Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Pasta

This is a meal easy enough that you can cook this without having any prior cooking experience.  This is a good recipe for a single person or a large family because a single person can eat a little every day or every other day and a large family can get full.

 by Serge Bertasius Photography

from freedigitalphotos.net


Thawed Chicken (or even left over chicken nuggets or tenders)
Tomato Sauce in a jar or can Alfredo sauce you choose (or make your own)
Wheat or whatever kind of pasta you want to use (I like whole wheat or something with whole grain in it or low glycemic, they even have vegetable noodles)
Seasonings you like with Italian food or an Italian blend
*Apple Cider Vinegar (optional, it helps balance the wheat flavor)
*bread for toast
Parmesan Cheese to taste


1. Place some chicken in the bottom of your crock pot. {I just use legs and thighs but it would work with breast meat and chicken tenders also but if you do it with cooked meat just leave it on a warm setting not a hot one.} If you use meat with bones and skin you will need to fish out the bones and skin before serving with a noodle spoon or a pair of tongs, being careful not to burn yourself. It is better to unplug your machine and allow it to cool when doing this.

2. Open your sauce and pour it over the chicken or hold it until afterwards and drain your chicken meat. Some people don't want the chicken juices in their sauce.

3. Turn your pot on for 4 hours. (Plan ahead as to what meal you want it to be for)

4. When you are about finished cooking your chicken mixture start your pasta water to boil. Cook your pasta according to the directions on the bag.

5. Toast your bread; add some garlic and sea salt and you are ready to top your pasta with chicken and sauce. (if you have bones in your pasta you can just fork the meat out and spoon the sauce on, remove as stated in number 1. you could also prepare the meat without the sauce and remove bones then add your sauce.)

6. Sprinkle on some Parmesan Cheese if you wish and serve.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Stuffed Animal Storage Solution

I looked all over Pinterest.com for a solution to my girls stuffed animal mountain. I saw a chain I liked and a cage or animal zoo I was fond of but I wanted an immediate Mom solution that was extremely frugal, of course. 

The chain was good and I even saw a rope solution and an elastic on a board solution but the one I came up with was a combination of the two. It provides a space saving/money saving option that worked for our frugal family.

Stuffed Animals on a String!


screw or hanger hook,
plethora (large mountain) of stuffed animals

Video Directions  

Part 1
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Part 2
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Friday, January 9, 2015

Cayenne's Winter Secret

Photo by Paul taken from freedigitalphotos.net

I have been doing lots of research on the powers of cayenne pepper. It is good for so many things. Today though I would like to tell you how we are using it. It is really cold here for Texas. It has been freezing for a couple days and now it is sleeting and raining so I wanted to give the chickens some extra heat. But how to do that without running up the electricity bill. Hmmmmmmmm........

You guessed it I used good old faithful. Cayenne and chickens get along quite well. It doesn't bother their tongues or tastebuds because they are immune to its heat in their mouths. But it stands to reason that it would still be beneficial in their bodies for heat so that is what I am doing and praying that it will give them some extra comfort this winter. I poured some powder on their food and some red pepper flakes on there as well.

Cayenne is used in people also, to keep their extremities warm in the winter. I don't see why the animals couldn't benefit from this heat.  Some people even rub it on their feet. Maybe dairy farmers could appreciate this. What do you think?

Cayenne is also good for:


stomach ulcers
headache relief
stop bleeding 


egg production

To order cayenne from my home business so that our family can receive a percentage of the sale please click on this link: Capsicum Thank you.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Easy Santa Fe Soup

This post is a repost from Jan. 16, 2012 enjoy!

The other night we were invited over to eat at a new friend's house. Can you believe it someone actually invited our whole family over to their house to eat? Well we were so excited and to tell you the truth I was a bit worried that the young lady would have enough food to feed our hungry group. We prayed about it and decided that if they didn't have enough then we could run to the store or back home and grab something. It was alright though she was prepared and had her crock pot on and going for us. She said that it was really easy and all you had to do was open a bunch of cans. It didn't taste like a bunch of cans it was to die for! Yumola, hearty and we had seconds and took some home to have for lunch the next day! Below is the recipe that she shared with me.  

The recipe for Santa Fe Soup:

1lb browned ground beef (or venison)
2 cans pinto beans
2 cans corn
1 can hominy
2 cans Rotel diced tomatoes (I choose Original or Mild)
2 cans red/kidney beans
1 or 2 cans diced tomatoes
1 pkg (about 1.25oz) taco seasoning
1 pkg (about 1-2oz) Ranch Dressing mix
*Add all ingredients in a crock-pot and turn on the heat! Depending on when you want to eat it, turn to low (if its gonna sit a few hours) or high if you want it to heat quickly. Make sure you've browned the ground meat before you add it to the pot. When adding in the canned goods, DON'T DRAIN ANY -POUR THE WHOLE THING IN... all the juice makes up the "soup" liquid. Stir occasionally and E-N-J-O-Y! Tastes great with cheese melted on top and served with Tostito chips!
*You can add or subtract from the recipe as much as you'd like. More cans, less cans, different beans, no hominy...whatever works for your family. This recipe easily feeds 4-6 people. The more you add, the more it feeds.
*Other than using the Rotel brand diced tomatoes, I use generic (or cheapest) brands for everything else. Almost all of these ingredients are less than a buck!
Such a simple, inexpensive, filling, and DELICIOUS meal! You can put the leftovers in a Tupperware and freeze them to use later (the soup can last a long time in the freezer and is available whenever you want a quick heat-it-up meal)... tastes just as good the 2nd and 3rd time around! :)
Amy G.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Fun Gifts and Inexpensive Trips

Here are some of our adventures!
We also went to see the lights in two different nearby cities.

Today we made skirts for Zoi's block figurines. She really likes for her figures to have modest clothing.

Zeke got a suit for Christmas.

We went with friends to LBJ park.

Took the kids to the all to ride elevators and escalators. You can't identify unless you are from rural America.

Nora riding the pretending to ride the horse at the all.

Waiting for Daddy to have his fun at the mall.

More rides.

Zeke and the boys going on a tour of England.

Zach was driving the bus.

Making a gingerbread house.


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