6 Things You Must Do To Finally Eliminate Chaos & Embrace Order This Year

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Sigh, another year has gone and passed. As 2017 comes to a close, let us usher in 2018 with renewed hope and energy.  And let’s direct that renewed hope and energy inwards starting with us and our homestead.

If there was anything I have learned from the previous years, it was always a lingering regret of mine that I could have been a little bit more organized and a lot more intentional about my plans so that I could have reached my goals. Every year, like clockwork, I have this little pep in me to start the new year off on the right foot with a clean slate and pour my thoughts out onto paper, all the things that I want to do during that particular year. That’s all it ever was, just arbitrary things like painting the house or start a veggie garden or to simply just, put things into my phone’s calendar.

What actually ends up happening instead is me uttering for the hundredth time,

“Where in the world did I put my phone?”

“Has anyone seen it?”

“Are you kidding me? How in the world did it end up in the fridge?!”

This year is the year that I will get my life back in order once and for all! Since I’ve discovered that I also like to moonlight as a detective (I leave myself post-it notes all over the house), I have found myself less likely to stray from my own worse enemy, short-term memory.

Here’s my 6 point checklist for how to combat my short-term memory loss and get us all back on track this year by slaying goals like fruit ninja:

I have used the Happy Planner last year and that was ok. However, this is the planner I am using this year and I love it! It has everything that I didn’t even know I needed, without me having to buy any additional sheets because it’s already included.

 

1. Plan It: For starters, I’ve been using a planner off and on during 2016 and 2017. I have noticed that when I actually take the extra 5 seconds to write things down in my planner, I tend to stick to it and things magically get done. Most people use either write out their plans using pen and paper planner or a type it digitally, directly into their phones or sync it up to their Google calendars to keep their lives in order. Me? I like both. In case, 1 dies unexpectedly, I’ve got a backup plan somewhere. I prefer to write it down, but I can’t stand the clutter that I create in the process, so I copy it digitally too.

  2. Divide & Conquer: If you’re married with kids, consider yourself lucky because you have a second battalion that you can enlist to fight your war against clutter. It’s pretty obvious that your family was the culprit behind your war on clutter, to begin with, so it’s only fair that you enlist them anyway. Make it a game and treat them to dinner or a treat at their favorite restaurant when they are finished helping the family stay clean and germ-free. Just like the FlyLady does, remind them that “many hands make less work and more time for play.”

This is a screenshot of my Iphone’s timer. However, I prefer the timer on my kitchen stove.

 

3. Set a Timer: If you must use your phone timer, great! That will work just fine! However, I prefer my kitchen timer because it is located in the central hub of our house and because no one knows exactly where my phone is at this very moment. This goes hand in hand with writing out your plan, see above in step #1. If you’re anything like me, you get sidetracked so easily that before you know it, the day is over and you feel as though you’ve accomplished nothing. Setting a timer will give you the motivation you need to stop dilly-dallying around and finally be able to knock out that task. You’ll be able to get more done in less time. It holds you and your kids accountable so they won’t see you as the bad guy when you try to enforce homework time. Remind them that we work now so that we can enjoy playing later.

 

Our weekly meal plan is nothing fancy. It’s a $3 dry erase board from Target that my daughter picked out. But don’t let the small price tag fool you. It’s nothing to shake a stick at because though it may be cheap, it makes up for it’s size and price by keeping us all within our food budget!

 

4. Meal Plan: If I have not said this before I will reiterate it again, I hate cooking, I only cook to survive. It’s true, my family will tell you a different story but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. That is why I meal plan so that I can spend less time cooking and more time enjoying my family all while saving our hard-earned money. Thanks to MoneySavingMom.com, 5dollardinners.com, and PassionatePennyPincher.com, I have discovered that meal planning is a viable way to pinch our pennies so that we can pay down our debts. Not only is it much friendlier on our wallets, it is proving to be kind to our waistlines as well.

