4 Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Future Busy Days

4 Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Future Busy Days

When I’m not feeling sickly for months at a time (stupid morning sickness!) I try to make breakfast on the weekend atleast a couple times a month. On days where I have a little extra time I make a big breakfast with plenty of leftovers that I can freeze for later. This has been a huge help now that I don’t feel like doing anything, other than the fact that we are running out of almost everything!

Muffins

Strawberry Muffins

I love freezing muffins because no one in my house really appreciates muffins as much as I do and if I freeze them they won’t go to waste!

Freezing Method: Just put them in a Zip-Lock bag and Freeze!

Reheating Method: Microwave for about 30 Seconds each

Some Muffin Recipes:

Cornbread Muffins
Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Strawberry Sealed with a Kiss Muffins

Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burritos

We love making breakfast burritos, but we are stuck just making our favorite- Bacon, Egg and Cheese. My grandfather is the king of breakfast burritos, he makes a mix of ‘breakfast burrito stuff’ and eats it for breakfast everyday for days on end. His burritos are different every time, he uses whatever ingredients he has on hand. One of his main ingredients is potato chunks.

Freezing Method: Lay finished burritos on a cookie sheet or flat surface and freeze for an hour or two. After that time transfer the burritos to a Ziplock bag.

Reheating Method: Microwave for 2-3 minutes, until heated throughly

Our Breakfast Burrito Recipe:

4 Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Future Busy Days
Author: Monica
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • Package of Bacon
  • Dozen Eggs
  • 10 Burrito Size Tortillas
  • Cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon and Scramble the Eggs. Season the eggs to taste while cooking. Crumble bacon into small pieces and mix with eggs. Set Eggs and Bacon aside.
  2. Cook tortillas on the pan that the bacon was cooked in, just for 30 seconds-1 minute on each side.
  3. Put a few spoonfuls of egg and bacon mix into the center of the tortilla and sprinkle a generous amount of cheese on top.
  4. Fold the burrito closed, and enjoy!

 

Pancakes

Pancakes with Apple Topping

We love pancakes here. Not only are they super easy to make, it is easy to make a huge batch (especially if you have a huge skillet) and be able to eat them whenever you want afterwards!

Freezing Method: Lay flat for 30 minutes in the freezer, then transfer to a ziplock bag. Refrigerate extras until you have time to freeze all of the pancakes.

Reheating Method: Microwave for 30 seconds for each pancake.

 

Hot Pockets

Blackberry Hot Pockets on Arizona Mama

I love making hot pockets, but I also take the time to make my own dough. Making the dough is super time consuming so I don’t make these very often. If you buy premade cresent rolls dough or puff pastry it can be a really easy breakfast to make and freeze for later. My husband loves eating these because they don’t take long in the microwave and taste delicious. There are better instructions on my Berry Recipes post- go check that out for the full details. What I didn’t list over there (because I just did berry ones that time) was the many other combinations of what we put in them.

Eggs, Bacon and Cheese

Lunch Meat and Cheese

Nutella and Peanut Butter

Strawberry Valentine's Day Muffins

When I was about 12, I found this Valentine’s Day Muffin recipe in a Family Fun magazine. It’s now available on Spoonful instead. It became a Valentine’s Day Tradition to make these muffins, we called them Sealed With A Kiss Muffins. Lately I haven’t called them that because instead of using Chocolate kisses I use whatever chocolate I have around- this year it was “Gold Doubloons” as my son calls them- the gold coin chocolates that we received from someone for the holidays.

Strawberry Surprise Valentine's Day Muffins

Strawberry Valentine’s Day Muffins
Author: Monica
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 3 Dozen
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 1 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 lb strawberries, fresh or defrosted frozen
  • 4 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • Chocolate Kisses, Chips or any other form of chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and then add the milk.
  3. Rinse strawberries and cut off the stems. Mash them or puree them in a blender. Stir them into the egg and milk mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder. After it is well mixed, add the bowl of dry ingredients to the original mixture. Stir it in until everything is moist.
  5. Grease your muffin tins (or use paper liners), and add the batter until each cup is half full. Put your chocolate kiss on top, then finish filling the muffin cup with batter.
  6. Bake muffins for 20-25 minutes, use a toothpick to test them (just be sure not to put it in the chocolate). The toothpick should come out clean.

We love these muffins- but they are a treat that only happens once a year, so it makes them a bit more special!

