Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers Recipe

I have not had Stuffed Peppers in a long time!  I kept putting off making these, because it wasn’t one of those recipes I could just dump everything in the slow cooker for.  I had to brown the meat first and I also had to cook the rice.  Big deal, right?  Well, for some reason, that makes me procrastinate.  I’ve been planning to make a weekly meal plan again, but keep procrastinating on that, too.

 

Finally, today, while I have the right kind of meat thawed, it was time.  I was finally going to do this thing.  I got it started and suddenly realized a deadline was heading my way.  I had to meet my husband in town soon…before I had a chance to get it in the slow cooker.  Thank goodness for 15 year old daughters!  They are very capable to help you when you don’t schedule your life right.  She managed to finish what I had started and get it in the slow cooker in time to cook it on high for 5 hours.  Yay Autumn (my daughter)!

 

As this recipe was cooking, my stomach started growling just smelling it all afternoon.  I wish I could bottle it up and let you smell it through your computer.  Of course, I love cooked peppers, so that is a smell that is very enjoyable to me!  In case you’re wondering, this recipe was a hit with the family!  The 1 year old, 4 year old and husband all liked it, so I think we’re on to something!

 

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

 

Ingredients:

8 large bell peppers (any colors)
2 lbs ground beef, browned, drained and rinsed
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup, cooked brown rice
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 4 oz can tomato sauce
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup mozzarella cheese (for topping)

 

Directions:

  1. Cap 8 peppers and clean out the seeds.
  2. Wash them out with cold water and set aside.
  3. Mix together all ingredients (except peppers and cheese) in a bowl.
  4. Stuff each pepper with the beef & rice mixture.
  5. Sprinkle each pepper with mozzarella cheese.
  6. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4-5.

Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions:

  • Follow instructions 1-5 above.
  • Place in freezer safe bag and freeze until the day you’re ready to cook them.
  • You can cook from frozen, but add an extra hour cooking time.

 

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers REcipe

 

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How You Can Build a Blog to Help Pay Your Bills!

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you about how you can build a blog to make extra income.  When I first got into monetizing my blog, I was doing it for the purpose of trying to make enough money to pay some of our monthly bills and to have some extra spending money.  A friend of mine was making enough money each month to pay her grocery bill and had money left over.  When I learned what she was doing, I was determined to do the same thing!  And guess what?  I was successful!   We have a large family with 9 people in it.  Life is not cheap for us!  I was so excited to learn that you could make money from being online and writing about the things you’re passionate about.   (You can read more of my blogging story here, if you missed it.)

 

Blogging for Groceries

 

I remember when I first started my website, I was shocked at how much knowledge you need to have in order to monetize a blog.  It can be downright overwhelming!!  Thankfully, I had a dear friend who was willing to take me by the hand and help me with my questions and decisions along the way.  She was great at challenging me to take action and she answered so many of my questions.  It took me a while to figure out where to go when I didn’t want to bother her, but I finally figured out many places that I could go in order to increase my knowledge.  I crave blogging knowledge.  I’m constantly reading or listening to podcasts all about the subject.

 

Because I’m always being asked how to make money blogging and there was enough interest from the readers on my site, I’ve decided to proceed with making a 3 month class about how to build and monetize your own website.  If you have ever considered building an income by starting a blog or website, this is the class for you!!  In the class, you will learn so many things!

 

Blogging for Grocery Money Ecourse

 

You Will Learn:

  • How to get started building a website in the best way possible, eliminating mistakes and growing as quickly as possible.  (These are the tips that I wish someone had taught me!)
  • How to choose a profitable niche for you.
  • How to know what you should be writing about.
  • How to know the best way to name your blog so that search engines will find it.
  • How to install WordPress on your own hosting account.    
  • How to get your first 500 subscribers.  
  • How to get sponsors to pay you to tell your readers about their products.
  • Where to get sponsors from.
  • How to make money (in detail!)
  • How to build traffic and grow your audience and pageviews.
  • How to track your traffic so you know what’s doing well and what’s not.
  • How often to post.
  • How to promote your blog.
  • How to reach your target audience.  
  • How to stay on track and keep focused.  
  • How to build an editorial calendar so that you always know what you should be writing.  
  • How much money you can expect to make at certain blogging stages. 
  • How to know if your interests are too broad for your blog. 
  • How to build a social media following and know how often to post on these platforms.
  • Where to get pictures.
  • How to skip the amateur picture phase and make your blog post pictures look amazing.
  • And More!

