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One of my favorite things about Friday is that I generally have the weekend to recoup & get my house in order. Since I work full-time outside the home, run my site in my “spare time”, plus be a mommy/wife, I have limited time and limited energy to get things done. One way I save on time is by creating a Friday Freezer Cooking Session. My family can not live along on crock pot meals or quick dinners. We love to have comfort food. Whether it’s Seafood Gumbo, Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya, Lasagna, or Enchiladas, my family enjoys a hearty meal. The only drawback to those dishes, is the time it takes to either prep or simmer the dinner. I can make crock-pot versions, but sometimes cooking ahead can make a huge difference in the time a mom has to get food together.
Last weekend I made my usual Friday Freezer Chicken Enchiladas. I try to make a different Friday Freezer Dinner each week to give my family a nice variation of midweek dinners. The great things about Chicken Enchiladas is the price. Although I don’t skimp on cheese, you can often buy cheese on sale with coupons and freeze the cheese as well until your ready to use. Tortillas are generally inexpensive and sometime can get at a great stock up price. Tortillas never go bad in my house, that’s for sure.
The first thing I do is take a can of enchilada sauce and pour into a large skillet. I put the sauce on the lowest setting just to give the sauce a nice warm temperature. This helps warm your tortilla as you are soaking it in enchilada sauce. I place the large tortilla within the skillet and just give each tortilla one by one a enchilada sauce coloring. You don’t have to do this, but I find the tortillas are easier to cook & roll if they are warm, plus it gives each tortillas the enchilada sauce flavoring without leaving it dried out.
I then add a small amount of cooked chicken (depending on the thickness of each desired enchilada) & a 4-5 tablespoons of cheese to each tortilla. I then roll up the tortillas with the chicken & cheese stuffing to create the rolled effect within the pan. Notice that each enchilada fills the pan. I can generally get 6 large enchiladas (which is perfect for my family of 4) in each pan. I’m using a 8×11 aluminum pan per dinner, but you can use a large pan if you would like.
Once each tray is filled, I add a layer of foil so my cheese gets melted but not overly cooked. Since 1 tray is enough for my family of 4, I can either cook all the trays then insert extra food into the freezer, or I can freeze it without cooking.
Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas:
Yields 16 Large Enchiladas
2-Whole Cooked Chicken
2-8count large tortillas
4-cans of Enchilada Sauce 12 oz.
5 cups of cheese Can be “Mexican” cheese or Cheddar/Jack Blend
1 small onion & 2 cloves of garlic (if desired) I add it to my cooked chicken & cheese blend to give additional flavor
Do as directed in above post, Add foil to each pan prior to cooking. Cook for 20 min at 350f degrees. Freeze any food not being eaten and save for another night. This dinner can easily cost under $30 even without major coupon savings. Divided by 2-3 evenings, your budget can get slashed even more!! Or create this for an affordable large family get together. This dinner can easily feed 10-12 hungry mouths, if not more!
What are some of your favorite dishes to freeze for another evening??
Johnson & Johnson Entre Tu y Yo Campaign: August Giveaway Gift Box filled w/ Johnson & Johnson Products- Ends August 31st 11:59p.m Central
No, this is not De Ja Vu’!!
In July, I was recently sent a large selection of Johnson & Johnson Products as part of the Latino & Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective campaign for the Johnson & Johnson Entre Tu y Yo Campaign. As part of being in this amazing campaign, I have the opportunity to sample various full-sized Johnson & Johnson products AND giveaway the exact set I received!! My July Winner was so excited when I notified her of her winning entry but today I have the opportunity to giveaway the same box that she & I both will or have received…AGAIN!! Keep checking Blogging, Babies & the Bayou in September & October to win more products from Johnson & Johnson via the #ETYY partnership. A new giveaway each of those months as well.
One of my favorite all time Johnson & Johnson products is Lubriderm. Working in healthcare everyday antibacterial liquid is a necessity. Whether it’s patients, families, or even a vendor, reapplying antibacterial can be abrasive on your skin. Luckily, Lubriderm is made to repair and add moisture to your skin. I love to use this at work and am constantly giving some to my co-workers. Lubriderm works wonders and doesn’t have a strong perfumed scent that others are sensitive to. I noramally buy a trail size version and refill with my large Lubriderm bottle to store in my purse or work-bag. My only problem is sharing it so much, my friends always know if they need lotion, I’m the one to see.
