Perfect family-fun book review: “100 Days of Adventure”

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I received the awesome 100 Days of Adventure: Nature Activities, Creative Projects, and Field Trips for Every Season from FrontGate Media. It is definitely a book that is worth your while if you’re interested in creating fun and memorable adventures for your family and little ones (or bigger kids for that matter!).

About 100 Days of Adventure

From the publisher: Second-generation homeschooling mom Greta Eskridge shares 100 hands-on, learning activities for kids that will connect and enrich your family through adventures, small and big. Turn off the screen and turn on the creativity, curiosity, and love of nature as you have a meteor slumber party, attend a symphony concert, take a hike in the rain, preserve colorful fall leaves, make nettle pesto, and venture into the great, wide, real world.

Greta’s beautifully-illustrated, chock-full-of-ideas book will thrill your family as it offers you 100 adventure-filled activities for your family to do together! Each season’s section contains 25 activities that will engage young minds, hearts, and bodies–and bring your family connectedness as you immerse yourself in memory-making fun and adventure. Designed for families with kids aged 6-10 (but certainly will be fun for ages just under or over those), this book can provide the perfect idea guide for families who want to do something FUN, whether it’s fall, winter, spring, or fall.

And what kinds of activities will you find in 100 Days of Adventure? There are ideas and plans for cooking, outdoors experiences, art, writing, camping, volunteering, observing animals and insects, and lots more. There are even more “formal”-type activities like visiting an art museum, attending a symphony concert or ballet, and heading to a national park. It is so full of exciting and creative activities. In fact, here are some of the ones you’ll see in the book!

  • Start Seeds (in eggshells!)
  • Snow-White Canvas (painting on snow)
  • Knead and Bake Bread
  • Take a (Forest) Bath
  • Stand Tall on Homemade Stilts
  • Meteor Slumber Party
  • and so much more!

Each activity contains an introduction, illustrations, and a “What To Do” instructions list. Some (like the Create a Collection activity) even includes more ideas for kids to explore on their own.

This is a wonderful, joyfully-created idea book that will provide years of amazing activities for you and your kiddos to do.

My thoughts

One of my favorite homeschool memories includes the year that we had a homeschool group that met several times per month for enrichment activities. One week, we’d do an art project; the second week, we’d take a field trip; and the third week we’d do a local hike to a nature area. It was so enjoyable, and provided ways for kids and parents to experience art, nature, and more formal museum-type visits with a group of peers. It was a truly wonderful experience for us and parents still talk about it (or find older art projects from those days).

Greta Erskine’s book embraces the idea that adventures and amazing family activities can happen on the regular. She provides these beautiful and creative projects that touch on many wonderful things kids can learn in our wonderful world, whether they are in the categories of art, cooking, creating, insects and animals or the larger world of nature. Even if you consider yourself a creative person, there are ideas and plans in this book that you’ll love seeing and using yourself. (And maybe they’ll provide jumping-off points for new ideas for you as well!)

One idea that I love that was included here was creating your own adventure group. Whether you’re a homeschooler or not, I know that you and your children know other families you love getting together with. What a fantastic guidebook this can be for your own family, or for a group! I believe you’ll love this book and you’ll so appreciate Greta’s beautiful approach to family connections, growth, and activities.

Where you can purchase

You can purchase Greta Eskridge’s wonderful book by clicking on the link below!

Purchase 100 Days of Adventure here

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from FrontGate Media. All opinions and thoughts written here are my own honest ones.

Info & RSVP links for FREE Workshops by Erin Chase of MyFreezEasy ~ FLASH! on 4/20 & 21/22

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Hi everyone!

I have used Erin Chase’s MyFreezEasy freezer meal plans and system since (wait for it) 2016! And, I have loved them ever since. I love her delicious meals, the ease of pre-planning (shopping list, labels for ingredients’ ziploc bag, meal instructions, and freezer assembly plans). In fact, I’ve just planned and we’ve shopped for the next two weeks’ worth of meals because of an upcoming surgery for one of our family members. While really ANY time is fantastic for meal planning and freezer meals, THIS time is particularly so!

However, I noticed that Erin has been posting lately about rising costs of living in the U.S. And, how one category on that list is food. She has been busy for at least the last couple of months adding lots of helps to her emails and websites, AND Facebook page for families to save money on food.

Plus: tonight and tomorrow night, she’s offering free courses for you to learn how to save money on food for your family!

When, where, what, and how!

