Quarantine Meal Helps

So Quarantine: Day 14 (no, we’re not sick, but with two asthmatic kids, we are taking things fairly seriously, so we are staying home except for grocery pickup runs, social distancing while on walks, and not allowing our kids to go to friends/out).

It’s kinda rough, folks. Am I right? The people in my house are really tired of each other. But we have some good moments, too. Moments like the 9, 12, and 13 year olds playing pirate in the basement. Moments where we play family games or have dance parties (Thanks Aunt Percy for the fun song! I’ve Got the Music in Me). We’ll get through this!

I thought I’d post a few ideas for you all to check out to make your meals/preps easier…Now…seriously, a disclaimer. I haven’t done anything with my blog for years – YEARS. I migrated it and none of the pictures/links migrated and I’ve been so busy and overwhelmed that I just stuck my head in the sand and ignored it. It’s ghetto. There aren’t many pics – they’ve all been replaced with this “no domain” things, so sorry….but the recipes are there and if you have any questions you can always post a comment or email. Also, like lots of recipes on this site, some are Thrive heavy, because I was/am a Thrive consultant, but you can always substitute fresh ingredients!

BREAD IDEAS:

I posted my sandwich bread recipe several years ago. This makes an amazing whole grain sandwich bread and stays soft for days.
Best Ever 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

If this recipe is a little too ingredient intensive and you want to try a recipe with fewer (more basic) ingredients, this Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day is one we’ve used for years. It makes a delicious rustic bread and best of all, the dough can be made ahead and stored in the fridge until you want to bake.
Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day
Tortillas Mix

BREAKFAST IDEAS:

This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes. I don’t eat pancakes anymore, but the flavor in these is amazing and it’s awesome to make up several batches of this DIY Pancake Mix and have them on hand for the mornings. P.S. If you don’t have buttermilk, mix one cup milk with one tablespoon of white vinegar and let it sit for 5 minutes. If you don’t have wheat flour/wheat grinder, just use all All-Purpose Flour.
Buttermilk Wheat Pancake Mix
Instant Oatmeal Mix
Summer Porridge
Super Delicious Breakfast Cookies
Harvest Delight Granola

LUNCH/DINNER:

Homemade Pizza Night used to be a Friday night institution at our house. Life has evolved a little and we haven’t made pizza in a while, but we have plenty of time and no reason not to, so it’s on the menu for this week.
Pizza Crust Dough
Pizza Sauce and Seasoning Mix 
Pizza Toppings
DIY Taco Shell Bowls
DIY Chicken Nuggets
Super Speedy Refried Beans
DIY Make Ahead Bean & Cheese Burritos
Slow Cooker Ham & Potatoes

TREATS:

These are some treat ideas you may have the ingredients on hand for…

Choco-Coco PB Crunch Bars
Honey Cinnamon Graham Crackers
Instant Cookies
Dulce de Leche

MEAL PREP:

Veggie Prep
Sprouts
Sprouting Grains
DIY Bread Crumbs
Make Ahead & Freeze Portions
Chicken Stock
Cream of Anything Soup Mix
Toasting Coconut
Buttermilk

CLEANING:
DIY Homemade Re-useable Disinfecting Wipes
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

Take heart, my friends! We’ll survive this. I hope there’s something here that is helpful for you!
Until next time,

Jenn

Infinity Jars Review-LOVE!

I was contacted by a company called Infinity Jars earlier this year, to see if I would try some of their products and review them. It’s taken me a while to get the review done, between surgery earlier this year and going back to school, my life is a little crazier than I’ve ever experienced.

 

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Here’s a little description of Infinity Jars from their website: Infinity Jars can actually slow down the decaying process of organic matter while maintaining the freshness of whatever you put inside. What sets Infinity Jars apart from all other jars is that it blocks out all harmful visible light rays while selectively ALLOWING infrared and UV-A rays.

In addition, these jars are gorgeous. I chose the 1 Liter Square Glass Bottle with Oil Spout, the 15 mL Glass Push Pump Bottle, and the 100 mL Tall Glass Screw Cap Jar. I’ll tell you a little about my experience with each of them.

They arrived quickly and were well packed to prevent damage during shipment. They came with labels and a cleaning cloth.

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I chose the 1 Liter Square Glass Bottle with Oil Spout to put olive oil in, for cooking in the kitchen. I think this is the largest of this type of bottle that they sell. We cook a lot and I didn’t want to be filling the bottle every few days, but in all honesty, if you don’t have very large hands, like me, you’ll probably want to go for the 500 mL glass jar. This is a large bottle, and it looks beautiful on my counter next to my stove. I’ve been pleased with the performance and the appearance of this bottle. I really love that the glass doesn’t let in light, so the oil’s exposure to light is minimized, because I DO keep it on the counter next to the stove, for convenience sake.

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My next choice was the 15 mL Glass Push Pump Bottle. This is probably my very favorite of the three bottles I received. I use this to mix a DIY makeup remover that I use on my face each evening. This bottle is amazing and comes with a locking cap that keeps it from dispensing accidentally in my makeup bag when I travel. I’d probably go for the 50 mL bottle next time…the 15 mL Glass Push Pump Bottle is a petite thing, but it is really fabulous and dispenses the perfect amount of makeup remover.

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My last bottle was the 100 mL Tall Glass Screw Cap Jar. I put this one to use right away by emptying the remnants of my bottle of gel into it. The gel bottle pump never gets the last couple of ounces of gel out, and I am always scrambling to figure out what to do with that last bit. So, I dumped it into the Tall Glass Screw Cap Jar. This wasn’t ideal, as I soon found, BECAUSE, the Tall Glass Screw Cap Jar is…well, TALL. My long fingers can’t reach the bottom, so I had to use a spatula to get that last bit out of the jar. But for liquids with a more viscous consistency, or dry goods, like herbs or seasonings, it would be perfect!

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All in all, I have to give these jars two big thumbs up and a huge grin. I really love them. I would buy the entire line today if I could, but slow and steady wins the race. I’ll get there. I am looking forward to getting some of the Cosmetic Screw Top Jars for my ointments and salves that I make. They are gorgeous and I think will be the perfect size and depth for these products.

I want to give a shout out to Infinity Jars, and Tania, for letting me try these. I was unaware of them before and have fallen totally in love with them and what they do.