Blissful Streaming: The Key to a Happy Relationship #StreamTeam

Going out for date night?!?!?! Really is that a thing anymore. When I think of date night I think of turning on Netflix and deciding on what movie to watch while cuddled up on the couch with my husband and dog in between us. Yes,  we have to share the couch with our dog. Yes we do live very frugally and try no to spend money on unnecessary items but if we really wanted to we would find a way to go out alone on a date for the night.

The point is staying in and enjoying a movie on Netflix on a Friday or Saturday night is just something we prefer to do. We don't have to worry about our 11-year-old going to bed on time. We can eat snacks we have made special for the night. If we want to be in our jammies to relax for the evening we can do that also. There are perks with having date night at home.



Did you realize that staying in is the New Date Night. Six in ten (58%) respondents in a relationship say they prefer to stay in and watch Netflix for date night. Most (77%) say they watch Netflix together because they like spending time together without leaving the house while seven in ten (68%) say shows are more fun when watched together, and 58% enjoy having someone to talk with about the show - the ultimate bonding experience! I know that is case at my house.



Is your relationship Netflix Offical? Have you shared your Netflix password with your significant other? Do you bond over Netflix? Take a look at this cute graphic above and let me know what relationship you are.

Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream at Budweiser Gardens in London, ON {#Giveaway}

Disney On Ice is one of our favourite events to attend every year. The show is full of action and excitement as we wait to see who will take the ice next. There is nothing like seeing the joy on your child\s face as their favourite characters take to the ice.

Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream will be here in London from March 10th to the 13th at the Budweiser Gardens. This year I am excited to offer one of my readers a chance to win a family 4 pack of tickets to the show on March 10th at 7pm at Budweiser Gardens in London.




Nothing can stop a princess from a celebration of royal proportions when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream skates into to your hometown. Join your hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse for a princess-packed adventure. Laugh along with Disney’s hair-raising escapade, Tangled, as Rapunzel, Flynn and Maximus embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths! Travel to the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as she escapes from the Evil Queen in her search for her one true love. Dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, in a magical, musical journey that begins with a fateful kiss. The whole family will delight in the beauty, sparkle and spirit of the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime!

Check out the preview:



~ WIN! ~

We are giving away 4 tickets to the show at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario for Thursday, March 10. 2016 at 7pm.

GIVEAWAY ENDS

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 9pm

Open to anyone willing to travel to LONDON for the show.


Disclosure - I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.



Slow Cooker Ham with Maple Glaze (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

There is nothing better then coming home to the smell of a delicious ham cooking in the slow cooker all ready to be served. Shopease Foods has delicious Hams that are not salty and everyone in the family loves. We have had some salty hams over the years and I just love that these are not. Remember to check out Shopease Foods and place your order to have you prices locked in for the year. 


Slow Cooker Ham with Maple Glaze


  • Boneless Fully Cooked Ham (approx. 3-4lbs) 
  • 1 cup Maple Syrup
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon Honey Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves

Instructions
  1. Remove casing from Ham if there is one.
  2. Score top of ham by making a diamond pattern. 
  3. Place ham in Slow Cooker.
  4. In small mixing bowl, mix together Maple Syrup, Brown Sugar, Mustard, and Cloves.
  5. Pour mixture over Ham, and use a basting brush to brush it all over the top and sides. 
  6. Cover Slow Cooker with lid and cook on LOW for 4 hours, or until done. (depending on your Slow Cooker)
  7. Baste the sauce mixture over the ham from time to time while it is cooking if you are home. 
  8. Serve some of the extra sauce/juice over the Ham as you service it. 



                                     
What is your favourite slow cooker meal?


*** It's just my life... was supplied meat and cookware from www.ShopeaseFoods.com. The recipes, video and photos are my own. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. ***

Power Rangers Time Force: The Complete Series {#Giveaway}

Power Rangers was always one when my kids were growing up. My son loved the action and adventure and my daughter really loved the female characters. It had something for everyone. This is something that they have continued to appeal to both boys and girls over the years. Now you can get the latest season of Power Rangers Time Force to view anytime you want at home. 


“POWER RANGERS TIME FORCE:
 The Complete Series"


On DVD February 9, 2016!



Synopsis

In the distant future, a team of Power Rangers known as the Power Rangers Time Force act as a time-traveling police force capturing and freezing criminal mutants. When the notorious criminal mastermind Ransik stages a daring escape, he fells the Red Time Force Ranger Alex and takes the entire cryogenic prison full of dangerous, incarcerated mutants back in time with him to the year 2001. There he seeks to unleash a new wave of crime against our modern world, helpless against his vastly superior technology. In pursuit of Ransik, Pink Ranger Jen – grieving fiancĂ©e of Alex – leads a team of Time Force officers back in time to apprehend the escaped criminals. In modern times they ally themselves with Alex’s distant ancestor, Wes, whose shared DNA with his future descendant allows him to take up the powers of the Red Time Force Ranger.

One of our wonderful readers has a chance to win their own copy of Power Rangers Time Force: The Complete Series!

