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Weekly Menu {June 3- 9}

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It’s Menu time again and I have some delicious recipes to share!  One of my most loved food magazines is Taste of Home.  I always earmark half the pages and rarely try a recipe we do not like.  Another favorite cookbook {and blog} is Our Best Bites…Two moms who share family friendly recipes that are not too complicated.

Monday: Appetizers…Hosting Bunco {Ladies Night}

Tuesday: Spinach & Chicken Stromboli from Our Best Bites {We ALL Love this recipe, but I was unable to link it to you because it is from a cookbook}

Wednesday: Kid’s Choice!

Thursday: Pioneer Woman’s Pork Chops with Pineapple Fried Rice{We never ate this last week}

Friday: Taste of Home’s Spinach Penne Salad {NEW Recipe I found in Taste of Home and it looks Yummy!  Don’t worry, I’ll let you all know!}

Saturday: Stuffed Pizza Rolls from Our Best Bites {These are Yummy and the boys can help make dinner! Fill them with any of your favorite toppings!}

Sunday: Leftovers or Picnic at the Park

Why not try out a new recipe…and Have a Happy Week! 

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Weekly Menu {May 27- June 2}

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Happy Memorial Day Friends! 

Hope you are able to enjoy a relaxing day celebrating with friends and family.  We are off to a rainy start here is Missouri, but it promises to be steamy and hot tomorrow…With that in mind, I am not planning to hang out over a hot stove much this week.  I’m putting the crock pot to work and cooking outside as much as possible!  Enjoy!

Monday: Leftovers

Tuesday: Spaghetti and homemade meatballs with salad and garlic bread

Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken Caesar salad sandwiches {Using leftovers for Mr. Kriegerchick’s lunch} We LOVE this recipe! I could eat it every week!

Thursday: Pioneer Woman’s Pork Chops with Pineapple Fried Rice {One of my Favorite meals! I use canned pineapple and frozen peas…Delicious!}

Friday: Pizza or Dinner out

Saturday:  Grillin’ burgers…dinner with friends

Sunday: Creamy Chicken Enchiladas with chips and salsa {We never ate this last week and I already have it in the freezer}

Happy Summer everyone! 

Do your recipes change depending on the season?  What are your summer favorites?

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Growing Sprouts {gardening with kids}

Hello again! It’s gardening time of the year…Today I’m going to share an easy, but fun way to garden indoors with your kiddos.
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We’re going to grow sprouts!  Sprouts are perfect for kids to grow because they start to change in just a day. They are full grown in just a few days and kids can eat them right out of them jar.  Instant Gratification!

Let’s get started!
What you’ll need:
Sprouting seeds
A clean (sterilized) jar
A 6 in. square of clean mesh screen
A rubber band
How To…
Start by prepping your materials and cleaning and sterilizing your jar.  Running it through the dishwasher will work.

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Measure out about 1 tsp. seeds and pour into jar.  Place screen on to and seal with a rubber band.
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Rinse seeds.  Set jar on its side on a towel.  I set mine on the kitchen counter.  The seeds do not need to be in direct sunlight, so filtered light is just fine.
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Rinse seeds two times a day.  In just a day or two, the seeds will begin to sprout.  This is really cool for the kids to see!  Keep rinsing daily until it appears all seeds have sprouted.  Sprouts may be kept in fridge for up to 3 days, but we eat them sooner!
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Ideas for using your sprouts:  Add to a salad, use in wraps, in a pita pocket, on sandwiches, in a cold pasta salad or plain.
Besides being a fun way for kids to watch something grow, sprouts have many health benefits.
Purchasing sprout seeds: I purchased mine at the Green Acres Market, but any Health Food Store like Whole Foods should have them.  Just make sure you are purchasing “sprouting seeds.”
This idea was introduced to me at my monthly MOPS meeting by a friend and mentor, Laura Lee.  She is both an amazing cook and gardener, talented beyond belief, always coming up with wonderful teaching ideas.
Have fun gardening with your kiddos!
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Weekly Menu {May 5-11}

Hello Friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

This week’s menu is planned around our activities, the weather and re-stocking the freezer.  I found out through my meal planning the past couple weeks, that this is my best way to plan.  My eating habits are influenced by the weather.  If it’s hot outside, I do not want a hot meal and if it’s cold, I do not want a cold meal.  The weather has been unseasonably cool lately, so I’m planning warm meals for this week.  The other thing I am doing is trying to stock the freezer.  I like to have a few meals on hand for the nights that I do not have time or want to cook.  If I’m taking time to make one dish, it is just as easy to make two!

Sunday: Homemade Chicken and Noodles

Monday: Pizza Party with Nana & Papa…Momma has Bunco

Tuesday: Meatloaf with green beans and new potatoes (making double meatloaves for the freezer)

Wednesday: Dinner at Church

Thursday: Treat night- Drive-thru Dinner out for kiddos…Momma has a meeting at Panera

Friday: Lasagna with salad and bread (making double Lasagna for the freezer)

Saturday:  Taco night


 What’s on your Menu this week?

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KIND Bars {Homemade}

Welcome to One {Frugal} Chick Friday!

Hey Onekriegerchick Readers!  I’m Elle, Ariean’s sister.  I blog over at Elle Elyse where I blog about fashion, family and fun Pinterest trials! Today, I am visiting with a {frugal} guest post while Ariean is away having too much fun @ SNAP!

For Lent this year, I decided rather than give up something, I would challenge myself with doing a “Pin of the Day.”  We’re all addicted to Pinterest, right!?  As part of my pin a day challenge I made homemade KIND bars for a fraction of the cost. $.90 each!  Can you believe it?  They are about $2 each in the store!  My husband could eat two each day, so it was getting really expensive to keep them in the house.

Homemade KIND Bars

1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup Craisins
1/2 cup crunchy puffed flax
1/4 cup raw flax seed
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1tsp cocoa powder
Agave nectar (enough that it coats the mixture)
Chop the nuts and mix with other ingredients in a large bowl. Pour agave nectar onto mixture and stir until completely coated.  Pour mixture onto a  seasoned baking stone (I found this works the best).  Smooth out and bake for 20 min @ 250°.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5-10 min.  Then cut into bars & put them in snack size baggies.
Note:  If you are not using a seasoned baking stone then make sure you line your baking sheet with wax paper & spray with cooking spray. It will stick…I learned the hard way!  I used ingredients I knew my husband would like, so you can change the recipe to what ever your family likes.
 I hope you all enjoyed my Frugal tip today!  Be sure to pop over to Elle Elyse to see what else I’ve been up too!
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