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Here’s a craft the kids and I worked on for Valentine’s Day: glass jar candle holders. You can customize these with any colors or patterns of tissue paper to match any holiday or décor. They would make perfect gifts for holidays or teacher appreciation. Many of the supplies can also be found at the dollar store – woo hoo!

DIY Upcycled Jar Candle Holders - just tissue paper and Mod Podge - customize for any theme, colors, or decor.

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU DO:

Tear pieces of tissue paper to use as your first layer, and stick to the outside of the jar using Mod Podge.

Add a second layer with shapes (trace shapes onto tissue paper using cookie cutters then cut out – or freehand cut out your shapes).

After your candle holder has its final design, coat all tissue paper with a layer of Mod Podge and let dry.

Place a flameless tea light inside the jar, and enjoy!

DIY Jar Candle Holders - tissue paper and ModPodge - easy kids craft!

DIY Jar Candle Holders - tissue paper and ModPodge - easy kids craft - use different colors and patterns of tissue paper for your theme.

 

 

DIY Jar Candle Holders - tissue paper and ModPodge -  use different colors and patterns of tissue paper for your theme.

 

Turn plain old jars into candle holders with just tissue paper and Mod Podge - DIY Tutorial

Turn old jars into candle holders with just tissue paper and Mod Podge - DIY Tutorial

flameless tea lights

Our little guy used the tissue paper shapes to make his own Valentine’s Day artwork by gluing hearts on paper…

Tissue Paper Valentines Day Craft - Toddler Art

 

 

Did you know you can make adorable fridge magnets with those flat glass marbles and ModPodge (both from the dollar store)? It’s so easy and perfect for teacher gifts, Christmas presents, party favors, and more! Just use your favorite scrapbook paper, stickers, photos, or pretty much anything you want to display.

Here’s what I ended up with:

DIY Personalized Magnets -- ModPodge and your fave images, patterns, stickers, behind a clear glass stone

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU DO:

Cut circles from scrapbook paper, photos, etc., to fit behind glass stones. I used a scalloped circle paper punch, but you could use scissors as well.

Using a paintbrush, brush Mod Podge on the front of your circle the attach to the back of the stone (like you are putting a photo in a frame, so the image you want shows through). The Mod Podge will eventually dry clear, FYI.

After the Mod Podge has dried, attach a magnet with hot glue to the backside of your paper, photo, etc., then let glue harden.

Voila!

DIY Personalized Magnets Tutorial

DIY personalized magnets -- cut photos, scrapbook paper, stickers and more and Mod Podge to craft stones

 

DIY Personalized Magnet Tutorial - use Mod Podge to attach photos, scrapbook paper, stickers, to glass stones

 

DIY Personalized Magnet Tutorial - flat glass stones and magnetic discs - use your fave photos, images, stickers, scrapbook paper

 

DIY Personalized Magnet Tutorial - flat glass stones and magnetic discs - I found the Mod Podge, glass stones, and stickers at the dollar store!

 

Personalized Magnets DIY tutorial -- use your fave photos, scrapbook paper, stickers, images and ModPodge

DIY personalized magnets - use your fave photos, scrapbook paper, images, stickers

Feeling crafty? Check out my other posts…

Spooky Spider Craft

 

 

 

 

DIY Jar Gifts. Switch up the fabric and twine for anytime of the year. Teacher gifts, etc!

 

 

 

 

DIY Felt Bird Ornaments - use nice wool felt and customize with your own colors.

 

 

 

 

Print a personalized class list and frame in a dollar store frame. Awesome personalized teacher gift for end of year or anytime!

