Archive for February, 2013

We are a meat and potatoes family. Unfortunately for me I am also on a diet. This meal is perfect because it is under 350 calories for this dish. I consider it  a one dish meal. Here is what you will need.

1 3/4 lbs of ground deer you of course could use beef or lamb but venison is very low fat and high protein.

1 medium carrot peeled and chopped

2 tbls unsalted butter

1/2 cup heavy cream ( you could also used chicken broth for even less fat)

1 medium onion

4 medium russet potatoes peeled and cubed

1 large head of cauliflower

2 tbls butter

1 cup frozen peas

1 cup beef broth

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

salt and pepper


cheese grated 1/2 cup

Boil water and add potatoes and cauliflower while those are boiling in a separate pan add your oil and deer meet let that crumble and cook for about 3 min then add chopped onion and chopped carrots to pan and cook through salt and pepper to taste. Add peas

In a small sauce pan make a roux with your butter and flour once it gets bubbly add your beef broth and Worcestershire sauce to create a gravy. Put gravy with meat and vegetables and mix through.

Preheat Broiler to 500 degrees

in a 9×13 pan that has been sprayed wit vegetable oil place your meat mixture on the bottom.

Drain your potatoes and cauliflower, mash together with heavy cream and season to taste.

Layer potatoes on top of meat mixture and dust paprika powder on top. Place in oven for about 10 min or until potatoes get golden brown on top.

Immediately sprinkle grated cheese on top of potatoes, so it melts all the way.

Serve and enjoy.

shepherds pie

Now here is the best part

Calories 342 Carbs 22 Grams of Fat 18 Protein 23

My kiddos devoured this and asked for more, it was a total success .

Kimmy (the sticks)







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No Spend March

Okay, first I have to apologize for not posting the last week or so.  I had some family in town, 2 baby showers, my son’s birthday, and Husband got a new work schedule (which I am still trying to adjust to, a week or so into it).  It seems like I haven’t even sat down until tonight.  Anyway, I do not have anything super interesting to post today and probably won’t until later this week but before the month ended, I wanted to share a plan that Husband and I just agreed on!

The plan is:


I have heard of people doing this before in different months and finally decided we should give it a try.  The jist of this is that for one whole month, you commit to not spending ANYTHING that is not a necessity.  That means no movies, no rentals, no treats, etc.  It means spending money on bills, gas, and groceries (even the groceries should be necessities though, no chips, crackers, munchies, etc that just sound good while you are shopping).  The hardest part for us as a couple will be eliminating movies and dinner out and the hardest part for me alone will be not spending money on projects (EEEK!)  The point of this is to get into a habit of not spending unnecessarily on tons of things and to see just how much we really can save.  I know must of us can look at our bank statement and see a bunch of things we could have not spend money on but I think if we truly did not spend money on anything we did not need, we would see a much larger savings than we think.  Ah, one more exception for us as a couple:  our anniversary lands in March so we will spend a small allotted amount on anniversary but that is the only exception.

What does this mean to the blog:  Well, it means that I will be updating periodically about how the no spending is going.  It also means that there will probably be more food than projects from me (unless I have ALL the materials on hand for a project I can’t do it).  I am excited to try this and would encourage anyone out there to give it a try as well.

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If it wasn’t for Erin there would be no blog right now, like I said before life has been crazy and I am falling behind. I have been working on redoing my Home Management Binder and today I am going to share a few printable s with you, these are links or pdf files to some great weekly planner pages to keep in your binder I use vis a vis or wet erase markers on sheet protectors with the pages inserted for mine because it is cheaper than printing new pages every week.

Home managment binder weekly

Day Keeper Days of the Week COMPLETE Fill in the Blanks

courtesy of preparednotscared.com this printable is kind of hard to find so the pdf is in the link above. These are currently the pages I am using.