Here are some other fun Valentine’s ideas!
Our Other Valentine’s Day Tradition
Arizona-y Valentine’s Printables
Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

National Beer Can Appreciation Day {Can Crafts}

I recently have been on a kick to find some small way to take notice of some of the odd holidays that exist. I’ve been pinning them and projects that go with them on my Interesting Holidays board on Pinterest. Yesterday the coolest odd holiday was National Handwriting Day. I wanted to write some letters to celebrate, but the most I hand-wrote was my list of stuff to do! Not only is today National Beer Can Appreciation Day, but it’s also National Give Someone A Compliment Day and National Peanut Butter Day.

Last month, before Christmas I noticed that everyone on my Uncle’s street had a nice wreath out, so I went and told him he needed a wreath. His first reaction was to laugh and say absolutely not, but once I told him I was making it out of Beer Cans he was excited to join in the festivities.

Beer Can Wreath

My favorite can craft I have yet to make out of a beer can. I love this Coke Can Necklace I made awhile back. I have it on a keychain now, because I have a tendency to break necklace chains.

Coke Can Necklace TutorialIn the past I have made all sorts of different can bracelets, but I couldn’t find a picture of one I made from a beer can either. My favorite of these was my Cherry Dr. Pepper Bracelet, but I will always still love the original Coke Can Bracelet too!

Aluminum Can Bracelets

 If you are itching for more beer can crafts, head over to Pinterest. I follow this amazing board for all of my Aluminum Can Craft needs!

Cloak Sewing Tutorial: Part One {Cutting Process}

I’m sorry my cloak tutorial is only a week late! It was alot harder than I expected to draw everything up and explain it! If you need more details please ask specific questions in the comments or in an email. Thanks!

To see my first post with pictures of the finished product click here or on the picture!

2nd Finished Cloak

Materials:
3 Yards Outer Fabric
3 Yards Lining Fabric
2 Large Buttons
1 Smaller Button

I used flannel for both the outer fabric and the lining for my latest cloaks, because it was on sale. In the past I have used wool and stretch canvas for the outer fabric and flannel and satin for the lining.

The Cutting Process

To make my pattern is pretty easy but I do it without too many fancy tools. It would probably be more professional if I used quilter’s equipment but I figured there were probably people like me that would like an easy tutorial that didn’t use anything too fancy. This is something an average hobby sewer could make.

Cloak Pattern- Image No 1
Image No 1

1. Layout your fabric on the carpet floor, as shown in image no 1. If you want to (or can cut through all the layers) layout both the lining and the outer fabrics at the both time, so that they match up. It would save you from cutting everything twice.

Layout the Fabric
Step 1- Layout Fabric

 

 

 

 

Cloak Pattern- Image No 2
Image No 2

2. Cut off the excess fabric (this will be saved for the hood) and cut the fold so that you have two separate layers of each fabric. See image no. 2 and cut accordingly.

 

 

Pin in Fabric and Carpet
Step  3- Push Pin Thru Fabric and Carpet
Pin Placements
Pin Placements

3. Stick a pin in the bottom corner of your fabric- stick it through the fabric into the carpet so that it sticks up but is still in place. Look at the picture for step no 3. (This is where you may want to use fancier equipment, but this is a cheap easy way that I do it). Measure 3 feet away from that pin and stick another pin in the bottom of the fabric. Also put a pin in at the 18″ mark. See Pin Placements image.

4. Use your measuring tape to make a straight line from the 18″ mark pin at the bottom of your fabric to the top of the fabric.Stick a pin in at the top and where your middle pin would line up. Use that pin as a middle mark, put the 8″ mark of your measuring tape at the pin and put a pin in at the top of the fabric at Zero and at the 16″ line. You should now have all of the pins in place according to the pin placement image.

 

 

Cloak Pattern- Image No 4
Image No 4

5. Use some yarn (or some sort of string) to make an outline around all of your pins. Your outline should look like image no 4. This is now your pattern, it can be cut carefully with scissors.

Wrap Pin Outline with String
Step No 5

 

 

 

 

 

Cloak Pattern- Image No 5
Panel Explanation
Cloak Pattern- Image No 8
Image No 8

6. The main panel that you just cut out should have 2 layers (of each the lining and the outside if you cut both fabrics at the same time). Fold the top layer(s) in half so that you can easily cut down the middle lengthwise. See Image No 6.

Cloak Pattern- Image No 6

7. The last step of the cutting process is to cut out the hood. The hood is fairly simple, the piece that we saved it the very beginning will be folded in half, as shown in Image No 8. The hood was cut without a pattern, but as long as it has a round corner it will be fine. The only part that matters is that all 4 pieces (two for the outer fabric and two for the inner fabric) are the same. I changed my mind with the hood as you can see in the picture but it worked out well.

