What’s for Dinner Wednesday: Once-A-Month cooking saves my sanity

Once –A- Month cooking saves the day! Well in fact it saved the day  twice this week once with Mexican Chili and the other night with Mexican Spicy Salads. They were both hits. I am a crazy person lately and at 4:00 PM I realize soon it will be 5:00 and my nice children will turn into complaining and shrieking messes because they are hungry. It is my job to feed them and save myself from the 5:00 PM freak out. I walked over to the freezer and pulled out 3 bean Mexican Chili. I threw it in a pan ...

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Homemade Marinara Sauce With Garden Tomatoes Recipe

I ventured into canning my own spaghetti sauce this summer. My recipe is similar to Connie's- although I cook mine in the crock-pot all day. My crock-pot yields 6 pints for canning. It is very easy to let it cook all day and then process in a water bath! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Each summer when gardens yield an abundance of tomatoes, I make marinara. Last year, my friend, Sarah, encouraged me to enter my marinara in the county ...

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What’s for Dinner Wednesday: Reservations

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I think I may be losing my mind so I am not cooking. Yes, I have a gorgeous assistant but we all know what assistance can do for the cleanliness of your kitchen.  I put away my Once A Month Cooking for another couple of days. I will continue to use this method. I will start another week of cooking this weekend. I have to say so far we have really liked the easy to make recipes!Now if my husband would stop traveling for work we could enjoy more of them together. The reason for my departure from ...

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Homemade Basil Pesto Recipe

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How to Make Homemade pesto from basil This is how you make homemade pesto from basil . You will need to grow or buy the ingredients. I have four basil plants growing in my garden that all started from a small living herb plant from the grocery store. I LOVE basil! I have been using it in my homemade spaghetti sauce, on sliced tomatoes and mozzarella and in homemade pesto. How to make homemade pesto from basil Since my basil is plentiful, I have been making basil pesto and freezing it. ...

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Roasted Potato Salad Recipe

There are so many ways to make potato salad! I love potatoes and sometimes I will just bake a potato for dinner. I have not tried Connie's roasted potato method, but I definitely will! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Potato is a classic Southern side dish.   We’ll serve potatoes with chicken, beef, pork, and seafood.  Southerners believe potatoes pair nicely with just about anything.  Potatoes are a natural carbohydrate, high in vitamin C ...

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Cream Chicken Pasta and the Brie Strata

I am working on winning the dinner time battle. I can't handle cooking, working, and three kids. My job often requires me to work right up until and sometimes through dinner since it is virtual. This presents a huge problem at meal time. I came across the Once A Month cooking method and decided to attempt their free one week meal plan. I started last week but I didn't eat anything I made because my husband was out of the country and I was in survival mode. Click here to see how I got started. ...

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Summer Squash Sauce Recipe

Hopefully you are enjoying some fresh summer vegetables! Today we are giving you another squash recipe since they are the most abundant vegetable! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! During the summer months, I tend to make fresh vegetables the base for all my meals. Whatever meat accompanies the veggies is usually grilled or quickly sautéed. When veggies are at their freshest, they are the most tasty and nutritious. Summer Squash Sauce is ...

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What’s for Dinner Wednesday: Once a Month Cooking

Once a Month Cooking     Hey good looking what ya got cooking.... nothing! I am just heating it up. There are three things that made me want to try to cook my meals ahead of time using the Once A Month cooking Method. Three Kids that are hungry at 5:00. One requires me to eat, the other two require me to cook for them. Three Jobs (Stay at Home Mom, Co-Owner of Madame Deals, Help Desk Supervisor) Less time in the kitchen and more time with my family I am starting ...

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Cream of Zucchini Soup Recipe

If you have a garden or belong to a CSA, I am sure you have an over abundance of squash at this point! You can prepare squash for the freezer. I wrote a guest post on Mama Bzz  this week about freezing vegetables. My favorite way to freeze zucchini is shredded for future zucchini bread. Cream of Zucchini is new recipe to me and I will give it a try! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Summer squash and zucchini squash are here. Both of these ...

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Mac and Cheddar Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachael Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! My kids love Mac and Cheese and I have been buying it already made from Sam's club for $7.50. I can get two meals out of it so it has been a super time saver. The problem is I haven't been able to find it ...

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