CRISPY BUTTERMILK PORK CHOPS (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

This week in the kitchen I am making my marinated buttermilk pork chops. Everyone in the family loves the crispy coating on the pork chops. My grandmother used to make these pork chops often because she knew it was a hit with everyone that tried them. 

I have so many fond memories of my grandmother in the kitchen cooking away for the whole family. I am not sure what she would think of the idea of having my meat delivered to my door and not choosing every cut on its own at the store. I know she would love the product from Shopease Foods because they use nothing but 100% Canadian Natural Meats, free from additives, fillers and preservatives. 

Time to share with all of you our Crispy Buttermilk Pork Chops. I hope your family enjoys them as much as our family does.



3 Boneless Pork Chops
1 1/2 Cups Buttermilk
1/2 tsp Salt
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1 1/2 Cups Bread Crumbs
3 TBSP Parsley
2 TBSP Olive Oil   

1. Combine buttermilk, salt and garlic in a bowl. Put pork chops in a resealable bag or shallow bowl. Add buttermilk to bag or bowl and make sure pork chops are fully submerged.

2. In another bowl combine breadcrumbs and parsley. One pork chop at a time remove from buttermilk and put into breadcrumb mixture.

3. Add one 1 TBSP Olive Oil  into pan and heat at medium heat. Add pork chops to heated pan and cook for about 8 minutes on each side or until done.

What meal does everyone in your family like?

*** 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 - July 25, 2016

The last week of July is here and we have been battling very warm temperatures this last week. I need to think of some meals that require little hydro but are tasty for my family to eat.

~ Monday ~
Shepherd's Pie
~ Tuesday ~
Pork Chops
~ Wednesday ~
Pasta Dish

~Thursday ~
~ Friday ~

~ Saturday ~

~ Sunday ~
Baked Potatoes

~ Baking this week ~
Oatmeal Bread
Peanut Butter Cookies 

Where do you go for menu inspiration?

10 Frugal Stay at Home Date Night Ideas

Over the years Rob and I have had to be very creative with our date nights. Most of the time that meant staying in for date night and keeping things on budget. That means getting really creative with our date night ideas. Over the years we have come up with some really great ideas for stay at home date nights. 

10 Frugal Stay at Home Date Night IdeasMy hope is that by sharing these ideas you will be come encouraged to put some of the ideas to use in your own life no matter how busy you are. It is time to put the kids to bed and spend some quality time with your significant other.

Picnic in the Backyard

Make up some finger foods and grab some favourite snacks and head into the backyard for picnic once you put the kids to bed.
Have a Video Game Night

Who said the video games are just for the kids? Pull out a game and play the game just for fun. We usually end up playing Mario Kart and I haven't actually won some of the races over the years.

Do a Puzzle Together

Put a puzzle across the table and start doing a puzzle together. We find puzzles for great prices at local thrift stores and just tuck them away until we want to do them.

Have a Fondue Night

You do not need a fondue to have a fondue night you can put the pan on your stove or the ingredients in your slow cooker and enjoy some time together talking as you are cooking your food.

Movie Time

Pop some popcorn and snuggle on the couch and turn on Netflix. There are so many shows to choose from the list is endlist.


Line up some karaoke videos on YouTube and start singing. There are a lot of songs on YouTube, I know you will find some of your favourites.

Sit Outside

Grab a glass of Lemonade and head out to your front porch or into your backyard to sit and talk. A great time to reconnect and actually have uninterrupted conversation.

Give a Massage

After a hard day of working why not exchange foot massages to relax. If touching feet is not your things you can always give a back rub.

Take Dance Lessons

You are not seeing things. You can head over to YouTube and search up dance lessons and learn how to tango or salsa together right in your own home and at no cost.

Play a Card Game

The internet is a HUGE resource for different card game you can play with two people. This year we learned how to play GOLF. Yes it is a game and it can be played with two people. Just search some card games out to try.

Money didn't come into play with any of these date night ideas. You can be creative and have fun together. What have you done to have a date night at home?  I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below!

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NACHOS (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

Have you had one of those days when everything you touch goes wrong. I mean everything! It didn't matter what I touched it went wrong from my blog to editing video. Then I decided to change what I was doing so I started to cook dinner and everything went wrong. I dropped everything so I had to revamp my dinner menu plan for the night and go with a standby I always have on hand.

Shopease Foods has provided the meat for this recipe and you can find out more about them by visiting their website. Tonight on my menu I switched it up and decided to make some Nachos.

Nachos, Quick and Easy, Shopease Foods


1 lb Ground Meat
1/2 Onion (Medium), diced
2 Cups Cheese, grated
Tortilla Chips

1. Brown ground meat. 
2. Spread Tortilla Chips on a cookie sheet.
3. Add meat and onion to nachos, top with cheese.
4. Cook in oven at 350* for about 3 to 5 minutes. 
5. Broil nachos to cook top for about 3 minutes.

Our Nachos are always changed up depending what we have in the fridge that day. I try to keep most of the ingredients on hand so we can make them in a pinch at any time.   

What are some of your one pan meals that you make?

*** 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. ***


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Menu Planning Monday - July 18, 2016

A heat wave is going to be here for this coming weekend so I tried to take that into consideration when I made my meal plan. We are also having company for the weekend and I didn't want to spend a ton of time prepping meals. 

~ Monday ~
Pork Chops

~ Tuesday ~
Burrito Bowl

~ Wednesday ~
Chicken Stir Fry

~Thursday ~
Ziti Bake
Garlic Bread

~ Friday ~
Chicken Bruschetta

~ Saturday ~
Homemade Burgers
Corn on the Cob

~ Sunday ~
Layered Chicken Taco Salad

~ Baking this week ~

What is on your menu this week?

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PEPPERONI PIZZA PASTA (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

I am all about quick dinners now that summer is here. I don't want to spend a lot of time cooking and heating up my house. The quicker the dinner the better and it works out better if the clean up is just as quick.

Shopease Foods has provided the meat for this recipe and you can find out how you can have their natural meats delivered to your door by visiting their website. This has been the best tasting meat we have ever had with next to know fat on our meat. They stand behind their product so much so that if for some reason your package becomes unsealed they will replace it no questions asked. 



1 lb Ground Meat
1/2 Onion (Medium), diced
250g Pepperoni, Sliced or diced
1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce
2 Cups Water
3 Cups Pasta (I used Rotini)
2 Cups Cheese, grated

1. Brown ground meat and onions together. 
2. Add 2/3 of pepperoni, spaghetti sauce, water and pasta. 
3. Cover and cook until most liquid is gone and pasta is cooked.
4. Once cooked top with cheese and rest of pepperoni. 
5. Cover until cheese is melted.

This would work great served with garlic bread or a salad or both!  

What are some of your one pan meals that you make?

*** 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. ***