Big News! Revealing our latest project

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Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plans now has a new member site that is easier than ever to use.  We had outgrown the old site and it was stretched beyond its limits.  I am so happy that we now have a much easier place for members to download their plans.

Here’s what it looks like for members when you first login:

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See that are on the left that the orange arrow is pointing to?  Now members will be able to have access to past months plans.  If someone was a member in March, those plans will always be there.  We can’t go back further than March, but as new months are added while you’re a member, you will have access to those.  No more rushing to download everything before the month ends.

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Above is another screen shot.  We’ve had things organized like this for a while, but it all looks cleaner in the new member area.  You can choose a type of plan (Slow Cooker is in there too, but it wouldn’t fit on my screen with the others.)  Choose to download everything for one plan type or download by the week.

Downloading the menus gives you color-coded grocery lists, like the one below and all the recipes for each week.  This is what it looks like on my phone screen.  I usually print them out if I’m going to the store, because I prefer paper to juggling the phone with the list while trying to shop.

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Now is a great time to become a member, if you aren’t already!

Things get so busy in the spring of the year, with sports and end-of-school-year activities.  It can be hard to fit in dinner, but using Weekly Meal Plans is a huge help!  We have 15 minutes meals and slow cooker meals each week, so you can fit dinner into your day.

Even if this helps you avoid eating out just once a month, the plans more than pay for themselves.

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Shopping lists aren’t just for groceries – Spring Style Challenge

We’ve all got strengths and weaknesses.  I’m good at dinner, but I’m terrible with clothes.  I don’t know what things go together or what makes a good outfit.  And I hate, hate, hate to shop.

That’s why I really love doing Alison’s Style Challenges.  I started doing them a few years ago, when she offered her first Spring Challenge.

These challenges make the shopping so easy – you get a list of pieces to buy, kind of like a grocery list but for clothes.  The pieces become the “ingredients” that get mixed into outfits.  Each piece can be used multiple ways, just like a can of diced tomatoes can be used for an Italian meal, a Mexican dish or a pot of vegetable soup.

Shopping the closet (and the store):

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Today’s the last day

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Today’s the last day to get Slow Cooker Freezer Meals for a great price.

Pick up one volume for just $7.97 or grab both for $12.97.

I love having these for busy days.  I can pull a meal from the freezer, thaw it quickly in the microwave and then pop it in the slow cooker.  With just a few minutes of effort in the morning, we’ll have dinner ready that evening.

You can purchase and find out all about what’s included here.

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1 Hour Freezer Stash Plans – On Sale Now!

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If you love having a few dinners stashed away in your freezer for really busy days – this is the sale for you!

Each of these volumes has 12 plans in it with 6 meals each, grocery lists and assembly instructions included.  They’re designed so that you can put together 6 meals for the freezer in just 1 hour.

I love having my freezer stocked with slow cooker freezer meals.  It’s so easy to pull one out on a busy morning, pop it in the slow cooker and know dinner is ready.

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You can pick up one volume for just $7.97 or both for $12.97.

You can find out more and purchase by clicking here.

Slow cooker freezer meals is a feature that our Weekly Meal Plan Members get.  Each month we load a new freezer plan in the member area as part of the Slow Cooker Meal Plans.

This sale runs through Feb. 24, so don’t wait!

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3 Meal Planning Tips to Make Dinner Fit Your Busiest Days

3 Meal Planning Tips to make dinner fit your busiest days

It can be so hard to fit in cooking, let alone meal planning into busy days.  But it’s also worth the effort, because it will save you time, energy and money if you do it.  There are a few keys to keeping it realistic though.

1.  Do it fast!

That may seem obvious, but it’s easy to get sucked into a rabbit hole of searching for recipes on the internet.  That can be fun, but so time consuming.  Let’s keep this as simple and quick as possible.

2.  Match the meals to the busyness of your day.

 Do you have a couple of minutes to put food in a slow cooker in the morning, but no time to fix anything at night?  Plan slow cooker meals for these days.
Are you going to have a super busy day?  Look for a 15 minute meal that can be on the table in no time.
Whatever you do, don’t overwhelm yourself thinking you’ll make recipes that take more time than you’ve really got.  Be realistic when making your plan.
(If you’re using a plan from Eat at Home, we’ve got you covered here.  Each week of Traditional and Whole Food have at least one 15 minute meal and one slow cooker meal each week.  Just choose which days those quick meals work best for you.  If slow cooker meals work best, we’ve also got a plan dedicated to our favorite appliance!)

3.  Don’t forget to plan side dishes too.

It’s easy to get so focused on the main dish that you forget the sides.  You can find lots of simple sides here.  I really do like keeping things simple, so if I want a side dish that requires a bit more time or prep, I serve it with a main dish that requires almost nothing – think slow cooked bbq chicken or a ham steak heated in a skillet.

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Want to skip the planning and grocery list making?

