Try It Tuesday

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Hey y’all! So, knowing that we’re going to be adding to our brood has made me want to prepare for the oncoming cluster of busyness that I know will ensue once Indy graces us with his presence. Because of that, I’ve been trying out freezer meals/crockpot freezer meals so I can determine what we like months before Indy’s due date. This way I can make a bunch of meals and take a few weeks off from “cooking” until I feel better/healed.

A Facebook friend (who also has a blog! Check it out here!) does a lot of freezer meals and posts them regularly on FB. One stood out to me (because she said all of her kids loved it and it was a huge hit) so I decided to try it out! Its freezer*/crockpot Beef Stroganoff!

Here’s what you need:

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~4 cups ground beef or 2 lbs cubed beef stew meat (I used ground turkey, because health.)

~1 cup sour cream

~2 cans cream of mushroom soup

~1 packet onion soup mix

~2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

~2 tablespoons minced garlic cloves

~ 1 cup chopped onions (I used frozen, because laziness.)

~1/2 cup water

~egg noodles (to serve with the stroganoff)

 

 

First, brown your ground beef (or ground turkey) and toss it into your crockpot. Then, add everything else.

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Stir and then cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Before serving, cook egg noodles (I used whole grain twirly noodles) as directed on the package, drain and serve!

I actually didn’t get a picture of the completed recipe because I was RAVENOUS by the time Huff the Hubs got home and I didn’t realize I needed a picture until after everything was cleaned up!

But, trust me when I say that it was REALLY good! And SUPER easy! Plus, it made the house smelly yummy. Huff the Hubs loved it and even asked, “Hey, is there any leftover? I want to take it for lunch tomorrow!”

I will DEFINITELY be making this “freezer meal” when Huff the (new)Babe gets here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

*To make this a freezer meal, toss everything (except egg noodles and water) into a gallon size freezer bag and freeze. The night before, set it out in the refrigerator to thaw. Then, dump everything into the crockpot (plus the water) and cook on low for 4-6 hours! Cook your egg noodles before serving and bam! You’re done!

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Last week, I saw a video making the rounds on Facebook that showed a yummy apple cobbler-like recipe. It only had three ingredients and cooked in the slow cooker (which is awesome for a lazy cooker such as myself). So I decided to try it out!

Here’s what you need:

Try It Apple Slow Cooker (1)

~2, 20-ounce cans of apple pie filling

~1 box spice cake mix

~8 oz butter (two sticks)

 

First, drop the pie filling in the slow cooker and stir.

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Then, pour the cake mix on top and plop the butter on top of that.

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Cook on high for 2-2 1/2 hours. Then, top with ice cream and enjoy!

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This was really good! My ONLY complaint was that it was reeeeeaaaally buttery. Can you see the butter in the picture above? I think next time I’ll use a tad less butter. Like maybe 1 1/2 sticks instead of 2.

 

Have you ever made this before? Did you like it? Have you made it with different pie fillings? Share in the comments below!

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I am always trying to find new ways to save money. That’s one of the main reasons Huff the Hubs and I decided to cloth diaper; the savings were astronomical! Now that we’re saving for a down payment, my money-saving mind has been searching for tips and tricks that will help our spread our budget a little further. So earlier this week when I noticed I was almost out of coffee creamer, I thought, “Why don’t I try to make my own?” Then I stumbled upon this pin!

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Its DIY coffee creamer!

Here’s what you need:

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~1 can (14 oz) condensed milk (I used fat free; I like low-cal creamer)

~Milk (again, I used skim; but the original pin says that the more fat your milk has, the creamier it will be)

~Vanilla extract

The original pin has a host of other flavor mixes, but since I typically use French Vanilla coffee creamer, I used that recipe!

All you have to do is combine the can of condensed milk with 1 3/4 cup milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and mix well:

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And then, BAM! you’re done!

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I think it turned out pretty good! I’m kind of picky about the brands of creamer I use, so it was a little different using this. But it wasn’t bad. PLUS, I did save some money! Here’s the math:

Coffeemate Sugar Free French Vanilla Creamer: $3.18

Homemade Creamer: $2.46

Savings: $0.72

Not a huge chunk of change, but every little bit helps! I’m going to use all of the creamer I made and, by the time the bottle is empty, if I’ve gotten used to it I think I’ll continue to make my own!

 

Have you ever made your own coffee creamer? What recipe did you use? Share in the comments!

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I have a new crush. He’s hot, he works all day long, and he makes my life so much easier. His name? Crock Pot.

My love for my crock pot runs deep and true. I love being able to just drop some stuff into the CP and not worry a pretty hair on my head about what we’re going to eat for dinner and if I’ll be able to balance a kid on my hip while I sautée. That is why I am loving all the crockin’ recipes on Pinterest; like this one! Its called Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken!

Here’s what you need:

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~2-4 chicken breasts

~1 can pineapple (rings, chunks, crushed; it doesn’t matter!)

~2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

~1 medium onion

~1/2 cup chicken broth

 

First, chop the onion. This is always the part I hate because my eyes get crazy watery and its just awful. But, I found a way around it:

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After you’ve chopped the onion, drop it into the crock pot.

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Plop the chicken on top and then pour the remaining ingredients on top.

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Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours (or on high for 4-6 hours). Then, serve over rice!

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On a scale of 1-10, I’d give this recipe a 5. It was good, it was just…not that flavorful. I think part of the reason for that was because I used low sodium chicken broth. It really needed some salt. Also, the chicken was a tad dry. If I were to make it again, I’d use the entire can of chicken broth (rather than just 1/2 cup) and I might toss in a little BBQ sauce as well.