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I have a Motto: Save When You Can, Spend When You Need To, & Splurge When You Feel You’ve Deserve It!
I love to shop! In fact, my husband has always said that it is far cheaper for me to work, than stay at home. I’m always up for a bargain, but there are some things you get what you pay for. But, there is always an exception to the rule!
I have been a fan of E.L.F Makeup for several years. It is affordable, readily available, and great for specific cosmetic needs. Normally my favorite E.L.F products are the brushes (their kabuki brush is just as good IMO as Sephora’s version), eye shadows & lip glosses. But those items can’t complete an entire makeup collection. Today, I decided to branch out & try a few E.L.F items I haven’t had the chance to test try.
1. High Definition UnderEye Setting Powder:
Working the Overnight shift every other weekend can cause some serious temporary dark circles under the eyes. Honestly, I can’t sleep during the day even when it becomes a necessity, so I take a short nap and by Monday morning I’m exhausted! The High Definition Undereye setting powder does a good job of making those dark circles less noticeable. The powder is light weight & camouflages well. Coverage was even and can be used with or without foundation. I’m sold!! The only draw back is the size of the container. But at $3.00, you can purchase a few at a time and save on shipping or returning to the store to repurchase.
2. Defining Eye Brush:
$1.00 and worth every cent!! The brush is economical and well made. It will not fall apart as you may think.You get a nice application every time & is perfect for eyelid or brow bone. I love their brushes!! I can not find a negative.
3. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer:
I have used many primers in the past, but the eyeshadow primer is a first for me. I find that I do not need it as some may, but as I applied the primer I noticed that it was smooth and instantly became invisible as it was glided on. The primer contains Vitamin A,B & C which is why my eyelids felt as I had just applied moisturizer. At $3.00, it is affordable and the vitamin benefit was worth using the product again.
4. Natural Lash Kit:
$1.00 but I’m not used to it. If your a false eye lash person this is affordable and very natural looking. I’m hoping to become a little braver as i continue to experiment with these. I did notice they were easy to apply and no mess to remove.
LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I love this product. The lip tint is smooth, glides on great, & nourishes. Shea, Coconut, Jojoba & Vitamin E is the perfect combination for your lips. My lips feel silky and gives a nice sheer tint without being overly glossy. Contains SPF so the product is great for the summer months, but can help eliviate pain from chap lips as well. At $3.00 it is worth adding to your lip collection!!
6. Lip Stain:
Not on my list of favorite products. I’m not sure if the product I received was faulty or the product itself is poor quality. I tried the Nude Nector which seemed to be a nice color match for my complexion, but the product did not show on my lips. Lip Stain is a pen-like applicator that create hours of lip color. I applied the stain and could not manage to get stain on my lips. The first application to my lips I could see a faint color, but as I continued the process nothing came out and nothing was visible on my lips. Retails for $2.00. Again, not sure if it was the quality or the product or the product I received was dried out?
7. 32 piece eye Shadow Palette:
At $5.00, this product is a must have for any makeup lover. It is affordable and versatile. You can easily find colors that match your skin tone and can be interchanged as the color trends/seasons change. In fact, at that price you can buy various palettes for all seasons. The only drawback is that each color within the is minimal. That being said, there are so many colors you can create your own colors.
Overall, the products I chose I would most definitely buy again, with the exception of the lip Stain. E.L.F is affordable and versatile. Some of these items would be great to use for everyday use. If you are on a budget or have a young teen, this is a great alternative to buying cosmetics at your local department store. Many of the E.L.F products contain no chemical dyes, no parabens, and contain no preservatives which is perfect for sensitive skin.
What are some of your favorite go-to economical makeup products?
1 Word= Addiction!!
I wanted to post my 7th bag through Little Black Bag. This is my only once a month splurge. I’m trying to get all items that will go with my wardrobe. Recently I have managed to pick up 3 various watches (a dressy one, silver & gold tone) and various purses for every season. If your interested in more information check out their site http:/www.littleblackbag.com and see how $54.95 after shipping each month (with the option to skip months) can get you items like BCBG, Kenneth Cole, Cynthia Rowley, Olivia + Joy and much more!
On a side note: This is a perfect site for gifts. You can pay one price and get several gifts for the upcoming holiday season!!
Total Bag retails for $141- $54.95 (Out Of Pocket Monthly Cost= $86 Savings!!