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
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.

 

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