New Years Crockpot Slop

Easy and delicious, great for the New Year.

8 unpeeled red potatoes (quartered)
1 large can of green beans not drained
1 can black eyed peas (drained)
2 packages of kielbasa sausage (skinless)
Head of cabbage (shredded)
1 onion (chopped)
4 chicken bouillon cubes

Put your potatoes in crockpot first add enough water to cover them. Then add the the whole can of green beans, and then the rest of the ingredients.
Season with some pepper and creole seasoning. 
Cook on high 5 hours.
Serve over rice.

Posted in Dinner, Holiday Menus on January 1, 2015 – 11:51 am | Comments (0)
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How the Recession Changed the Game of Monopoly

All credit belongs to : Bill Shrink (which seems to be permanently down ):

Monopoly Recession Edition
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Posted in Games on December 26, 2014 – 3:48 pm | Comments (1)
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Baby Names

We are expecting a new family member to join us May 2015 (on Lea’s birthday!) And won’t be finding out the gender of RedHot until the 2nd of January, but are excited to figure out a name. We won’t be releasing our decision until we can tell RedHot their name face to face, so you’ll just have to wait ;)
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Posted in Blogging on December 1, 2014 – 10:23 am | Comments (1)
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Hello GlowHost!

Again, I’ve had to change hosts. Not sure how some hosting companies think that it’s ok to charge up the patootie if you actually renew with them…
Nope, not paying twice as much for half as much product, and there not being any customer service in the mix.
Nope. Nada. Not happening.

Anyways, we have just snuggled into our new hosting contract with GlowHost, and have been actually contacted by a REAL person that speaks English as a first language! I was so happy to speak with someone I could actually understand, and not just a ticket service. (hint hint competitors!)

I get a bonus if you sign up using my referral link, so check them out if you are looking, I used a promo code (SWIFT50) that gave me half off their pricing, so got a year free!

Posted in Blogging on May 1, 2014 – 4:51 pm | Comments (0)
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What the hell happened…

I had a really long day, followed by a very hurtful and unpleasant evening. So take this as a rant, and realise I don’t usually speak out so vehemently against things.
My husband’s squadron had a function thi week, and in my opinion, failed miserably. Getting together to make sushi souunds fun right? Not so much.
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Posted in Blogging on September 15, 2013 – 8:33 pm | Comments (0)
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I don’t like breastfeeding

I really don’t. And I feel GUILTY for it.
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Posted in Blogging on August 25, 2013 – 9:42 pm | Comments (0)
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Quick Spaghetti Squash Alfredo Primavera

Nothing too extravagant, but I love me some spaghetti  squash. Probably has to do with the memory of my mom picking fresh onesa from or garden growng up, and eating to my hearts content. (I ate like  a teenage boy until I was a teenager, and then it only escalated, lol)

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Posted in Dinner on August 1, 2013 – 6:26 pm | Comments (0)
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Green Living, mil-family style?

Crunchy Mama Badge (Courtesy

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The term “Green Living” has so much attached to it these days. Both positive, and negative connotations. To me, it just means taking a few steps backwards from the American consumerism lifestyle that is prevalent especially on military installations. I am trying to get back to an older style of living, where you grow what you eat, make what you can, and buy as little as possible. With some small exceptions of course. (Gotta have my coffee and wifi!)
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Testing the new keyboard

Gotta love technoology. I am typing this on the bluetooth keyboard for my new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. (Both my Mother’s day gift, and a push present for our little girl born on the 13th) The things we can do with computers nowadays just astounds me.
While I personally may never have used the room encompassing computers myself. I do realize that those developers could never have for seen the common-ness that their brainchild would become to the average American.

Posted in Blogging on June 18, 2013 – 3:54 pm | Comments (0)
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Temperature Conversions

Temperature Conversions :: @EmmmmerzHow hot is a “moderate” oven?

About 350 degrees F.

In degrees Fahrenheit, water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees (at sea level). In degrees Celsius, water freezes at 0 and boils at 100 degrees.
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Posted in Tips and Secrets on May 7, 2013 – 3:01 pm | Comments (0)
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Emergency Kitchen Substitutions

Emergency Kitchen Substitutions :: @EmmmmerzDo you ever find yourself all geared up and ready to make a favorite recipe but then discover you’re staring at an empty container of a needed ingredient? Ugh. You don’t want to run out to the store right now. So what do you do?

Well, that’s when emergency kitchen substitutions come in handy. I’ve printed out the following list and keep a copy taped to the inside of my pantry door at all times.

Although these substitutions will work in a pinch, I don’t recommend always substituting ingredients in your recipes. The recipes will technically work with substitutions, but often the finished product won’t be exactly the same as when you use the original ingredients called for in the recipe.

Also, be sure you don’t make more than one substitution in a particular recipe at once. The more ingredients you substitute, the more “off” your product will be when you’re finished.

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Posted in Tips and Secrets on April 30, 2013 – 8:45 pm | Comments (0)
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Life as an apple

What life would be like if you were an apple.
(used with Author’s permission. Although she has since disabled her deviant account.)
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Posted in Blogging on April 28, 2013 – 8:48 pm | Comments (0)
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A To Z Of Spices

All spices should be stored in small airtight jars in a cool, dark place, as heat, moisture and sunlight reduce their flavor.
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Posted in Tips and Secrets on April 23, 2013 – 8:40 pm | Comments (0)
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A Mother’s Love

My son turns 3 this week, and I can hardly contain my excitement for his birthday party. We are doing an “Art” theme, which means we will have a bunch of different little art project tables set up as stations for his little friends to move through and get creative.

