Healthy Freezer Meals with Wildtree


Healthy Freezer Meals with Wildtree

Dinner – it’s almost like a bad six letter word! Planning, preparing, and cleaning up after meals are some of the biggest tasks and biggest headaches for homemakers.

I enjoy changing things up once in a while and recently I was part of a Wildtree Freezer Meal Prep Workshop at a friend’s home where a group of us prepared 80 freezer meals for her church for families in need. The concept was brilliant.

So I began to ask some questions and I learned that Wildtree is a company that has a complete line of unique herb and spice blends and mixes that are a perfect fit for my desire to live a healthier lifestyle. You can provide some unique and very healthy meals that taste great, are quick and easy to prepare, and do not have hydrogenated fats, preservatives, artificial flavors, and additives. Many of their spice mixes and blends are also gluten-free – a huge plus for me!

I decided to put together my own “Freezer Meal Prep Workshop” and I got my family involved. I ordered two freezer meal bundles – the Paleo Perfection Freezer Meal Bundle and the Crockpot & Grill Freezer Meal Bundle. These two bundles would provide 10 meals each – so a total of 20 for my family – and I had leftover spice mix and blends to use again in the future.

A Few of the Things I Loved

I was provided a complete printout which included a complete shopping list of all the items I would need from the grocery store, an instructions sheet (clearly indicating what items needed to be placed inside each gallon size Ziploc bag), a meal inventory sheet to keep track of my meals after they were made and in my freezer, and also bag labels to place on the meals.

All of the Provided Instructions

My family of four kids, my hubby, and my son’s girlfriend all contributed to a process of only about two hours to prep and put together these meals. It was a complete family affair – which was really good for everyone to see the depth it takes to prepare meals and get dinner on the table!

Preparing the Meals

Preparing the Meals

We had fun and in the end I had 20 meals in the freezer to use during our busy summer months.

The Finished Meals

I also love that I still have some spice blends left and can easily look up additional recipes to try on their website – I just click the Wildtree item I have, a meal type, and it will display my options. It makes exploring new recipes with healthy ingredients even easier.

I purchased the bundles on my own to have my family do all the work, but you can actually host a party with friends and do the same thing! What a fun idea to share meal prep with your friends and everyone goes home with healthy freezer meals done and you’ve shared a fun evening together.

Here is a brief rundown on how that works. You can contact Britta (who is my local rep) and she can hook you up with purchasing a bundle for your family. If you prefer to host a workshop yourself and are not in the Seattle area, go to the Wildtree website to be put in touch with a local representative.

What a Wildtree Freezer Meal Workshop Is All AboutWe have not gone through all our meals yet, but a few of our favorites so far from the Paleo bundle are: Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken and Dill Chicken with Vegetables. Our favorites from the Crockpot & Grill Bundle are: Easy Skillet Jambalaya, Southwestern Turkey Burgers, and Oktoberfest Brats.

Dream Dinner Challenge Wrap Up



Earlier this month I partnered with Dream Dinners  with the 30 Days of Dinner Challenge.  I was blessed with a fabulous way to provide great meals to my family by using the simple and easy meals you pre-make in their store locations.  We have had a very busy month and it was such  treat to just pull something from the freezer and not have to worry about grocery shopping or coming up with an idea and prep time.

We took care of that when we went into Dream Dinners and made our dinners in just under 1 1/2 hours!

We exceeded the challenge I took by two meals.  Our schedule is tricky – but this month I had challenged myself to 15 family meals together – we actually had 17 (and that is not including several breakfasts and lunches!)

What we ate

This is our spread from Dream Dinners – remember I am not a food photographer, but this will give you some ideas of the yummy meals we had.  We also of course had leftovers and a few other family favorites mixed in.










Wasn’t all that looking very good??

What I loved

Going to a location where we made our meals all in advanced was FAB-U-LOUS!  They cleaned it all up and I came home with 12 meals.

The best meals in my opinion were the two steak dinners – I was absolutely amazed at the quality of beef we had.  Remember here, I am rather spoiled as we buy direct from a farmer, grass-fed beef – and it is incredible.  I was very surprised at the tenderness of this meat and the sauces used were very tasty.

Going to the freezer and just pulling a meal out was incredibly easy and saved a ton of time.  We have never been real big on just heading out the door to a restaurant for dinner when I end up empty handed in the evening – we always find something.  But this made that idea of ‘going out’ because we didn’t anything an excuse we couldn’t use.

