Easy Meal Planning / April Meal Calendar / Recipe

We all want meal planning to be easy, today I share some easy meal planning tips, the April meal Calendar and a great recipe to get everything kicked off!

Download the April Meal Planning Calendar: HERE Meal planning can be a frustrating process but I have found that my household runs much smoother when everyone is well feed and mom is happy! One of the things that makes me happy during my day is knowing what I am making for dinner and that my ridge is full of everything I will need to put the meal put together and get it on the table. Below is a link to my April Meal Planning calendar and a link to the blank calendar that you can use to plan your own month of meals.

Download the Blank Meal Planning Calendar: HERE
Our recipe today is meatloaf with red skinned mashed potatoes and Italian green beans! All the information you will need for this recipe can be found below! Thank you so much for watching today and please SUBSCRIBE. If you like organizing home and family, decorating, cooking and DIY videos this is the place for you!
***************************************************************** April Meal Planning Calendar: HERE Blank Meal Planning Calendar: HERE *****************************************************************
2 pkgs of meat loaf mix half of a green pepper chopped 1 small carrot chopped 1 quarter of onion chopped 2 cloves garlic 1 egg 1 1/2 cups of fresh bread crumbs 1 tablespoon parsley s/p tsp Mrs Dash 1/2 tsp basil 1/4 cup Romano cheese few dashes of Worcestershire sauce Big squirt of ketchup ;) In a large bowl mix by hand all of the ingredients until well combined. Separate into two equal loafs placed in a sprayed 9x13 pan and bake in a 375 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours.

Check out the video for the full meal information. Thank you so much for visiting today! Please leave me a comment down below and let me know if you find the April Meal Calendar helpful or to just say Hello!
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Target Haul, OOTD, DIY & Stew!

We are expecting about 10" of snow here in Virginia, yes 10" on the first day of Spring!  Personally, I love snow.  Winter is my favorite season mostly because of the snow.  Not only is it beautiful and I love getting cozy inside and watching the snow fall but I love getting a snow day off from school!  Few things make me happier!  So on this snowy spring day I thought it would be just perfect to make our favorite Beef Stew to fill our tummy and keep our spirit warm.  This recipe is inspired, as all my best recipes are, from the stew my mom would make when I was young.  Mom's was light years better but when ever I make it I think of her so that makes me happy.

Beef Stew
1 1/2 lbs of stew meat
large onion chopped
6-7 celery stalks chopped
1/2 cup wine
beef stock
28 oz can of tomato sauce
5 red skin potatoes cut in bite sized pieces
several carrots sliced
garlic powder

So first off, this recipe is very forgiving.  Meaning that you can add as many potatoes, carrots and seasonings as you like and it will still taste delish!  First add oil and 1 tblsp butter to a large pan.  season well meat with s/p and garlic powder. Roll each piece in flour and brown in pan.  Meanwhile in a stock pot saute celery and onion in oil and butter until soft.  Add wine and cook 1-2 minutes.  Add about 3/4 of the tomato sauce and 2 cups of broth.  Bring to boil.  When meat is all browned, add to stock pot.  Season with s/p tablespoon garlic powder, half teaspoon of rosemary, teaspoon of basil, tablespoon of sugar.  Add chopped potatoes and carrots bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce heat and simmer for about an hour until veggies are soft and meat is cooked through.

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The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie...for 2

How many times have you been wishing for a homemade cookie but you had zero interest in baking a few dozen when you just wanted one?  You know the feeling, you want something sweet, something chocolate, you just can't stop thinking about it.  You know what you want, you have known all along.  For me that "something" is always OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES.  They are my favorite and if I can put them in a bowl and cover them with ice cream, all the troubles of the world fade away...

Here is a recipe that is sure to come in handy when those cookie cravings hit but all you want is two cookies.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies for 2

2 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
pinch of salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla 
1/4 cup plus 2 tsp flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons oatmeal (I use minute oats)
3 tablespoons chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.  Cover a small cookie sheet with parchment paper.

1. Melt butter in small sauce pan.
2. Add brown sugar
3. Add granulated sugar
4  Add pinch of salt

5. Add cinnamon
6. Add vanilla 
7. Add egg yolk
8. Add baking soda
9. Add flour
10. Add oatmeal
11. 5. Add cinnamon
6. Add vanilla 
7. Add egg yolk
8. Add baking soda
Add Chocolate Chips
12. Mix all ingredients together well.  Divide dough in half and roll each half into a ball and place on prepared cookie sheet.  Bake for approx 12-15 minutes.  Maybe a bit longer depending on your oven.
This recipe makes 2 large cookies, you could make 4 smaller cookies just remember to adjust baking time!

If you need a little more happiness in your life, put your cookie in the bottom of a bowl and top it with ice cream, chocolate sauce and the secret ingredient...extra chunky peanut butter!

Please try this recipe with your special someone or like me my gal pal, my daughter Boo!  Let me know how happy this makes you!

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