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DIY Essential Oils Cleaners

Carpet Deodorizer

Empty container (I used an empty parmesan container…washed/dried well)

Baking Soda

10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice (I use purify cause it knocks out the smell of boy)

Mix well.  Shake on carpet before you go to bed to absorb the most smell.  Vacuum in the morning.

 

Room Deodorizer (think Febreze)

Spray bottle (I use those little ones from the travel section at walmart)

10-15 drops of essential oil (again, I use purify.  Be cautious of using lemon oil in a plastic bottle…it should really only be put in a glass or metal bottle)

1/4 c. witch hazel

Water

Pour in your witch hazel.  Fill to almost the top with water.  Add essential oil of your choice.  Shake before using.

 

Furniture Cleaner

Spray bottle

10-15 drops essential oil

1/4 c. vinegar

Water

Pour in your vinegar.  Add water to almost the top.  Add essential oils.  Shake before use.

 

Everyday Cleaner

Large spray bottle

Vinegar

Water

20 drops Essential oils (purify, Frankincense, tea tree, pepperment, etc)

Onguard Concentrate (optional but worth it as an added protection for fighting germs)

Pour 1/2 the bottle with vinegar, add a good squirt (about 2 T. Onguard Concentrate), fill up with water and essential oils (if you have a glass bottle you can use lemon).

 

Posted in Essential Oils, Health, Organization, Recipes, Saving Money

Buy TEA TREE OIL Get PURIFY Free!

Tea Tree retails at $25.33 and Purify retails for $24. Get BOTH for $21.14 (this includes shipping and handling.

Tea Tree: gets rid of zits, stops itching of bug bites, repels bugs and mice, helps with ear pain, also good for cleaning house.

Purify: smells good, eliminates odors (I use it in the kids bathrooms and the boys bedroom), it helps.with ear pain, and I use it in my cleaner.

If you are interested….comment below. Please feel free to share.

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Posted in Adoption, Couponing, Everyday, Health, Once a Month Cooking, Organization, Recipes, Saving Money

Once a Month Cooking Menu

Recipes will follow but for now, this is what is on tap for me to cook for this month (actually a month and a half because we have some stuff already put in the freezer).

This list will be for Breakfast, some Lunches, Dinners and sides that will go from July 10-August 31.  For lunch…we eat leftovers regularly, so I’m not going to break the bank buying stuff to make some gourmet lunches when my kids will happily gnaw on what is left in the fridge.

I WILL NOT cook on Sundays, so that takes out 7 days.  Also, on Thursdays (with the exception of July 31 which is Daniel’s 13th bday and I will cook whatever he wants) is ALWAYS pizza night…so that is 7 days worth of Thursdays.  The other date to note is August 24th, which is Jude’s 11th bday . I can already tell you that he wants Ethiopian food.

BREAKFAST

Pancakes (made from scratch, not from bisquick….we are all about saving money)

French Bread

Zucchini Muffins

Banana Muffins

Carrot Muffins

Granola Bars

Granola

Fruit bars

McMuffins

Omelet Cups

Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast burritos

Lunch

Meat and Cheese sandwiches (turkey, ham, roast beef, bologna, fried bologna….provolone, American, swiss, cheddar)

Burritos

Quesadillas

Supper

Homemade Pizza x 7

Spinach, Ricotta and beef Enchiladas on a bed of rice

Chicken & Broccoli, Scalloped Potatoes, Green bean casserole

Beef Stroganoff

Mexican Casserole

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican, Ricotta, and Spinach Lasagna

Baked Pasta, Garlic Bread, Salad

Burgers/Hotdogs/Fries x 5

Tacos, Refried Beans, Rice x 3

Chicken stuffed cheese/spinach wrapped in bacon, Roasted Potatoes Sweet peas

Pork Chops, Hashbrown Casserole, Corn, Lima Beans

Chicken Cordon Bleu, Cream Corn, Baked Potato

Cheeseburger Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet peas

Chicken Alfredo, salad, bread

Round Steak with Mushroom Sauce, Broccoli and Bacon, Mashed Potatoes

Philly Cheesesteaks, Homemade fries

Greek Marinated Chicken, Fried Zucchini, Rice

Pork Roast with Feta and Mushrooms, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet peas