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My Rating: 3.75/5


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Menu Planning Monday - February 8, 2016

Trying to jazz up my meal plan this week by making some new to me recipes this week. I will share my thoughts on them next week. We made a Shopease Foods Ham this week they are not salty at all and are so good. We did it with a maple glaze. Oh my lands yummy! I will be sharing the video and recipe with you on Wednesday. Be sure to look for it.  

I link up my Menu Planning post to orgjunkie every week. 



~ Monday ~
Turkey Stew

~ Tuesday ~
Ham Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole
Salad

~ Wednesday ~
Chili 
Bread Bowls

~Thursday ~
Pork Chops
Rice
Veggies

~ Friday ~
Whole Chicken
Roasted Potatoes
Veggies

~ Saturday ~
Quesadillas
Spanish Rice

~ Sunday ~
Tortellini Soup

~ Baking this week ~
Oatmeal Cookies
Apple Muffins


What is on your menu this week?


Refreshing Creamy Cilantro-Lime Avocado Dressing


During winter, I get bored of eating the same thing. I have my stock of recipes that I go to week after week and month after month. Sometimes you need to just shake things up and have something refreshing. 

I love everything citrus. The lime juice with the almond milk make this dressing refreshing and creamy at the same time. This is quick to whip up in a blender to add to your winter salad. 




Creamy Cilantro-Lime Avocado Dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 1 1/3 cups (325 mL)

Ingredients
· 2/3 cup (150 mL) Almond Breeze® Unsweetened Original
· 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
· 1/2 ripe avocado, diced
· 1 green onion, sliced
· 1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh cilantro
· 1 small clove garlic, minced
· 1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice
· 1/2 tsp (2 mL) lime zest
· 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt, freshly ground pepper and ground cumin

Directions

Dressing: In blender, combine Almond Breeze, olive oil, avocado, green onion, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, lime zest, salt, pepper and cumin; blend until smooth. 
Refrigerate until serving.

Tip: For a thinner consistency of dressing, add an additional
1/2 cup (125 mL) Almond Breeze® Unsweetened Original.

7 Last Minute Frugal Valentine's Day Ideas


As with every holiday Rob and I celebrate Valentine's very frugally. I love celebrating Valentine's Day with my family and hubby. I usually go out of my way to make loot bags for the kids to have as well as getting that special treat for my husband. Even though I love to celebrate it doesn't mean I break the bank doing so. I am sure by now you know me better than that. 



Are you looking for some last minute frugal ideas to celebrate the day? Here is a list of some ways we have celebrated over the years. 

1. Cozy Night In - Turn on Netflix or rent a movie to cuddle up and watch for the evening. Make a special treat to eat while enjoying the flick. 

2. Romantic Indoor/Outdoor Picnic - Depending on the weather you live pack a picnic or make a picnic at home. 

3. Go Ice Skating - I am in Ontario, Canada and we have a lot of free skating rinks in our area to have a nice date night under the stars while skating outdoors. 

4. Create a Meal with a Chopped Date Night - Both my husband and I love to cook so this is always fun for us. Decide what you are going to cook dessert, appetizer, main dish or side dish. Then head to the grocery store to pick up two mystery ingredients for each person. They have to incorporate that into the dish. 

5. Eat by Candlelight - We always have candles tucked away in case we lose power. Pull them out for the 14th it makes whatever you are eating romantic. 

6. Play Hearts to Hearts - I am sure you have heard of Apples to Apples well this is along the same lines. I printed out the cards for Valentine's Day this year to play with the whole family. 

7. Cream Soda Floats - Grab some ice cream and some pink cream soda to enjoy cream soda floats for a treat with the family.

The most important thing about the date is spending time with those you love. I have frugal winter date ideas that might help you with coming up with something to do on this special day. 

I would love to hear about some frugal Valentine's Day ideas you have done in the past in the comments below.




Pork Chop and Cabbage Skillet (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

Do you have your favourite one pan meals? Is there something that everyone always requests to be on your menu. This week we use Shopease Foods Pork Chops to create our Skillet Meal. I love being able to cook our dinner in just one pot that makes clean-up a whole lot easier. That translates to more time with your family and less time in the kitchen. 



Pork Chop and Cabbage Skillet

2 Large Pork Chops (or 4 small ones)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 TBSP Olive Oil
1 Strip Bacon, cut fine
1 lb Potatoes, diced to bite size
2 TBSPS Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Medium Apples, sliced thinly
1 Clove Garlic, minced
4 Cups Cabbage, thinly sliced
1 Cup Chicken Broth
1 TBSP Parsley

DIRECTIONS:

Heat large skillet to medium adding oil and then pork chops that have been salt and peppered to your taste to cook a bit and brown. 
Once pork chops are browned remove onto a plate and reserve until later.
Add bacon and potatoes to skillet. Cook covered for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are softened. 
Add vinegar and scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the skillet. 
Stir in cabbage, apples and garlic. Cook covered 3 to 4 minutes. 
Increase heat to medium-high. Stir in broth. Cover and cook for 4 to 6 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender. Return pork chops to skillet and cook covered for 3 to 4 minutes or until pork chops are cooked through. 
Sprinkle with parsley. 





                                     
What is your favourite skillet meal?


*** It's just my life... was supplied meat and cookware from www.ShopeaseFoods.com. The recipes, video and photos are my own. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. ***