We just uploaded February’s Traditional, Slow Cooker and Whole Food Plans into the member area.  Become a member today and let us do the planning for you.  Our members save an hour or two a week in planning time and their time in the kitchen gets shorter too.  Bonus, they’re saving money on groceries!  Find out more about membership here.

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New Recipe Index!

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We’ve got a new recipe index on the site!  The old one functioned, sort of, but it wasn’t visually appealing at all.  I put it together myself back in 2012.  This time, I hired professionals, who are much better at these things than I am!

This new one is so fun to look through!

You’ll find the link in the navigation bar at the top of the site.  On the main recipe index page, you’ll find links to sections for:

Clicking the Main Dish button takes you to a page where you can dive deeper:

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So if you’re looking for a particular type of recipe, you’ll find it here.

We also fixed a pesky problem with the search bar on the site.  It feels good to have a few lingering problems taken care of!  I hope it makes finding recipes easier for you.

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Here’s the kind of to-do list I’m tackling this week

Just like you, I’ve got a ton of to-do lists.  Some are jingling around in my brain.  Some are scratched on scraps of paper, stuffed deep in the bottom of my purse.  Others are carefully thought out plans that I’m really excited about working on next year.

But this week is for the fun family to-do list.  Baking, candy making, movie watching, game playing…

All done in the company of my people.

My daughter and son-in-law made it back from four months in Bolivia on Thursday night.  That corridor is long when you’re waiting to hug someone!

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My parents will be coming to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with us.  We’ll be making trips to see other family too.

We won’t have any more new content on the blog before Christmas, but there are lots and lots of recipes (7 year’s worth!) to comb through if you’re looking for inspiration.  We’re sharing some favorites on the Facebook page.

And here’s a sneak peek at one thing on the horizon – we’ll be having a great sale on Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plans coming up for new memberships.  Look for info during the week between Christmas and New Year.

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I pray you have a Merry Christmas!

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Soup and Salad of the Week – a new eBook free for you!

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I’m really excited about this new ebook I have to share with you!  We are in the midst of soup season right now.  Let’s warm up with a bowl of hot, homemade soup.  And why not pump up our veggie intake too by adding a salad.

I’ve put together all of my favorite soup recipes and paired them with salads that go perfectly with each soup.  I think you’re going to love it!

Make a big batch of soup and a giant salad and eat them for lunch all week.  Or use the recipes for dinner. Either way you’ll stay warm and healthy.

If you’re already on my email list, check your inbox because your copy is on it’s way.  If you’re not on the email list, click the image below to get a copy sent to you.

Click the image below and enter your email in the pop up box to get your FREE copy!

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Make dinner easy – Weekly Meal Plans Sale!

Almost 3000 people participated in the latest Eat at Home Challenge!  Everyone who participated had a chance to try out my favorite solution for family dinner – Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plans.  I’ve heard so many good things from folks who used the plans.

I love being able to print the grocery list and hit the store, with no more planning needed.  I stick the menu on the fridge and consult it each day, knowing I’ve got everything I need to make all of those meals.

Sale

To celebrate completing the Eat at Home Challenge, I’m running a sale on the 12 month membership for Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plans.  You can get a whole year of membership for just $50, which is only $4.16/month.  Click here for the sale code.

The sale ends Tuesday so don’t wait.

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Bear Creek Country Kitchen Soup for on the go

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Three days a week my daughter packs her lunch for school.  She’s fortunate to have use of a microwave and often takes leftovers for lunch, but sometimes her big brothers eat the leftovers for a late night snack.  That leads to many days of sandwiches, which can get old.

When Bear Creak Country Kitchens asked if I would sample their new Hearty Soup Bowls, it was great timing for us.  I knew this would add a welcome variety to the packed lunch situation.

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There are four varieties to choose from.  I especially like the Creamy Chicken with Rice.

Cheddar Broccoli – Thick and creamy broccoli soup with a blend of rich cheeses

Creamy Potato – Rich and creamy potato soup with a delicate blend of herbs and spices

Cheddar Potato – Savory cheese flavor with a blend of spices and rustic potatoes

Creamy Chicken with Rice – Rich and creamy home-style chicken soup with hearty rice

Making the soup is as easy as adding water, stirring and microwaving.  The individual bowls make packing them so easy.  They would be great to keep in the office for days that require working through lunch.  For us, they make a great “grab and go” lunch when there’s no time to pack something else.  Or when an older brother scavenged the leftovers from the night before.

Giveaway

The folks at Bear Creek are going to give one lucky Eat At Home reader a full set of the new Bear Creek Hearty Soup Bowls!  All you have to do is post a photo on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BearCreekSoups showing us what your busy day looks like.  And don’t forget to tag Eat At Home and @bearcreekfoods.  Good luck!

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Bear Creek Country Kitchens began over 20 years ago with one goal in mind: to create home-style soups that will satisfy every appetite.  Combining high-quality ingredients and a special blend of spices, Bear Creek soups are delicious and easy to prepare.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bear Creek Soups. The opinions and text are all mine.

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