July 30, 2008

Meal Time Made Easy class

Meals Time Made Easy
Enrichment Class By Autumn Kizerian
For additional ideas from time to time visit my blog http://www.kizerianisms.blogspot.com/

First 4 steps:
Plan. Take the time to sit down go thru your recipes and your calendar. Find out what will work for you. Pay attention to the days you need quick meals. (Crock pot or Freezer meal days). What meals need the same type of meats? How can I plan them to make my life easier?

There is a 3 week calendar here. e mail me and I will send you the word doc. I don't know how to post the doc here. I'm still learning.

* Don’t for get leftover days.

Shop. Use your recipes to make a list, Check your pantry and cross out what you have. Having everything on hand makes cooking a lot easier. Especially if you are prepping in advance (Freezer Meals).

Cook. This is where COST comes in. Cook Once Serve Twice. Or even for me this is when the ease comes in. I come home from the store and cook all 5 pounds of ground beef. Personally I cook half in Taco soup seasoning and half in Garlic lemon. If I’m having meatloaf I go ahead and make it then. NEVER make just one, unless you’re using your crock pot. I take my bag of chicken and stick it into the crock pot or I use my favorite 4 meals in 4 minute recipes so I’m ready to go on the assigned day.
Enjoy! If you meat is prepped in advanced it makes cooking a lot easier and takes the guess work out. Or so it does for me.

What meals can you think to use Cost on?
What recipes can you easily double? Spaghetti is one at my house I always double the sauce and then freeze it. (My preferred method is gallon Ziploc).

Tips to know
Don’t forget to plug it in or turn it on!

Most chicken and pork chop recipes take 4-6 hours on low in the crackpot, or 2-3 on high (high is always half the time as low in most crackpots). This also usually equates to one hour at 350 degrees in the oven.

Don't lift the lid to stir, especially if you are cooking on the low setting. Each time you lift the lid, enough heat will escape that the cooking time should be extended by 20 minutes to half an hour. To check progress without lifting the lid, spin the cover until the condensation falls off. Then it's easy to see inside.

· LiquidsUsually liquids may be decreased in slow cooking - about half the recommended amount. Unless the dish contains rice or pasta, one cup of liquid is usually enough.
· You can line the crackpot with an oven cooking bag before placing the food in. This makes clean up a snap. The cooking times are not affected, but the mess stays in the bag rather than on the pot. I usually find these bags on clearance after Thanksgiving or Christmas and stock up then.
· Tenderness of the meat is directly related to the cooking time. A longer cooking time at low will yield a tenderer roast, as long as it is cooked beyond done to the falling apart stage. The difference between a tough piece of meat and a tender one is about 1 hour. When you check your meat for doneness, if it isn't tender, let it cook for another hour and check again.

Crock Pot Meals

4 meals in 4 minutes
You can use chicken breast or pork (even roast for some) for any of these
Each of the following is enough for 6-8 chicken breast or pork chops. You will also need a freezer bag for each.
** Cook on low heat 4-6 hours in your crock pot, bake in the oven at 350 for an hour or grill over medium heat. **
This is a table it's not coming right I'll keep working on it!
Garlic Basil Chicken
Garlic Lemon Chicken
Southwest Chicken
Sunday Roast Chicken

2 Table spoons Garlic Basil
2 table spoons Garlic Lemon
2 Table spoons Southwest Seasoning
4 table spoons or a pot roast mix or Lipton onion soup packet.
Additional Ingredients
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 can cream of mushroom soup and ½ can of water
Possible sides
Spanish Rice, Black Beans
Mashed Potatoes
Make according to your favorite recipe.
Put in crock pot Cook on low 6-8 hours.
** Use your leftover meatloaf to make Shepard’s pie another night.

Cost Meal Ideas
Ground Beef- Taco soup flavored
· Tacos/ taco salad/ taco soup
· Western Meal
· Beef enchilada Casserole
· Shepard’s pie
Ground Beef- Garlic Lemon flavored
· Spaghetti
· Corn bread casserole
· Shepard’s Pie
· Lasagna

July 28, 2008

Hunter's 2 yo pics

Not sure if I posted these. It was during the end of the school year which is hectic plus I was taking lots of grad classes at that time! I still can't tell you how excited I am for that to be over!

