How Do You Cook 5 Pounds of Hamburger in Slow Cooker

Dear Flylady,

On your last video you were talking about how you cook 5 lbs of hamburger meat at once in the slow cooker. Can you send the directions out to your fans again as I did not have paper and pen handy that day. This sounds like a really good way to do this, as I fix a lot of hamburger meat. Thank you so much.

Melody in Texas

Dear Melody,

I have been cooking hamburger since I was twelve years old. That is fifty years and I only figured this out this past year. One of the blessings in my freezer is pre-cooked hamburger meat. This is so easy!

My friend Leanne Ely of  SavingDinner.com taught me how to cook sausage in a skillet with some water to help it to break into little pieces. I hate big chunks meat. I thought if this will work with sausage then why not with hamburger meat. I use my slow cooker all the time. I decided to give this technique a try in my slow cooker.

You can cook the hamburger plain or with chopped onions. It is up to you. I usually do one chopped onion per pound of hamburger meat.

Place the hamburger in the slow cooker on high with onions if you like.

Stir in a cup of water

Set a timer for 15 minutes and stir and reset the timer

Cook for two hours or until the meat is browned and done

Cool, use slotted spoon to drain and package into 2 cup portions.

Label, date, freeze, and enjoy!

My precooked hamburger goes fast. It is my go to ingredient for fast meals.

Hamburger Stroganoff  15 Minute Meal or as fast as you can cook the noodles

  • Put on a pot of water to boil to cook a package of Wide Noodles
  • 1 (2 cup) Package of Precooked Hamburger and onions.
  • Thaw in skillet
  • Add 1 can Campbell’s Golden Mushroom Soup
  • Heat it up and add 1-8oz tub of sour cream or Cream Cheese
  • Mix in cooked noodles

Serve with grated Parmesan and a salad.

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The UFOs are In Your Car

Dlegscarear Friends,

This past Sunday, I noticed a scar on my knee. It has been on my knee since I was 4 years old. It is one of my first memories. The accident was before children were supposed to be strapped into car seats. Daddy had to slam on the brakes and I landed on a coke bottle. I remember blood and a hospital ER with stitches. I was a victim of a UFO!

UFOs are Un-tethered Flying Objects in your car! Yes you know the ones I am talking about! Our cars are usually the last frontier when it comes to getting organized. When I was a small child I was hurt by bottle in our car. I still have the scar to show for it. Think of it this way when you are riding in a car going 55 mph if you have to stop abruptly everything in the car becomes a missile. Think about being hit by a baseball or a bottle that was thrown at that speed.

Here is the worst thing about UFOs in your car! You are embarrassed for anyone to ride with you. I know because I am just like you! My car has been clear of clutter on the inside for almost two years. There is no telling how many accidents have occurred because a bottle rolled out from under the seat. Then it got under our foot or brake and we reached down to get it.

So how do we stop from cluttering up our cars? We have to establish simple habits that will keep the clutter eliminated.

1. Don’t eat in your car. If you do, then bag up the trash as soon as everyone is finished. The bag the fast food came in is a great bag to hold the trash. When you get out of the car, find a trash can.

2. Every time you get home empty the car of things you put in it before you left. Not only will this keep your family safe from UFOs but it will deter thieves. When there is nothing in the car there is no temptation to break a window. My purse was stolen from my car once when I went into a funeral home to pay my respects.

3. While you are filling your car up with gas; play a game with the children to pick up the trash in your car. Then throw it away. They can hand it to you through the car window after you have filled up.

4. Keep things in your trunk, confined in zippered bags or under a cargo net in your van or SUV.

5. Establish a day for blessing your car. Fill it up, Clean it out and Shine it up! We do it on Fridays. We have some simple tools for this; FlyLady Car Duster and Rubba Scrubba. Rubba Scubba sweeps the floor and seats, Duster does the dash and console. Our purple rags get the windows sparkling. That is if you put them in your hand and use them.

Don’t put your family’s safety in jeopardy because you don’t think you have time. Think of it as Swish and Swipe for your car. Daily maintenance takes less time than a whole day clean up to get ready to go somewhere with strangers in your car. Be sure and keep UFOs contained in the trunk or glove box.

It’s Friday time to Clean Out Your Car Day!

FlyLady

Did you see yesterday’s live video podcast? Take a few minutes to watch me dust!