There are 2 courses being offered:

#1 5 Quick Ways to Save Money on Groceries, Despite Food Inflation (click to RSVP on Facebook)

  • On Wednesday, April 20th
  • 8:00-8:30 PM CST
  • Free! Just click on the link above to RSVP

#2 Six 5-Ingredient Freezer Meals to Help Fight Rising Food Prices (click to RSVP on Facebook)

  • On Thursday, April 21st
  • 11:00-11:30 AM CST
  • Free! Just click on the link above to RSVP.

And what if you can’t make the course times?

Easy peasy! Erin has made it possible for you to rewatch them. Just click through on the RSVP links and you’ll see more info on how to watch them later.

More from MyFreezEasy and Erin Chase that you can check out!

Just click on this link to find out more!

This is my favorite way to introduce newbies to Erin’s freeze cooking program. It is SO EASY. It is free to you to use; you’ll only have to purchase the food ingredients you’ll be cooking at home! As I’ve said, I’ve used it for years and it has been a lifesaver for our family.

So. If you’re looking for ways to streamline your cooking and food prep, and to save money, you will love these!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: If you purchase any items from MyFreezEasy, I may receive a commission, which will be at no additional cost to you.

Win a Mini Cookbook & Lip Goodies in the Holly Jolly Giveaway Hop

Hi darlings!

It’s time for another giveaway! I’m joining with MamatheFox and lots of other amazing bloggers for the Holly Jolly Giveaway Hop, where you can enter to win fun prizes just in time for the holidays!

To visit the Holly Jolly Giveaway Hop page where you’ll be able to find all the participating bloggers (and links to their blogs), just click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you to the hop page, and you can head over to each blog’s giveaway from there!

And now, for the FINCHNWREN blog giveaway!

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away lip goodies and a mini cookbook in the Holly Jolly Giveaway Hop. One winner will receive:

  • The Taste of Christmas Candy Cane Cookbook & Inspiration for the Season, which includes tons of recipes for cakes, pies, cookies, bars, beverages, and “general yumminess.” This tiny cookbook totally packs a huge punch in a tiny package!
  • An Ulta Matte Lip Cream Mini in fuchsia
  • Live Green’s Peppermint Lip Butter

To enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes 12/15/21. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

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“Cake” Cookbook & Cupcake Stickers Giveaway! (CLOSED)

**CONGRATULATIONS to Kathy K, the “Cake” winner!**

Hi everyone!

It’s May! And I have a charming giveaway for you…plus I’m joining in the Come What May Giveaway Hop, hosted by MamatheFox, along with lots of other cool bloggers. Keep reading for more info on how to enter all the giveaways!

To visit the Come What May Giveaway Hop page, where you’ll find all the giveaways, just click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you to the hop’s home page, and you’ll be able to visit all the giveaway blogs, and enter them!

And now, for the FINCHNWREN giveaway!

I’m giving away this darling book, Cake, which is a beautifully illustrated book of delightful food stories combined with cake recipes. It is just a joy to read; the recipes are fun and the drawings are vivid and gorgeous.

I’m also giving away the 12-pack of cupcake stickers, pictured in the banner! Can you see the shadow around the cupcakes? They’re centered on top of sticky squares so you get a bit of a shadowed/elevated effect.

How to enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway

To enter, just click on the “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter to win in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes 5/15/21. One winner will be selected to win both the Cake cookbook and the cupcake stickers. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

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MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Whis-Kid by Erin Chase– a review of her awesome new cooking curriculum/video series

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Y’all know how much I love Erin Chase and MyFreezEasy ($5 Dinners). We have used her freezer cooking meal plans and recipes for years, to the delight and good health of my family.

Well, now Erin has come out with a cooking curriculum (what a perfect thing for 2020!) designed for you and your child to use in the kitchen. Jackson and I were able to use this curriculum, and its instruction and recipes, over the summer. He learned some fantastic cooking skills and prepared some delicious meals, all thanks to Erin. Let me tell you more about this excellent currriculum, called Whis-Kid. We received a free copy of Whis-Kid and we put it to good use!

 

 

About Whis-Kid

Whis-Kid is a fantastic cooking course that parents teach alongside their kids, with the goal of the children eventually learning to cook on their own (age permitting, of course). The curriculum comes in two versions; either a softcover, comb-bound print book or a digital version, with cooking videos of Erin Chase herself and her sons preparing the meals contained in the book. The course is designed for families to complete ideally over a 4-week period, with meals prepared and then repeated so that kids gain mastery. (However, you can also space the meals and lessons out over a longer period of time, especially if you’re starting it during the school year.) There are 20 recipes (for breakfast, lunch, and dinner) plus an extra Freezer Cooking Prep section.

