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Sunday Chicken Dinner in the Slow Cooker (+ something to make you laugh!)

I am loving hearing from so many of you who have signed up for the Eat at Home Menu Plan Service and love it! Here’s one comment I got on Facebook this weekend:

You guys! The Eat at Home menu plan service is just hands down the best menu plan service I’ve ever tried!

4 Reasons I Love Eat at Home Menu Plan Service:

  1. You get 4 complete menu plans each week. Yes, you get 4 different menu plans! (A No Flour/No Sugar plan, a Slow Cooker Menu Plan, a Traditional Menu plan, and a Traditional Wholesome menu plan –each with 6 dinners + one dessert. That’s 24 recipes total… every single week!)
  2. You can make the Slow Cooker meals in less than 15 minutes. Most of the Slow Cooker meals only require 5-10 minutes of work in the mornings — and then dinner is DONE! It’s amazing to know all day long that you already have a plan for dinner and it is made and waiting!
  3. You get a Color-Coded Grocery List — for each separate menu plan. Plus, you get to choose between a Small Family or a Large Family plan for each menu plan and the grocery list is all prepped for you. Just print it, cross off any item you already have on hand, and go shop! So simple!
  4. You only pay a few dollars (or less!) per week! You get all of this — the menus + the pre-made grocery lists for each menu plan for as low as $1.13 per week when you use coupon code FALL at checkout and sign up in the next 48 hours. And you lock in that rate for as long as you’re a member!

What I Made Today

This morning, I made Sunday Chicken Dinner in the Slow Cooker. It was so easy and smells good!

By the way, Friday’s recipe was yummy, too, and was perfect to eat after we did 10 miles and 23 obstacles as part of the Tough Mudder.

I laughed when I saw the photo that Facebook pulled as the cover photo for my video. I mean what even?? I could change it, but I thought it might make you laugh, too, so I’m keeping it! 🙂

Click to watch the video above for all of the details on the recipe and to see me make it LIVE!

Remember: get 30% off your membership every single month when you sign up by September 19, 2018 and use coupon code FALL at checkout.

Go here and use coupon code FALL to get in on this great deal.

Costco, Tough Mudders, Crockpots, and Camping

Welcome to my weekly post I share a peek into our lives, talk about things I’m loving, share links to interesting articles or helpful ideas I’ve collected throughout the past week, and just talk about whatever is on my heart! 🙂

I posted asking you all about whether you thought I should get a Costco membership and MAN, you all delivered! There were 100+ comments on the original posts + so many other comments I got on social media and emails you all sent in! Part of me just wants to try shopping at Costco for a few months, but the other part of me thinks that many of you are very right: I won’t be able to beat the prices I currently get.

Also, I found out that you can buy seaweed at Kroger (I had no idea since I’ve never purchased it before!) and you can usually get it for less than a $1 per package by pairing coupons with sales. I also heard that it’s even less expensive at Asian grocery stores. So I guess that 10 packages of seaweed for $8.99 at Costco wasn’t such an amazing deal after all!

I started the Eat at Home Challenge on Thursday and I am so enjoying getting on Facebook Live at 6:50 a.m. in the mornings to share what I’m cooking for dinner.

Plus, having dinner all made before our day starts makes the afternoons and evenings so much calmer! I’d love to have you join me live tomorrow morning, if you’re up at 6:50 a.m. CST!

I got this new book in the mail from my friend, Jennifer Dukes Lee. AND I got to interview her on my soon-to-be-released podcast! It officially launches next week and I am crazy excited about it and have been having so much fun learning a brand-new skillset! (Sign up here if you want to get to hear the very first episode before anyone else does!)

Jennifer sent me a copy of her book and these beautiful cards that made me smile! 🙂

On Friday, we left for a weekend camping trip with our Community Group. I brought my Instant Pot for the first time to use for dinner — and it worked like a charm!

Psst! Looking for some of my newbie camping advice? Check out my post from our last camping trip on How We Prepared for Our Very First Camping Trip.

After we got camp all set up and ate dinner, we began with a reading and prayer from our pastor.

(Kaitlynn took some amazing pictures of the lights.)

He was the only boy on the camping trip, but he did great at holding his own and having fun with all the girls!

One of the families brought their dog — and the kids enjoyed playing with him! (Not sure why Silas had one shoe on and one is missing! Who knows?!)