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Dishwasher Spots

FlyLady,

I just read your testimonial on the Purple Rags cleaning muddy doors, and I wanted to add my own praise. These cloths are fabulous! Not only do they keep my mirrors and glass top coffee table sparkling, but they are also the only things that will remove dishwasher spots from my dishes. The water here spots everything. I don’t use the heated dry on the dishwasher so the dishes air dry inside. I’ve tried the super all-in-one dishwashing tabs, the streak free detergents, inexpensive store brands & expensive name brands. None of them keep the spots off my dishes. Rubbing the spots with regular dish towels didn’t budge them.

Finally, I grabbed a Purple Rag, dampened it slightly with water, and started in on my silverware. No more spots! I wiped down the silverware, glassware, and even clear plastic storage containers. All the spots disappeared in no time and everything looks brand new. From now on, when the dishwasher cycle is finished, I will use my Purple Rag to keep my dishes shiny.

I also keep one in my laptop bag to keep the smudgy fingerprints off my black laptop.

Thanks for offering us great products that really work!

TC in Texas

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January Habit #21 Perfectionism Would Stop Me

Dear FlyLady,January Habit #2

I have to admit that I fell off of the shiny sink wagon over the last two days. Today is supposed to be a day of rest, it is Sunday. As I entered my kitchen this morning, I was stressed to see it in CHAOS.

Well, after full day with church and family, I came home, took a before picture and set my timer for 15 min. After 15 min I took another picture and then set it for 15 more min and then took a final picture…they are attached.

Before FlyLady I wouldn’t have started, I would have looked at the kitchen and been overwhelmed. I am a perfectionist and my perfectionism kept me from starting many things because I didn’t think I had time to finish.  These pictures are proof that if I can do it ANYONE can do it!

Thank you for your unconditional love for your flybabies. You are a blessing to me and my family.

Shining in VA,
Rhonda

P.S. My great aunt used to say “You can not have anyone over if your canisters aren’t clean”…well mine are shining beside my sink. I think she would be happy.

FlyLady Rebecca here: Do you have a Shiny Sink Story? Let us know, and send an email with MY SHINY SINK STORY in the subject line.

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Can You Help Me Get Back to Basics?

Dear FlyLady,

I can’t tell you what a difference flying has made in my life! I used to move stuff around until midnight one day a week to get ready for a cleaning lady. Now my house is almost always company ready (still have to finish the office!)

I’m having trouble moving ahead with decluttering and missions though. I know Flybabies sometimes don’t like change, but I’m having a problem with the flight plan. It’s just too much information at once, and some of the messages get lost. I really miss the emails with one idea in them.

I’ve been thinking about your interest in the book Made to Stick. I actually have read that book and love it too. I think we got an email that said don’t tell your kids to do five things just ask for one and it will stick.

I think that is the problem I’m having with the flight plan. I used to delete emails as I did them, and I felt like a had a personal trainer telling me to do the missions.

Now it feels more like my “to do” list, but its on the computer so I can’t check it off unless I print it out.

If you could go back to sending the missions separately it would really make a big difference to me and maybe others also.

Thank you for everything. I’ll never give up flying!!

Flybaby from NJ

FlyLady here: Our Control Journal gives us this same feeling of checking things off. If you want to print out the middle section of the Flight Plan and put it in a sheet protector or Frame it under glass. Use a dry erase marker to check thing off as you do them.

Sometimes we need to change things up a bit. We get bored.

Try what I am doing. Get a pad of heart shaped Post-It notes.

Take the main part of the flight plan Your morning routine and before bed routine and put one on each heart. I put mine on my bathroom mirror and on my computer. They work well for me. As I do them I put them on my calendar in a string of valentines to me.

Since my calendar is the first thing I see each morning and the last at night. I reload my mirror with the next routine. Any heart not done goes into the middle of the mirror to remind me that I cannot skip it twice in a row. It is working like a charm.

We love valentines and they look so pretty on my bathroom mirror! They make me smile! I wake up smiling when I see them and I go to bed smiling.

This idea came from a FlyBaby who was using Post-It Notes for her Weekly Home Blessing. She put them on her mirror at the beginning of the week and took them down as she did them. No pressure!

When I first started practicing my morning and before bed routines I used Post-It notes on my mirror. I love getting back to basics. This is what we are going to do this week!

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Do You Feel Joy Every Morning?

Dear Friends,

I want for you the joy I feel every morning when I walk into my front room and kitchen. Even after many years of this area being clean, I still marvel and smile each time I enter this room. Words are inadequate to express this uplifting feeling.