 

 

 

 

 

weight loss jars

 

 

 

 

Recycle empty candy wrappers

 

 

 

 

 

Make a pom pom with yarn and a fork

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s yet another freezer meal I tried: Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas. I froze both batches, but you could always prepare one right away, and freeze the extra! I used red sauce in the mixture of both, then topped one with green sauce, and the other with red. Because those are the 4 cans of sauce we had in the pantry. 😉

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas - freezer friendly - make 2 batches and freeze the extra. Use green or red enchilada sauce (or 1 of each!)

recipe adapted from happymoneysaver.com

CHEESY CHICKEN ENCHILADAS (makes 2 batches)

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts – uncooked
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 6 c. shredded cheese (I used a mixture of of marble cheddar & Mexican style)
  • 20 flour tortillas
  • 4 cans enchilada sauce (red and/or green – I used 2 red for the mixture, and 1 red on top of one, and 1 green on top of the other ’cause that’s what was in our pantry) or homemade enchilada sauce
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 7-oz can chopped green chiles, drained
  • Optional toppings/sides: sour cream, olives, salsa, lettuce, beans, rice

WHAT YOU DO:

If preparing right away…

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Place raw chicken in a boiling pot of water. Boil for 20 mins, or until chicken is shreddable. Then using a cutting board and fork, shred the chicken.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine chicken, cheese, onion, chiles, black beans, and 2 cans enchilada sauce.
  • With a large spoon, fill each tortilla with mixture. Roll it up and place it in large baking dish with seams down (I used foil lasagna pans from the dollar store; 9×13 pans will also work). Repeat until all chicken mixture is used. Half of the enchiladas will be in one pan, and half in the second pan.
  • Pour one can of enchilada sauce over the top of each batch.
  • Bake 25-30 mins, until melted and bubbly. Add optional toppings/sides.

If freezing…

  • Place raw chicken in a boiling pot of water. Boil for 20 mins, or until chicken is shreddable. Then using a cutting board and fork, shred the chicken.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine chicken, cheese, onion, chiles, black beans, and 2 cans enchilada sauce.
  • With a large spoon, fill each tortilla with mixture. Roll it up and place it in large baking dish with seams down (I used foil lasagna pans from the dollar store; 9×13 pans will also work). Repeat until all chicken mixture is used. Half of the enchiladas will be in one pan, and half in the second pan.
  • Pour one can of enchilada sauce over the top of each batch.
  • Cover with heavy duty foil and label with a permanent marker. Wrap in plastic wrap (I put them in jumbo 2.5 gallon zipper bags). Store in freezer.
  • To prepare, bake from frozen, at 400F for 45-60 mins, until melted and bubbly. Add optional toppings/sides.

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas - make 2 and freeze the extra.

From freezer to oven - CHEESY CHICKEN ENCHILADAS

Want to use homemade enchilada sauce instead? Try this:

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe - so easy and delicious you will never want the canned stuff again!

 

As you can tell from this blog, I looove me some freezer meals. Our basement freezer was almost empty (gasp!) so I made 10 freezer-friendly recipes to stash away for our weekend meals. It took A LOT of time, but I figured it was worth it since I could buy everything at once, make a big mess in the kitchen at once, and then not have to worry about weekend meals for a long time.

Don’t have a lot of room in your freezer? You could always give some of these to families with a new baby, someone who’s having surgery, or even invite some friends over for a prep party. Split up the ingredients so everyone buys what you need, then make a day of making all the recipes (optional: add some wine to your shopping list! 🙂 )

 

shop once make 10 freezer recipes: includes a giant list of all the supplies and ingredients you need. Makes 2 lasagnas, 2 fiesta chicken, 3 brats & kraut casseroles, buffalo ranch chicken, 15 individ burritos, cheesy ranch pork chops, 3 chicken taco soup, 5 loaded baked potato soup, 3 chili, and 2 meatloaves.

Here are the 10 recipes I made (and qty of batches I ended up with):

Creamy Onion Lasagna (2)

Fiesta Chicken (2)

Turkey Bratwurst & Sauerkraut Casserole (3)

Buffalo Ranch Chicken (1)

Individual Cheesy Bean & Turkey Burritos (15)

Cheesy Ranch Pork Chops (1)

Chicken Taco Soup (3)

Loaded Baked Potato Soup (5)

Best Ever “No Recipe” Recipe Chili (3)

Mother-in-Law’s Famous Meatloaf (2)

And here’s the ginormous list of ingredients and supplies I needed.

