Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Easy Chicken Parmesan | What's Cooking Wednesday?

In the kitchen today is one of my tried and true go to recipes. I usually always have the ingredients on hand so it means no trips to the store and with my busy life that is the way I like things to be. No extra trips to the store. 

Easy Chicken Parmesan - Printable Version

2 Chicken Breats (bone in or boneless skinless)
1 cup Bread Crumbs (can be seasoned)
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese grated
1 tbsp Parsley
3 tbsp mayonnaise/ranch dressing/melted butter

1 - Mix together bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and parsley in a bowl. 
2 - Coat chicken breasts in mayonnaise/dressing or butter what ever you chose. 
3 - Then put chicken in bread crumb mixture to coat fully. 
4 - Heat up a frying pan with some oil in it and add chicken. 

You can also put this in a dish and cook it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until chicken is done. 

Happy Cooking,                                            

*** 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. ***

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Friday, February 20, 2015

Netflix Original TV Series for Tweens #StreamTeam

Have you ever wondered what you would do with a trillion dollars? 

Well look no further than this family friendly Netflix Original Richie Rich. Unlike the original series that had Richie Rich the child of wealthy parents in this series Richie Rich develops a green energy source out of the vegetables he didn't like to eat. 

We have just finished watching the first episode in the series and we are hooked. My 10 year old daughter just loves this series. It appeals to this mom because it is family friendly and even I enjoyed watching the first episode. 

Richie Rich isn't the only show on Netflix for tweens with new episodes this month. A show my daughter got hooked on last year Make Mermaids has a new season now out on Netflix.  As well as a tween favourite Ever After High. 

*** It's just my life... is a member of the Netflix Canada #StreamTeam. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to Netflix events and opportunities. Before I was part of the streamteam I subscribed to Netflix and will continue to do so after my affiliation with them. The opinions on this blog are my own. ***

Friday, February 20, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Buying a Home? Twitter Chat #RBCFirstHome

Looking for a house can be intimidating and scary but at the same time it can be exciting and rewarding. When we were first time homebuyers I remember both the excitement and how scared I was about the process because I had no clue what to expect. Here is your chance to ask questions from the RBC experts on February 17, 2015 at 8:30pm ET. No RSVP required.

Have your questions ready and join in the conversation. Chat participants have a chance to win 1 of 5 $100 Visa gift cards! Connect with us on twitter using the hashtag #RBCFirstHome @bestofthislife and @RBC_Canada.

See you at the chat,                                               

Saturday, February 14, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Slugterra: Slug Fu Showdown

Get ready because the SlugTerra Slug Fu Showdown is coming to stores near you! For all your Slugterra fans out there it is time to gear up for feature length adventure.

On DVD February 10, 2015!

Slugterra is an epic sci-fi comedy adventure set deep underground, where the ammo’s alive and only the quick survive! In this luminous, high-tech, underground world, every cavern holds a new adventure, a new battle and weird little slugs to be discovered. Slugterra was created by Vancouver-based animation studio Nerd Corps Entertainment, which was recently acquired DHX Media Ltd.

In Slug Fu Showdown, Eli has added some awesome new slugs to his arsenal: the Elementals. But the Elemental Slugs are ancient, extremely powerful, and temperamental, and Eli can’t control them. Junjie, the newest member of the Shane Gang, has the solution: Eli must learn Slug Fu, the ancient and mysterious form of slugslinging that Junjie mastered when he lived in the Eastern Caverns. The Slug Fu training won’t be easy, and it’s something Eli and Junjie must do alone. That means leaving Kord, Trixie and Pronto behind — and all of Eli’s slugs, too! Things get even tougher when Eli’s training is cut short by a mysterious new villain with a seriously insane plan to rock Slugterra to its core. The villain needs only one thing to unleash his evil plan: the Elemental Slugs! Luckily, Eli left them with the rest of the Shane Gang, so they are safe…or they would be, if Pronto hadn’t annoyed them so much that they hopped off and ran away. As Kord, Trixie and Pronto struggle to keep the wily Elementals out of the wrong hands, Eli and Junjie engage in a showdown with the madman before he can reduce the 99 caverns to rubble!

MY RATING: 3.5/5

** Disclosure: Posted by It's just my life... I was provided promotional material by the manufacturer or a representing PR agency. Images, information and prize provided by PR agency. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. **

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Monday, February 9, 2015

Menu Planning Monday - February 9, 2015

I hope you are not getting bored of my no spend menus. We are trying our best to cook every meal at home so that we can keep on budget for the month. Just living reality in the real world as I say.

~ Monday ~
Shepherd's Pie

~ Tuesday ~
Homemade Pizza

~ Wedneday ~
Garlic Bread

~Thursday ~

~ Friday ~
Pork Chops

~ Saturday ~
Carrot & Celery Sticks

~ Sunday ~
Chicken Stew

Want to check out some other menu plans head over to orgjunkie to see what others are making this week. 

Monday, February 09, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Caramel Apple Pork Chops | What's Cooking Wednesday?

Today in my kitchen I am cooking Caramel Apple Pork Chops. I like to mix up my meals with different flavours in the kitchen.. This recipe is one of my go to recipes for cooking made easy with ingredients I have on hand already. 

Caramel Apple Pork Chops - Printable Version

2 Pork Chops (your choice of cut)
1 tsp Oil 
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1/8 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
2 Tbsp Butter/Margarine
2 Apples (peeled, cored and sliced)

1 - Heat a large skillet. Add oil and place pork chops in a hot pan. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes turning occassionally. Remove pork chops from skillet. 
2 - Combine brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl. Add butter to skillet and stir in brown sugar mixture and apples. Cover and cook until apples are tender. 
3 - Add Pork Chops back into skillet cover and let simmer until sauce has thickened. 
4 - When serving remember to serve with apple slices and sauce over the pork chops. 

Do you have a favourite meal that you cook because you always know you have the ingredients on hand? I would love to know what it is. 

Happy Cooking,                                            

*** 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. ***

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Friday, January 30, 2015

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy {Review} #DisneyOnIceInsider

On a snow filled Thursday night we headed into Budweiser Gardens to see Disney On Ice - Worlds of Fantasy. Shaylin, my 10 year old daughter, brought a friend who had never seen Disney on Ice before. To see the joy on Olivia's face and hear her responses to the show just melted my heart.

Disney On Ice has been an event we have attending regularly now for five years. You don't have to be a big Disney fan to love the show. I loved the opening with Cars, I just love Mater.  The cars driving on the ice was very cool.

My youngest daughter favourite was Tinker Bell in Pixie Hollow and her friend, Olivia, just loved every part of the show. It wouldn't be Disney On Ice without Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy opening the show. Goofy's usual antics is something that I never get tired of.

We had great seats and as we looked around there really wasn't a bad seat in the venue. You could see the ice perfectly from every seat. The event was very memorial not just for Olivia but for the rest of us too.

I highly recommend the show for everyone of all ages. Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy is continuing its run at Budweiser Gardens until February 1, 2015.

I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Friday, January 30, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

15 Minute Chicken Teriyaki | What's Cooking Wednesday?

My days are very busy and it seems like running out for fast food can be the only option but since we are on a NO spend January that is not an option. Finding meals that can be cooked quickly is my only option most evenings. 

I decided to go to my old stand by meals that for some reason I forgot all about and Chicken Teriyaki just happens to be one of them. All you have to do is in the morning pull out your chicken and the rest will come together quite easily once you are ready to prepare your meal for the day. 

First things first you need to make the Teriyaki Sauce.... 

15 Minute Chicken Teriyaki
3 tbsp         Soy Sauce
2 1/2 tbsp   Honey
1/2 tbsp      Ketchup or Tomato Paste
1 tbsp         Teriyaki Seasoning

Mix together all four ingredients listed above. 
Coat strips of chicken in sauce before putting into fry pan. 
Add your choice of veggies to the fry pan. 
Add rest of sauce to the fry pan over top of veggies. 
Cook until done approximately 15 minutes. 

