Menu For The Month Of January + What This New Year Brings

Hey there folks,

I have new plans for this blog.

One of the things I am going to be doing is posting my monthly menue. I hope this will maybe help some out with that question we all hate

” What’s for supper?” which leads to a ” what do you want.” and ends with a ” I don’t know.”

You know what I’m talking about. We have all had this happen to us. and it is annoying.

Anyhow, Here is my menu ^ up there. It isn’t written on anything fancy and I hope to change that for you soon. For now, there it from scratch.

Recipes come from

Fixate Cook Book

Healthy Cooking For Your Kids

Youtuber Brianna K

And Pinterest

The unlabeled ones are going to be just your basic thrown together recipes that I dont have written down.

Now, for the explination of whats to come.

We know I’m unorganized as all get out, and that is something I am working on this year. My word is Productivity.

I am going to bring you guys on my journey as a mother, a student, and a outdoor enthusiast.

Noticed I said student?

Yes, I am working on my certifications in personal training and nutrition in hopes to be adding ” Health Coach” to my resume in August.

I hope you guys enjoy this new content. I sure enjoy seeing your comments and encouragment.

BTW. You can catch more of me by following me on IG theoutdoorred_shanna or on Facebook The Outdoor Readhead

Thanks yall.

Leave in the comments what your new years goals are. If you’re new to my blog please introduce yourself! Also, be sure to hit follow.

My Grocery Shopping Process

I’m going to make this a quick and easy step by step without a long drawn out story or explanation…

Ain’t no body go time for THAT, so let’s get to the point here.

*Note I have our grocery budget of $150 in mind through out this whole process.

  • Step 1: I look and make two list. What meals I have and what we are out of. Oh! And this includes food + anything else we use for hygene, cleaning, etc.
  • Step 2: I use the flipp app and my stores online website/mailed adds and search for those things in my list that are on sale! I will then list the price and ideal adding as I go. Unless I know an iteam can be found cheaper else where. ( I know I can get bread at our local econo foods for 89 cents)
  • Step 3: I ask what foods my husband is craving and take into account what my toddler has been asking for or run some of her favorite meals by her. I’ll look at the sales ads. Then I will find what I need to make those meals and add them.
  • Step 4: I’ll look at meat and produce in adds and add only what’s on sale at the cheapest.
  • Step 5: I check and make sure my list adds up to only $100 or less.
  • Step 6: One store has a card I can clip digital coupon too, so I do that. The other has a “Super” coupon that is in their sales add I cut that out and put it in my wallet along with any other coupons and my list.
  • Step 7: I go grocery shopping

Here is explanations I was saving.

My list is in my phone with the flipp app and on paper, I take both and sometime forget one..you know which.

Where does the $50 go in my budget?

Well 3 things

Knowing exactly where the sales items are usually in my store I make a point to look. These iteams usually arent included in the add.

I also looking for stock up iteams that are on sale, especially if it’s canned goods.

And during summer/fall we go out to our camp a lot, spend a good bit of time getting wood, and hunting. So we need quick grab n go, grilling,or easy prepared food/drink. During the winter my husband and I have a “date” where we get our favorite foods and watch a movie on the weekend.

Do I store hop?

Sometimes, the stores in town are close enough that it doesn’t bother me too if something like meat is on sale cheaper.

Lastly the irrelevant, my grammar are good is. I have to remind y’all from time to time. 🙂

Comment and let me know what’s on your mind about this.

Simple Meal Planning

Okay y’all. Let me make myself clear.

I’m lazy when it comes to meal planning, because… well if you’re a mom, someone who is working and going to school, or a business owner reading this I don’t need to explain.

This week is my “no spend” week.

Meaning, I HATE grocery shopping and it’s winter, so you never know when the roads are going to be crappy.

Which leads me to thinking I’m gonna keep my little hiney at home. Put my money I WOULD spend in my savings and stretch my groceries out until I have to go.

Which leads me to doing the following steps

1. Look at what I have in my pantry, fridge, freezer.

2. Come up with meals using those things.

3. Write down a “menu” that has no specific days per meal on a magnetic dry erase board.

Which looks like this.

