Campfire BBQ Honey Foil Meal (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

I love meals with little to no clean up at all when we are busy in the summer with other activities. Foil meals are perfect for making ahead of time and putting them on the grill or the campfire when you are ready to eat. I love that you can open the foil pack and eat your dinner without messing with plates. Such an easy clean up. 

This week I used a pork loin roast from Shopease Foods cut it into smaller pieces to go into the foil packs. I find with this recipe you could also put in chicken, pork chops, and even a hamburger pattie. 

1/2 cup Barbeque Sauce
1/4 cup Honey
2 tsp Cumin
4 Pork Chops or Chicken Breasts
4 Cobs of Corn cut into thirds
4 medium Potato Sliced
6 Carrots cut into sticks

1. Heat gas grill or get campfire started. Mix together BBQ sauce and Honey and set aside.
2. Spray tin foil with cooking spray. 
3. Fill with meat, potatoes, carrots and corn on the cob top with 3 Tbsp of sauce. 
4. Close foil up and seal edges. 
5. Cook at medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes depending on cut of meat.  

Do you go camping or to the trailer in the summer? Do you have a favorite meal you cook on the campfire?

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

Menu Planning Monday - May 23, 2016

This week while doing my menu I tried to plan meals for us that involved little to no use of our stove because it is just to warm out and I don't want to heat up the house. 

~ Monday ~
BBQ Burgers
Potato Salad

~ Tuesday ~
Hot Turkey Sandwiches

~ Wednesday ~
Pasta Dish

~Thursday ~
Taco Soup

~ Friday ~
HM Pizza

~ Saturday ~
Baked Potatoes

~ Sunday ~

~ Baking this week ~
Rice Krispies
No Bake Cookies

Where do you go for menu inspiration?

CHILI PASTA SKILLET (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

The week has been flying by and we have been so busy or maybe I have just said yes to too many things. Either way, time is not on my side. I needed a quick skillet meal done in 30 minutes tonight and this one was perfect.

The one thing I can always count on is my meat and cookware from Shopease Foods. Having the Nutri-Stahl makes it even easier to cook and keep things at the perfect temperature thanks to their Tempalert knob on the lid. Always keep it in the green zone. 

3 cups Penne Pasta, uncooked
1lb ground meat
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup frozen corn
1 TBSP chili powder
1 Lg can Diced Tomatoes
1/2 cup Salsa
3/4 cup Shredded Cheese

1. Cook pasta as directed.
2. Meanwhile brown ground meat with onion and garlic. 
3. Add corn and chili powder to meat mixture, cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are cooked. 
4. Stir tomatoes and salsa into meat mixture and cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. 
5. Drain Pasta. Combine with meat mixture; stir in shredded cheese to combine and melt. 

Be on the lookout for next week when we will feature a campfire meal to take with you camping.

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

150 Best Recipes for Cooking in Foil: Ovens, BBQ, Camping

Disclosure: ItsJustMyLifeCA received products for this review. All opinions, however, are honest and my own.

You do not have to be a  camper to enjoy the convenience of foil meals. The recipes are creative and simple to do taking very little prep time. There are breakfast, dinner and dessert recipes for you to enjoy.

Foil meals are very quick and easy to prepare and even easier to clean up. The recipes in the book are designed to serve 4 people but you can easily double them. 

I can not wait to go tailgating in the fall and enjoy these foil meals with all our friends. For now I will enjoy them on our BBQ for quick meals. 

150 Best Recipes for Cooking in Foil
Ovens * BBQ * Camping
By Marilyn Haugen 
Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Many of the dishes can be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen for speedy lunch, cocktail party, tailgate party, spontaneous weekend barbeque or no-fuss weeknight meal.

Take a look at how easy and good these Breakfast Tacos look.

Courtesy of 150 Best Recipes for Cooking in Foil by Marilyn Haugen© 2016 Reprinted with publisher permission.
Ready-to-Go Breakfast Tacos
Makes 6 servings

·        6 double sheets heavy-duty foil, top sheets sprayed with nonstick cooking spray

Make Ahead
6           cooked pork sausage links, cut into 12-inch (1 cm) pieces 
2           jalapeno peppers, seeded and thinly sliced 
2           red bell peppers, thinly sliced                   
1           small red onion, thinly sliced                   
1           can (14 oz/398 mL) black beans, drained 
1 cup     frozen corn, thawed                        
12 cup  salsa                                               
2 tbsp    olive oil                                             
1 tsp      kosher salt                                           
1 tsp      ground coriander                                 
12 tsp   freshly ground black pepper               

At the Campsite
6           large eggs                                                  
             Salt and ground black pepper
12 cup  shredded Monterey Jack cheese     
12         taco-size (8-inch/20 cm) flour tortillas (see Tips) 
Make Ahead
1.   In a large bowl, combine sausages, jalapeƱos, red peppers, onion, beans, corn, salsa, oil, salt, coriander and pepper.
2.   Divide sausage mixture evenly among prepared foil sheets. Fold foil into tent-style packets and seal edges tightly. Refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

At the Campsite
3.   Prepare campfire coals. Place packets on hot coals and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, moving packets occasionally, until sausage mixture is very hot.
4.   Transfer packs to a flat surface and open with caution, allowing.

