Freezer Cooking

This past week I have done some batch freezer cooking every time I’ve been in the kitchen.  Recipes I’ve put away are 6 breakfast burritos, 18 beef and bean burritos, and 6 chicken verde taquitos.  Plus, I pre-chopped 5 pounds of onions, 6 bell peppers, and 3 zucchini for the freezer.  Here are the recipes if you are interested.

Breakfast burritos:  7 whole wheat flour 6″ tortillas, 14 eggs-scrambled, 14 turkey sausage links-chopped, 1 box of frozen spinach-sqeezed completely dry, and 1 cup of any kind of cheese you like.

I did not season the scrambled eggs.  I try to use very little sodium.  Plus, I used pepper jack cheese which is full of flavor.  I mixed all the ingredients together then scooped approximately 1/2 cup onto each tortilla shell and rolled up.

Tip:  These are decent sized breakfast burritos, not huge, but decent.  You can cut these in half with a serrated bread knife before you microwave it and just eat half with a piece of fruit yogurt and coffee and have a very filling, nutritious breakfast and make the burritos last longer.

Beaf and Bean Burritos:  8 inch flour tortillas, 1 lb of fajita seasoned ground beef with onions and peppers, 1 cup chopped zucchini, 1 bag of birdseye southwestern seasoned rice-or 2 cups of any rice your have that is precooked, 1 bag of black beans-2 cups-cooked from scratch, 1 cup of cheese, and 1 can of diced tomatoes.

I always cook my beans from scratch to control the sodium and seasonings.  To reduce gas and stomach upset, I recommend the quick soak method on the back of most dry bean bags.  It has worked every time I make a pot of beans.  For these black beans I added light salt, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder, not much because the meat has fajita seasoning.  When the beans are finished I completely drain them.  I just browned the ground beef and drained it.  Then in the same pan I sauteed the onions, peppers and zucchini.  I saute separately so the grease from the beef doesn’t absorb into the vegetables.  Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl.  Lay out each tortilla shell and scoop approximately 3/4 cup of the mixture onto the shell.  Fold over one side of the shell to cover the bean mixture, then fold in the ends, then roll the shell on over and close it up.  This makes a sort of pocket burrito with a square shape.

Tip:  I plan on serving these with a guaca salad and fruit for a nutritious, quick lunch.

Chicken Verde Taquitos:  6 whole wheat tortilla shells, 2 cans chicken breast meat-drained, 1 box frozen spinach-completely squeezed dry, 1 package cream cheese, and 1 can of diced green chiles.

Mix together all ingredients.  Scoop approximately 1/2 cup of mixture onto tortilla and form into a thin, long strip.  Tightly roll up tortilla and place in freezer bag.

Tip:  I plan on baking these on my pizza stone and spraying with smart balance cooking spray.  This will save calories by not frying them in grease as is the traditional preparation but  not sacrifice any of the brown crispy goodness.  I will also be serving these with guaca salad.

What are recipes you use for freezer/batch cooking?


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Make Money Online: Blogging Version Part 1

If you have ever thought about starting a blog, or are already on the blogging bandwagon, here are some companies  you need to check out.

1.Bzz Agent  is a company that lets bloggers review products and create circles of influence.  I have been sent several free products through them.  You write a review on your blog.  Then you earn points for higher level access.

2.  MyLikes lets you search for social media campaigns and choose the ones you like to post to your Twitter account.  The amount of clicks you have determines what you will earn.  My last three month earnings was over $22.  Not much, but a free tank of gas every once in a while adds up!

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3.  B2B, or Business2Blogger is great at finding review campaigns.  The bonus is, most of the companies there offer the product that is reviewed as a giveaway for your blog.  You just read through a weekly email of campaigns, apply to the ones you are interested in, and wait for responses.  They even have an affiliate program now.

 

4.  Commission Junction is an affiliate marketing company offering hundreds, maybe thousands, of affiliate marketing opportunities with companies across the U.S.

5.  Escalate Media Network is an affiliate marketing company offering opportunities for deal bloggers for pay per click links and other merchant ads.

And last but not least, Swagbucks, Sponsored Tweets and YouData.  If you don’t know about Swagbucks yet, find out!  This is hands down the easiest way to earn $$ online for anyone today.  Simply surf the net as usual and earn Swagbucks to trade in for merchandise, giftcards or PayPal cash!  Sponsored Tweets allows you to earn money with sponsored tweets on your Twitter account.  This is legit and I have earned a decent amount of extra money from this service.  YouData is literally seconds long for pennies. But hey, a penny saved is a penny earned.

Coming up next week:  write from home opportunities and more affiliate offers.

Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post. Here’s my disclosure policy.


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Design Policies

Payment & Refunds

A downpayment is required for any website or blog design. The downpayment is required before the project is placed in my design schedule. This downpayment is non-refundable unless I need to cancel the project myself.

Payment for any other project, from individual graphics to web services, is due when I actually begin the project.