They made a bunch of mud creations with the clay in the lake. The girls then painted them and sold them to the parents. I thought it was quite creative entrepreneurship!

A good ‘ole fashioned game of “chicken”.

We rented a camper trailer this time around in order to try to help us sleep better, make the set up and tear down quicker (since we had the Tough Mudder on Sunday), and help our outdoor allergies not be so awful from camping like they were last time we went tent camping.

Well, it was the best thing ever! We rented it from an RV share site and got it for a day and a half for less than the price of a hotel room. And we absolutely loved it! I’ll probably be writing a complete post on our experience because so many people asked me to do so after I shared about it on Instagram Stories.

By the way, it only took us a few hours to get all packed up and out the door this time — as opposed to 10 hours last time. It helped tremendously that we already had most of the supplies in tubs and I had put together the Master Camping List last time around.

(You can read my post on the Master List of Things You Should Take Camping here.)

The four families who came (one family from our Community Group couldn’t make it, sadly!), all were each in charge of their own breakfasts and lunches, but we had Communal Dinners and everyone pitched in and brought stuff.

We did hot dogs and brats the first night (I brought all of the ones I’d gotten from various Kroger deals and markdowns the last two months — I had them in the freezer and it was plenty to feed all 20 of us!) and then we did a Taco/Fajita night the second night. This worked so well and made it so that no one had to do a lot of work.

Sunday morning, we got up bright and early for the Tough Mudder. It was our third time to participate in a Tough Mudder (see details on our first Tough Mudder here — look how tiny our kids were then!!)

I had been looking forward to the Tough Mudder so much because we had convinced some of our best friends to do it with us. It had been SO hot on Saturday, so we were worried it was going to be too hot today. But it was perfect. Warm, but cloudy and the perfect temperature.

We loved getting to hang out, walk 10 miles together, push and encourage each other on the obstacles, and challenge ourselves outside our comfort zones.

(We didn’t get any pictures on the actual course, but one of the volunteers at the finish line offered to take these pictures at the finish line and text them to us!)

I ended up only skipping one of the 23 obstacles this time — which I was super excited about since I had always bypassed three obstacles in the past. I wasn’t able to complete two of the obstacles that I tried out (both requiring upper arm strength — something I really need to improve in!), but the fact that I didn’t chicken out and went for it and tried it encouraged me.

Plus, the entire Mudder as a whole just felt so much easier and fun than the two we had done in the past. I think that the more you do hard things, the less scary and daunting they become!

If you ever get a chance to do a Tough Mudder, I highly, highly recommend it.

By the way, the tickets are expensive, but you can sometimes find them discounted on Groupon (that’s where we got ours) or you can get in free or highly discounted if you volunteer at the event the day before.

2018 Goals Update

Personal Goals

1. Read 100 non-self-help books that will build me up/encourage me/inspire me/recharge me. (Fiction/story-driven/biographies/inspirational living books/devotionals.) See the list of 44 books I plan to read this year.

**Progress: 58 books read so far this year

2. Read through the entire Bible.

**Progress: I’m using the Robert Murray M’Cheyne plan and am all caught up— yay!

3. Write one handwritten note to someone every week.

**Progress: 34 notes written so far this year

4. Run 500 miles.

**Progress: 348 miles run so far

Marriage Goal

5. Go on an overnight trip with Jesse without the kids.Jesse and I went to NYC together in January.

Family Goals

6. Read 10 books aloud with the kids.

**Progress: We’ve finished three books so far.

7. Take the kids to South Africa. We took this trip in July. What a memorable experience!

8. Go on a family road trip.

**Progress: We’ve been researching some options for this and are planning to make this happen over Fall Break. Stay tuned!

Financial Goals

9. Save up to pay cash to finish off an office for me and workout room for Jesse and me in the basement in our new house.

**Progress: The workout room is DONE and the office is almost done!

10. Replenish our Emergency Fund (we dipped into it to replace my car when it got totaled because of the carpet beetle infestation.)

Business Goals

11. Increase our gross income from the business by 8%.

12. Launch 5 new courses.

**Progress: We launched 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life launched in January, Content Creation 101 in February, 4-Week Blog Coaching Program in March, Email List Setup 101 in March, Make Over Your Mornings LIVE in April, the Facebook Live Masterclass in May, and we launched Build Your List 101 in June!

