Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Try It Tuesday: Hand Print Bat Craft


I can't get over how cute this turned out!!! This is the start of some of our Halloween Hand Print Crafts. I am going to share a few with you here at Save Green Being Green and then next month I am going to share 5 more over at Northern Cheapskate.

My preschooler isn't going to be so little for too long, so I need to get those little hand prints now. This one was made my stamping the hand in opposite directions with the palms overlapping. Then he glued on a foam moon that I cut out and did some stamping of a star stamp we have with washable paint, but you could easily make a stamp like this for yourselves out of a potato or by cutting up a sponge.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Make It Monday: 10 Paleo Freezer Slow Cooker Meals & Review of Savvy Livings Professional Knife



This time around when I did freezer meals (read my post Making 12 Clean Eating Slow Cooker Meals to see my last time and for more recipes) I decided that I really wanted to incorporate a lot of my favorites that I have shared on here because I do have a lot of really great slow cooker recipes on Save Green Being Green that are paleo and clean eating and can easily be frozen. This time I also wanted a variety of meats including chicken, beef, turkey, pork and shrimp (the other post was pretty much just chicken and beef.) Not all the recipes are mine and I have given credit to where the original recipe is from, but you don't have to go to it because I have included all of the ingredients needed to toss in your 1 gallon bags. The shopping list is below as well to make things easier for you. And then at the bottom of the post I have a review to share with you of the Savvy Living 6" Professional Ceramic Chef's Knife, which is great for all the chopping you are going to be doing to make these meals.

NOTE: ALL OF THESE SLOW COOKER MEALS SHOULD BE COOKED ON LOW FOR 8 HOURS.

10 Paleo Slow Cooker Freezer Meals
  1. Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff
  2. Cilantro Lime Chicken
  3. Shrimp Creole
  4. Southwestern Chicken Stew
  5. Shrimp Arrabiata
  6. Meat Spaghetti Sauce
  7. Sloppy Joes
  8. Ginger Beef
  9. Pineapple Pulled Pork
  10. Pork Carnitas

Shopping List

Meat
7 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 lb shrimp
1 lb ground turkey or beef
2 lbs ground beef
2 pounds, beef roast
2 pounds pork shoulder
2.5 pounds pork (chops, tenderloin or roast)

Fresh Vegetables
3 head garlic (22 cloves)
2 pkgs - 8 oz fresh mushrooms
8 med yellow onion
2 med red onion
fresh cilantro
1 lime
1 jalepeno
2 stalks celery
1 green pepper
2 red pepper
3 carrots
1 bunch green onions
3 T ginger root
1 bunch kale or swiss chard

Canned Items
1.5 C chicken stock/broth
1.5 C beef stock/broth
5 C salsa
1 - 15-oz can black beans
1 - 15-oz can corn
2 C tomato juice
1 - 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 - 28 oz can of whole tomatoes
1 - 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
2 - 6 oz cans of tomato paste
1 can pineapple chunks
1 10oz can mushrooms

Seasonings and Oils
basil
thyme
cumin
red pepper flakes
garlic powder
cayenne powder
paprika
lemon juice
parsley flakes
oregano
cloves
chili powder
red wine vinegar
apple cider vinegar
Worcestershire sauce
tamari (soy) sauce
taco sauce
ketchup
mustard
stevia
salt
pepper



1. Chicken & Mushroom Stroganoff 
  • 2 ½ pounds, chicken (in strips)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced or quartered
  • 1 med onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 T basil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 C chicken broth
Add Later
    6 oz plain Greek yogurt
2 T corn starch
1/4 cold water   

2.  Cilantro Lime Chicken
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken
  • 2 C salsa
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 C fresh cilantro, minced
  • juice of 1 lime