5. Switch-It-Up: Make a list, lots of them, in fact. Make them pretty, hang them up for your family to see, including yourself and your entire family in your tasks and goals. Then, everyone can either pick and choose their task or have mom & dad randomly assign them. This holds everyone accountable and we can all encourage one another so that Mom doesn’t always have to be the bad guy for yelling at her kids 20 times for them to put away their toys. We have found that it is a lot more fun to get each other on-board as a family to complete a task together so that we can all reach an end goal, such as  (drum roll) family game night!

6. Do Your Part: Do your part and go the extra mile. Not only does it spread goodwill within your family and friends, but it also instills a sense of responsibility in your kids when they see you overcome your own struggles and worked hard to complete a tough task. Along with that same thought, my daughter opened and ate a fortune cookie this week that read: “No one has ever died from sweating too much.” Now that’s what I call a smart cookie! 😉

How do you conquer the chaos in your life? Share your thoughts below.

 

 

 

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Rice Done Right! Every Time!

(Note: Although, I was not compensated nor was I sponsored by Zojirushi for this post, all opinions, recommendations, and reviews are 100% my own. If, however, I may be compensated or sponsored by them in the future, I will update this post accordingly to reflect it as such.)

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Want hot, tender, melt-in-your-mouth, perfectly cooked, freshly prepared rice? Want it fast and cooked from home every single time? If you answered yes, then read on…

Don’t order takeout, save your money, and make it at home instead. Thanks to my parents for making me eat gobs of rice growing up, I now know how to make it on my own. 😉 Here is the secret on how to do it the right way, once and for all.

 

Directions:

1-Wash once (rinse thoroughly) in lukewarm water, I use long grain Jasmine rice because I grew up eating it and that’s what I am used to eating. But you can choose whichever type, brand, texture rice that suits your taste buds.

2-Tap on the sides of the pot with your palms to level out the rice

3-Fill about 1 inch or approximately 1 knuckle above the surface of the rice with water and cook in a rice cooker on automatic white rice setting (or whichever you prefer using, like Brown, etc.)

4-Stove Top: Cook the rice 20 minutes on medium high heat if cooking on the stove-top oven, stirring often to make sure that it doesn’t spill over and ruin your cooktop. For those of you with a gas stove, consider yourselves lucky, I miss mine so much. My electric stove hates me, it burns all my food, thus I hate cooking. It is annoying for me to stand there for 20 minutes while I babysit my dumb electric stove. But alas, it still works, so I will suffer through it until it dies. 🙁

5-Microwave: Cook for 30 minutes on high setting if cooking in the microwave, stirring often every 10 minutes. This is also very annoying to stand there for 30 minutes while I hangrily wait for my rice. But at least there’s a built-in timer to alert me to care for the rice while I dabble in a side project. 😉

6-Rice Cooker:  Just set it and forget it.  “Easy peasy lemon squeazy,” as my daughter would say.  Oh man, this is by far my favorite method of cooking. Hit the button and walk away.

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Final Verdict:

Mmmm rice, (drools).

 

When it comes to rice, go for Goldilocks:

Not too wet yet not too dry, but, just right!!!

 

Recommendations:

This is the model that we are currently using in our kitchen. We love it so much that we kept the sticker to remind us that we bought it brand new at one point. We love paying homage to those folks who still leave the plastic wrap on their furniture because we like to think we are spiffy like that too. 😉

If all else fails, try using an automatic rice cooker.

We have gone through our fair share of rice cookers in the past, whether it was a hand-me-down or a cheapie. All of which were cheap in price and also in quality. But my favorite by far is the Zojirushi Rice Cooker, it makes perfect rice each and every time!

This Zojirushi model, in particular, has delivered on its promise of perfect rice and then some. Not only does it perform well, it’s also quite an attractive piece of an appliance in our kitchen featuring its stainless steel exterior to match the rest of our kitchen appliances. Although it is a bit pricey, up front, it will last you pretty close to a lifetime.

And that, to me, is a great investment on any kitchen appliance, especially because rice is a staple in our household. We serve up rice at least 3-4 times a week with our meals.

How did your rice turn out? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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All-In-One Pot Turkey Taco Hamburger Helper Replica Recipe

 

All-in-one Pot Turkey Taco Hamburger Helper Replica

 

Get dinner ready in a flash with these ingredients found inside your very own pantry! Just add shredded cheddar and a sprig of cilantro!

