REPOST: Homemade, No Sugar Added Fruit Rollups!

REPOST: Homemade, No Sugar Added Fruit Rollups!

These look awesome and according to the author, can be made from pretty much any fruit! Great alternative to the sugary, store bought ones.


HOMEMADE Creamy Chicken and Dumpling Soup in the Crock Pot! (it’s possible?!)

Today, I was looking online for a nice recipe for creamy chicken and dumpling soup to make in the crock pot…. yeah right. You know what I found? “Mix 2 cans of creamy chicken soup and water, then add in pop-n-fresh biscuits, broken into pieces and cook for an hour or two” WHAT THE CRAP?! I was pissed. Like, thanks guys, I’m so glad that’s a recipe. Now, if that’s how you cook, that’s totally cool… but that’s just not what I was expecting when I searched for an actual recipe. I’m talking from scratch, mothereffers, FROM SCRATCH. What’s good about this is that it is relatively low-carb (you can leave out the roux and make it not creamy and it would still be delicious).

So here it is… I actually made this recipe up! It’s totes mine and I love it. Even my hubby said it’s some the the best soup he’s ever had. (it’s a lot easier than it looks, I REALLY didn’t want to leave anyone stranded not knowing what to do, so I spelled it all out.) Make this and you will never love another soup like this one again…. never. ever.

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken and Dumpling Soup


  • 1 – 2 lbs chicken (I used the leg quarters because they are so tender in soup and fall right off the bone – and they’re usually cheap)
  • 62.5 oz chicken broth + 14.5 oz water (1- 48oz College In Low sodium chicken broth + 1 – 14.5 oz can of chicken broth + 1 can full of water. Feel free to chance this up, but make sure you cover the chicken with liquid in the crock pot!)
  • 2 large (3 small) carrots, diced medium
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced medium – large (you want the onions to still be onions after sitting in the crock pot all day!)
  • Spices! Try thyme, sage, parsley, oregano, rosemary, lemon pepper, garlic powder, and a little salt.
  • 5 Tablespoons flour
  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Cup milk

For the dumplings:

  • 2 Cups flower
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 – 1 Cup COLD water 


  • Place Chicken quarters, broth, water, veggies, and spices in the crock pot and turn to high.
  • Cook on high for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Turn the crock pot down to low and let it cook for another 1 – 1.5 hours, or until the chicken in cooked and falling off the bone. (You can also leave this on low for about 6 hours or so, instead of starting it off at high)
  • Take the chicken out of the crock pot and separate all the bones out. You can also shred up the chicken and cut pieces that are a little big.
  • In a saucepan, combine the butter and flour together, and stir the whole time (this ensures you cook the flower without burning it)
  • Add in the cup of milk and STIR, STIR, STIR! (you will end up with something that kind of looks like mashed potatoes)
  • Add some of the chicken broth from the crock pot to the roux (this is called tempering) until it is nice and creamy, then add the whole thing into the crock pot and stir it around.
  • Let this cook on high while you mix up the dumplings.
  • To prepare the dumplings: Mix the flour, salt, and spices together in a bowl and make a well in the middle. Slowly add in a little bit of the water, mix, and then a little more, mix, then the rest of it. (Don’t kid yourselves here; you need to be using those hands for this!) Finally knead the dough out on a clean, floured surface. Let the dough rest for a few minutes so it can breathe and get ready to be yummy. Finally grab little, 1 inch pieces and roll them into a ball-like shape and you’re good to go!
  • Drop the dumplings into the soup but MAKE SURE you stir the soup up before you add the dumplings because if you do it after ,you will just break them up into mush.
  • Let this whole thing cook for about another 45 minutes to an hour (depending on the size of the dumplings)
  • Serve
  • Happy dance.

Please do me a solid and if you post this someplace else, let me know or link back to me. It would be awesome. 🙂

A not-so-great picture of my soup!

A not-so-great picture of my soup!

You NEED To Plan Your Meals. Like, Really.

Cheap-o tips:

  1. plan your meals.
  2. Plan them around the sales.
  3. But what you need.
  4. Don’t forget lunch and breakfast.
  5. Probably get a snack or plan that out, too.

But really though. I grocery shopped for my family for $72.40 this week AND I have delicious stuff planned for these guys.

BREAKFAST is easy. Bars, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt… those things are easy and at least one of them is almost always on sale somewhere.

LUNCH is a tough one. If there is extra money int he food budget, I’ll pick myself up some Lean Cuisines. Otherwise, almost any combo of yogurt, those pouches I make (also good for breakfast!), cheese, fruit, veggies, or some chicken nuggets/hot dogs even (don’t lie, you know you do it) will work.

DINNER has gotten so much easier for me. Here’s why (I know it’s a little blurry):

better menu


The point is, it’s a menu. Not only do I not have to think about what’s for dinner, answer any questions about what we’re having, stand there like an ass in the grocery store, figuring out what I’m gonna use some obscure thing for, but I also sound fancy. Who doesn’t want to be organized AND fancy? I know you are tiling your head (maybe even raising an eyebrow) in agreement. Exactly.