A movie, an online class, and an Aldi trip

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from The Homespun Heart. My Word for 2018 is Slow and, in the spirit of that word, I’m taking one day each week (Wednesday) off — I’ll be unplugged and offline and plan to move at a slower pace, take time to do things that refresh me, and just really focus on being present and savoring the moment.

Each week, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into my Slow Day. Enjoy a little peek into our lives!

I started the day attending chapel at Silas and Kaitlynn’s school.

I love getting to sit with them and spend a little time in their world on Wednesdays.

And then I headed to Discipleship Group.

We kicked off our Lesson 1 meeting by talking about stories and how each of us have a story — and how in light of the Gospel, we can see Creation, the Fall, Redemption and Restoration in our stories.

In our small group time, we each had to draw a picture of a little screenshot of where we’re at in life right now and share that with our group (how we’re feeling right where we’re at in life). This brought such honest discussion and we had really heartfelt conversations as a result.

After Discipleship Group, Jesse and I went to a movie together. (Middle of the day dates are the BEST!)

We saw Mission Impossible: Fallout — which we both enjoyed, though it made me want to go back and watch the rest of the Mission Impossible movies.

After I helped the kids with homework, I laid down and read a little bit and then took a power nap.

And then it was time for dinner and to prep for my online blogging class that I was teaching. (Brian on my team came over to help run the class and get everything set up for it!)

{By the way, I wanted to teach this class during a middle of the week evening, but the only free night that worked to do it was Wednesday. Even though it’s my off day, I made an exception and did it. And I actually really enjoyed doing it on a Wednesday since I felt like I came to the class so fresh and ready to teach after being offline all day!}

We sometimes get creative in how we set things up! This time, we used a huge stack of my coloring books to hold my computer! 🙂

When I was finished, Jesse was on his way home from picking the girls up from church.

(By the way, Jesse and Silas went to Aldi for me while I was doing the class. He said that they split up and both took half the list. Silas told me how it compared prices and made sure to get the store brand not the name brand and the best deal on everything. While it’s pretty simple an easy to do this at Aldi, it made my mama heart so happy to hear him doing this all on his own! I feel like I have accomplished a big life goal that he knows how to grocery shop on a budget and find the best deals!)

I got everything ready for the Eat at Home Challenge live video (since I was going to be working out with my friend, Melissa, at 6:15 a.m. the next morning and was supposed to be on live video at 6:50 a.m.!)

I even washed the potatoes and had them ready to go!

Kaitlynn finished up some homework while I worked in the kitchen.

And Silas made a bedtime snack of macaroni and cheese. (That boy loves his mac & cheese!)

Then, we all hung out and talked for awhile and then the kids went to bed and I worked on prepping for podcast interviews the next day. And then it was time to bed for me, too!

Brigette’s $62 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Aldi

1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.36

1 16-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.55

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.38

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.89

1 bag Frozen Mixed Veggies – $0.75

2 16-oz bags Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $4.30

2 1-lb boxes Butter – $3.98

2 cans Condensed Tomato Soup – $0.90

2 cans Diced Tomatoes – $0.70

1 32-oz carton Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt – $3.29

1 pkg Fresh Zucchini – $1.49

2 pkgs Strawberries – $2.18

1 3-ct pkg Multi-Colored Peppers – $1.49

1 pkg Broccoli Crowns – $1.29

1 bag Green Grapes (2.94lbs @ $0.79/lb) – $2.32

2 heads Cauliflower – $3.58

1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $1.99

1 bag Fresh Green Beans – $1.39

2 bags Baby Carrots – $1.58

1 pkg Baby Lettuce – $1.89

1 bag Radishes – $0.49

1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $1.69

1 6-ct pkg Blueberry Applesauce Cups (sugarless) – $1.39

1 box Rice Squares – $1.79

1 bag Gluten Free Pretzels – $1.75

1 box Cheddar Crackers – $1.49

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.15

1 pkg Cream Cheese – $0.65

2 dozen Eggs – $2.26

1 pkg Hotdog Buns – $0.65

2 pkgs Kaiser Buns – $1.99 (I bought these because there was no sandwich bread left in the store…or at any store in the entire city. Sandwich bread is a hurricane staple in the South, y’all! :))

Total: $58.60

Harris Teeter

10 cans Green Beans – $2.90

1 Eggland’s Best Eggs – $2.00, used $0.55/1 Eggland’s Best Eggs – 9-9-18 RMN (exp. 12/09/18) (doubled) – $0.90 after coupon

1 jar Simply Ragu – $1.25, used $0.75/1 Ragu Simply Pasta Sauce – 8-26-18 SS; Includes 24 oz Only (exp. 09/23/18) (doubled) – FREE after coupon

Total: $3.80

Free Produce from a Friend’s Garden

More Freebies (and that’s a second bucket of Okra!)