 

The book introduces the course with Erin’s words on how the course is laid out, rules and disclaimers (with separate notes for the parents and the kids), and directions on how to use the book and the cooking videos. The cooking videos can be accessed directly from the digital curriculum, and if you’re using the print copy, Erin has included the videos’ web address in the book. The recipes are divided into these categories:

  • Dinner Cooking Lessons (Part 1) with 5 recipes
  • Breakfast Cooking Lessons with 5 recipes
  • Lunch Cooking Lessons with 5 recipes
  • Dinner Cooking Lessons (Part 2) with 5 recipes
  • Freezer Meal Prep Cooking Lesson with 3 recipes

There are recipes for meatless meals, fish, beef, pork, chicken, and eggs. (And bacon!) Each recipe contains the ingredients list, directions, a list of necessary kitchen tools and cookware, and objectives to be learned in the recipe and lesson. Kid cooks will learn: knife skills; how  to cook with shredded chicken; how to assemble a quiche; how to make homemade cheese sauce; broiling; and much more. Videos even include Erin’s fun and humor, her own kids prepping the meals, and extra tips that even seasoned cooks might not have known!

 

How we used Whis-Kid

My son is an older teen and has had some cooking experience, but he really enjoyed creating unusual and different (read: not our regular) meals, and trying out different recipes. We tweaked the lesson plan just a bit, since Jackson has had experience reading and producing a recipe. (Parents of younger kids will want to follow the book’s directions and repetition more closely, especially for inexperienced kid cooks.) So, as we worked together on the recipes, I served more as Jackson’s assistant, helping him to prep and assemble ingredients and tools. For the most part, he did the cooking and I simply directed him from time to time.

 

 

One of Jackson’s favorite recipes was Erin’s Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas. Our family loves Tex-Mex food, but Jackson had never prepared enchiladas before. And while this really is a simple procedure, there is a knack to it that a person learns when they cook enchiladas for the first time.

 

 

Jackson learned, in this recipe, how to: prepare enchilada filling; assemble enchiladas; place them correctly in a pan for baking; why and how to add sauce and extra cheese on the top of the enchiladas. He also got practice in: preparing the pan; dealing with a hot oven; using various kitchen tools. It was fun and it was delicious!

Another fave was the Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo Pasta Bake.

With this recipe, Jackson learned about: cooking pasta al dente; prepping rotisserie chicken for use in a recipe; using pre-prepped ingredients for cooking; why mozzarella is great for baking with pasta; how to mix ingredients gently for baking.

 

 

Now, while I’ve only shown you our experiences with recipes baked in the oven, there are tons of recipes that don’t use the oven; rather, they may be prepared in a slow cooker or on the stovetop. And, you’ll really enjoy the variety of recipes like BBQ Meatball Sliders, Potato Chip Chicken Tenders, Sausage & Hash Brown Quiche, Homemade Mac n Cheese, and much more. We especially loved the tangy Homemade Sloppy Joes!

 

 

Our impressions of Whis-Kid

We have adored Erin and her MyFreezEasy meals for years. We love the meals’ simplicity, ease of preparation, variety, and healthfulness. So we really were prepared for great things when we started Whis-Kid. And we were not disappointed!

Jackson truly enjoys the creativity of cooking and he loved not only the recipes but the experiences of making delicious food that our entire family loved. He found the recipes easy to understand and easy to follow. And, he was able to prepare dinner for not only himself but two adults as well!

Here is what I believe kids (and parents!) will gain from using the Whis-Kid curriculum:

  • Self-reliance
  • Self-confidence
  • The knowledge that they can create wonderful meals
  • The ability to use a variety of cooking tools and appliances safely
  • Skills that they will not only use as children in their own homes, but that they’ll be able to carry with themselves anywhere that life takes them
  • Wonderful family times spent cooking together
  • Encouragement that “they can do this!”

We all, so, recommend Whis-Kid to you. I believe you’ll find it truly valuable, and you’ll delight in cooking with your kiddos (and eating the meals they prepare!). We especially valued it during this time of coronavirus. We were eating so many more meals at home, and not only did this give us a huge list of new recipes, it gave Jackson skills, learning, and enjoyment as he cooked for himself and his family.

 

 

Where you can purchase Whis-Kid for your own family!

