onions (you can use fresh or you can add more to taste), 1 teaspoon garlic salt, 1 teaspoon chili powder, salt and pepper to taste.

1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup ketchup, dash garlic salt

Mix together meat, oats, eggs, milk and seasoning.  Form into balls.  Place the meatballs into either a crock pot or baking dish coated with non stick cooking spray.  (Additionally, you can put them in a freezer bag and freeze for later use.)

Mix together ketchup, brown sugar and garlic salt.  Coat the meatballs.  (You can also use regular BBQ sauce.)

Cook in a crock pot on low for 4-6 hours or in the over at 450 for 30-60 minutes.  (It depends on how thick you make the meatballs.)

Sometimes I make these up in the morning and put them in the crock pot in the refrigerator until I am hope in the afternoon if I know I’m going to be busy.  I also sometimes make these right before we leave for church on a Sunday morning and lunch is ready when we make it back home.

I have this in the crock pot to be served with baked potatoes (in a second crockpot) and plan to fix okra as well.


Paper Plates

Having been asked many times recently for time saving tips, here’s one:  paper plates.  No, it’s not frugal.  But do they ever save time (and I have a dishwasher).  Generally, I try not to use them every day- but when it’s a day you feel like it is all you can do to get dinner on the table…well, that’s when the paper plates appear.

Do you have a time saving tip?

Time Saving Tip: Cleaning the Microwave


I don’t know if you are like me, but as a busy homeschooling, yet working mom, I am always looking for tips on saving time.  I read something similar to this a while back and decided to give it a try.

Get a microwave safe bowl and add three drops of a citrus essential oil.  I used Doterra Lemon as I know it’s safe for ingestion.  (Using the oil, do not use a plastic bowl.)  I put this in the microwave and turned it on for 3 minutes.  Take a damp rag after the three minutes and wipe out your microwave.  It seriously took me all of two minutes to wipe out the microwave thanks to the steam building up.

(I should add, use essential oils at your own risk.  My family uses oils on a regular basis, but please be cautious with brands and what you use/ put into your body.)

Do you have a time saving tip to share?

Menu Plan

I’ve been asked a few times lately about how I plan menus and what or when I cook.  I look at my calendar for the coming week to see what days I have to be gone early or will be home late.  Late evenings especially are normally in the crockpot.  Here’s what I’m planning this week:

Monday- Crockpot ham and beans and cornbread.  (I will mix up the cornbread as I put the ham and beans in the crockpot on Monday.  I’ll put the mix in the fridge and bake it when we are ready to eat.)

Tuesday- Carryout Pizza

Wednesday- We have a meal at church each Wednesday night.

Thursday- Crockpot meatballs, mashed potatoes and a vegetable (I feel like we eat mashed potatoes all the time, but they are my daughter’s favorite food, so I try to make them once a week.  I peel them and put them in the crockpot in the morning and they are ready to mash at dinner.)

Friday- Pork cutlets and vegetables

I will try to post my crockpot meatball recipe when I make it on Thursday.

This menu plan is a little vague as my daughter spent last weekend under the weather and I had a meeting every. single. night. last week which means I have not been grocery shopping.  I’ll be in the same town as Aldi on Tuesday, so with the exception of a few basics, I am holding off on shopping until Tuesday.

Breakfast next week will be eggs and turkey sausage most mornings.  Lunches vary depending on where we all are (and it looks like a few lunch meetings for me).

I try to keep it pretty simple!  Do you have any meal planning tips to share?

Crockpot Chicken and Noodles

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Here’s an easy- but maybe not the most healthy- meal for a busy day!

Crockpot Chicken and Noodles

2 frozen skinless chicken breasts

1 can cream of mushroom (or cream of chicken) soup

1/2 cup sour cream

pepper to taste

egg noodles (I try for about 2-3 cups cooked)

Spray crockpot with a non stick cooking spray.  Cook chicken mixture on low in the crockpot all day.  When it’s done, it should shred easily with a fork.  About an hour before serving, cook egg noodles of your choice in boiling water on the stove.  When they are done, drain and add to crockpot.


That’s it!  I don’t recommend letting the noodles stay in the crockpot more than a few hours of they loose texture.  We also like the Amish noodles as pictured, but eggs noodles work great too.

I’ll be serving this this evening with mashed potatoes (the potatoes are cooking in a second slow cooker) and will make peas when I get home.

For me, this is a great meal on busy days that I almost always have the items needed to make it.  It can also easily be doubled to feed a larger family.  My recipe feeds the three of us with leftovers.

Do you have an easy slow cooker meal idea?

Preparing for next year… a great DVD!

I’m still trying to decide on a lot of things for Classical Conversations next year.  I’ve personally been in the process of some spring cleaning and I found our Liberty Kids DVD series.  As we will be on Cycle 3, which is American history, this is a great addition to your home to reinforce the history memory work.

My daughter loved this series at age 5 and still loves this series at age 8.  We have this Liberty Kids DVD series but you may also see if your library has it available for check out as well.

While we do not encourage a lot of screen time, we do seem to find ourselves on the road quite a bit, especially in the spring and fall.  My daughter enjoys watching the DVDs while we are traveling and they can be a fun treat at home as well.  (It’s also a good time to listen to the CC CD’s.)

If you are like me and on the rare occasion have your child at work with you, this is a good option to take in a portable DVD player at well- especially if you have something pressing.

Do you have any great suggestions to go with CC Cycle 3?

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