Foodie Monday: Crockpot summer chicken noodle soup

Hi friends,

Another summer crockpot recipe for you to try out at the cabin, the trailer or the house!

Crockpot Summer Chicken Noodle Soup:

– 3-4 chicken breasts (I usually use frozen ones since I forgot to take them out the night before)

– 1.5 c. chopped carrots

– 3 stalks celery, chopped

– 1 med. yellow onion, chopped

– 3 tbsps. minced garlic

– 3 tbsp. olive oil

– 8 c. chicken broth

– 1 c. water and 3 tbsps. chicken base (or bouillon)

– 1 tbsp. each – thyme, rosemary, celery seed, chicken seasoning, salt and pepper

– 2 c. broad egg noodles

– 1 tbsp. lemon juice

Add whole chicken breasts, diced carrots, onion, celery and garlic to your crockpot,  drizzle with olive oil. Cover with broth, water, chicken base, and spices.  Stir, and cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

Remove cooked chicken onto a cutting board, allow to rest for 10 minutes, then dice into bite sized pieces.  Meanwhile, add noodles.  Increase crockpot heat to high, cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Stir in diced chicken, lemon juice, stir and serve.



Foodie Monday: Crockpot summer chilli

Hi friends,

Here’s a chilli recipe that you can leave sit in your crockpot all day!

Crockpot Summer Chilli:

– 1 lb. ground beef

– 1 yellow onion, chopped

– 2 tsp. minced garlic

– 1 each red and green peppers, chopped

– 1 28 oz. can chopped tomatoes

– 1 can mushroom pieces & stems

– 1 can kidney beans (I use white sometimes)

– 1 can brown beans in tomato sauce

– 1 c. ketchup

– 1 tsp each: soya sauce, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, chipotle and chilli powder to taste.

Brown the beef in a pan with chopped onions, peppers and garlic.  Drain off fat and throw into crockpot.

Put everything else in the crockpot and stir.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped onions – whatever your favourite toppings are.  Leftovers are great over hotdogs or burgers.



Foodie Monday: Crockpot summer ribs

Hi friends,

Here’s my favourite summer ribs recipe – Lucy, my crockpot takes care of it!

Crockpot Summer Ribs:

– 3-4 lbs. pork back ribs, cut into hand size sections

– 1 tsp. each salt, pepper, paprika, celery seed, and cumin

– 1 bottle of your favourite BBQ sauce

After cutting your ribs into sections, add all spices into a medium bowl, and rub down each rib with the spices.  Arrange in the crockpot and pour BBQ sauce over top.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Done and yum!



Organized Thursday: Plan your summer projects

Hi friends,

Do you have a couple of organization projects that you’ve been saving for summer holidays?  Now is the time to plan those back burner projects!

First, identify the one, or two projects that you want to complete.  Mine are re-doing the bar floor, and building a laundry base.

Then, research the materials and write down a project budget.  This is a 20 minute exercise, and it doesn’t have to be fancy or too detailed.

Next, pick a timeline, like I want to complete this project on the July long weekend. I will buy materials the previous weekend.

Last, do your project and enjoy it!


Kids on Wednesday: Summer bedtime

Hi friends,

It’s pretty much summertime and we all love it.

It’s time to review your child’s bedtime for the longer and  lighter days.  Putting them  to bed another 15-30 minutes later than usual will probably help your routine run much more smoothly.

For older kids, discuss a revised summer bedtime with them and come up with an agreement on what you would like to do.



Foodie Monday: Crockpot summer ham

Hi friends,

The crockpot is our summer dinner making friend since it doesn’t heat up the kitchen.

Here’s my favourite recipe for Crockpot Summer Ham:

1 ham, I like the fully cooked half hams from the grocery store

– 1/2 c. Dijon mustard

– 1 c. Brown sugar

– 1 tsp. cinnamon

– 1/4 c. honey

– 1 tsp. garlic powder

– 1 tsp. black pepper

– 1 tsp. salt

Mix all glaze ingredients with a fork in a mixing bowl, and then rub over the ham, cook in crockpot on low for 4 hours.



Kids on Wednesday: Summer theme weeks

Hi friends,

I work from home, and have often battled with boredom with the boys in the summer.

I have told them that boredom is a rich man’s disease and since we’re not rich, they can’t be bored, they can clean something if they tell me they’re bored.  Haha!
As the summer stretches out ahead of us, and not having a plan is the enemy, I will share with you my plans from summer past that have worked.

We have done theme weeks – M-F theme days where I would break from work at lunch, make them a hot lunch of their choice (we rotated between kids choices) and then did our themed activity, which were:

– Animal week (animal books, movies, activities like visiting a local shelter and buying pet food to donate to it)

– Science week (science projects every day of the week, like celery with food colouring, make your own volcano, soda pop and mentor experiment, making play dough, building electrical circuits)

– Cooking week (baking, cooking, food prep, knife skills, how to sauté, and youtube videos teaching skills)

– Outdoor week (animal track and dropping identification, seed, berry and tree identification, leaf collecting and pressing, hiking and picnic lunches)

– Physical fitness week (calisthenics, yoga, exercise DVDs, playground time, timed races, street hockey, soccer, baseball, and badminton games, bike riding)

I would love to hear your ideas and have fun planning!