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Coffee and Conversation #106 – Dinner’s On!

Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #106 – hosted by PatAndCandy.com!

$5 dinner plan


You know the question: “What’s for dinner?

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Hi there! So glad to be back from a trip with my daughter last week! If you’d like, you can see a few of the pictures I posted on FB of our highlights. We had a great time visiting NYC and saw a cool toothpick building display at a museum.

And came home to…back-to-school! Yup, it started for us full-swing this very week. I don’t know about you, but I was SO not ready for it – emotionally, practically, planning-wise, or any other way.

One of those ways (that I wasn’t prepared) was in the meal prep department. Is it only me, or does anyone else cringe at that “What’s for dinner?” question that’s posed (mostly) innocently by my beloved young ‘uns at least once a day?!


But I am GONNA be prepared this fall! Because Erin’s helping me! (Insert BIG grin here!)

I actually discovered $5 dinners a few years ago and got hooked on their FREE meal plans.  But this one (tho’ not free) is my favorite – from freezer to slow cooker, y’all!  Two of my most very favorite kitchen appliances…especially once school starts up again!

I’ve also tried that once-a-month cooking system that used to be so popular, but found that the sheer exhaustion I felt after losing an entire weekend to meal prep just wasn’t worth it to me.  Erin’s program, however, is a reasonable compromise.

It takes about 2 hours to get these puppies together and pop them into the freezer… The benefits, however, last far longer than that. And if you decide to double up the ingredients, or then put in another 2 hours a day or so later…well, then you can really get the maximum benefit from these plans.

This new 3rd edition of the 20 Freezer to Slow Cooker Meals – Basic Meal Plan also includes information on the new work and school lunches program that’s now available. And all of these are offered at reasonable prices!

So…don’t wait any longer! OK, maybe you can’t get everything in order now, or get all your responsibilities in the planner, or manage your entire schedule so that your life isn’t crazy…but you CAN get a grip on mealtime! You owe it to yourself and your family to feed them healthy meals, spend your grocery budget wisely, and create a warm, inviting and relaxing evening meal time.

Just click on the image below to get started!

Make These 20 Freezer to Slow Cooker Meals in Under 2 Hours!

Back-to-school is just around the corner, friends, but THIS fall, you can start feeling confident and in-control about your evening mealtimes! Isn’t that great news?!

But before I go on, let me give you a “heads up” – we’ve been experiencing technical difficulties with our comments section, and I just wanted you to know that we’re working on it!  We’d LOVE for you to leave a comment or two, but if you get an error message, we’re so very sorry 🙁  It makes us sad, too, ’cause we so enjoy hearing from you!

We’ve got our A#1-tech-guy working on it, tho…so we’ll be back in business soon!!  Thanks for your patience…

NOW on to this week’s features!


What I love most about this post by Edye from GracefulCoffee is that she’s a teenager, y’all! Please visit her post and say “Hi!”  We want to encourage young bloggers, writers, and influencers of tomorrow, right?! Besides, she picked a few good flix here, too!

Netflix Family Movie Guide

Netflix family movie guide


This guest post on BookShark, from Heidi at StartsAtEight, is definitely gonna get your year off to a great start! This year in our homeschool we built on the “Eat Something Fun” idea…and went out for breakfast! Definitely helped the day go smoother…

 5 Jazzy Ways to Begin a New Homeschool Year

5 Jazzy Ways to Begin a New Homeschool Year


This was THE cutest post – Maria from FamilyVacationsUS interviewed her 5-yr-old granddaughter about travel!  So very sweet! Love this quote from grandma: “One thing I’ve learned traveling with my own children and now my grandchildren is that they become savvy travelers very quickly.  Traveling makes them resilient, independent, and tolerant.  Those are the attributes I want them to have.  These are gifts I want to leave them.”  Yup, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, in my opinion!


Travel Advice from a 5-Year-Old Road Warrior

Travel Advice from a 5-year-old

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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6 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #106 – Dinner’s On!

  1. Pat August 10, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

    LOVED that post, Maria! I can’t say enough about the benefits of travel to kids…but even sweeter when you get to travel with your GRANDkids!!

    Such a unique format, too – thanks so much for sharing it with us!!

    Have an awesome week!
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  2. Edye August 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    Thanks so much for featuring my post and for your kind words! Y’all are so sweet <3
    Edye recently posted…9 Back To School DIY’s!My Profile

  3. Tianna August 10, 2016 at 11:27 am #

    thanks for another wonderful link up! I’m so excited for fall – for the food, fashion, weather, and for Halloween! 😀
    Tianna recently posted…5 Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated During the SummerMy Profile

  4. Maria@sewtravelinspired.com August 10, 2016 at 1:14 am #

    Thank you so much for featuring my post, Travel Advice from a 5-Year-Old Road Warrior. I love partying with you. Thanks for hosting.

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