Meal Planning,Uncategorized

Meal Plan Ideas – December – Family of 6

If you've been following me on Instagram or Facebook, you will have noticed that I have been sharing my weekly meal plans with my grocery haul. I thought I would take it further, share it on my blog and link to the recipes, or page number in the book I have been using. Sharing is caring am I right? If I share, can I request you share this blog post with others as well?? It would be appreciated. One last request, if you have a go-to recipe, please comment on the post and I will try and include it in...
Crazy Chaos,Health,Self Reflection,Uncategorized

The Holiday and Life Burnout

I'm currently sitting in my van at the Walmart parking lot while little miss has a little nap. Don't want to mess her sleep right???? Anyways, as I am sitting here listening to Christmas music and waiting to go to customer service, I thought I would share my little burnout story. I don't know about you, but when Christmas time rolls around I start to feel so grumpy and done with it! I always feel like a grinch. Last year I had this feeling like never before. I was sooooo grumpy and not to mention I was 9 months preggo,...
Budgeting,Groceries,Meal Planning,Save Money

15 Tips To Save Money On Groceries

Searching for ways to save money on groceries? Overspending every month? I found myself shopping at Costco at least 3 times a month and sometimes more!!! Our grocery bills were RIDICULOUS!! I was justifying the spending by saying it's because we are a family of 6 and Canadian groceries are simply more expensive..... What excuses, it is possible! It was time for a budget reboot!!!! I love a challenge and I have decided to buy groceries for our household at $600/month. Pretty much cutting our budget down by half. Now that is a big task. (This site contains endorsements for...
Christmas,Recipes

Christmas Galettes

Christmas, oh how I love bringing back traditional family baking!! Growing up, I remember both my grandma and my mother making these traditional Christmas Galettes. Every year we looked forward to them. We only made them at Christmas to keep them special. You want to try these sweet, crunchy delights. Before you can even begin to make these cookies, you need a unique iron maker. It looks similar to a waffle iron; only the grooves are not very deep. These are made special to keep your cookies nice and thin. I am lucky enough to have been given the family iron....
Christmas,Gift Ideas

Christmas Gifts For Younger Boys

Is it just me or is it hard to buy gifts for boys?? It's always the same typical things, superhero, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Legos or a game console with multiple game choices. Pretty sure my boys don't even know what to ask for any more. But, guess what, I've been paying attention and started jotting down a list of ideas this summer. I am actually on the ball this year, just haven't purchased anything yet. The best part about this list?? I can share it with others who are wondering what they want for Christmas. The kids don't even...
Freezer Meals,Meal Planning

MAKE YOUR MEAL PLANS

Ready-Made Meal Plans not what you are looking for? That is completely fine!! If you want to make your own plan, it is possible as you already know. Now, where you might be getting stuck is finding your meals, right? Let me try and help you fill in those gaps for meal ideas. Meal Ideas with links to recipes Beef Options: Lasagna Instant Pot by Simply Happy FoodieRoll-ups by Betty CrockerTraditional by Great Grub, Delicious TreatsCasserole by Great Grub, Delicious Treats Meatballs (for a super simple method, buy pre-made frozen meatballs) Honey Garlic by Fabulessly FrugalItalian by RecipeTin EatsSweet &...
Freezer Meals,Meal Planning

READY-MADE MEAL PLANS

Now if you are like me and do not have the time to plan out all your meals, research different recipes to feed to your family.  Have a look at the following different programs below. Most programs offer a trial period which is even better. You do not have to commit unless the plans work for your family. This is a huge time saver for me and removes the need to make decisions. I do not need to decide what we will eat as a family every single night. Of course, some meals may not work for us, but at...
Freezer Meals,Meal Planning

HOW TO FREEZER MEAL & FLASH FREEZING

Wouldn't it just be ideal if all meals could be cooked ahead of time, be freezable, and not lose any of the freshness or quality? Yes, that would be a perfect world but unfortunately, it isn't the case. With pre-cooked freezer meals, you will lose a bit of freshness and quality; however, you will gain a huge convenience of ready to go meals. I will not pretend to be an expert in this section, but I have obtained experience from making multiple meals and testing different recipes. This is how it works for me. Meats If I have meals that...
Freezer Meals,Meal Planning

How to Meal Prep

MEAL PREPPING My recommendation is to start small. If you are going to cook a few meals ahead of time, only do two or three meals maximum. Don't go all in right away. Get used to the idea of preparing more than one meal at a time. I mean, cooking one meal can be lots of work, but trying to do three meals is a challenge. Try to get used to multitasking and cooking or prepping more than one meal at once. I will look at the suggested recipes for the week and will decide which ones will work for...
Freezer Meals,Meal Planning

Meal Planning – Batch cooking & sales

Do you find yourself constantly dreading cooking for the family? Are you running out of ideas? Or, do you regularly find yourself making your go-to recipes over and over? Welcome to my world!! This is how I have been feeling for the past seven years. Every time 4 o'clock rolled around, I knew I had to start getting supper prepped and it didn't bring me joy. Now, I have flipped that mentality and look forward to mealtime. How have I done this? What was the magic pill that I swallowed? Have I gone nuts? Did I take cooking lessons? What...