Baked Chicken, Cream Corn, Cauliflower and Broccoli Au Gratin

Beef and Broccoli, Fried Cauliflower rice

Garlic Cheddar Chicken, Mac and cheese, Roasted potatoes, sweet peas

Tater Tot Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Corn

Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans, Asparagus/Feta

Ethiopian

Spaghetti, French Bread, Salad

Lasagna, Garlic Knots, Salad x 2

Breakfast (Sausage and egg casserole, bacon, biscuits, pancakes)

Soups x 7:

  • Stuffed Pepper Soup and Chili
  • Vegetable Beef and Cheeseburger
  • Chicken Noodle and Tomato
  • Tortellini and Zuppa Toscana
  • Broccoli and Potato
  • Enchilada and Beef Stew
  • Chili and Chicken Noodle
  • xtra chili

Roast/Potatoes, Asparagus and feta, Green Beans, Mac and cheese x 2

 

***Recipes to come***

 

 

 

 

Posted in Everyday, Health, Once a Month Cooking, Recipes, Saving Money

Gearing Up For a MONTH of Cooking

Pray for me, folks.

Sometimes, when I’m in a season of depression “Uncle Joe” (as my friend Ron calls it), one sure fire way of occupying my mind is to cook.  I love to cook and I love to have healthy choices for my family.  I have a large family with 7 children and Big Daddy….but we have added a couple of bonus daughters and some hairy legged boys who are “dating” said daughters…so I’m feeding a slew of people.

I’m blessed that my kids are not picky.  I’ve worked hard at always trying to make new things and having them try new things (ie Fried Radishes).  When they were younger, I would load up their food with hidden fruits and veggies.  Chocolate chip cookies with white beans….also, chocolate brownies with spinach and blueberries.  We also did carrot bread, banana bread, zucchini bread….you can throw in so much food in spaghetti sauce…I became a master.

This time around, I’m going to focus how I can get the most bang for my buck, in a healthy way.  Healthy food (fresh fruits and veggies) are expensive.  It can break the bank to eat well and be healthy.  That is really sad.  The fact of the matter is that, as Americans, we are large people.  Processed, boxed food is easy to make, filling, and cheap.  How pathetic is that.

I will tell you, that we have laying hens…we usually always have eggs.  We also buy our cow (a whole cow) once a year and we buy a pig to slaughter once a year.  So, when I go to the store, I do not have to buy meat and that makes my grocery bill look a bit different than yours.

Take stock of your pantry, fridge, and freezer.  Write everything down.  Work your menu AROUND what you already have…that means you buy less.  Do not buy fresh veggies (with the exception of a few things)…buy them frozen.  They are frozen at their peak and it seals in all the good nutrients. I generally cook Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.  Thursdays, my husband makes me a pizza and the kids either has frozen pizza or leftovers.  Sunday, I do not cook.

Start out with freezer cooking for a week or two weeks at a time.  It prevents you from going to the store everyday.  Take cash and a detailed list of what you are fixing.  If you do not have freezer space, I freeze things in gallon baggies.  I lay submerge the baggie in warm water (after the food is placed in it and I’ve sealed it about 3/4 of the way).  Once it is in warm water…you can seal the rest of the bag because the baggie forms to the food.  You can either do that or lay it flat with a straw in the corner to get all that air out.

Get out your calendar and mark down the dates that you are going to cook for for 2 weeks.  Include breakfast items, lunch items, breads, supper and then mark off what you already have and the rest you need to buy.

Once I get my menu ready (later today), I will post what I will be cooking and my grocery list if you want to use it.  I’m excited…first time I’ve been excited in a while.

