Freezer Burritos- Easy Recipe for Lunches

Freezer Burritos- Easy Recipe for Lunches

One of our New Year’s Resolutions was to eat out less and eat healthier.  My husband has started taking his lunch to work- but he’s getting tired of sandwiches all the time!  So, I decided to make him some chicken burritos…. YUMMY!

These are perfect to make up a whole batch- throw them in the freezer- then he just grabs one out in the morning to take with him.  By lunch time he can just toss it in the microwave for about 2 minutes and he’s got a good, hot, lunch ready to eat!

SO, I’m going to share with you my Simple Chicken Burrito recipe that is perfect for Once A Month Cooking!

Freezer Chicken Burritos – Easy Lunch Recipe

Chicken Burrito Recipe

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Ingredients:

2 Packs of Flour Tortillas (I used whole wheat this last time and he loved them!)

3 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts

1 Jar of Chunky Salsa

1 Cup of Rice (I used brown rice last time to make it healthier)

2 Cups Fat Free Shredded Cheese

1 Can Black Beans

Chicken Burritos

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Directions:

Boil the chicken breast for about 45 minutes or until cooked all the way through. Then take 2 forks and shred the chicken breasts in a bowl (drain the water before shredding).

Mix in the salsa with the shredded chicken.

Cook your rice to desired firmness. (It’s okay to be a little al dente because it will soften a little bit when it’s frozen and reheated).  I added some frozen corn to the rice and it turned out really good!

Now, put together your burritos.  I spread a little bit of rice on the bottom, then top it with the Salsa Chicken, black beans, and shredded cheese.  Then just fold each side in and wrap a paper towel around your burrito.  Then I wrap each burrito in a piece of aluminum foil, put them in a large freezer bag, and toss them in the freezer.

There you go…. easy lunches whenever you need them!  I think next time I might make carnitas (pork) for the stuffing…. my husband LOVES carnitas!

What would you stuff your burritos with?

Winter Wonderland Soap Dispenser Tutorial

Winter Wonderland Soap Dispenser Tutorial

Winter Wonderland DIY Soap Dispenser

A quick toddler craft!

This is a fun little craft that the kids can help make and it brings so much cheer– think gift for Grandma!  

soap dispenser

The BEST part is this little cutie took about 5 minutes and cost less than $2!  Yep, we made one for the kitchen and each bathroom. Smile

Ready for this super simple tutorial?

 

holiday soap

Yep, that’s the secret…. a bottle of Softsoap (those have the prettiest pumps) and a sheet of Christmas stickers!  Now, the key is that you need the plastic clear backed stickers not the paper ones.

Then just peel off the soap label… you will need some Goo-Gone to get all the label stickiness off.  Make sure you wash the bottle after using the Goo-Gone or else your stickers won’t stick.

soap side

 Then let the kids go to town placing the stickers all over the bottle!  The nice thing about clear stickers is that it doesn’t matter if you place them on the front or back– the design shows through both sides of the soap bottle!  We even put a couple of stickers inside the soap to give a 3-dimensional effect…just don’t put too many because they do sink!

I bought several this year for Little Man to make for his grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles….it’s the perfect little gift that everyone will LOVE having on display in the kitchen or bathroom!

Sautee Green Beans

Sautee Green Beans

I love green beans!

I’ll eat them all sorts of ways: fried, boiled, steamed, southern style, (well except in green bean casserole—I can’t stand that stuff).  Anyway, I’ve been trying to get our family to eat healthier and cooking green beans in bacon grease, although it tastes good, isn’t very good for you!

So, instead of sauteeing green beans with a slice of bacon I decided to put a yummy spin on them that you’re sure to love!

Today I’m going to share with you….

The BEST Green Bean Recipe EVER!

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best green beans

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My family went nuts over these Skillet Green Beans!  They actually ate ALL of them and there were NO leftovers…. which never happens in our house when it comes to veggies!
And, I had them ready in about 10 minutes!  Wooohooooo!!!

