Single Freezer Meals: Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving LeftoversTurn your Thanksgiving dinner leftovers into single serving meals that can be frozen and reheated.  So many times I have put the leftovers in their own container in the refrigerator, only to throw them out a week later when they were not used up.  (This post contains affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.)  

Remember the term ‘TV dinners’?  Create your own!  There are so many types of containers these days that allow us to do just this and save the food for convenient heating and eating later.  Below are a few ideas to help you save the food you worked so hard to make and enjoy it later!

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Chocolate Fudge Pie – Quick and Easy!

Chocolate Fudge PieThanksgiving is right around the corner and Chocolate Fudge Pie is the perfect addition to the Thanksgiving menu!  It uses common ingredients that you probably already have on hand.  It is super easy and tastes great!  It takes less than 15 minutes to get it into the oven and only 40-45 minutes to bake! (This post contains affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.)  

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Chicken Fajitas Freezer Meal for Two

Oven Baked Chicken Fajita

Making chicken fajitas for two just got easier!  I was able to prepare three chicken fajita meals for two and freeze them for later… in less than an hour.  Let me show you how this was done.  This post contains affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.  

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Simple, Fast Thanksgiving Table Decor

Thanksgiving Table

Ok…Thanksgiving is next week!  Let’s think about how we are going to decorate the table.  Our table is overflowing with plates and serving dishes; however, I love to have some type of centerpiece – it really makes it feel special!  I thought I would show you 3 very simple and fast ideas for centerpieces or a buffet setting!  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.  

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Some of our Favorite Thanksgiving Things!

Favorite Thanksgiving ThingsHere are a few things that we love to use, especially around Thanksgiving!  This post contains affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.  

Apple Pie Top Cutter

Food Steamer

Kitchen Aid Mixer

Pyrex Food Storage Dishes with Lids

Fall Leaf Decor Confetti

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Preparing the Gardens for Fall!

Preparing the GardensIt is that time of year that our gardens needs some tender loving care!  Preparing your gardens, whether they are your flower gardens or vegetable gardens, is quite simple.  Here is what I do to make sure my garden is ready for spring planting!

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Planning Ahead for a Simple Stress Free Thanksgiving

It’s time to plan ahead for a simple stress free Thanksgiving holiday!  Lynn and I are both hosting the Thanksgiving meal at our house this year so…it’s not too early to get started…now is the time!  Let’s start by looking at these four categories:

The meal

Table decor

Seating – Table and chairs

Budget

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Front Porch Friday

Front PorchHappy Friday!  Welcome back!  We made it through the wedding and it was amazing!  The bride was stunning, the venue was beautiful, and it was a great day celebrating with family and friends!  I will share more in the days to come…how we styled the barn doors and crates for the backdrop, the table centerpieces and decor, and how we put together the food table for the reception.  This post contains affiliate links.

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Save Money Using Discount Gift Cards

Save Money Discount CardsDiscount Gift Cards are a great way to stretch your budget further!  First, it’s important to choose a reputable website, such as giftcardgranny.com. As with any money saving tip, it is best to purchase gift cards for stores where you normally shop.  (This post contains affiliate links in which we may be compensated without any additional cost to you.)

Here are a few ways that discounted gift cards will help your budget go farther:

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How to Paint Outdoor House Shutters

Outdoor Shutters

In full confession, painting the shutters on my house has been on my to-do list for longer than I care to admit!  But, this weekend, I finally got to them and wow, am I glad!  They turned out sooooo nice (if I do say so myself!)

Here is the before picture of my shutters, faded from the sun for the last 20 years!

Shutters Before

  • Before removing the shutters, I sprayed them off with the hose to get any build up behind them such as old wasp nests, etc.
  • Then, I removed each shutter, making sure to place them so I knew which one came from where.  There were only four, but I wanted to make sure they went back to the same place.
  • I got 24 new matching screws, the original ones were 20 years old!  Each shutter used six screws.
  • I placed some 1 x 4’s so I could lay the shutters down, but kept them above the grass.
  • Then they sun-bathed until dry!

Washing Shutters

  • Painting begins!  I used a spray paint for plastic and outdoor use.  This took about 1-1/2 cans.

Painting Shutters

  • Once first coat was dry, it took a few more times to spray over areas that were not quite covered.
  • An extra step I took was taking the new screws and stuck them sharp side down into a cardboard box. Then I spray painted the heads of the screws to match when I put them back on the house.

Completed Shutters

There you have it!  Don’t they look much better!?  Seems to brighten up the house, I think!

What have you done lately to brighten up the outside of your house?

by Lynn

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