The Confident Mom Empowering Moms - Strengthening Families - Embracing God's Design Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:44:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Free Holiday Meal Plan from eMeals Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Free Holiday Meal Plan from eMeals is a post from: The Confident Mom


I just printed out my Thanksgiving meal plan compliments of eMeals!!  I love the ease of having these special menu plans available so I don’t have to search – it’s all done for me!

Join eMeals During November and December and Get a Holiday Plan for Free – yep – that is right!  Also, did you hear that you can get a 14 Day FREE trial now?  This is the perfect time to try it out and grab this extra bonus too!

eMeals has a Traditional Holiday Menu Plan, a Paleo Holiday Meal Plan and a Clean Eating Holiday Meal Plan available for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They are even complete with a pre-made grocery list!

eMeals knows it can be daunting to enter the kitchen to cook for your family during this time of the year, so take this as your easy way out!  Go grab your FREE trail now!

As you prepare for the holidays this year be good to yourself and let eMeals be your game plan. Along with the free holiday plans, save money and make time for family with delicious eMeals weekly meal plans everyone will love. eMeals provides easy recipes with concise directions and a grocery list for budget minded and busy people. eMeals is the new way to organize and simplify the usual chaos of dinner at home.

Check out this Traditional Holiday Meal Plan recipe below. Doesn’t it look SO good?  (Even though I am gluten-free I am making this one for the rest of my family and I can’t wait!)

Green Bean Casserole with Bacon

2 (12-oz) packages steam-in-bag green beans
1 (8-oz) package sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon butter
4 slices bacon
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15-oz) jar Alfredo sauce
1 cup shredded white Cheddar cheese
1 (2.8-oz) container French fried onions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook beans in microwave as directed. Transfer to a large bowl.
Sauté mushrooms in butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat 10 to 12 minutes, stirring once after 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add to beans in bowl.
Cook bacon in skillet until crisp. Crumble bacon, and add to beans. Reserve 1 Tbsp drippings in skillet. Cook onion and garlic in drippings until tender. Add to beans. Stir in Alfredo sauce and cheese.
Spoon into a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with French fried onions. Bake 20 minutes or until bubbly.

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Welcoming a New Puppy! Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Welcoming a New Puppy! is a post from: The Confident Mom


We are a dog family.  And to take it two steps further we are a two dog family.  :-)

I grew up with dogs but never really considered myself a dog person, until we got our first dog after I was married 7 years ago.  We brought Molly, a Goldendoodle into our house and with it a lot of joy into our life.  

A few years later we got another puppy, Riley and unfortunately he had some medical issues that just were beyond what we could care for. You can read his amazing story here, grab some tissues, but it ends all good!!

It has taken me a year to grieve the loss of our Riley dog.  I know he is being well cared for and loved even more than I can imagine, but my heart still misses him.  I used a lot of essential oils to help me through the emotional up and downs, as well as just talking about his wonderful sweet soul.  He was such a good dog, and finally…. finally… I can talk about him without bursting out in tears and sobbing.

We’ve known we would eventually get a new dog to join our family and it so happened the logistics of it developed quickly.  We called some breeders on Halloween, chose a puppy the same day and picked him up to bring him home on November 11th.  

The timing was perfect, as my hubby is home for the entire month on vacation, so we are able to put in the ‘over-time’ needed when you are puppy training.

So without further ado….. here is Milo, our newest member of the family.

Here we are taking him home – not all of our kids could join in the pick-up, but they were home waiting when we arrived!


He is an Australian Labradoodle and will grow to be about 45-50 pounds.  Our family loves the ‘doodle’ mixes and this was a good fit for us this time around.  

I am not interested in starting a debate or argument for shelter dogs versus dogs from breeders, so please do not begin that here.  This route was the right decision for our family and that is the most important thing to consider.  When getting any dog you need to make the best decision for your family.

So enjoy some fun photos of our new guy and the silly puppy stage.  And you know where I will be, as his little goofiness has captured my heart!

Maybe I will share a top 10 post on new puppy tips soon, I would sure have it fresh in my mind.

He has to get the very last drop of food and the only way he seems to be able to do this is to hug his bowl!


Puppy’s sleep a lot!


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