If you have had the pleasure of this emotion, you know what I am talking about. But if you have not shared in our joy, I want you to look at some of the reasons why you have not felt this yet.

1. You are still waiting for someone else to clean it up.(not going to happen)

2. You didn’t mess it up so why should you clean it up. (so you can feel what we feel if for no other reason.)

3. You just don’t know were to start. (I have told you to start with your kitchen sink) It really works. Many will testify to it. Clean and shiny.

4. Your husband and children are the messy ones. (You teach by example) Also have a family meeting and explain what you want to accomplish. This will work.

5. You have too much to do, therefore you don’t have time to police the hotspots and do your routines. (If you do your routines you will have more guilt free time to do more things.) I promise.

6. FlyLady’s routines are too long. Not if you take baby steps and establish the habits that will start you on your journey. 3 simple habits. Get up and get dressed to shoes, keep your kitchen clean and sink shiny, and lay out your clothes for tomorrow.

7. You don’t feel like doing anything. Put on your lace up shoes and this will help you to get things done. If you wear shoes in the house then get a pair that you only wear in the house! This is going to change everything! Shoes tell your head that it is time to do something.

8. My routine takes too long. Your routine is too big. Break it down to the main components and try a simplified version. My takes 20 minutes tops unless I need to shower in the morning(I usually take a
bubble bath at night.)Then I take 30 minutes. The best part is, if I have done my before bed routine, the morning is a breeze.

9. You don’t have the energy to do the routines. (are you getting enough sleep?) Are you going to bed at a decent hour and getting up rested.

10. You still don’t feel well. Even getting enough rest and eating properly. Well I suggest you have a physical, check your thyroid levels, other chemical levels in your blood. You deserve to feel well. I want you to be on top of the world. I am. Promise me that you will get a doctor’s appointment and get this checked out. Even low average thyroid levels can cause fatigue.

11. You don’t have time, because you are spending too much time on the computer and Facebook. Well I spend a whole lot more than most of you on the computer. My house is clean enough for company all the time and I have no guilt about being on the computer, because I got my work done first. Well make a rule that you will not check your email until your routine is done in the morning. and that you will get off line at a decent hour to start your before bed routine. You can do this. Even if you have to set a timer.

You have made the first step, by joining this group.

Open up your wings, It’s time to FLY,

FlyLady

Happy New Year! 2021 is going to be a great year!

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Surprise Mission From a FlyBaby

Dear FlyLady,

I’ve been a casual FlyBaby for years, and this months habit has been game-changer for me ever since I started wearing my “inside shoes” every day. I have more energy, my feet don’t hurt, and I’m not afraid to jog up the stairs. A happy side effect: I’m no longer buying slippers to keep my feet warm and that wear out quickly, because my shoes do the job.

Anyway, I wanted to give you a mission suggestion. I noticed the other day that all my door hinges we’re horribly dusty. It took me ten minutes to clean all of them with a damp rag today. Might be a great once-a-year mission.

Shannon

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January Habit #20 Small Victories

January Habit #2Hi FlyLady & Friends!

My Shiny Sink Story (say that 10x fast!) is more about what is UNDER my shiny sink. Since I’ve been flywashing, I’ve been able to do the ‘Under Sink Boogie’ on a regular basis. When I noticed that our under sink recycle bag was getting soggy on the bottom, I was able to quickly diagnose a leak in our pipes this morning. So instead of spending the day scrubbing gunk from the bottoms of the cupboards first, I can quickly move to the drippy project at hand. (Hurray for small victories!)
Thanks!

Amy in Arizona

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Basic Menu Planning

Dear FlyLady,

Please help me with basic menu planning. We are stuck in a rut and need some help.

FlyBaby M.

Dear Friends,

Many times we just think too hard on a subject or think it is going to take a long time to develop a menu plan for your family that we just don’t do it. We wait till the last minute to even begin to cook something for ourselves and our family. As a result we throw in the dish towel before we even open the refrigerator door and head for the first drive-thru. This drains our pocketbooks and adds unwanted pounds to our bodies. Do you know how much money you have been spending on food for your family? This means in the grocery store and eating out.

Most of our income is spoken for by fixed payments: Utility bills, phone bills, house payments, car payments, credit card payments and now high health insurance premiums. When it comes down to saving real money the only place we have any wiggle room is on our food expenses. A little planning today will keep the money in the bank instead of it slipping through your fingers as you pay your toll at the golden arches.

