Lasagna Day

Lasagna Day

Lasagna Day

Lasagna Day is celebrated each year on July 29th!! We are a family of lasagna lovers hence we are always having a different kind of lasagna each time we have it.  We have two main recipes we use and then one that is different when we want to shake things up a bit.  The Easy Lasagna Recipe  is the one we have most often but the Cilantro and Roasted Onion Lasagna is a treat!   But in the summer time turning on the oven is the LAST thing I want to do so I pull out the stock pot and make Lasagna Soup! 

Lasagna Soup
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1222 calories
31 g
347 g
75 g
106 g
32 g
2136 g
1339 g
15 g
4 g
33 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1222
Calories from Fat 670
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 75g
Saturated Fat 32g
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 30g
Cholesterol 347mg
Sodium 1339mg
Total Carbohydrates 31g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 15g
Protein 106g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 5 cups water
  3. 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  4. 1 1/2 cups quartered fresh mushrooms
  5. 3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  6. 1/2 cup diced onion
  7. 1 clove garlic, crushed
  8. 1 teaspoon basil
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. 3/4 cup crumbled mozzarella cheese
  1. Directions
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, cook the ground beef until browned; drain.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the cheese. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes.
  4. Add the cheese and continue cooking for another 15 minutes.
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All Creatures Big and Small

All Creatures Big and Small

***Last day to get this movie for free is 7/28/15! Download your copy today! 

All Creatures Big and Small is now available on Google Play Store for free for a limited time! Feautring Martin Sheen and Amy Grant their characters tell a story of Noah and the Ark and learn it takes two to make an adventure! This must watch preview is adorable and I’m downloading the film this morning! 

Join the animal kingdom on the journey of a lifetime with the exclusive debut ofAll Creatures Big and Small on Google Play. Featuring the voice talents of Martin Sheen and Amy Grant, and distributed by Entertainment One (eOne), All Creatures Big and Small is a family-friendly, feature-length adventure that reimagines the epic tale of Noah’s Ark.  Just in time for the long holiday weekend,  All Creatures Big and Small will be available for free for a limited time on Google Play starting July 1.
 Meet Dave

In All Creatures Big and Small, a clumsy new species of Nestrians, led by patriarch Dave and son Finny, find themselves left off the list of animals allowed to board Noah’s Ark. With rough waters ahead, the father-son duo scramble in disguise to sneak onto the boat. Caught up in all the excitement, Finny accidentally steps off the boat and gets left behind leaving him and a few new friends to embark on an incredible and harrowing journey to reunite with their family. With the aid of creatures big and small, Dave must turn the Ark around to save his son in this heartwarming adventure of biblical proportions.

Meet Finny

The release of All Creatures Big and Small coincides with the launch of Google Play’s new family-friendly discovery experience that is designed to help parents find apps, games, movies & TV shows and books that are appropriate for their kids.

Hazel from All Creatures Big and Small

About Google Play

Google Play is an online store with millions of digital songs, movies, TV shows, apps, games, books and more.  With access to 30 million songs, thousands of new release movies and next day TV shows, millions of apps and games, and thousands of news sources, Google Play is your one stop shop for digital entertainment on any device.

About Entertainment One

Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content.  The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea.  Through established Film and Television divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 40,000 film and television titles, 4,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.

All Creatures Big and Small Coloring Sheet

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All Creatures Big And Small Coloring Sheet

Just to help you celebrate this freebie we are also giving away one $24 Google Play card! Enter for your chance to win on the Rafflecopter below! Good luck! 


$25 – Google Play Gift CardsGoogle Play is your one stop shop for millions of digital songs, movies, TV shows, apps, games, books and more.   With a $25 Google Play gift card, readers can choose from family-friendly content similar to All Creatures Big and Small.

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Save More Spend Less with Heidi is not responsible for shipment of the prize.  But you will receive your prize within 4-6 weeks from the conclusion of the giveaway on July 9, 2015! 


Milk Chocolate Day

Milk Chocolate Day

Milk Chocolate Day

Milk Chocolate Day is celebrated each year on July 28th! This is the perfect day for chocoloholics around the world to celebrate because it is a delicious treat any time you can indulge in milk chocolate. Milk chocolate is typically cocoa powder mixed with milk in order to be considered a milk chocolate.  Most often milk chocolate is found in candy, chocolate milk, as well as lots of different desserts!!  Chocolate has mood enhancing benefits so be sure to eat a piece of chocolate a day!! Milk chocolate is one thing I can never get to much of!! Check out my friend Stefanie’s post where they got to make chocolate while in Hershey, Pennsylvania!! 

What is your favorite way to enjoy milk chocolate? 


What to Read This Summer

What to Read This Summer

What to Read is This Summer from Thriftbooks


Books are one of my biggest weaknesses and I absolutely love to read.  I’ve always got a book in my hand during my downtime and each summer I always have a “theme” if you will.  This year’s theme was to get rid of extra clutter around our house and minimize our “things” to make life simpler.  While I’ve been busy I haven’t tackled all of the house just yet, but there is still plenty of time left!  

But if you know anything about me you probably know that clutter is something I have lots of and things have changed a lot at the SMSL household this summer.  I’m not ready to spill all of the details just yet, but rest assured that some of these changes have been for the positive, while others have left a hole in our everyday life.  So when I was asked to work with Thriftbooks, I knew that this was the perfect time to get going on some life changes. 

Thiftbooks Wish List

Once I accepted the assignment I went to and started shopping. I had several ideas of where I wanted to start looking for books, but before I knew it I had over 20 books on my wish list.  I loved that their site was easy to use as well as allowed me to save books to a wish list that I want to read. But the best thing about the Wish List  is that the customer will get an email the instant an out-of-print book hits their shelves. They even show how often they get copies of the title you want and how many other Thrift Books customers are interested in the same title. So obviously these two will be a little hard for me to get, but I will get them eventually. 

Thriftbooks Order

After making my wish list I finally narrowed it down to 5 books to order and received them within about 7 days of placing the original order.  When they arrived they were wrapped up neatly in two different packages but my favorite was the one that was marked with Thriftbooks and reminding me to spend less and read more.  

What to Read This Summer

I love that Thrift Books sells used books at the lowest everyday price on the Internet.  But that isn’t all, they also have reward programs as well as thrifty deals making it a win, win for me! 

Their Reading Rewards is their loyalty program that has no annual fee and rewards you with a $5 coupon for every $50 you spend on books. I’m already half way there with my first order which makes me very happy! 

They even have Tell-a-Friend referral program that gives  friends & family a 15% OFF coupon, as a new customer. You also get one for referring them if they sign up within 14 days; unless you’re a Reading Rewards member. Then it’s 20%!

There is also FREE Shipping on US Orders of $10 or more and orders shipped within 24 hours so you don’t wait long for your books.  

So be sure to check out Thriftbooks and make your Summer reading list. I promise you won’t be disappointed with the selections as well as rewards.  What are you reading this Summer? 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Creme Brulee Day

Creme Brulee Day 

Creme Brulee Day

Creme Brulee Day and Scotch Day are celebrated each year on July 27th! This is one of my all time favorite desserts but I’ve never mastered making it correctly at home.  One of my all time favorite treats is a Creme Brulee Concrete from Sheridan’s in KC!  Usually Creme Brulee includes a custard bottom and a hardened shell of caramel that is served at room temperature. 

There are hundreds of variations including chocolate, rosemary, vanilla, orange, lemon, lavender and so on to try. However, my favorite is the traditional Creme Brulee. Check out this great recipe and try your hand at making this delicious treat today!  

What is your favorite Creme Brulee?