Couch to 5K

So my husband and I are not the healthiest individuals.  I’m fat (although, I’d get the ‘no you’re not’ look from him if he knew I said that).  Anyway, I found a work out plan that is geared to people who are couch potatoes.  It’s called the Couch to 5K program.  

We’re going to start it on Monday.  I’m going to try and keep up with the blogging and talk about my results.  I’ve got a calorie calculator on my tablet.  I’m going to try and watch what I eat.  Starting next month, we’re going to try and change the diet of the house to a natural food diet.  Staying away from processed food.  I will post how that is going as well.  


Hello Again

I missed posting yesterday.  I was working on editing a book.  I also unpublished one of my previously published books because it needs major corrections.  Wow — major corrections!  

I need to update my post from the other day.  The bulk cooking one.  I only cooked down 10 #’s of ground beef and ended up with 7#’s of meat to use.  Which means there was 3#’s of fat in that meat!!!  Wow!  

Yesterday, I made spaghetti w/ three pounds of the cooked meat (6 cans of sauce).  I ended up using two pots to cook it all.  One we demolished last night, the other I put in the freezer for baked spaghetti later in the month.  

The menu planning is going well.  It’s nice I can just say check the calendar when the kids ask me what’s for dinner.  

Talked to a fellow author the other day and she was suggesting marketing strategies.  I’m thinking about making flavored cooking oils and sugar/salt scrubs and naming them after my characters.  Not sure of yet, but I’m thinking about it!

Bulk Cooking

So while I was making my meatballs, I also cooked about twelve pounds of ground beef to go in the freezer (after cooked at drained probably about 9-10#).  Again ten people so, jumbo sizes!

I split it up into three bags.

Out of these three bags, I end up with six meals!

Bag One: (4 # cooked weight)

1. Spaghetti.  This is my husband’s favorite food, we eat this at least once a month and I always make a lot of it.

2. Baked Spaghetti/Lasagna/Some kind of spaghetti casserole.

Bag Two (4 # cooked weight)

3. Tacos — ground beef, taco seasoning (homemade or store bought), refried beans

4. Chili — leftover taco meat, chili seasoning, kidney beans, black beans, chili beans (any kind of beans you’d like to add work)

5. Chili Mac — leftover chili, macaroni and cheese (homemade or store bought)

Bag Three: (1-2 # cooked weight)

6.  Some kind of Soup/Stew: Veggie Beef, Beef Stew, etc.

Swedish Meatballs

New recipe.  I looked up the original recipe on  Had to make it my own though and deal with what I had on hand.  Anyway, it turned out really well.  Remember we have ten people (4 adults, six kids ranging in ages from 1-13) living in our house, so when I cook, I tend to cook for an army!

Swedish Meatballs



3# Ground Beef

2# Country Sausage w/Sage

1 cup of bread crumbs (plain)

2 eggs

¾ cup milk

2 T fresh parsley

2 T Worcestershire sauce

1 t black pepper

2 T Oregano

1 T Garlic Pepper (no salt variety)


½ c margarine/butter

¾ c all-purpose flour

3 beef bouillon cubes

1 t paprika

1 t black pepper

1 cup sour cream

½ c milk

1 ½ c hot water

Mix ground beef, sausage, bread crumbs, eggs, milk parsley, Worcestershire sauce, and spices together in a large bowl.  Roll into meatballs.  Bake at 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.

While meatballs are cooking make sauce.  In a saucepan, melt butter, add paprika, pepper, bouillon cubes, and flour.  Mix well.  Add hot water first (preferably a little at a time). Mix well. Add milk, mix again.  Add sour cream, mix a final time.  Let simmer until meatballs are done (I did about five minutes).  When meat balls are done, use a slotted spoon so most of the grease stays on the pan.  Add meatballs to the sauce. Simmer about ten-fifteen minutes.  

Grocery Shopping

So I’m starting out slow on the meal planning idea!  Our big meal is dinner, so that’s the one I’m planning.  We’ve got six kids in the house now, so breakfast is mostly cereal (Dollar General has good deals on generic cereal!).  

Anyway, I was surprised when I made out the grocery list last night how short it was!  We have a local grocery store about ten miles from us that does fresh cut meat so that’s where we buy most of our meat.  We got some pretty good deals (can’t beat $2.79/$2.99 for Ground Chuck!)

I’ve got all the dinner meals listed on the calendar.  Hopefully, it all works out well.  I’ll let you know how it turns out at the end of the month!


Hey all!

Okay, so my goal is to post once a day!  Not sure what it will be, but I’m going to do my best to post once a day!

We’re going to start out with some general information.  

I’ve got five books available through Amazon.  If you click on the link, even if you have no intention of reading my books at least like my page.  Here’s a link to my Author Page:

I’m @saraepreston on Twitter if anyone wants to follow me there.  Not on that often, but maybe I’ll start to check it.  

Here’s my author’s page on Facebook to like as well: