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Ground Turkey Tacos
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. onions, chopped
1 1/2 c. tomato sauce
3/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. salt
1 clove garlic, pressed
4 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
Taco shells or flour tortillas
Ground Turkey Pasta Sauce
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2 tbsp
Garlic, 4 cloves
Green Peppers, 1 cup, chopped
Onions, raw, 1 cup, chopped
Turkey, Ground turkey, Super Lean Five Star Home Foods, 1 lb.
Oregano, ground, 3 tbsp
Basil, 2 tbsp
Parsley, dried, 1 tbsp
Hunt's Tomato Sauce, 2 - 3 cup
Garlic Salt, to taste
Heat onion, peppers and minced garlic in oil in a skillet until onions soften. Add ground turkey and cook until it loses its raw color. Add seasonings and continue to brown. Add tomato sauce and stir. Simmer for 10 minutes and add garlic salt to taste.
Disclaimer: Five Star Home Foods provided us with food samples for the purpose of review and promotion. All opinions belong to the blogger.
A huge part of the success of local food pantries, shelters and food banks depends on volunteerism. This is the perfect time of year to get your family started on a path of volunteerism. If you are unfamiliar with how to get started volunteering in a shelter or food bank, here are some helpful tips.
2. Prepare a meal for a local homeless shelter. Spend an evening at a local homeless shelter preparing and/or serving a meal. Many facilities offer breakfast, lunch or dinner services that depend on volunteerism.
3. Donate clothes, supplies and food to your local homeless shelter.
Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing's mission statement is as follows: We are an interfaith community organization addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of homeless men in the Greater Dover area by providing them with shelter and sustenance, fostering self-reliance, and offering encouragement and a vision of hope for their lives.
If you're in the Dover area this holiday season, consider volunteering at Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing. Contributions can be a full dinner or part of the evening's meal. The building houses a full-size kitchen where meals can be prepared or you can bring contributions from home. You can also donate clothing, food, bicycles and other items.
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Now that we're all nice and sick of poultry post-Thanksgiving, let's see what Five Star Home Foods has to offer in it's beef department. Remember, Five Star focuses on portion control and all excess fat is trimmed for you.
Check out these great beef options when you order frozen food delivery from Five Star Home Foods.
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- Meatloaf, Ready to Bake
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Disclaimer: Four Little Monsters Blog received a product from Xfinity Comcast in exchange for promotion and review. All opinions belong to the blogger.
|Snyder of Berlin Potato Chip New Packaging 2015|
|Snyder of Berlin Potato Chip New Packaging 2015|
|Snyder of Berlin Potato Chips New Packaging 2015|
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|A stocked freezer by Five Star Home Foods|
We really, really love these kids - but dang it, we'd allowed them to become major slobs and disrespectful toward our home and each others property. We thought we'd tried everything to motivate our children to want to help keep this house in order with absolutely no success. They were the kings and queens of mess-making and we had become slaves to cleaning every bit of it up. It seemed hopeless and we knew that somehow it was all our fault.
For the past two years we've been trying to get our kids to help out around the house. We've known all along that when there are so many of us in one household, the maintenance of daily life builds up super quick. At times, we've gone from asking nicely, to yelling, to literally begging for them to listen and respect their home and to clean up after themselves. Last week, the hubby and I sat down and admitted that we simply can't keep doing this all by ourselves. Maybe it was all the toys constantly impeding on my home-office space or all the dish scrubbing that finally sent us over the edge, I don't know. My will to just keep going as we were going was at an end.
Where did we go wrong? Two years ago, we started with the allowance thing for chores that were completed each week. The littlest kids, toddlers at the time, cared nothing for money and therefore, did nothing to help. In fact, they did everything to make more work for us. Some would say, they're too young for chores. At times, we agreed. Our oldest child, eight, ended up doing all the chores and cleaning up after the others because she was the only one that wanted to save up for the things she wanted. After a while, she grew irritated with cleaning up after her siblings and chore time became her angry, stomping of the feet time which never got us anywhere without yelling matches ensuing.
With every failure, we tried something else. We moved on to a chore chart to separate each child's tasks in a place where it was visible to all who needed to do what and when. In addition to earning a small allowance, each chore completed earned a smiley face magnet. The little ones loved earning smiley faces but eventually everyone just lost interest and the messes started piling up again. After a while, the chore chart evolved into a system where if all four kids completed a certain task together (which required them to encourage each other) they could all earn the reward together. The catch was that they alone were responsible for completing their tasks. If they didn't encourage each other and complete the chores, then no one earned anything. Eventually, no one cared either way.
After my brief and much needed mental meltdown, my husband and I decided something. We'd let the toddlers get away with being "too young to take responsibility" for their home way too long. We'd let allowance become the ultimate goal for the older ones. We just plain did it all wrong. It was time to turn the tide.
WHY? BECAUSE WE, YOUR PARENTS, ARE TIRED OF DOING IT ALL ALONE. YOU ARE PART OF THIS HOUSEHOLD. YOU HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE PLACE THAT YO LIVE AND TO YOUR FELLOW FAMILY MEMBERS AND YOU WILL ALL TAKE PART IN TAKING CARE OF OUR HOME. EVERY ONE OF US WILL DO OUR PART. YOU MUST CLEAN THINGS. YOU GET NOTHING FOR DOING THESE CHORES. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! ... EXCEPT OUR SINCERE THANKS AND A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TO YOUR FAMILY, TO YOUR BELONGINGS AND TO THE PLACE THAT YOU LIVE. YOU MIGHT EVEN FEEL PROUD OF YOURSELF. WHEN YOU HAVE MET YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES, YOU MAY DO FUN THINGS. THE END.
Guess what? All four of these silly creatures have been cleaning like they've never cleaned before and without too much complaint. In fact, some of them have asked for more chores (not all of them, I said some). Yes, I am totally confused. After seeing how successful this new routine has been, I'm even more confused by our past treatment of chores and our kids. Why the heck were we handing over money to our son and daughter without ever establishing a sense of natural responsibility? We're a family of seven for goodness sake! We all have to help keep this ship afloat.
There will be a lot more cleaning going on around here and I will be doing a little less of it. BECAUSE THAT IS HOW IT SHOULD BE. I'm hoping with all my being that this cleaning without monetary reward thing, because-you-have-to thing will be the glue that finally sticks.