Feb
21
2015
10 must have kitchen gadgets for the busy mom

Posted at 7:00 AM on Feb 21, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Feb 21st, 2015

10 Must Have Kitchen Gadgets for the Busy Mom

As a busy mom of four, I am always look of the next best thing when it comes to kitchen gadgets.

I have a small obsession with purchasing them to be honest, I really LOVE inexpensive gadgets that makes my life a lot easier!  I have a list of my top 10 must have kitchen gadgets for the busy mom, all of these have made my life SO much easier!!!

Here are the 10 must have kitchen gadgets for the busy mom:

 

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1.) Pineapple Corer and Slicer – $8

  • Peels, cores, and slices an entire pineapple in seconds
  • Keeps hands from getting sticky and pineapple juice from leaking all over the counter.

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2.) Apple and Potato Peeler and Corer – $19

  • Peel, slice and core apples and peel potatoes
  • When it comes to making apple pies and homemade applesauce, this tool is a game changer.  I can make apple sauce in under 10 minutes with this tool!
  • I got this for all of my family this Christmas, but get the one with the clamp (not the suction cup). The suction cup loosens up when the water from the apples gets into it, making it slide around the table. The clamp stays in place.

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3.) Sandwich Sealer N Decruster -  $7

  • No more cutting the crusts off your kids sandwiches – this is super easy!
  • Make your own uncrustables and stop waisting your money on the store bought version.

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4.) Rabbit Wine Tool – $42

  • Powerful device pulls wine cork in 3 seconds.
  • No more broken corks – this is the easiest way to open up a wine bottle.

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5.) Black & Decker Mini Chopper – $14

  • I use this almost weekly to chop onions and peppers.
  • Chop vegetables in minutes!

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6.) Cuisinart Immersion Blender – $35

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7.) Spiralizer –  $15

  • Spiralize julienne strips of vegetables for low carb, healthy vegetable meals! Zucchini, Carrots, Squash and more!
  • Use a simple turning motion (just like sharpening a pencil) to instantly turn boring vegetable into veggie spirals.

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8.) Microwave Hard Boil Egg Boiler – $12

  • Microwave egg boiler for hard- or soft-boiled eggs
  • Holds four eggs, just microwave for 8 minutes and have hard boiled eggs.

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9.) Jar Opener - $10

  • Do you know how many times I’ve had to tell the kids they couldn’t eat something because I couldn’t get the jar open at lunch?
  • This jar opener is amazing and allows you to open any jar in seconds!

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  • Easily slide potatoes, cheese, lemons and limes and much more!
  • PS – Just make sure you don’t cut your fingers off, because they are SHARP!

What are your favorite kitchen gadgets? Leave the links in the comments.

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Feb
20
2015
Italian Sausage and Rosemary Potatoes – Freezer Meal Friendly

Posted at 8:00 AM on Feb 20, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Feb 20th, 2015

Are you looking for an easy freezer meal for dinner?  Whip up this Italian Sausage and Rosemary Potato recipes and your family will be in love!

If your family has any “meat and potatoes” people, they’ll love this recipe for Italian Sausage and Rosemary Potatoes.  It tastes fantastic in fall and winter or really any time that you need some comfort food.

I like to buy the sausage when it’s on a great sale at the market.  I save time by preparing two meals at once.  This saves time (and dirty dishes) because I do all the chopping and measuring at once and just separate into two meals as I go.  One meal I eat the next day and another meal we keep in the freezer.

My favorite part is the ease of the recipe.  It’s fast to prep and easy to freeze ahead.  Your entire family will love the smell of rosemary and herbs filling the house as they gather round to devour their new favorite meal.

To cook now:

1.) Cut potatoes into quarters.

2.) Place potatoes and all remaining ingredients into the slow cooker and stir to coat with oil.

3.) Add 2 tablespoons of water.

4.)Cover with the lid and cook on high for 4 – 6 hours until potatoes are tender and the sausage reaches an internal temperature above 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

5.) Slice the sausages for serving.

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To freeze ahead:

1.) In a large bowl, place several pieces of ice and some water. This will be an ice bath to cool the potatoes after they are parboiled.

2.) Bring a large pot of water (4 – 6 quarts) to a rolling boil.

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3.) Cut potatoes into quarters.

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4.) Place the potatoes into the boiling water for 2 minutes.

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5.) Remove the potatoes and place them in the ice water for a moment then drain.

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6.) Place potatoes and all remaining ingredients into a gallon freezer sized sealable bag.

7.) Store in freezer for up to 12 months.

8.) The night before you’d like to serve them, place the bag in the refrigerator to thaw overnight.

