Cheesy Ranch Chicken Thighs (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

My brain was very scattered when it came to making dinner tonight so I needed something that didn't take a lot of thought but could be just as tasty for everyone in my family. Cheesy Ranch Chicken Thighs seemed to fit into that category and we were not disappointed with the out come they were delicious.

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Thighs - Printable Version

4 chicken thighs (you can use b/s or bone in/skin on) 
1/4 cup mayonnaise 
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 
1/2 package Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix 
2 cloves garlic, minced 
1/3 cup Bread Crumb 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Lightly grease baking dish.
Mix together mayonnaise, shredded cheese, ranch dressing and garlic.
Place chicken thighs in a greased dish. Put mayonnaise mixture on top of the chicken and coat with bread crumbs. 
Place in oven and cook for about 25-30 minutes until cooked thoroughly. 

Let's Chat!
What is your go to chicken thigh recipe? I cook a lot of chicken and I am always looking for fresh ideas.

*** 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. ***

Budget Menu Planning
Week of August 14, 2017

I am beyond excited for this week. Our daughter will be home for most of the week since she moved out at end of June so having her home will be so much fun. We have really missed her. I will still be sticking to our budget for the week that will not change. 

I have found in the last few weeks I haven't even spent $40 on groceries let alone the $75 I have budgeted for. At this rate, I might be reducing my budget. If you are interested in seeing what I am purchasing every week follow me over on instagram where I post my weekly grocery haul as well as some prices. 

~Monday ~
Cheesy Ranch Chicken Thighs

~ Tuesday ~
 Shepherd's Pie

~ Wednesday ~ 
HM Panzerotti

~Thursday ~
Chicken Quesadillas

~ Friday ~ 
Grilled Burgers
Corn on the Cob

~ Saturday ~ 
Pork Chops
Roasted Potatoes

~ Sunday ~

Garlic Bread

~ Baking this week ~
Oatmeal Muffins
Peanut Butter Cookies
~ Breakfast Ideas ~
Fresh Fruit


Do you price match and just shop at one store?


You are back from a lovely holiday in July and you have drained all your fun money for the summer. Time to look up some free things to do right in your own community. There are often some hidden gems in every community that even people who live there don't realize they are there and many of them are free. Just because it is free to attend or go through doesn't mean it is not worth your time. We have found some great museums and hiking tours that way. 

To get some ideas of places to visit in your community for free think of yourself as an out of town guest and now what are some areas of town you think are important for out of town guests to see. Start making your list and head out the door to visit them yourself.

10 Free Things To Do In Your Community

1. Check out your local community calendar - I know that our local city and county has various events listed in their community calendar and they keep it up to date. Some of the activities are at no cost.

2. Visit your local library - head over to the library and see what new books they have and while you are there check out their selection of DVD's you can borrow for free at our local library but I have heard some charge a small fee.

3. Play Frisbee or Football at the park - Grab your frisbee or football and head to a local park and pass the ball around maybe you will find others who want to join in.

4. Visit a local museum, zoo or art gallery for free - in our community, I can think of a few museums that offer free tours. Check them out and learn something new.

5. Meet your neighbours - Go introduce yourself to your neighbour or invite them over for a tea. We need to connect more with people in our neighbourhood.

6. Organize a walking tour in your community - get some friends together and do a walking tour of some historical sites in your community.

7. Go on a hike or long walk - choose a new area to walk in and explore your surroundings.

8. Take some pictures - go for a walk on a new to you path and take some photos of things that interest you along the way.

9. Do some stargazing - Head outside after dark and gaze up at the stars. See if you can find the milky way.

10. Play disc golf - In our community, we have a few disc golf courses. I am sure you can start out with a regular frisbee before investing in the regulation ones to see if you would like doing this sport. 


I would love to hear about what you have done in your community for free. Please share them in the comments below.

BBQ Chicken Sauce
(video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

The grill is busy working overtime this time of year with the beautiful weather we have. My husband Rob makes a really awesome BBQ Sauce to put on our chicken that everyone in the family just loves. He was kind enough to share the recipe with all my readers to enjoy. 

We have only used this recipe on Chicken because mainly that is what we cook in this house. Lord help us if the price of chicken starts to increase the way beef has over the last few years. So I am not sure how the sauce will do on anything but chicken. Here's the recipe - 

Rob's BBQ Chicken Sauce - Printable Version
2 clove Garlic
2 tsp Butter
3/4 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tbsp Celery Salt
1 tbsp Prepared Mustard

In a saucepan, saute garlic in butter until tender. 
Add the next 6 ingredients.
Bring to a boil, stir constantly. 
Remove from heat and set aside. 
Let sit for about 15 minutes before using on Chicken. 

We make a full batch as listed above and put the extra in the fridge to us over a course of a few weeks. 

Let's Chat!

Do you make your own BBQ Sauce or do you have a brand you always use? Please share it with me in the comments.