Are you looking for meal ideas with leftovers?

Me tooooo. That’s what I’m always doing because I have leftover something but, not usually meat. I have to tell ma man DON’T TOUCH…those are for lunch. he he. I know, its not nice, but I am trying to prep the most amount of meals in the least amount of days and this is the only way.

So, here’s my weekly menu from last week.

Click the link below to get the pdf version of it.

October Weekly meal plan and grocery list

Let me know if you have meal ideas for frozen strawberries, canned chick peas, almonds, and cuccombers. Now, I am hoping you’re not going to suggest I put those all together…One word…YACK!

I’m LIVE again.

Wow, I have been having trouble with my service provider and wasnt able to get onto my website, but it seems to be working again…as you can see:)

I have been up to A LOT of stuff. Here’s the run down.

Date night with ma man

we had been putting off date night for a while because we had so many other projects on the go, but this weekend, we got errrr done. We played cards at the trailer with the camp ground people. It was lots of fun. Next date for October is pistal shooting in Stittsville…woot woot:)

Writing my memoir

I have been writing stories for a few years now with the intent of making a book out of them, but I was struggling with how to make it into a book. I took some training, but it felt like they were mostly about promoting my book, and i will use those later, but right now, I need something to help me get clear on the writing and…I FINALLY found a good book. Its called “How to write a memoir in 30 days. I am on Day 4 when i should be on day 7, but that’s because the stories take a bit of time and…i need to be in the mood to write. After all, it’s my life story. However, I am not rushing as it WILL get done! But the most important part is…writing, which i am always doing. So, not to worry. Once I have the stories all together, I will share some of them with you, but for now, this is the new project I am working on. I have decided to write about the journey to writing this book on my blog. So, if you are thinking of writing a memoir, keep your eyes peeled.

Having fun – making food using mix recipes and left overs

Every Sunday, I go grocery shopping, but before I do, I usually go eat Pho soup and write my meal plan. However, this summer I have slacked because again of other projects, like our…NEW TRAILER:). It is soooo amazing and HUGE. Its a 2 bedroom. So, now when my girls weekend comes around, no one will have to tent it…unless they want to.

BUT….I’m back on menu planning because there was way too much eating out and..it was eating at my budget.

For tomorrow, it’s Slow Cooker pot roast…a la Tina🙂

Top sirloin – size? put 3 fists side by side and that’s how much.LOL. I never really look at the size, but rather the price and will I be able to get 3-4 meals .

1 pkg onion soup mix

1 1/2 cup homemade chicken broth

2 cups of water

1/4 cup of left over red wine…it smelt vinegary:(…what a waste.

1/2 onion

2 carrots

Directions

  • Cook the onions in a pan first. I used nothing but water. Ocne cooked, put aside in a bowl
  • Put the meat in the frying pan…sear each side as much as you want. I did it for 2 minutes each.
  • Slice carrots and put them at the bottom of the slow cooker before you put the meat in.
  • Put the meat on top of the carrots.
  • Poor the homemade chicken broth over the meat.
  • Poor the onion soup package over the meat.
  • Poor the 2 cups of water in the slow cooker too.
  • Poor the left over red wine beside the meat and not over it. I don’t want the meat to taste like wine.
  • Put the cooked onion over the meat.
  • Press the slow cooker button program to low. I like to let it cook for 8 hours.
  • Oh ya, don’t forget to turn off the stove after you cooked the meat
  • Mine will be ready for dinner tomorrow. Mmmm, I can already smell it cooking…mmmmm

Let me know how yours turns out.

 

I’m so sorry…

I feel really bad. I have been neglecting my website. It’s not that i didn’t have anything going on. On the contrary. Lots of stuff, but I was writing them in my journals instead of online and also on Facebook.

Here’s whats been going on. If you recall, I created a bucket list and on that list I had to speak at events. So, I took the leap and posted on my facebook page that I was becoming a motivational speaker and asked people if they wanted me to speak at events. I didn’t get a response, but I got some suggestions for place to look. Thanks ladies.

I also sent out an email to a speaker asking her for advice on who’s a motivational speaker and..what does it take to be one. She replied back. She is very busy woman, so I was supper happen. When I first read the email I was  upset, but more hurt because it felt like she didn’t believe I could speak. But, when I read it again, and again, and one more time…juuuust to be sure I read it correctly, she was giving me great advice on ways to help me reach my goal. Thanks Rhonda. She was right. I needed to either have a topic to discuss and answer the question “why would people pay me to speak”. What makes me sooo wow? The first thought in my head was…”She’s right…who wants to hear what I have to say? Why would anyone with a brain whos already successful want to hear me”. But there is this little nagging voice that keeps saying to me…”just keep at it. Write the book.”

I was searching out Canadian motivational speakers when I found an article from Forbes called “There’s no such thing as a motivational speaker“. I was angry when I saw this because I KNOW there are speakers like that, but when I read the article, it completely made sense. They explain that the speaking is the activity and that i needed to find something that i was passionate about to speak on, have a topic that can help people,  then write a book about it, speak at events.

Wow, what a wake up call. I was doing this all backwards. I was putting “the cart before the horse”. In other words, I was trying to get speaking gigs without having a program, a book, or even something to talk about.

Does this sound like you? You hear speakers reach into your soul and you say to yourself “self, I want to do that. Yes, that’s what I want to do.” Maybe its just me who talks to herself like that? That’s exactly what I do…A LOT! I get an idea to do something…like speak and then start researching the idea, but nothing happens because it was feeling like this is soooo much work. I was struggling with finding a speech to write about, how to come up with the points to discuss, but after that article. I feel like now I am on the right path. First I am going to finish writing my book that I have been writing for almost 2 years and see what happens. I am writing it mainly for me as it was a way for me to release my feelings, but if it helps you, then I am even MORE happy.

 

Thanks.

Tina

Weekly Meal Planning

Weekly meal planIf you don’t have a lot of time or money, then you’re going to like this article. Every week, I usually go and eat pho soup and while I’m there, I prepare my weekly meal ideas. However, I do it with the intention of trying to save money and make more than 2 meals each.  Well, there are some weeks that I do great and some that are not so great. It depends on what’s on sale and if I feel like cooking. It does happen that I eat out a lot, but I try not to because it’s very salty and, I prefer my cooking.

I put together a template that you can modify with meal ideas and what groceries you need. I also put some links to recipes from other people. Next months meal plan, I will be sure to put my own recipe links because most of mine involve using leftovers.

Weekly meal plan and grocery list

If you have other meal plans you wan to share, please add the link or send me the document so that I can post it.

Have a wonderful week.

Tina

Ran out of salad dressing and found a great one to make with 3 1/2 ingredients

I made spaghetti and have Cesar dressing, but I don’t like cesear and my favorite Newmans Lemon Garlic is alll gone:(  So, I need to make something fast. Naturally I went to Google and found a Classic Vinaigrette. I don’t like a lot of ingredients, but i like flavor and this one has the ingredients I really like.  I would like to have it for at least 6 servings and this one I don’t think will last, so, here’s what I changed:

  • 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar,
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard (too much Dijon can take over the taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper to taste.
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Start with the red wine, then the dijon, and add the salt and pepper if you want, and then poor the oil in while whisking it to make sure it blends. Or you can do like me, poor it all into one container and shake it. Voila salad dressing el Tina style!

To find the original and more salad dressings, click on the Food Network link here. If you have other easy dressings, pleeeeeease share them. While I love surfing the net, I much prefer getting them from my wonderful friends.