Cranberry Pork Chops (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

I can not get enough cranberries, it seems like once thanksgiving and Christmas are gone I don't get a fill of them until Easter so I decided to come up with this delicious recipe and it goes with my pork chops perfectly. Our meat is from Shopease Foods and having a stocked freezer full of meat has made meal planning so much easier. 

This recipe was so easy to assemble and you can really change up the side dishes you serve with it. Who said Cranberries were just supposed to be served with Turkey!  

4             Pork Chops
2    CUPS Cranberry Juice
1/2 CAN   Cranberry Sauce
1    MED   Onion, sliced (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Thaw pork chops and put them in a greased pan. 
Add Cranberry Juice and Cranberry Sauce.
Add in Onions if using. 

Bake in oven for 35 to 40 minutes until done. 

Serve with extra cranberry sauce on top. 



How do you use up Christmas leftovers?

300 Best Blender Recipes Using Your Vitamix®

Disclosure: ItsJustMyLifeCA received products for this review. All opinions, however, are honest and my own.

Did you get a Vitamix for Christmas? Do you have a blender collecting dust in your house? I have had my Vitamix for almost 4 years now. We got it because our daughter was really sick with Crohn's disease and the blender allowed the nutrients to be absorbed by her body a litte easier. Even though the main purchase was made to help our daughter I loved all the things I could make with my vitamix. I was happy to receive this recipe book to cruise through and see what other things I could make with my vitamix. 

If you are not familiar with the Vitamix it is a very powerful blender and you can make ice cream, soups, smoothies and so much more with it. As I was going through this new recipe book I have become inspired to make my own Almond Milk fresh when I need it. Making almond is so easy to do and I know what is in it, that is very important to me. 

The Vitamix has made it easy for me to continue to eat whole foods in a convenient and quick way. I can just throw it into my vitamix and make delicious sauces, soups and smoothies. For parents out there trying to get more fruit and vegetables into your kids the Vitamix makes it really easy to do that. 

100 Best Blender Recipes
Using Your VitamixBy Robin Asbell
Trade Paperback, 344 pages

Robin has created an extensive collection of tantalizing and innovative recipes that will help you get the most out of this exceptional appliance. You can create a wide range of delicious dishes, from nutritious breakfasts and sumptuous soups to fresh sauces, dips, spreads and the increasingly popular nut butters, not to mention desserts that will have you reaching for seconds. And no Vitamix® cookbook would be complete without a chapter on nutritious baby foods. There is even a bonus chapter on skin treatments, scrubs, masks and lotions.

Courtesy of 300 Best Blender Recipes  by Robin Asbell© 
2017 Reprinted with publisher permission.

Spanish Salsa Verde

This fresh green sauce is perfect over fish or chicken, tossed with rice or pasta or even as a topping for eggs. There are just a few anchovies in the mix adding a salty richness.
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Red or White Wine Vinegar
4 Large Anchovies, drained
2 cloves Garlic,peeled
2 cups Fresh Basil Leaves, lightly packed
2 cups Fresh Parsley Leaves, lightly packed
1 cup Fresh Mint Leaves, lightly packed

2 TBSP Capers, drained

1/2 tsp Salt
1. Place all the ingredients into the vitamix in order given. Secure lid, remove lid plug and insert the tamper. With the switch on variable, select speed 1 and turn the machine on. Gradually increase the speed to 10, then switch the switch to High. Using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades, puree for 30 to 40 seconds or until smooth.

2. Transfer to a bowl and use immediately or store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Makes 1 1/4 cups

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Do you have a Vitamix? What have you made in it besides a smoothie?

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Budget Menu Planning - January 2, 2017

The holidays are over and many people find it time to tighten up their budgets and looking for wasy to save money. Who doesn't want to save money? I know I do and I am always looking for ways to save on our budget and one way I find I can save the most is on my grocery budget. Menu planning has always been my key to staying on budget and saving some dollars

I am still going through my last meat delivery that I got in September from Shopease Foods. I only got a 4 month supply but because of my menu planning I find it lasts us longer because I only cook meat 4 times a week.They can customize the order to suit your families needs. Special diets they can handle it no problem.
~ Menu ~ 

Lasagne, Salad & Garlic Bread
Ham, Scalloped Potatoes & Vegetable
Chicken, Noodles & Vegetables
Breakfast for Dinner
Chicken Quesadillas & Nachos 
HM Panzerotti & Salad
Chicken Tortellini Soup & HM Bread  
- is always leftovers from the night before
Grilled Cheese





How often do you cook meat each week?

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

Cure Winter Boredom With Netflix Shows #StreamTeam

Are the kids bored and looking for something to watch? Starting today, Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television have 13 hours of adventure, suspense and limitless imagination with the all-new series DreamWorks Trollhunters.

Planning a movie night with the kids to help get over their boredom. Why not try your hand at making some Hard Rock Candy to enjoy while watching Trollhunters. 

Download from Netflix

Heading away for the holidays? Looking for something to occupy everyone in the car. We have a two hour car ride ahead of us this holiday season and a two hour ride home. I do not plan on watching the same shows as my children on this trip so we will be taking advantage of the movies and shows we can download and watch while we do not have internet service.

I am impressed with the content we got to choose from to download for our trip and they streamed fine for all of us the whole trip. Made it nice since they could watch their own shows on their own devices while we traveled. Definitely a parents life saver when traveling. To start downloading today, make sure your Netflix app is updated to the latest version and head to the ‘Available for Download’ menu on your tablet or mobile device.

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Have you made use of the Download feature with Netflix?

Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and receive some perks and benefits. As always, all opinions are my own.