DIY Graduation Gift with Money – Pizza Box Idea!

If you missed my Facebook live video this morning you can watch here for a fun DIY Graduation gift with money!

Good gravy.

 

I impressed myself on this one. 🙂 

And if I can tackle this little cute project?

 

I know you can too.

My friend shared this UBER CUTE idea for a DIY Graduation gift with money that she found over on Pinterest, but I thought it would be super fun as a teacher gift too. 

(Note – if you do give it to a teacher you’ll want to make sure their school allows you to give teachers cash ~ many only allow gift cards, so find out ahead of time before preparing.)

 

It took less than 30 minutes to make, is a great fun way to give cash (which is what most folks love anyways!), and you’ll feel like you totally rocked one gift this year. 🙂 

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Looking for more great graduation gift ideas? Head on over HERE ~ the Contigo water bottle is my favorite and would be perfect to fill with a little cash too!

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Easter Dirt Cake

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I found this recipe on Pinterest, and thought it would be so fun to make for Easter this year! It’s so simple to do, and perfect as a kid treat for your Easter Dinner. So fun! 🙂

Easter Dirt Cake

Ingredients

  •  1/2 package (15.5 oz) Oreo Cookies, crushed
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tub (8 oz) whipped topping, thawed,  divided in half
  • 2 boxes (3.4 oz) instant chocolate pudding
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • Decorations – Peeps, candy eggs, edible grass
  • Carrots – made with frosting and edible grass (directions below)

Directions

  • Crush the cookies in food processor, set aside
  • In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth
  • Fold in whipped topping
  • Spread evening in 13×9 pan
  • Chill 10 minutes
  • Combine milk and pudding, whisk until slight thickened
  • Chill 10 minutes
  • Fold in whipped topping
  • Spread evenly on top of cream cheese mixture
  • Sprinkle with Oreo crumbs
  • Decorate with carrots, candy eggs, edible grass and Peeps
To make carrots –
Color about 1/2 cup of frosting with orange coloring
Add to decorator bag, fitted with a large round tip
Add parchment paper to cookie sheet
Pipe on carrots
Add pieces of edible grass for carrot tops
Freeze while you are making the dessert
Remove from freezer when you are ready to decorate

 

Download my free Easter Dinner Grocery List & Menu Plan over HERE

 

Recipe adapted from The Semisweet Sisters. 

 

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DIY Spring Wreath

 

I am soooo in love with this project and couldn’t even wait to share it with you! 

I’ve fallen in love with several tulip wreaths I’ve seen on Pinterest, but wasn’t sure how hard it would be to make one.

 

Turns out, it’s not all that hard, just time consuming.

 

All you need are lots of tulips.

 

Seriously

 

A. lot. 

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • round styrofoam wreath
  • 10 yards satin ribbon
  • tulips – I used the only ones I could find at Hobby Lobby and bought 15 ~ I needed almost every single one!

Just wrap, and wrap and wrap the ribbon around your wreath form and tuck tulips in before hot gluing.

Like in the video, here.

 

 

You really can do this in about an hour, and the results are pretty impressive.

 

I really do just love this one!

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Slow Cooker Rigatoni

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Here’s just about the easiest slow cooker recipe I’ve ever made. 

 

(Well, maybe not.

 

This one and this one are pretty easy too ~ maybe all things in the slow cooker are just easy?) 😉 

 

This one though is perfect if you have a pasta loving family, and a great way to get dinner done quick for a busy weeknight. 

 

Here’s what you’ll need to get started . . .

 

 

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Ingredients

  • 28 oz spaghetti sauce
  • 12 oz rigatoni pasta, cooked to al dente
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or ground sausage, cooked and drained
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella
  • pepperoni (optional)
  • sliced mushrooms, black olives, or onion (optional)

Instructions

  1. Layer half of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Then add half the pasta, half the ground beef, and half of the mozzarella cheese.
  3. Layer pepperoni, mushrooms or black olives (optional.)
  4. Add another layer of all the ingredients.
  5. Cook on low 3-4 hours.
  6. Enjoy!

 

Be sure to download your free Crocktober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook over HERE too while you’re at it!

 

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Marshmallow Flower Cupcake

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I’m soooooo excited about this little project I made today! 

 

 
Over in our Dinner’s Done Facebook group, one of the members shared her pictures of these simple Marshmallow Flower Cupcakes and I was soooo impressed.

 

(I’d sure love for you to join the free group if you haven’t already!) 

 

 
I wasn’t quite sure how big a job they would be, but it turns out they were super simple, and such a great project to make with my kids.

 


While they are a little more time consuming than the video shows (ahem), they really are pretty simple and require hardly any fancy skills.

 

I love that. 🙂

On a side note, I’m working on my videography skills (who on earth knew I’d ever need videography skills???) and have had fun trying out making videos mostly to share on Facebook.

 

(You can see a few of my favorites HERE, HERE and HERE.)

 

While they’re wayyyy more time consuming than I realized they would be (isn’t everything?), it’s always fun to learn a new skill, so I’m having fun along the way! If you have a fantastic Spring craft or treat you’d like me to try out, leave me a comment and I just might make it too. 😉

 

And, if you’d like to see me make these cupcakes live on Facebook, head on over HERE (and also take a peek at what I dumped in Mrs. Potts this morning ~ my kitchen smells amazing right now!) My goal is to be on Facebook Live this week at 9AM Eastern Time Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and I’d sure love for you to join me there. (I so enjoy chatting with you!)

 

Looking for penny pinched Spring ideas? Head on over HERE for more. Goodness, I just love this time of year!

 

 

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Free Editable Menu Plan and Grocery List!

 

CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS!!

 

I am sooooooo stinkin’ excited about this!!! Since starting the Dinner’s Done Facebook group (join it free over HERE), we’ve had so many requests for a great editable menu plan and grocery list that we finally put it together for you.

 

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WOOHOOO! 🙂 

With one quick click you can print your own menu plan and shopping list to use before heading to the store, and it's even editable if you'd prefer typing it out each week and printing for a nice tidy list.

 

 

It's lovely. 

 

 

Head on over HERE to download yours ~ so hope you love it as much as I do!

 

 

I LOVE THIS. 🙂 

 

(And by the way, if you're struggling with menu planning, I highly recommend checking out the menu plans from my friend Tiffany at Eat at Home Cooks. Her menu plans are as low as $1.61 per week for 72 slow cooker, whole foods and traditional recipes each month, and they've transformed the way dinner gets done in our home. Go HERE to check them out!)

 

Here's how to get you started with your FREE Editable Menu Plan and Grocery List!

1. FIRST - you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader. Most browsers have the Adobe Acrobat Reader embedded and there is nothing for you to do beyond filling out your menu plan right in your browser. You can also download the PDF Reader right to your computer and save all your meal plans on your desk top to access later in the year (or next week).

**The editable menu plan will not work on your mobile device unless you have the free Acrobat Reader Mobile App. Once you have this installed on your mobile device, you will need to download your menu plan and open it in the mobile app to make it editable on mobile.**

2. EDITING - Once you have your menu plan open in your browser or in Adobe Acrobat Reader, you should see blue boxes as in the photo above. That means your form is READY for your menu plan and grocery list!

You will need to start by putting your cursor in that first blue box and begin entering your menu plan for the week. The form is set up so you can TAB through or you can place your cursor anywhere you see a light blue box.

3. PRINTING - Now that you have your menu plan ready for the week you'll want to print it and take with you to the grocery store (or have it beside you while you're ordering your groceries online ;))!

 

Just select the printer icon as in the image above.

In the selection box that pops up, make sure you have the FIT TO PAGE option checked (to ensure your entire menu plan prints on one page) and hit print!

 

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Be Our Guest DIY

I am sooooo pleased with how this little project turned out!

 

 

As I shared in the video below, my neighbor’s dad cut out the signs for us to use, so all I had to do was paint the board with acrylic paint and then use my Silhouette Cameo to make the lettering. 

I love it. 😉 

 

It’s hanging in our guest bedroom just waiting for a few guests to come visit, and I couldn’t believe how easy this project was to do.

 

(You can see the rest of our guest bedroom over HERE ~ I love this space!)

 

Success!

 

(Watch me make it here in the video ~ and if you’re interested in the Menu Plans I use that I mention, go HERE to check those out too!)

 

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

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More rooms we’ve updated in our home . . .

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Countertop Cooking Challenge Day 20

 

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Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions!

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Today’s the last day of our 20 Days of Countertop Cooking Challenge . . . I’m a little sad because I’ve enjoyed cooking with you s0 much! 

 

Because I’m all organized over here (ahem.) I even have all my menu plans all put together in a binder . . .

