Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

soup.jpgIf you love homemade chicken noodle soup, here’s a quick recipe for a busy day:

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup from The Employed Homeschool Mom

(Note, this recipe feeds my family of three with leftovers.  You could easily double for a larger family.)

1 carton chicken broth

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts   (Or you can use leftover chicken if you have it.)

3-4 carrots, pealed and chopped

2-3 celery stalks

Seasoned salt to taste

1 teaspoon parsley

1 teaspoon rosemary

Water if needed to cover chicken breasts completely

Noodles (to be added before serving)

Cook in the slow cooker all day on low, or high if you only have a few hours.  Once the chicken is done shred with a fork.  Cook your choice of noodles on the stove.  Drain and add to the slower cooker.  After I add the noodles to the slower cooker, I wait about 15 minutes to serve the soup to allow the flavor to blend.  (My family likes the Amish egg noodles.) We like this soup served with homemade garlic cheddar biscuits.

 

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Taco Meat

(Let me start by saying I was going to take a picture of my salad…guess I was hungry!)

I’m trying something new.  I browned about 1.5 lbs of taco meat.  I think the husband and I will have taco salads for lunch one day this coming week.  And then a family taco night.  I’m hoping by preparing some meat ahead of time, I can save some time in the kitchen for the next week or so.  Any meat left over after that can be used in taco soup.

Do you have any time saving tricks in the kitchen?

Make Ahead Peanut Butter Pie

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It’s Sunday afternoon.  You need to make a dessert for something on Tuesday but know time will not allow for it after today?  This is one my of new go-to’s – Make Ahead Peanut Butter Pie.

Make Ahead Peanut Butter Pie from The Employed Homeschool Mom

Make your favorite pie crust from scratch and bake the shell.  (Or you can purchase one if you prefer.)

Filling:

1 block of softened cream cheese

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1.5 – 2 cups powdered sugar

Place all the items for the filling in a bowl.  Mix with a blender until smooth.  You may prefer more or less powdered sugar- just mix to the consistency you like.

Place the filling in the pie shell.

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Top with your favorite whipped topping.  (I personally use Cool Whip.)  Top with cut up Reese’s Pieces if desired.

I have made this up to two days ahead of time.  Be sure to refrigerate.

Saving time (and money) on shopping for clothes…

Continuing this week’s shopping theme, how do I find time to shop for clothes?  I’m not much of a clothes shopper, nor is my daughter.  So, many of our clothes are purchased online.

If we are looking for pants, especially for my daughter, it’s likely we are going to the store to try on or I’m ordering with free return shipping online.  I have a couple of brands of pants I like and know what size I wear in them, so I can order online.

However, if it’s shirts or a brand of pants that I know what size fits, we love these online options:

thredUp is an online consignment store that offers great quality used (and sometimes new) clothing.  I’ve been pleased with my purchases here.  If you haven’t ordered from thredUp before you can follow my referral link for $10 off your first purchase.

Swap.com is another online consignment store that offers clothing, toys and a few household items.  Again, I’ve been pleased with my purchases here.

Amazon is another place I like to shop for clothing and especially shoes as many items have free return if they do not fit.  This is a huge timesaver for me.

(The above links are referral links. Thank you for supporting this site.)

Saving Time on Household Purchases

I was recently asked how I save time shopping.  I shared before that I do quite a bit of shopping online- so I can order when it’s convenient for me (or have it on subscription).  That maybe while I’m eating my lunch.  It may be while I’m waiting on my daughter at one of her activities.

This reader asked for specific examples of what I purchase online, so I thought I would share some of my Amazon subscribe and save items and a few items I order on a fairly regular basis with you.  (The links below are affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting this site.)

Oxiclean

Toilet Paper  (This shows up at my house once a month so we do not run out.)

Dog food 

Dishwasher Detergent

These are just a few things I order on a regular basis.  Can you find them cheaper elsewhere?  Probably- but these are things I find it worth a little extra to have show up at my door on a regular basis.

I also order from Wal-Mart and have items show up at my door as well.  I do try and make a grocery run around twice a month.  I’ll add in a quick stop here and there for fresh items.

Do you order household items online regularly?

 

Science and 4-H wrapped into one…

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In the last week or so we have attempted to start some houseplants from seed.  My homeschooler is responsible for watering them and charting their growth.  (Edit, I really hope they grow.)

Not only is this a science lesson, but if they grow, they can be shown at 4-H Show.  It’s a two for one project- which is one way I try to save time as working homeschooling mom.

Maybe you do not have a 4-Her, but are in another organization such as scouting.  Are there ways for you to have two in one projects?  Have you completed a two in one project before?  I’d love to hear about it!

Involving your homeschooler in the community…

If you are a homeschooling parent, you have no doubt been asked, “but what about socialization” or “are they around other children?”  If I only knew how many times I’ve been asked those questions.

Because I work part time outside the home, I serve in a local community organization (Kiwanis Club) and on a few boards for community causes near and dear to me.  I sometimes, depending on the service project or event, take my homeschooler with me.  She has a chance not only to serve the community but learn from others who do as well- sometimes while her peers are sitting in a classroom.

Truth be told, she enjoys going to the weekly Kiwanis Club meetings with me- especially if we have a speaker that is about a topic of interest to her.

You don’t have to be in the same organizations or groups I’m in to give these opportunities to your homeschooler.  If you are part of an organization that serves the community, do you take your homeschooler?