3.  Shrimp Creole
  • 1 cup Finely Chopped Onion
  • ½ cups Chopped Celery
  • 1 whole Medium Green Pepper, Chopped
  • 14 ounces, weight Petite Diced Tomatoes, With Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 10 ounces, weight Canned Sliced Mushrooms, Drained
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Parsley Flakes
  • 1 pound Cooked Fresh & Shelled Shrimp



4. Southwestern Chicken Stew
  • 2.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, 1" cubed
  • 1/2 C cilantro, minced
  • 1 med red onion, chopped
  • 1 jalepeno pepper, chopped
  • 15 oz can pinto or black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz can corn, drained
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 C tomato juice
  • 24 oz salsa

5. Shrimp Arrabiata
  • 1 can (28 oz) whole tomatoes in thick puree
  • 1 lg onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

6. Meat Spaghetti Sauce (over zucchini noodles)
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 can (28 oz) of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 med. onion chopped
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil

7. Sloppy Joes - Serve on Coconut Flour Drop Biscuits
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 med onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 6oz cans of tomato paste
  • 2 T water
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 4-6 packets of stevia
  • salt and pepper, to taste

8. Ginger Beef
  • 2 pounds beef roast (either leave bone-in or cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 3 carrots, cut into 1-inch-thick slices
  • 1 c. green onions
  • 1 c. chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-4 Tbs. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 – 1 1/2 c. beef stock
  • 1/2-1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbs. tapioca or arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • chopped kale or swiss chard, to preference
Add later
  • 1 c. sugar snap peas

9. Pineapple Pulled Pork
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds pork shoulder
  • 1/2 cup fresh-made organic pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup filter water
  • 1 small organic onion, roughly diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon organic mustard
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup organic pineapple, diced into bite-sized chunks

10. Pork Carnitas
  • 2 1/2 lbs. boneless pork chops, pork roast or tenderloin
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 cup taco sauce






My Thoughts:

With all the chopping you are doing to make these paleo freezer slow cooker meals, you will want to have a high quality knife like the Savvy Living 6" Professional Ceramic Chef's Knife. This knife has been working really well for me and I have been using it for about 3 weeks now and have not had any knicks or dulling to the blade. I really like the 6" length. I think this size is great for chopping up vegetables as well as cutting meats in to chunks. The package says to store it in the sheeth it comes in or in a knife block and I happened to have the perfect space open in my knife block, so I keep it in there. I also like the curved handle. It fits nicely in the there as I am chopping and feels very natural.

When you are making these freezer meals, you will be standing at your counter chopping quite a bit and it will be much more pleasant and efficient if you have a quality knife that you are using.

Product Description of the Savvy Living 6" Professional Ceramic Chef's Knife:


Savvy Living NanoRazor 6" Professional Black Ceramic Chef's Knife is an all-around performance ceramic chef knife that is sharp, durable and delivers effortless & high precision. It is particular great for the healthy eating conscious consumers who love to enjoy the authentic taste of their fruit and vegetables.

Main Features and Benefits

* Ultra-sharp, ultra-durable 6-inch ceramic chef's knife with a gorgeous black blade for effortless, high-precision chopping, mincing, slicing, and dicing.

* High-tech ceramic blade forged under more than 100 tons of pressure, and over 1500ยบ C to make it stronger and less porous than other ceramic blades, so food particles, bacteria, and viruses don't stick to it.

* Triple polished with diamond wheels for a smooth finish and razor sharp edge. Matching Sheath that extends blade life time.

* Rust and corrosion free, and doesn't react chemically with acids, oils, salts, or juices and change the flavor of your food like steel knives do.

* Lightweight and balanced, with a curved, ergonomic, easy-to-grip handle to reduce wrist fatigue. Risk Free, 90-Day, no-questions-asked, 100% money back guarantee for any reason.