Here are some others I have found and used before…

daily-docket-2.0 weekly calendar


weekly calendar

(I do not own the previous printable s they were found on various blogs)

I hope that you can find these helpful as I have loved using them.

Kimmy (the sticks)




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My sister in law just showed me the great way she is organizing all of her extra fabrics at home.  It is brilliant and looks so nice!

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She took a large foam board which cost her a few dollars at the craft store and cut it into rectangles (hers were 5X10 I think).  You would want to cut them about 5 inches wide but you can cut the height depending on how tall your particular shelves are.  Anyway, she cut a bunch of them, folded her fabric and wrapped each one around the foam board pieces and arranged them on a shelf, just like they do at the fabric stores!  Simple, pretty, and cheap.

Thanks Sister-In-Law!

Erin, The Burbs

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Or as my daughter likes to call it “Minnie”strone soup.  That’s what they call it on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  I have been knee deep in organizing (which in my house looks much worse than the house ever did before until I finally finish) and with that, my head has been a little crazy so I only have a final picture.

Anyway, this soup is fairly easy and super yummy.


1/2 lb bulk italian sausage

1 large carrot, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 to 2 T oil

5 cups chicken broth (or 5 cups water and 5 bouillon cubes)

1 can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 can fire roasted tomatoes, undrained

1 bay leaf

1/2 T italian seasoning

1/2 T tomato paste

1 cup ditalini pasta or some other “mini” pasta (for some reason ditalini is IMPOSSIBLE to find in my area!)

Start by browning the sausage in a skillet over medium heat until no longer pink.  Drain and set aside.  In a large pot, saute carrots, celery, onion, and garlic in the oil until just tender.

Add broth, beans, fire roasted tomatoes, bay leaf, italian seasoning, tomato paste, and your browned sausage.

Bring this to a boil and then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.

Remove the bay leaf (it is not usually terribly hard to find, mine usually hangs out around in the top of the pot).

Now, add your pasta and cook at a low boil, stirring occasionally, for about 8 or so minutes, until the pasta is tender and cooked through.

Serve with a small amount of shredded parmesan cheese and/or bread if desired.


Yummy!  Erin, The Burbs

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I just had to share this!  Today I looked over to see this:


That my friends, is a massive bowl of pudding that Husband is eating right now.  I have heard from his friends that growing up, he used to eat huge bowls of cereal like that (but I know that a few people have been known to do that).  This however, was a new one for me.  Men are so funny sometimes.

Erin, The Burbs

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I am sure I am not the only one that saves all the manuals, instructions, warranties, and other such piles of papers that seem to come with EVERY single product I purchase now.  I have been throwing them in the cupboard above my refrigerator (the one that no human being in the world seems to be able to reach partly because it is so far up and partly because it is an abnormally small cupboard and does not come out as far as the rest of the cupboards and the refrigerator protrudes just far enough that it makes it extra hard to get to).  Sorry, I hate the cupboard, it is pointless and has very little use.  I can only put things in there that I get to like once a year when I climb on top of the refrigerator!

Anyway, I usually throw those piles of papers up there and then dread the day I actually have to climb up there to get them.  Well, I found a new way to organize them that makes it much less of a pile of papers and I now keep it in my laundry room where I can reach it.

I purchased the largest 3 ring binder I could find (I think it was 4 inches thick) and a package or two of heavy duty sheet protectors for a 3 ring binder.  In each sheet protector, I placed a “cover page” (which you can click on to get a copy of if desired) I created to make it easy to see what was in each sheet protector and then placed the corresponding manual behind that.  Each product gets its own sheet protector and I organized them alphabetically.


It is a bad picture but you get the idea.  The info makes it pretty easy to see at a glance some important info and what paperwork is included.  I kept the page pretty simple and boring looking only because it did not need to be pretty and I wanted to save on ink and stuff.  I mean I printed like 30 of these just to do the manuals I had already collected.

Anyway, good luck organizing.

Erin, The Burbs

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