Slow Cooker Summer Buffalo Chicken

Last week, I had an appointment that took me out of the house for the day. I asked my 16-year-old to start the slow cooker for me while I was out. My boys love anything that has buffalo sauce on it, so I picked out the Buffalo Chicken from the freezer and put it out to thaw.

 

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Here are the prep pics from the day I put these freezer meals together. The effort and planning have been worth it. I have saved time and money, and this is something that I will continue to prepare for my family on a regular basis. We have also really liked the recipes, too. I don’t have a finished picture of this meal because they ate it before I got home. That is always a good sign that a recipe is good!

You can find the recipe for the Buffalo Chicken on the Who Needs a Cape blog. The full list of recipes and shopping list can be found on this post on the website.

If you don’t think you have a full day or a half day to do freezer meal preparation, you can double recipes as you prepare meals and freeze one of the meals.

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Getting Organized This Summer Week 5 Day 2

Tuesday

Home:

  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.

 

Zone Focus: Front Porch

This is going to be a fun project today. Clear your porch off and get out the water hose. Get the children involved and let them help you wash down the front porch and have some water play at the same time. As you put things put back into place, make your porch look inviting.

 

School:

  • Look at your overall school schedule and divide the work up monthly and weekly.
  • Get your weeks of school picked out.
  • Remember to schedule some breaks.
  • If you start early in August, you will be able to have a longer Christmas break and end school at the end of May.

 

Afternoon Routine:

  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
  • Exercise

 

Family Fun: Extend the water play from cleaning the front porch.

 

 

We are going to work on our Before Bed Routine this month. This is the most important routine of the day. It gets you ready for the next day. This will help you start your day off on the right foot. You will start this routine right after dinner each night.

 

Before Bed:

  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Decide on a place in your house where you can put things for the next day. The FlyLady calls this your Launch Pad. It is usually close to your main entry of the house. You are going to use this every night.
  • Shine Your Sink (Are you enjoying having a Shiny Sink every morning when you get up?)
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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Blackberry Cobbler

During late June and early July, the wild blackberries are ripe in North Carolina. I go out early in the morning to pick blackberries. Our favorite family recipe for them is Blackberry Cobbler.

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter (melted)

1-1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup milk (2% is what I use)

2 cups fresh blackberries (frozen will work)

 

Use a small 12″ x 8″ baking dish and lightly grease the pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit

 

In a medium bowl, measure one cup of sugar and one cup of self-rising flour. Add one cup of milk and wisk together. Add 1/2 cup melted butter and wisk together. Pour into the glass baking dish and add 2 cups of blackberries. Top with 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Place into oven that is pre-heated to 350 degrees. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until top is golden brown.

 

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Getting Organized This Summer Week 5 Day 1

Week 5 – June 29 – July 3

Monday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School Assignment. Remember that our Monday schedule is a little more involved than the rest of the week. You can spread the Weekly Home Blessing Hour out over the course of the week, if you like.

Home:

  • Morning Routine
  • Make Your Bed
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.

 

Weekly Home Blessing Hour:

  • Wash Bedding
  • Sweep and Mop
  • Vacuum
  • Dust
  • Purge Magazines
  • Empty Trash
  • Windows and Mirrors

 

School:

  • Look at your overall school schedule and divide the work up monthly and weekly.
  • Get your weeks of school picked out.
  • Remember to schedule some breaks.
  • If you start early in August, you will be able to have a longer Christmas break and end school at the end of May.

 

Afternoon Routine:

  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
  • Exercise
  • Zone Focus: Spend 15 minutes detail cleaning your Entry

 

Family Fun: Go to the Library this afternoon to pick out new books.

 

We are going to work on our Before Bed Routine this month. This is the most important routine of the day. It gets you ready for the next day. This will help you start your day off on the right foot. You will start this routine right after dinner each night.

 

Before Bed:

  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Decide on a place in your house where you can put things for the next day. The FlyLady calls this your Launch Pad. It is usually close to your main entry of the house. You are going to use this every night.
  • Shine Your Sink (Are you enjoying having a Shiny Sink every morning when you get up?)
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

 

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Slow Cooker Summer – Raspberry Chipotle Chicken

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Earlier this week, I pulled out the pack to thaw to make Raspberry Chipotle Chicken. We have had Vacation Bible School at our church this week, and I need a time-saver meal plan for each night of the week. What I found with these freezer meals being ready to thaw and cook is that I can have a hot meal on the table each night with little fuss and preparation. I have served fresh salad and fruit with my entrees, so it has been easy-peasy to have a healthy meal before we go to church. One night I timed my prep time, serve time, and clean up time. I was able to get a meal on the table and clean up in less than an hour.