Happy Cooking, friends.

 

Posted in Everyday, Recipes

My Dirty Little Secret

I.  Love.  Popcorn.

Not just any popcorn.

Air popped or stove popped popcorn.

Not just any air popped or stove popped popcorn.

Stale popcorn.

With a schmitz of butter….a pinch of garlic…some white cheddar powder…some nacho cheese powder and smothered in parmesan.

I eat this, alone, in my bed almost every night…….

It is freaking glorious.

Now, back to your regular lives.

Posted in Everyday, Recipes

Weekly Menu 3: Shopping List

Pizza

Fakertot Casserole, Roasted Parmesan Green BEans, Broccoli with Cheese Sauce

Chicken Cordon Bleu, Cauliflower and Broccoli Au Gratin, Spinach/Kale saute, Fried Radishes

Taco Trifle

Ham and Cheddar Chowder Soup and LC Ham, Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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pizza crust

pizza sauce

canned mushrooms (6)

Parmesan

radishes (a couple of bags)

onions

butter

frozen cauliflower (3 bags)

frozen broccoli (3 bags)

cheddar (large bag)

mozzarella (large bag)

oil

garlic

greek yogurt

sour cream (16 oz)

heavy cream

fresh spinach

fresh kale

chicken bouillon

beef bouillon

american deli cheese

chicken breasts

ham (lunchmeat)..watch your carbs (2)

swiss cheese

cream cheese 2

salt

pepper

paprika

beef (2)

fresh mushrooms

green beans

potatoes

frozen corn

cornstarch

milk

lettuce

olives

chili powder

Posted in Everyday, Recipes

Weekly Menu 2: Shopping List

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Ginger, Beef, Mushroom, and Kale; Cauliflower Fried Rice

LC Spaghetti; Cheddar Bread

Pizza

Cauliflower Sausage Casserole; Southern Lima Beans, Broccoli and Bacon Bake; Asparagus and Feta

Baked Chicken and Cauliflower Rice; Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms (this was all gross, so I’m marking it out and taking it off the Week 2 menu.  I will be replacing it, though.  Blech!

Philly chicken; green bean casserole, corn

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Pizza sauce

Pizza crust

Mushrooms

Fresh mushrooms

pepperoni

parmesan

corn

Whole green beans (fresh or frozen)

Balsamic vinegar

Butter beans

bacon x 2

onion

garlic

creole seasoning

butter

scallions (green onions)

flour

paprika

asparagus

feta cheese

flaxseed meal

baking powder

oil

eggs

cheddar/colby blend

garlic

thyme

broccoli

carrots

cream cheese x 3

milk

garlic powder

cheddar

Stew meat

kale

soy

vegetable broth (can use beef)

rice wine vinegar

cornstarch

ginger

cauliflower

sausage

heavy whipping cream

cream of chicken soup

ground beef

spaghetti sauce (watch for your sugars on this)

2 green peppers

onions

chicken breasts

provolone cheese

Steak seasoning

chicken pieces

parsley

one fresh lemon (you will use the juice and the zest)

chicken bouillon

This list seems daunting, but rest assure that most of these things you will have already on hand (ie salt, pepper, most spices) and if you use things wisely, you can stretch what you have.

Posted in Everyday, Recipes

Low Carb Zuppa Toscana and Cheesy Vegetable Soup

Both of these recipes are low in carb and full of goodness.  I didn’t take a picture because, lets face it, soup pictures are not very good LOL.  I’m going to do write the recipes exactly how I made it.

Zuppa Toscana Soup

In soup pot, I sauteed 1/2 a chopped onion and fresh garlic.  I added a smidge of oil just to keep it from burning.  Once those were sauteed, I added 2 lb roll of sausage.  I sprinkled my seasoning on it.  Once that is done, drain, if needed and return to pot.

Start frying your bacon.

