Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SHEPHERD'S PIE | What's Cooking Wednesday?


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Can we all say comfort food! My family loves some tummy filling comfort food on those cold days where the dampness gets into your bones. This week I thought I would share one of our favourite comfort foods Shepherd's Pie. 

SHEPHERD'S PIE - Printable Version

1 lbs Ground Meat
1 medium onion diced
1 cup Beef Broth
1 1/2 cups Frozen Mixed Vegetables
2 cups Mashed Potatoes
1 cup grated cheese

In a frying pan, brown ground meat with onions until cooked. 
Add beef broth and vegetables. *I run frozen vegetables under warm water before adding them to the frying pan.
Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Mix up some cornstarch and water to thicken the meat and vegetable mixture to desired consistency.
Add mixture to 10x12 pan. Top with mashed potatoes made to your liking. 
We like to top our Shepherd's Pie with cheese to add some cheesy goodness to it. 





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. ***

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BBQ Chicken Sauce | What's Cooking Wednesday?


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The temperatures stayed above zero all week so we started the grill up again to enjoy it before we hit cooler temperatures. So thankful that we can get some grilling in before spring officially hits even. 

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. 




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. ***

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

EXODUS GODS AND KINGS



The artistry in this movie was absolutely stunning. I did find the story a bit flawed but then most bible based movies are to a degree. You can't please everyone when you try to adapt the bible into a movie. Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton put on amazing performances in this epic tale. The film itself it not the bible and it isn't right to hold it to such a standard because after all it is an adaptation. It is a movie that is definitely worth viewing. 

On Blu-Ray and DVD March 17, 2015!




Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment tells the remarkable epic adventure of Moses in a spectacular display when EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS hits Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 17. Critically acclaimed performances from a brilliant ensemble cast, including Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul and Ben Kingsley, have helped catapult the film to nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in the worldwide box office1.

From Ridley Scott, the acclaimed director of Gladiator, comes the epic adventure EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and engrossing 3D immersion, EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey to escape Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

The EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Blu-ray 3D™ Collector’s Edition comes with a cavalcade of bonus materials that will take you behind the scenes of the amazing retelling of the historical tale. The Keepers of the Covenant documentary explains how Ridley Scott brought ancient Egypt to life with hours of never-before-seen peeks at the film’s development.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS COLLECTOR’S EDITION BLU-RAY 3D™ FEATURES
Disc 1 – Blu-ray™ Disc
Exodus: Gods and Kings in High Definition
The Exodus Historical Guide, a Feature length Trivia Track
Nine (9) Deleted and Extended Scenes
Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Ridley Scott and Co-Screenwriter Jeffrey Caine
Disc 2 – Blu-ray™ Bonus Features
Keepers of the Covenant Documentary including 14 Enhancement Pods
The Lawgiver’s Legacy: Moses Throughout History
The Gods and Kings Archive
Promotional Featurettes including the HBO First Look
11 Galleries
Disc 3 – Blu-ray 3D™
Exodus: Gods and Kings in High Definition 3D
Disc 4 - DVD
Eight (8) Deleted and Extended Scenes
Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Ridley Scott and Co-Screenwriter Jeffrey Caine

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS BLU-RAY™ FEATURES
Disc 1 – Blu-ray™ Disc
Exodus: Gods and Kings in High Definition
The Exodus Historical Guide, a Feature length Trivia Track
Nine (9) Deleted and Extended Scenes
Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Ridley Scott and Co-Screenwriter Jeffrey Caine
 
Disc 2 - DVD
Eight (8) Deleted and Extended Scenes
Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Ridley Scott and Co-Screenwriter Jeffrey Caine

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS DVD FEATURES
Disc 1 - DVD
Exodus: Gods and Kings Feature Film
Eight (8) Deleted and Extended Scenes
Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Ridley Scott and Co-Screenwriter Jeffrey Caine


My Rating: 4/5









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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Miracles {#Review}




Chicken Soup For The Soul: Hope & Miracles

I love reading stories of Hope and Miracles - with so much turmoil going on in this world it is always nice to read stories of hope and faith.

The stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Miracles, authored by Amy Newmark and Natasha Stoynoff, forward by John Edward gives you 10 chapters of inspirational stories of faith, answered prayers and divine intervention:

  • Messages from Heaven
  • Miraculous Healing
  • Touched by an Angel
  • Against All Odds
  • Divine Intervention
  • Answered Prayers
  • Think Positive
  • Dreams and Premonitions
  • Mysterious Miracles
  • Miraculous Reunions


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Thursday, March 12, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Homemade Hamburgers | What's Cooking Wednesday?


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The temperatures are above zero so that means time to get the grill going. We love having things cooked on the bbq and it tastes even better after a long cold winter like we have had this year. To start our grilling season off we are starting with Hamburgers. 

Homemade Hamburgers - Printable Version


1 lb ground meat (turkey, chicken or pork)
¼ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup decided Onion
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp Soy Sauce
1 tsp Worchester Sauce
1 clove garlic
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp ground pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and form into patties. 

NOTE – we double this recipe because we like to make 1/4 lbs patties.




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. ***

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB



Bring home the adventure!

I really enjoyed the first two Night At The Museum movies and I was glad to see that they did not stray away from what was already working. I did get a little teary eyed seeing legendary greats on the screen Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney. I found this a great closer to a series which has now come to an end. Ben Stiller delivers when it comes to Night at the Museum. I was not disappointed. 

On Blu-Ray and DVD March 10, 2015!
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB
If it’s laughter you’re after, get ready for the most hilarious night ever! Ben Stiller leads an all-star comedy cast, including Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson and Ricky Gervais, for one final, fun-filled Night at the Museum. This time, Larry Daley (Stiller) and his heroic friends embark on their greatest adventure yet as they travel to London in order to save the magic that brings the museum exhibits to life!

The Blu-ray™ comes with tons of special features that will have the whole family laughing! You can check out how Stiller got into character for his alter ego Laaa, get a behind the scenes look at The British Museum and learn how the film’s iconic fight scene inside an M.C. Escher painting came to light. Best of all, every Blu-ray™ comes with a bonus Digital HD movie – not only do you get a Digital HD version of NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB, but you also get a Bonus digital movie – your choice of one of the other movies in thefranchise.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
Includes all of the DVD features plus:
·       Five More Deleted and Extended Scenes
·       Bonus Digital HD Movie1
·       The Theory of Relativity

·       Becoming Laaa
·       A Day in the Afterlife
·       The Home of History: Behind the Scenes of The British Museum
·       Fight at the Museum
·       Creating Visual Effects
·       Audio Commentary by Shawn Levy

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
·       Two Deleted and Extended Scenes
·       Improv, Absurdity and Cracking Up - The Comedy of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
·       Two Galleries
·       A Digital HD Version of the film, allowing fans to watch on their Big Screen TV, tablet or smart phone anytime, anywhere!


My Rating: 3.75/5









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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Homemade Hamburger Helper | What's Cooking Wednesday?


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My family has always enjoyed Hamburger Helper but about 10 years ago my husband had a heart attack and that changed how I cooked everything. It meant no more of going to the quick stand by of hamburger helper no matter how convenient it was. After a ton of searching and taste tasting I found a recipe that fills that void of Hamburger Helper in our life. I thought I would share this quick go to recipe that is takes the same time as it does out of the box but this one has ingredients you can read and just as good. 

Homemade Hamburger Helper - Printable Version

1 lb ground meat
1 1/2 cups hot water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon paprika
pinch crushed red pepper flakes
2 1/2 cups milk
2 cups elbow macaroni
2 cups shredded cheese


  • Brown ground meat and season it as you would usually do. I like to add peppers and onions as well as a little garlic to my meat as it is browning. 
  • Once you have drained any excess grease (if you have any) I add all the spices before adding the milk and pasta. 
  • Once the pasta has come to a boil I turn it to simmer until cooked. This usually takes 10 to 12 minutes. 
  • Before serviing I stir in some shredded cheese and sometimes top with green onions. 
Note:
I have also added any leftovers from my fridge to this like sliced tomatoes, peas what ever I have in my fridge. It makes a wonderful one pot meal and can be served with a salad. 




