10 Steps To Becoming A Better Cook-Part 2

10 Steps To Becoming A Better Cook

*If you missed the first 5 steps in 10 Steps to Becoming a Better Cook, you can read them here.

In the first part of the series, we discussed ways you can improve your cooking skills.  Here are 5 more steps:

  • Increase your cooking skills.  So you have now put green beans in the crock pot and made baked apples in the crock pot.  How about some soup?  Soup is easy to make.  This Taco Soup recipe is an open the can and dump into the crock pot kind of meal.  All you have to do is fry the hamburger.  Speaking of browning hamburger, Tacos are easy, family friendly and yummy!  That is a easy to put together meal.  Keep working your way up the cooking ladder.
  • Don’t panic, bring veggies. So you know you need to bring something, you just aren’t sure what.  The whole crock pot thing won’t work for this gathering, so now what?  Veggie trays are your friend.  Pick up some carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and peppers.  Slice, dice and don’t forget the dip.  Yes, dip.  Buy some sour cream and add some Hidden Valley Ranch packaged dip mix to it.  Yum, yum, yum.
  • Be Purposeful. Walk into your kitchen every day determined to make something edible.  Take 1 hour every day and see what recipe you can create.  A muffin recipe, maybe?  A boxed cake mix with canned frosting perhaps.  Don’t worry about being fancy or something completely from scratch.  Baby steps. If you take time out of your day, whether it is every day, or 4 times a week, you will improve your skills.  Practice really does make perfect.
  • Don’t cook alone. It is more fun with a helper. :-)  It may be more messy too, but try not to think of that.  Learn how to bake with your child.  Figure out the art of cooking while teaching it to your child.  How can you teach something you don’t know much about?  It doesn’t take much to impress a little one. (Hey, depending on the age of your child, cracking an egg is pretty exciting stuff!)  Besides, kids enjoy learning and some of the excitement might just rub off on you!
  • Be forgiving.  If you make a mistake and your roast is smoking so bad the smoke alarm goes off, don’t consider yourself a failure!!  It happens!  Yesterday, I had the “Butterhorn Bomb”.  I was trying to make breakfast butterhorns (and regular ones) for my children for breakfast and I really don’t know what happened.  The dough was like soup.  I managed to add enough flour to it to salvage it, but it was a soupy, sticky mess.  I ended up making odd shaped bread sticks.  Which, of course, got a good chuckle from the members of my family.  They still ate them.  If something goes wrong in the kitchen, try to make something of it.  You never know how you can turn what seems like a disaster around.

Did I encourage you to try your hand at cooking/baking?  Follow these steps and try it.  Maybe even tomorrow!  You never know what you can come it. :-)

Did you try making something in the kitchen?  I want to know what it is!  Tell me about it in the comments.

Proverbs 31: Can You Sew–I can’t

31 Days To Becoming A Proverbs 31 Woman

*Missed the first part of 31 Days To Becoming A Proverbs 31 Woman?  You can read it here.

Proverbs 31:24

She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant.

Okay, so I can sew a little.  I can use a machine and sew in a mostly straight line.  (Kinda like my sort of rectangles when rolling out dough.)  I enjoy looking at the nice looking fabric in the store and thinking of all the things I could make, if I had an ounce of talent.  Rest assured ladies, sewing isn’t a requirement for being a Proverbs 31 woman.  That is good for me. :-)

What you are supposed to do is the best you can for your family.  Think about how you can earn money or save money for your family.  Right before I started typing this, I was on Kohl’s website.  I was trying to get my children a few items.  I spent a LONG time figuring the best price.  Kohl’s cash, 30% off, free shipping, I was working the numbers until I had the most bang for my buck.  I even removed a few items to get the best deal and spend wisely.  It is little things like that which God wants us to do for our family.  Being a good steward with our money is a great asset for our husbands.  He appreciates not having to worry about what we are spending or how we are spending it.  He can trust his wife which is priceless.

Menu Plan Monday

Chicken Tortellini Soup

It is totally soup weather.

I could probably eat soup 4 days a week.  Maybe even more.  It is frugal, it is warm on a cold day and I throw it into a crock pot and walk away.  So good.  With the leaves falling (and us being outside to rake and rake and rake all those leaves) we need something warm when we get inside.  You’ll probably be seeing a lot of soup recipes on the blog now through the winter.  I’m trying to get my meatatarian husband to try split pea soup.  What do you think the odds are?  Yeah, I know.