Things I have done

A friend of mine posted this list with a challenge to post it with the "things I have done" in bold.Here you go, each has a story, but for now, I will just list them. ....

1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby's diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said "I love you" and meant it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty (as high as they would let me)
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don't
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eatting.

96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
106. Raked your carpet
107. Brought out the best in people
108. Brought out the worst in people
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child
114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train
123. Brought an old fad back into style

127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in an historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one (if miniature golf counts)
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Run a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox
160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a camp fire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime
200. Responded to a NJP newsletter

Wow some of these things I'd never had thought I'd do in my life (Hunter's safety) Some I'm proud of some maybe not. Kind of made me think.
ok so I somehow deleted a few I'll fix it in a bit. Got to get cleaning. I'm teaching a class at my house tomorrow and it looks like a tornado came thru here!

July 27, 2008

Show and Tell Crafters Market

It's over. I had great fun this weekend making new friends. I've been thinking and praying for a while for new friends. My BFF moved this time last year and while she is not that far away I still need someone here in town. I feel like I made several good friends this weekend and best of all we all like to craft! I didn't even have to pay for them! (thanks MaryBeth).

Thanks Crystal and Rochelle for a great craft show. I made some money but, best of all I made friends I look forward to many more fun craft shows with you all!

I didn't take any pictures not that I ever get them loaded but, still. I'm excited for future endevors. I just need a venture capatalist for some more $$ as I have some great prospects on the horizon!

Have a great day.

I'm off to putting away and cleaning this house!

I'm so excited to have new friends!

July 16, 2008

Still alive

Yes, I'm still alive. If your free this weekend you can come see me here! Welcome To Show & Tell Crafters MarketJoin us at our Crafters Market Friday, July 25 * Saturday, July 26 * Sunday, July 27, 2008Show Times: Friday noon – 7pmSaturday 9 am – 7 pmSunday 10 am – 5 pmLocated at: 5060 S. Fort Apache ste 140 las vegas,nv 8941840+ Talented Crafters and Artisans will display their hand crafted Products at a unique craft show experience.Shop with all of our vendors and only pay once at our central check out. All Major credit cards accepted.

I have been busy creating vinyl signs. and with some help today putting price tags on over 2,000 bows. I still feel the need to make more. I have decided I like making bows the best. I like my vinyl but, it seems hard to read peoles minds. I know all bows eventually sell.

Anyway! I've been up to my usualy 2 am creating. Tomorrow I set up. I'm taking my plotter so if your in need of some custom vinyl come see me. If not just come see the great stuff. I know my friends Crystal and Roshelle have cute stuff as I'm sure all the other vendors do as well!

Next it's on to my webpage and getting that looking decent. But, I need to clean and paint my house and spent soem quality time with my kids.

The last few days I've been feeling this crafting isn't worth it. Kent says it's a hobby treat it as such and to stop being so upset about it.

Ahh a new perspective has helped!

Hope to see some of you this weekend!

Hoping to get this to post today and not in june!

I tried to post last night but, it was eatten by cyberspace!
Anyway as I was catching up tonight! I found this site http://pinkchristmas.blogspot.com/ I'm excited.
I'm home and off and running. I spent all day Monday and half of Tuesday at a Thinking Maps conference! Now I know how to think.
I taught Achievement days tonight- we talked about service. Then I found this site so of course I had to join in!
I created 3 new Halloween signs with vinyl. I'm so excited to get busy. I also tied about 75 bows (OK I did this at the conference).
life is still keeping me busy!

July 15, 2008

My post from 7/14 that was posted in June! What's up?

