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Do Dinner Like a Boss – Weekly Meal Plans

Weekly Meal Plans for as little as $1.15/WEEK!

Do you struggle to come up with creative weekly meal plans? My friend, Tiffany, from Eat at Home, is having a flash sale on her awesome meal planning service!

She does all the work for you, including making your color coded grocery shopping list. She has a Whole Foods Plan, a Slow Cooker Plan, and a Traditional Meal Plan. You get ALL THREE when you sign up! Not only that, but she includes 15-minute meals, freezer meals, and printable recipes and weekly menus too. You can cancel at any time if you aren’t happy with her service, but seriously THIS IS THE BOMB. It takes all the brain work out of meal planning!

Go on over to Tiffany’s site to snag this great deal for as little as $1.15/WEEK! (Enter “SUMMERSALE” at checkout to get the sale price.)

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DIY Instant Oatmeal Packets

DIY instant Oatmeal packets

I whipped up a bunch of these DIY instant oatmeal packets in snack size Ziploc bags and wrote the instructions on the outside with a Sharpie. I keep these in the pantry in a basket on a low shelf so they can be easily reached.

These were a huge hit with my kids! Even the 7 year old could read and follow the instructions and prepare her own breakfast.

I also tried making a big batch altogether in one container for scooping out, but the dried fruit and sugar tended to sink to the bottom and didn’t stay mixed well. I ended up going back to the little bags, which I had saved instead of throwing away. The instructions were already written on those, so no added work. SO simple!

Be sure to check out the link above for lots of different variations to include. We love this simple breakfast idea!

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Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow {GLUTEN FREE}

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I’m excited to be participating in an old fashioned blog link up of holiday sweets and savory treats! You’ll be drooling by the time you click around to all the delicious sounding links, and not only that, you’ll have some great new recipes in your collection to share with family and friends!

First up is this gluten free Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow recipe that my 19yo came up with. My entire family devoured this in no time flat!

Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow {GLUTEN FREE}

Gluten FREE Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow Recipe

  • 1 box rice Chex
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2-1 bag powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp cinnamon

1. Melt butter & white chocolate.

2. Pour over cereal and mix.

3. Put 1/2 bag powdered sugar and cinnamon to taste in a separate tupperware and shake to mix.

4. Add cereal and shake to coat.

5. Use more powdered sugar if necessary.

Holiday Sweets

Now, enjoy browsing the rest of the delicious recipes in the link up!

Holiday Sweets

Nutter Butter Snowman Cookies from Mom’s Tool Box

Cherry Snowball Christmas Cookies from I’m an Organizing Junkie

Chocolate Chunk Toasted Pecan Oatmeal Cookies from Life Your Way

Chocolate Peanut Brittle from The Happy Housewife

Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Trifle from Mom Endeavors

Double Chocolate Candy Bar Pretzel Bark from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

Easy Black Currant Scones from Good Cheap Eats

Frozen Inspired Vanilla Raspberry Bites from Bargain Briana

Gumdrops from Hoosier Homemade

Microwave Caramel Corn from Ashley Pichea

Old Fashioned Christmas Cookies from Mommy Hates Cooking

Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow from Smockity Frocks

Sugar Cookies for Dummies from Happy Little Homemaker

The World’s Easiest Christmas Candy Ever from Money Saving Mom

savory treats

Savory Treats

Bacon and Spinach Frittata Bites from Life as MOM

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus from Jo-Lynne Shane

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts from The Finer Things in Life

Black Bean and Avocado Salad from Kitchen Stewardship

Cheesy Pesto Crescent Bites from Andrea Dekker

Easy Cheesy Vidalia Onion Dip from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

Homemade Sausage Balls {Gluten FREE} from The Humbled Homemaker

Kale Spinach Bites from For the Love Of

Spiced Nuts from Modern Mrs. Darcy

Toasted Pecans from My Blessed Life

Trio of Cream Cheese Appetizers from Eat at Home Cooks

White Cheddar Cranberry Bites from Parenting Miracles

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Quick Roast Turkey

Quick Roast Turkey Method

Have you ever worked from the early morning hours, into the afternoon, preparing a Thanksgiving dinner only to suffer through dry, tough, turkey? Rest easy, friends. Those days are behind you.

My mother in law found this method of doing Thanksgiving quick roast turkey in her local newspaper a couple of years ago, and it was the best turkey any of us could remember having. It wasn’t like any turkey I had tried before. It was moist and tender and flavorful. I have been doing it this way ever since. In fact, we like it so much that we now have roasted turkey several times a year.

The best part of this method is the 1-2 hour cooking time. That’s right! Only an hour for smaller birds! No more setting your alarm clock to get up in time to get the bird in the oven.

What gives it the moisture that is missing from most of the Thanksgiving turkeys I have had in the past is 2 fold. First, it is soaked overnight in a brine, and second, it is roasted over a pan of water. Those two things in combination with the high heat and short cooking time will produce a bird you will be proud of.

Here you go, girls. I promise you won’t go wrong with this recipe.

Quick Roast Turkey

  1. Soak the bird for 6-8 hours (Overnight is fine.) in an ice chest of water with 2 cups of salt, 1 cup of brown sugar, and plenty of ice. Make sure the bird is submerged.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees.
  3. Rinse turkey and put on a rack in roasting pan.
  4. Stuff turkey with half an onion, some garlic cloves, and half an apple.
  5. Rub outside with butter. Sprinkle salt and pepper inside and out.
  6. Add one inch of water to bottom of pan.
  7. Roast for approximately 1-2 hrs. at 500 degrees (depending on the size of the bird).
  8. Cover turkey lightly with a foil tent if it becomes too brown.
  9. Check water and add more if needed.
  10. Remove when internal temperature reaches 161 degrees or when popper comes up.
  11. Be careful when you take it out. Remember, there is water in the bottom of the pan.

Mmmmmmmm…… I can almost taste it now!

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Candy Corn PayDay Candy Mix

If you haven’t tried this Candy Corn PayDay Mix yet, YOU MUST!

PayDay Candy Mix

It’s easy as can be, and tastes just like a PayDay candy bar!

Candy Corn PayDay Candy Mix

  • Candy Corn
  • Salted peanuts

1. Mix

2. Enjoy

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Use a Potato Peeler for Shaved Butter {Dump Cake Recipe}

When we make Dump Cake, the entire top of the cake needs to be covered with one stick of butter.

I used to spend a fair amount of time meticulously cutting thin slices of butter to place on top.

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And then I had the brainstorm to use a potato peeler for shaved butter.

use potato peeler for shaved butter

Using a potato peeler to shave the butter makes it quick and easy to cover the entire top with butter!

Here’s our dump cake recipe

  • 1 can pineapple crushed pineapple (16 oz)
  • 1 can cherry pie filling (20 oz)
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick butter

1. Dump pineapple in 9×13 casserole dish. Spread over bottom.

2. Dump in cherry pie filling. Spread.

3. Dump cake mix. Spread over top of fruit.

4. Top with shaved butter.

5. Bake in 350 oven for 1 hour.

6. ENJOY!

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