9.) Pour the bag contents into your slow cooker.

10.) Add 2 tablespoons of water.

11.) Cover with the lid and cook on high for 4 – 6 hours until potatoes are tender and the sausage reaches an internal temperature above 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

12.) Slice the sausages for serving.

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This freezer meal is hearty and tasty. Very simple to freeze ahead and throw in the slow cooker for a fast and easy meal.
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Recipe type: Freezer Meal - Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 red potatoes
  • 1-1/2 pounds Italian sausage links (I used 5 links)
  • ½ white or yellow onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper , chopped
  • ¼ cup celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. To cook now:
  2. Cut potatoes into quarters.
  3. Place potatoes and all remaining ingredients into the slow cooker and stir to coat with oil.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of water.
  5. Cover with the lid and cook on high for 4 - 6 hours until potatoes are tender and the sausage reaches an internal temperature above 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Slice the sausages for serving.
  7. To freeze ahead:
  8. In a large bowl, place several pieces of ice and some water. This will be an ice bath to cool the potatoes after they are parboiled.
  9. Bring a large pot of water (4 - 6 quarts) to a rolling boil.
  10. Cut potatoes into quarters.
  11. Place the potatoes into the boiling water for 2 minutes.
  12. Remove the potatoes and place them in the ice water for a moment then drain.
  13. Place potatoes and all remaining ingredients into a gallon freezer sized sealable bag.
  14. Store in freezer for up to 12 months.
  15. The night before you'd like to serve them, place the bag in the refrigerator to thaw overnight.
  16. Pour the bag contents into your slow cooker.
  17. Add 2 tablespoons of water.
  18. Cover with the lid and cook on high for 4 - 6 hours until potatoes are tender and the sausage reaches an internal temperature above 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  19. Slice the sausages for serving.

 

Feb
19
2015
18 Foods that are Breaking your Grocery Budget

Posted at 8:00 PM on Feb 19, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Feb 19th, 2015

Staying within a grocery budget is so difficult, but did you know that there are 18 foods that you may be purchasing every week that is helping to break your grocery budget? Head on over and take a look at which of these 18 foods you are purchasing.

Trying to come up with a grocery list on a budget can be hard at first!  When I first started learning how to coupon and meal plan, my eyes were opened to all of the wasteful spending I was doing, and not even realizing it!  I would pick up a lot of convenience foods because I was in a hurry and on autopilot, but realized that I could save hundreds per month by just not purchasing certain things.

There are so many ways to over spend and break your grocery budget, but by making some simple changes you can really see a significant savings!  I wanted to go through and talk to you about the top 18 foods that are breaking your grocery budget every time!

Here they are – 18 foods that are breaking your grocery budget:

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Feb
19
2015
How to create a budget you can stick to in 4 easy steps!

Posted at 10:00 AM on Feb 19, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Feb 19th, 2015

Having trouble sticking to your budget? You need to check out these 4 critical steps so that YOU can finally stick to your budget!

The hardest part about budgeting is actually sticking to it and making it work.  It took us three years to figure out the best way to actually stick to a budget, and I want to share with you the 4 steps we have created to a budget you can stick to.  We share many budgeting tips and strategies on our other website MarkandLaurenG.com, where we teach you how to budget effectively through a LIVE broadcast of us putting our budget together every single month!  You can sign up to watch that here.

I recently did a reader survey, and asked a question about what you would like to learn from me in 2015 – a large majority of you wanted to know how to actually stick to a budget.  This is a common problem we see, because budgeting can be hard work – but well worth the sacrifice.

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Feb
18
2015
HOT – American Girl Doll Sale – only $55.00!!!

Posted at 9:12 AM on Feb 18, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Feb 18th, 2015
I know I am not posting many deals anymore - but this one is just too good!! HURRY on over to grab an American Girl Doll on sale today! American Girl Classic Julie Doll and PJ Collection - on sale for $55.00!!

Discount price: $55 Percent

Feb
17
2015
5 SMART Ways to Use your Tax Return

Posted at 6:00 PM on Feb 17, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Mark

Feb 17th, 2015
Have you filed your taxes yet?  If you're like most Americans, tax time doesn't mean "pay up"; it means an extra chunk of money in your pocket.  If you are married and/or have a couple kids, the amount of this refund can be quite large. Market
Feb
16
2015
My Weekly shopping trip – how Mark almost made us go over budget!

Posted at 8:35 PM on Feb 16, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Feb 16th, 2015
This week is a CRAZY week for us with our kids home on Winter break.  We had a smaller than usual grocery budget this week, so we had only $100 to spend. I thankfully have a freezer full of beef to fall back on and we had enough chicken for th