 

 

(Thanks for the suggestion, Judy in our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group – I loved it!)

Here’s what we made today . . . 

Tonight’s Slow Cooked Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

 

Broccoli Salad Side Dish

This isn’t the one I mentioned in the video but is one of my favorites 🙂 

 

Our FAVORITE Southern Living Chunky Apple Cake

And here’s what was on the menu plan this week: 

 


If you’re still interested in signing up, it’s not too late ~ I’ll personally be using the Whole Foods menu and can’t wait to get started! Here’s how the pricing breaks down:

  • MONTHLY PLAN:  $10.50 per month when you use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout ($2.62 per week)
  • QUARTERLY PLAN: $23.25 per quarter when you use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout ($1.93 per week)
  • ANNUAL PLAN: $63 per year when you use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout ($1.21 per week!)

 

I TOTALLY believe you will save that much every week at the grocery store (and a bunch more by skipping the drive-thru) by trying these menus out.  Our family used the whole foods option last month and we’re using the slow cooker option this month, and goodness, they’ve making getting dinner done EASY.

 

Last Week’s Freezer Meals

 

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If you’re interested, head on over HERE and download your menu plans, and be sure to use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to get the best price. 
I really think this is the best money you’ll spend all year, and promise it’ll be so worth it for you.

Here’s a peek at previous days in case you’re curious . . . 

  • Day 1: Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Sandwiches with Cucumber Mango Salsa
  • Day 2: Round Steak with Vegetable Gravy in the Slow Cooker
  • Day 3: Buffalo Chicken Loaded Baked Potatoes
  • Day 4: Italian Herb Salted Pork Roast and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker
  • Day 5: Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings with Gnocchi
  • Day 6: Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Day 7: 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple
  • Day 8: Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker
  • Day 9: Chicken-Fried Chops in the Slow Cooker
  • Day 10: Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches
  • Day 11: Slow Cooker Chicken Minestrone Soup
  • Day 12: Freezer Cooking Day
  • Day 13: Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy over Rice
  • Day 14: Maple Apple Pork in the Slow Cooker
  • Day 15: Chicken Philly Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker
  • Day 16: French Dip Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker
  • Day 17: Slow Cooker Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce
  • Day 18: Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken
  • Day 19: Ham Steak with Slow Cooked Apples and Butternut Squash

 

 

 

P.S. Please know that I 100% believe you can make your own grocery list and menu plan for free without paying for something like this, but for our family, the convenience  of something like this for less than the cost of a cookbook has been worth every penny. If you’re making a menu plan and grocery list on your own I’m so proud of you and just love that option too!

 

 

 

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done.

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Countertop Cooking Challenge Day 19

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Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions!

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

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TODAY ONLY GET FEBRUARY AND MARCH MENU PLANS WHEN YOU PAY FOR JUST ONE MONTH ~ ORDER NOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE!!!***

 

I can’t even tell you how thankful I am to have dinner done today! 

 

And because I’m all organized over here (ahem.) I even have all my menu plans all put together in a binder . . .

 

 

(Thanks for the suggestion, Judy in our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group – I loved it!) 

 

WOOHOOO! 🙂

 

Tonight’s Ham Steak with Slow Cooked Apples and Butternut Squash

Tomorrow’s Slow Cooked Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

 

Here’s what to expect this week as we finish up our 20 Day Countertop Cooking Challenge (I’m so sad it’s almost over!) 

 


If you’re still interested in signing up, it’s not too late and you’ll get access to the new March menu plans too! Here’s how the pricing breaks down:

  • MONTHLY PLAN:  $10.50 per month when you use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout ($2.62 per week)
  • QUARTERLY PLAN: $23.25 per quarter when you use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout ($1.93 per week)
  • ANNUAL PLAN: $63 per year when you use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout ($1.21 per week!)

 

I TOTALLY believe you will save that much every week at the grocery store (and a bunch more by skipping the drive-thru) by trying these menus out.  Our family used the whole foods option last month and we’re using the slow cooker option this month, and goodness, they’ve making getting dinner done EASY.

 

Last Week’s Freezer Meals

 

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If you’re interested, head on over HERE and download your menu plans, and be sure to use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to get the best price. 
I really think this is the best money you’ll spend all year, and promise it’ll be so worth it for you.

 

 

P.S. Please know that I 100% believe you can make your own grocery list and menu plan for free without paying for something like this, but for our family, the convenience  of something like this for less than the cost of a cookbook has been worth every penny. If you’re making a menu plan and grocery list on your own I’m so proud of you and just love that option too!

 

 

 

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done.

 

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Countertop Cooking Challenge Day 18

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Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions!

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

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TODAY ONLY GET FEBRUARY AND MARCH MENU PLANS WHEN YOU PAY FOR JUST ONE MONTH ~ ORDER NOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE!!!***

 

I can’t even tell you how thankful I am to have dinner done today! 

 

I ran around all morning to doctor appointments, and am just now sitting back down to my computer but Mrs. Potts is hard at work and our kitchen smells fantastic.

 

That gives me just a ridiculous amount of joy. 🙂 

 

 

Tonight we’ll have the slow cooker thai peanut chicken served over rice along with a side salad, and goodness, what a relief to know that even during a crazy busy day that tiny part is completely taken care of.

 

I love that.

Tonight’s Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

Tomorrow’s Ham Steak with Slow Cooked Apples and Butternut Squash

 

Here’s what to expect this week as we finish up our 20 Day Countertop Cooking Challenge (I’m so sad it’s almost over!) 


If you’re still interested in signing up, it’s not too late and you’ll get access to the new March menu plans too! Here’s how the pricing breaks down:

  • MONTHLY PLAN:  $10.50 per month when you use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout ($2.62 per week)
  • QUARTERLY PLAN: $23.25 per quarter when you use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout ($1.93 per week)
  • ANNUAL PLAN: $63 per year when you use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout ($1.21 per week!)

 

I TOTALLY believe you will save that much every week at the grocery store (and a bunch more by skipping the drive-thru) by trying these menus out.  Our family used the whole foods option last month and we’re using the slow cooker option this month, and goodness, they’ve making getting dinner done EASY.

 

Last Week’s Freezer Meals

 

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If you’re interested, head on over HERE and download your menu plans, and be sure to use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to get the best price. 
I really think this is the best money you’ll spend all year, and promise it’ll be so worth it for you.

 

 

P.S. Please know that I 100% believe you can make your own grocery list and menu plan for free without paying for something like this, but for our family, the convenience  of something like this for less than the cost of a cookbook has been worth every penny. If you’re making a menu plan and grocery list on your own I’m so proud of you and just love that option too!

 

 

 

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done.

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We really did eat McDonald’s every single night (Countertop Cooking Challenge Day 17)

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Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions!

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

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TODAY ONLY GET FEBRUARY AND MARCH MENU PLANS WHEN YOU PAY FOR JUST ONE MONTH ~ ORDER NOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE!!!***

 

Do you have struggle with dinner on the table?

Does grocery shopping and menu planning and then actually getting dinner on the table completely overwhelm you each week?

Do you throw food away each week because you didn’t really have a plan in place to begin with?

Do you spend too many nights going through the drive thru because you just can’t get dinner done at home? 

I can help. 

As I shared last week on Facebook live, I grew up in a home where we ate dinner at McDonald‘s 7 nights a week. 

I’m not kidding.

(Okay, sometimes there was a little variety and we’d swing through Wendy’s or Arby’s, but basically my mom drove us 4 kids through the drive-thru each night because that was the easiest way she knew to get dinner done.)

The truth is, my mom was a good mom who was trying her very best as a single mom raising 4 kids on her own. But at the end of the day she just didn’t have the energy to figure dinner out, so through the drive-thru we’d go.

 

This was me as a junior in high school when I was probably around 190 pounds – it was all I could do not to photoshop this picture to make me look just a little better, but I’m keeping it real here ~ yikes! 

 

By age 18 I ballooned up to 225 pounds because I just hadn’t learned how to eat correctly, but I’m determined that’s not going to happen to your family.

 

***That’s why this whole menu planning thing is so very important to me.*** 

 

The truth is, getting dinner done isn’t easy, but I really believe this tool can change how dinner looks in your home.

 

Because this matters. 

 

Getting dinner done is so important for so very many reasons, beyond just getting dinner done.

This month as we’ve done the Countertop Cooking Challenge, I hope you’ve been encouraged and inspired to get yummy meals on the table for your family.

 

And I love that I can give you the tools my own mom didn’t have to easily get dinner done.

 

Today’s the last day to get access to the Eat at Home Cooks Menu Plans for 25% off regular price. (Use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout.) 