First I stopped at the dollar store and stocked up on freezer bags, foil pans for the casseroles, spices like chili powder, and a few canned veggies like corn, beans, and tomatoes. Then I went to the grocery store to finish up the rest of my shopping list.

10 Freezer Meal Shopping List

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DAIRY
16 oz cottage cheese
16 oz French onion dip
3 packages of cream cheese
6 c. shredded cheddar cheese
4 c. shredded Swiss cheese
4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/3 c. milk
1 1/2 c. cream
2 sticks butter
6 eggs
SPICES/SEASONING
Kosher salt
chili powder
garlic powder
1 packet taco seasoning
2 envelopes dry Ranch dressing mix
cornstarch, if needed, to thicken soup

 

PRODUCE
minced garlic in a jar
4 cloves garlic (or just used minced jar)
2 onions
1 bunch green onions
7 large potatoes

 

MEATS
1 lb. ground turkey
2 lbs ground beef
5 turkey bratwursts
4-6 pork chops
approx 4-6 lbs. chicken breasts

 

BOXED PASTA
4 c. uncooked penne pasta
2 pkg no-boil lasagna noodles

 

CANNED GOODS
2 large jars (45 oz each) pasta sauce
1 can corn
1 can diced tomatoes
4 or 5 cans of tomatoes for chili (various types: stewed, diced, chopped, Italian-style, etc)
2 cans black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can refried beans
3 or 4 cans of beans for chili (variety of black beans, kidney beans, chili beans, red beans, etc)
1 can enchilada sauce
1 can green enchilada sauce
16 oz sauerkraut, drained
1 can (10-12 oz) chicken breast
2 jars (approx 16 oz ea) of salsa

 

SOUPS
2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
4 cans Cheddar Cheese soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
11 c. chicken broth (or bouillon cubes to make broth)
2 envelopes onion soup mix

 

FOR STORING/FREEZING/LABELING
permanent marker
two 9×13 foil pans
three 8-in square foil pans
freezer-safe soup containers (I used 11 alltogether)
paper towels (I used 15 individual paper towels to wrap burritos),
roll of heavy duty foil
pop-up foil wrappers (for individual burritos) OR just use roll of heavy duty foil
gallon freezer bags (I used 20 alltogether)
jumbo 2.5 gal storage bags (I used 3 alltogether)

 

CONDIMENTS
2 Tbs. spicy brown mustard
2 Tbs. yellow mustard
12 oz bottle Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing sauce
1/2 c. ketchup

 

MISC
16 crushed saltines
15-20 flour tortillas (8-inch)
slow cooker liners

 

OPTIONAL IDEAS… for when you eat the recipes, so I wait to buy these (or get the non-perishables now and the fresh items later):
Individual burrito toppings: black olives, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, shredded cheese, tomatoes
For chili: bread bowls, toppings such as sour cream, crackers, shredded cheese, Fritos/corn chips
For loaded baked potato soup: bread bowls, toppings such as bacon bits, sour cream, crackers, shredded cheese, chives
For buffalo chicken sandwiches: buns, toppings such as provolone cheese, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, Ranch dressing, feta, blue cheese. For buffalo chicken salads: shredded lettuce, Ranch dressing, onions, tomatoes, feta, blue cheese.
Toppings for chicken taco soup: shredded cheese, tortilla chips, hot sauce, sour cream, avocado

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I split the preparations into two groups. The first day I made:

The second day I made:

 

Shop once, make tons of awesome freezer meals. Great variety of lasagna, soups, individual burritos, casseroles, chicken, pork chops, and more.

Have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Feel free to let me know! This was a big project and I’m sure I left out something or need to tweak some instructions, etc! 🙂

Want more freezer inspiration? Here are some other make-ahead recipes:

Individual Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

Braided Pepperoni Pizza

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Greek Marinated Chicken

Ceddar Ranch Chicken

Ranch Parmesan Chicken

Crock Pot Garlic Ranch Chicken

Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki

Kickin’ Buffalo Lime Chicken

Crock Pot Citrus Chicken

Crock Pot Garlicky Goodness Honey Mustard Chicken

Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

French Onion Crusted Pork Chops

Cheesy Pork Chops and Potatoes

3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops

3-Ingredient Cheesy Ranch Pork Chops

Part of my SHOP ONCE, MAKE 10 FREEZER RECIPES project.

