>"Time for Dinner"

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Written Tuesday, March 15th:
An hour ago, my sister told me about this place called, “Time for Dinner.”
She described it as a place that puts together customized frozen dinners that you choose online. You then go the next day to pick them up. I was skeptical, yet, intrigued.
Since I’m heading to St. Louis tomorrow, I went on their website to see what they had to offer. I must admit, I was impressed by the menu. These were no ordinary frozen dinners.
I’m curious to see how this whole process works. I mean, can frozen meals be that good?? I’m heading there tomorrow so I’ll let you know how it goes!
To be continued…

Written Wednesday, March 16
I’m a believer!
This place rocked!
I had a completely wrong concept in my mind on what “Time for Dinner” was. Here’s how it REALLY works.

 It took about an hour to assemble 6 meals. They had all of the ingredients and measuring utensils laid out when we got there. All we have to do is follow the simple instructions at each dish preparation station. We could even personalize our meals by adding more or less ingredients depending on our preference.  Only the meat is weighed and measured per order. All of the recipes are either packaged in a recyclable aluminum foil pans or plastic freezer bags that we could easily take home. They even provided us with labels with easy-to-follow cooking instructions, nutritional information, dietary points and side dish suggestions.

Here are some pictures to help you visualize the process:

On our way in to “Time for Dinner,” cooler in hand.

 Three excited woman, ready to get their hands dirty!

Leslie (sister), Janny (mom), and me

 So this is a picture of a food assembly station. They have all of the ingredients, utensils, the recipe and simple directions right in front of you. Cooking has never been so easy! 

 Here is me at my first food station- in deep concentration.

 Sisters hard at work!

 Janny hopped in to help too.

 Here’s a picture of my completed Chicken Spiedini.

 One of the great things about this place is that there is no clean up required! You simply just move to the next station when you’re done putting together your meal.

 Those top two racks are all entrees for Austin and I! Twelve meals total in my deep freeze right now! They include: Crab Ragoon Chicken, Chicken Spiedini, Caramel Apple French Toast, Beef Burgundy Stew, Bacon Wrapped Bistro Steak and Asian Pork Medallions.

Pricing for these meals weren’t all that bad. For six entree servings, it cost around 20 bucks. When you consider how many ingredients you have to go buy to make a meal like this, it seems worth it. Not to mention the ease of taking one hour to have 10-12 dinners ready to cook.
It’s safe to say, I’m probably heading back to “Time for Dinner.”

>Power Ball Cookies

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Eat one of these and you’re guaranteed to win the lotto!  Well, maybe not, but at least you’ll enjoy a delicious, easy to make, relatively healthy cookie.  Seriously, these little orbs deliver on that promise.  My Jack (age 4) and Hannah (age 2) enjoy helping me make these every few weeks or so (and sneaking a few chocolate chips on the sly).  Then, we freeze most of them, so we don’t gorge ourselves silly on them.  Uh, did I mention they are good?  From frozen, just nuke them for 20 seconds when ready to eat.  Enjoy!
Power Ball Cookies

Makes: 30-35 cookie balls
From: My friend, Darcie

1 c peanut butter or almond butter

1 c honey
3 c old-fashioned oats (quick-cooking word fine)
1/2 c flax seed or wheat germ
1 c dark chocolate chips
1 c any combination of nuts and soft dried fruits (I used 1/2 chopped pecans and 1/2 raisins)

Blend peanut butter and honey until smooth.  Mix in oats and flax seed or wheat germ.  Add chocolate chips and dried fruit and/or nuts.  Stir until well combined.  Shape into balls and refrigerate or freeze.  (I used a cookie scoop to mold the balls.)

You might also enjoy these healthy snack recipes on my site:
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Homemade Clif Kid ZBars

>Changing Table is Done

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You’ve probably seen the changing table makeover a few times but I realized that I never made an official before and after post about it.

 In case you forgot, I scored this dresser on Craig’s List for $40.00. It started out like this…
Then looked like this…

 Then started to look like this…
 And turned out like this!!
 I lined the drawers with fun scrapbook paper. To see details on how I did it, visit this post.
I love love love the way it turned out. 

>How To Make a Nursing Cover

Once again, I have run into an expensive baby product that I have scoffed at and murmured, “I could make that…” In this case, it is a nursing cover, AKA, “hooter hider.” This one, for example, is selling for a little over 30 dollars. Really? $30 for a piece of fabric strapped around your neck. I don’t think so.
So, I set out to make my own. After rummaging through some tutorials, I got the general idea of how to make one and just went for it.
My fabric strips are already sewn in this picture
Supplies Needed:
26×38″ piece of fabric
3×10″ piece of fabric
3×26″ piece of fabric

16 strip of boning (I found at Hobby Lobby)
Two D Rings (mine were 1inch but 1.5 inch would work)
Lets start with the neck straps.
Fold them in half, longways, and stitch down one side.
When sewing these, make sure to curve one side off like the picture below. Cut off the excess. This makes it easy to slip in and out of the D-Rings.
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Turn them right side out, iron them flat, and top stitch down both sides to get them nice and flat.
With your shorter strap, encase the D rings and stitch as close as possible to the rings to secure them.
Now, lets work with the main piece.
Identify what the top of your cover will be (38″ side).
Fold and iron down 1/2″
Now do it again.

 

Unfold it ONCE and pin your boning in the center of the piece. Make sure the boning is curving away from you at first.
Stitch the boning in place. Just stitch as close to the top and bottom of it as you can.
Now fold your pre-ironed piece back in place with the boning encased. It should now be slightly curving towards you.
Before you stitch that down, slide your straps in place underneath the fold. I put mine right under the edge of each side of the boning.
Stitch all along the top, double backing at each end.
Now simply iron all the other edges the same way (1/2″ folds like before) and top stitch those to give you a nice hem. You’re done!
Now nobody has to see any unsightly-post baby flesh 🙂
I know I’ll put this to good use!

>Do You Like Me?

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Do you like me? 
Isn’t that question behind almost everything we do? While I could dive in to a very deep, heartfelt post about the issue of people pleasing, I’m choosing to go another route.
Do you like me… on Facebook that is?!
In an effort to take small steps to promote my blog, I was advised that a Facebook Fan Page was a great place to start. But people, I need your help. Right now only two people like me. That’s me and my faithful friend, Mary. (Thanks, Mary!) Yeah, not even my own husband likes me yet. To his credit, I did just make this page late last night- but still!
I’ve made it pretty stinkin easy to like me on Facebook. 
Look right below my header (top right corner).
See a new addition?
The picture below can help you out if you’re still not picking up what I’m putting down.

Just click it.
Yep.
That’s it. Easy wasn’t it?
You like me, you really do!

Thanks!

But in all seriousness, I really do appreciate any public acknowledgment of any blog stalking you do at Learn and Go. If I get enough people who will come out of the closet and admit they stalk a little, I might actually make a little money. With a baby on the way and a lack of full time employment in the future, mo money is NOT mo problems despite what Notorious BIG would say.

Thanks!

In case your curious on how to make a Facebook Fan Page for your blog (or anything your a fan of really) keep reading.

How to Make a Facebook Fan Page
I wasn’t sure how to do this so I figured other people probably weren’t either. First of all, you don’t have to create a new account.

Go to the basic sign in page and click on “Advertising” towards the bottom.
Click on “Promote Your Facebook Page”
Now click on “Create a Page”
 Choose “Brand or Product”
Lastly, under the toolbar options, select Website and then fill in your blog’s name. 
 Not too hard, huh? 
Enjoy making your fan pages. I had fun making mine!
I just hope my “like” number is a little higher than 2 by the end of the day. 🙂