 

Tonight’s Slow Cooker Meatballs & Spaghetti Sauce

 

The best part?

If you sign up, you’ll get access to ALL THREE SETS OF MENU PLANS.

You’ll get 6 recipes each week for the slow cooker + a dessert.
6 recipes each week full of whole foods options + a dessert.

 

Tomorrow’s Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

And, you’ll ALSO get 6 traditional recipes + a dessert each week to try out.

Basically, you’ll get SEVENTY TWO FAMILY TESTED RECIPES + 6 DESSERTS + MENU PLANS + GROCERY LISTS for as little as $1.21 per week.

And, you’ll get both options for either a larger family (5-8) or smaller family (3-4) when you sign up.

I love that.

Here’s how the pricing breaks down:

  • MONTHLY PLAN:  $10.50 per month when you use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout ($2.62 per week)
  • QUARTERLY PLAN: $23.25 per quarter when you use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout ($1.93 per week)
  • ANNUAL PLAN: $63 per year when you use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout ($1.21 per week!)

I TOTALLY believe you will save that much every week at the grocery store (and a bunch more by skipping the drive-thru) by trying these menus out.  Our family used the whole foods option last month and we’re using the slow cooker option this month, and goodness, they’ve making getting dinner done EASY.

 

Last Week’s Freezer Meals

If you’re a busy working mom, I know getting dinner on the table may be more than you feel like can do, but I promise this will help.

If you’ve got little ones at home and struggle with enough time to make your grocery list and menu plan, I really think this will make your life easier too.

And if you’ve been cooking for what feels like forever but just need a few new fresh ideas, I really think this might be just for you.

 

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If you’re interested, head on over HERE and download your menu plans, and be sure to use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to get the best price. 

I really think this is the best money you’ll spend all year, and promise it’ll be so worth it for you.

 

P.S. Please know that I 100% believe you can make your own grocery list and menu plan for free without paying for something like this, but for our family, the convenience  of something like this for less than the cost of a cookbook has been worth every penny. If you’re making a menu plan and grocery list on your own I’m so proud of you and just love that option too!

 

 

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done.

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Countertop Cooking Challenge – Day 16

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Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions!

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

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***LAST WEEK TO SAVE 25% ~ ORDER NOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE!!!***

In under 15 minutes each week, complete your menu planning, make your grocery list and enjoy new yummy recipes your family will love. Literally, these menu plans will make your life so easy, and dinner will be on the table, ever single night. Use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to get the very best price through 2/15/17, and join me as we Eat at Home and transform our budgets this month!

I can’t even begin to tell you how glad I am to have dinner done today!

Tonight’s French Dip Sandwiches

After a crazy weekend I can’t even begin to tell you how glad I was for a little normal life and cooking, and I just loved that getting dinner done was  easy today.

 

Tomorrow’s Slow Cooker Meatballs & Spaghetti Sauce

We only have a few more days of our Countertop Cooking Challenge, but I hope it’s encouraged you to tackle getting dinner on the table each night, and made meal planning easier in your home.

Last Week’s Freezer Meals

 

If you struggle with meal planning, grocery shopping, and getting dinner done, I promise, this Countertop Cooking Challenge might just change your life!

 

Here’s what to expect this week: 

  • Monday 8:45 AM – French Dip Sandwiches & Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Tuesday 8:45 AM – Slow Cooker Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce
  • Wednesday 8:45 AM – Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken
  • Thursday 8:45 AM – Ham Steak with Slow Cooked Apples and Butternut Squash
  • Friday 8:45 AM – Slow Cooked Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

 

The best part? If you sign up for Tiffany’s meal plans now, you’ll get access to the menu plans for February, AND March too. 

 

I love that!

 

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Use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to save 25% off her menu plans for a few more days.

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month (6 recipes each week + 1 dessert)
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included!
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

 

 

I’ve been loving getting dinner done this month, and sure hope you’ve enjoyed it too.

 

 

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

 

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Countertop Cooking Challenge – Day 15

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Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions!

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

***SAVE 25% ~ ORDER NOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE!!!***

In under 15 minutes each week, complete your menu planning, make your grocery list and enjoy new yummy recipes your family will love. Literally, these menu plans will make your life so easy, and dinner will be on the table, ever single night. Use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to get the very best price through 2/15/17, and join me as we Eat at Home and transform our budgets this month!

I can’t even begin to tell you how glad I am to have dinner done today!

 

Freezer Meals Made on Monday

I really never expected to love freezer cooking, but goodness, this week these recipes have been a life saver for me as I’ve been able to get dinner done so smoothly each morning this week.

Yesterday’s Maple Apple Pork in the Slow Cooker

I can’t even wait to try the Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Sandwiches (they sound so good!) and doing the prep work ahead of time helped so much.

Chicken Philly Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker

 

Today on Facebook Live I also made these wooden signs (see where I use them next week.) I love that having dinner take care of makes room in my day to do things I really love (like crafting!), so this was a big win for me today. 🙂

{See instructions on how to make a similar sign over HERE.}

 

If you struggle with meal planning, grocery shopping, and getting dinner done, I promise, this Countertop Cooking Challenge might just change your life!

 

Here’s what to expect this week as we’re doing freezer cooking: 

  • Monday 8:45 AM – SLOW COOKER MINESTRONE & HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS ON FACEBOOK LIVE (the video is over but you can still watch the replay!)
  • Monday 10:00 AM – FREEZER COOKING LESSON (my friend Tiffany from Eat at Home Cooks shared how to start freezer cooking ~ the video is over but you can still watch the replay)
  • Tuesday 8:45 AM – FREEZER COOKING DAY ON FACEBOOK LIVE! I’ll prepare Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Tacos, Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy over Rice, Maple Apple Pork, and Chicken Philly Sandwiches to fill my freezer with to use later in the week and on busy weeks in the future
  • Wednesday 8:45 AM – DUMP DAY 1 ON FACEBOOK LIVE 🙂 … Dump all the ingredients for Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy in Mrs. Potts + make Eclair Cake & Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
  • Thursday 8:45 AM – DUMP DAY 2 ON FACEBOOK LIVE … Dump all the ingredients for Maple Apple Pork in the Slow Cooker + make Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes (My hubby’s going to love this one!)
  • Friday 8:45 AM DUMP DAY 3 ON FACEBOOK LIVE … Dump everything we need to make Chicken Philly Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker

If you’re signed up for the Eat at Home Menu Plans, all of the groceries you’ll need to join us for this week of Freezer Cooking are in the Week 8 Slow Cooker  Menu Plans. 

And, if you haven’t joined us but would like to, use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to save 25% off her menu plans for a few more days ~ we’ll be using them this week and next week, and I know you’ll love them too!

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month (6 recipes each week + 1 dessert)
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included!
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

 

Watch next week for our final week of recipes ~ I’d sure love for you to join me! 

 

 

I’ve been loving getting dinner done this month, and sure hope you’ve enjoyed it too.

 

 

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

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Countertop Cooking Challenge – Day 14

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Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions!

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

***SAVE 25% ~ ORDER NOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE!!!***

In under 15 minutes each week, complete your menu planning, make your grocery list and enjoy new yummy recipes your family will love. Literally, these menu plans will make your life so easy, and dinner will be on the table, ever single night. Use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to get the very best price through 2/15/17, and join me as we Eat at Home and transform our budgets this month!

I can’t even begin to tell you how glad I am to have dinner done today!

 

Freezer Meals Made on Monday

 

Last Night’s Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy

Tonight’s Maple Apple Pork in the Slow Cooker + make Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

 

I still have one pretty yucky feeling kiddo at home today, so having these recipes pretty much already prepared for me have made for an amazing week. 

 

I literally thawed out the Maple Apple Pork for about 30 minutes on my counter, dumped it in Mrs. Potts, and dinner is done.

 

Thank. Heavens. 

 

If you struggle with meal planning, grocery shopping, and getting dinner done, I promise, this Countertop Cooking Challenge might just change your life!

