Halloween DIY

So about a week before Halloween we start decorating our front yard.  This year my hubby made me a very spooky flat stand up coffin!   He cut it out of plywood, painted it black and stood it up in our front yard.

(It's the little things folks!)  My project today is to make a spooky graveyard wreath to hand on top. (See above!)

Lucky for me I just watched a YouTube video last week on the DIY Mommy channel where she made a spooky Halloween wreath from all Dollar Tree products.  So off I went to the Dollar Tree to gather some supplies to make one of my own!  For all the details watch the video below!


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5 Day Meal Plan Grocery Haul & Recipes

I have been thinking of all the ways we can create a less stressful home for ourselves.  With children that time of day when everyone is home from school, hungry with little time to to eat and get back out the door to after school activities.  This time of day was always the most stressful for me especially when I had not planned what to feed everyone for dinner.  I soon learned that the only sure way to make these after school bewitching hours easier was to plan, and by plan I mean meal plan.  Taking a few minutes at the start of each week and create a meal plan and grocery list saves me time and energy everyday.

Today I am sharing with you a 5 day dinner plan to help ease your family into their evening, well fed and less stressed.  Each week I plan 5 weeknight meals keeping one night free for leftovers and one night free for dinner out.  

I've included a grocery list for you to bring to the store to make everything on our meal plan.  And most importantly the recipes are included to easy make everything on our meal plan.

To get our meal planning week kicked off I share the step by step recipe for my favorite vegetable soup and cheesy bread, one of the meal options for the week.

All the detail can be found in the video below:


Click HERE To download your own free Meal Plan & Grocery List Printable.  The recipes for the meal options in the 5 Day Meal plan can be downloaded HERE

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5 New Freezer Meals

Today I am back with more freezer meal recipes and some tips on how prep and freeze these meals to get the most out of all you hard work! 

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Crock Pot Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

I found this recipe from the Little Spice Jar Blog!  Awesome recipes and kitchen ideas!  The original post can be found HERE   
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 3/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 3/4 cup carrots, chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp dry parsley
  • S/P
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water (or additional chicken broth)
  • 2 tablespoons  Mrs. Dash’s Original 
  •  6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk 
  • salt and pepper 

Ranch Chicken Taco Meat:

2-3 Lbs of Chicken
1 packet of Ranch Dressing 
Homemade Ranch Video:  HERE
1 packet of taco seasoning (Homemade Recipe Below)
1 can chicken broth
Mix Ranch and Taco packets with can of chicken broth.  Pour over chicken in crock pot and cook on High for 4 hours.  When done remove chicken to shred to be used in tacos or for sandwiches.

Taco Seasoning Mix

4 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Chicken Tetrazzini

16oz pkg linguine pasta
3-4 cups of cooked shredded chicken
1 cup of frozen peas
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
2 14oz cans chicken broth
1 cup fat free half and half
6 tbsp flour
6 tbsp butter
1/2 cup Romano cheese
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 cup shredded Italian cheese 
s/p to taste
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp minced onion
10-12 crushed Ritz crackers
Cook pasta according to pkg directions.  Melt butter in a large sauce pan.  Add flour and mix well to make a roux.  Slowly add broth mix well.Add S/P,  pepper flakes & minced onion.  Remove from heat and add half & Half.  In large bowl mix pasta, peas, mushrooms, chicken, Romano cheese, and fresh parsley.  Cover in prepared sauce and mix to combine.  Pour into prepared dish and cover with cheese and crushed Ritz.  Cook for 35 min in a 375 oven or cover and freeze.

Nacho Casserole

1.5lbs ground meat
2 cups salsa
1 can black beans
1 cup frozen yellow corn
1/2 small onion chopped
3 cups tortilla chips crushed
1 16oz container sour cream
1 can sliced or chopped olives
1 cup grape tomatoes sliced
1 cup of Mexican cheese blend
In a large pan cook ground meat and onion until done.  Stir in salsa and cook for 20 minutes.  Add black beans and corn and cook through.  In a 9x13 place crushed chips in bottom of pan, cover with meat mixture.  Spread sour cream on top of meat.  Sprinkle tomatoes and olives on top and cover with cheese.  Cover with foil and bake @ 375 for 35 minutes.  

Penne Melanzana
1 small eggplant chopped
1 zucchini chopped
1 small onion chopped
3 cloves mince garlic
1 14oz can of fire roasted tomatoes
1 14oz can of tomato sauce
1 tsp basil
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
10oz cooked penne
Shredded Italian cheese
Cook pasta according to pkg instructions.  In a large pan cook eggplant , zucchini and onion until soft.  Remove from pan  and brown ground meat until cooked through.  Add veggies back into the pan with the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and spices.  Cook until heated through remove from heat.  Add pasta & 1 cup of cheese to pan and combine well.  Place mixture in prepared pan, cover with remaining cheese.  Cover with foil and bake in a 375 oven for 35 minutes.  

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Fall DIY and Home Decor Chanllenge

I am participating in the DIY Mommy's Fall DIY and Home Decor Challenge!  I am so excited to be teaming up with Christina for this challenge where we share our fall decor and the DIY's we have created along the way!  Today, I am sharing how I have used some seasonal greens and flowers to bring a little of fall inside.

Wreaths are truly my favorite way to bring a little of the season inside.  I found this white washed wreath at Michael's along with the adorable freckled white pumpkins.  I added some lambs ear and frosted greens from Hobby Lobby and a cream and tan bow.  Although these may be nontraditional fall colors, this wreath help celebrate the season!

A green iridescent pumpkin from Big Lots adds some fall charm to the whitewashed tray on the coffee table.


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2018 Fall Home Tour

I know that technically it is still summer but to me Fall begins with the new school year!  I have been looking forward to cooler days and autumn leaves so much that I felt it was time to bring a little fall into the house!  This year I have decided on a non traditional color theme of white, green, tan and gray and to my surprise, I had more options out in the stores then I thought I would have.  

I was able to find so many beautiful items that fit in beautifully in my fall color theme!  All of the items pictured above I found at Big Lots!  I just discovered Big Lots last year and have been over whelmed by the quality, selection and most importantly the prices!

Even the smallest touches make a big impact like these tiny green and white pumpkins I found at Marshall's.  They look perfect resting in these Rae Dunn flower pots.

These colors went so well with the new furniture in the family room and also throughout the kitchen.

 The foyer is one of my favorite places to decorate for any holiday.  Decorating here can give visitors an immediate sense of your whole home.

For my whole 2018 Fall Home Tour, watch the video below.  Thank you so much for visiting today, if you are new here, Welcome!  You can subscribe to the My Bashful Life YouTube channel HERE


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