Hood Cut Out
Step 7- Hood Shape

This is the last step of the cutting process for the main part of your cloak. Remember- if you didn’t cut out both the outside layer and the inside layer of fabric at the same time you will need to go back and repeat this entire process for whichever fabric you didn’t cut yet.

The real last step is an easy one, using the scraps of both the outer fabric and the inner cut out two rectangles from each fabric. The rectangles should be about 10″x4″. These will be to cover up the slits for the arm holes, they help make the cloak a little bit warmer.

This tutorial will continue this week! It will include all of the sewing steps and the finished product. Thanks for your patience!

An Arizona Valentine's Day Card

This last weekend I had Valentine’s Day on my mind as we were out in the desert four-wheeling in our Jeep. I had to take some pictures of heart-shaped cacti to use as a cute and funny Valentine’s day cards. I also made sure to take plenty of other pictures of the different cacti in Arizona. You can see them over at Arizona Mama in my Unofficial Guide to Arizona Cacti article.

Love Hurts Valentine's Day Card

Love May Hurt Valentine's Day Card

My husband is going to be so surprised to get this as his Valentine’s Day Card. You know, seeing as he had to pull over so I could take these pictures and then listen to me while I made them. But hey, it’s the thought that counts right?

Love Hurts but I Love You Valentine's Day Card

Feel free to print out any of these pictures to turn it into a Valentine’s Day Card. They should print well as a 4×6, if you have any problems with them let me know in a comment or an e-mail, because I would love for you to be able to use them! You can also download them and send them in an email or something too! If you need help downloading these images, scroll down and I will have directions at the bottom of the post!

This year I wasn’t able to get Christmas cards made or sent out in time for Christmas, so we should be sending out these Valentine’s Day cards instead. The only thing I’m waiting on to send out our Valentine’s Day cards is that I need to take a new family picture- the one I used for this one was from October and we don’t have any that are more recent. I’m not sure how that happened, I only have thousands of pictures on my computer but none of them have just the 3 of us.

Valentine's Day Card

Directions for Downloading Images (PC Only):
Right-click the image you would like to save with the mouse. Select ‘Save Image As…’  Choose where you would like to save the image and press ‘Save’

Looking for More Valentine’s Day Ideas?
Valentine’s Day Tradition for Kids
DIY Mustache Valentine (And a fun Photo Bomb)
5 Reasons I Love My Husband
Love Wall Hanging

Journal Writing Ideas: A Loss of a Loved One

I love my post about Journal Writing. I’m sure I go back and read it more often than anyone else reads it. It helps remind me of things I can write about to try to stay happy and positive. It also can help me remember the good memories of things that are happening right now, things I may forget later.

With the recent heart-breaking loss of a close family member I have been trying to record some of my memories of them before they start to fade in my mind. I already start to realize I can’t remember things I want to. This list is to try to help me get the memories flowing and be able to write them down when I think of them. The little things through out the day spark my memory but they are helping me to remember all of the positive things and be grateful for the good memories instead of focusing on the future without them.

Your Loved Ones Favorites (Foods, Hobbies, Possessions, Places, Brands, Teams)

The Last (Positive) Thing Your Loved One Said to You

A Timeline of their Life

Their Favorite Sayings or Phrases

How their Actions or Words Impacted You (How you felt or what action you took because of them)

What Your Loved One Taught You

Trips You Went On Together and What You Did

What You Are Grateful to Your Loved One For (Any Personality Traits you inherited? Or anything they may have done for you or taught you. Or a time that they were there for you)

This post was written mostly for me, so if you have any ideas to add please let me know in a comment or an e-mail because I could use them. Thanks!

15 Minute Supper: Classic Chicken a la King

This recipe originally came from my favorite cookbook (aka: the bible) but in more recent editions the recipe hasn’t been included. I found this out after frantically calling my mom and comparing page numbers at the last minute one night before finishing up dinner as a newlywed. Since then I have countless scraps of paper reminding me of the recipe and I have come up with a few additions to our Chicken a la King recipe that add a bit more flavor.