  • If you want to thicken the sauce add 1 tbsp cornstarch once you bring the stir fry to a boil. 
  • We used red peppers, green peppers, celery and onions in our stir fry and served it over white rice. 
  • I also made a double batch of the teriyaki sauce so that we had enough to cover all our veggies. 

Happy Cooking,                                            

*** 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. ***

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Monday, January 26, 2015

Menu Planning Monday - January 26, 2015

No eating out for this family this week. We are holding true to that for the month so far. YEAH!

How do you decide what you are cooking every week? Do you have your basic go to meals? Do you look through websites for recipe ideas?

Remember to check back on Wednesday to see what was cooking in my house last week as I share this week's recipe with you.

Here are some of the meals I made last week:

~ Monday ~
Lazy Day Casserole

~ Tuesday ~
Turkey Soup

~ Wednesday ~
Homemade Mac & Cheese

~Thursday ~

~ Friday ~
Chinese Food

~ Saturday ~

~ Sunday ~

~ Baking this week ~

Peanut Butter Cookies

Other Meal Planning Resources:

Looking for some recipe inspiration... head over to

Monday, January 26, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tailgate Chili | What's Cooking Wednesday?

We usually spend Saturday morning in the kitchen baking the day away and preparing extra meals for the week to make things run smoother during the week. In the kitchen this week we made some Chili and bread bowls.


  • 2 pounds ground meat
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cubes beef Bouillon
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans brown beans
  • 1 Large can kidney beans (drained)
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice

Crumble the ground meat in a large stock pan. Drain off excess grease.
Add in onions, celery and peppers. Cook until soft.
Add in spices, stir to combine.
Last but not least add in the beans and tomatoes. Stir to blend and cover and simmer on low heat for 2 hours.

We like to make our Chili the night before so that all the flavours can combine very nicely making it very flavourful without being to spicy.

Serve in bowls or bread bowls as we did and top with some shredded cheese.

Here is the full video of What's Cooking Wednesday?

Happy Cooking,                                                  

*** 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. ***

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Monday, January 19, 2015

Menu Planning Monday - January 19, 2015

We are still holding true to not eating out for the month of January. It does take planning and that is why making a menu plan is so important to keeping on track with our goals.

~ Monday ~
Herbed Chicken
Mixed Veggies

~ Tuesday ~
Shepherd's Pie

~ Wednesday ~
Garden Vegetable Soup
Bread Sticks

~Thursday ~
Garlic Bread

~ Friday ~
Apple Pork Chops
California Vegetables
Fried Rice

~ Saturday ~

~ Sunday ~
Homemade Hamburger Helper

~ Baking this week ~
chocolate chip cookies

Monday, January 19, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Adventures of Puss in Boots arrives on Netflix #StreamTeam

With the holiday season over it is time to get back into the every day routine of homeschooling and life. This month Netflix has an assortment of literature inspired movies and that makes homeschooling so much more fun when we can read the book and then watch the movie. This month that also includes The Adventures of Puss in Boots.

On January 16th Netflix brings The Adventures of Puss in Boots to your little screen. starring one of the most celebrated characters for kids. The world’s greatest fighter, lover and milk connoisseur springs into action with comical tales that take him to exotic locations, filled with unforgettable characters. As Puss embarks on adventures that are the stuff of legend, nothing can stand in the way of this swashbuckling hero … except a hairball! Puss in Boots is a great example of an enduring and entertaining children’s tale based on a book.

Don't stop at Puss in Boots there are many more greats to watch on Netflix this month why not take in a few of the other titles.

For Big Kids:

For Little Kids:

What are your go to movies with your family this month?

*** It's just my life... is a member of the Netflix Canada #StreamTeam. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to Netflix events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own. ***

Friday, January 16, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0