4. When it comes time to cook I choose one meal and look and see if I need to prep something for the next day- like if I decide I want to make Shepard pie, I would lay out some ground venison.

I erase what I cook as I go, day seven rolls around, I’ll look again.

Now what do I do as far as groceries? Let me explain this to you very sloppy, yet simply

This week, I’m at the end of my stock, so I would look in my kitchen to see what I have + sales and create my grocery list and meal plan based off of that.

TIP: I also leave $10- $20 in my groceries budget to stock up or for a great deal.

I.e.

I make a lot of chili in the winter, I will buy 3 cans/bags/what ever that’s non perishable. Use one now and the other two for later.

chicken broth is on sale for $1, I wouldn’t grab just the one I need I would grab 3. Butter is on sale buy one get one free again I wouldn’t buy just one I would but 4 and put the other two in the freezer for later.

And because I know your going to ask.

My grocery budget for the month is $425. This includes any and all consumables, diapers, wipes, toilet cleaners, laundry soap, normal food etc.

I was at $300, but the cost of living has gone up so I had to adjust.

I try to actually only go big bulk shopping once a month because I live so far from a grocery store and then my husband grabs things as needed on his way home from work.

If you live near a store, cut yourself some slack and break down your budget into a weekly budget.

Anyways, that’s basically it. I hope this helps. 🙂 Any questions ask!

A Snack Time Solution That Works For Kids & Grown-ups Too

This is just what have done and recently discovered.

The To Go Snacks

I have a designated bin for snacks. All of these snacks are quick grabs for the diaper bag and myself.

In this bin I keep baggies of animal crackers, veggie/fruit straws, nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, trail mix,etc.

I also have pudding cups, granola bars, organic fruit/veggie gummies,freeze dried fruit.

Now, y’all. I am cheap! I buy these things in bulk. Separate the serving sizes, i.e 12 crackers per baggie.

My baggies are colored on purpose this allows me to keep things organized.

Here for example, I have yellow bags filled with apple straws and crackers, blue bags filled with just crackers, and the red bags are just apple straws.

I do separate the nuts for myself into smaller, little snack bags, but I’m out today.

The baggies I use are the cheapest of the cheap on the shelf. One day, I’ll get even cheaper about it and buy reusable ones.

The snacks, like I said are in bulk, on sale, or cheap..but also I am weird about certain ingredients, so I always check out what’s in the food before I buy.

The gummies I buy for my daughter are found at dollar general, the freeze dried fruit is at dollar tree (there is more in the package than Wal-Mart’s brand)

Snacks At Home

I recently discovered this trick and it works SO well with my two year old and my mommy brain.

She gets…her own snack drawer in the fridge! …that she has to share with mommy and daddy.

So, I haven’t found containers yet to organize this a little better, but I took my fruit drawer and added a few things.

In mason jars I have string cheese, the bowl has boiled eggs, then we have apples and grapes.

The grapes I haven’t gotten around to slicing up and putting into baggies..

Right above that drawer I have yogurts.

Also, the door bottom shelf I have her drinks of water.

I need to experiment a little with this and find what will fit in that drawer, but I plan on adding other choices, such as half pb&j,cottage cheese,berries.

My two year old can open the fridge get what she wants and is good to go.

She isn’t allowed in there except after she has eaten her meals and not before.

It took a day to set the boundaries, but after a few “no dont do that” she got it.

Since these are filling nutritious , she so far, goes in once after breakfast and once after lunch. That’s it.

It’s helping teach her independence and boundaries, and helping me skip the 3 minutes of “what can I give her for snack” and it has been awesome for those days I don’t have a minute for lunch to just grab a boiled egg and cheeese.

You Can Live On A Lot Less

Sitting in the living room of my Great Aunt Edna had me at peace in the middle of the emotional roller coaster I had been on.

It was familiar, I spent so much time doing the exact same things I was watching my daughter do. Everything had changed, but nothing had changed.

My favorite scent of wet paper towel and wood smoke with the hint of just pure cleaness still lingered. The recliner I had fought to sit in so many times still sat in it’s same ole’ spot.