Yes, I am home. I love my bed. Just seeing my bed was nice. I had a great bed to sleep in the past 2 1/2 weeks but, there is nothing like your own bed and shower for that fact!Someone please remindme to stop running my life so close. I got home about 1 in the morning Monday and had to be at a conference at the Wynn hotel at 7am. Yes, I made it and did learning something but, DO I always have to do this to myself? Kent says yes, it's who I am.Then it was off to Costco as our house was food deprived. Okay there is some food mac and cheese but, nothing good like propel the frig was pretty empty. Which is fine with me. I know I'm wierd but, I hate it when my frig is full and you can't see all the stuff in it. I think that may be why I don't like our freezer that much. I'm a visual person so I need to see my stuff.We won't starve and I may figure out how to hook my computer up to the internet. I decided while I was away that I wanted a new laptop. I have yet to find a sponsor for it but, am thinking. My 6th anniversary is soon. I made sure to look at the jewelery counter at Costco tonight. Okay I had actually forgotten about the anniversary, Kent reminded me when I was looking at the jewelery, he's such a gem! haha!All right I'm off to my bed as I have to be back at the Wynn at 7 in the morning. Then it's off to prep for another craft show! No rest of the wicked

July 9, 2008

Another skin change, kirtland stories

hey I like this skin changing. My dad is still in the hospital so we are still at the lake without a computer! Yesterday was adventureous day. Kent ended it with an evening of fishing so that was fun! Tomorrow we are going to a Tigers Baseball game! Yahoo my favorite thing to do in the summer! Friday I'm going to a craft fair so I'm in heaven! I just wish I was participating! Only a few days left.

We went to Kirtland Ohio on Monday and it was great someday I'll post pictures. a few quick stories. One the missionaries were talking about the earl saints. and Hunter thought he said snakes and started hissing and saying he likes snakes.

For the Rissa story- the tour begins with a video about the saint who lived in Kirtland and it shows when Joseph Smith was tared and feathered. and that murdock twins were there and crying. anyway when we were in another part rissa remembered and told the group about the event again.

She continues to talk about it and was scared to go to bed, scared the bad men would come and get her.

Cute that she understands. We keep telling her no it's okay, it was a long time ago.

got to go get things done!

July 6, 2008

Still on vacation

We're still on vacation. Since my dad is in the hospital, I think we are going to get up early in the am and drive to Kirtland Ohio and see the sites! I'm excited. It's only a 3 1/2 drive and should be a lot of fun. We are just going for the day!

I'll try to get some pictures to post someday! My dad has his laptop at the hospital, being the nice daughter that I am I took it to him, so I don't have acces to a comptur much now.

We had a great 4th I got to see my cousin Adam I hadn't seen in 4 years that was nice!

Well we're off back out to the lake. I can hear the kids upstairs and need to see what they are in to.

July 1, 2008

look help

look I found this site http://www.bloggingbasics101.com/ I'm looking forward to reading this for help!

There is even a blogging conference! wow this is serious stuff!

New skin

Look I did it! Thanks stacey for the link on your blog! I only lost rochelle's blog!

I got the skin from here http://leeloublogs.blogspot.com/ I did it. I just followed the directions! I'm getting smarter every day! See how important reading is!

Okay off to bed.

It's 2 am here. Rissa has been up 3 times crying for her Dad! Finally we gave in and called him! I hate to do this as he'll be gone a lot this fall Hunting and she won't be able to call h im. We now see that 5 days is her limit so he will need to ALWAYS be home in 5 days!

Vacation update

So we're still on Vacation.
  • -We've seen Poppy, Yaya and Nana!
  • -We've been to the zoo- Yes, Clarissa got to see the Zebras finally!
  • -We've ridden Poppy's golf cart
  • - The kids have been on a boat ride, played in the sand and in the lake!
  • -We've seen Ke(b)vin and Granny. and Played at the park with them.
  • - Mom went to Grandpa Z's retirement party and the kids stayed with Nana and Poppy!
and the worst part
Poppy got sick and is in the hospital. - We're sad that he is sick
Also Rissa is coughing and appears to be getting sick too, she's never been sick before so it's a whole new experience for her!
She cried for 1/2 an hour on the way home tonight that she needed her Daddy! It was so sad! 5 days is her limit with out her dad. I told her he'd be here in 2 days! She's not happy with that. She wants her Dad to sleep in her bed tonight and so it's not sad. Kent will be here Friday AM/ Thurs. Night so it's not much longer for Daddy's girl to wait.
Hunter- He's just takin it all in. He's been a little wild man but, he's calming down! I will work on getting pictures on a disk tomorrow so I can upload tomorrow night!
Hope you all are having a fun summer. Tomorrow is Laundry day and then we're going to my aunt and uncles for the evening.