UntitledI toned down the planning for this year, and am just doing some simple rainbow decorations left over from my baby shower a few weeks ago, along with a printed banner and super simple rainbow hued fruits&veggies + cupcakes and mini pb&j’s served with some juice.

Birthday Photos
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Posted in Blogging on April 20, 2013 – 6:56 pm | Comments (0)
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What To Put In A Pantry

Pantry: A room or cupboard for storing food, usually dry goods. Most foods to be stored will be dried, packaged, bottled, canned, foods that do not require refrigeration.

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Posted in Tips and Secrets on April 16, 2013 – 8:24 pm | Comments (0)
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Commonly Used Measurements & Equivalents

Commonly Used Measurements & EquivalentsHow much is a peck, a pint, or a pinch?
Need a refresher on how many cups are in a quart, or teaspoons in a tablespoon?

Sometimes doubling or halving a recipe can be a bit… tricky. Or an ingredient will come in an unexpected container.
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Posted in Tips and Secrets on April 9, 2013 – 7:57 pm | Comments (0)
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5 years later.

CalendarToday I logged onto my blog to find it had been hacked.

Not exactly the thing I was expecting, and to be honest it rather hurt. A lot. I have never been a regular and dedicated blogger, but I still have invested quite some time into my blog, and to find ALL of it gone was not a good feeling.

Rather than uploading an outdated backup, I think I am going to start anew, and work on sticking to a posting pattern. I am going to back date posts to when I first started on this site, so expect to see some new posts with a huge gap and some old posts.

I plan on following the schedule listed and adding the content saved back onto the site slowly:

  • Sunday : Blogs
  • Monday : Menus
  • Tuesday : Tips
  • Wednesday : Blog of the week/Guest Blogger
  • Thursday : Green Living
  • Friday : Recipe
  • Saturday :Recipe *Special* (healthy, specific diet, etc)

So, here’s to new beginnings…

Posted in Blogging on April 9, 2013 – 6:41 pm | Comments (0)

What Foods Don’t Freeze

What *NOT* to put in the freezer | Emmmmerz Eats @ of the most common questions I hear from people who are interested in freezer-meal cooking is: “How do I know what will freeze well, and what won’t?”
If you’re unsure of how well something will freeze, freeze a single serving when you prepare the dish for a regular family meal. This way you can check on how well the item holds up to freezing and reheating.
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Posted in Tips and Secrets on March 26, 2013 – 2:13 pm | Comments (0)
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Random facts: Food

A little change up from the stories and poems. Some random facts for that winning Jeopardy round =D
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Posted in Blogging on March 19, 2013 – 7:07 pm | Comments (0)
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Mushroom Trivia

Mushrooms are not a true vegetable in the sense that it does not have any leaves, roots, or seeds, and really does not need any light to grow. So what exactly is a mushroom? It is a fungus, which grows in the dark and creates more mushrooms by releasing spores. Mushrooms are found all over the world and have been a very honored food in many cultures. Ancient Egyptians considered mushrooms to be food for the royals. The French adored the fungus and began harvesting them in caves during the seventeenth century. These famous fungi didn’t reach popularity in the United States until the late 1800s.
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Posted in Tips and Secrets on March 12, 2013 – 8:53 pm | Comments (0)
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Food & the Fridge, a Love Story?

The refrigerator, one of the modern necessities of life. however who hasn’t gone into their kitchen, looked in the fridge, only to find the horror of spoiled food. In this article; I learned some minor; but helpful information concerning that kitchen mammoth.
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Posted in Tips and Secrets on March 5, 2013 – 2:15 pm | Comments (0)
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20 Ways To Confuse Trick-Or-Treaters

Not something I plan on doing; but funny none the less.
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Posted in Blogging on October 28, 2012 – 6:27 pm | Comments (0)
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Cheeseburger soup

Ode to a cheeseburger what a wonderful thing
With pickles, onions tomatoes and cheese
I’m easy to please
With its buns and seeds it has no needs
Except to fill you up even if you get stuck
And yell oh shucks!
With its cousin the French fry
It tells no lies
With ketchup in your right
and the last fry in your left
Its just the burger on your plate
It truly is impossible to hate
Matt Karger

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Posted in Lunch on March 11, 2012 – 11:14 am | Comments (0)
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Ideas on how to use old/sour/slightly spoiled milk

Spoiled MilkIt happens to almost everyone, that milk you bought went bad before you could use it. -sigh- Now what? As long as the milk isn’t spoiled and chunky, you can still use it for a few different things. In the footnotes of the recipes, the instructions declare that to sour the milk you should add one tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk. That is clabbered milk, not sour milk, in my opinion. Then again, one could argue that what we are talking about isn’t sour milk, but soured milk. Don’t use the stuff that makes the milk jug bulge and has chunks in it.

If your sour milk tastes or smells unpleasant to you, then you should simply toss it. Sometimes “good” bacteria will have inoculated the milk and the result will be a tangy, yogurtlike flavor. Other times, bacteria that produce unpleasant flavors will have gotten the upper hand, and when this happens, it’s too late to salvage your milk. If you decide the milk in your refrigerator smells OK and is all right to keep, one traditional thing to do with (slightly) sour milk is make pudding. You can also use sour milk in cream sauces — you could try making enchiladas in a creamy, cheesy sauce, or bake a chicken breast or fish fillet with milk and herbs poured over it.
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Posted in Uncategorized on March 10, 2012 – 9:30 pm | Comments (0)