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tips for getting dinner on the table!

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Ok ladies!
Time to share your tips, recipes and secrets.

Is the crock pot your best friend during the school year?
Do you have any amazing meals that go together in less than half an hour?

We tend to get busy with school and the next thing I know I have to have dinner on the table in thirty minutes or else hubby will go to work hungry. (Or stop for fast food on the way, and we don't want that)
I use my crock pot a lot in the fall/winter, but don't have a ton of recipes.

So what are you secrets?
by on Aug. 4, 2012 at 10:23 AM
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by on Aug. 6, 2012 at 9:16 AM
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by on Aug. 6, 2012 at 9:58 AM
I love this post. This is seriously the most helpful group I'm in. Lol
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by on Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Oh, and I'm trying to get better. Too often it's "hey hunny, pick up something on your way home!" lol

Our easy meals:
Chicken, cous cous and peas
Chicken and stuffing
Chicken and rice
Smoked sausage and rice
Pigs in a blanket, Mac n cheese
Meatloaf (I make 2-3 at a time and freeze)
Taco salad
Pork chops, corn, mashed potatoes
Bean soup
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by on Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Honestly we are not very adventurous. Lol

But here are my secrets:

My George Foreman Grill - cooks even frozen meat in less than 20 min.
Hamburgers, hotdogs, fries & Mac & cheese - the kids can make these things on their own now,so on nights I simply do not want to cook, they can do it for themselves.
Pepperoni bread - super easy, and it keeps well so we can bring it to co-op for lunches

I don't do monthly meal plans as our grocery shopping is based on coupons & sales rather than meals. But I keep a detailed list of what is in my pantry so I don't have to stand there pondering if we have all the ingredients of this or that.
by on Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Quoting snowangel1979:

Wow, we don't use tomato or mushroom soups in my Shepherds Pie, it's super easy,

In a casserole dish put down a layer of browned meat (hamburger, chicken, whatever)
Layer 2 cans of creamed corn
Layer the top layer of mashed potatoes.


I don't get to make it very often though, my eldest has a sensory thing w/ mushy foods like potatoes.
by on Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:28 AM

 if your into having the kids help bake, heres a recipe i use a lot with the kids

 My whole lotta bread recipe!!
6 loaves.

First I  or the kids Measure into a  bowl:
1 c. warm water
2 tsp. sugar

then we add:
2 tbsp. yeast
And stir it up a bit.

I let it stand for about 10 min or so. So it gets nice and mush sort of!

in a large bowl we add:
1 1/2 c. milk ( I use pd milk)
4 1/2 c. water
1/2 c. melted margarine or oil
1/2 c. sugar
2 tbsp. salt

Mix this up good and add yeast mix.

Mix  in:
7 c. flour

mix in 7 more cups of flour!

and lastly! Stir in:
4 c. flour

 this can be turned out on a clean table top and mixed! The kids loved kneading it this way. We use to do this once a week, they got to pick out the flours they want to use also. they became so good at this that i could just walk away and do other stuff and let them go to it! 

Now Knead until smooth and elastic. Cover this and let rise until doubled. Punch down gently and let rise again. You can now put divide the dough how you want it, in bread pans, on a cookie sheet or rolls, hamb. Buns, use for fried bread etc!.i brush the tops with butter before I put them in oven.  Bake for 1/2 hour or until done at 375 degrees F. You can use any flour you choose.


































































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