 

Here’s what to expect this week as we’re doing freezer cooking: 

  • Monday 8:45 AM – SLOW COOKER MINESTRONE & HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS ON FACEBOOK LIVE (the video is over but you can still watch the replay!)
  • Monday 10:00 AM – FREEZER COOKING LESSON (my friend Tiffany from Eat at Home Cooks shared how to start freezer cooking ~ the video is over but you can still watch the replay)
  • Tuesday 8:45 AM – FREEZER COOKING DAY ON FACEBOOK LIVE! I’ll prepare Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Tacos, Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy over Rice, Maple Apple Pork, and Chicken Philly Sandwiches to fill my freezer with to use later in the week and on busy weeks in the future
  • Wednesday 8:45 AM – DUMP DAY 1 ON FACEBOOK LIVE 🙂 … Dump all the ingredients for Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy in Mrs. Potts + make Eclair Cake & Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
  • Thursday 8:45 AM – DUMP DAY 2 ON FACEBOOK LIVE … Dump all the ingredients for Maple Apple Pork in the Slow Cooker + make Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes (My hubby’s going to love this one!)
  • Friday 8:45 AM DUMP DAY 3 ON FACEBOOK LIVE … Dump everything we need to make Chicken Philly Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker + make Simple Potato Salad

 

If you’re signed up for the Eat at Home Menu Plans, all of the groceries you’ll need to join us for this week of Freezer Cooking are in the Week 8 Slow Cooker  Menu Plans. 

And, if you haven’t joined us but would like to, use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to save 25% off her menu plans for a few more days ~ we’ll be using them this week and next week, and I know you’ll love them too!

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month (6 recipes each week + 1 dessert)
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included!
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

 

 

 

 

I’ve been loving getting dinner done this month, and sure hope you’ve enjoyed it too.

 

 

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

 

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Countertop Cooking Challenge – Day 13

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Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions!

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

***SAVE 25% ~ ORDER NOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE!!!***

In under 15 minutes each week, complete your menu planning, make your grocery list and enjoy new yummy recipes your family will love. Literally, these menu plans will make your life so easy, and dinner will be on the table, ever single night. Use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to get the very best price through 2/15/17, and join me as we Eat at Home and transform our budgets this month!

I am so excited to have dinner done today!

 

It’s my husband’s birthday, and I think he’s going to love dinner tonight. We made the Chicken and Gravy from yesterday’s freezer plans, mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot (which I’m keeping warm in my crockpot), and I’ll mix up a salad and steam carrots tonight in the Instant Pot at dinnertime.

(By the way, did you catch this deal on the Instant Pot going on today? Great price while it lasts, and after making mashed potatoes in it today I’m hooked!)

 

Since my littlest is sick I’m about to go spend some time taking care of her, and my friend Shannon and I are planning to do a Facebook Live coupon chat today at 4PM Eastern Time today. (We’d sure love for you to join us!)

 

Yesterday’s 5 Freezer Meals

 

Tonight’s Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy

 

 

If you struggle with meal planning, grocery shopping, and getting dinner done, I promise, this Countertop Cooking Challenge might just change your life!

 

My husband’s birthday cake for tonight, no bake chocolate eclair cake!

 

Here’s what to expect this week as we’re doing freezer cooking: 

  • Monday 8:45 AM – SLOW COOKER MINESTRONE & HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS ON FACEBOOK LIVE (the video is over but you can still watch the replay!)
  • Monday 10:00 AM – FREEZER COOKING LESSON (my friend Tiffany from Eat at Home Cooks shared how to start freezer cooking ~ the video is over but you can still watch the replay)
  • Tuesday 8:45 AM – FREEZER COOKING DAY ON FACEBOOK LIVE! I’ll prepare Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Tacos, Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy over Rice, Maple Apple Pork, and Chicken Philly Sandwiches to fill my freezer with to use later in the week and on busy weeks in the future
  • Wednesday 8:45 AM – DUMP DAY 1 ON FACEBOOK LIVE 🙂 … Dump all the ingredients for Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy in Mrs. Potts + make Eclair Cake & Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
  • Thursday 8:45 AM – DUMP DAY 2 ON FACEBOOK LIVE … Dump all the ingredients for Maple Apple Pork in the Slow Cooker + make Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes (My hubby’s going to love this one!)
  • Friday 8:45 AM DUMP DAY 3 ON FACEBOOK LIVE … Dump everything we need to make Chicken Philly Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker + make Simple Potato Salad

 

If you’re signed up for the Eat at Home Menu Plans, all of the groceries you’ll need to join us for this week of Freezer Cooking are in the Week 8 Slow Cooker  Menu Plans. 

And, if you haven’t joined us but would like to, use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to save 25% off her menu plans for a few more days ~ we’ll be using them this week and next week, and I know you’ll love them too!

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month (6 recipes each week + 1 dessert)
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included!
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

 

 

 

 

I’ve been loving getting dinner done this month, and sure hope you’ve enjoyed it too.

 

 

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

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Countertop Cooking Challenge – Day 12

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Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions!

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

***SAVE 25% ~ ORDER NOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE!!!***

In under 15 minutes each week, complete your menu planning, make your grocery list and enjoy new yummy recipes your family will love. Literally, these menu plans will make your life so easy, and dinner will be on the table, ever single night. Use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to get the very best price through 2/15/17, and join me as we Eat at Home and transform our budgets this month!

 

 

Last Night’s Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

OH MY GOODNESS.

I did my first freezer cooking ever today, and goodness gracious, I had no idea it would be that easy!

 

Today’s 5 Freezer Meals

In less than an hour, I have 5 slow cooker meals for my freezer done. 

 

WOOHOOO!

 

All I did was use the Eat at Home Cooks Menu Plan and Grocery List (which made grocery shopping so easy using the Kroger Click List), pre-chopped up my peppers and onions, and I got 5 dinner’s done with hardly any work.

 

Success. 

 

I’m using Week 8 of the Slow Cooker Meal Plans if you’ve signed up for them, and just can’t recommend them highly enough.

 

If you struggle with meal planning, grocery shopping, and getting dinner done, I promise, this might just change your life!

My daughter’s birthday cake from last night (watch for the recipe tomorrow)!

 

Because this is freezer cooking week, our challenge will be a little different as we start the week. Here’s what to expect: 

  • Monday 8:45 AM – SLOW COOKER MINESTRONE & HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS ON FACEBOOK LIVE (the video is over but you can still watch the replay!)
  • Monday 10:00 AM – FREEZER COOKING LESSON (my friend Tiffany from Eat at Home Cooks shared how to start freezer cooking ~ the video is over but you can still watch the replay)
  • Tuesday 8:45 AM – FREEZER COOKING DAY ON FACEBOOK LIVE! I’ll prepare Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Tacos, Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy over Rice, Maple Apple Pork, and Chicken Philly Sandwiches to fill my freezer with to use later in the week and on busy weeks in the future
  • Wednesday 8:45 AM – DUMP DAY 1 ON FACEBOOK LIVE 🙂 … Dump all the ingredients for Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy in Mrs. Potts + make homemade bread
  • Thursday 8:45 AM – DUMP DAY 2 ON FACEBOOK LIVE … Dump all the ingredients for Maple Apple Pork in the Slow Cooker + make Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes (My hubby’s going to love this one!)
  • Friday 8:45 AM DUMP DAY 3 ON FACEBOOK LIVE … Dump everything we need to make Chicken Philly Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker + make Simple Potato Salad

 

If you’re signed up for the Eat at Home Menu Plans, all of the groceries you’ll need to join us for this week of Freezer Cooking are in the Week 8 Slow Cooker  Menu Plans. 

And, if you haven’t joined us but would like to, use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to save 25% off her menu plans for a few more days ~ we’ll be using them this week and next week, and I know you’ll love them too!

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month (6 recipes each week + 1 dessert)
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included!
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

 

 

 

 

I’ve been loving getting dinner done this month, and sure hope you’ve enjoyed it too.

 

 

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

 

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Countertop Cooking Challenge – Day 11

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Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions!

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

***SAVE 25% ~ ORDER NOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE!!!***

In under 15 minutes each week, complete your menu planning, make your grocery list and enjoy new yummy recipes your family will love. Literally, these menu plans will make your life so easy, and dinner will be on the table, ever single night. Use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to get the very best price through 2/15/17, and join me as we Eat at Home and transform our budgets this month!

Happy Monday!

 

I am reeling after just getting home from our trip to Deer Valley, Utah last week (we got home yesterday afternoon and goodness, I’m worn out!) But, I am so thankful because thanks to our Countertop Cooking Challenge this month I ordered my groceries online using Kroger’s Clicklist Saturday night from our hotel room, and today DINNER IS DONE.

 

WOOHOOOO! 🙂 

Tonight’s Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

I’m also super excited because tomorrow morning I’ll try freezer cooking for the first time (I’m so curious if it works!), and I love that we’ll have dinner made for 5 meals in under an hour.

 

Success.

Today is my Sweet Caroline’s 14th birthday (crazy – when I first started blogging she was just 7 years old!), so I’m baking a cake for her right now and we made these almost homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast.