Ingredients:
1 Bag of Frozen French Cut Green Beans or you can use fresh (fresh take about 10 minutes longer)
2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 TBS Lemon Pepper
1/2 TBS Mrs. Dash Seasoning

Directions:
Heat oil in a cast iron skillet (learn to season it perfectly here), add green beans, sprinkle with spices.  Cook for about 10 minutes or until green beans get to desired softness.  Yep, that’s it….. EASY PEASY!!!!
I love to make these with my Oktoberfest Baked Chicken or my Rice Crispy Chicken and with the Ultimate Potato Casserole….. YUMMY and SIMPLE Dinner!

Disney Inspired Christmas Wreath

Oh Christmas Wreath….
Oh Christmas Wreath…..
Okay, if you haven’t figured it out yet…..
I LOVE Christmas!!!
and
I LOVE Disney!!!!

So, you know I went all googly eyed when I went to Disney while decorated with all their holiday décor!  Every shop was filled with Christmas decorations that I adored but my husband probably would have had a coronary if he had seen the price tags or the imaginary credit card receipt in my head racking up the goodies!
Instead of bringing home boxes full of overpriced décor I decided to make some of my own…. without the hefty price tag!

Today I’m going to share with you my Disney inspired wreath……

disney inspired wreath
Since I like making new wreaths every year I just reused my Thanksgiving wreath (you can check it out here) and took off all the Fall decorations.
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Then, having a fresh plain grapevine wreath I added some Deco Mesh…. have you tried this stuff?  It is AWESOME! I simply wrapped it around the wreath twisting it occasionally and pouffing it up.
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Next, I wanted to add some poinsettas…. they’re just so classic and really pull in some great layering!
Now, did you realize that silk flowers have these little notches that make it easier to separate them?  I just discovered this and it made my wreath making sooooooo much easier.
how to easily seperate silk flower stems
You just find the notch and twist the plant back and forth along the ridge to break it off.
I didn’t even need to secure the flowers—all I did was weave the stems through the grapevine.  Then added greenery around the flowers.
Next I added my sprigs of decorations.
Now for the Mickey inspiration…..
Mickey wreath
You know how Disney World has hidden Mickey’s everywhere?  Well, I decided to add just a small Mickey to the top of my wreath using this candy sprig I found at Hobby Lobby.
It worked perfectly having the one big piece with the two smaller ones… I just twisted them around to form the correct shape of Mickey’s head and there you have it….

My Disney Inspired Christmas Wreath!

I hope you’ll grab a cup of coffee and visit awhile!
-Melissa

 

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No Sew Toddler Christmas Tree

No Sew Toddler Christmas Tree

No Sew Toddler Christmas Tree

Felt Tree with Ornaments the PERFECT toddler craft!

On the first day of Christmas my Mommy Gave to me…..
My very own Christmas Tree!.
(yeah, not quite how the song goes…. but it works for me!)

So a few months ago I pinned this felt tree to make for the Little Man this year.  Well, I remembered the idea but lost the pin so I tried to make it by memory…. I’d say it turned out pretty good!

Toddler Tree
Yep, that’s right… it cost me less than $5 to make and the Little Man LOVES it!!!  The BEST part is I did it in 30 minutes while watching TV… yeah, I’m a multi-tasker! Winking smile
What You’ll Need:

1/2 Yard of Green Felt (make sure you get felt and not fleece- ask the ladies in the craft department—they’ll know… why yes, I am speaking from experience (I did think felt and fleece were pretty much the same thing).  I paid 7.99 a yard… so basically 4 bucks. Smile

Then pick out some felt pages for your ornaments… they were on sale 6 for $1… so I got 6!
How to make it:


This is OHHHHH SOOOO SIMPLE!

Fold your green felt in half.  Then draw the outline of the tree…. the folded half should be the center of your tree- so you’re technically only drawing half a tree.
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I know it’s a little hard to see in these picks… but you get the gist….right!?
Next, hang your cut out tree on the wall…. I just used some good thumbtacks that the Little Man can’t figure out… you could use double sided tape or velcro I’m sure.
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Then, use the felt sheets to cut out ornaments.  TIP: Don’t get fancy like I did with some of these… the round circles work the best… the ornament ones won’t lay flat and the Little Man gets frustrated and won’t play with those.  The ribbon ones- although cute, if he puts it on backwards it won’t stick.  So, just stay with simple shapes.
The great thing is that felt sticks to felt so you don’t need anything to attach the ornaments to the tree!
Toddler Christmas tree

Yep, I think he likes it!