What does that really mean? Does it mean you are financially independent? Does it mean you have good health? It actually is different for everyone.
Sure we all say we would like to win a lottery and have good health to enjoy it, but would that be “living the life”? Not for me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to be totally poverty-stricken and in bad health, I just think there is more to life.
So here at Earth Mavin, I have been doing everything I can to keep my mind alert, my body healthy, my creature comforts minimal and my loved ones close. I have learned there are many ways we can take a piece out of our busy lives and enjoy people, places and things, before they are gone.
So every week I will write in my blog the things I have found to make life easier, chores quicker, cooking healthy on a budget and crafting to earn money. I may throw in a few other tips on emergency preparedness just because I am a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) member.
So for my first post I hope you enjoy some of these tips to save time at home.
Busy week? Can you spare 2 hours to make a week’s worth of meals? If so here is the plan.
- Plan what meals you want to make for next week (I select at least 3 slow cooker meals)
- Put ingredients on your grocery list (if you don’t already have them on hand)
- Take out your slow cooker (if you have two it will cut cooking time in half).
- Take out ingredients for all of your meals. Prepare meals up to the point where you are ready to cook anything, either by cooking on a grill or in slow cooker.
- For the Slow cooker, I chop up all veggies, potatoes and such on Friday night and put them in sealed bags until I need that meal. Then, on Saturday morning I put on recipe together and put it in the slow cooker all day. I put all ingredients of the meal into a Food storage bag, remove the air and freeze it. I make another recipe in the slow cooker on Sunday, and freeze it as well.
- Grill out one day. Yes even in winter. If you want a wonderful grilled taste, you need to do this. We usually grill chicken breasts, hamburgers, and Italian sausages on Sunday afternoons.
- Make multiples of step #6 and put in Food saver bags and freeze. I freeze mine with the exact number we need for one meal. Then you just grab that bag in the morning, throw it in the fridge and it is thawed and ready to microwave or heat in the oven with sauce when you get home.
I will be sure to give out some of my great (my family thinks so anyway), slow cooker recipes and easy weeknight meals in my next post. In the meantime, plan ahead and save some time.
Do you have any tips on saving time? Let me know.