Easy DIY Menu & Schedule Board

Recipes…right?  Yea, no.  I made this last week, except I just kind of threw all the ingredients in the crock pot and let it cook and then blended it with an immersion blender at the end and threw some cheese in.  It was totally delish but I forgot to take pictures.  We also made quesadillas.  And pizza.  And some easy homemade mac and cheese so yummy that it prompted the kid to learn the word *pasta* so she could ask for more.  But no pictures there either.  So overall, blogger fail.

But I did get a little bit of crafting time while she was napping this weekend and did an update on the menu board that I made forever and ever ago.  And then I did actually take a few pictures and decided to throw together a quick tutorial-ish thing.  Because I took no *along the way* photos.  Because, blogger fail.  But you can see what it looked like before in the link and it’s a total upgrade.  I’m super stoked about it and the whole thing took maybe an hour.  Oh and did I mention that it was totally free? Perfect.

Easy DIY Menu & Schedule Board | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

You’ll Need…
An old frame
Fabric of your choice
An iron
Glue gun or tape
Silhouette or vinyl stickers for the text
Dry erase markers

How To…
1) Find an old frame (or buy a new one!)
2) Cut a piece of fabric slightly bigger than the backing on the frame
3) Iron the fabric and wrap it tightly around the backing.  Glue gun the fabric down, including the corners (Or tape.  If you’re janky like me you can legit use painters tape for this part.  But you should use a glue gun.  That’s what I did the first time I did it).  If you’re using an old frame, make sure to wipe the glass down with windex before you put the backing back in.
5) Make some lovely stickers using your Silhouette and leftover vinyl from another project.  I used “American Typewriter” font for this and just used the little circle maker tool to make a ring cut around the days of the week {if you have a Silhouette and want the file, shoot me a message in the comments and I can send it to you}.  I think you can buy these on Etsy for super cheap if you don’t have a Silhouette.
6) Peel off the stickers and stick them on the glass.
7) Pick out a dry erase marker and schedule away!

Easy DIY Menu & Schedule Board | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

There it is in this horrible picture of my terribly lit kitchen.  And my handwriting will never be that cute and tiny on there again because I usually scroll on it right on the wall and it looks super big and messy.  But you get the picture.  I’m a total planning junkie so this just makes me smile every time I look at it.  And hypothetically I can change out the fabric for different seasons.  But, let’s be honest, it probably won’t happen.  Because white is classic {and you can’t tell but this is actually a gorgeous white linen which makes it even better and more classic} and I’m in love with it.

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Sesame Meatballs

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Sesame Meatballs | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I know I keep saying I’m going to post some healthy recipes to go along with my fun, active lifestyle/new awesome “job.”  I feel the need to put it in quotes because it totally doesn’t feel like a job for me.  It’s so much fun to plan workouts for these amazing mamas and watch them improve and enjoy themselves just like I do every day.  It’s such a huge compliment to hear that someone felt great after a workout or was sore {in a good way} or that they see their bodies changing and getting stronger as the weeks and months pass.  I just feel so lucky to have found such an amazing group!

Anyway, should I be eating healthy every day?  Obviously.  Do I usually?  Yes.  But do I sometimes just pull a bunch of things that look yummy off the wall at Trader Joe’s and throw them together into something that’s ridiculously easy and fantastically delicious?  Definitely.

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Sesame Meatballs | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

And can we talk for sec about my love affair with Trader Joe’s?  I’m seriously obsessed.  My mama talked me into driving an extra five minutes to go there instead of the Ralphs across the way a while ago and I haven’t looked back.  I don’t think a trip goes by without us finding something new, cheap and amazing that we have to have.  Trader Joe’s does not sponsor this blog…but TJ’s if you’re reading this and you want to, I’ll sell my soul for a can of dark chocolate sea salt brownies.  Or chocolate sea salt covered almonds.  Or just a bottle of $6 chardonnay.