Design Schedule

After your project is accepted, and downpayment is received, will your project will be placed in my design schedule. At that time I will email you the start date for your project. I will contact you just before your project date arrives to check for any updates on the details before I start work. I fill my design schedule 1-2 weeks at a time.  This is subject to change as total projects in queue vary.

Design Revisions

Each design includes up to three different mockups. After reviewing the first mockup, the client will submit specific feedback, including every change that should be made. If the mockup is not acceptable at all, a second mockup will be sent based on feedback from the first. The same would occur for the third mockup. After three revisions, further charges will apply to complete the project.  The client is expected to communicate his feedback with concrete language and/or examples. Additional changes to the design after final approval will incur further charges.

Project Timeframe

I cannot guarantee that your project will be completed in a specific amount of time, although most design projects are completed within 2 weeks depending on how quickly I receive client feedback and how many revisions are needed. If you have a specific deadline for a project, make sure this is included in your initial contact email with your project scope information.

Design Communication

The preferred methods of communication aresSkype(text chat only with their free service) and email.  Skypeallows us to chat, send and receive files allowing for quick revisions and approvals.  Clients are asked to respond in a timely manner to emails and chats.  Delays in responding will extend the time of the project and possibly interfere with other projects in my design schedule.

Usernames/Passwords

All usernames and passwords are kept in the strictest confidentiality, but I encourage clients to change their passwords after the completion of the project.

Copyright

Copyright for all custom graphics is transferred to the client upon delivery.

Delivery of Files

At the completion of your project, I will deliver the final files for your use, which will be in either pdf, png, or jpg format.

Portfolio

Clients understand that their designs and graphics may be used in my online portfolio.

Acceptance of Terms

By submitting a project scope contact message all clients agree to abide by these terms and conditions, even if they have not read them.

 

The Talent Behind the New, Fresh Face

For those of you who have been reading my blog pre-Apple period, you know just how far we have come in this virtual world.  I have to tell you, I am completely ignorant, by my own standards, when it comes to ‘blogging’ in terms of the professional blogger.  I have been blessed with a few very talented and supportive people along my journey that have helped to make me look really good.  And one of those people is Joy at Five J’s.

Since I met Joy online I have learned how to:

1.  Do almost any plug in work on my site imaginable;

2.  Master widgets;

3.  Create drop down tool bars;

4.  Adjust picture ratios to fit my Genesis Slider window;

5.  ‘Speak’ blogger;

6.  Create my own custom Twitter background;

7.  And create a contact page for my blog.

Joy’s life philosophy is that everyone should be a lifelong learner.  Her motto is, “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day.  Teach a man to fish, he eats for life.”  I can attest that she walks the walk with this, my friends.  More than once through this process she gave me links that were my ‘homework’ related to what we were working on with the blog makeover.  And her lessons never failed at making me a better/smarter blogger.

I am positive the email I sent her for a project request was no less than 1,000 words going on and on about my ideas, who I was, what I wanted to blog about and how my new site makeover would have to be blah, blah, blah…..  I am humbled by her agreeing to help me!  No matter how long winded, ignorant or needy I may have seemed, she still managed to compliment, support, encourage and lift me up to a higher level within myself through this process.

But you haven’t heard the best part yet.  She is a homeschooling mom, too!  If you have been thinking about homeschooling, or are a homeschooler and need resources, ideas, printables, organization, and/or ideas for enrichment activities, you should definitely check out her site.  My favorite section happens to be the homeschool for free area!  And she recently added T-shirt designer to her list of talents.

I am beyond grateful for Joy’s expertise and willingness to teach people as she works.  I have no doubt her generosity will come around more than 100 fold throughout her life.  She is now and forevermore my Myagi Blog Design Master…

Who has taught you the most about blogging, using the internet,

social media and/or technology

throughout the past few years of exponential digital growth?


Tell Your Time eBook by Blogging with Amy

As I have gone through this blog update process there have been a few people I could not have accomplished this monumental task without.  One of them is Amy at Blogging with Amy.  Her tutorials on do it yourself blogging have been sent from the heavens above!  I had been following her blog for some time because I enjoyed her content as a beginner blogger.  But without a user friendly theme platform I did not try any of her tips and techniques until the past few weeks.  She makes it look so simple, even for someone as technologically ignorant as myself.

Imagine my delight when she came out with an ebook on time management…because I am a Type A Organizational Junkie.  They should create a support group for people like me.  That’s how anal I am about it!  I have a great grasp on how to manage my life in all areas except one, throwing my blogging in the mix of everything else.  I have struggled with this for months.

After the blog makeover was complete I immediately purchased the ebook and read it.  I have started implementing some of her time organization strategies to this corner of my life.  And guess what?  It’s helping!!  I am blogging more, nothing is getting left behind and as far as I can tell, nothing is falling apart yet.  The only thing still wrong is my brain freezes when I get overloaded!  And I have started using ginkgo biloba for that, but that’s another story.

If you are in need of some time management assistance-what working adult isn’t?-then this is the bookfor you!

Click the link below to purchase your copy today!

Click here to visit Amy Lynn Andrews.

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