What I found difficult

To be honest, there was one thing that was a bit hard for me, since I have unique dietary challenges, mostly being gluten free.  It was hard to determine exactly what I could eat when choosing the menu items off the website, so we ended up arriving to make meals that did in fact have gluten in them.  If there had been a better description or list of ingredients I could have chosen more wisely or even brought different ingredients to substitute.  

For example, the meatloaf has bread crumbs, I could have brought my almond flour to use instead or these corn flake crumbs and substituted those.  So, for me it was a bit more challenging to eat this month and stay on track.

All in all it was a great success!  I loved making all the meals ahead of time and also finding new things to share at our dinner table.  We were extremely blessed!

Did you commit to the challenge too?  I would love to hear how it went – leave a comment.

Emeals Makes 4th of July Easy!!


E-meals-4th-JulyI love how eMeals makes meal preparation and planning so easy – even better for holiday dinners.  Do you have a great menu planned for the Fourth of July yet?  If not, or even if you do – you might find a new recipe to start a new Fourth of July tradition here from eMeals.

Ready for great food and good times on Independence Day? Get inspired with eMeals’ FREE Fourth of July Menu.

This menu includes:

Easy Baby Back Ribs
Bacon Potato Salad
Marinated Slaw
Crunch-Topped Squash Casserole
Watermelon Salad
Berry-Topped Thunder Cake

It is FREE with any eMeals subscription purchase, so check out 1 of their 60 meal plans on their website today to help you get dinner on the table in a snap every night.  I especially love my meals menu plan for the week, but it is so fun to have a special holiday menu ready made for me – then I can enjoy family time instead of searching for new and interesting recipes to make a holiday special.

Now, onto the sneak peek recipe for Bacon Potato Salad from the July 4th menu!

Bacon Potato Salad:

4 lb Yukon Gold potatoes
2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
6 slices bacon
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
3/4 teaspoon pepper
3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup chopped tomato

Cook potatoes in boiling water to cover with 1 teaspoon salt 20 minutes or until tender; drain and cool 15 minutes.
Cook bacon until crisp.
Stir together mayonnaise, mustard, pepper and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a large bowl.
Peel potatoes; cut into 1-inch pieces.
Add potatoes and eggs to mayonnaise mixture.
Stir in bacon.
Sprinkle with tomatoes.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Recipe serves 8-10

If you have missed hearing about eMeals, I have shared about how I use it in my home and how it saves time and money for us.  It has made my life much easier and I love supporting a family business too!  Save 15% with the code:  FOURTH on your meal plan today!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Essential Oils



I have a fun post today to share with you all – involving food, essential oils!

In anticipation of Cinco de Mayo in a little over a week, I thought it would be fun to share some recipes that you can make using Young Living Lime essential oil – we tried them out last night and they were ‘the BOMB‘!!!

We made an awesome Cinco de Mayo Easy Blender Salsa  {I’m sharing the recipe with you all here!} and Mexican Grilled Lemon-n-Lime Chicken – on the barbecue.  So good!


 You can find the recipe for the fabulous salsa recipe below –  it was super easy and really good.

Look at this Mexican Grilled Lemon-n-Lime Chicken – it was so moist and delicious – and I will share with you how you can get that recipe too – and 7 others!


Doesn’t that make your mouth water?  

So both of these recipes have a common theme – they use Lime Essential Oil in the recipe.   Say what?  Yep, did you know you can cook using essential oils and it can be amazing?  Both of these recipes use Lime essential oil and it is great.

Want to know what else Lime essential oil is good for and how it can liven up the body?

Lime oil has a fresh and lively fragrance that is stimulating and refreshing. It can help overcome exhaustion, depression and listlessness.  It is great for diffusing in the room, in bath and shower gels, foot scrubs and more

Today is the day – time to get yourself a Premium Starter Kit and begin your essential oil journey.  I provide support, resources and monthly online classes to help you in your journey.  We have a private Facebook page too and I am available to walk alongside you as you help your family save money, find healthier alternatives to over the counter medications and prescriptions and live better.  You won’t regret it!