Next, I added a 1/2 a bag of fresh spinach, torn up.  You can use kale, but I didn’t have any.  I then took a 1/2 a large head of cauliflower and I cut off the florets.  I cut those florets into bite sized pieces.  I threw that in the pot and added more seasoning and stir.  I let this cook on low for a little bit..just to meld the flavors.

Add 1 1/2 c. heavy cream and let simmer while your bacon is finishing up.  Once bacon is done, tear it up and put it in the pot.  I added about 4-5 cups of water and 5 chicken bouillon cubes.  Before serving, ladle out some of the liquid into a bowl.  Add 1/2 c. sour cream and whisk that in until there are no lumps.  Pour back into soup.  Cook on low until done. Be sure and sample to ensure it doesn’t need anymore seasoning.

Cheesy Vegetable Soup

In soup pot, saute 1/2 cut up onion and garlic.  Add a bit of oil to keep from burning.  Once your onions are translucent, add 2 cans of drained mushrooms, the rest of the bag of torn up spinach, 1 can rotel, and 20 oz. cooked broccoli that has been run through the food processor.  Let all of this cook together before adding the liquid.

Once it is all blended, add 16 oz. chopped up velveeta (I used real velveeta which will up the carb count a bit, but you can use any the 2% as well).  Let the velveeta melt into the vegetables.  Add a good splash of heavy cream, 4-5 cups water and 5 chicken bouillon cubes.  Let simmer.  Before serving, ladle out the liquid and add 1/2 c. sour cream. Whisk well.  Return to soup.  Allow it to simmer until well blended and heated through.  Sample to see if you need more seasoning.

Posted in Everyday, Recipes

Weekly Menu 1: Shopping List

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Weekly Menu 1

Taco Bake

Broccoli, Ham and Mozzarella Bake; Caesar Green Beans; LC Cheddar Biscuits

Bacon Wrapped Chicken; Cheesy Zucchini Rice; Corn

Zuppa Toscana Soup and Cheesy Vegetable Soup

Pizza

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Onions

bacon x 2

sausage

fresh garlic

corn

chicken bouillon cubes

kale

cauliflower (1 head)

heavy cream

mushrooms

broccoli (32 oz)

1 can rotel

velveeta

cheddar:  large bag

cream cheese x 2

eggs

beef

chili powder

lettuce

sour cream

olives (optional)

almond flour

salt

baking powder

green beans (frozen, whole)

non creamy caesar dressing

parmesan

butter

lunchmeat ham (watch your carbs and sugars)

mozzarella:  large bag

green onions

chicken

seasoning salt

oil

rice

zucchini (1 medium size)

milk

pizza crust

pizza sauce

mushrooms

pepperoni

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Explanation

If you head over to my pinterest page (thebarefoothomeschooler AC), you can scroll through my different boards and eventually, you will land on a set of boards labeled “Weekly Menu 1-8”.  I have 8 different, low carb, boards that are comprised of what I will be cooking for that particular week.  During the school year, I only cook 4 days out of the week.  On Wednesday nights, I eat at my church.  Thursday nights, Big Daddy makes a pizza and I don’t cook at all on Sundays.  When summer rolls around, I cook 5 days out of the week.

Weekly Menu 1

Taco Bake

Broccoli, Ham and Mozzarella Bake; Caesar Green Beans; LC Cheddar Biscuits

Bacon Wrapped Chicken; Cheesy Zucchini Rice; Corn

Zuppa Toscana Soup and Cheesy Vegetable Soup

For my benefit, I will be posting the grocery lists for each week. I can do that here and then pin it to my pinterest page for that particular week.  Most of these things I normally have on hand, but I will still list all that is needed.  I can print this list off, mark off what I already have and then all I would have to add would be breakfast foods and lunch foods.  I’m all about simplicity and I love organization.  I buy they HUGE bags of mozzarella and cheddar because most all my meals have those cheeses in them already.

Just thought I would explain for those who have stumbled on my blog and think I have lost my mind 🙂

Happy Cooking!