Quick and Easy Cheesy Tomato Sauce

My husband and I are not the biggest fans of red sauces, we prefer cream sauce. However, we both really love this red sauce. And it’s really easy. I like to serve it over pasta with meatballs or just some ground beef/bison. It’s one of my go-to-meals when I need something quick. Feel free to change the amount of cream cheese and heavy cream to fit your tastes.

cheesy tomato sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of spaghetti sauce (I use homemade but jar is fine)
  • 2 tablespoons of cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • Optional: meat and parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Heat sauce and add cream cheese.
  2. Once the cream cheese is melted, add meat if desired.
  3. Once all is heated, add cream.
  4. Serve over pasta and top with parmesan cheese.

If you make this recipe I’d love to hear what you thought. Share in the comments below or on my Facebook page.

Home Management Binder Update, Plus Free Printables

I’m still using and enjoying the home management binder I shared last year. I have made some updates since I last shared it. So here is a look at what is in my binder now. Click on the links to find the printables I used.

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The first section is “home.” Below is a list of what’s in this section.

  • Goals- This is where I keep my goals for this year.
  • Year At a Glance Calendar- Just a page to quickly look at the whole year.
  • Perpetual Calendar- Here is where I keep birthdays and anniversaries to add to my month at a glance calendar.
  • Month At a Glance- I keep appointments, birthdays, events, etc… on here.
  • Health Journal- This is where I can keep track of my blood pressure, weight, exercise, and water intake.
  • Date Night Ideas- One of my goals this year is to have a date night with my husband once a week. I printed off a sheet with ideas for dates so I can refer to it when we need ideas.
  • Cleaning Schedule (Indoor)- This is where I keep my list of what I need to do daily, bi-weekly/weekly, monthly, quarterly, and semi-annually/annually.
  • Cleaning Schedule (Outdoor)- Same as above but for outside chores.
  • Weekly Meal Plan- I use this sheet to plan the weeks meals.
  • Monthly Meal Plan- This is where I keep my meal plan for the month. I don’t like to plan which day each meal will be so I made a printable where I can just list the meals and pick for each day as I go.
  • Freezer Cooking Day Planner- This sheet helps you plan a day of freezer meal cooking.
  • Freezer, Pantry, and Fridge Inventories- I hope these will help me reduce food waste and also help with meal planning.
  • Cleaner Recipes- I keep all of my recipes for my DIY cleaners here.
  • Project To-Do List- This is where I keep a running list of all the bigger projects I want to get done around the house. It also has a place for notes and contacts that are for the projects.

After that section are the sections for my blog, Green Oklahoma, my holiday planner, and my address book. I will share more about my blog planner and my holiday planner at later dates. I keep scrap paper clipped to the back off the binder to write my daily to-do lists.

I love how easy it is to make this planner fit my needs. If you are making one be sure to check out my Household Binder Pinterest board for even more printables.

If you have a home management binder I’d love to hear about it. If not, what do you use for a planner?

January Grocery Haul

Last Saturday, my mom and I went grocery shopping in the Oklahoma City area. This taught us an important lesson, we need to always shop during the week because trying to shop on Saturday is a mess. The locally owned stores were okay but we needed some things at Whole Foods and that was a mistake! We still didn’t take too long but the lines to check out were massive.

This Thursday we also picked up our Oklahoma Food Coop orders so both of our homes are well stocked. Not sure you about you guys but a full pantry and fridge make me very happy and grateful.

I did get several more packaged food items than normal. I’m trying to get back to making my own to freeze and what not but I’m so behind I knew it would be a bit until I could. Having things like frozen pizza on hand helps prevent meals out so I figure it’s the better option.  So for those that are nosy curious, here is what I got for groceries this month. Oh and I still had a ton of food on hand.

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Dodson’s

  • Stevia Soda
  • Organic All-Purpose Flour
  • Breakfast Chicken & Apple Sausage
  • Biokleen Bac-Out
  • Spry Mints
  • Dish Powder
  • Dr. Bronners
  • Organic Sun-dried Tomatoes
  • Organic Garlic Powder
  • 2 Sun Cups
  • Sundrops candy

Whole Foods

  • Organic Whole Wheat Mini Pancakes
  • Organic Mini Waffles
  • 2 Uncured Pepperoni Pizzas
  • 2 Organic Cream Cheese
  • Small Organic Chocolate Milk
  • Organic Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
  • Organic Onion Powder
  • Organic Ketchup
  • Organic Apple Peach Sauce
  • Active Dry Yeast
  • 4 Baking Soda
  • Organic BBQ Sauce
  • Organic Peas
  • Organic Spelt Flakes Cereal
  • Organic BBQ Chips
  • Organic Potato Chips
  • 2 Organic Tortilla Chips
  • Organic Apple Sauce
  • Organic Sugar
  • Organic Chicken Broth
  • Organic Strawberry Jam
  • 2 Organic Mac & Cheese
  • Organic Orzo
  • Organic Whole Wheat Pasta
  • 3 Organic Tomato Paste
  • 2 Queso
  • Organic Medium Salsa
  • Parchment Paper
  • Organic Bread Flour
  • Fabric Bandages
  • Gauze Pads
  • 3 Uncured Pepperoni
  • 2 Organic Sliced Chicken Sandwich Meat
  • 2 Whole Milk Ricotta
  • 4 Organic Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 5 Organic Cheddar
  • Fresh Cheese Ravioli
  • Applewood Smoked Cheddar
  • Cookies (from the “cookie bar)
  • Organic Whole Wheat Sandwich Flats
  • 3 Organic Bread
  • Organic Bananas
  • Organic Red Onions
  • Organic Apples
  • Organic Oranges
  • Organic Potatoes
  • Organic Kiwi

