Freezer Meals

Freezer meals are so great. They are the taste of homemade meals done easy! There are so many different variations but I thought I would share a few that always stay in our freezer!

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Ingredients:
• 1 cup whole wheat flour
• 1/2 cup rice cereal
• 1/2 cup oatmeal cereal
• 1 puréed pear – or fruit of your choice – can also use 1/2 cup of apple sauce
• 2 eggs
• 1 tablespoon of butter
• 1 cup of milk
• water – until desired consistency
• dash of cinnamon or vanilla – optional

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Directions: Prepare as you would regular pancakes. This recipe will yield 8 adult sized pancakes. Once finished frying, put into individual bags and into the freezer! So simple and delicious! When you are ready to defrost, just stick them in the microwave for about 45 seconds!

Toddler Lunches

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Ingredients:
• 2 celery sticks
• 2 carrot sticks
• 1/2 head of cauliflower
• 1 head of broccoli
• 1/2 sweet potato (forgot to put it in the picture 🙈)
• 1 can of white kidney beans
• 1 can of corn
• 1 can of sweet peas
• 1 can of green beans

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Directions: Cut up all raw vegetables and boil until tender. While waiting for your fresh vegetables to be done; open your cans, rinse veggies, & transfer to bowl. Once your fresh vegetables are done, strain and transfer to bowl as well. Fill individual bags and put them straight into the freezer! These are also very simple and Aubrey loves them! When you are ready to defrost them (I usually put some butter on top first), then just stick them in the microwave for 1 minute! TaDa! 👏🏼

Burritos

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Ingredients:
• 12 whole wheat flour tortillas
• 1 large can refried beans
• half block of cheese – grated
• 2 cups brown rice
• 1 cup of salsa – fresh is best!
• salt

Directions: These are so easy and convenient! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to take step by step pictures but I will explain as best I can! In a large saucepan, heat up your salsa and beans. Cook rice according to package. Lay out your tortillas and fill with bean mixture, cooked rice, and grated cheese. Sprinkle with salt, fold your tortillas, put into baggies, and right into the freezer! These are great for next day lunches or nights where your too busy for a home cooked meal!

I am always thrilled to hear how these things to turn out for everyone. Feel free to leave your comments and as always, have a happy Wednesday! Stay tuned in for next week, we will be discussing how to pack up your house on a budget!

Love, Your Everyday House Wife

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Sleep Training

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Sleep; the one word that every new mom thinks she is going to forget. Sleep training; the two words that get every mom stirred up for debate! Sleep training is such an arguable topic between mothers. Everyone has their own right way and wrong way of doing things. Honestly, it’s whatever works best for you and your baby!

Throughout my entire pregnancy my biggest fear was how am I ever going to sleep again? I’m one of those people who literally “can’t even” function without sleep. And I’m SO not a morning person! On a day with nothing to do, sleeping in until about noon was pretty much the norm for me; I know I know, lazy bum! 😄 (I can’t even do that anymore) However, I should’ve just trusted God and left it to Him because turns out sleep was never a problem!

Aubrey is such an awesome sleeper, thank you Lord! She sleeps 12-13 hours at night and were now down to one nap a day. There are five things that I made sure to do from the beginning that I believe have helped tremendously!

Schedule, schedule, schedule! I probably cannot stress this one enough. Babies thrive off of routines and so will you getting into a whole new groove with the babe around. If you have to stay at home for a week or two and do the same things over and over everyday, do it! I swear it will make the biggest difference in your babies sleeping habits. A rested baby is a happy baby!

Let them cry and exercise those lungs! At least you know they’re still breathin! 😄🙈 A lot of people really hate this method but I believe it’s good – to an extent. Yes, if your baby is still crying after about 10-15 minutes or for some reason doing a blood curdling scream, go get them! But if you know your baby is not sick, not hungry, and not dirty, chances are he/she just wants to be held. If you want the only way your baby to be able to fall asleep is in your arms, then yes pick them up! But if you can stand it, just let them cry because they will eventually learn; “when I get put down, it’s time to go to sleep.”

Another thing I’ve always made sure to do is have Aubrey sleep in her own crib. Why pay all that money if you’re not going to use it?! Obviously newborns wake up throughout the night, they have to eat! I know, I get it, you’re tired and sometimes we fall asleep while they’re eating but if you wake up just go put them back down. I don’t have anything against co-sleeping. I do however believe that because we sleep separately we both get a betters night rest. This will also eliminate all stress for you and baby when you want the bed back to your self.

Don’t hold them all of the time! Even when they’re teeny tiny, make sure they have an adequate balance between being held and being in a bouncer, play mat, or swing! As the saying goes, “start em young.”

Lastly, make sure they have a nice full belly before they go down at night. You can’t really start this until they’re older and start eating solids. Aubrey always has a snack before bed even if it’s just a bowl of cheerios or some apple sauce. They will sleep longer because they won’t have to wake up to eat!

Moms get all kinds of advice and I’m not saying that everything I have done is the right way but it seems to have worked out for us. Stay tuned in for next week, we will be discussing freezer meals. As always, feel free to leave your positive comments here and have a happy Wednesday!

Love Always, Your Everyday House Wife

Verse of the Week 05•17•15

Proverbs 27:12

The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

The naive in Proverbs are referred to as the simple. I’m sure we’ve all experienced a time where we didn’t give much thought into an action and suffered with a consequence. So much wisdom in Proverbs! Stay tuned in for Wednesday and have a blessed Sunday! ❤️

DIY Series: Garden Edition

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Well, I wouldn’t technically call this a garden. Although, out here in Cali, this is my temporary “garden.” I can’t wait to get home and grow all kinds of different flowers! I have 5 DIY crafts for you to try today!

