Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Spring Is Here?

The calendar says that spring is here but I’m not sure Mother Nature was notified.  Getting snow storms in April and ever constant rain in May is definitely not what I want to be seeing!

I thought a bit of spring cleaning may bring about some warmer weather. (Fingers crossed)  Time to make my spring cleaning list.  Leading a busy life as most moms do, I find that if I don't write things down I will usually forget something.  I have actually gotten up in the middle of the night to write something down about a school trip or bake sale.

When I start my spring cleaning I like to go room by room and make a list of what needs to be done. There is something about crossing things off of a list that I find very satisfying!  I am most productive if I spring clean while the kids are at school. This assures me that there will be no distractions or interruptions!

On busy days like these I really like to use my crock pot to cook dinner. I get everything ready the night before.  Then the next morning all I have to do is take it out of the fridge and plug it in.

An easy, quick and delicious crock pot meal to serve is Slow Cooker Beef Tortellini Soup.  Not only will this easy meal taste great, it is also economical.  I purchase frozen vegetables, stuffed frozen pastas and canned tomatoes on sale and use coupons to get the lowest possible price.  I am lucky that we have a large freezer and lots of shelves in our basement so I can stock up when prices are low.

My kids are very willing and able to help out in the kitchen so they can finish off dinner for me.  They just have a few simple jobs to do 25 minutes before we are ready to eat.
                                                    Spring is here
Kid's to do list:
Stir in the green beans and frozen tortellini,
add basil,
bake either a tube of crescents rolls or biscuits,
make a salad,
set the table
When 5PM rolls around and I am exhausted I sure am glad and that I won't have to think about cooking.  The whole family will enjoy a wonderful meal, relax and engage in lively conversation about our day.

You can check out the Life Made Delicious site for more great meal ideas!

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