Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Make Mealtime Quick and Easy with Eckrich Deli Meat

Tracking Pixel Thank you to Eckrich Deli Meat for sponsoring this post and helping us have a quick and easy mealtime! 

Life gets busy and for us right now, with J in grade school and M starting her second year of pre-school, it's busy for us! Back to school time gets pretty hectic with the schedule change and sometimes, by dinner, it leaves me not wanting to cook or in a hurry to put something on the table so that we can spend more time together as a family, find time to do homework, or so Trevon and I can make it to our various meetings on time in the evenings.  For the really busy nights, I usually plan quick and easy meals that are easy to get on the table and easy to clean up. Eckrich Deli Meat has made some of those meals even easier, and I wanted to share a couple of those meals with you today.

The first one is a super easy pasta salad! This can be a great side dish for a dinner, or by adding Eckrich Ham, it can be a really quick and filling lunch!

Here is what you'll need:

1/4 lb Eckrich Cooked Ham (classic ham taste), I asked the Walmart Deli to cut it about 1/2 inch thick so that I could cube it.
1/2 box pasta
1/4 cup chopped red pepper
1/4 cup chopped carrot
1/4 cup diced onion
1 4 oz can sliced olives
1/4 cup diced cheddar cheese
1 cup mayo
1/8 cup Italian dressing
1 Tbs. mustard

Bring your salted water to a boil and add the pasta. While that is cooking, chop up your ham and vegetables. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and let it cool. Meanwhile, mix your mayo, dressing, and mustard.  In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until everything is coated with the dressing.

I love serving this as a side for a quick easy dinner, but I also love having it for my lunch or sending it to school with J for lunch.  It's easy to make, easy to store in individual containers, and it travels well!

Another super easy meal to make with Eckrich Ham are these fancy meat and cheese platters all over the internet. It took me a while to actually give it a try because I'm not fancy, but I'm glad we finally did!

I love making these meat and cheese platters for an after-school snack. It's a better option for my kids (and myself) to snack on instead of the junk food that we would normally reach for. Because we’ve added Eckrich Deli Meat to these boards, this snack is easily turned into a lunch. It ends up being the perfect picnic lunch too because it travels so easily!

Don't you just love when it when you find a lunch recipe that is quick and easy and still has all you need to feed your family (even the picky ones)? I think lunch is probably my least favorite meal to make because we are always rushing to get it on the table and everyone wants something different and it ends up being un-filling so they are hungry an hour later. I love these platters because they are super easy to make, they look pretty to display in a way that doesn't require a lot of effort, and it was incredibly easy to pick all of the ingredients up in the deli section at Walmart!

What I used for my cheese board:

Eckrich Ham Off the Bone (gets its premium flavor from its own natural juices)
Smoked Gouda
Cheddar Cheese
Garlic and Herb Spreadable Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Cut cheese slices and fruit. Place everything on a serving tray. Enjoy. It's literally that easy to make this and it's so filling.

Pick up some freshly sliced Eckrich deli meat at your local Walmart deli today!

Thank you to Eckrich Deli Meat, who sponsored this post. All opinions are my own.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Cabin Fire and Family Wedding

Those of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook saw that it was a pretty crazy weekend for us with a ton of emotional ups and downs. Because so much happened, and it's real life stuff, I wanted to share about it. If not for anything else, for my own journaling purposes. Some of these details are little blurry/confusing and may not be 100% right, but it's how I understand things happened.  If you're sick of seeing all my posts about the Pole Creek Fire, please feel free to move ahead. :)

Since before I was born, my grandparents have owned a big piece of land up in the canyon.  It used to be a lot bigger piece of land, but little by little my grandparents decided to sell off some of it. We still own quite a bit but not a whole mountain (literally). We have had some fires that were close calls, but last Thursday was the worst one yet.

What started out as a small fire from a lightning strike, which the forest service made the decision that they would let it run its course (as at the time it wasn't threatening anyone or anything and that's nature!) exploded overnight as the winds picked up. My grandpa went up to set the sprinklers and get irreplaceable things packed up.  A couple of my cousins and a family friend who is also a fire chief (that is an amazing story by its self, but later) showed up to help him.  The fire spread quickly and then I got a video that scared me so bad I almost couldn't even function. The fire had come right up to our bunkhouse.

This is a screen shot of the clip that they sent us.

Because we don't get great cell service at the cabin and I wasn't there, it's hard to know exactly how things happened. But from what I was understanding the fire was spreading fast and I expected that we weren't going to be very lucky. I reached out to my ward family and my in-laws for prayers (my own family had already been praying). Most all of our neighbors know my family in one way or another and know how much this special place means to us.

Later that night, the family that was up at the cabin texted us to let us know that they were stuck up there. The roads were all closed and there wouldn't be any way out at this point. The good news was that it seemed that the fire wouldn't be a threat anymore. So the praying continued. We were already filling very blessed because none of our buildings had been harmed! Even the bunkhouse that seemed like we would lose.

Early the next morning, another text came in that said overnight those still at the cabin had put the fire out "on our mountain".  They had stayed up all night fighting off the fire until it was completely extinguished in our area!

1 week before the fire

Trevon's brother was getting married that day, so as we were getting ready for the wedding, text messages were coming in about the fire. Pictures of the damage, more information about when they could come home etc.

I tried to calm my mind and my heart so that I could be involved in the wedding. We put our phones away and enjoyed our time together with the Albertson side. When we got out of the wedding and checked our phones, more pictures were coming in. One thing was apparent, and that was just how blessed we were in this. The fire had come right up to our fence line and stopped. It burned all the way around us, but thanks to the big green lawn we have (and all the prayers and faith) nothing had been destroyed.

A huge sigh of thankful relief! And I was finally able to relax and fully enjoy the rest of the wedding day!

We enjoyed lots of ice cream and brownies.

Apparently, I still have the appetite of a child.

J was cold the whole time so she kept trying to warm up by the candles.

We danced, and the kids played and ran around and everyone was excited and happy and relieved.

We were exhausted by night time and no one had a hard time sleeping that night.

If you've read this far, thank you! I hope you all have a great day and we will talk again soon!