Ceramic knives are sharper, more lightweight, and much easier to clean than steel ones. However, many people complain that ceramic knives are too fragile, chipping or shattering at the slightest bump. The Savvy Living NanoRazor is made using a special 4-step process which makes our blades sharper, denser, and more durable than those on regular ceramic knives.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fitness Friday: Custom Made Medal Hangers



I decided I was going to try my hand at making Custom Medal Hangers. I have acquired several medals myself and they have just been hanging out in a dresser drawer. I know I am not alone and that some of my friends are storing their medals in similar ways. My daughter has her swim and Tri ribbons and medals just hanging from her reading tent in her room and really wanted to have something more too. I am not completely finished making them all yet, but I can share this one that I have already given to a friend for her birthday present. I think the picture makes it hard to see exactly what the paint is like, but I painted a base coat of yellow on it then a coat of crackle medium and then a coat of gray. You can see the yellow through the crackle.


I enlisted the help of my husband and asked him to cut up a board I bought from Lowe's so that I could make 5 different Medal hangers, each one custom to the person I am giving it to (including myself.)


Here are a bunch of the other supplies I used including hooks, frog tape, scissors, letter stickers and iron-on letters.


I spray painted the base coats (2 coats of each) on the wood that I sanded.


Next I applied frog tape so that I could I could add a pattern detail to them board. My daughter wanted to help make them as well (since one was hers) and I put her in charge of painting the crackle on the ones that we were using it on and then painting the stripes on hers.


Here is what they looked like when I painted the colors over the frog tape (and crackle medium in some instances) . I don't want to spoil the rest and will share them with you another time, but for now you can enjoy the one I made for my friend Jennifer and imagine what the others ones look like. I will share the ones I made for myself and my daughter soon, but the other 2 are gifts for friends and they have not received them yet.



$10 off $25 on Lovable Labels Sept. 19-21 ONLY!


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Be sure to check out the new Halloween Products, including the Halloween Pack (pictured above) that help you personalize treat bags from your child, or these darling Halloween Fun Stickies (pictured below) that include these cute little images of a black cat, ghost, owl, and bat.

These Halloween products are only available for a limited time, so don't miss out on them.




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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: Slow Cooker BBQ Roast



Do you have some leftover BBQ sauce sitting in your fridge you need to use up? Why not toss it on your roast next time you out on in the slow cooker. I used only about 1/4 of a bottle and it will coat and cook in to the meat nicely as it cooks all day in the slow cooker.

I also add 3 large carrots (sliced), and 2 medium potatoes (cubed) to my 2.5 pound roast in the slow cooker that I cooked on low for 8 hours.

Below is a picture when it was all assembled in the slow cooker and ready to cook.





Review: Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue




My Thoughts:

In case you missed it, Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue was just released at the beginning of the month. We just received it in the mail last week to review and my son has been enjoying it. He actually likes it so much that he said he wants to get this movie for his friend for their birthday too! I would say that speaks pretty highly of something when a child has it and enjoys it and thinks a friend needs to have it as well.

This DVD is 110 minutes long with 5 different episodes:

  • Countdown
  • The Haunting of Griffin Rock
  • Spellbound
  • Blame the Gremlins
  • Feed the Beast



About Transformer Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue from Shout Factory:


The TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS, CHASE, HEATWAVE, BLADES and BOULDER, are charged with the important task of protecting the town of Griffin Rock. Relying on their courage and friendship, these Transformers are also aided by a family of first responders, chief among them is a young boy named Cody. This is a big task at the best of times, but even more so when uncovering the mysteries of Griffin Rock! This mystery-themed collection of TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS was released on DVD September 2nd, 2014 from Shout! Factory Kids, in conjunction with Hasbro Studios.

he small, happy town of Griffin Rock has a mystery on its hands. Make that FIVE mysteries! And it’s up to CHASE, HEATWAVE, BLADES, BOULDER and the Burns family to solve them. Do they have the sleuthing skills for the job? Join the suspense and the fun as Cody and the TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS confront ghosts, search for the legendary Maine Ridge Monster, chase gremlins and more!

You can buy Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue

Disclosure: I received this DVD for free for the purpose of review. No additional monetary compensation was received. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014