Grocery Total for the Week: $62.40

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include:

Cereal, Oatmeal, Fruit, Yogurt, Boiled/Fried/Scrambled Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Smoothies

Lunches

Turkey Meat/Lettuce/Tomatoes on Kasier Rolls, Grapes, Carrots x 2

Pretzels/Cheddar Crackers, Strawberries, Cucumbers, Cheese Sticks

Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar (Chopped Romaine, Cut Up Veggies and Fruit, Nuts, Shredded Cheese, Craisins, Hard Boiled Eggs, Dressing), Kaiser Rolls

Leftovers x 3

Dinners

Eggplant Lasagna, Homemade French Bread, Tossed Salad, Green Beans

Shepherd’s Pie (recipe from a church cookbook), Steamed Broccoli, Fruit Salad

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Soup (I’ll use venison instead of ground beef), Italian Breadsticks, Fresh Veggies and Dip

Chicken Pot Pie, Steamed Cauliflower, Marinated Tomato Salad with Herbs (I grow pots of herbs on my back screened-in porch, so I always have fresh herbs to use this time of year)

Mexican Lasagna, Tossed Salad, Apples

Hotdogs (I “found” a package in the freezer that needs to be used up!), Baked Homemade French Fries, Fried Okra

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Garlic Mashed Cauliflower, Roasted Okra, Easy Homemade Biscuits

Does this count or not?

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Welcome to Day 2 of the Eat at Home Challenge — a one-week challenge designed to encourage and inspire you to make more meals at home in order to save money and eat more healthfully! I’m following the Eat at Home Slow Cooker Menu Plan and just love it so much!

You know how I said that I was going to do the Eat at Home Challenge this week? Well, I am doing it — you can watch my live videos on what I made for dinner the past two days here and here.

But, we’re actually not eating at home tonight.

I know, I sort of feel like a fraud!

You see, we’re going camping with our Community Group and we’re all bringing food for a cookout for dinner at the campsite (I’m bringing beef hot dogs and brats for everyone — because I got them marked down or on great sales over the past two months and had them in my freezer!).

I guess you could say that we are eating food from home at another location. So does that sort of count for the Eat at Home Challenge?

Even though we’re not eating at home tonight, I went ahead and made a slow cooker meal this morning so that we would have it on hand when we got home on Sunday from running the Tough Mudder.

(Yes, you read that right. We are camping on Friday and Saturday with our Community Group and then we’re running the Tough Mudder with two other couples on Sunday. Because hey, you only live once, right? Also, we got our Tough Mudder tickets through a Groupon deal and we roped some of our best friends into running it with us. So we couldn’t resist!)

What I Made Today

This morning, I made Slow Cooker Black Bean & Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing. I improvised a bit in order to use what I already had on hand. Because, of course! 🙂

I’m going to take the liquid out and refrigerate all of it and then heat it up and make the cornbread dressing on Sunday when we get home from the Tough Mudder. It looks yummy!

Click to watch the video above for all of the details on the recipe and to see me make it LIVE!

Don’t Miss This Deal!

If you haven’t taken advantage of the amazing 30% off deal on the Eat at Home Menu Planning service, what are you waiting for? I cannot recommend this service highly enough.

Not only do you get 4 different complete meal plans every single week (Slow Cooker — my favorite menu plan service, Traditional, No Flour/No Sugar, and Wholesome Traditional), but you also get a complete color-coded grocery list every week, too.

It saves so much time and money — and through next Wednesday, you can get a membership to the Eat at Home Menu Planning Service for as low as $1.13 per WEEK! That’s so incredibly inexpensive for the value that you get.

 

One of my followers sent me the above testimonial through Instagram about how much they love the Eat at Home Menu Plan Service. I wholeheartedly concur.

And you can get 30% off your membership every single month when you sign up by September 19, 2018 and use coupon code FALL at checkout.

Go here and use coupon code FALL to get in on this great deal.

Are you doing anything fun this weekend? What are you cooking for dinner tonight? Leave a comment and let us know!

