Five Easy Meals for Those Busy Days

Summer is upon us and trying to plan meals around our families busy schedule can be daunting. That is why on those crazy days of chauffeuring your children quick and simple meals can be a blessing. So, here are five simple recipes your family will enjoy.
Simple Pot Roast
1 Boneless Chuck Roast
2 Medium Carrots, chopped
1 large red onion
1 (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 3/4 cups of sliced Portobello mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon Thyme
1 teaspoon Rosemary
1 teaspoon Basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Place Roast into a 5 quart slow cooker. Add Carrots, Onion, diced tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, thyme, rosemary, basil, pepper, and salt. Cover roast and vegetables with water and cook on high for four hours until meat is tender.
2. Remove meat and vegetables to serving platter. Serve with mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta.

Hoisin Shrimp
1 package of peeled ready to eat shrimp
1 package of Cole slaw mix
1 jar of Hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon of Chili Garlic Sauce
3 teaspoons of sesame oil
3 teaspoons of soy sauce

1. In a large Wok heat 3 teaspoons of sesame oil; add Cole slaw mix, shrimp, Hoisin sauce, chili sauce, and soy sauce.
2. Stir ingredients until all the vegetables and shrimp are completely covered.
3. Simmer until vegetables and shrimp are hot.
4. Serve over rice or noodles

Chicken Barbecue Pizza

Boboli Pizza crust
1 Jar of barbecue sauce
1 red onion chopped
3 table spoons of olive oil
2 cups of cooked shredded chicken breast
1 diced sweet red pepper
2 cups of mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
2. Brush pizza crust with olive oil
3. Pour on barbecue sauce and spread sauce covering all edges.
4. Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese until pizza is completely covered.
5. Add chicken, onion, and red peppers; making sure all ingredients are evenly covered.
6. Place in preheated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Cheesy Macaroni and ham casserole
1 package of Kraft American cheese slices (24)
3 cups of uncooked macaroni
1 package of diced ham
1 Tablespoon of flour
2 Tablespoons of butter
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1 1/4 cup of milk
1 1/4 cup of heavy cream

1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cook macaroni according to package and set aside
3. In a sauce pan melt butter and gradually whisk in flour, salt, and pepper for one minuet.
4. Add Milk and heavy cream gradually bringing it to a boil.
5. Add the cheese slices one at a time gradually stirring until melted.
6. Once the cheese is all melted remove from heat and stir in the cooked macaroni and diced ham.
7. Spread mixture in a casserole dish and bake for 20 minuets.
8. The last ten minutes you can add toasted bread crumbs or shredded cheese (optional).

Chicken Spaghetti
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 large jar of spaghetti sauce
1 can of button mushrooms
1 diced red pepper
1 diced red onion

1. Place chicken breast, onion, mushrooms, and peppers into a 5 quart crock pot.
2. Pour in spaghetti sauce over chicken and the vegetables.
3. Cook on high for 3 hours or until chicken is done.
4. Remove chicken and shred; then return chicken back into the sauce.
5. Serve over cooked spaghetti or rice


Five Tips to Destress

As a stay at home mom of a toddler and  teenager life can be very hectic. Each day is often filled with daily surprises of tantrums and messes that make life never boring. Although,  in those rare occasions that I do get a quiet moment I take time to revel in it.

All mothers know are sweet little bundles of joy can also be our great source of stress often driving us crazy. Our kids constant crying, whining, and bickering can test the patients of the most saintly person. Therefore, in order for any mom to stay sane, she must find moments to distress. So, here are five simple tips to take back your sanity and find your Zen.

1. Find your most comfortable spot and listen to spa music allowing yourself to drift off.
2. Take a warm bubble bath, add some candles and soft music, you can soak your cares away.
3. Take time to read a novel or watch your favorite program while indulging in a few chocolates.
4. Change your routine , I suggest  stroll to a nearby coffee shop and grab your favorite latte.
5. If all else fails take time to pick up the phone and vent to a friend.