Minute Meals: Beef Noodle Mix Up

By now I'm sure most of you have seen the infomercials on tv for the  Power Pressure Cooker XL.  My stepmom, knowing how much I like to cook and how little time I have to do it, gave me one as a present a year or so ago.

I have to say I love it!  I know it's kind of a cheesy kitchen gadget, but seriously I love it!

Last night, we had very little in the house to eat; leftover steak, staple pantry items, etc.  So what did I do?  I threw it all in the cooker!  15 minutes later we had a great meal!

Here's the recipe...

Minute Meals:  Beef Noodle Mix Up

Leftover Steak  (whatever you've got, throw it in!)
1 Can Mushroom Soup
1 14.5 oz Can Petite Diced Tomatoes
1 Pkg Egg Noodles (I used "No Yolks" brand, fine noodles)
2 Cups Beef Broth

Dump in all ingredients, and set pressure cooker for 15 minutes.  Once cooked, let stand 10 minutes.  Salt and pepper to taste.

It made enough to feed my family of three, plus leftovers.

You could add other things to this recipe to make it even more flavorful.  Like Lipton Beefy Onion Soup mix, for example.  This just happened to be what I had on hand.

Daiso Haul Video Upload

Yesterday I made the trek over to the Carrollton Daiso Japan store.  I got there as soon as they opened the doors, and as usual, they were packed with people.  I managed to get a few things that I was looking for, and a few more things that I couldn't live without.

Even though I'm currently struggling with a massive cold (you can actually hear me gasping for breath), I wanted to go ahead and show you some of the great stuff I picked up there.

Check out the haul video below!

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Mom Bucks For Daily Chores

Mom Bucks is an idea from the movie, Diary of Wimpy Kid:  Rodrick Rules, that our family has taken and tweaked for our own needs.  Here's a clip of that movie, and how they used Mom Bucks.

Last year we started using Mom Bucks as an incentive to get our son, Jack, to do his chores and earn an allowance.  We had a list of chores and for each one he did he could get a Mom Buck.  We printed out play money, like the ones in the movie, and as he earned his "bucks" he could turn tthem in for real money once a week.

Well...that lasted about a month.

It was so confusing!

It seemed like I was constantly handing him bucks.  Then, between my husband, Tom, and I, I think we over paid him on several occasions.  We would come to the end of the week, and it would be like paying off a hotel bill.  A buck for this, a buck for that.  The bucks just kept adding up to some insane total!  We scrapped the whole thing.

We have recently decided to start up the Mom Buck thing again.  This time around we are not using play money, but instead a chart that can be marked off as the chores have been completed.  It seems to be going really well.  Jack likes the program, and Tom and I can keep track of what he has done.

Here's our Mom Buck Rules and Chore Tracker to give you some ideas of how this could be implemented into your own routine.

Download a Blank Chore Tracker here for FREE!


Hello Everyone!

My Name is Lori Woody {aka Blonde Diva} and I am the editor in chief of Blonde Diva!  I am a native of Texas, and currently reside in Fort Worth with my husband and grade-school-aged son.  I am a full-time wife, full-time mom, full-time employee...and a did I mention cub scout leader?  Whew...  That's a lot on my plate!

I have been blogging since 2004, and have had multiple iterations of Blonde Diva. Originally it was a digital scrapbook for concerts that I attended and musician I met.  I am a huge fan of hard rock and I was very active in the live music scene for many years.  As time progressed, home life became more important, so that fell to the wayside and Blonde Diva the Mommy Blog was born.  Yeah, well, I'm over that too.

Currently, I am focused on being the best I can be in this hectic life I live.  Through this blog I want to share my story, my loves, my successes, and my failures.  I hope you as a reader will find something enjoyable, and maybe even useful, that you can take from this blog to use in your own life.

Thank you for visiting!

I wish you a wonderful 2016!