I don't know about you but not having to cook at least one of my meals a day is a huge life saver. Having all of the leftover wedding food (even after splitting up the leftovers) I had that secured meal for four days in a row! Sure, variety is needed in your diet, but I say as long as you're only eating the same thing once a day and not for all three meals (or snack if that's your game - I wished I was a grazer).
Crock-pot meals are the easiest way to deliver a lot of quantity and quality at once when you don't have the space for a spare fridge of leftovers or what have you. My favorite crock pot meal is lemon garlic chicken and is super simple to do.
I sear the chicken on the stovetop at medium heat until each side has golden brown skin (but it isn't cooked all the way through). I mix in lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper and let the chicken do its thing. Then I transfer it to the crock pot, and let it cook for 3 hours on high or 6 on low (or until the meat melts when you touch it with a fork and becomes like pulled pork, but chicken.) Doing something like this once a week is vital to hold off the desire to eat out, because I'm the type who would rather get more mileage out of a meal I already made then throw out the extra uneaten portions. What's your favorite meal as leftover (besides Chinese takeout).
Earth Day, a full moon, possible thunderstorms, what more can I ask for? This time of year is so special to me, mainly because the beauty of nature starts popping up all over the place. I like to do my part and recycle, but one big item that I always try to do is reuse. I save money on bottled water (don't buy it), tupperware, and other storage items by reusing them and making their intended lifespan a little longer (just like how our lifespans have stretched over the centuries). Instead of...
...buying bottled water I use a Brita pitcher and fill empty, clean, Snapple bottles with them. then I have a cover and easy transportation of water to my nightstand!
...purchasing tupperware I use the containers like Earth Balance, Chinese takeout, and any other plasticware I get for free (with a product) to store leftovers.
...ordering a nightstand I used a spool from the FSU Fashion Department and painted it! See the before and after to the right
...putting money down on a couch, my roommate/MOH/best friend and I found one on the street in great condition and carried it to our apartment!
There are items all over the place looking for a home, whether it is a bi-product of using the goods inside the container or because a person in the neighborhood was done with a couch, there is always something to salvage and reuse.
So, please reduce, reuse, and recycle, especially on Earth Day – it helps the planet (and your wallet).
Before - The unfinished spool-soon-to-be-nightstand with my lunchbox on it.
We are in the final week pre-wedding, and I am a cool cucumber (or any other vegetable that is kept in the fridge long enough). Along the way we navigated finding a photographer, captured a caterer, and feel in love with the view at the venue. Then the tiny details like the wedding dress and invitations were addressed. There were a lot of DIY projects (with some still not complete) and I've had a blast sharing the story with you.
But what happens to "Wedding Wednesday" posts after the wedding? Well, I plan to review the photographer, caterer, and venue in due time for all the brides out there who want to research diligently just like I did (and I'm the first wedding at the Farm at Summit Wynds). Then, who knows? Maybe there will be another alliterative "W" title that takes over. For now, I am in "Mission: Get Married" mode and will have little to say until then.