Thump Thump Thump!

 

Tick tock tick tock tick tock!

 

Growl, gurgle, roar!

 

Rub, scratch, squirm…

 

My heart is racing, my palms are sweaty, and the day seems to be dragging its feet! Like a cobra on a mission eyeing a nice juicy field mouse in the short distance, my hunger pangs are just setting in. It’s 4:58 pm, my gut is wound up in a tight knot and I have dinner on the brain!

 

Of course, I forgot to thaw out the frozen chicken breast that I meant to transfer from the freezer to the fridge last night because I was catching up on the season finale of Game of Thrones. I could hit up a drive-thru and waste away $40. Or I can raid my pantry for on-hand staples that I the smart version of past-tense me have already stocked up in anticipation for this dummy version of frantic future me. Yay! 

 

It’s an All-In-One Pot Turkey Taco Hamburger Helper Wannabe (Whew! Say that 3 times fast!) to the rescue! With 15 minutes and time to spare, just long enough for the apple, I popped into my mouth to dissipate into oblivion. That’s all it took to whip up a batch of this bad boy and finally put those hunger pangs to rest.

 

This was a recipe that I originally adapted from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures.

 

I have tweaked it according to what we had on-hand in our pantry and our fridge at that particular time. I did not want to waste another trip to the store and spend more money on more things that we did not need, so we used what we had instead and our bellies were just as satisfied.  I also added more spices to cater to my husband’s palate. I hope that you will enjoy it as much as our family did too.

 

   Got a good 15-minute meal idea? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by my little corner today! 

 

(Original recipe adapted by www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2013/01/homemade-cheeseburger-helper.html)

 

Cost Breakdown of the All-In-One Pot Turkey Taco Hamburger Helper Replica Meal:

Since I am all about living frugally, here is the true cost breakdown for this meal. I am using this helpful guide to assume prices at Kroger and it’s website, only because I like their search feature the best.

This meal serves a family of 4 and plenty for seconds and leftovers for meals during the week. You can also freeze the leftovers and eat them later. Just pop it in the microwave between 30 seconds – 1 minute per serving.

1 tube (2 lbs.) frozen ground turkey (thawed) ————————-$2.49
½ tsp. Salt ——————————————————————–on hand
½ tsp. Ground Black Pepper———————————————–on hand
½ tsp. Sugar——————————————————————-on hand
1 tsp. Cumin——————————————————————-on hand
1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper—————————————————— on hand
1 tsp. Chili Powder———————————————————–on hand
Olive oil Spray or 2 tbsp. Olive Oil—————————————on hand
1 tbsp. Minced Garlic in Olive Oil——————————————$1.99
½ Chopped & Diced Red Onions——————————————–$0.45
1 cup of beef or chicken broth/stock or 2 cubes bouillon & water—on hand
½ cup of milk or heavy cream————————————————-$0.69 (1/2 gallon)
2 jars of Mild Salsa————————————————————–$4 ($1.99 each)
1 can of Black Bean————————————————————-$0.59
2 Chopped & Diced fresh Roma Tomatoes———————————$0.56 ($0.28 each)
1 Chopped and Diced Green Bell Pepper———————————–$0.79                                      1 can Whole Kernel Golden Corn——————————————–$0.59
1 box of Elbow Macaroni Noodles——————————————-$0.73
1 ½ cups of shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese——————————$1.00
Salt, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, to taste (We like heat so I used a good 3 dashes of each spice)
1 handful of chopped Green Onions (Scallions)————————-(on hand-we grow these)
Serve with a dollop of your favorite sour cream—————————$1.29

Total Cost of this Family-Sized Meal: $15.17, which is $3.79 per person to feed a family of 4 plus leftovers!

 

If you are a busy Mom or Dad who is tired, hungry, short on time and trying your darndest to save some cash in your wallet this week, give this recipe a try.

Let me know how it turned out for you in the comments below.