You can access and purchase Whis-Kid (digital or print copy; both come with video lessons) at Erin Chase’s site $5Dinners. The print copy/video price is $27 and the digital cookbook/video price is $17. Both are amazing.

 

Enjoy! –Wren

 

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In accordance with FTC regulations, we are providing this Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in our posts are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we may receive an affiliate commission, which will never cost you anything. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally and believe will add value to our readers.

From time to time, FINCHNWREN may receive a free product or service. We may share our honest opinions in our blog. We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews. We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products. We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

Enter to win a Southern Living Country Music Cookbook + goodies! (Part of the Sweet Summertime Giveaway Hop, ends 8/18/20)

 

**Congratulations to Julie W., who won this giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered!**

 

Hello there!

I’ve got another great giveaway hop to share with you!

 

 

The Review Wire Media & Chatty Patty’s Place have put together another amazing giveaway hop for us to enjoy! This time, it’s the Sweet Summer Giveaway Hop.  And I don’t know about you, but this is DEFINITELY a summer that I feel we can all use somethings sweet! Other bloggers are linking up with more fun summer giveaways. You’ll be able to get to them via the InLinkz box at the bottom.

 

But first, FINCHNWREN’s giveaway prize set!

 

 

Do you love cooking…or country music? One winner will get the best of both worlds here! Southern Living (which publishes some of my all-time fave cookbooks) has journeyed into the world of country music. Country Music’s Greatest Eats (Showstopping Recipes and Riffs from  Country’s Biggest Stars) to bring you favorite and delicious family recipes along with photos of both the musicians and the food. And, it’s all presented in a vivid, color-rich Southern Living way (their books don’t only have great recipes, they have fantastic pictures to go with them!

Here’s just a sampling of some of the yummy recipes you can prepare using this book’s recipes (and your own ingredients, of course):

 

 

But there’s lots more than these three faves. You’ll also find fusion foods, traditional Southern goodies, casseroles, barbecue recipes, and lots of amazing desserts. I have to admit that (although I purchased this book for a blog giveaway) it’s a little hard to let it go! I’d have loved exploring it myself. But no. It’s for one of y’all!

And if you’re C&W music fans, you’ll get to check out recipes from Sara Evans, Florida Georgia Line, Hank Williams, Jr., Any Grant & Vince Gill, Zac Brown Band, Randy Travis, Wynonna Judd, and tons more. Really fun reading too, about their family cooking traditions!

This Summer Cooking Gift Set includes:

  • Southern Living’s Country Music’s Greatest Eats cookbook in softcover
  • Frontier Co-op Chiptle Smoked Red Jalapenos seasoning (perfect for ribs!)
  • Panama Jack’s chandelier abalone shell earrings (so you can look fabulous while you cook)

 

How to enter:

Simply click on the “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. One winner will win the three items in the gift set. Giveaway closes August 18, 2020. Best wishes!

 

Enter here!

 

 

 

And now, for the Sweet Summertime Giveaway Hop linkup party!

 

 

Simply click on the blue button below to head over to the Sweet Summertime Hop link party. You’ll be able to see and enter tons of fun summer giveaways from favorite bloggers! Best wishes!

 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

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Enjoy! –Wren

Fabulous Fall Giveaway ~ Enter to win a Slow Cooker Cookbook! (ends 9/30/19)

Hi everyone!

And happy fall!

I know it’s not *really* fall. But the nights are getting cooler and I can tell that the days aren’t quite as hot. I’m glad! I love fall colors, the change of seasons, even changing meals as the days get cooler.

 

So let’s celebrate fall!! I’m joining in the Fabulous Fall Giveaway Hop with The Review Wire and Chatty Patty’s Place, and tons of other bloggers. Each blogger will be giving away some neat fall-ish goodies; keep reading for more info on how to enter my giveaway, and everyone else’s!

 

 

Y’all know how much I love my slow cooker. As a matter of fact, we use it for most weeknight meals and the occasional breakfast. I’m always looking for new ideas for something healthy and delicious to prep and serve. And I’m excited about fall cooking, because now we have a plethora of winter squash to slow cook, as well as rich stews and meaty dishes.

 

So, I’m giving away a copy of Better Homes and Gardens’ I Didn’t Know My Slow Cooker Could Do That!

This softcover cookbook contains 150 unusual recipes for your crockpot—things you can bake, stew, and slow-cook all day while you’re away living your full life. Here’s a listing of some of the unusual recipes!

