Easy Turkey Chili Freezer Meal

Easy Turkey Chili Freezer Meal

This freezer meal recipe series has been quite delicious and fun to make.  Today, I am sharing an easy turkey chili freezer meal recipe that can be made on a Sunday and used later in the week. Try it out and see what you think.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 cup chopped red bell peppers
1 cup onions (chopped)
2 pounds ground turkey
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
1 8 oz cup of tomato sauce
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano

Instructions:

  1. Add olive oil to hot pan. Then add peppers and onions. Cook for 3 minutes or until tender. Easy Turkey Chili Freezer Meal
  2. Add the ground turkey and cook until brown over medium heat. 5 – 10 minutes or more. 
  3. Add tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, garlic, cumin, and oregano.  
  4. Cover the dutch oven with a lid and cook on low heat for 25 minutes or until tomatoes reduce in size. Easy Turkey Chili Freezer Meal
  5. Stir and let cool.
  6. Transfer to a freezer bag. Easy Turkey Chili Freezer Meal
  7. Defrost in a bowl and reheat. Serve with cornbread, if desired. 

Here is the recipe if you want to print it.

Easy Turkey Chili Freezer Meal

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 38 minutes

Total Time: 48 minutes

Yield: 6

Serving Size: 1.5 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 1 cup onions (chopped)
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 8 oz cup of tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to hot pan. Then add peppers and onions. Cook for 3 minutes or until tender.
  2. Add the ground turkey and cook until brown over medium heat. 5 - 10 minutes or more.
  3. Add tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, garlic, cumin, and oregano.
  4. Cover the dutch oven with a lid and cook on low heat for 25 minutes or until tomatoes reduce in size.
  5. Stir and let cool.
  6. Transfer to a freezer bag.
  7. Defrost in a bowl and reheat. Serve with cornbread, if desired.

Here’s the finished dish, what do you think? Please leave a comment below if you tried this recipe.  I would love to hear from you.  

Easy Turkey Chili Freezer Meal

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Tips To Help Your Parents With Legal Documents

Tips To Help Your Parents With Legal Documents

After several weeks of talking about helping your parents, this will be my last in this series. This post is about helping your parents with legal documents. 

I interviewed a family friend of mine who does wills and estates at Bort Law. Peter is the principal of the Law Offices of Peter E. Bort, a member of Divorce Done Right, Inc. (a mediation group), Collaborative Family Law Affiliates, Academy of Family Mediators, Pennsylvania Council of Mediators, and ACR Delaware Valley. Read more about his background and services here.

Note from me: Please remember that this may be a touchy subject for your parents so tread lightly. From my experience, parents tend to talk to their kids about where their legal documents are and what to do but if your parents did not do this, bring up the topic with caution.  They may be scared and may react to you asking these questions.

What legal documents are necessary to protect one’s estate?

Here is a list of documents needed to protect one’s estate: Last Will and Testament, Durable General Power of Attorney, Advanced Healthcare Directive/Living Will/Medical Power of Attorney.  Ancillary documents include a Living Trust, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust, and Body Disposition Affidavit.

Do you recommend setting up any other documents like checklists or other documents that will help children and grandchildren understand the wishes of the deceased?

We encourage our clients to leave a memorandum which can be updated more frequently than their will.

When is the best time to create these legal documents?

When a person reaches 18, they can create these documents.  We see people coming to us to do the documents when they have their first child, get married, get divorced, have their first grandchild, etc.

How often do you recommend updating these legal documents?

Life events such as a birth of a child, marriage, divorce, changes in the law all offer opportunities for updating the legal document.

Since this post is for adult children of seniors downsizing, is there any tips you would like to add to help these individuals deal with their parents?

Seniors need to understand that entry to an assisted living or continuing care retirement community is a time when a Durable General Power of Attorney and Living Will are strongly encouraged by the institution.  Many seniors believe that they need a Living Trust because they hear about the Living Trusts in the national media.  The national media takes in states such as California, Florida and New York in which the probate process can be extremely burdensome without a Living Trust.  Pennsylvania is a “probate friendly” state and there is much less need for a Living Trust if you are a Pennsylvania residence.  Living Trusts do not save any taxes and only shift to the present some of the work that needs to be done at the time of the person’s passing.

Thank you, Peter, for sharing your wisdom on the matter! 

Other Tips:

  • Many law offices have a handout or questionnaire that the parents can fill out to help the children know what the parents want at the time of death. When generating the legal documents, ask about these handouts or questionnaires.
  • Making a list of treasured items will help with the process of distributing items in the home.  This treasured items list doesn’t need to be legal but can be stored with the parents will for safe keeping.  Including what the item is, a picture of the item, and who to give it to. This will make the process of distribution a lot easier.