 

 

Who Should Take this Course?

  • Anyone who is interested in building an income that you can run from anywhere.
  • Students –  (I plan to use this as a homeschool course for my teenage daughter to learn how to make money from blogging.  She desires to be an entrepreneur and I want to dump what is currently residing in my brain into hers, so this is one way that I’ll be able to do that!).
  • Stay at Home Moms –  If you would love to supplement your income, but you don’t want to have to put kids in day care or maybe you’re homeschooling them and have them with you all day, then this is a perfect opportunity for you.  You can write about the things you love and learn how to make money doing it!
  • Working Parents – I know you’re busy, because you’ve been at work all day, but…maybe you don’t like your job?  Maybe you’d prefer to be a stay at home mom, but just can’t afford it.  Start building a blog in your spare time, so eventually you CAN afford to stay home.  Maybe you’re a dad who would like a career change.  You can do this!

 

If you are looking for a get rich quick answer though, don’t buy this course!  While you can make money within the first several months, it won’t be a lot.  I literally remember making 1 cent a day on my Adsense ads and being excited that at least something was adding up.  It wasn’t much, but it meant the ball was starting to roll.  And believe me, it does start to roll.  I went from making pennies, to dollars to hundreds of dollars each month.  As long as you do the things I teach you, I wouldn’t be surprised if you were making $1,000 to $2,000 within 2 years.  Can I promise that?  No.  It all depends on how hard you work, what your topic is that you’re writing about and how fast you’re able to build your audience.  Every single blogger is different.  We all have different stories.

 

Generally, you have to take the time to build your audience before you can expect to see significant income.  For me, it was a good 2 years before I made a steady, predictable income.  This was in part because I did not listen to people when they told me what I needed to be doing. It was also partly because I had to build the traffic.  It takes time to compile enough blog posts that Google will use to send traffic your way.  It takes time to build  your subscribers up.  Once you do it though, it’ll be like a snowball rolling down a hill.  It will slowly pick up momentum and you will realize that you have many more possibilities.

 

How Will the Class Work?

Each week, you will receive 1-2 video lessons covering the topics mentioned above.  You will receive access to the videos in a members only area on my site that will be password protected.  Each week, I will give you an assignment to complete.  You will also be added to a secret Facebook group, where you can feel free to ask questions as we go, making sure that your experience is an individualized one where you can get answers from someone who has been there.

 

What Will I Need?

  • Domain & Hosting.  You should plan to purchase your own domain name and hosting for your website.  The hosting can be as much as $9.99 per month depending on the company you decide to go with, and would be considered your first business expense.  I can walk you through how to set this up in one of our first class videos.  While you can use a free hosting site, like Blogger, you will have better success monetizing your site and getting Google traffic to it if you have a self-hosted website.  (I started on a free server and had to move over soon after I started…and immediately saw a big difference).
  • A computer with internet access – You need to be able to type easily and watch videos from an internet connection.
  • General computer confidence.  If computers completely overwhelm you, you may need to hire someone to set up your blog.  While I intend to walk you through how to buy a domain name and hosting and also how to install WordPress, I will not be your technical gal to figure out anything that went wrong.  If you’re OK with figuring it out as you go, then you should be golden.  There can be problems along the way, and it will be your responsibility to figure it out.  If I can answer questions about those problems, I’ll be happy to, but I will not be able to log into your website to help you troubleshoot.

 

Sign up for Class Here:

 

To join this amazing class of blogging entrepreneurs, it will cost you $37 per month for 3 months OR a one time payment of $97.  Let me tell you, this is a steal!  Others are charging anywhere from $300 to $1000 for a course similar to this.  I will likely be raising the price in the future, so if you are thinking about doing this, be sure to get in before the price goes up!

Pay Once – and Save $14!  Sign up for the one time payment below:

One Time – $97!!


 

Or you can pay once a month for 3 months, at $37 per month!


$37 Per Month for 3 Months!



If you sign up, you will be added to the Facebook group by September 8, 2015, when the first video will also be posted.  The class will last a total of 3 months and will end on December 8, 2015.  You will cotinue to have access to the Facebook group until the end of December 2015 to ask any additional questions you may have.  Because you may need them for a while to refer back to, I will continue to provide access to the videos forever.  If I decide to take them down due to inactivity or changes on my own website, you will be notified by the provided email, so that you can download them to your own computer.  If you still have questions, feel free to email me at sidetrackedsarah@gmail.com.

