Good Cheap Eats: Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less??

I’ve been saying for months (ack!) that I need to have a big freezer cooking session, but the truth is, I’ve been living in survival mode.  I’m moving out of it, but it’s rather slow since we still have so much left to do on our new (foreclosure) house and since I took a new part-time job as Director of Children’s Ministry at our church.

Good cheap eats cookbook review

Anyway, even when you’re operating in survival mode, you still have to get meals on the table.  That’s why I was happy to be given a copy of Jessica Fisher’s new cookbook Good Cheap Eats:  Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less.  Who doesn’t want to get dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes, right?!!

I’ve already cooked five recipes from the cookbook, and we have loved them…and yes, they have been easy to prepare.  That makes me so happy!!

Good cheap eats review

One of my very favorite things about the Good Cheap Eats cookbook is the “allergen key” at the top of each recipe.  With our various food allergies, it’s helpful to know right away what is gluten-free or dairy-free, etc.

I also love that she pairs each main dish with a side dish.  I always sometimes get tired of trying to come up with side dishes, so having them paired already is a great plus.

More info about the cookbook:

In over 200 recipes, Jessica Fisher shows time-pressed cooks how they can eat remarkably well without breaking the bank. Good Cheap Eats serves up 65 two-course dinners, consisting of a main dish and a substantial side, salad, or soup, all of which take 30 minutes or less to prepare. And as a mother of six and a busy parent, she shows home cooks how to get dinner on the table quickly and inexpensively without relying on heavily processed shortcuts or artificial ingredients. Great for time-pressed couples, families with picky eaters, or singles that need a quick solution to dinner tonight, Jessica’s two-course pairings are artfully conceived and perfectly complementary.

Good Cheap Eats

Jessica has a ton of great resources to go along with the cookbook.  You can download a FREE freezer cooking plan.  Plus, you can find a monthly meal plan.  There is also a free sample if you want to see what the book is like.

How’s your menu planning going?!!


Are You on Periscope?!! I Am…Because of the Challenge Given to Me by My 11-Year-Old


So, are you on Periscope yet?  I guess it’s one of the fastest growing social media networks ever.  I have to admit, the first few times I download (and deleted) the app, I didn’t really get it…and it annoyed me.

But, it’s growing on me…and my 11-year-old daughter issued me a challenge.  She told me I HAD to do some scopes.  I told her she was crazy:

There is a reason I write a blog.  I like to think about what I’m going to say…and rewrite it…and edit it, and I can’t do that on Periscope.  Plus, I’m an introvert, I don’t like to see myself on camera, and trolls make me crazy.

But my daughter kept insisting that I had things to share with other moms, so I told her I’d think about it.

Anyway, on Monday, I decided to plunge in and just do it.  I’ve been trying to do stuff that makes me uncomfortable, because I’ve realized the only way to grow is to be stretched and do what is hard for me.  I have two scopes under my belt now, and I invite you to join and check out tomorrow’s scope (Thursday at 2 PM CT).  I’m going to be sharing 3 tips for surviving survival mode!

I’m not sure I’ll keep “scoping” once the 30 days is up, but at least I’ll have gotten out of my comfort zone…and hopefully gotten better at the whole video thing! Plus, it seems like a great way to make some new friends, and I look forward to chatting with you there!

You can follow me on the Periscope app – @stacieannnelson 

Chatbooks Review (and FREE Photobook Code)!!

Disclosure: This is not a paid review. I just found Chatbooks and love them! The code below is my referral code, but it gives you your first photobook free with the Instagram series!

Chatbooks review and discount code

Chatbooks Review

One thing I have struggled with is figuring out how to organize and print photos. I know many of my friends make photobooks, but the thought of uploading and arranging and organizing the photos in the book tires me out. I know.  I’m terribly lazy. Or overwhelmed.  Or something.

Anyway…for several years, my photos have been on my phone and nothing has been done with them.

Enter Chatbooks. This little app is easy to use. I chose to make a custom book.  I just uploaded photos from my phone in the app. It put them in order by date. I added a title to the spine and chose a cover photo. It printed one photo per page.  Voila. Done. :)

That’s my kind of photobook. Super simple.

Chatbooks review and code to get a book free

Chatbooks also has an “Instagram” series.  So, if you are over on Instagram (join me here!!), you can sign up and have a new photobook sent to you for $6 shipped after every 60 photos you post!  (If you post some inspirational quotes or other random photos like I do, you can simply delete them from the book, and only include the photos you want.)

Chatbooks Free Book Discount Code

What I love about Chatbooks:

  • Super SIMPLE!!
  • All books are the same size (great for stacking on a bookshelf or displaying on an end table)
  • Puts photos in chronological order
  • Includes one photo on each page
  • You can choose to include a caption (or not)

Special FREE Chatbooks Code

If you want to give Chatbooks a try, I have a special code for you!  Now, this only works when you subscribe to the Instagram series, but it’s a great way to try it out!  Use the code Z2FPLV9A to get a COMPLETELY free book – you don’t even have to pay shipping!!


Make Over Your Mornings: 14-Day Course As Low As $5 (6/2 ONLY)

Do you struggle with mornings?  Wake up feeling stressed before the day even begins?  I understand…because some days are like that!  I’ve found it pretty effective to implement a MWG/MWM each morning.  It simply means “meet with God, meet with me”!  It’s a time to spend time in God’s Word and pray, review what needs to be done, get in some exercise, and get the day started in a calm and centered way.

I learned some other great ideas about the importance of a morning routine from my friend, Crystal, several years ago.  She is sharing these and many more in her brand-new 14-day course called Make Over Your Mornings

You don’t want to miss the launch of this new course, because you can get it for as low as $5 (reg. $17)!

The Rock-Bottom Launch Sale Prices for Make Over Your Mornings:

  • 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. ET on June 2, 2015 – just $5!!
  • 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET – just $7
  • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET – only $10
  • 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET – only $13

More info about the course:

You’ll learn how to…

  • Develop a morning routine and before bed routine that actually works—and that sets you up for amazing success!
  • Streamline your morning tasks so that the biggest priorities are accomplished first.
  • Learn how to make to-do lists that support your day, instead of strangle your life.
  • Create realistic, but stretching goals and then follow through with them.
  • Discover the power of accountability and how to implement it into your life.
  • Establish internal and external motivations to create perseverance in your new routines.
  • Find time to refuel your tank and make space in your day for things you love.
  • Experience much more focus, organization, and clarity in your daily life.

When you purchase this course, you’ll get immediate access to all of the following:

  • 14 high-quality videos with motivational encouragement from me — one for each day of the course.
  • A behind-the-scenes peek into our everyday home and lives via short video clips throughout the course.
  • A comprehensive workbook with 14 chapters filled with practical ideas and inspirational encouragement.
  • Daily projects to guide you on your 14-day journey and help you implement and apply what you learned from the daily video and chapter.
  • Printable worksheets to walk you step-by-step through some of the projects and motivate you to follow through.
  • Additional links and resources for each day, if you’d like to dig deeper on a subject.

The course videos and materials can be accessed via any desktop computer, laptop computer, smartphone, or mobile device. You can choose to print the workbook or download it to your computer or phone.

This course is self-paced and you have lifetime access to all course downloads. You can begin it at any time and you can go at your own pace!


Check out more details about the Make Over Your Mornings course here!