It was my second home in a way. I guess many others in my family and, well anyone who had ever been to my Aunts had the same feelings when they stepped in her door way.

That is just my Aunt Edna, she always makes you feel warm,welcomed,and loved.

I admire her in so many ways and sitting in that living room with her was worth more than any gold or rubbies.

This visit had a lot of meaning though. I could tell my Aunt had a lot to say to me.

“You can live on a lot less Tashanna.” She says to me kind of out of the blue.

“Oh I know Aunt Edna I don’t have a lot of things people say they need…”

I say continuing to tell her about how I don’t have anything but antenna for TV or internet like most young folks and I budget everything.

She shakes her head

” No, what I mean shanny is… ” Shanny has always been a nick name only belonging to myself and my cousin Shannon.

She continued to tell me this story.

There was some folks that lived in a shack. They grew up working for everything they had. Dusk to dawn. They didn’t know what money really was.

They lived in a little shack, they’re counter was made of old vanilla waffer boxes and plaster. And that is what they had for a kitchen counters.

They had a refrigerator, but they didn’t have electricity, or know that they needed to plug it in. My cousin brought them canned biscuits one day and she just sat them on the counter.

The lady told my cousin when she came back they just went “poof”. That’s how little they knew about the modern-day world.

My cousin visited them up until they passed away, she was good and befriended them . A young person would have thought them to be strange. But they were happy, and they were normal, just hadn’t known anything outside of that they grew up doing to get by.

“That’s what I mean by people can live with less than what they think. My Aunt finished saying.

I finally got what my Aunt was telling me.

I needed to humble myself and would be happier if I stopped chasing material things and just loved what God had blessed me with.

Pretty Flowers Learning Activity For Your Little

A very simple and easy activity to do with your little outside is to get them outside picking the beautiful wild flowers that are blooming.

My little and I had so much fun doing this for an hour.

I asked my daughter to help me find certain colored flowers 🌻

Then we took them inside and cut them down. She helped me put them in a little jelly jar .

And vuala we had a beautiful center piece to show daddy when he got home

JUST LIFE,A HAPPY LIFE

The last few days have been crazy, warm weather is here to stay I believe
My sister came to stay with us last Friday. She came over this way for her son’s tonsillectomy. It was so nice to have her around. Her, my little sister, and I had not been together in 10 years. It was nice to be around the two of them again.
The weekend came in with my sister at my side. My husband and I of course drug her down the back road riding and looking for a Turkey. We didn’t see anything, just the female that has been hanging around the highway for some time now.
It really sucks living in an area that doesn’t really have the best Turkey population….

Well Monday rolled around and I had to say my goodbyes to my sister. She left and had my interview with Tinkergarden , this company I found has a goal of getting children outside again, well that went excellent. I am not in the last phase of the interviewing process, I really hope it all works out.

Tuesday Casidy – my little girl- and I went over to my Mother – in-laws house. We started our visit woth finger paint and build bird houses with my niece. Neither one of them had much experience with finger paint, so it was a sight to see.

W

hile the paint was drying on the piece of bird house the girls decided they wanted Grammy to catch chickens to pet. They had a ball.

When we headed home I had to kick myself in the butt. We launched a cool new program called 2B Mindset. I had to get it out and let people know about it. I am SO excited about this program and it is really important to me to let all I encounter know about it. It is a weight loss program that includes NO exercise. This means I can help MORE people. So I went LIVE on facebook and explained.

Wednesday was a run to town day. I had to get a package out to Fedex, and I had to get wipes. The day kind of turned into a girls day with my little. She was spoiled. I got her dump truck, McDonald’s for lunch, and she had a wolf in her happy meal.

I also found myself a really cool clock that was on sale.

Thursday I chilled at home and focused on getting some laundry done. Later that evening I helped out at our local schools Track event. They had me judging the pole jumps, and though that wasn’t my event in track, it made me miss my teenage years badly. I am at the weird age where teens think I am old and other adults older than me still talk down to me or brush things off like I am a teen. I watched a teen go by walking all cool because they had keys, not I wish I could feel that again. I suppose we all go through this phase in our lives though.