Homeland

  • Epsom Salt
  • 2 Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 2 Gallons of White Vinegar
  • Organic Baby Spinach

Oklahoma Food Coop 
(All items from the Oklahoma Food Coop are local)

  • Non-GMO Eggs
  • 5 lbs of Pastured Chicken Tenders
  • 2 Grass-fed Beef Tenderloin Filets
  • 2 lbs of Grass-fed Ground Beef
  • 2 cups of Frozen Grass-fed Buttermilk
  • 1 Dozen Amaretto Truffles
  • Grass-fed Ghost Pepper Cheese
  • Grass-fed Raw Milk Pepper Jack Cheese

You can also see my mom’s grocery haul on her blog, Tea With Dee. If you post grocery hauls share in the comments below.

The Great Velveeta Shortage

Kraft has confirmed that there is a Velveeta shortage. “As you have likely seen or heard by now on social networks and major media outlets, there is currently limited availability of some Velveeta products in many stores nationwide. We want you to hear directly from us that it’s true — we are experiencing a temporary scarcity of our nation’s most precious commodity: Liquid Gold.”

While this shortage is being called the “cheesepocalypse,” I’m not sure Velveeta can really be called cheese.

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Here is what’s in Velveeta: Milk, water, milkfat, whey, milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, sodium phosphate; contains less than 2% of: salt, calcium phosphate, lactic acid, sorbic acid as a preservative, sodium alginate, sodium citrate, enzymes, apocarotenal (color), annatto (color), and cheese culture.

That’s a lot of ingredients for “cheese.” On the other hand, Organic Valley Raw Sharp Cheddar Cheese only contains Organic cultured unpasteurized, milk, salt, and enzymes.

You may be saying, “but cheese dip and queso!” It is possible to make queso without Velveeta. I haven’t tried this recipe yet but it uses all real ingredients, Chile Con Queso.

And if you really can’t live without Velveeta, check out An Organic Housewife’s homemade Velveeta using real food!

Life without Velveeta is possible, I promise. Why not take use this “cheesepocalyse” as a chance to start the year off right? It’s a great time to start switching to real and better for you foods. If you have any recipes that can help get people off of the fake cheese wagon, post in the comments below or on the Retro Housewife Goes Green Facebook page.

Photo Credit: PeRshGo

Organizing: Under the Kitchen Sink

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As you may have noticed I took a little break around the holidays. My husband and I went on a little vacation to Branson, Missouri before the holidays and after that we spent the holidays with our families. I hope everyone had a great holiday and a new year so far.

One of my goals this year is to get more organized and I’m going to be sharing a lot of this with you guys. My first project was under the kitchen sink. This area was terrible. I really just avoided even looking under there. I’m quite embarrassed to show the before photo but here it is.

under the kitchen sink- before

I had been storing recycling that needed to go to places other than the recycling drop-off or curbside recycling under there and it took over. Plus everything else under there just wasn’t organized at all. So here is how I got it under control.

First I took everything out and put it in piles. My piles were: donate, doesn’t belong, trash/recycling, and stays. After it was empty I cleaned the cabinet. I honestly had bought the items to organize it before hand, which is not what I would normally recommend. It’s better to have it cleared out and know what you need before hand but thankfully my plan did work. Here is the much improved after photo.

under the kitchen sink- after

I still need to organize under my master bathroom sink and I’m sure some of the cleaning things in there will end up in the kitchen but there is a lot of space left so that’s fine. Here are the items I used to organize the area, they all came from the Container Store.

I also used somethings from my recycling. I used an empty dish detergent container to keep old toothbrushes for cleaning in, used some old baby wipe containers to store my essential oils and one to store extra cleaning types of things I rarely use like steel wool. Looking through your recycling for containers that help you organize is a great, cheap way to organize.

The space is so much better now and so far it’s worked very well and is staying organized. And it’s amazing, once you get the first project done it really helps motivate you to keep going. I’m kind of excited to be getting the house and my life organized.

I’d love to hear your organizing tips and tricks or your challenges. If there is an area of my house you want me to show let me know. The next project I will be sharing is an updated look at my home management binder/planner. Be sure to keep checking back for more organizing posts and other posts about living a green life.

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