I hope this helps you get your parents’ legal documents in order.  If you wish to revisit the other posts in this series, feel free to click the titles below. Do you have any additional tips or comments?  Please leave a comment below. 

Tips To Help Your Parents Decide if Downsizing is right for them

Tips To Help Your Parents Downsize Their Stuff

Tips To Help Your Parents With Money Matters

Tips To Help Your Parents With Paper Management

Tips To Help Your Parents With Online Accounts


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How To Reduce Academic Stress For Middle Schoolers

How To Reduce Academic Stress For Middle Schoolers

I remember speed walking (because you couldn’t run in school) around my pretty large donut shaped 3 stories middle school, worrying that I wouldn’t have time to get to my locker, get my books, and get to class on time. It was three years of this emotional rollercoaster ride being that most of the time the locker wasn’t anywhere near my classes. Middle school can be quite stressful. Fast forward, 20+ years and I experience my kids stress about middle school. I would hear worries like, how will I not lose my stuff? How will I get to my locker and then to my classes? How can I keep my homework organized and not lost? While listening to these worries, all of my childhood worries came flooding back. For me it was quite stressful because I was the first generation of immigrants who knew nothing about how to organize school supplies so I had to create a system for myself through trial and error and many worrying moments. However, my kids were lucky, I was able to pass on my knowledge from the experience. And, hopefully, it would help them have a less stressful year. Here are some ways to reduce academic stress for middle schoolers.

Have a useful binder.

This is so important for middle school students. They already have to deal with a bigger school, more students, and more subjects. They don’t need to deal with disorganized papers as well. My kids loved the larger 4-inch binder that would hold all their subjects in one. It had a zipper so no loose papers would fall out and it had a handle. Note: some school lockers don’t fit these binders so ask the school teachers if there are options where they can store their binder when they are not using it. My daughter and son were able to leave it in their homeroom at lunch. Here is an example of the large binder my kids used. Feel free to click on the image and buy through Amazon. This image is from Amazon, if you wish to purchase it, I will receive a small referral fee which will not increase your cost for the product.

    • Organize the binder in the order of your subjects. I like to use double pocket dividers.  Here’s an example from Amazon. (aff.)

      Tip: Use one pocket for each subject in the pocket dividers solely for homework to bring back to school.

Have a large enough zipper pencil case to hold all the writing tools and calculator. 

A three hole punch clear zipper pocket works great to keep all the items visible and organized. Look for one that is large enough for all their pencils and their calculator.  If you use the zipper binder, there are many pockets inside so the calculator can be stored in one of those pockets. Here’s an example of one from Amazon. (aff.)

Label everything of value.

Since they will be walking around the school and will be in different classes, they are bound to lose something. So labeling everything is a good idea.  The labels can be placed in an area that is not really noticeable like the image below, though. You don’t want to embarrass them either. Mabel’s Labels has some really cute labels you can customize with your student’s name. (aff.)

Shop Mabels Labels Online

Buy a great time management planner.

Looking for planners can be quite overwhelming, so to make it easier. Last year, my kids loved this planner and it was very useful for keeping their assignments and evening schedule straight. Click here and read about how my kids setup their academic planner last year.

Have a place to find a tutor quickly.

Ask your student’s teacher or counselor about help with academic help as needed. Don’t wait too long. When you start seeing the test score results dropping consistently over a few tests, get a tutor.  If you wait too long, it can kill your student’s confidence of learning the subject.

Here are some tips from WyzArt (a tutoring service for students) for students going back to school. Find a tutor in your area through WyzArt. I found two great tutors for my kids over the last few years on WyzArt. (aff.) And, it really helped them.

I hope these tips help your middle school student reduce their academic stress make their years a huge success. Let’s continue the conversation. What tips do you have to help reduce academic stress in your middle schooler?  Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.

Pumpkin Black Bean Corn Soup Freezer Meal

Pumpkin Black Bean Corn Soup Freezer Meal

Soups are great for freezer meals. This pumpkin black bean corn soup has lots of fiber and goes great with corn bread. This can make two meals for a family of 4 or 1 meal if you want more food that 1 cup of soup per person.