How did I come up with all that awesomeness? Well, I looked to see what was on sale and what I had in the freezer, and went for recipes with included those things. Usually, I start with the protein, since meat is usually the most expensive part of a dish, then go from there. I get a lot of recipes online and from other people. This week alone, 3 of the dinners on my menu are either new or something I’ve only had once, at someone else’s house. You can pull recipes from diabetic sites, too. Doing that will hopefully help to curb junk dinners because not only do you make things that are healthier, but you also don’t pick on crappy food or order pizza because you don’t want to deal with the whole “what’s for dinner” pain in the butt discussion.

Some of the things on there, like the roast and stew, are going to use the same piece of meat. I spent 10 dollars on the roast. That seems like a lot until you realize that I’m using it for 2 night’s meals. The chicken (though this time I happen to have leg quarters in the freezer for soup) can be made using one family pack of chicken, split into 2 portions.

The other thing I started doing, which has little to do with saving money and more to do with saving time, is prepping my veggies and stuff ahead of time and freezing it. I know a lot of people don’t like to freeze fresh veggies, but I’m all for it. I have never noticed anything off about them afterwards. Today, I went shopping, came home, put the baby down for a nap, and while she was sleeping, cut all the veggies that I needed for dinner for the week up and bagged them (I labeled the bags with what was in there, the date, and what it was for – you don’t need to). This saves me from messing up my kitchen (even more) when I make dinner and it stops me from having to cut veggies more than once because, really, who wants to prep veggies all the time?


Sports Candy? No, Sprout, I’m Not Buying it.

Ok, Sprout. Here’s the deal: I have been watching you for years now and I’m pretty on board with most of the things you do (Get Up and Go Bars happen in my house on a regular basis). Here’s what I’m not getting: Sports Candy.

Sprout keeps pushing this “sports candy” thing as a euphemism for fruits and veggies. It comes from the show “LazyTown“, which actually was on when I was a kid and is being re-aired (maybe re-done? I don’t know) on Sprout.

My question is…. are kids stubborn or just not stupid? I mean, I know my kids aren’t stupid and I know my kids are stubborn so although, generally speaking, my question is already answered for me, let’s just assume I’m talking specifically about this sports candy thing, because I am. I tried selling a veggie to Haley as “sports candy” and she laughed at me. Does this really work? I’m not really trying to be condescending here because I really want to know. Would selling broccoli to your pre-schooler as candy get them to eat it?

Age? Could age be the trick? Should I give up trying to sell veggies as candy to Haley and just wait for Harper? This show is for pre-schoolers, so surely not, right? I just don’t know.

Sports candy sounds like bs to me. Big time.


Checking in With Another A+1c!

Went back to my endo earlier this week for some good news. A1c is at 6.4…. up .2 from my last test about 6 months ago, but still down from 6.7, which was the result from last November. As long as I keep hovering near control and don’t cross the line, I’ll be content.

BG readings are a little on the higher side after dinner, and getting close to the high side in the morning, I’ll be keeping an eye on that in the future.

Hope everyone is doing as well… Don’t forget to check out my 100 Blogaversary post and giveaway!


100th Blog-stravaganza! (a giveaway?!)

So, it’s been a little longer than I originally anticipated and to be honest, it’s putting a lot of pressure on me to do something really great for this post. I was awake a lot last night and I started thinking of ideas for what to do and say and post about and here’s what I came up with:


I did decide that I’m gonna host a little giveaway to celebrate my 100th post, though! Also, I’m feeling pretty legit, reaching 100 posts and all, so I’m going to make myself a Facebook page for this blog!

With the holidays coming up (I keep telling myself that I’m gonna start early with my shopping), I’m giving away a little head start. Enter this giveaway for an awesome custom wood-photo project, perfect for, well anyone (including yourself, if you want!) An alternative: you can also win one of my diabetes bags (they can be found in the “Upgrade your D-Bags tab”), just let me know that you want that instead in the comments section!

Here’s the last one I made. I made this clock for my hubby with a picture on it of the girls. He loves it. You don’t have to have a clock, it was be whatever you want. There are trays, planks, all kinds of things!


To enter for this, just refer to the rafflecopter link and go from there!

Thanks for sticking with me for 100 posts, here’s to the next 100!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

New Insulin Type: Haterade XL!?

That’s right. Haterade XL. Apparently all diabetics are taking it. It’s injectable, so it’s quick acting, and the “XL” means that it’s extended release; guaranteed to make you an a-hole all day long! I know it’s not just diabetics that are taking it, but that’s what I’m talking about at this time.

All over Facebook, comments in forums, and even on here (*probably) I see this war between type 1 and type 2 diabetics over who has it worse. I’m not here to take sides, and I’m not here to point out the differences.. (you can read up on that here! gotta educate!) My question is: Who cares?

Why does one group have to be sicker, worse off, or anything else than the other? Why be happy about that?! If you want to compete like children, compete to see who can control their numbers best, person for person… not who is more beat than the other. I’m tired of it. Tired of seeing it, tired of feeling guilty reading some of these stories, tired of getting angry when I read a type 1 discredit type 2 diabetes all together, as if it weren’t a real disease because they don’t need insulin, and tired of seeing a type 2 tell a type 1 they are better off because they are “used to it” and “just hook up to a pump”. If you were a decent person, you would put aside your bitterness and cheer on those who don’t have to take the same road you follow; maybe you can help one person be better off.

But we would rather fight each other.

How about, instead, we support each other in our journey and battle, be there when we need someone to listen, and wish each other the best, understand that every fight is different and difficult in its own way?

Just a thought.