Meal Prep Monday: A Change of Plans

For some time now I’ve been planning and prepping the meals for my family on Sunday nights. Every Sunday I’d shop and bring home large quantities of food to be prepared before the week officially began. This way I could have multiple meals done in one evening and all it would require is a little reheating.

The thought behind this was that I was a) saving time, b) saving money, and c) keeping my family fed with healthy homemade meals but not killing myself each night cooking a new meal.

That was the thought…

Then I was informed by the men of the house that they didn’t really enjoy the whole “leftover” thing. What?

Well, that threw a wrench in my plans! So much so that I haven’t really cooked any meals at home lately because I haven’t found my rhythm yet. Thinking ahead of individual meals AND shopping in lower quantities rather than mass producing meals one day a week so I didn’t have to think too much about it throughout the week just isn’t sinking in.

So I have some retooling to do in the kitchen. I need to find a way to cook a meal every other night that will keep dinner healthy and fresh. I’ve tried freezer meals where I packaged up multiple crock pot meals in one sitting to be spread out and used over the week. I could attempt that again though I do find the crock pot meals to be a bit bland. I always have to add extra seasonings when they are finished.

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And the prep time was extensive. I had to block a good 4-5 hours to clean, chop, measure, cook the meat, then dole the right ingredients into the right bags. Although it took some time and it did need extra seasonings, this came through when I was out of the country and my husband needed dinner or when we had lots of plans after work and school.

Now I’ve never done the traditional meal-a-night type cooking where I planned out my shopping based on what I needed to cook a meal every night. But the thought of it makes me feel overwhelmed. It feels like a lot of lists, a lot of planning spread out over a longer period of time and a lot of rushing to use ingredients before they go bad. Yikes…

In the end, I’m not sure what I’m doing but I’ll definitely need to figure something out sooner rather than later!!

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Starting Something New for 2016

I love giving gifts. But I also love receiving them, too. Especially when they spark my creative side!

I was gifted with some gift cards that I got to spend on a few of my hobbies. I grabbed some coloring books (something I’ve loved for years), a pack of colored pencils, and a beginners guide to crocheting (something else I’ve loved doing for years)! I figured, since Jake is interested in crocheting with me, it would be good to grab a book to help us both learn together.

Then I grabbed something new. HEXIES!

I’ve seen this paper piecing process floating through my feed and through my honest craft roomies group on Instagram and periscope. At first I was afraid to start. It seemed like too many steps and too much room for failure. Otherwise… it was fussy. And we all know how I feel about fussy things.

Nevertheless, I grabbed two packs, 1.5 inch and 2 inch paper hexies. I figured, “What the heck? What do I have to lose other than a few dollars?” Then I dove into my scrap stash for the fabric from my July table runner and looked up a few videos on YouTube to help me learn the process. With in a few minutes, I had this!

My first hexie!

My first thoughts were “Wow, this is much easier than I expected” soon after followed by “This can be addicting!”

So, I made some more!

I am finding some gaps in my hand sewing skills. I need to learn a better method to knot my thread and tie off my stitches. I’m also making up my own stitches as I go, using whatever works for me and gets the job done. I’m not sure how important it is for me to learn proper stitches and sewing techniques so for now I’m just going on my merry little way.

The process became so easy and fun for me that I took it on the road and was able to piece together individual hexies AND a full flower made with those individual pieces while on a road trip.


Working on the road meant bumps and jolts but it still was simple to work on and I was whipping through them like a hot knife through butter. And it helps  Working on the road meant bumps and jolts but it still was simple to work on and I was whipping through them like a hot knife through butter. And it helps that I love this fabric combination. I even used it for my mini hexie barn quilt.

Even with all the bumps and turns and stops and goes, I kept working at it and pieced together the individual hexies to make a little flower.

I now have two made at home and I’m debating what to do with them. A pillow? A placemat to go with the table runner? A mug rug or two?

So I say to you, if you want to try something new this year and you’ve been hesitant about jumping in with two feet, I say let go of your fears and just GO! This is a new year. Find something that calls to you and give it a try. Reach out to your community, get some tips and suggestions, then just run with it!

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{VIDEO} DIY Mod Podge Glitter Jar

When I’m not quilting or sewing, I’ve always got a new project on my mind. I love trying out new ways to take everyday items and make them into something beautiful and useful.

Hence my addiction to mod podge. I’ve not had much luck with mod podge so far BUT I’m determined to make it mine!

This weekend I had some success and created some great little jars for decorating your home either for the holidays or just to add a little glitz around your home.

Check out our little tutorial to make your own mod podge glitter jar!

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