Smoked Sausage & Sauerkraut Soup in the Slow Cooker

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Welcome to Day 1 of the Eat at Home Challenge — a one-week challenge designed to encourage and inspire you to make more meals at home in order to save money and eat more healthfully!

I’m following the Eat at Home Slow Cooker Menu Plan and just love it so much!

Details on The Eat at Home Challenge

The Eat at Home Challenge runs through September 18, 2018. Every morning around 6:50 a.m. CT, I’ll be on Facebook Live prepping our dinner to throw in the slow cooker for the day so that when 6 p.m. rolls around dinner is READY!

Every day, in addition to doing a Facebook Live video on my Facebook Page, I’ll be posting here on the blog what I made that day, along with a link to my video (in case you missed it).

I’m using the Eat at Home menu-planning service for my recipes for this challenge. You can sign up and get the recipes if you’d like to follow along with me! Scroll down to the bottom of this post for all the details on this menu-planning service + a 30% off coupon code good through September 19, 2018 only!

My hope is that this will inspire you with some new recipe ideas, encourage you to not wait until the last minute to think about what you’re having for dinner, and motivate you to eat at home more (even on busy nights!) so you can save money.

I’d love for you to join me in this challenge! To participate, go join the Facebook Page here so you can share what you are making every night and see what readers all over the country (and world!) are making for dinner each night, too!

(She gets up earlier than the other kids and has a morning routine of getting ready for the day and then eating breakfast while listening to Adventures in Odyssey.)

What I Made Today

This morning, I made Smoked Sausage & Sauerkraut Soup in the Slow Cooker. I already tried a little bit of it and it was yummy. Jesse had some and said he liked it but thought it would be even better with sweet potatoes. We’ll see what the kids think at dinner tonight!

Click to watch the video above for all of the details on the recipe and to see me make it LIVE!

What is the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service?

I’m using the Eat at Home menu-planning service for my recipes for this challenge. I love this menu-planning service and highly recommend it — especially if you struggle to come up with the time and inspiration to make your own menus.

Eat at Home is a menu-planning service designed to make getting dinner on the table much easier every night. It was a service created by Tiffany, a mom of 4 who loves to cook and loves to gather her family around the table, but has found that if she doesn’t have a quick and easy plan, it’s hard to make that happen.

How Does the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service Work?

The Eat at Home menu-planning service is an incredible way to help you save time and save money. You don’t have to worry about planning menus OR grocery list, because Tiffany does all of that for you as part of the menu-planning service.

She has designed it specifically with busy families in mind and the menu plans offer:

The recipes can all be fixed quickly, with only a few minutes of hands-on prep. Because the recipes use common pantry ingredients, it’s likely that you have everything you need to make many of the recipes.

It’s so convenient because all the work is done for you! You just choose which menu plan you’ll use, print the grocery list, go shopping, and then spend a few minutes prepping food each day and dinner is D-O-N-E!

When you sign up for the plan (it’s just a few dollars per week — or less!), each month, you’ll get:

  • An entire month of No Sugar, No Flour menu plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Traditional Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Slow Cooker Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Whole Food Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • Each menu plan comes with recipes created for small family (3-4 servings) and large family (6-8 servings)
  • Color-coded grocery lists make it easy to swap out ingredients or whole meals
  • Printable Menus to hang on the fridge or near your calendar, so you can easily see what’s for dinner that week and your family can too
  • Access to the entire month at once!
  • 1 Hour Freezer Stash Plans – a new plan each month to stock your freezer with 6 meals in 1 hour!

You can choose to stick with just the traditional menu plan or just the slow cooker menu plan or just the whole foods menu plan. Or, you can rotate different menu plans on different weeks, depending upon what you feel like cooking or how much time you have!

Get the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service for as Low as $1.13 per Week!

If you struggle to make menu plans and would love for someone to make them for you + make a grocery list for you, it’s well worth spending a few dollars every week to let Eat at Home do the work for you.

This week only, when you sign up for their plan (either the monthly plan, the quarterly plan, or the yearly plan, you can get 30% off this week only by using coupon code FALL at checkout!

That makes the done-for-you menu plans and grocery lists as low as $1.13 per week. And you get access to all three plans and the freezer cooking plans for the whole month at the rate!

Go sign up for this incredible menu-planning service here. 

(Oh and they have a fantastic two-week money-back guarantee if you think you want to try it out but aren’t sure whether it will work for you or not!)