Thursday
Dec182014

QUICK EGG AND CHEESE BISCUIT FOR A BUSY MORNING  

We went screeching into the parking lot of my oldest son's nursery school on Wednesday. Well, not so much screeching as driving the speed limit while I mentally kicked myself. 

We were late... again. School starts at 9 and it was 9:45. And since it was the day of my son's Christmas party, Santa would be stopping by his class at 9:30.

Why were we late? Well I don't exactly have it together as a mom. And I flake on breakfast. Almost everyday.

I forgot about this little gem, this cheesy, sausagy, deliciousness inside a biscuit. Again, I kick myself.  

Cheesy, sausage, biscuit cups. So easy, a sleep deprived mother could do it and it came to a grand total of $2.38 for 16 biscuits (that's only $.15 a biscuit).

 

What you'll need:

1 can of biscuits (I used Pilsbury Grands)

4 large eggs

1/2 cup shredded cheese

1 cup cooked sausage

Seasoning to taste

A muffin pan

Preheat the oven to 350 and open that can of biscuits.

Tear each biscuit in half and place in the bottom of a well greased muffin pan.

In a bowl mix together the eggs, cheese and seasoning. I used dried onion, garlic salt and paprika.

Chop your sausage into bite sized pieces and whisk into the egg mixture.

Spoon the mixture over the biscuit dough and place in the oven for about 12 minutes. Quick and easy and can be eaten in the car while you calm a crying toddler and put on mascara!

What about you? What easy breakfast ideas do you have? Join the converastion! 

 

Wednesday
Dec172014

Little People Advent: A Five-Day Journey for Preschoolers

The Christmas season has been particuclary exciting this year because my three-year-old is really starting to understand more, ask questions and get excited about the season. 

We are really emphasizing that in our family we celebrate the birth of Jesus. I have been trying to talk to my son about the nativity, and the Christmas story according to Luke. 

Last week my sister emailed me a little advent story she had written for her daughter, who is also three. She used the story she had written to acompany her Little People Nativity set. 

I thought I would share this with you today. This is perfect for a preschooler and will take five nights to complete. 

Angel:

I told Mary the good news that she was going to have a special baby.  This baby would be God’s son and would save the World.  I also came to tell the shepherds to go and worship the baby in the stable.

Donkey:

I gave Mary a ride to Bethlehem.  I was one of the animals in the stable the night that baby Jesus was born.

Mary:

I came with Joseph to Bethlehem.  I rode a long way on a donkey.  I was tired and it was time for baby Jesus to be born.  There was no room in the inn so we had to stay in the stable.  I am Jesus’ mommy.

 

Shepherd:

I was in the field watching over my sheep when lots of angels appeared in the sky telling me to go find a baby in the stable.

Wise Man:

I came from the East.  I traveled a long way following the star.  I brought gifts for the baby Jesus.

What do you think? Do you have a special advent tradition? Join the converstation. 

 

 

Wednesday
Dec172014

Five Week Night Meals for the Tired and Busy

 

My little ones are still little. Very little. But our weeks still manage to get busy. Especially during this season of events and parties and lights and buzz. 

I know that many of you have growing children, work full time, have a long list of organizations you volunteer with etc. etc. So I thought I would share with you five of my favorite budget and family-friendly weeknight meals. 

This simple recipe uses fresh ingredients for maximum flavor and can be made in minutes! 

The prep time on this is minimal, just chop and go. But man is it good. (And if you hit the sale it costs about $1.25 per serving.)

This is so simple. Fresh chicken, fresh vegetables a little sauce and you've got a meal. (And no mushy vegetables.)

A little spinach a little bacon and a little time. THis is a simple meal in every sense of the word. 

This is great for a meatless monday. It's LOADED with vegetables and it tastes so good. 

Tuesday
Dec162014

DIY Beauty Basket - Three Things You Can Make Today

Is there someone in your life you would love to treat to a spa day? But they're expensive! Why not make one for them to take home.

Today I am showing three DIYS that require minimal effort, time and money. They would make great last-minute gifts for the people in your life that need a little extra relaxation.

Okay let's go.

Lush inspired Gel Soaps

Lush is known for it's unique products made from natural ingredients. You can easily make these soaps at home.

You will need:

1/2 cup castile soap

2 packets Knox gelatin

3/4 cup BOILING water

pinch sea salt

25-30 drops essential oils. I used orange

silicone mold pan

Steps:

Combine your gelatin and water in a bowl and whisk until clump free.

Add in your soap and oil and whisk.

Pour into mold pan and chill for about an hour.

Pop out and store in glass container. You will need to store them in the fridge to keep them 'gel' like.

I put mine in a pretty jar with a label.

Wax Melts.

These were so simple and were inspired by the pricey "Scentsy" melts. 

You will need:

A candle (I used three that I had left over)

And a silicone mini muffin pan or candy mold.

Put your candle on a candle warmer to melt the wax or submerge in a pot of boiling water until melted.

Then pour into the mold and let harden. Pop them out and put them in a pretty container or jar.

Coconut sugar scrub

This is so easy and my favorite DIY beauty item. This scrub leaves my skin feeling amazing it moisturizes and exfoliates and uses just natural ingredients.

You will need:

Four tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons organic coconut sugar (or regular table sugar)

Optional: a few drops essential oils. I used lemon.

Simply spoon out your oil into a bowl. Add in your sugar and essential oils (if you're using them) and mix.

Then I spooned the mixture into a small containers and attached a label.

To print your own labels click here!

It was all so simple! So tell me, are you making and DIY gifts this year? Tell me in the comments below. I can't wait to hear about them.

Monday
Dec152014

Creating Christmas Traditions on a Budget

It really is the most wonderful time of the year. I mean it. I love it. Something about having children has made me just love the season.

It is such a great time for making family memories. But keep in mind those memories don't have to be expensive,  in fact they don't have to cost anything. Remember we don't want to make what is intended to be a season of worship a season of financial stress

So today I am sharing some things our family is doing or has done that were either very inexpensive or cost us nothing at all. 

Make special meals. Jason is our breakfast chef and this type of year he will make special pancakes by cutting them out with gingerbread cookie cutters. 

We also make snowman pizza, cookies and a birthday cake for Jesus. 

We just make sure to include these things in our grocery budget for the month. 

Take advantage of free community events and activities. Over this past weekend our family went to TWO different Christmas parades and we were able to go to a lovely event at a local church called a "Walk Through Bethlehem" a community church event that tells the Nativity story using real actors. 

Our kids loved the all of the events and talked about them for hours after each event ended. 

Start an advent tradition. My sister created a fun advent using the Little People Nativity (I will share more on that later). It is perfect for a small preschooler or your younger children. 

But older kids can get involved as well. Pinterest has lots of advents activities and even though we are in mid-December it's not too late to get started. 

What are some budget-friendly traditions you're creating? Leave me a comment!