Chicken a la King #15MinuteSuppers

15 Minute Supper: Classic Chicken a la King
Author: Monica
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Onions
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoons Pepper
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Chicken Bullion Cube
  • 1/8 teaspoon Montreal Chicken Seasoning (optional)
  • 2 Cups Chicken
  • 1 Can Mushroom (optional, from original recipe but I never add them)
  • Toast (can substitute with noodles, rice, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter and add the onions, let them saute for a few minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients minus the chicken and mushrooms and cook on medium heat until thick and bubbly.
  3. Add chicken and mushrooms until heated.
  4. Serve over toast.

If you loved this recipe as much as we do- here is an added twist to add more vegetables and make it a little healthier! Click here for Green Chicken a la King. It is an amazing twist to this recipe as long as you can get your head around the color!

15 Minute Suppers

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and look for the #15MinuteSuppers hashtag too!

Chicken Scallopine from Around My Family Table
Classic Chicken a la King from Monzanita’s
Mango Chutney Chicken from Better in Bulk
Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps from Jen’s Journey
Unstuffed Paleo Cabbage Rolls from Confessions of an Overworked Mom
Ranch Clam Chowder from Just 2 Sisters

If you are a blogger and you’d like more info, please check out the 15 Minute Suppers website or ask to join the Facebook group to participate on Fridays…we’d love to have you join us.

The Resolve for No New Year's Resolutions

It’s a new year. I know many people are setting new year’s resolutions because I have seen a billion posts about other people’s resolutions. It starts me thinking about making my own New Year’s Resolutions, but every year my real resolution is to not have any New Year’s Resolutions. Or any resolutions at all.

res·o·lu·tion
n. a firm decision to do or not to do something.

I don’t need any firm decisions in my life right now, I need a chance to give myself a break and to not feel guilty about things. I always want to do better but resolving to do something is just going to add stress and guilt to my life and that won’t help me do better. As much as I want to resolve to have a clean house, or be a better wife by making dinner more often I just need to do those things when I can and be happy about doing them when I can.

They may be always changing but I always have goals. I hope that you can try to reach your goals without adding any stress or guilt to your life as well. Make your goal to be happy and healthy and applaud yourself for any little step you take in that direction.

No New Year's Resolutions

I have spent some time this week re-reading some of my own posts about how to be happier. My post with journal writing ideas goes right along with resolutions. As a child (and even later) I would get a new journal or diary and decide I was going to write in it every day. Some times I lasted a day, sometimes two weeks. Once I wrote about each day for almost a year. That took a ton of time writing things like “Nothing interesting happened today” three weeks after the date I was writing about.

With my tips for writing in a journal I said to just move on and not worry about how often you write or about going back and writing about the past. It makes for a nice read when I go back in my diary and see the good things I wrote about. The gap in the timeline never is a worry I am just happy to read the things I did write and I know that when I was writing them it helped that day or week be a happier one. It’s something I can do to improve my happiness but it won’t ever subtract from my happiness because I forgot a day or lost momentum.

The same can go for any resolution you might come up with. If you resolution was to start eating better be happy about making a healthier food choice today. Try again tomorrow. Don’t be hard on yourself if you slip up, every day is a new day to try to start again, and everyday can be a step in the right direction if you make it happen.

My current goals are lofty but every step I make toward them is a good one. I want to be healthier, happier, a better wife, a better mom, a better blogger and have a cleaner house and keep to my saving plan as well as spend more time with my dog. Doing a little to improve in each of those areas when I can will help me get to where I want to be, and I don’t need a resolution to get there.

Here are more of my Life Tips (Most of these posts are just to help me though!)
Journal Writing and Journal Entry Ideas
How to Stop Shopping
Making Better Food Choices

Cloaks- The Original Wearable Blanket {Inspiration}

I started off making cloaks last year when I made my red riding hood cape for Halloween. The inspiration was from the ABC Show Once Upon a Time. To see more pictures of my version of the Red Riding Hood Cape click here.

Once Upon a Time Red Riding Hood Cloak
Image from ABC’s Once Upon a Time

Red Riding Hood CloakThe next one I made was a serious step up, a cloak for my sister for her Christmas present. She liked my Red Riding Hood Cloak but also had some other ideas for hers. It had to be a little more useful and warm. She liked the idea for the arm holes like on this Nancy Drew type of cape.

Nancy Drew Cape
Cape Available on Etsy

I made sure to add arm holes and to use thicker material for my sister’s cape. It was also made with a much thicker material and lined with flannel.

2nd Finished Cloak

My sister loves her cloak. My other sisters love it as well- so much that they steal it often. They asked for their own so I made them long capes for Christmas and I am currently working on a tutorial for them. Check back next week and I will have the tutorial for My Sister’s Cloaks.

My Sister's Cloak