Tired….

I don’t know whether its the stress of the season, the cold weather, depression, or just plain laziness, but the past 2 or 3 weeks i have been so blah!  I never feel like doing much of anything….i struggle just to make myself make supper for the family and to keep my house tidy.  I don’t even want to work lately….although i do because i have to!  I have barely started my christmas shopping and christmas is less than 2 weeks away.  We haven’t even put up our christmas tree yet :S.  Whatever this may be, i sure hope i snap out of it within a week so that i can be prepared (last minute) for christmas!  My sister and her kids move in with me in a week and half so i have to be sure this house is well organized and clean by then or it never will be again until they move out lol.  Does anyone have any suggestions to get out of slump like this?  Besides eating healthy and exercising of course….i know i need to do those things….and i do eat healthy….most of the time 🙂

Breakfast burritos….mmmmmm

I made these before (yet another recipe i found on pinterest)….actually i can’t keep them in my freezer….my kids eat 2 each morning each…..i have to make about 50 at a time and they still don’t last long.  Its great for a quick breakfast for the kids tho….

Breakfast Burritos

I did make some variations tho.  I use my homemade hashbrowns (1 sandwich ziploc full) and i use a pkg of bacon (which i cook in the oven while i cook the hashbrowns in a frying pan and the scrambled eggs in the microwave).  I also add about a tsp of salsa to each one…..first time i made them without ….second time i made half and half….turns out my kids love it with salsa so i make them with it all the time now.  Here is a pic of one of my batches:

Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burritos

My monkey’s lunch

Although my 14 year old and my 11 year old make their own lunches, I try to make my monkey a healthy lunch including all the food groups every day….doesn’t ALWAYS work out that way….but here is one of them….and i will add more every day that i remember to take a pic :S

In one he has triscuit crackers, meat and cheese, homemade fruit snacks and baby carrots, and in the other its 1/2 peanut butter(nut free) sandwich, olives, baby carrots and i think there is a slice of cheese under it all

Monkey's lunch

Monkey’s lunch

Wonton Wrappers! My new fave thing!

Recently i saw a lot of recipes on pinterest using wonton wrappers so i decided to try them!  They are definitely one of my new fave things AND a regular on my shopping list.  I have made taco cups and lasagna cups with them (both pinterest recipes i found) and we also deep fried our own pickles using them!  Those were super good too!  If you don’t know where to find them they are usually in the fresh veggie section at the supermarket.  Here are the 2 recipes i made from pinterest:

Taco Cups

These were super yummy!

Lasagna Cup

The only difference i did with these is i used my own homemade lasagna sauce which has mushrooms and tomatoes and whole bunch of other stuff in it (is also my spaghetti sauce) and i used cottage cheese instead of ricotta….soooooooo good!  my kids love them….even my 4 year old ate about 5 of them!

 

Making My Own Products

Recently I have been trying to save money on many things….and pinterest has been a huge help in that.  There are tons of “make your own” things on there.  I have made my own liquid laundry soap, which works GREAT!  I have made my own fabric softener, which i haven’t tried out yet.  I have made my own dill pickles (although i have been doing that for years).  I have made my own liquid body wash, which works GREAT!  I have made my own dishwasher soap, which i am still not sure if i like or not. I made my own hot chocolate mix, which is not very
good at all….but my baby doesn’t mind it!  I made my own taco seasoning and alfredo mix, both of which are good!  I am going to start making my own tortillas as well as we use a lot of them.  I also refill my swiffer bottles with my own cleaning solution, and use re-usable pads on it.  I refill my foam pump hand wash containers with a tiny bit of dawn dish soap and the rest water.  I make my own febreeze.  I have found doing all of these things has saved a lot of money.  I am happy to never have to buy a lot of these things again!  And most of them take very little time to make!  I am continuously looking for new things to make 🙂

Homemade taco seasoning, alfredo mix, hot chocolate and body wash.

Homemade taco seasoning, alfredo mix, hot chocolate and body wash.

Homemade dill pickles which i also sell at craft fairs for $4 a jar :)

Homemade dill pickles which i also sell at craft fairs for $4 a jar 🙂

Sweet & Sour Chicken

I made this recipe the other day and it is sooooooo good!  It is a little bit of
work, but soooo worth it!!  Definitely going in my monthly menu plan!  I got the
recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.  I didn’t take a picture….although i
wish i had!!!!

INGREDIENTS:
Chicken:
3-4 boneless,
skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 large eggs,
beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
Sauce:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
4
tablespoons ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon soy
sauce
1 teaspoon garlic salt
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 325
degrees F.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. While the oil is
heating, cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces. Season with salt and
pepper. Place the cornstarch in a gallon-sized ziploc bag. Put the chicken into
the bag with the cornstarch and seal, tossing to coat the chicken. Whisk the
eggs together in a shallow pie plate. Dip the cornstarch-coated chicken pieces
in the egg and place them carefully in a single layer in the hot skillet. Cook
for 1-2 minutes and then flip each piece over to cook on the other side until
nicely golden but not all the way cooked through. Place in a single layer in a
baking dish and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.
Mix the sauce
ingredients together in a medium bowl and pour over the chicken in the baking
dish. Bake for one hour, turning the chicken once or twice while cooking to coat
evenly with sauce. Serve over hot, steamed rice.