Make Your Evenings Easier

During the day, I tend to work on my online store and take some breaks to fold laundry, bake muffins,or  go for a walk so that I don’t get bored and don’t sit in one position too long.

I try to have everything that I need done right away accomplished before my daughter comes home from school.  Some days, I reach my goal and other days I fall short and those tasks get pushed to the next day.  I usually work until about 4 PM and then stop so I can start getting dinner ready, and help her with her piano practice and homework.

One thing that I like to do that has made my life a whole lot easier is once my little one is settled in bed for the night I get any items that were paid for in the afternoon or evening packaged and labels printed so that they’re in my bin and waiting by the front door to be put on the porch in the morning.
I used to leave it and ship in the morning, but a lot times, there would be sales over night or payments made over night and pretty soon what was 4 or 5 packages last night is now 8 or 10 in the morning.  This way, I have the ones that are paid for that evening ready to go and in the morning I just have a few to ship out and I can get right to work on my agenda for the day.   I find that it makes the next morning a whole lot smoother, and I go to bed knowing that all of my shipping is done for now.

Here’s something else that has made my life a whole lot easier.

A few weekends ago, I was at Lizzie’s house and we were working on eBay listings together while the kiddos were out playing.  We decided to make nachos for dinner.  I was busy listing and Lizzie told me that she was going to make the meat and use her own seasoning, not a taco seasoning packet.

We built our nachos and I started eating mine.  ”I thought you weren’t going to use a seasoning packet.”  I commented.  ”I didn’t.” said Lizzie……I looked at her (It sure tasted like she had)…….you could have fooled me.

First of all, I had no idea that you could make nachos or tacos and have them taste like you had used a seasoning packet without using one.  Second of all……….what have I been doing wasting money on seasoning packets all these years.  Third and best of all, Lizzie’s seasoning has NO MSG in it.  We love tacos and have used this several times since my enlightenment.  It’s good with either chicken or beef.  What would I do without my sister?

Lizzie’s Taco Seasoning:

Brown your meat and then add

2 Tb chili pd

1 Tb onion pd

1 fresh garlic clove–or 2 (I used minced garlic and it tasted just fine.)

1 Tb cumin

Lizzie says that she usually doesn’t need to add any water but you can if it looks too dry.

Stir is all up and…………..YUM!  Super easy, super cheap, and super fast.

Rachel

Lizzie