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  • 2015 Handprint Calendar Printable
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    Family Dinners on a Weeknight
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Baked Oatmeal

One of our make ahead breakfast dishes is baked oatmeal. It has a little protein with the eggs mixed in and it bakes to a  custard like consistency. I make it when we have company, especially in the winter. My child care kids really enjoy it for breakfast or morning snack too.

Make Ahead Oatmeal

baked oatmeal recipe

It takes just minutes to mix together and pour into a pan. It’s a sweet oatmeal so you might want to use less sugar. This is a keeper of a recipe!

Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups, milk (I used 1%), 2 eggs or egg substitute, 2 tsp. vanilla, 2 cups quick cooking oats (or 2 1/2 ups old fashioned), 1/3 cup white sugar, 1/3 c brown sugar, 1/4 tsp salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Spray an 8" baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Mix ingredients well.
  4. Pour into baking dish.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until center just jiggles lightly.
  6. Oatmeal can be prepared the night before and refrigerated until morning.
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DIY Back to School Marker Wreath #inspirestudents #teacherschangelives #PMedia #ad

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Make this colorful DIY Back to School Marker Wreath for the teacher with a marker assortment from Office Max.

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I don’t know about you, but I like to get to know my son’s teacher. What better way to start than to ply he or she with gifts! He’s a good student, but it all helps! Ha.

DIY Back to School Marker Wreath

Supplies:

  • 12″ Floral & Craft Ring
  • Burlap ribbon
  • markers – I used Expo Neon Window Markers, 80′s Glam Sharpies & Mr. Sketch scented markers
  • Hot glue
  • Removeable Glue Dots
  • Ribbon, choice of decorative accessories

I shopped Office Max for a great assortment of markers to use for my marker wreath project. Office Max is a great place to get all of your school supplies with great back to school pricing and savings.

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This project is intended to be used as unique teacher gift or back to school DIY/craft for teachers so the markers are usable. Forty-one markers in all!

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First I started wrapping and gluing the burlap ribbon onto the wreath base.

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There. It’s all wrapped. Now to add some bright colors!

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I started laying the markers out in the order I wanted them. I grouped like colors together, lighter to darker. The Sharpies were my base and then I worked in the Mr. Sketch Markers and the Expo Neon Markers.

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To attach the markers, I used two removable Glue Dots on each pen. While this worked quite well, I discovered a small amount of hot glue holds them even better and they are still removable and usable. I’d recommend using a little hot glue to adhere the markers but apply it below the caps so the caps don’t inadvertently get glued on! There may be a little hot glue to peel off the pens but it comes off easily enough.

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Finish up with a few decorative pieces like a wood cutout apple, a canvas banner or clip-on mini chalkboard.

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 “♥ to learn” banner – what teacher wouldn’t like the sound of that?

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Ta-da! A marker wreath!

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Check out these savings to pick up your markers while supplies last for back to school:

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Savings at Office Max

  • Save $5 Off your purchase of $20 or more on Select Newell Rubbermaid Brands (PaperMate, Expo Neon Window Markers, Sharpie, Uni-Ball, & Mr. Sketch) while supplies last
  • Weekly savings from (Aug 24-30): Select PaperMate Flair 4pk’s:  $4, Sharpie 12CT Asst Fine & Ultra Fine Asst: $6, Sharpie Dozen Box Black Fine & Ultra Fine: $6  while supplies last

Office Max also has a rewards program so be sure to sign up!

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Back to School Pencil Wreath

One of my goals this year is to make new wreaths for my front door, so naturally, a Back to School wreath is needed! Due to having a child care center in my home, I have may people coming to the front door each day. I want it to be attractive and inviting. Plus, I crave the creative aspect of making a project like this.

Back to School Pencil Wreath

Back to School Pencil Wreath

Supplies:

  • Floral & Craft base, 12″
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Pencils, 80 shown (currently .97/20 at Walmart)
  • Hot glue & glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Felt
  • mini chalkboard or other decorative items

Directions:

Wrap and glue burlap onto wreath base.

marker wreath

Then start gluing pencils around wreath, spacing them as you go. This is not the easiest, in my experience. Mine is not perfect, like this one, but if perfect is what you’re looking for, I’m not claiming to offer it! The inner and outer circles are hard to get even. Maybe it’s my lack of patience?  Anyway, I like it!

