Our Little Life Hack #4: Healthy Popsicles & Avoiding Food Waste

I don’t know about you, but it seems as though on the weeks I’ve bought the 1 lb pack of strawberries, the pack is gone in a day or two.  Everyone wants strawberries! So on my next weekly grocery shopping trip, I buy the 2 lb pack of strawberries and I end up throwing away old, yucky strawberries by the end of the week because barely any were eaten.  It’s so difficult to guess whether this week will be a strawberry week or not.  By the way, this goes for lots of different fruits in my household, not just strawberries.  So what can I do to avoid wasting perfectly good produce that my kids are just “not in the mood for” this week?  Hello healthy popsicles!Read More »

Our Little Life Hack #3: Keeping Kids Happy at the Grocery Store

Welcome to our new series: Our Little Life Hacks!  Check back each week for a quick trick or tip to simplify and improve your life. Remember, little steps help us to stick with a new change or habit.  

Since I stay home with my kids now, I do my weekly grocery shopping trips with both kids in tow.  While I’ll eventually get to shop by myself once they’re both in school, I still have a few more years before that time is here.  For now, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve for keeping them entertained while I shop.Read More »

Our Little Life Lessons Learned in the Garden

Over the last 34 years of my married life, I have planted a garden many times. My focus has always been on reaping the blessings that it would produce. It wasn’t until my children were grown and I spent more time in the garden that I began to understand that there are many life lessons to learn in the garden. Lessons that could have helped me in all aspects of my life. Whether you are young and single, married with small children, raising teenagers, empty-nesters, widowed, etc., follow me each week as I take you into my garden and share the little life lessons that I am learning.

–Penny

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Our Little Life Hack #1:  Simplify Trash Takeout Day

Welcome to our new series: Our Little Life Hacks!  Check back each week for a quick trick or tip to simplify and improve your life. Remember, little steps help us to stick with a new change or habit.  

So I’ll start off this new series with a rather simple hack.  I like to get at least one more use out of the plastic grocery bags I get each week from our shopping trips, so I use them as trash bags or liners for my small bathroom trash cans. This also saves me from buying those specialty small-size trash bags. (#frugalliving) We also have a small trash can in the nursery since our youngest child is not fully potty-trained yet, so I use the bags there too. (Smaller trash can means it gets emptied often, hence less smells.  We can count that as a bonus tip! haha)

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My May Young Living Essential Rewards Order

Every Friday you can look forward to posts on recipes with essential oils, diffusing combinations, and information on individual oils.  I’m going to start with the oils in the Premium Starter Kit because that is the way that most people start their essential oils journey, and I want to give you the tools you need to know what to do with the oils you purchase.  Haven’t purchased your starter kit yet? I’d love to be the person who helps you learn all about essential oils and their great applications, just click here to get started.

Want to see what I ordered in my May Young Living Essential Rewards (ER) order? Keep reading below for the list (and the freebies!). Read More »

Dollar DIY Birthday Party Favors – Minnie Mouse and Knights

April is always a eventful month for our family with Easter, our son’s birthday, and our daughter’s birthday.  This year we combined their birthday parties, but we still let each child choose their theme.  While I did scale back on the amount of decorations I had this year, I still had theme-related party favors for our guests.  Since I purchased party favors for each child’s birthday party theme, I wanted to make sure I kept the cost low.  In the past, I’ve ordered from Oriental Trading, but the party was a little last-minute this year, so I had to find the items in my budget from our local stores.  We do have a few Dollar Tree stores in the area, so there’s always that option, but we ultimately found the favors we chose at Target.Read More »

Frugal Living: How to Feed Your Family With Just One Chicken! Recipe #8: Chicken Broccoli Bake

This is post eight in the series that started with the crockpot whole chicken.  Just finding out about this great series? Start here to catch up.

I love chicken, broccoli, and casseroles, so I think I would love any kind of chicken broccoli baked dish.  However, it has been my experience that the few times I’ve tried this combination, I’ve not loved the outcome.  Today I tried this combo again and I actually found some success!  Bonus points that this recipe is quite healthy and easy!

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp of coconut oil, divided
4 cups of broccoli florets (I used a bag of frozen ones, chopped)
1 medium white onion, diced
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
2 cups chicken, cooked and chopped
1 cup chicken broth (make your own here)
1 cup coconut milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2.) Use one tablespoon of the coconut oil to grease the casserole dish.
3.) Steam the broccoli only until lightly cooked.  I used frozen broccoli florets, so depending on the package, you can steam it right in the bag (just steam for less time than the bag instructions say).  I also chopped up the broccoli into smaller pieces after it was lightly steamed.  Set broccoli aside.
4.) In a pan, add the remaining one tablespoon of coconut oil, onions, salt, and pepper.  Brown the onions.  Once the onions are brown, add the mushrooms and continue to cook until mushrooms are done, stirring occasionally.

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5.) Add the broccoli,  mushrooms, onions, and chopped chicken to the casserole dish and mix slightly.


6.) In a medium bowl, whisk broth, coconut milk, 2 eggs, and nutmeg with a pinch of salt and pepper.  Pour the mixture into the casserole dish evenly.

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7.) Cook for 40 minutes. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes and then enjoy!

–Brandi