I made two lasagnas and froze them, though you could always prepare one right away, and freeze the extra.

Creamy Onion Lasagna - makes 2 batches. FYI 1 sauce in the photo but need 2. Part of shop once make 10 freezer recipes.

Creamy Onion Lasagna

MAKES Two 9×13″ pans of lasagna — 12 servings each

Adapted from Taste of Home Ultimate Meals from the Freezer Magazine (page 49)

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 16 oz cottage cheese
  • 16 oz French onion dip
  • 2 large jars (45 oz each) pasta sauce – FYI I accidentally used just 1 in the photo, but you need 2 😉
  • 24 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • Two 9×13 baking pans (I used the foil type)
  • If freezing: heavy duty foil, permanent marker, plastic wrap, jumbo storage bags (a 9×13 pans fit into a 2.5 gallon bag perfectly)

WHAT YOU DO:

Cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a large bowl then add 1 jar pasta sauce, eggs, cottage cheese, and dip.

Spread a layer of sauce from the unopened jar in each of the 9×13 pans. Add a layer of noodles on each, then the meat mixture, and cheese. Repeat layers, alternating the noodles, meat mixture, and cheese until pans are full.

If preparing right away: Bake 50-60 mins at 375F or until cheese is melted. Let stand 15 mins before cutting.

If freezing:  Wrap in foil and plastic wrap/jumbo storage bag. Label with a permanent marker as pictured, and store in freezer. To use, thaw in fridge overnight. 30 mins before baking, set out. Preheat oven to 375F and bake 50-60 mins (or until internal temperature is at least 165F), until golden brown and bubbly.

Creamy Onion Lasagna - makes 2 batches - freezer friendly

Creamy Onion Lasagna - my little helpers

Creamy Onion Lasagna - freezer friendly - just mix up and freeze unbaked - then bake in the oven when ready

Creamy Onion Lasagna - freezer friendly - just mix up and freeze unbaked - then bake in the oven when ready

Best Lasagna EVER - secret ingredient is French onion dip. Includes freezer instructions - make 2 and freeze the extra. Throw all of your other lasagna recipes away! :)

Have a little more time to make an awesome lasagna with a homemade red wine sauce? Try this…

Italian Red Sauce - so easy and fresh and homemade - includes an awesome lasagna recipe - I make giant batches and freeze for later

Best lasagna recipe ever - includes freezer instructions - Not sure why but they always taste better the next day as leftovers!

Here’s a quick project the kids and I worked on (last year, and I’m finally posting it!).

It’s an easy DIY bird feeder, with just pipe cleaners and Cheerios! Well, they were supposed to be bird feeders, but eventually the squirrels got to them after they saw the birds enjoying them. They even untwisted them from the branches with their sneaky little squirrel paws and enjoyed them as “to-go” snacks. Anyway, here’s what we did…

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Cheerios

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Twist the end of a pipe cleaner into a hook shape that you can attach to a tree branch. Thread the pipe cleaner with Cheerios, then twist again on the bottom to keep them from sliding off.
  • Attach to a branch outside, and sit back and watch!

Easy DIY Bird Feeders - fun kids craft, only need two supplies!

Easy DIY Backyard Bird Feeders

 

The end of school is near! I wanted to give our son’s teacher a personalized gift and ended up creating this for just one buck.

Here’s what I did…

I entered the names of classmates, teacher, year, etc., in a web site called Wordle. After choosing the layout and color scheme I printed the image. Then I cut the excess edges of the printer paper off, and framed it in an 8×10 frame that I purchased for $1.00 at the dollar store.

Our son made a little thank you note, and I wrote a letter on the back thanking “Mrs. B” for being such an awesome teacher. I will also include a gift card, so technically we will spend more than $1.00 altogether but still not breaking the bank. 🙂

Print a personalized class list and frame in a dollar store frame. Awesome personalized teacher gift for end of year or anytime!