Here is a simple way to make your menu plan: Keep a food calendar. All you have to do is pencil in what you had to eat every night. This will help you to build your menus for a week and this is a great start. We are all creatures of habit, so use these family habits to help you build a routine for your meals.

Let’s use Sunday as an example: Do you go out to dinner or do you fix a big family meal. If you cook; is it pot roast or chicken? Are you beginning to see a pattern to our meals? This is why I like to have a theme to each meal for every day of the week. It can either be the type of meat you are cooking as the main course or how you cook it; the grill, crock pot or casserole.  Or you could have a country theme; Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Greek, American, or Plain ole southern country cookin’.  You can have some real fun with this and teach your children how to cook at the same time. Each night you could have a different Kid Chef. You would let your children help decide on the menu, make our grocery lists and then help prepare the meal. There is no better way to help a child learn about nutrition and real food. Just teach your child to make a salad and watch them ask for seconds and offer them to all the family.

Knowing what you are going to cook is half the battle. The other half is having the food in the house so you can pull it out of the freezer or pantry and fix it. If you have to go to the store you might as well just pass those arches again. This is why having a day set aside to plan menus, take inventory of your refrigerator as you clean it out and then go grocery shopping will help you enjoy cooking with your family again. You will be surprised at how much fun it is to cook when your kitchen is clean, your sink is shining, and you have food in the house.

Are you ready to feed your family while saving money by getting back in the kitchen? Your sink is shining and you have your shoes on! Get out your calendar and begin simple menu planning.

FlyLady

Our Calendar is large enough to hold your menu plan. We got a great calendar tip that used Post-it Notes for menu planning.

Once the meal is cook; move the Post-it Note two or three weeks down the calendar. This sets your menu plan on an automatic cycle. It is all about making it easy on yourself.

calendarpostitnote

 

Let’s hunker down and get things done! Declutter and Sanitize you home! Grab your purple rags and wipe down your door knobs, light switches, remotes, and flat surfaces.

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Slow and Steady

Dear Friends,

I just did my steps this morning. As I was trudging along at a steady clip, this mantra keep entering my head. So I just kept repeating it and formulating essays for the group. When I got off the treadmill, I checked my email, the first words I read were Slow and Steady. The second email had the word persevere in it. Talk about a God Breeze and two confirmations in a matter of minutes; Well my sails are up and ready to let His breeze guide my words and touch your heart. I have no clue what I am about to tell you, but the message is there, and I have to get it out or I will bust.

So here Goes. Slow and steady wins the race. So many times we are filled with passion, the passion of life, religion, and yes a passion for getting our homes in order. It is like a shooting star. It is beautiful as it streaks through the heavens and we are blessed to have seen it, but then it is gone and we keep wishing to see another one. That flicker of bright light was there for only a few seconds, yet it has made an impact on us. We forget that during the day we are blessed with an abundance of bright light from our Sun. This light nurtures our planet, give us the life that God blessed us with. It is slow and steady, giving us exactly what we need. Yet we don’t think about it persistence until we are stuck with a week of dreary rainy weather. The life drains right out of us.

Let’s think about the Fable of the Tortoise and the Hare: Their race is just like our lives. In our perfectionism, we have no doubt that we can win this, but I just need to do this first, it will only take a few minutes away from the task at hand. That Tortoise is so slow, she won’t get anywhere while I go and take care of business. I may even take a little break to preserve my strength. I need my rest. We get sidetracked just like the Hare. While the Tortoise is steadily plodding away, one step, one tiny slow baby step. She is focused on the final prize and never takes her mind off it. Slow and steady! So while the Hare is off doing who knows what: Sleeping, committee work, anything to get her mind off of the task at hand, the slow and steady Tortoise has gotten to the end of the race by taking those consistent steps day in and day out. Every thought process is geared toward the prize of a peaceful home.

Perseverance: Slow and Steady wins the race: Is our rally cry. No more flash in the pan and crash and burn mentality. We have learned our lesson. It has never worked for long. We are going to accomplish our goal, with our new found attitude. One foot in front of the other until we finally get what we want. Adopt this for your inner voice. All these words to keep you moving when you want to give up; Don’t overwhelm yourself with daunting tasks that even Superwoman could not accomplish in a lifetime. Know your limits and do a little each and every day. Before you know it, your home will be decluttered and you will have your life back.

You know what they say: Keep on Keeping on!

Are you ready to FLY,

FlyLady

Happy New Year! 2021 is going to be a great year!

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