 

Because this is freezer cooking week, our challenge will be a little different as we start the week. Here’s what to expect: 

  • Monday 8:45 AM – SLOW COOKER MINESTRONE & HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS ON FACEBOOK LIVE (the video is over but you can still watch the replay!)
  • Monday 10:00 AM – FREEZER COOKING LESSON (my friend Tiffany from Eat at Home Cooks shared how to start freezer cooking ~ the video is over but you can still watch the replay)
  • Tuesday 8:45 AM – FREEZER COOKING DAY ON FACEBOOK LIVE! I’ll prepare Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Tacos, Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy over Rice, Maple Apple Pork, and Chicken Philly Sandwiches to fill my freezer with to use later in the week and on busy weeks in the future
  • Wednesday 8:45 AM – DUMP DAY 1 ON FACEBOOK LIVE 🙂 … Dump all the ingredients for Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy in Mrs. Potts
  • Thursday 8:45 AM – DUMP DAY 2 ON FACEBOOK LIVE … Dump all the ingredients for Maple Apple Pork in the Slow Cooker + make Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes (My hubby’s going to love this one!)
  • Friday 8:45 AM DUMP DAY 3 ON FACEBOOK LIVE … Dump everything we need to make Chicken Philly Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker + make Simple Potato Salad

 

If you’re signed up for the Eat at Home Menu Plans, all of the groceries you’ll need to join us for this week of Freezer Cooking are in the Week 8 Slow Cooker  Menu Plans. 

And, if you haven’t joined us but would like to, use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to save 25% off her menu plans for a few more days ~ we’ll be using them this week and next week, and I know you’ll love them too!

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month (6 recipes each week + 1 dessert)
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included!
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

 

 

 

 

I’ve been loving getting dinner done this month, and sure hope you’ve enjoyed it too.

 

 

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

 

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$29 Sideboard Makeover

Note from Laurie: My friend Cheryl is in the process of making over her living room, and goodness, I LOVE what she’s done! She was sweet enough to share with us here on PPP ~ take a peek . . . 

Wow . . . 

 

Just . . . wow!

 

I’m in the middle of a living room makeover (we finally updated our couches after 10 years) and after a tense afternoon of tax preparation . . . this was clearly NOT the time to buy more furniture. 🙂 

 

Our search for sideboards has been going on for M O N T H S ~ all around the $500 range.  This had me thinking . . . why not just paint the one we have now?

 

 

$29 can of chalk paint & wipe-on poly (optional – this was in the garage from previous projects)

 

If you haven’t use chalk paint before, it is amazing. 

 

No prep.

 

No sanding.

 

Just, paint!

 

 

I went to Lowes and bought a $29.00 can of chalk paint, painted this beautiful sideboard to match my new furniture and in just a few hours it was done.

 

Before . . .

 

 

 

After . . .

 

 

I’m thrilled with how it turned out!!  I can’t wait to show you the rest … ALL on a penny pinched budget (I’m learning a few things here at PPP! 🙂

chalkpaint2

 

Love chalk paint? Here are a few more ideas you may want to check out . . .

paintedpiano

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . Happy Fluffing!

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Countertop Cooking Challenge – Day 10

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 Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions! 
 

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

***SAVE 25% ~ ORDER NOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE!!!***

In under 15 minutes each week, complete your menu planning, make your grocery list and enjoy new yummy recipes your family will love. Literally, these menu plans will make your life so easy, and dinner will be on the table, ever single night. Use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to get the very best price through 2/15/17, and join me as we Eat at Home and transform our budgets this month!  

 

It’s Day 10 of our Countertop Cooking Challenge, and seriously, I am loving how much money and time I’m saving feeding my family! Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

 

  • Monday – Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Tuesday – Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple
  • Wednesday – Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker
  • Thursday – Chicken Fried Chops in the Slow Cooker
  • Friday – Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches

 

 

Last night’s dinner while on vacation!

 

Tonight’s Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches 🙂

 

 

If you didn’t watch the video, I have to tell you, I was prepared to be the ROCK STAR MOM again …

 

but … that didn’t happen!!

 

Somehow, the main ingredient (boneless skinless chicken breasts) weren’t in my fridge, even though we bought them … EEEEeeeekkkkk . . .

 

It doesn’t matter because we’re still going to get dinner on the table with the ingredients we DO have.  Ya’ll it’s just one of those days.  We’ll still have dinner tonight and I’m hoping you will too! 🙂

 

We’ve saved a bundle this month in our pocketbooks and on our waistline by choosing to eat at home. 

 

If you’re new to the challenge, throughout the month we’ll give you 4 weeks of recipes, including grocery lists and menu plans, and Tiffany and I will be cooking them up each day right up with you. 

 

Will you join me? 

 

Right now,Tiffany is offering us the lowest prices she’s offered on her menu plans with the code COUNTERTOP at checkout.

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month (6 recipes each week + 1 dessert)
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included! 
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

>>>USE THE CODE COUNTERTOP AT CHECKOUT TO GET THE BEST PRICE ~ THESE ARE THE LOWEST PRICES YOU’LL FIND ON THIS MENU PLAN!<<

And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

It’s going to do be a great month!

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. I can’t wait to get started countertop cooking with you!

 

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Countertop Cooking Challenge – Day 9

This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy to learn more.

 

 

Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions! 

 

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

***SAVE 25% ~ ORDER NOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE!!!***

In under 15 minutes each week, complete your menu planning, make your grocery list and enjoy new yummy recipes your family will love. Literally, these menu plans will make your life so easy, and dinner will be on the table, ever single night. Use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to get the very best price, and join me as we Eat at Home and transform our budgets this month!  

 

It’s Day 9 of our Countertop Cooking Challenge, and seriously, I am loving how much money and time I’m saving feeding my family! Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

 

  • Monday – Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Tuesday – Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple
  • Wednesday – Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker
  • Thursday – Chicken Fried Chops in the Slow Cooker
  • Friday – Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches

 

Tonight’s Chicken Fried Chops in the Slow Cooker

 

Yesterdays’s Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker

 

EVEN on vacation you can do this!  I was thrilled to find a crockpot where we’re staying and so thankful for this menu plan to save us oodles of money while we’re away!!

 

Seriously folks, dinner is DONE this morning so we can enjoy our day and come home to a hot meal!

 

 

If you’re new to the challenge, throughout the month we’ll give you 4 weeks of recipes, including grocery lists and menu plans, and Tiffany and I will be cooking them up each day right up with you. 

 

Will you join me? 

 

Right now,Tiffany is offering us the lowest prices she’s offered on her menu plans with the code COUNTERTOP at checkout.

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month (6 recipes each week + 1 dessert)
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included! 
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

>>>USE THE CODE COUNTERTOP AT CHECKOUT TO GET THE BEST PRICE ~ THESE ARE THE LOWEST PRICES YOU’LL FIND ON THIS MENU PLAN!<<

And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

It’s going to do be a great month!

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. I can’t wait to get started countertop cooking with you!

 

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Countertop Cooking Challenge – Day 8

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Tiffany from Eat at Home Cooks is filling in this morning making Mediterranean Chicken in the slow cooker as part of our 20 Day Cooking Challenge!

 

 Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions! 
 

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

***SAVE 25% ~ ORDER NOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE!!!***

In under 15 minutes each week, complete your menu planning, make your grocery list and enjoy new yummy recipes your family will love. Literally, these menu plans will make your life so easy, and dinner will be on the table, ever single night. Use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to get the very best price, and join me as we Eat at Home and transform our budgets this month!  

 

It’s Day 8 of our Countertop Cooking Challenge, and seriously, I am loving how much money and time I’m saving feeding my family! Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

  • Monday – Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Tuesday – Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple
  • Wednesday – Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker
  • Thursday – Chicken Fried Chops in the Slow Cooker
  • Friday – Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches

 

Tonight’s Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker

 

 

Yesterday’s Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple

 

The best part?  

 

Seriously folks, dinner in DONE in less than 5 minutes this morning

 

That means your family will have a hot cooked meal ready for them tonight and you only had to spend 5 minutes getting it ready!

 

And, we’ve saved a bundle in our pocketbooks and on our waistline by choosing to eat at home. 

 

If you’re new to the challenge, throughout the month we’ll give you 4 weeks of recipes, including grocery lists and menu plans, and Tiffany and I will be cooking them up each day right up with you. 

 

Will you join me? 

 

Right now,Tiffany is offering us the lowest prices she’s offered on her menu plans with the code COUNTERTOP at checkout.

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month (6 recipes each week + 1 dessert)
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included! 
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

>>>USE THE CODE COUNTERTOP AT CHECKOUT TO GET THE BEST PRICE ~ THESE ARE THE LOWEST PRICES YOU’LL FIND ON THIS MENU PLAN!<<

And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

It’s going to do be a great month!

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. I can’t wait to get started countertop cooking with you!

