Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Off Topic Sunday: The Quickest Meal I Make

The church I attend often does not let out at the traditional 12:00 noon.  With us living 20+ minutes away, my guys are often starving by the time we get home.  I have a couple of meals that I can fix quickly, and I often use my crock pot as well.

One our favorite quick meals is Black Beans & Couscous.  We eat it "nacho style" - topping the couscous with different toppings.  Here's a play-by-play how I make it:

When arriving home I get out the pan for my couscous and add 2 cups of hot water per box.  I do not boil the water yet because couscous cooks very quickly - I wait until everything else is ready to eat and then start the water.  Adding the hot water just helps it boil faster.

Chop your tomatoes and onions and place in small bowls.  Open the black beans and pour into a microwave bowl and microwave.  Open the guacamole and put in small bowls as well (we love the guacamole from Aldi - all natural ingredients).  Put all the topping on the table and start your water.  By the time you get the drinks for your meal, you will be ready to add the couscous to the pan.

When the water is boiling, I pour in the couscous, stir, cover, and remove from the stove eye.  I immediately fluff up the couscous and serve it before it gets thick.  At this point, the toppings start passing around the the table and we're ready to eat.  I probably spend no more than 25 minutes on this meal and often it's less, cause every one is ready to eat and more than willing to pitch in!

Do you have a favorite quick meal?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Top Three List [printable]

Nearly all my inserts are developed from some sort of need of my own.  This "top three" insert popped in my head yesterday as I was contemplating all the things I'm behind on due to sickness.  There is really so much to do and eventually there comes a time where I am so overwhelmed that I just stopd and nothing gets done.

That's when the top three idea is usually started.  I make a list of just three things to do - and then I do them.  Add three more things and do them.  Calm returns and a plan develops

This insert was made for a more involved top 3 list.  There's 3 areas of my life that needs some constraining.  On this insert I listed them and then jotted down some notes on the graph paper of steps that I could take to show improvement  It's already helping.  You can download a copy HERE

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Grids and Lines Notepaper [printable]

I have a new note paper for you to try.  I enjoy writing on graph paper the best, so I went with grids and lines for this one.  Use this as your dashboard if you like - for tracking, notes, etc.  Be creative!

You can download it HERE.