 

 


5 Steps To Keep My Mornings as Stress Free as Possible

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jimmy Dean®. The opinions and text are all mine.

5 Ways to Keep My Mornings as Stress Free as Possible

Even though I don’t work outside of the home, you should see my to-do list.  I have taken on: a blogging business, homeschooling  5 of my 7 children (one is graduated, yay!) as well as just keeping everyone fed and the house looking halfway decent.  It can be hard to wrap my brain around!  Just this morning, I was texting my to-do list to my husband as he was reminding me of more that I had to do.  I got overwhelmed quickly!!
It’s times like these, that I like to have a plan in place.  Keep in mind, I’m not really a “plan” type of person.  I like to wing it.  But, as I get older and have more things to do, I’m finding that if I plan things a little better, I’ll be happier.  I know some of you already do this, but the rest of you, if you’re sidetracked like me, this is how you can sign up for a little less stress in your life.

My Plan to Keep My Mornings Flowing & Stress-Free

 

  1. Look at your Calendar Weekly – Every weekend, I take a moment to review my calendar.  I check to see if there’s any appointments that I need to take note of and I make sure to make any adjustments to my daily schedule that I need to.  I know this should be a given, but several years ago I’d never even think to do this….so now it’s a part of my regular routine.
  2. Schedule all appointments on the same day if possible. – Speaking of appointments, be sure to have a general day that you try to  keep your appointments on and schedule as many as possible on the same day so that you’re not out of the house or running like crazy too much.
  3. Make a Daily To-Do List, Prioritize the top 3 things you need done.  OR Make a Daily Schedule and stick to it!  I’ve been wanting to be a strict scheduled person for years.  It hasn’t worked for me yet, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try again this year.  If I don’t do the full schedule, I’ll go with the daily to-do list.  In addition to helping my kids through their school days, I always work towards goals that I need done around the home as well.  Depending on our school load and how much they are able to work on their own that particular day, is how large my to-do list is.  Some days it feels like I get nothing done, other days, I get a ton done.
  4. Lay out Your Clothes the Night Before – I do this one more for my husband than for myself, but when I know I’ll be in a time crunch I do it for me, too.  He has been known to wake me up, in a rush, complaining that we have no clean socks or underwear.  I can often drum up one clean pair, but I really like laying his clothes out for him, so I know he won’t wake me up in a panic the next morning.  Yes, he can do this himself, but his personality at home isn’t really one to do this on a regular basis, so I try to do it.  Do I always?  No…but it’s a goal.  Sometimes this requires staying up and doing a load of laundry.  That’s why it’s a good thing to start laying your clothes out about an hour or two before bed time, that way you can get anything into the washer that you’ll need for the following day if you happen to be a bit scatter brained on the laundry (like me).
  5. Only Cook One Meal Per Day.  Seriously.  I don’t cook breakfast or lunch, even though I’m a stay at home mom.  It creates more dishes and more work.  I do feed them though, don’t worry!  LOL.  When I’m in a pinch, I’ll throw out some fruit or veggies or sandwiches, but when we need a change and I want to make sure we have protein, sometimes I’ll rely on foods we can cook in the microwave quickly, like Jimmy Dean® and State Fair® to provide me some easy to serve options.

 

Jimmy Dean at Walmart

 

State Fair® at Walmart

 

 

Recently, we went to Walmart where I always shop for my Back to School conveniences and found the Jimmy Dean® Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissant Sandwiches.  They made a great (and delicious, too!), quick breakfast for the kids.

Jimmy Dean® Sandwich

 

For lunches or after school snacks, we’ll use the State Fair® Corn Dogs, for a quick option.

 

Corn Dog

 

Here’s an extra fun tip for you.  This little tidbit isn’t exactly related to busy mornings, but another thing I like to do is when we go to the local community’s carnival and don’t want to spend money on the food stands, we will cook a bunch of State Fair® corndogs and wrap them in foil.  We will walk around with our corndogs that we paid a whole lot less for than everyone else out there.  It’s one way that we save money with our large family of 9!

Do you have a plan to make your morning routines a little more smooth?  Tell me about it in the comments below!