 

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Countertop Cooking Challenge – Day 7

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 Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions! 
 

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

***SAVE 25% ~ ORDER NOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE!!!***

In under 15 minutes each week, complete your menu planning, make your grocery list and enjoy new yummy recipes your family will love. Literally, these menu plans will make your life so easy, and dinner will be on the table, ever single night. Use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to get the very best price, and join me as we Eat at Home and transform our budgets this month!  

 

It’s Day 7 of our Countertop Cooking Challenge, and seriously, I am just loving this! Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

  • Monday – Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Tuesday – Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple
  • Wednesday – Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker
  • Thursday – Chicken Fried Chops in the Slow Cooker
  • Friday – Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches

 

Tonight’s slow cooker Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple

Yesterday’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

 

The best part?  

 

In less than 3 minutes this morning, dinner was done. 

 

WOOHOOO! 🙂 

 


 

And, we’ve saved a bundle in our pocketbooks and on our waistline by choosing to eat at home. 

 

If you’re new to the challenge, throughout the month we’ll give you 4 weeks of recipes, including grocery lists and menu plans, and Tiffany and I will be cooking them up each day right up with you. 

 

Want to join me? 

 

Right now,Tiffany is offering us the lowest prices she’s offered on her menu plans with the code COUNTERTOP at checkout.

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month (6 recipes each week + 1 dessert)
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included! 
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

>>>USE THE CODE COUNTERTOP AT CHECKOUT TO GET THE BEST PRICE  AVAILABLE<<

And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

It’s going to do be a great month!

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. I can’t wait to get started countertop cooking with you!

 

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Countertop Cooking Challenge – Day 6

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 Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions! 
 

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

***SAVE 25% ~ ORDER NOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE!!!***

In under 15 minutes each week, complete your menu planning, make your grocery list and enjoy new yummy recipes your family will love. Literally, these menu plans will make your life so easy, and dinner will be on the table, ever single night. Use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout to get the very best price, and join me as we Eat at Home and transform our budgets this month!  

 

It’s Day 5 of our Countertop Cooking Challenge, and seriously, I am just loving this! Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

  • Monday – Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Tuesday – Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple
  • Wednesday – Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker
  • Thursday – Chicken Fried Chops in the Slow Cooker
  • Friday – Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches

 

Tonight’s slow cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

 

Friday’s Chicken & Gnocchi Dumpling Soup

 

The best part?  

 

In less than 5 minutes this morning, dinner was done. 

 

WOOHOOO! 🙂 


 

And, we’ve saved a bundle in our pocketbooks and on our waistline by choosing to eat at home. 

If you’re new to the challenge, throughout the month we’ll give you 4 weeks of recipes, including grocery lists and menu plans, and Tiffany and I will be cooking them up each day right up with you. 

Will you join me? 

 

Right now,Tiffany is offering us the lowest prices she’s offered on her menu plans with the code COUNTERTOP at checkout.

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month (6 recipes each week + 1 dessert)
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included! 
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

>>>USE THE CODE COUNTERTOP AT CHECKOUT TO GET THE BEST PRICE ~ THESE ARE THE LOWEST PRICES YOU’LL FIND ON THIS MENU PLAN!<<

And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

It’s going to do be a great month!

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. I can’t wait to get started countertop cooking with you!

 

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Not Quite Homemade Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

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These cinnamon rolls are my kid’s favorites. 

 

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In fact, last night as I was baking them, my eleven-year-old sweet girl informed me that she expected me to make them for all of the guests on her wedding day. 

 

Yikes.

 

(She’s also planning on having these best ever chocolate chip cookies at her wedding. Clearly she thinks I’ll have nothing to do except bake before her wedding day!) 😉

 

Turning these into their favorite Valentine treat is simple enough, and my family (of course) loved the results. 

 

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Here’s how to get started . . . 

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Let dough thaw out for at least a few hours.

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After dough is thawed, roll out into rectangle (or, something that loosely resembles a rectangle) 😉

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Spread 5 tablespoons of softened butter out on dough. Then sprinkle with 5 tablespoons sugar.

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Next sprinkle 3 teaspoons of cinnamon over dough.

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Then, starting with the shorter end of the dough, roll dough up (if making regular cinnamon rolls, just roll them up completely)

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To make heart shaped cinnamon rolls, roll the other half up until both ends come together.

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Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, slice into about 1 1/2″ rolls (I forgot to take a picture after making the heart shaped ones, so this is just the regular cinnamon roll)

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Place in greased baking dish and allow to rise, 1-2 hours.
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Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, cinnamon rolls will rise more while baking. img_1129

Add a little butter or margarine once they’re baked if you’d like, and top with frosting.

 

Perfect!

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Almost Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Roll Ingredients

  1. 1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed, not risen (I usually use Rhodes dough or the Kroger brand)
  2. 5 tablespoons margarine or butter
  3. 5 tablespoons sugar
  4. 3 teaspoons cinnamon

 

 

(don’t forget to add the frosting – I can’t believe I forgot to get a picture of these without frosting included!)

Frosting Ingredients

  1. 1 cup powdered sugar
  2. 1 tablespoon milk
  3. 1/2 tsp. vanilla

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Roll out dough to about 12×14 inches. Spread butter evenly on top of dough.
  3. Sprinkle with sugar and then with cinnamon.
  4. Roll up jelly-roll style, tightly pinching ends so sugar/cinnamon doesn’t fall out. (If making heart shaped cinnamon rolls, roll to the middle from both ends to make the heart shape.)
  5. With a sharp knife cut into 1-inch sections and lay in prepared pan.
  6. Allow dough to rise until almost double its size (around 1–2 hours, they will also rise quite a bit while baking.  Meanwhile, prepare frosting (see recipe below).  To help them rise a little more quickly, I put them in the oven with the light on, and place a bowl of water on the rack beneath them to help moisture stay in the oven.
  7. Bake in greased round or square pan at 350 for for 15 to 20 minutes. Top will be golden brown when done.  Allow rolls to cool slightly while preparing topping.  (If you’re like me, you may want to spread a little butter or margarine on top to make them nice and glossy!)

 

Frosting

  1. Mix powdered sugar and milk to make a thick paste.
  2. Add more milk or powdered sugar as needed.
  3. Spread on still-warm rolls, allowing the frosting to melt slightly. Serve warm.

 

Need a little more menu inspiration? Go HERE

 

 

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Countertop Cooking Challenge – Day 5

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 Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions! 
 

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

***THIS IS THE LAST DAY TO SAVE 30% ~ ORDER BEFORE TONIGHT TO GET THE BEST PRICE!!!***

In under 15 minutes each week, complete your menu planning, make your grocery list and enjoy new yummy recipes your family will love. Literally, these menu plans will make your life so easy, and dinner will be on the table, ever single night. Use the code EARLYBIRD at checkout to get the very best price through 2/10/17, and join me as we Eat at Home and transform our budgets this month!  

 

It’s Day 5 of our Countertop Cooking Challenge, and seriously, I am just loving this! Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

  • Monday – Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Fries
  • Tuesday – Slow Cooker Round Steak with Vegetable Gravy, Steamed Green Beans in my Instant Pot, and dinner rolls
  • Wednesday – Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Potatoes with Strawberry Spinach Salad
  • Thursday – Pork Loin Roast
  • Friday – Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings with Strawberry Chocolate Chip Pie for dessert

 

Today’s Chicken & Gnocchi Dumpling Soup

 

Last night’s Italian Herb Salted Pork Roast & Potatoes

The best part?  

 

In less than 5 minutes this morning, dinner was done. 

 

WOOHOOO! 🙂 

Mrs. Potts filled up today with slow cooker chicken and dumplings + mini garlic monkey bread all ready to pop in the oven tonight. 🙂 

And, we’ve saved a bundle in our pocketbooks and on our waistline by choosing to eat at home. 

If you’re new to the challenge, throughout the month we’ll give you 4 weeks of recipes, including grocery lists and menu plans, and Tiffany and I will be cooking them up each day right up with you. 

Will you join me? 

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Through TODAY ONLY (2/10/17), Tiffany is offering us the lowest prices she’s offered on her menu plans with the code EARLYBIRD at checkout.

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month (6 recipes each week + 1 dessert)
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included! 
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

>>>USE THE CODE EARLYBIRD AT CHECKOUT TO GET THE BEST PRICE ~ THESE ARE THE LOWEST PRICES YOU’LL FIND ON THIS MENU PLAN!<<

And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

It’s going to do be a great month!

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. I can’t wait to get started countertop cooking with you!

 

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Countertop Cooking Challenge – Day 4

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 Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions! 
 

