How I Handle Leftovers | My Favorite Storage Containers

I had a sweet girly message me a few weeks back wanting all the details on leftovers, how I store them, and how long I keep them.

So major disclaimer, I’m super picky about food. If I even have the slightest worry that my leftovers wouldn’t be safe to eat, I toss them. However, I received these storage containers as a wedding gift and I l o v e them. On top of the fact they AREN’T plastic (never ever microwave food in leftovers), they also provide an air-tight seal.

I also really love that you can very easily clean every nook easily because the seal detaches and allows room to run a sponge or wash rag through it.

OXO Good Grips Smart Seal Container 12 Piece Glass Container Set

As far as keeping my leftovers:

If its meat or fish: I have to eat them the next day. Any time after that, I toss.

If it’s veggies or bread based food: 2 days max.

If it’s pasta or soup: I keep and eat within 2 days.

I have been known to purchase more chicken than we can eat before it expires. If this is the case, I freeze it before it goes bad and will use that type of chicken for any crock-pot recipes.

So yeah, leftovers don’t happen to often around my house but when they do; this is my method. I think one of the hardest things for me cooking wise right now is learning how much to cook as to not waste. But I feel like there is also a delicate balance of not cooking enough, ya know? I’m sure some of my fellow wife subscribers can relate!

Comment on this post to let me know how things go for you!

With love, Elizabeth.

3 Simple Things We Do for A Healthy Relationship| In It for the Long Haul

Relationships. We love them, we hate them, we base our lives around them. So, if that is your case; why would you not put the effort into your relationship to nurture and grow it?

I’ve always been a “relationship type” girl–most lasting long term but that doesn’t always mean they were healthy. At least, not in a last-a-lifetime type of way.

In my past, faulty communication, jealousy, and other external factors have ruined my relationships. Which is why when I met my husband, I did a SIGNIFICANT amount of self-reflection and self-growth– busting down walls and changing my ways because I knew I did not. want. to. lose. this. one.

Believe me when I say, entering into a long-term committal relationship can pose its own obstacles. But, it’s not what you think. When I got married, it took me a little bit to realize the way I approached and reacted to situations was almost solely based on the example set forth by authority figures in my life thus far.

It took me a while to restructure my ideologies of what I wanted my relationship to be and how I wanted to conduct myself within that relationship. After all, it is my choice.

So, after a few really difficult conversations and learning experiences along the way; we have incorporated a few healthy habits to create quality in our marriage.

A Morning/Evening Walk

We almost always start or end our days with a simple walk. We are so blessed to have a beautiful walking trail right in our backyard. Taking a walk is so simple and it’s FREE! Walking together opens the door for some great conversation and allows you to check out of any media or interruptions for a little while. Some of our best conversations and goal setting has come from these walks.

A “Thank You” a Day

In our relationship, we find it very important to be intentional. And as we all know, intentions can be good or bad. We do our best to say “thank you” for at least one thing a day– wether that be an act of service or for simply being a listening ear. In this house, gratitude is everything.

“The” Act of Service

Okay, so without that headline sounding totally creepy; we each have what simple things that can start or end our day on a good or bad note. For him, it is coffee. I make his coffee every morning. When we were first together, I made a point to learn how he preferred his coffee so that I could always brew it and bring it to him in the mornings. It is honestly one of my favorite parts of the day because I feel like I am doing a good act and he gets his caffeine fix. Mine act of service occurs in the evening. I so appreciate that my husband takes the time to shut down the house. I do not know why that is such a dreaded part of my nighttime routine but I usually am first to lay down and the mere thought of having to get back up in 10 or 15 minutes to shut everything down just drives me crazy. Unfailingly, he will shut everything down AND plug in my phone and turn off my lamp. Otherwise, I am NOTORIOUS to have a phone run off of about 15% every day for not plugging it in.

We both fully acknowledge that if we are lucky enough to spend many many years together, it will take work. Just like anything else, we try to keep the foundation of our days and routine simple and positive. Who knows, maybe this sets a good example for others in the process!

Comment below some simple things you do for a healthy relationship!

Two Life Changing Kitchen Items | Time Savers & Less Mess

I’ll admit it, I am a messy cook. The type where you can’t see the stove/have a million dishes after dinner cook. I hate it but I come by it honestly. (Sorry, Mom!)

One of the items I’m about to talk about I had no idea even existed as I received it as a wedding gift, but it literally makes cooking so. much. easier.

The other I learned about through my momma and it involves bacon…lots and lots of bacon.

Spill Stoppers

I cannot tell y’all how many times I have been boiled potatoes or pasta, walked away for TWO SECONDS, only to come back to an overflowing pot of boiled water. These seriously changed the game for me! No matter how much of a rolling boil is going on in cook-town, there will be no spillage.

A Bacon Pan for the Oven

That’s right, cooking bacon in the oven. First of all, WHY HAVEN’T WE ALWAYS DONE THIS? Why doesn’t everyone cook bacon this way? I have so many questions because it is literally so simple and way way less messy than pan frying. I also find I can get a more even crisp when I bake it in the oven.

So, take it from someone who learned the hard way:

You DO NOT want to use anything other than a deep-dish pan to cook your bacon in the oven. Why, may you ask? Because when bacon cooks it produces an insane amount of grease that WILL spill over when you try to remove the pan from the oven.

Or so I thought. This pan has the space of a cookie sheet and prevents grease spillage. It is also SUPER easy to clean. Go mom for this find!