BBQ CHICKEN SANDWICH (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

It was one of those days when we really didn't have a lot of time to prepare dinner. I knew this ahead of time and decided to make something quick and easy and good for my family. We made some BBQ Chicken Sandwiches and served it with some Potato Salad. The chicken from Shopease Foods is easy to do in my instant pot and it doesn't heat up my house. Who wants a warm house on a hot day? Not me! This really only takes 2 ingredients besides your side dishes you want to serve with it. 




Ingredients 

3 Cups Chicken, shredded 
3/4 Cup BBQ Sauce 
8 Buns

1. Add BBQ sauce to shredded chicken. Mix until combined. Add more BBQ sauce if you wish. 
2. Serve shredded chicken on buns. 

This is a great meal when served with a salad in the summer. 





What is your quick serve recipe?


*** 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. ***

6 Ways To Take A Spring Break Staycation This Year!


Staycations have become quite popular in the last few years. While many people are trying to beat the snow and ice and head south for warmer weather, many do not have that kind of money to put towards a vacation for Spring Break. We would definitely be included in the later. I find ways to do our very own Staycation for Spring Break while at the same times taking a break from hustle and bustle of a full schedule with most of our lessons being on hiatus for Spring Break. 

For us, Staycations are a necessity due to the cost. We don't have the money to take off away from home. Here are some staycation ideas we have come up with over the years:

1. Host a Backyard Olympics - Create games that you can play outside and see what teams can win each event. Some events we have done in the past include how far you can pull a person on a sled. Who can build the tallest snowman as well as who can toss the snowball the farthest. 

2. Be a Tourist in Your Town - Get your local paper and check to see what is happening during March Break in your area. There are a lot of free activities going on in my area from the library, to skating and the museum. Take advantage of these activities to break up your Spring Break. 

3. Build an Indoor Fort - Grab some blankets and build a fort indoors to have your own clubhouse inside. You might need to use a few chairs to make the fort all enough to fit under. 

4. Paint in the Snow - If you still have snow on the ground where you are use some Tempera Paints and let the kids use their imagination to create masterpieces in the snow. 

5. Movie Night or Daytime Movie - Make some pizza and some snacks to have a movie marathon. Use this to show your children some of your favourite movies from when you were young. 

6. Take a Trip with Your Meal - You don't have to travel far to take a trip when ti comes to your meals. Have your children pick a country to visit and do some research to find recipes and things you can cook just from that country allowing your taste buds to go on a trip without leaving your own home.

What are you planning to do with your children this Spring Break? 


Further Reading:
- 10 Things To Do Instead Of Spending Money
- 10 Free Things To Do



Budget Menu Planning - February 20, 2017


The past month and a half has really gotten away from me. I have been so busy with things in my life that my true passion has gone to the side. I am so much happier when I am living frugally and sharing my frugal jouney with others. Time to get back to what I love and that includes planning my weekly menu to help save on budget and so I don't get stressed during the week. 

~Monday ~
Nachos

~ Tuesday ~
Ham
Potatoes
Beans 

~ Wednesday ~
Chicken
Rice
Veggies

~Thursday ~
Chicken Enchiladas

~ Friday ~
Pasta
Salad
Garlic Bread

~ Saturday ~
Chicken Burrito Bowl

~ Sunday ~
Taco Soup

~ Baking this week ~
Peanut Butter Cookies
Lemon Pound Cake
  
~ Breakfast Ideas ~
Baked Oatmeal
Waffles
Yogurt & Granola
Fresh Fruit
  

LET'S CHAT!

Do you menu plan? Does it help keep you on track with your budget?

Looking for menu ideas head over to orgjunkie to see what others are making this week.

Homemade Meatballs (Video Included) | What's Cooking Wednesday?


Who has time to waste in the kitchen night after night making homemade meals for your family. I know my life is very busy and I do not have that kind of time on my hands that is why when I make a meal I try to get more than one meal out of it. 

When I make meatballs which are a family favourite in my house I make sure I prep enough for at least one extra meal so that it can be in the freezer and brought out at a moments notice and be made into something amazing for dinner. 



Scooping my meatballs with a cookie scoop so they are all the same size. 



The meatballs have finished cooking and now they are just cooling off so I can bag them for the freezer for another meal the following week.

Homemade Meatballs - Printable Version

3 lbs Ground Meat (I used pork)
1 Large Onion Diced
1 tbsp MincedGarlic
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 cup Bread Crumbs
4 eggs
1 tsp Oregano
1/2 cup Parsley

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. I find it easier to just mix it with my hands to make sure it is well incorporated. 
Shape into small meatballs and place on a baking sheet. I lined my baking sheet with parchment paper for easier and quicker clean up. I also used my cookie scoop to make the meatballs all the same size. 
Once assembled place meatballs in over and cook for 25 to 30 minutes. 

I made two batches of meatballs so once they were cooked I put them in a freezer bag to freeze for another meal. 




Happy Cooking!                                           


*** 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. ***