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Muffin removed her diaper in the midst of our photo shoot

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Frontier Soups

Once a week we roast a locally raised pastured chicken. Depending on the size, it can provide a few meals for our family (including being saved for homemade broth). As you can imagine, we like finding new ways to use the meat so that we don’t get burned out eating the same thing every week. The kids were thrilled when Frontier Soups sent us a sample assortment from their Homemade In Minutes line. Finally, something new to do with leftover chicken!

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Variety of Homemade in Minutes Frontier Soups

Despite being at home all day, there are times I struggle to get dinner on the table at a decent-ish time. I’m not sitting on the couch eating bonbons all day. I’m playing with/teaching the kids, cleaning, changing diapers, cooking other daily meals, laundry, more diapers, and so on. Sometimes (okay, often!) I get caught up in our day & forget about dinner. Depending on what’s in the fridge, we might resort to takeout or delivery. Frontier Soups Homemade in Minutes mixes include all-natural ingredients with no added salt, preservatives, or MSG and cook in 30-45 minutes. All corn and rice ingredients in every mix are certified non-GMO. Many of the Frontier Soups mixes are certified gluten-free by the Celiac Sprue Association. Roughly the same amount of time for a cheaper and healthier meal? Sold.

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Muffin loved helping me open the box

Here’s a bit about the company: “Frontier Soups is an American company founded by Trisha Anderson, who transformed her life-long love of cooking into a career in the food industry. The company is dedicated to creating the best all-natural products possible. They believe that soup is the essence of comfort food and Frontier Soups mixes make it so easy to serve simple, satisfying meals at home. Today, they offer a variety of all-natural soups, stews, chili, and chowders to families around the country.

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Little Schoolhouse Alphabet Soup

Of the variety that was sent in my Moms Meet Blogger kit (South of the Border Tortilla Soup Mix, Connecticut Cottage Chicken Noodle Soup Mix, Florida Sunshine Red Pepper Corn Chowder Soup Mix, West Coast Kale and Quinoa Vegetable Soup Mix, Mississippi Delta Tomato Basil Soup Mix, and Little Schoolhouse Alphabet Soup Mix), we all agreed that the Little Schoolhouse Alphabet Soup was the best first choice for our homeschooling family.

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Biscuit's soup bowl

Most of the soups call for precooked chicken & chicken broth, but you can customize to your liking or what you have on hand. There were a couple stray potatoes left with our chicken that got diced up and added to the pot as well as one lone piece of bacon (we add bacon to everything we can!). Beef or pork would have worked just as well in place of the chicken. I think ground meat would even work or you could skip the meat all together! I’m happy to have a few Frontier Soups in my pantry to choose from in a pinch. They have superior ingredients to conventional boxed meals and taste far better too.

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Frontier Soups

Frontier Soups and Moms Meet are offering 20% off plus FREE shipping on a special 6 pack for Jens2Cents readers. You will get these soups: South of the Border Tortilla Soup Mix, Connecticut Cottage Chicken Noodle Soup Mix, Florida Sunshine Red Pepper Corn Chowder Soup Mix, West Coast Kale and Quinoa Vegetable Soup Mix, Mississippi Delta Tomato Basil Soup Mix, and Little Schoolhouse Alphabet Soup Mix. This offer isn’t available on the website so be sure to use this link. (Offer good until December 32, 2014.) You can also find Frontier Soups at Whole Foods, Central Market, Abe’s Market, Amazon and other stores. Follow Frontier Soups on Facebook and Twitter for product updates and fun recipe ideas!

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Did I mention she enjoyed opening the box?

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

We got the keys to our current rental in April. Until this past weekend, the lawn had only been mowed once.

Texas is dry. Our lawn is mostly weeds and even they have struggled to survive. Did the lawn look messy? Yes! Did it need to be taken care of? The HOA hadn’t said anything yet. ;)

My husband and I had both commented on it a few times, acknowledging that the lawn would need to be mowed soon. I told him on several occasions that I believed someone (possibly a neighborhood kid) would come by & offer to cut it for cash. It would be nice to pay a person instead of a business for something like this and hopefully they’d be willing to come back every so often to maintain it. Let’s face it, we weren’t getting it done ourselves.

On Saturday there was a knock at the door as we were getting ready to go run errands. My husband stepped outside. I couldn’t make out what was being said, but I did hear an older gentleman say “Please”. There was so much behind that one word that I already knew we would be helping him if possible. When he came back in my husband said the man had asked if he could cut our grass & told me a more than reasonable price. The look on his face told me he had also heard a lot in that “Please”. “Of course! Yes!” I said as I pushed him back to the door.

We took our time getting ready to leave for the day. Soon there was another knock on the door. I asked my son to please get a bottle of water for the gentleman as my husband and I stepped outside. The yard looked much better, of course. My husband paid him, being sure to give him a bit extra and handed him the water. We stood there chatting for a few moments with him admiring Muffin as she smiled shyly at him from my arms. We will see him again in a few weeks to cut the backyard and will likely request his help as long as we live in this house.

Our day had started like most and I was a bit stressed trying to get everyone ready for errands when he first arrived. When we left the house, I was much in a much more appreciative mood. Being able to say yes to someone’s plea is a great feeling. I’m so glad we let the grass grow.

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