 

Now, I am sure you want to know how this tastes. My family enjoyed the flavor of the chicken legs. It was sweet from the raspberry jam and had a little heat from the chipotles. It was a good mix for my family. The next time I make these, I need to include more chicken legs. I did prepare these in the slow cooker, but I think they would be delicious prepared on the grill, too.

 

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Prep day a few weeks ago.

 

So far, I feel like I have saved time and money with this project. I spent $25 last weekend on perishables at the grocery store, and I spent $20 this week so far. These were mostly breakfast items, and I will need to go out this weekend to buy more fresh fruit and veggies.

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I hope this inspires you to find ways to save time and money this summer. I am having a great time with it!

Siggie - Tami Fox

Getting Organized Week 4 Day 5

Congratulations! You are at the end of week 4! I will be continuing this summer. I will add new things to your routines as we go along. Before you know it, you will have made these routines habits in your life.

Friday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School Assignment

 

Home:

  • Make your bed when you get up.
  • Brush your teeth and get dressed to the shoes.
  • Swish and swipe.
  • Fill your water bottle.
  • Have a 2 minute Hot Spot Fire Drill.
  • Start a load of laundry.
  • Pamper yourself for 15 minutes.
  • Reboot your laundry.

 

School:

Research field trips or supplemental activities you want to do during the school year.

 

Family Fun:         Go swimming or do a water activity of some kind.

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Getting Organized Week 4 Day 4

Start each day with a happy heart and choose to be joyful no matter what happens.

Thursday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School assignment

 

Home: 

  • Make your bed when you get up.
  • Brush your teeth and get dressed to the shoes.
  • Swish and swipe.
  • Fill your water bottle.
  • Have a 2 minute Hot Spot Fire Drill.
  • Start a load of laundry.
  • Pamper yourself for 15 minutes.

 

School:

  • Put away books and check on your orders.
  • Read your homeschool encouragement book.
  • Purge another drawer in your child’s room for 15 minutes. Be sure to include them. The goal is to go through their drawers and closet before you start school. This will also give you time to make a list of items you might need to buy. I am always surprised at the end of the summer when I see how much the boys have grown.

Family Fun:         Pick a water activity to do at home or go on a nature walk. Don’t forget to take your nature journals.

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Finding Joy in Everything with The FlyLady

This is a speech The FlyLady gave at the Virginia Homeschooling Convention. She had given two other speeches that day, and she was feeling tired. Somehow with the Grace of God this turned out to be one of the best speeches she has ever given. Thank you God for your inspiration. The God Breezes were blowing!

 

If you are feeling less than joyful in your role at home, you will be blessed by this talk. I was in the audience, and while I am joyful in all I do, I was still blessed by what she shared that day.

Check Out Family Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with FlyLady on BlogTalkRadio
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Getting Organized Week 4 Day 3

Let’s make this a great day! Are you forming habits yet? Don’t beat yourself up if you miss something one day. Just start fresh the next day.

 

Wednesday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School Assignment

 

Home: 

  • Make your bed when you get up.
  • Brush your teeth and get dressed to the shoes.
  • Swish and swipe.
  • Fill your water bottle.
  • Have a 2 minute Hot Spot Fire Drill.
  • Start a load of laundry.
  • Pamper yourself for 15 minutes.
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Our bin of things to donate.

 

School:

  • Put away books that have arrived from your orders.
  • Purge one drawer in your child’s room for 15 minutes.
  • Have them work with you.
  • Throw out torn clothing.
  • Make a donate box for clothing that needs to be given away.
  • Reboot your laundry.

 

Family Fun:         Fold or hang your laundry and put it away before you leave the house. Pick an activity to do on your way to the grocery store. Use your cooler and ice. Pack snacks and water bottles. Go by the library if you have not been there this week.

Siggie - Tami Fox

Slow Cooker Summer Zesty Pork Ribs

Zesty BBQ Ribs

Zesty BBQ Ribs

 

The Zesty BBQ Pork Ribs from the recipe on Who Needs a Cape is delicious. We did fix it a little differently than the recipe called for. Since it was a Saturday when we fixed this, my son opted to use the smoker instead of the slow cooker. That is his favorite thing to do, and he has to do it on a day when we are home all day. We made the marinade and let the ribs sit in it for about 3 hours. Then he prepared the smoker and got the ribs going. Since he was going to be outside anyway, I soaked whole ears of corn in water for about 2 hours. Then he grilled them on the grill that is a part of our smoker unit. It took about 3 hours to cook the ribs, and it took about 35 minutes to grill the corn. If I were to lok at this from the time-saving aspect, this is certainly not a time-saving way to cook. But it was something my son wanted to do, and it took minimal supervision on my part for him to cook for us. I would say this is a part of Giving Your Children Wings that I talk about in my book. He is learning skills to last a lifetime.

 

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