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

In under 15 minutes each week, complete your menu planning, make your grocery list and enjoy new yummy recipes your family will love. Literally, these menu plans will make your life so easy, and dinner will be on the table, ever single night. Use the code EARLYBIRD at checkout to get the very best price through 2/10/17, and join me as we Eat at Home and transform our budgets this month!  

 

It’s Day 4 of our Countertop Cooking Challenge, and seriously, I am just loving this! Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

  • Monday – Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Fries
  • Tuesday – Slow Cooker Round Steak with Vegetable Gravy, Steamed Green Beans in my Instant Pot, and dinner rolls
  • Wednesday – Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Potatoes with Strawberry Spinach Salad
  • Thursday – Pork Loin Roast
  • Friday – Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings with Strawberry Chocolate Chip Pie for dessert

 

 

 

Last night’s Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Potatoes

The best part?  

 

In less than 5 minutes this morning, dinner was done. 

WOOHOOO! 🙂 

 

And, we’ve saved a bundle in our pocketbooks and on our waistline by choosing to eat at home. 

 

If you’re new to the challenge, throughout the month we’ll give you 4 weeks of recipes, including grocery lists and menu plans, and Tiffany and I will be cooking them up each day right up with you. 

Will you join me? 

motionmailapp.com

Through THIS FRIDAY ONLY (2/10/17), Tiffany is offering us the lowest prices she’s offered on her menu plans with the code EARLYBIRD at checkout.

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month (6 recipes each week + 1 dessert)
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included! 
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

>>>USE THE CODE EARLYBIRD AT CHECKOUT TO GET THE BEST PRICE ~ THESE ARE THE LOWEST PRICES YOU’LL FIND ON THIS MENU PLAN!<<

And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

It’s going to do be a great month!

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. I can’t wait to get started countertop cooking with you!

 

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Countertop Cooking Challenge – Day 3

 

 

 

 Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions! 
 

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

In under 15 minutes each week, complete your menu planning, make your grocery list and enjoy new yummy recipes your family will love. Literally, these menu plans will make your life so easy, and dinner will be on the table, ever single night. Use the code EARLYBIRD at checkout to get the very best price through 2/10/17, and join me as we Eat at Home and transform our budgets this month!  

 

It’s Day 3 of our Countertop Cooking Challenge, and seriously, I am just loving this! Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

  • Monday – Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Fries
  • Tuesday – Slow Cooker Round Steak with Vegetable Gravy, Steamed Green Beans in my Instant Pot, and dinner rolls
  • Wednesday – Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Potatoes with Strawberry Spinach Salad
  • Thursday – Pork Loin Roast
  • Friday – Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings with Strawberry Chocolate Chip Pie for dessert

 

Last night’s Slow Cooker Round Steak with Vegetable Gravy and Green Beans

 

Tonight’s Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Potatoes

The best part?  

 

In less than 5 minutes this morning, dinner was done. 

WOOHOOO! 🙂 

 

And, we’ve saved a bundle in our pocketbooks and on our waistline by choosing to eat at home. 

 

If you’re new to the challenge, throughout the month we’ll give you 4 weeks of recipes, including grocery lists and menu plans, and Tiffany and I will be cooking them up each day right up with you. 

Will you join me? 

motionmailapp.com

Through THIS FRIDAY ONLY (2/10/17), Tiffany is offering us the lowest prices she’s offered on her menu plans with the code EARLYBIRD at checkout.

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month (6 recipes each week + 1 dessert)
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included! 
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

>>>USE THE CODE EARLYBIRD AT CHECKOUT TO GET THE BEST PRICE ~ THESE ARE THE LOWEST PRICES YOU’LL FIND ON THIS MENU PLAN!<<

And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

It’s going to do be a great month!

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. I can’t wait to get started countertop cooking with you!

 

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Countertop Cooking Challenge: Day 2

 Go HERE to see video with comments on Facebook – I love reading through your tips and suggestions! 
 

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

 

In under 15 minutes each week, complete your menu planning, make your grocery list and enjoy new yummy recipes your family will love. Literally, these menu plans will make your life so easy, and dinner will be on the table, ever single night. Use the code EARLYBIRD at checkout to get the very best price through 2/10/17, and join me as we Eat at Home and transform our budgets this month!  

 

 

It’s Day 2 of our Countertop Cooking Challenge, and oh my gracious, I am just loving this!

Last night our family had these Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Sandwiches with Cucumber Mango Salsa (which Mr. PPP even packed for leftovers at work), and today Mrs. Potts is all loaded up again with Round Steak with Vegetable Gravy.

 

And, because I’m feeling like a rockstar over here I’ve also got homemade bread in my bread machine + green beans ready to go in the Instant Pot.

 

Success! 

This is what the roast should end up looking like ~ we’ll see! 🙂 

 

I’m teaming up with my friend Tiffany from Eat at Home Cooks to bring you Crockpot and Instant Pot recipes 5 days a week for 4 weeks, and every single one of us is going to get dinner done.

 

 

 

If you’re new to the challenge, throughout the month we’ll give you 4 weeks of recipes, including grocery lists and menu plans, and Tiffany and I will be cooking them up each day right up with you. 

 

 

 

 

Are you joining me? 

motionmailapp.com

Through THIS FRIDAY ONLY (2/10/17), Tiffany is offering us the lowest prices she’s offered on her menu plans with the code EARLYBIRD at checkout.

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month (6 recipes each week + 1 dessert)
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included! 
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

>>>USE THE CODE EARLYBIRD AT CHECKOUT TO GET THE BEST PRICE ~ THESE ARE THE LOWEST PRICES YOU’LL FIND ON THIS MENU PLAN!<<

 

And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

 

It’s going to do be a great month!

 

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. I can’t wait to get started countertop cooking with you!

 

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Countertop Cooking Challenge – Day 1

 

 

See video with comments on Facebook over HERE ~ I loved reading your suggestions and tips!

It’s finally here!!!

 

Starting today, I’m teaming up with my friend Tiffany from Eat at Home Cooks to bring you Crockpot and Instant Pot recipes 5 days a week for 4 weeks, and every single one of us is going to get dinner done.

 

Today we’re making Tiffany’s Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Sandwiches (my kitchen already smells divine!), and I’ll serve them tonight with sweet potato fries, carrot sticks and grapes.

 

Success!

 

And, if you happen to have an Instant Pot, Tiffany will be making her Round Steak with vegetable gravy at 3PM Eastern Time on Facebook as well, so you’ll have oodles of new recipes to make.

 

During the February 2017 Countertop Cooking Challenge we’ll give you 4 weeks of recipes, including grocery lists and menu plans, and Tiffany and I will be cooking them up each day right up with you. 

 

 

Here’s how our daily schedule should look: 🙂

  • 8:40-8:45 AM Eastern Time – I’ll be doing a Facebook Live Video showing how to make the recipe each morning (during the video you can tap the ‘follow’ button and you’ll get updates each time PPP goes live ~ and I would absolutely love if you were on the other side of the screen filling up Mrs. Potts so we can “cook” together!)
  • 1:30 PM Eastern Time – Blog post here on PPP with a replay of the video as well as links to recipes
  • 2:30 PM Eastern Time – Daily email goes out to regular email subscribers with all the info
  • Between 4:30 – 6:30 PM Eastern Time (POSSIBLY! depends on family schedule) quick update over on Facebook with pic or live video of recipe
  • My friend Tiffany from Eat at Home will also share on Facebook Live how to make several of these recipes in the Instant Pot in the afternoons

 

 

 

It’s not too late to join us!

 

For a few more days, Tiffany is offering us the lowest prices she’s offered on her menu plans with the code EARLYBIRD at checkout.

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL GET WHEN YOU SIGN UP: 

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included! 
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

>>>USE THE CODE EARLYBIRD AT CHECKOUT TO GET THE BEST PRICE ~ THESE ARE THE LOWEST PRICES YOU’LL FIND ON THIS MENU PLAN!<<

 

And I would just love for you to join my free private Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

 

It’s going to do be a great month! 

 

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. I can’t wait to get started countertop cooking with you!

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20 Day Countertop Cooking Challenge

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Can you imagine going to the grocery store, buying oodles of groceries, and then just dumping a few of those bags of groceries in the trash?

 

You may just be doing that. 

 

So many people (myself included sometimes!) head to the store without a plan in place, buy things they may not use, and things end up getting wasted and thrown away ~ literally 25% of food in America is thrown away each year. 

 

But you and I are going to fix that. 

 

Crocktober wrapped up last fall, and back by popular demand we’re doing a very similar series this February called the Countertop Cooking Challenge. (I think you’re going to love it!) We’re going to have a menu plan, grocery list, and recipes all pulled together before the week even starts.

