I’m Not a Cat Person

Im Not a Cat Person

I always thought I was a cat person.

Figaroe

Figaro

I mean, I’ve had a pet cat pretty much my entire life. I can remember when I was in kindergarten a stray cat had kittens under our trailer and we took them in. We named the momma Robin because she was dark with a red belly like the bird. When my parents were going through a divorce, I became super attached to our black cat, Figaro. He was so fat his belly rubbed on the floor when he walked. He didn’t do much but he was intuitive and would always come snuggle when I wasn’t feeling well. I was giving him a bath when he had a heartattack. Then, after a nasty fight with my dad he tried to reconcile by adopting another black cat named Shaft. He quickly became “my cat” and even slept on my head at night. Continue reading

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Once a Month Meals- Crockpot Cranberry Chicken

Once a Month Meals: Crockpot Cranberry Chicken Recipe

One of our other favorite meals from Take One of our Once a Month Meal try was this Cranberry Chicken. At first I was a little wary of putting this together because there were only five ingredients and one of them was Catalina dressing! I mean, who would have thought to put that on chicken? But whoever came up with that was smart because this turned out awesome! Continue reading

Family Chore Chart-Printable

Family Chore Chart-Printable

Living with 9 other people can be just a little crazy. Just a little. A few days will go by and before we know it we’re bickering at each other about who took the trash out last and whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher. And when you live with this many people arguing just isn’t an option.

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The Family Schedule-Free Printable Template

Free Printable Family Schedule Template


“I’m not busy… a woman with three children under the age of 10 wouldn’t think my schedule looked so busy.” -Garrison Keillor

I have found that with four children it has become harder and harder every day to keep track of who had a bath last, when the next Den Meeting is or what time Mini Monster is supposed to eat. And although my husband may think creating a family schedule is pointless for us because it is bound to change on a day-t0-day basis I cannot express how happy putting this together made me! It was wonderful to see it all laid out (does that make me weird?)

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Once a Month Meals- 27 Frozen Burritos

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As I mentioned in my first article about OAMM (Five Tips for the Beginner), the frozen burritos I prepared were one of our favorite recipes from Take One. I doubled the recipe below and added a few of our favorite ingredients. I made some of the burritos just with refried beans, cheese and olives for a certain family member who has sensitive taste buds (okay, it’s me). This recipe takes awhile so be sure to set aside time (or enlist the help of your family) to put together the burritos once you’ve cooked the mixture.

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Organic Summer Lemonade

Organic Summer Lemonade

With the heat creeping up on us here in the Midwest and a bag of lemons silently sitting in my fridge, I decided to squeeze up some simple, but super delicious lemonade for the kids!

Organic Summer Lemonade

Fat Food Addiction’s Organic Summer Lemonade

  • 6 small organic lemons
  • About 1 qt of water
  • 1/2 cup of agave nectar

See? Super easy to make! Of course, depending on how tart you like your lemonade you can add less water and/or sweetener. We had just about a cup of pure lemon juice after squeezing the lemons and added water to the one quart line on our container after removing the seeds. The agave nectar dissolved really nicely into the juice and cut out quite a bit of the tartness, which was great because my kids probably wouldn’t have drank it otherwise.

The kids really liked it and since I made it at home I felt comfortable even letting my 18 month old try some! By the end of the day, it was all gone! You can probably substitute the lemons for any fruit and get a delicious juice that is perfect for the whole family!

Organic Summer Lemonade

The Healthy Eating Kick Off

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My Family!

My name is Jessica, I’m a 24 year old mother of 3 (with another on the way). My husband and I have been together for going on 8 years and we have a wonderful life together, but we’ve gotten on the track of easy, convenient eating. 5 years ago I was a vegetarian and had been for several years but the cravings of my second pregnancy were too much for me to handle. I gave in to a cheeseburger.

Now, as a lot of families have done, we’ve found that the cheapest, fastest way to feed our growing family was with processed foods, prepackaged meals and pop-in-the-oven-meals. And I’ll admit, it was easier than spending hours prepping and slaving away on a meal that my 3 year old was going to throw on the floor and my 6 year old would probably announce that he was sure it was going to make him sick if he ate it. I just didn’t know if it was worth it to actually cook healthy meals.

Wait, what was that last sentence? Seeing it written down just seems silly. Of COURSE it’s worth the time to cook healthy meals! It is my duty as a mother and a role model to my children to create healthy dishes. So why were we taking the easy route?

When we just had one child it was easier to whip up small meals that were healthy, but now with a growing business, 3 kids, errands, school activities, family obligations and our mounting bills.. it was difficult to find the time to shave my legs, let alone plan out a week’s worth of meals for our family. I gave it a go a few months ago, but we had a few hiccups that caused us to “relapse’ to easy food again.

First off, eating healthy CAN be affordable. Depending on where you buy and what you buy, home cooked meals are significantly cheaper per serving than buying a precooked restaurant meal.

Plus, if you plan ahead you can schedule leftover meals for those nights you just want to relax. Creating a meal plan can help you get a better idea of exactly what your family is eating, how much your family is eating and how much your family is spending on food. If you don’t already keep track of your family’s food budget, that amount can be quite a shocker.

So, why am I determined to get back to healthier eating habits? First, I’ll tell you that after I started eating fast food again I put everything I knew about what was IN that food in the back of my mind and didn’t think about it much. That was until my sister started dating someone was really into raw eating and a vegan diet.. and so slowly she started to adapt some of his behaviors and as many others who discover new information do.. she started to share that information with me. It was kind of a refresher course, a reminder of what I was putting not only into my own body, but what I was feeding my kids as well. It was a shock what I had voluntarily forgotten about our food.
So today I start this new journey and I’ll be documenting our progress here. I plan to share our recipes, tips, our meal plans, budgets and our general experiences here, with all of you and I hope that it will inspire you guys to make healthier eating choices for your family too!