5 Tips for Easter on a Budget


Growing up Easter was one of my favorite holidays, we would do Easter egg hunts both at home and at relatives houses and we would always receive a basket full of goodies. Even though we lived life on a budget growing up, as I still do today my parents always made Easter very special. I knew it was important with my own children to develop special traditions for the Easter holiday so they could have the fond memories that I had of this day growing up.




Here are a few ways that we keep Easter on a budget:

1. Reuse your Easter baskets year after year this will let eliminate the cost of buying new baskets every year. Your children will also get used to what basket belongs to them making it easier for them to find it on Easter morning.

2. Remember to fill the bottom of the basket fully with filler to give the look of a full basket even when there is only a few items in it. Here are some great alternatives to using grass in the basket that takes up more space. 

3. If you remembered to freeze some of your Halloween candy because let's face it the children get so much of it at Halloween, now it the time to take it out and add it to the Easter basket.

4. There is no reason to buy the Easter dye kits in the store, just reach into your cupboard and grab some of your food coloring and just mix 1 tablespoon of food coloring with 2 teaspoons of vinegar in a cup and then fill it to the halfway point with water and you are ready to begin coloring your Easter eggs.

5. My biggest tip for doing Easter on a budget will not help you this year, but will help you next year remember to check the sales after Easter to pick up decorations and baskets that would be appropriate for your children saving a ton on the price and helping you stay on budget for next year.

Salisbury Steak (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday


This week we decided to venture out into some of our favourite comfort food since winter is still here and it has really cooled off again. I took out one package of Ground Turkey and decided to make up some Salisbury Steaks our should I say our version of them for dinner. 

Mashed potatoes are a great side dish for this meal and also my daughters favourite comfort food. Since she is home now and no longer in remission I thought I would cook up one of her favourie meals for her.




Salisbury Steak

For the patties
2 TBSP oil (olive or avocado or vegetable)
1 pound Ground Meat 
1/2 cup Bread Crumbs
3/4 cup Onion finely chopped 
1 egg
1 tsp Season Salt
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

1/3 cup Flour (Used for dipping patties in)

For the gravy:
3 cups Onions, Sliced
1 cup Beef Broth
1 cup Water
1/4 cup Flour
1/4 tsp Season Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
2 cups Mushrooms (Sliced), optional

In a large skillet heat oil to medium high. 

In medium bowl combine ingredients for patties and shape into 4 to 6 equal sized patties. Dip each patty into the flour and cook until browned, remove and set those aside. 

Add the sliced onions to the skillet and cook until lightly caramelized, stirring regularly. Whisk together the beef broth, water, flour, season salt, pepper and worcestershire sauce. Pour into the skillet with the onion and stir constantly, until mixture begins to thicken. 

Return hamburger steaks to the skillet, turn to coat, add sliced mushrooms if using, and reduce heat to simmer. Cook, covered for about 15 minutes longer. 

Great when served with Mashed Potatoes and a vegetable of your choice. 





What is your families favourite comfort food?

Happy Cooking!                                            






Budget Menu Planning - March 20, 2017


After getting a phone call from my daughter letting us know she was no longer in remission and needed to come home from school a week ago our life went topsy turvy. I am just trying to get back on track with your life. 

For me getting back on track means back to menu planning and budgeting. It really does my soul well to have things back in control in our life.

~Monday ~
Mac n' Cheese

~ Tuesday ~
 Turkey Vegetable Soup

~ Wednesday ~
Chicken Teriyaki
Rice
California Veg.

~Thursday ~
Salisbury Steak
Potatoes
Veggies

~ Friday ~ 
Pizza
Salad

~ Saturday ~ 
Chicken Casserole
Salad

~ Sunday ~ 
Pasta

~ Baking this week ~

Angel Food Cake
  
~ Breakfast Ideas ~
Baked Oatmeal
Waffles
Yogurt & Granola
Fresh Fruit
  

LET'S CHAT!

Do you bake your own cakes for birthdays at your house? If so what kind do you bake?

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

7 WAYS TO FOSTER THE LIFE YOU WANT



In 2016, I started my mindful spending journey. I wanted to foster a better life for myself and my family. We are working on paying off medical debt and I wanted all extra funds to go towards that so we could be debt free once again. 

Since moving into our current home I have gone through all our bills and either cut off or downsized all our services that we didn't need savings us about $200 a month. Month by month I make changes to ease our spending and make healthier choices in general. We definitely live in more of a Need world vs a Want, but that is the choice we have made and we are very happy with that choice. 


7 WAYS TO FOSTER THE LIFE YOU WANT

I am only speaking from my life experiences and what I have found works for me and my family. Here are a few ways that have helped contribute to the life I want.

Live Clutter Free

We made a move from a 6 bedroom house to a 3 bedroom apartment in the big city about 4 years ago now. It really allowed me to purge so many things we were not using and just using as room fillers. I didn't think we would go any smaller than our 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom living quarters but we did. We made the move back to our home town and purchased at 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 850 sq ft house. More purging had to happen as we moved into our little house in the centre of the small city.

Water my Drink of Choice

I kicked the Pepsi habit and switched to Lemonade or water. One of my favourite ways to drink water is to flavour it with fruit and vegetables - lemons, strawberries, cucumbers, and blueberries. It just adds a little something to your water. The cucumbers actually make the water taste more refreshing.

Live Within Your Means/Mindful Spending

I work from home so I usually have leftovers from dinner the night before for lunch but every day my husband goes to work with a packed lunch and snacks. This saves so much money over the course of the week since lunch around here to buy would be about $8 to $10 a day. We haven't had cable for years and instead opt to only pay for internet that is unlimited so we can watch netflix and binge watch our favourite shows.

Be Active

Having a health club membership is not in my budget so instead I do little things like daily yoga in my bedroom with my trusty yoga mat and YouTube videos. There is a wealth of exercise routines on YouTube for free you can use. Walk around a local park or when you go out to go shopping park in the spot that is far away from the door.

Get Your Sleep

Since moving to our new house I have felt like I have not had a grown up bedroom. Seriously it has been a catch all for everything in our small little house. This month I have decided to make our room more of an oasis for my husband and I. I have picked up thrift and yard sale finds and brought them home and spray painted them to match my room. This is a worthwhile investment since it will help create a tranquil environment to sleep.

Make Family & Friends A Priority

Don't put off tomorrow what you can do today. We are never guaranteed a tomorrow with anything in our life we can only live in the here and now. Making family and friends a priority by spending time with them is important to our happiness. I know I always feel better after I have spent time with those I care about and mean the most to me. 

A Hobby/Me Time

Spending time on something we like to do whether it be a hobby like scrapbooking, journaling, sewing, crafting or knitting. It could be something as easy as grabbing a book and curling up in your favourite chair. Just spending that time doing what you enjoy on your own. I know that when my children were young and had naps in the afternoon I would spend that time recharging and doing things I enjoyed doing on my own. Now that my children are older and I homeschool my youngest trying to get some time on my own means getting up early in the morning and working my planner every day. This is something I enjoy doing and at the same time makes me happy.

Sit down and write a list of what is important in your life and where you want to go in your life. From that list start working on the items one by one and that is how you foster the life you want. 

LET'S CHAT 

What is the first thing you plan on working on?