Cinco De Mayo Easy Blender Salsa
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  1. ½ sweet onion
  2. ½ red onion
  3. 2 Serrano peppers
  4. 1 jalapeño - quartered
  5. 3 cloves minced garlic
  6. 4 large red tomatoes (quartered)
  7. 2 Roma tomatoes (halved)
  8. 5 tomatillos
  9. 1 green bell pepper (quartered)
  10. 1 bunch of cilantro (coarsely chopped)
  11. 1 T chopped garlic
  12. 2 drops Young Living Lime Essential Oil
  1. Add all ingredients to your blender.
  2. Puree ingredients until smooth.
  3. Leave the lid on your blender 5 minutes after blending.
  4. Pour and serve with your favorite tortilla chips
The Confident Mom
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am just a mom sharing my experience in order to help others, not a doctor.

Homemaking Tips and Tricks


As I sit and type, it is 2:12 PM on Wednesday, I am behind on my blog writing, I need to leave in 25 minutes to pick up my little guy from school, this post will likely be left to finish later, I just threw my first load of laundry in the washer, have two phone calls to make and I have no idea what is for dinner.

UGH!  But I was able to get together with my ladies for our bi-weekly bible study.  Sometimes days just do not go as planned!

“There are no perfect homemakers – just real moms, deciding what’s right for their families and working to create a warm, nurturing home for those they love.”

I share, because I want you to know there are days……often many days where I struggle a lot to keep things together.  For me, it seems to be especially when my hubby is out of town. 

After thinking though, I remember – I have some soup in the freezer that is perfect for days like this.  I was out of town at the Hearts at Home Conference all weekend and have yet to get to the grocery store, so when I remember those ‘bits’ in my freezer I am quite relieved.  {I still have to tell you all about my wonderful trip and the time I septa visiting with Jill in her home before my flight home….so treasured!}

I love this chapter of homemaking and learning tips (From No More Perfect Moms) on how to make it work a bit better for you.  We all have areas that we are strong at and areas we are weaker in.  For me, meals are a bit stronger, than say decorating.  I always seem to feel defeated before I even start with decorating, and right now while we are in the midst of ‘re-decorating’ or family room I am feeling very un-inspired.

Hospitality is also a weak area for me, but this year I am trying to stretch myself and invite more people into our home, even in the midst of it feeling like it is not together yet.  Will it ever be all together?  I think we can all feel like our homes will never be quite there, so instead of fretting and delaying, just step out.  I am doing that more and I feel so thankful.

What have I learned about these areas of homemaking?

There are no perfect meals, but there are ways to streamline the meal-making process!


I love the tips Jill gives and will reiterate a few.  I have already shared my little tip on preparing in bulk and freezing, think about all your family favorites and then out of those what can you cook in larger batches to freeze?  I bet you will be amazed.

I also use eMeals to help me plan meals and keep me sanity.  I honestly enjoy looking at recipes on Pinterest, but to take the time to put together all the ideas, make a shopping list and such is a bit too time consuming for the season I am in right now.  I love that I can grab my eMeals meal plan from my computer or even their new APP and decide if I like all the ideas on the menu or delete a few and add in some family favorite, like simple tacos or chili.  My life is made easier and it doesn’t break the bank, especially when I am trying to eat PALEO or at least Gluten Free.


I am like Jill, not much of a creative thinker when it comes to decorating – but I can re-create an idea from Pinterest or a magazine. I can allow the negative self-talk get me down as well, but try to remember that I can’t be great at everything, so that I why I have friends who are gifted in decorating!


This is a goal for 2014 – creating and spending more time in relationships.  

“Hospitality is our opportunity to be Jesus to those around us.”

What resonates with you when you read that line?  Are you living out your life as The Lord would want you, sharing His love with others?  I know that I am not and am intentionally working on this.  I am happy to report I have stretched myself and it feels good. Relationships are important, in fact….they are almost THE most important thing.

Which of these areas spoke to you most?  What do you feel is truly at the heart of the issue and why you struggle?

Where did you learn about the art of homemaking?  Did you have a good role model or did you have to learn to ‘wing’ it?

In what way can you stretch yourself this week or weekend?

Please begin reading Chapter 10, I will see you Monday!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for a great giveaway you will not want to miss – if you care about improving your family’s health – do not miss it!

If you missed my post on Facebook {Which most do since only 2% of followers see it!!} here is the opening from the Hearts at Home Conference on Friday – it was incredible!!  The best part, the performer is none other than Jill’s son Austin.  It was incredible – take a minute and enjoy – YOU ARE AWESOME!!  

If you are reading this in your email – you will need to click through to the blog to see the video  :-)