Thursday, October 29, 2015

How to Host a Crockpot Meal Swap

Each person will make 5 meals that can either be dumped into the crockpot or popped into the oven to be baked. You want each meal to be pretty complete. You don't need to provide a 4 course meal but say you choose to make chili, it would be nice to add a side of cornbread or if you do spaghetti maybe include a 1/2 loaf of French bread (98 cents at Walmart for the whole loaf) just so that each meal is ready to be served to the family. You can alter things depending on the people you invite but in general most meals are made for 4 people. 

Each meal needs to include:
the name of the recipe
to thaw, if necessary
Anything they must add (i.e. water)
cooking instructions
use-by date

You can write directly on the ziplock with a sharpie or make labels.

This will be a quick in and out type event as everyone will all have freezer meals that need to get home so you want to set the total time for this no more than an hour. I think the longest any of mine have gone is 20 mins. 

For my recent swap I made Spicy Coconut Chicken. Total cost was $40 and I spent about 20 mins putting the meals together and in exchange I received 4 meals plus I had made 6 portions of the spicy coconut chicken so I had 2 of those for our own family. I could have saved more had I shopped at Aldi but I was heading out of town and planned poorly so I bought my groceries at Target. That being Said spending $40 to get 6 home cooked family meals is still very cost efficient. 

Here are the other meals I received in exchange:
Chicken Noodle Soup

Taco Soup 

Almost all Veggie Lasagna

Chili with Cornbread

Now with an exchange its best to go tried and true. While most Crockpot recipes are pretty fail proof, not all are. In my last case like I said I was pressed for time and just took a chance on the Spicy Coconut Chicken. It still came out really good but I'd definitely do things differently next time. I added a cup of water to this because I wanted more sauce but it diluted the coconut milk so next time I'd do 2 cans of coconut milk and I'd add the full amount of spicy. I also served this with cooked white rice but if I ever do this on a swap again I'll include a bag of veggies to be microwaved at added at the end. 

Spicy Coconut Chicken -- 1 bag
1 can coconut milk (I used lite)
2 tablespoons sriracha

1 bouillon cube
1 tablespoon garlic thai chili paste
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce (low sodium)
1/4 cup white onions, chopped
1 teaspoon basil
1/4 bunch cilantro
4 chicken breasts

Combine all ingredients in bag and freeze until ready to cook. This recipe does not need to be thawed. Cook on low x8 hours. Serve with rice. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Five Star Hair Design

Not buying it...Maybe...3 Stars? and I think I'm being generous.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

How Many Dishes Do You Have??

To make this product necessary??

340+ people thought they needed to spend $19.99 on a mat to make standing there doing dishes less fatiguing. Is that even a word? What if all these years I'm not even doing dishes the right way so that's why I'm not all exhausted afterwards? Even more concerning is that this rug normally retails for $119!!! 

Free Beauty Products

Yup that's right, FREE beauty products. Who doesn't love that? Ok so depending on which one you want follow the link underneath and sign up for the membership to receive your free gift. I choose the summer brights and it was pretty good. The nail polish was a good quality and had good pigment. It also came with a cuticle treatment as well as this amazing lip gloss. Anyways, all you need to do is cancel before the 25th of the month (email '' or call 877-651-3292) and they will cancel your membership with no drama or big process and you get to keep the products completely free. Just make sure you choose which one you want now before you click on the link because if you follow the summer brights link and then decide you want the summer nights one instead it won't let you change it at the check out. 

Summer Brights Box 

Summer Brights

Limited Edition Nautical by Nature Welcome Box 

Nautical by Nature

Summer Nights Welcome Box 


I left the rest of my products I received at home but here is one of the polishes and the lip gloss.

10 minute Dollar Store Pantry Make Over

If you have $10 and 10 minutes you can revamp your pantry. All you need is to go to the 99 cent only store (Dollar General and all those other ones might work but for me, I found the best selection at the 99 cent store and also Walmart. So buy as many plastic containers as you need. I bought different sizes for different products but you do it however you like. Then come home and fill them up. Go here to find your labels and print them out...for free :)
Awesome Pantry Labels
Then cut them out and I just used scotch tape to stick them on. You could also print these out onto some label or sticky paper for a more permanent effect.

Here is my BEFORE:


I know this isn't exactly a super WOW type thing but considering the time and cost put into it I was pretty pleased with the out come. 

Pee Pants

Seriously how many locks are necessary for your average work trouser?? and how old am I referring to my pants/slacks as trousers?? 

Trousers are an item of clothing worn from the waist to the ankles, covering both legs separately (rather than with cloth extending across both legs as in robesskirts, and dresses). They are also called pants in the United States, Canada and elsewhere, such as Ireland. 

Just to get into my pants I need to unlatch 3 separate hooks, then unbutton the inside button and then unzip the zipper and only after all of that am I finally able to pull my trousers down to pee. This might not seem like such a problem but I sit at my desk and think hmmm I need to go pee but I'm in the middle of typing this document and I'm almost done...just need to finish this up....ok, done. Trot down the hallway and by this time I really have to pee but there I stand almost peeing my pants because I have to get into Fort Knox before I can go. Who is responsible for this? where do I file complaints. Until I find out I'm forced to allow an extra 5 minutes of pee time to every bathroom visit. Thanks work pants.