Ingredients:

1 TBSP Butter
1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz)
1 can black bean (rinsed and drained)
1 1/2 cup of frozen corn (thawed)
1 can diced tomato (15 oz)
1/2 can diced green chilies
2 cans of reduced sodium chicken broth
1 tsp cumin (dried)
1 tsp nutmeg (dried)
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter and then add the thawed corn for about 3 minutes.corn cooked in pan
  2. Add all the rest of the ingredients.added ingredients to the soup
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15 minutes or until thick.
  4. Turn off and let cool a bit.
  5. Add to 2-gallon freezer bags for a family of 4 or 1 bag if you want to have more for a meal.Pumpkin Black Bean Corn Soup Freezer Meal
  6. Thaw the soup in a bowl.  Then reheat in the large saucepan till boiling. Add a little more broth if necessary.

Here is the finished soup. What do you think?  Doesn’t it look yummy?

Pumpkin Black Bean Corn Soup Freezer Meal

Pumpkin Black Bean Corn Soup Freezer Meal

Here is the printable recipe:

Pumpkin Black Bean Corn Soup Freezer Meal

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 8

Serving Size: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP Butter
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz)
  • 1 can black bean (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 1/2 cup of frozen corn (thawed)
  • 1 can diced tomato (15 oz)
  • 1/2 can diced green chilies
  • 2 cans of reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp cumin (dried)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg (dried)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter and then add the thawed corn for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add all the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15 minutes or until thick.
  4. Turn off and let cool a bit.
  5. Add to 2-gallon freezer bags for a family of 4 or 1 bag if you want to have more for a meal.
  6. Thaw the soup in a bowl. Then reheat in the large saucepan till boiling. Add a little more broth if necessary.


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Tips To Help Your Parents With Online Accounts

Tips to How to help your parents with online accounts

Online accounts can help your parent make their life easier.  From depositing checks online to communicating with family members, these accounts can give them a better quality of life.  But, if your parent is on the internet, there are some areas you should review with them to protect them.  This may be a touchy area so tread lightly with them.  Make sure they understand that giving you this information or creating this list of accounts isn’t because you don’t trust them. It’s because you want to help them and be their backup if they can’t do a task for themselves.

Tips To Help Your Parents With Online Accounts

Create a general list of usernames/passwords:

Creating a collection of general usernames, passwords, and websites that are frequently used by your parents will help you keep them organized. And, if something happens to them, you will have access to all this information easily and with little stress.  This general list would include log in information for social media, news accounts, email accounts, etc..  Here is a free printable to start collecting this information:

log in information checklist

If your parent has a large list of login information because they own a business, here is a free post I wrote about on Ways to Breakdown Long Log In Information Lists

Create an Important Online Accounts list:

Now that you have the general list, it’s time to work on the important online accounts list.  Creating a separate important online account list will probably be the most valuable information you will ever need. This list will be the list your executor or person managing your parent’s estate will use.  Here are the account types that should be included.

  • All bank accounts (debit cards) – this includes any account that has their regularly used money or savings.
  • Bills to Pay accounts – this would include bills that are electronically paid through the bank or that your parent would log in to schedule a payment. If your parents do auto-donations to their church, you would include that in this section too.
  • Investment accounts (social security, retirement, and IRAs) – this includes any accounts that contain investments for their retirement or general investment.
  • Debt accounts (car loan, mortgage, a line of credit) – this includes any account they may use to schedule monthly payments online.
  • Credit card accounts (revolving credit, credit card, personal and joint credit cards) – this includes accounts to track debt for each account is important also.
  • Business accounts (corporation paperwork) – this includes any legal paperwork involving their small business.
  • Hospital and doctor offices accounts – many doctor’s offices offer online accounts so you can access your results.
  • Insurance log in accounts – these accounts include life, short-term disability, long-term disability, home insurance, renter insurance, auto insurance, business liability insurance, worker’s comp insurance, medical insurance, and dental insurance and any other insurance they may have.

Print out a copy and keep these lists in a secure place.  A safety deposit box or fireproof safe works nicely.  Remind your parents to update the file regularly.  I recommend creating a file with a master password so no one can open the file when your parent isn’t around. Make sure they give you a copy of the password lists every 6 months or so depending on how often they use the internet.

Make Your Parent Computer Safer:

Finally, make sure your parents have a good and reliable antivirus/antimalware software installed on their system. Set up the application so it automatically updates the virus list and any other update needed. By doing it this way, your parents will not need to update it on their own and hopefully, will keep their computer free from viruses.

Gathering all this information may be daunting for you and your parents but I assure you it will be so helpful in the long run. I had to create this list when my parents passed because back then, this type of list didn’t exist. It took my brother and I several hours to figure it out. I hope this help you and your parents.

Now it’s your turn. Do you have any further tips you want to share about online accounts? Please leave a comment below.  I would love to hear from you.


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