Back to the recipe!  Focus!  I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that this one is healthy.  But boy is it easy and fabulously yummy.  You know I love me a good thr0w-it-in-the-pot-and-forget-it recipe.  It would make a major wow appetizer too…just skip the rice and stick them on toothpicks instead.  They meatballs end up being just the right amount of sticky sweet and the right amount of spicy kick to make it so you don’t want to stop eating.  And the veggies kind of dissolve in with the meatballs and the sauce so you {and your veggie hating husband} don’t even realize you’re eating them.  You could probably even add more if you need to hide them.  And then it’s healthy, right?  Well regardless, if not healthy, this one is just delish!

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Sesame Meatballs | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Sesame Meatballs
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 bags frozen precooked meatballs
  • 2 zucchini, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 bottle Trader Joe's sweet and spicy chili sauce
  • 1 cup General Tso's sauce
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 t lime juice
  • 1 T rice wine vinegar
  • 1-2 t sriracha, optional
  • 1 T sesame seeds, plus more to garnish
  • 4 cups cooked white rice
  1. Place all ingredients except sesame seeds and rice in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  3. Stir in sesame seeds.
  4. Place white rice in the bottom of a bowl and top with meatballs and desired amount of sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds and enjoy hot.


Quick & Easy DIY Crib Rail Covers

Quick & Easy Crib Rail Covers | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Oh heeeyyyy so I don't have a recipe for you today.  Because I made versions of this and this and this and they were all amazing but I was too lazy to take pictures so I could blog them.  I know, I know, come on girl you've got to get it together.  But life and weddings and workouts and vacations … [Continue reading]

BBQ Chicken Bread Salad {Semi-Slow Cooker}

BBQ Chicken Bread Salad {Semi-Slow Cooker} | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I'm trying to be all about healthy these days.  I teach a workout class once a week, try to workout at least 4-5 other days and eat Trader Joe's salads for lunch most days of the week {obsessed...}.  So when I told Hubby that we were having *salad* for dinner, I think he really believed me.  Until I … [Continue reading]

Slow Cooker Coconut Curried Vegetable Soup

Slow Cooker Coconut Curried Vegetable Soup | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

You're going to laugh at me.  My first recipe back and I'm posting soup in the middle of July.  I can't help it.  I love me a good soup year round.  Especially one that's a throw and go in the crock pot.  But here's the deal with this soup.  It's actually quite yummy chilled too.  Let's be honest, … [Continue reading]

Pretty in Pink One Year Old Birthday Party

Pink First Birthday Party | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

The theme of my little one's birthday party was going to be tutus and bows.  I was going to make tutus for every little girl.  I made a gorgeous little tutu and tried it on the baby and she promptly ripped it off.  I mean ripped the fabric, stretched out the elastic and screamed until it was away … [Continue reading]

Insta-Where The Heck Have I Been…

Pink First Birthday Party | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Ok I'm not going to lie, I'm a little embarrassed.  I've been a massive failure of a blogger lately.  It's been months.  And maybe you didn't miss me that much but I missed you.  But I slacked off.  Because life.  And because baby...who's not really a baby anymore.  She's one now people.  But she … [Continue reading]

Life Lately in Photos {+ a shop update}

Insta Friday | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I know, I know, I'm the worst blogger ever.  It started when our cable and internet went out a few weeks ago and then I just got lazy from there.  I have no other excuse.  I stopped taking pictures of the food and instead I just threw it on the table.  I promise I'll get back to being motivated and … [Continue reading]

Slow Cooker Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

Slow Cooker Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

You know how traditional chicken noodle soup is good for the soul?  I like to think that this is a fun twist on that classic dish...but still just as heart warming and delicious.  Except this one has creamy coconut milk, spicy curry and scrumptious rice noodles to make it extra special. I think … [Continue reading]

Spicy Semi-Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

Spicy Semi-Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Ok so apparently I'm on a Mexican kick now.  Let's be honest, I'm always on a Mexican kick.  I could eat Mexican food every night of the week if my husband would let me.  I love food with tons of spice and big flavors, and it always seems to fit the bill for me. These enchiladas were totally … [Continue reading]