Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Soup Yummy Soup

My friend posted the following recipe on her family blog oh about 2 years and every time I want to make it I scroll through her blog on the hunt for it.  Well I decided enough is enough of that time waster(though I love to look at her cute families faces, I like to look at their current faces of now and not then) and am posting it here on my blog so I can have it available for me here and to share this oh so yummy favorite of our family. Thank You Brook!!! 
It makes a ton so you might want to cut the recipe in half.  I make the whole thing and freeze part and give some to our Grandmas too!!!
Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli

2 lb. Ground beef
1 1/2 cups onion; diced
1 3/4 cups carrots; chopped
1 3/4 cups celery; diced
3 cans diced tomatoes (each can 14.5 oz.)
1 can red kidney beans
1 can great northern beans
88 oz. beef stock (this is a little less than 3-32 oz broth containers)
3 tsp. oregano
2 1/2 tsp. pepper
5 tsp. parsley (freshly chopped)
1 1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce (see note at bottom)
45 oz. Spaghetti sauce
8 oz. small shell macaroni; or pasta of choice

Brown beef and drain off fat. Add onions, celery and tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse beans and then add to the pot. Add beef stock, oregano, pepper, Tabasco, spaghetti sauce, and noodles. Add chopped parsley. Simmer until carrots and celery are tender, about 45 minutes.


Friday, September 14, 2012


SOMETIMES in my life...I am a project girl and SOMETIMES I am not.
SOMETIMES I blog about my projects and SOMETIMES I do not.
SOMETIMES I am an organizer and SOMETIMES not.
SOMETIMES I am doing loads of projects with my kiddos and SOMETIMES they find their own thing to do.
SOMETIMES I try new recipes and SOMETIMES I create my own.
 SOMETIMES I stick with the tried and true recipes and SOMETIMES I order pizza.
 SOMETIMES I sacrifice the things I want to do, to do the thing I know I need to do and this is one of those SOMETIMES....
I love to blog and I love to do projects and I love to do all the things I mentioned above and I love my sweet followers but right now I need to help someone else that I love to the depths of my soul, If you noticed there have been less posts around here lately and this is because my days have been spent elsewhere.  This is just going to be a small sabbatical from my list of projects and there are going to be less posts for a time because SOMETIMES you need to look beyond yourself and it is those SOMETIMES that you as a person are created into the person you need to be!!!

Friday, September 7, 2012

They CAN Do It- Breakfast Station

In preparation for the back to school year I set up a Breakfast Station. My children absolutely love it!!!  I have shared some ideas over the years about how your children CAN DO IT themselves and this one has some of my old ideas and as my children have gotten a bit older some new ones too.

Here is is our Breakfast Station:
I will start with the bottom shelf and as you can see there is a toaster and then next to it is a basket for bagels, bread, muffins...virtually the carb of the week!!!! 
Then you can see on the top shelf on the very left cereal.  My children love the measuring cup on the outside of the cereal container..this is an easy peasy idea...
take a adhesive hook and stick it to the side of your cereal container and then take an extra 1/2 C measuring cup and hang it from the hook..tada and here is a little secret they eat less cereal and that means you save $$$$$$!!!
On the top shelf seen below from left to right is honey, nutella, peanut butter, then oatmeal packets, breakfast essentials drink packets, and followed by 4 containers filled with nuts and dried fruits to add to the top of their oatmeal or yogurt.  I keep all of these items on a tray that I found at Target for $2.00 to make clean up and refilling easy.

On the front of the 2 packet containers I added the directions of how to make the item inside of it and some words of encouragement.  The one on the left is instant oatmeal and the left a breakfast drink(this was my go to nutrition booster when my picky eaters were so so picky and it has stuck around)

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 I quickly typed up the directions in a word document and then cut to the size of the front of the containers.  Using a corner cutter I cut all 4 corners and then adhered it to the front using Scotch double sided tape.

Breakfast on school mornings has been going fabulous and I have had the extra time to take care of me in the morning and that has been GREAT!!!