It’s Friday now, and my weekend plans had to be cancelled so I have no idea what this weekend will bring, maybe a little hunting or a trip out to deer camp? gathering wood? We shall see…
Have a beautiful weekend y’all.

-Tashanna

Opening Day of Turkey Season 2018

Well, we couldn’t find a babysitter, so we loaded up the truck with little miss in her car seat.

First back road we took road riding…the loggers ruined anything being back there. So we ventured down another road, stopped the truck and called a little.

Nope, nothing.

My husband said, lets go and see if my brother has something in his back yard.

I said alright!

So two hours later we found ourselves at my brother in-laws.

My husband helped tinker with their side-by-side while I sat and chatted with my brother in-law’s Fiance.

“gobble, gobble.” I heard them

I went into the truck and got the caller.

I called…

“gobble,gobble.”

Bart, the dog’s ears popped up, so I knew I wasn’t hearing things.

Called again.

Nothing.

Well, they must have went towards the neighbors. We all thought.

I chatted some more, we looked at a boat they wanted to sell us and their new flooring.

I’ll admit to peeking out the window here and there.

No Turkeys.

After our little visit we headed back homebound, stopped picked the baby up her milk, and then supper.

My husband says, lets check by the potatoe fields.

We had to drop a treat off for his mom anyway, so I said alright! – not that I would dispute it.

We stopped by my mother in-law’s and changed a diaper, the neighbor ,who has a farm down the road from us, happened to be there.

He tells us he saw black smoke coming from in behind our house.

Uh-oh. Jumped in the truck and headed home….to find the other neighbors were just burning their grass

No Turkey for me.

Hopefully before the season is over I can go sit somewhere. But for now, well..parenthood.

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5 Miles Of Fresh Air

We woke up this morning with the sun shinning, the sky is blue, and the air clean. So we did what we always do on a gorgeous day. We took advantage of it.

Matt loaded up the truck with snowshoes, the backpack, gun, and vest. I gathered all of Casidy’s things and got her ready. Off we went out to the families camp.

Once we got there I helped casidy get dressed in her snow pants, sunglasses- boy did she think she was the coolest girl around with sunglasses on- and jacket. Matt and I then strapped our snowshoes on. And!… I bet you can guess it…

Yep, we started walking. Shotgun with one of us- you know, just in case we see a bunny rabbit of course – and casidy with the other.

We walked about 2.5 miles out to the cabin, then 2.5 miles back.

🎵Over the swamp and through the woods, to the camp we go.🎵

It goes without fail that I fall, I’m the clutz. It only happened three times though!

Taking turns trading gun and our daughter (who is to little for snowshoes.) We made it to the cabin.

There were plenty of tweety birds and pheasants that were out and about.

As for hunting, we saw quite a bit of rabbit tracks,but no rabbits.

After shoveling ice off the deck, a snack, and a diaper change. We headed back.

Now, we are home. Dinner is in the oven. Matt is moving the living room around and me,lol. I am trying to type this up and in the way. So, he is just picking me up and moving me along with the furniture.

Soon we will head out again for our weekly visit with our Aunt and Uncle at Matts parents place.

Thank God for the gorgeous walk . I love this land. I love my family. It was a perfectly spent day.

So, that’s this redheads families Saturday. How did you spend your St. Patrick’s day?

You can find more pictures from today on my Facebook Page.

Lazy Bacon & Egg English Muffins

Fry your bacon ( I’m using turkey here)

Get your fresh eggs out and crack them in a bowl.

Chop your bacon up into chunky pieces.

Spray a cookie sheet with oil. Mix the eggs and bacon together in a bowl. Poor them on the cookie sheet. Cook at 350F until done. ( about 5 min)

It should come put looking like this.

Cut squares.

Using a spatula transfer them over to your English muffins.

I then wrap them in parchment paper and put them back in the bag the english muffins come in.

You can freeze this. And have them on hand for a quick breakfast.

Add cheese, salt, pepper if you would like..but don’t add the cheese before hand. It tends to crumble when frozen