Here is what is on the menu this week.


Cereal, toast, oatmeal, breakfast butterhorns


Macaroni and Cheese, leftovers, granola bars, apples (got them at $.68 a pound!), mini pizzas, PB&J’s, grapes, bananas


Chicken Tortellini Soup (I bought some new noodles at Aldi for 1/2 the cost of regular.  I can’t wait to try them out–I’ll let you know!), homemade rolls, crock pot apples

Pizza Bake, green beans, fruit salad

Waffles, apple strudel coffee cake, eggs, blueberries

Crock pot lasagna, butterhorns, steamed veggies

Out to eat with family

Chicken quesadillas (with peppers and cheese), canned peaches, carrots

What is on YOUR menu this week?  I love to hear new recipes!

Click And Chat Link Up Party

The Click and Chat Link up Party #30

The Click and Chat Link up party! come and share your favorite posts with us and find some new great blogs!!


Welcome to the Click and Chat Link up party!

We are so glad you came by to link up with us!

Last week we showed you the host’s pick!

This week we thought we would let you all pick the top three most clicked on posts from the link up!

Here they are!!

Pumpkin Spiced Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


Promoting Blog Posts


Glittery Halloween Pumpkin Jars


Thank you for all the other great posts!

We can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

Before we get to the link up we want to introduce you to our hosts and co-hosts this week!

meet your hosts


Amber- Adventures In Mindful Living / Kim- This Ole Mom /

Rebecca – Futures / Katie-/ Sarah-Baking with Mom

Kat-MamaBirds Nest /Sarah-Life in a Breakdown /

Tiffany- A Journey with Tiffany / Lara- Methodical Living

Kimberly- Life is a Lullaby

Michele- Bella HomeGoods / Elaine- Ramblings of a Bad Goddess

Are you ready to linkup? Great!

Some general guidelines (and just plain good blogging manners)!

Make sure to follow or like the hosts and co-hosts in the social media section below. They are all there in the very beginning just to make it easy for you!

Please do not just drop your link on here and go! Link up and then hop around throughout the day and week and say hello to at least 3 other blogs or links (and make sure to say you found them on the Click and Chat link up party!)

When you go and like or follow a page on social media do it with your personal account so it will actually count for the pages numbers. Likes from business pages do not count. Pages in your niche you may want to also go back and like with your blogs page as well just so you can comment on them as your page.

Please share this link up on any of your social media channels. It helps us grow and gets more eyes on not just your link but others as well. If we all did this more then everyone would benefit much more!

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Proverbs 31: It’s Not All Work And No Play

I didn’t write a 31 post yesterday.  This is why:


Being a Proverbs 31 woman isn’t all about work.  It is also about being there for your family, tending to their needs and loving them.  What better way to be Proverbs 31 woman than to play with my precious children in a pile of leaves.  While we were tossing leaves at each other, laughing and having fun, I thought about needing to write the post.  Then I said, nah, I will do it later. :-)

This is being a Proverbs 31 woman.

Proverbs 31: Causing No Shame

31 Days To Becoming A Proverbs 31 Woman

Proverbs 31:23

Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.

She is her husband’s right hand helper.  What she does is a reflection on him and his reputation.

So, behave ladies. :-)  Pretty simple, huh?  For the most part.  Here is an example:

My husband has several roles at church.  Because of his roles, I know what I say and do is watched (in a good, Titus 2 way).  Not too long ago, on my personal Facebook page, something was said that I strongly wanted to respond on.  Okay, I wanted to express my very strong opinion.  Keep in mind it wasn’t anything against my beliefs or standing up for truth.  It was more of a personal irritant. ;-)  Want to know what I did?  Nothing.  Not a thing.  Well, except complain to my hubby.  I knew what I responded with would not only reflect on me, but on him as well.  Was what I was going to unleash fire and fury on worth ruining (or at least damaging) our reputation?  No, not all.

Watch what you say, what you wear, what you do and  how you act.  You want to be not only a good example to other woman, but you don’t want a bad light to be cast on your husband.  Are some of you a little put off by this?  Try not to be.  Look at it this way:  Do you love your husband?  If the answer is yes, why wouldn’t you want to do everything you can to help, encourage and support him?  Think of something you can do (or change!) today for your husband.

What do you do to help your husband?