Have you tried something similar to this? What did you use?

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Try It Tuesday

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

I’ve got a Try It that will warm your bones and fill your tummy!

Here lately, I’ve been craving—of all things—Hamburger Helper. The cheesy HH. I don’t know why. I didn’t really like that much as a kid, but we always seemed to have Hamburger Helper at least once a week. However, the past few weeks I’ve had a hunger that only the Helper could conquer.

But…I couldn’t bring myself to eat that boxed stuff. So I went to Pinterest and found a healthified version!
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Here’s what you need:

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1 lb ground turkey, browned (I use Honeysuckle White)
2 1/2 cups fat-free milk
1 1/2 cups hot water
2 cups dry whole wheat elbow macaroni
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups 2% cheddar cheese, shredded

 

Spray a large skillet with Pam (or Crisco, whatever you choose!) and then heat on medium-high heat. Throw in your ground turkey, pasta, milk, water, cornstarch, and spices. Stir.

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Bring the contents of the pan to a boil and then turn the heat down to low and simmer. Cover and cook for about 10-12 minutes.

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Add your cheese (the best part!) and stir.

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Then, serve!

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This was…okay. Huff the Hubs loved it and Huff the Babe ate quite a bit too. I was a tad disappointed because it didn’t taste a whole lot like the boxed stuff. Sigh. HtH did ask for it again, so I guess that’s a success! Especially because it was super easy to make!

Try It Wednesday

Happy Hump Day, Tryers!

This week’s Try It is brought to you by the letter Y as in “YUMMY!”

When my sister, Samantha, and her brood were down from Maryland, she made something that seriously made me want to do cartwheels. (I refrained, don’t worry). She made these awesome things call pretzel rolls. And yes, they tasted as good as they sound.

This was indeed a Pinterest find:

*Cue the Homer Simpson-like drooling*

*Cue the Homer Simpson-like drooling*

This week, my sister Bridget decided to try them out! (And I’m glad she did!)

She got everything she needed:

Milk, yeast, brown sugar, butter, flour, fine salt, baking soda, coarse salt

Milk, yeast, brown sugar, butter, flour, fine salt, baking soda, coarse salt

Ingredients List:

2 cups milk
1 1/2 tablespoons (2 packets) active dry yeast
6 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons fine salt

1/3 cup baking soda
3 cups warm water
Coarse salt
6 tablespoons butter, melted

After she got all of that, she got to work.

She warmed up the milk in the microwave for about a minute and a half. (*If it’s too hot it will kill the yeast*) Then, she stirred in the yeast and let it set for about 3 minutes.  She added the butter and sugar, and then the flour; about 1 cup at a time. Then, the salt was put in. She kneeded the dough for about 10 minutes (what an arm workout!) by hand. You can also use a stand mixer. Then, she put the dough ball into a greased bowl and covered it.

I didn't ask if she tasted the raw dough. But I think I would have.

I didn’t ask if she tasted the raw dough. But I think I would have.

After letting it rise for an hour in a warm place it had doubled in size:

This is how I feel after eating too many pretzel rolls.

This is how I feel after eating too many pretzel rolls.

She then preheated her oven to 375º. After punching  the dough down, she divided it into 12 lumps and rolled them into balls (heh, balls). Then she Combined the warm water and baking soda in a wide bowl and dipped each ball in the baking soda water. She cut a slit into each ball and placed on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. She sprinkled them with coarse salt and baked for about 9-15 minutes (or until browned).

Lovin' from the oven!

Lovin’ from the oven!

 

 

OMG you guys. I pretty much inhaled these things. They were SO. FREAKING. GOOD. After you take them out of the oven, be sure to spread a little melted butter on top with a butter brush. You will NOT be disappointed!

Try It Tuesday

Hola, blog-migos!

Sorry I was a little lame yesterday and didn’t post anything. I’ve made up for it today though! If you follow me on Pinterest, you know my Try It Tuesday board is FULL of yummy recipes (most of which, I have yet to try). So, I thought I’d try one today!

The one that sounded most tasty (and that I already had all the ingredients for) was this gem:

Nom, nom, nom.

Nom, nom, nom.

So, I gathered my schtuff:

Look! Only 7 ingredients! And 7 healthy ingredients at that!

Look! Only 7 ingredients! And 7 healthy ingredients at that!

I was excited because the recipe called for 1 cup shredded apple (aka, 1 medium apple). I thought: Hey! I’ll use my new slicer/shredder I got for Christmas! Yeah…I really should’ve waited until Huff the Hubs came home so I would’ve had adult supervision.

Needless to say, I just chopped up the apples and diced them as small as I could. (I would’ve used a cheese grater but we don’t have one. And yet we have two sets of Star Trek glasses. Go figure.)

I mixed up all the ingredients and the contents of my bowl looked like this:

What's that intoxicating aroma?

What’s that intoxicating aroma?

I greased a pan (which I later learned was way too big. The recipe called for a 9×9 pan. I had to use an 8×8) and popped it into the pre-heated oven at 350. And bee tee dub, it was smelling AWESOME.

Twenty minutes later, I had this:

Take that, Fiber One bars!

Take that, Fiber One bars!

I cheated and didn’t wait til it was cooled to try it. It was pretty good! I couldn’t really taste the apple though. I think next time I might use bananas instead and add some dark chocolate chips!