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. ***

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Monday, March 2, 2015

Date Night Confessions #PGMom {#Giveaway}


If you are anything like me when it comes to time with my husband it always is put on the back burner because the kids come first. As Valentine's Day came and went so quickly at our house I found that trying to get any time with my husband for a date was a miss. We waited until things calmed down a bit before we could have a true date night. 

Truth be told our youngest child is only 10 years old and I can not even remember when my husband and I had a real date night. Yes it has been that long. Mind you we make the most of the time we do have together once our daughter has gone off to bed. Work schedules on both our parts have kept us from having a regular date night. We are okay with that - cuddling up on the couch with our favourite snack and Netflix is something that makes both of us happy. 


Just because our date nights do not include a trip out of the house doesn't stop me from getting ready with some of my favourite products from COVERGIRL, Pantene and Crest.

I have never been a big fan of lipsticks because for me they feel very cake like and thick when they go on but that has changed with the new COVEGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick. It goes on very smoothly and is so light with amazing colour! There are 36 shades to choose from, you will be sure to find your perfect match! With its Shea, Avocado and Aloe butter enriched formula, your lips will feel gorgeous and smooth.


Looking to "wow" everyone with your fantastic hair. The Pantene Pro-V Full & Strong Collection will help you get high intensity strength and natural fullness. The shampoo features anti-oxidant technology and is damage defying, while the conditioner helps reinforce strands at the core of the hair, leaving you with a full and sexy do. Pair that with the Pantene Pro-V Power FULL Body Booster Spray which will help you boost your hair’s natural fullness and vibrant shine, ensuring an eye-catching look. Finally, be sure to use Pantene Pro-V Power Up Daily Treatment to secure a long-lasting look, past date night.

Some Tips from the Pros:


Stylist Tip: Pantene Consulting Stylist, Justin German, recommends using the whole collection in order to maintain the full-haired look every day. When using the PowerFull Body Booster Spray, he suggests separating your hair to apply at the root, pulling the product through the ends.  Follow these directions and you will look like you’ve just stepped out of the salon in time for date night!
Pro Tip: COVERGIRL Makeup Pro, Veronica Chu suggests creating a defined lip shape by using the pointed tip of the lipstick in an “X” motion at the Cupid’s bow for enhanced precision. After this, fill in the rest of your lip with your Colorlicious shade for a bold pout!

Finally, to make your new lip shade of choice pop, brighten up your pearly whites with the newest edition to the Crest Whitestrips collection,Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit. These Whitestrips are sure to do the trick with their advanced FlexFit technology for the perfect fit.

~ WIN ~ 

One of my readers will win the Date Night Prize Pack which includes everything listed below:

PRIZE:   The prize pack is valued at $72* and consists of:
*Pricing at the discretion of the retailer.



Terms and Conditions: Open to Canadian residents 18+ only (excludes Quebec). Winner will be notified via email, and will be required to provide their full name, address and telephone number, so that Sponsor can mail out the prize. By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a PR agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize. [Please read entire Terms and Conditions] This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom program, however, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada. Please note giveaways are only open to Canadian residents and will not be sent out of the country.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

NOTE: It's Just My Life... will not be held liable for any potential loss, damage or undelivered status of the prize.



Disclosure: As a PGMom, I receive products and special access to P&Gevents and opportunities. I have not been financially compensated in any other way. I am not obliged to give a positive review. Any opinion(s) expressed is my own, and is given freely. Any information acquired from P&G’s various social media formats has been authorized, and has been done so as to facilitate my post/review.





Monday, March 02, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Easy Chicken Parmesan | What's Cooking Wednesday?


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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. 

NOTE: 
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 www.ShopeaseFoods.com. 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. 




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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.

Synopsis: 
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



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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0