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To make the felt roses I followed this tutorial on Linden & Lace. Love that, Linden for a boy’s name.

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My bow was made slightly based on this post at Tidbits & Twine. Oh dear, the hot glue really shows up in the picture but it’s not noticeable and of course comes right off.

My mini chalkboard in the center was in a pack of 3 from Target and the mini clip-on chalkboard was a purchase from Pick Your Plum.

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A fun way to celebrate back to school!

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Pick ‘n Save Week Night Recipes for Back to School #shop #MyPicknSave #cbias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinion are  mine alone.

Summer is quickly coming to an end and back to school time is upon us.  If you’re like me, you don’t want to think about it, but now is the time to prepare for those busy week nights ahead! Start planning ahead with Pick ‘n Save, a Wisconsin Grocery store, to  make those busy days a little easier.

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#MyPicknSave #shop #cbias Pick 'n Save Meat Dept

I shopped #MyPicknSave with #CollectiveBias to share a few healthy and yummy ideas to feed your family on the go. Pick ‘n Save stores have all the fresh meat you need. Ahh, the soup aisle-I love how organized it is!

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One of our favorite make ahead meals is Ham Balls. It’s perfect for fall! This recipe makes a large batch of meatballs so you can freeze half and use them later. Since there’s just three of us, we can easily split this into three meals and still have left overs for lunches. These meatballs are a little sweet and savory. It’s a bit of an unusual combination to add graham crackers to ham and beef, but believe me, they’re great! We love them with cheesy hash brown casserole or cheesy potatoes (diced, boiled and then pour over a homemade cheese sauce).

#MyPicknSave #shop #cbias Ham Balls Recipe

This recipe uses ground ham. I’ve used all different pieces, but I find this type of ham is cost effective and has good flavor. I have a meat grinder so I grind my own (it takes just minutes) but if you don’t have one, just ask at the Pick ‘n Save meat counter to have it ground while you shop.

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Mix ground meat together with crushed graham crackers, eggs and milk to make meat balls.

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The sauce is a mixture of tomato soup, brown sugar, vinegar and dry mustard. Sooo good!

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Serve with potatoes or rice. Add a salad or steam some vegetables as a side. Excellent for a fall family dinner! So much better than going out or grabbing a pizza.

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Ham Balls

20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 40-50 meatballs

Ham Balls

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ham ground
  • 2 lbs beef ground
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • BBQ Sauce
  • 2 cans tomato soup do not dilute
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups brown sugar or less, 2 cups is a lot
  • 2 tsp dry mustard

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine ground ham, ground beef, graham cracker crumbs, eggs and milk.
  3. Shape into balls using a cookie scoop.
  4. Bake uncovered in a 9 x 13 pan for 1 hour. You will need more than one pan if baking all the ham balls. Consider baking half and freezing the rest to bake later.
  5. Combine sauce ingredients.
  6. Bake ham balls for 1/2 hour. Then pour sauce over the ham balls and finish baking.

Notes

You can grind your own meat if you have a grinder.Also ask at the meat counter for the meat to be ground while you wait.

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Tips for Prepping Food For Back to School

  • Hard boil eggs: They can be kept in the refrigerator all week for a quick breakfast, snack or a protein for lunch. Add to a salad or make an egg salad sandwich.
  • Brown your hamburger when you return from the grocery store. It’s easier to brown when it’s fresh. Divide into freezer bags and it’s ready to add to a casserole, a spaghetti sauce or add seasoning for tacos.
  • Make hamburger patties or turkey patties and freeze.
  • When you make pancakes, waffles or french toast make a double batch and freeze half for quick breakfasts. Even kids can pop them into the toaster or microwave.
  • Make oatmeal ahead of time. Split into single servings and refrigerate. A dish will warm up quickly in the morning in the microwave and it tastes so much better than instant (healthier too).
  • Egg muffins make a healthy breakfast.
  • Cook extra rice and freeze it.
  • Whatever dish you’re making, make double and freeze half.
  • Each time you grocery shop, get extra ingredients for one dish you can make ahead and freeze.
  • What freezes well?  Soup, meatballs, casseroles, slow cooker meals, chili.
  • Keep a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables (or frozen) on hand to add to snacks or meals. Sides do not have to be fancy.

More Tried & True Freezer Recipes

Make your list and go to Pick ‘n Save for all your meal and snack prep for Back to School!

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