Have you ever made foil meals?

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Menu Planning Monday - May 16, 2016

Old man winter has reared its ugly head here in my next of the woods. Snowing on Sunday. Oh my lands, whoever thought that would happen. I think some soups and stews for the first few days this week before it warms up at the end of the week. I have had a very busy weekend and having my freezer full of Shopease Foods meats means it is easier for me to make my menu plan for the week. 

Shopease foods has been a lifesaver for not only myself but my family. We have are able to go into our freezer and grab meat we know we can eat and because it has been customized to our families dietary restrictions. 

~ Monday ~
Turkey Stew

~ Tuesday ~
Shepherd's Pie

~ Wednesday ~
Chicken Parm

~Thursday ~
Pasta Dish
Garlic Bread

~ Friday ~
HM Calzones

~ Saturday ~

~ Sunday ~

~ Baking this week ~
Banana muffins
Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Where do you go for menu inspiration?

Fight Odors with Downy Fresh Protect #MomsShopWalmart $50 Giveaway #PGMomGiveaway

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul the joy of less

As a family, we find the joy of less, so when I received this book to review I was so excited to get down to reading it. I really enjoyed reading how others felt when saying no and living with less. It also inspired me to want to still purge and live with less. 

The stories were great and reminded me that even having too many commitments after dinner and school, also contribute to clutter in our lives. As a family, we need reconsider what is near and dear to our heart and say "no" to things in our lives that aren't near and dear to us. 

Chicken Soup For The Soul
the joy of less
101 stories about Having More by 
Simplifying Our Lives

This year Chicken Soup for the Soul has published for Mom, with love that says:

*The Freedom of Less
*The Joy of No
*All You Need Is Less
*Joyfully Unplugged
*The Joy of Sharing
*Less Is So Much More
*Joy on the Road
*Count Your Blessings
*The Joy of Starting Over
*Lessons in Less

About Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, publishes the famous “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. In 2007, USA Today named “Chicken Soup For The Soul” one of the five most memorable books in the last quarter century. With over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada alone, almost 250 titles in print and translations into more than 40 languages, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” is one of the world’s best known phrases. Today, 20 years, after it first began sharing readers’ experiences, Chicken Soup for the Soul continues to provide extraordinary stories through its new books but has also evolved beyond the bookstore.

Chicken Soup for the Soul is known for high-quality products including wholesome and balanced pet food that recognizes the unique relationship between pets and people and a new line of delicious nutritious comfort food inspired by the connection between food and feelings. Chicken Soup For The Soul is “always there for you.”

For More Information

- Visit the Chicken Soup For The Soul Website.
- Connect with Chicken Soup on Facebook and Twitter.

** Disclosure: Posted by It's just my life received a copy of this book from Chicken Soup For The Soul for review purposes. However, the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. **

LOADED RANCH POTATO CHICKEN CASSEROLE (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

This week in the kitchen I am cooking Ranch Potatoes. I have been craving Cheesy Ranch Potatoes and this is a good way to incorporate some chicken and make it into a one dish casserole. 

I would have to say the only downside to having a freezer full of meat from Shopease Foods is trying to decide what to cook every night. Almost too much selection. Don't get me wrong the meat is the best we have ever tasted but how do you narrow down your selections every week. I have taken to making a meal plan at the beginning of the week and I bring up only what I need for the week to my main fridge/freezer. 

6 Medium Sized Potatoes
2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1/4 cup Ranch Dressing (for potatoes)
1/4 cup Ranch Dressing (for chicken)
2 cups shredded cheese
4 slices Bacon (cooked and crushed)
Chives or Green Onions to garnish top

1. Preheat oven to 450*.
2. Spray 9x13 pan so potatoes won't stick.
3. Dice potatoes into bite size pieces you should have enough to cover the bottom of the dish. 
4. Mix potatoes, salt, pepper and ranch dressing in a bowl. Stir to combine. Then put potatoes into casserole dish. 
5. Bake potatoes for 30 minutes at 450*, tossing the potatoes every 10 minutes.
6. Use leftover ranch dressing in the bowl and add another 1/4 cup to it and coat chicken that has been cut into 1-inch pieces. Marinate chicken in ranch dressing until potatoes are cooked.
7. Once potatoes are done put raw chicken on top of the potatoes and cover with foil and place back in the oven for 20 minutes at 400*. (Note temperature change)
8. Once chicken is cooked bring casserole out of the oven and top with cheese, bacon and chives. Put back into the oven for about 5 minutes to melt cheese. 

I hope you enjoyed this week's What's Cooking Wednesday, do you have a favourite casserole your family loves? I would love it if you could share the recipe with me so I can give it a try. 

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