 

 

Ingredients: Serves 8

 

  • ALL-IN-ONE POT TURKEY TACO HAMBURGER HELPER WANNABE RECIPE

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook Time: 15 minutes

    Total Time: 30 minutes

    Category: Entree

    Cuisine: Mexican

    Serving Size: 8

    ALL-IN-ONE POT TURKEY TACO HAMBURGER HELPER WANNABE RECIPE

    Ingredients

    • 1 tube (2 lbs.) frozen ground turkey (thawed)
    • ½ tsp. Salt
    • ½ tsp. Ground Black Pepper
    • ½ tsp. Sugar
    • 1 tsp. Cumin
    • 1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
    • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
    • Olive oil Spray or 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
    • 1 tbsp. Minced Garlic in Olive Oil
    • ½ Chopped & Diced Red Onions
    • 1 cup of beef or chicken broth/stock or 2 cubes bouillon & water
    • ½ cup of milk or heavy cream (whatever you have on hand)
    • 2 jars of Chi Chi’s Mild Salsa
    • 1 can of Black Bean
    • 2 Chopped & Diced fresh Roma Tomatoes
    • 1 Chopped and Diced Green Bell Pepper
    • ½ Bag of frozen Whole Kernel Golden Corn
    • 1 box of Elbow Macaroni Noodles
    • 1 ½ cups of shredded Sharp Cheddar or Mexican-Style Mix Cheese
    • Salt, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, to taste (We like heat so I used a good 3 dashes of each spice)
    • 1 handful of chopped Green Onions (Scallions)
    • Serve with a dollop of your favorite sour cream

    Instructions

    1. On medium heat, spray skillet with olive oil or drizzle 2 tbsp. Olive Oil around your pan or skillet.
    2. Add minced garlic and cook 2 minutes or until fragrant.
    3. Add the thawed ground turkey and mix in dry spices (salt, black pepper, sugar, cumin, cayenne pepper, chilli powder). Cook and brown the meat mixture for about 5-8 minutes depending on your heat or gauge when juices run clear and meat goes from a pink to grayish brown color.
    4. Add a box of elbow macaroni to the cooked meat mixture and stir well.
    5. Then add the stock/broth to the mixture and continue to cook for another 7-8 minutes per the instructions on the pasta box.
    6. Once pasta and meat are cooked, add the salsa, and the remaining veggies (red onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, black beans, corn) to your skillet and cook for another 5 minutes.
    7. Add the milk/cream and shredded cheese. Stir until cheese mixture is melted and every morsel is well coated, about 2-4 minutes.
    8. Lastly serve it up hot with your choice of hot sauce and/or a cool dollop of sour cream and sprinkle of fresh scallions, enjoy! 😉
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Directions:

  • On medium heat, spray skillet with olive oil or drizzle 2 tbsp. Olive Oil in your pan or skillet.

 

  • Add minced garlic and cook 2 minutes or until fragrant.

 

  • Add the thawed ground turkey and mix in dry spices (salt, black pepper, sugar, cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder). Cook and brown the meat mixture for about 5-8 minutes depending on your heat or gauge when juices run clear and meat goes from a pink to grayish brown color.

 

  • Add a box of elbow macaroni to the cooked meat mixture and stir well.

 

  • Then add the stock/broth to the mixture and continue to cook for another 7-8 minutes per the instructions on the pasta box.

 

  • Once pasta and meat are cooked, add the salsa, and the remaining veggies (red onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, black beans, corn) to your skillet and cook for another 5 minutes.

 

  • Add the milk/cream and shredded cheese. Stir until cheese mixture is melted and every morsel is well coated about 2-4 minutes.

 

  • Lastly, serve it up hot with your choice of hot sauce and/or a cool dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with fresh scallions, enjoy! 

 

Disclosure:

The purpose of this blog is to provide insight and enjoyment only. I am not nor do I claim to be an expert or professional in any manner. All opinions are 100% my own. Please do not copy any content from my website without my prior permission or written consent from me. However, you may link directly to my post for reference and to give credit.

Disclaimer:

This website contains affiliate links and sponsorships. I do not endorse nor would I recommend any products that I have not used nor trust to my readers. Thank you so much for your continued support in helping our small blog grow- at no costs to you whatsoever.

 

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