Making More Time for Things That Matter

As a Mom who decided that sending my kids with a school lunch from home was a more feasible and healthy option, I have found some nights that I simply do not want to make these kids lunches. The problem is that my oldest was gaining a lot of weight years back from eating school lunches, so I won’t ever go back that route. I had a dilemma, I wanted to continue to make home school lunches for the kids, but I didn’t want to be spending hours every night making all three kids lunches. What is a Mom to do?

I turned to Google after recently hearing about a local Mom saying she made uncrustables for her kids at home. This was a brilliant idea! I went off to search the Internet, I searched high and I searched low. I came across ways to make uncrustables and found some snacks that I could make too, this would save money and time during the week.

Making School Lunches From Home in Less Time

How you make Uncrustables at home is relatively simple. I made Turkey and Cheese (plain without condiments) and PB&J for the kids. I took two pieces of bread, the sandwich ingredients and a coffee cup.

  • Place one piece of bread down upon a flat surface.
  • Place the meat & cheese or the PB&J in center of the bread.
  • Place the second piece of bread on top.
  • Use coffee cup or heavy glass circle shaped household item, or a sandwich press to push and hold on the combined sandwich for about 30-40 seconds.
  • Once you have held the item to press the sandwich for the allotted time frame, pick it up and voila you have a home made uncrustable!

You can freeze these for each week ahead of time and then not have to make sandwiches every single night for your kids! It’s a perfectly awesome time saver for the week nights. I heard that you can store the PB&J ones for up to a month, so feel free to make these for a couple of weeks ahead of time at once if you have the ambition! Oh and in case you are wondering, the meat uncrustables do not taste bad at all, you wouldn’t even know one had frozen them. (I had my fiance taste test over weekend for his work day on Saturday to confirm if that turkey & cheese was a good idea or not)

Making School Lunches From Home in Less Time

Next I moved onto home made snack ideas, above this text you will see an image of funky looking apple pies. These were derived from the recipe Lunchbox Sized Apple Pies, but made into my own unique shapes.

Making time for what matters

Pictured above are the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins I made as a snack for school lunches too. This is an easy to make recipe and since I had all but the pumpkin and chocolate chips at home, it was really not that expensive. I had fun making 48 muffins for the kids school week and the fiance’s work week lunches, The fiance was rather skeptical about pumpkin as he hasn’t ever had much luck with pumpkin flavored food, but he LOVED these.

Making time Efficient for School Lunch Creations

Pictured above is the home made chex mix crock pot recipe I found and decided to test out, but in all honesty, this was a bad idea. Next time we will use the recipe provided on this page, but will not use the crock pot. It didn’t come out great at all, not enough flavor spread through the mixture, but we will eat it.

To me, spending all of this time taking over the weekend while my kids were with their Dads made sense. It took up time while they were away rather than taking away from time that could have been spent with them, for those who don’t have shared visits of children, you can do some of this baking after the kids are asleep. This will keep yo from you having to do some made dash to make lunches every night and allow for more time where it matters; with the kids enjoying family time!

What are some ways you save time with school lunch prep that allow you more family time?

 

Winner for #McCormickGravy Giveaway

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Angela Cisco

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McCormick’s Turkey Gravy For the Not So Great at Cooking Mama #McCormickGravy Giveaway

It’s that time of year, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and today I get to share with you a fantastic turkey gravy that you can not only use on Thanksgiving but Christmas as well, McCormick Turkey Gravy.

The kids and I love love gravy, okay two of my kids and I love gravy, the picky four year old doesn’t hardly like anything except pizza and boxed mac n cheese. *shake my head* I decided that since the older two kids enjoy gravy, that I would have this McCormick Turkey Gravy served up as part of my dinner with mashed potatoes one evening. It was a hit! It’s easy to prepare and totally yummy.

McCormick Turkey Gravy is easy to prepare, taking just about a minute beyond boiling point. Savory and lump free is a total bonus for McCormick’s Turkey Gravy, and I am not that great at being a cook, there were no lumps, the gravy came out perfect on first try! You also can’t beat this little fact; McCormick Turkey Gravy is made with natural spices, no artificial flavors or colors, no MSG, and has 0 grams of trans fat, total plus for those health conscious families.  You can also add your own personal touch to McCormick Turkey Gravy by adding to it, feel free to test it out and see what works best for you to ensure that no one will ever guess your gravy wasn’t made from scratch!

 

This is seriously simple people, I am a not so great at cooking Mama and enjoyed making McCormick Turkey Gravy to have on our mashed potatoes. As a busy work from home Mom of three, time is something I have little of but adding McCormick Turkey Gravy into the mix of my evening cooking of dinner didn’t add much more time and made the dinner all that more special to the kids and me.

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Moms The Word on Dinner: Leftovers @ragusauce #momstheword

Let’s talk about leftovers… do you keep leftovers? Does your family toss em in the trash or do you use a particular container to save leftovers? Watch this video and come join the conversation on Ragu’s Facebook Page.

 

My family loves leftovers. We use a rubbermaid container and enjoy leftovers as lunch the next day and if the budget is super tight or time is tight with after school activities and such then we use leftovers as a dinner meal! I haven’t ever created a secondary meal from leftovers, but I think that is a creative idea!

The only problem I have with leftovers is determining how long they are fresh, I have my own smell test and personal preferences as to how long it is before I won’t touch leftovers, but I wonder, how do you tell if leftovers are still okay to eat?

Pardon the End of Holiday Blog Season Stuff

Pardon me while I get my reviews done. Giveaways wrapped up and holiday gift guide in full order. December will be a bit better but still be used for some catch up items. While I work to revamp the blog, my policies and start declining any reviews until 2012 season I just need you to pardon the “mess”, while others will be loving the reviews and giveaways I do know some of you come to read about me, the pug and other such events.

I don’t like visiting my own blog and seeing TONS of product reviews and giveaways on the front page but tis the season. That is what happens for those of us bloggers who take on holiday gift guide reviews and giveaways. This is no different than this time of year when you watch televisions … you know what I am talking about?

Those commercials that play over and over while your kids stare and sometimes drool over the new cool toys that you must buy for them this Christmas. Blogging is much like televisions yet we reach louder because we are MOMS and DADS … so please pardon the mess and product commercials on the blog – it’s just the fun holiday season wrapping up on my blog world and once mid December and early January arrive things will go back to the happy state they were in before!

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