 

Starting Monday, 2/6/17, I’m teaming up with my friend Tiffany from Eat at Home Cooks to bring you Crockpot and Instant Pot recipes 5 days a week for 4 weeks, and every single one of us is going to get dinner done.

 

To make your life waaaayyyyy easier (and mine too!) we’ll use Tiffany’s Eat at Home Menu Plans ~ which I’ve been using in our home and they’re just fantastic.

 

I promise, these will save you a bundle!

 

In fact, people who shop with a menu plan and grocery list save 25-50% every single week on their food expenses.

 

And, a menu plan all of a sudden makes grocery shopping easy.

 

Best of all?

 

You’ll actually eat well balanced meals with what you have in your kitchen and skip the drive thru.

Sound good?

 

I thought so too. 🙂

During the February 2017 Countertop Cooking Challenge we’ll give you 4 weeks of recipes, including grocery lists and menu plans, and Tiffany and I will be cooking them up each day right up with you. 

 

My favorite part is that each morning I’ll share a Facebook Live Video filling up Mrs. Potts (a.k.a. ~ my slow cooker), and it would be so stinkin’ fun for me if you were on the other side of the screen filling up Mrs. Potts in your kitchen too.

Here’s how our daily schedule should look: 🙂

  • 8:40-8:45 AM Eastern Time – I’ll be doing a Facebook Live Video showing how to make the recipe each morning (during the video you can tap the ‘follow’ button and you’ll get updates each time PPP goes live ~ and I would absolutely love if you were on the other side of the screen filling up Mrs. Potts so we can “cook” together!)
  • 1:30 PM Eastern Time – Blog post here on PPP with a replay of the video as well as links to recipes
  • 2:30 PM Eastern Time – Daily email goes out to regular email subscribers with all the info
  • Between 4:30 – 6:30 PM Eastern Time (POSSIBLY! depends on family schedule) quick update over on Facebook with pic or live video of recipe
  • My friend Tiffany from Eat at Home will also share on Facebook Live how to make several of these recipes in the Instant Pot in the afternoons

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Will you join me? 

 

For a few more days, Tiffany is offering us the lowest prices she’s offered on her menu plans with the code EARLYBIRD at checkout.

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL GET WHEN YOU SIGN UP: 

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • A weekly dessert recipe
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink ~ color coded to make your menu planning even easier)
  • Basically, you’ll get 72 recipes with menu plans AND A GROCERY LIST, all included! 
  • The menu plans cost as little as $1.13 per week when you sign up for a one year plan, or try out a 1 or 3 month subscription and see what you think.

>>>USE THE CODE EARLYBIRD AT CHECKOUT TO GET THE BEST PRICE ~ THESE ARE THE LOWEST PRICES YOU’LL FIND ON THIS MENU PLAN!<<<

And, if you’re like me you’ll use the grocery list along with the Kroger Click List (watch the video above), and make grocery shopping and menu planning so crazy easy you’ll have it done in 30 minutes or less. 

 

And I would just love for you to join my free private Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done in February.

 

It’s going to do be a great month! 

 

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. I can’t wait to get started countertop cooking with you!

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Valentine’s Dollar Tree DIY


My friend Cheryl made this super cute craft using supplies from the Dollar Tree, and I just love the way it turned out! Take a peek . . . 

I saw this idea over on Pinterest, and just fell in love!

 

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Styrofoam Trees
  • Conversation Hearts
  • Glue

That’s it.

 

For real.

 

 

 

This is such a fun way to fluff up your home for Valentine’s Day.  My 10 year old just loved sorting and creating these trees with me!

 

 

 

These candle holders were collecting dust in a cabinet so I used them to set the trees up high and think they worked out  perfectly!

 

 

 

 

Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

 

 

Have you made any fun decor for Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear what you’re up to ~ leave a comment to share! And if you’re looking for more penny pinched projects, here you go . .  .

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(FREE!) DIY Valentine Tree

 

Looking for a fun, frugal, and free DIY? Here you go! 

 

Gather up some branches from your back yard, construction paper, scissors and tape.

 

Put the branches in your vase (I put corn in the bottom of my container so the sticks stayed in place.)
Cut out a few hearts and tape them on your branches.

 

Done.

 

So simple, so fun, and you won’t feel one bit of guilt when you throw this craft away on February 15th.

Success! 🙂 

 

Have you made any fun decor for Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear what you’re up to ~ leave a comment to share! And if you’re looking for more penny pinched projects, here you go . .  .

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 1/23/16

 

Here are the coupons I mentioned in the video above ~ be sure to print them while they last, and if you can’t see the video head on over HERE

 

Have you made your menu plan yet for the week? I’ve been using my friend Tiffany from Eat at Home Cooks Menu Plans this month, but have done a little tweaking using what’s in my kitchen since we’ve had a crazy schedule these last few weeks!

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Here’s what’s on the menu plan: 

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  And, be sure to download my free Slow Cooker Cookbook, Grocery List and Menu Plan if you’re looking for more menu plans. planning ideas!

 

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DIY Baby Banner

I’m so stinkin’ excited about this little project!

 

 

As I shared over HERE, we’re hosting a baby shower for a couple in my husband’s office tomorrow, so I got to crafting this morning.

 

Here’s what I used . . . 

 

  • Brown yarn
  • Clothespins
  • Silhouette Cameo 
  • Fabric strips (bought coordinating fabric square at Hobby Lobby, then cut into 1″ strips ~ cost was $6 after Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon)
  • Cricut Iron On Material $9.74
  • Pre-cut banners from Michaels, $4
  • Total = $19.74

 

I made the banner using the directions in this tutorial . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the letters for the top banner . . .

 

 

 

 

Success!

 

Now ~ as I shared in the video we still don’t have any idea what we’re actually making for dinner at this baby shower, so if you have any suggestions I’m all ears. 😉 And, if you have any other suggestions for craft projects I’d sure love to hear those too ~ Happy Friday!

 

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 1/16/16


Have you made your menu plan yet for the weekAs I’ve been sharing this last week we’re using my friend Tiffany’s Eat at  Home Menu Plans grocery list and menu plan, and goodness I am in love.

 

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The prices on Tiffany’s menu plans go up TONIGHT, so I definitely recommend checking them out if you’ve been struggling to keep up with your grocery list. Our family has eaten better than we have in ages, my kids have loved her meals, and we’ve saved at the very least $100 by shopping this week with a menu plan in place and by just eating at home.

 

The best part?

 

I’ve kind of renewed my interest in cooking.

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(A peek at the Eat at Home Cooks Slow Cooker Menu Plan this week ~ I can’t wait to make these!)

For(ever?) I feel like I’ve kind of gotten in a slump making the same old things for dinner, so I feel inspired to try some new recipes each night. And so far we really have loved every single one.

 

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Curious what’s on the menu plan this week? 

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Here you go . . . 

(FYI – We’re using the Whole Foods Plan this week. You get the Whole Foods Plan, Slow Cooker, or Traditional Menu Plan all for the same price, but we’ve loved the whole foods meals so far!)

 

  • Monday – African Pulled Beef, Acorn Squash and Skillet Greens
  • Tuesday – Quick and Easy Skillet Chicken Jumbalaya, Green Beans
  • Wednesday – Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches, Tomato Soup, Salad
  • Thursday – Asian Glazed Oven Fried Chicken, Brown Rice, Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower
  • Friday – Pork Chop, Veggie & Cranberries Sheet Pan Dinner, Rice
  • Saturday – Mexican Vegetables on Cornbread, Side Salad, Zucchini and Carrot Cake for dessert
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If you’ve struggled to get dinner done, I highly recommend these meal plans while they last (the price on them goes up tomorrow night, so not much longer left!) 
You can definitely pinch a few more pennies by creating a menu plan and grocery list yourself, but if you’re a crazy busy mom like me, spending as little as $1.15 per week for meals throughout the entire year might just be worth it for you. Head on over HERE and see what you think!

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Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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The Only Way to Organize American Girl Clothes

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So . . . this idea is just genius. 😉

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My friend Jamie gave me this suggestion for organizing American Girl Doll clothes ~ and goodness, it makes life so much easier!

 

Last weekend my girls set to work, and in about 12 minutes that mess was fixed. 

 

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Success!

 

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These over the door organizers are also awesome for cleaning supplies, snacks, gloves, mittens, hats, Legos, toys, you name it. 

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So.

smart.

 

If you’re looking for an organizer, Amazon has these for just $8.99 right now, and I love how easy they make it to store just about anything.

 

And, if you have other suggestions on how to organize American Girl clothes (or other toys too), I’d love to hear them ~ leave a comment to share!

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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