  • Korean Short Ribs
  • Spanish strata
  • Cherry-Chocolate Clusters with Salted Almonds
  • Chinese Chicken Salad
  • Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls
  • and more!

How to enter

To enter to win your own copy of I Didn’t Know My Slow Cooker Could Do That, just click on the pink Enter here! link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools giveaway form where you can enter to win in a variety of ways. One winner will win I Didn’t Know My Slow Cooker Could Do That after the giveaway closes on 9/30/19.

The giveaway opens at tonight, at midnight on 9/17/19.

Enter here!

 

 

Then, click on the blue inLinkz box below to be taken to the giveaway page for all the other bloggers. You’ll find some other neat giveaways to enter there!

Best wishes!

 

Enjoy! –Wren

“Holiday Cookies” ~ A Review

Are you always looking for fun and different cookies you can make in December for the holidays?

I admit, I am.  We make biscotti every Christmas…but often we’ll search for something different or unusual that we haven’t made before.  We love making spritz cookies (the cookie press is so fun to use) but I’m often disappointed by the bland flavor.  We like making sugar cookies, especially multicolored ones that you roll up.  But what else is out there?

 

 

Elisabet der Nederlanden’s Holiday Cookies has tons of holiday cookie options—many of which I’d never even heard of before!

 

What will you find in Holiday Cookies?

Food stylist and professional recipe developer Elisabet der Nederlanden is a resident of Berkeley, CA, but was born in and grew up in Sweden.  She learned to bake as a child and worked in a bakery as a teen.  She loves decorating for Christmas (and all its associated celebrations, like St. Lucia Day) and baking wonderful cookies and treats.  So, she brings her love and experience with baking and goodies to this book, which truly is a labor of love.  She searched out, prepared, and selected 50 unusual and delicious cookies whose origins are from countries all over the world.

What I really love about this cookbook is that you’ll find the usual suspects of Christmas cookies (like bark, gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies) but they are livened up with gorgeous decorations, unusual flavors, and unexpected tweaks that make cooking, and decorating, more enjoyable and fun.  The pictures are absolutely breathtaking and they WILL make you want to scurry to the kitchen and bake!  It’s also written in a lovely conversational manner that will make you feel as though der Nederlanden is sharing her fabulous cookie wisdom with you.

 

 

She begins with cookie-baking and decorating tips (including a great section on royal icing, which makes rolled cookies so beautiful), helpful ideas for shipping cookies and storing them.  And then the fun begins!  Der Nederlanden has divided her book into 6 sections with 8 recipes each:

  • Very Merry Classics (with gingerbread cookies, black and whites, Red Velvet Crackle Cookies, stenciled shortbread rounds)
  • Cookie Exchange Party (where you’ll find Bejeweled Chocolate Cookies, Malted Milk Chocolate Cookies, Red-and-White Meringue Kisses and more)
  • Warm Holiday Spice (which includes Saffron Pistachio Biscotti, Cinnamon-Sugar Palmiers, and Thumbprints with Spicy Plum Jam)
  • Around the World (Swedish Pepparkakor, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Italian Pignoli Cookies, and other fun recipes)
  • Holiday Confections (with goodies like Apple Cider Caramels, Matcha Chocolate Bark with Berries and Coconut, and Smoked Almond and Cacao Nib Brittle)
  • and finally, Decorated Delights, where the author shares recipes for cookie ornaments, Gingerbread Place-Card Cookies, Stained-Glass Snowflakes, and even a Gingerbread House

The recipes all seem to be well-researched (and tested) and the directions are very clear and easy to follow.  (Of course you’ll still want to read through the cookie recipes before you prepare them; some of them have ingredients that you might not have on hand.)

 

Our favorites

We LOVE Swedish Pepparkakor.  The St. Lucia celebration is so beautiful, and pepparkakor cookies are served then.  The cookies are crisp and carry ginger and cloves (and of course, a bit of pepper).  I don’t have der Nederlanden’s fun goat and pig cookie cutters, but we do have lots of others!

I like the saffron biscotti recipe as well.  It is beautiful and colorful, thanks to the saffron, which I’d never have imagined as a biscotti ingredient!

Other favorites include the Minty Spritz Cookies (I told you I needed a good spritz recipe!), the Gingerbread Place-Card Cookies (although honestly my hand doesn’t have beautiful cursive handwriting with icing!), and the Citrus Sugar Cookie Ornaments.  So many fun recipes to add joy to Christmas celebrations!