DIY Monogrammed Wreath

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Supplies Needed:
• large monogram letter
• 3 flowers
• burlap ribbon
• stick wreath
• gorilla glue (or just something strong since it gets a lot of wear and tear with the door opening and closing)

Directions: Just glue everything on where you want it and voilá! So many different variations of this super cute DIY 🌼 You can find all supplies at hobby lobby. Wait for the sales; they often have something going on!

DIY Welcome Sign

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Supplies Needed:
• piece of wood
• paint – your choice of color
• sponge paint brush
• drill
• twine
• alphabet stencils

Directions: First drill two holes into the top and tie your twine into a bow. Next, tape your stencils onto your wood and continue to paint. Lastly, hang up to dry and enjoy!

DIY Plant Decor – P.S. don’t make fun of my fern! He was completely dead just a couple months ago 😁😂

Front:

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Back:

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Supplies Needed:
• 15 bottle caps
• 1 mason jar lid
• hot glue
• needle nose pliers
• 1 bamboo skewer

Directions: Fold your bottle caps into a rectangular shape with pliers. Glue them from the outside in onto your jar lid & then onto your skewer.

DIY Fancy Flower Pot

Take this…

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To this…

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Supplies Needed:
• old plastic flower pot
• burlap ribbon
• paint
• hot glue

Directions: First, paint the top half of your flower pot and wait to dry. Next cut your burlap ribbon into strips, long enough to cover the pot top to bottom and glue on. (I wanted to wrap it around to begin with but it was way too difficult with the cone-like shape of the pot). Lastly, plant your flower!

DIY Small Flower Pot

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Supplies Needed:
• old tin soup can
• burlap ribbon – leftover over the above DIY😉
• hot glue
• twine
• button

Directions: First, wash your old can and let dry. Fold the edges of your burlap so you have nice defined lines and glue around your can. Next, tie your twine into a bow and glue on the button in the middle. TaDa! ✨🌿

Dont think you have a green thumb? Taking care of plants is actually pretty easy! Pay attention to what kind of plant it is (annual, indoor, part sun etc.), water it everyday, make sure it has adequate sunlight, and trim dead or wilting flowers immediately (they will steal nutrients away from the most current thriving flower). You can grind up egg shells and/or banana peels for an awesome organic soil nutrient as well!

Don’t forget to check out our products below and subscribe! Stay tuned in for next weeks controversial topic; sleep training! Have a great rest of the week & as always, happy Wedesnday! 💕🎀

Love, Your Everyday House Wife

Verse of the Week 05•10•15

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Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

What a great example of a Mother’s love! Happy Mother’s Day to everyone out there!

DIY Series: Kitchen Edition

Hello everyone! I hope y’all’s week has been less hectic than ours! One month until we’re done with the Marine Corps and heading home! There’s so much to do, I’m sure there will be lots of posts to follow with our move cross country! This week, we will be continuing with our DIY series. I have a couple different fun things to do to liven up your kitchen area.

For our first project, I redid an old kitchen table and chairs. This is actually way easier than it sounds. It’s just time consuming; mostly because your waiting for the paint to dry (which sucked because I’m so impatient when it comes to things like this)! I do love the way it turned out though, I am literally obsessed! I could sit at this table all day.

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Supplies Needed:
• spray paint – we went through about 8 cans
• staple gun/staples
• fabric of your choice – Jo Anns always has sales going on!
• quilt padding – found in the fabric section at walmart
• foam padding – found in the fabric section at walmart
• wood stain (optional)

I’m not sure why this was the only before and after picture I got knowing I was going to do this. 🙈 There were old cushions on these chairs before.

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The first thing that you will want to do is unscrew your seats. Take off your old cushions and fabric, so your left with the piece of wood. I used an old pair of needle nose pliers to get everything off. Next, cut your foam into the shape of your seat. Then, cut your quilt padding and fabric large enough to cover and staple onto the bottom of your seat. Next, you will wrap your seat with quilt padding and staple into place (kind of pretend as though you are wrapping a present so that the edges turn out smooth and defined). Continue doing the same thing with your fabric. It doesn’t have to be pretty underneath. Here’s what ours look like:

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But the tops are lovely!

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While your doing the seats, you can be waiting for the paint to dry! ☺️

Next, I have a fun little DIY that uses old pasta sauce jars; or just some old glass jars of whatever nature! I was hoarding these silly things until I found something I just couldn’t live without and here it is ladies and gentlemen….

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Storage jars! Why didn’t I think of this before?! They’re perfect! I used chalkboard stickers – found in the kitchen  section next to the glass canisters – and also back vinyl scrap booking letters. You’ll also need some paint to cover up the lids, I used white, boring I know! 😜

image These are what the stickers look like up close. I love them! You can also sneak them into the bathroom 😉

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Finally, this is a weird one to have in our kitchen series but it does sit in the pantry so it’s basically in the kitchen! LOL. DIY doggie poop bag holder! FREE printable below!

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Supplies Needed:
• old can
• paint
• hot glue
• knife
• doggie bags

Just paint your can, hot glue on your paper, cut an X into the top, and stuff with doggie bags! So simple and cute 🎀

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Have a great week everyone! I’m loving these DIY projects, I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished products. Stay tuned in for next week, we will be taking our crafts into the garden! 🌷 Happy Wednesday!

Love, Your Everyday House Wife