More about the author:

Elisabet der Nederlanden’s website

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

DISCLAIMER:  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

From time to time, FINCHNWREN may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog. We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews. We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products. We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

 

Make One Freeze One Challenge! Starts Monday 4/24!

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Have you discovered the amazingness of freezer cooking yet?

We were incredibly blessed to get to review MyFreezEasy.com in the fall.  And it has been a beloved family favorite and menu plan ever since!

Now, you have the opportunity…

to try out MyFreezEasy.com absolutely free, with their latest Make One Freeze One Challenge!

 

What is MyFreezEasy.com?

MyFreezEasy.com is this wonderful plan for freezer cooking.  Freezer cooking is the best way I’ve ever found to have delicious, healthy meals waiting in the freezer every day of the week.  All you do is set aside an afternoon and collect your recipes (mine are from MyFreezEasy.com‘s monthly meal plans) and ingredients.  Then, you assemble the ingredients for each meal and place them in freezer zipper bags.  Then, pop them in the freezer.  All you have to do from that point on is to pull them out in the morning or afternoon, place them in the crockpot or oven, and dinner is done!

I love MyFreezEasy.com for so many reasons, like….

  • the meals are delicious
  • they’re organized on the website according to meal type (beef, gluten-free, clean eats, chicken, and more)
  • they make it easy–indeed, possible–for me to serve healthy meals to my family
  • all the preparation is completed by me over the weekend
  • I don’t have to try and figure out at dinner time what I’m going to cook for my family

 

 

 

 

What is the Make One, Freeze One Challenge?

It’s your chance, courtesy of MyFreezEasy.com, to try out their freezer meals absolutely free of charge!  Just click on Make One Freeze One Challenge and enter your email address.  Then, you’ll be able to choose from three different summer meal plans:

  • Skillet & Grilled Meals
  • Slow Cooker Summer Meals
  • Summer Clean Eats

Each of these has 5 different meals in it.  You’ll be able to download the meal plan of your choice.  Then all you have to do is to assemble the ingredients and prepare them!  The Make One Freeze One Challenge is set up so that you prepare two of each meal; one to eat immediately and one to put in the freezer for later.

How I plan to use the Make One, Freeze One Challenge

I’m still trying to decide which of the three meals I’d like to make and freeze.  They’re all so delectable-sounding.  How would you like New Mexico Chicken Lettuce Wraps?  Or Grilled Honey Mustard Pork Chops?  Or maybe Grilled Citrus Salmon Packs?  There are 12 more amazing recipes to choose from, divided into the three meal plan categories.

Why would you want to try this out?

Are you someone who’s exhausted at the thought of cooking dinner after a busy day?  Or someone who’s interested in trying out freezer cooking?  What about someone who’s looking for new meals?  Or, are you a mom who just needs a little help in cooking for your family?

Whatever the reason, I wholeheartedly recommend MyFreezEasy.com to you.  It has been such a blessing to us…not only for me, but for my family as well.  And with the Make One Freeze One Challenge, you can try it out absolutely free!

Give it a try.

Just click on Make One Freeze One Challenge, select your meal plan, and jump in.  I really think you will love it!

Enjoy!  –Wren

Disclosure: 

n accordance with FTC regulations, we are providing this Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in our posts are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we may receive an affiliate commission, which will never cost you anything. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally and believe will add value to our readers.

From time to time, FINCHNWREN may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog.  We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews.  We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products.  We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

 

10 Amazing Biscotti Recipes (plus 2)

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It’s time to dust off the biscotti recipes and start our holiday baking!

Here are some of my tried-and-true faves.

Happy baking! –Wren

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Every Christmas, I make one of my favorite baked goodies for my beloved aunts and uncles.  It’s been part of our Christmas tradition for years!  And while I have my favorite old standbys (Southern Living‘s Cocoa-Almond Biscotti and Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Biscotti), my eyes always light up when I see a new biscotti recipe.  Here’s a list and links to the next 10 I plan to try out!

1.  Whole Living‘s Double Dark-Chocolate and Ginger Biscotti.  This is not a newbie to me, but it definitely bears mentioning here.  This is a complex and interesting mixture of dark chocolate, chopped candied ginger and walnuts that will delight the palates of the adults on your list.  It’s very healthy as well!

2.  Martha Stewart has a lovely Cherry-Almond Biscotti recipe at her website, using dried cherries and amaretto to build an unforgettable flavor.  Cherries plus almonds…

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