Think.Grow.Inspire.Friday – We Are Family


When I was very young I had a record of the story of Snow White. It was a full-length record, with a story book, but most of the pages were gone. I remember sitting and listening to it for hours on end. I knew all the words and all the songs, and though the evil Queen was scary, I knew that things would all work out in the end.

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Cranberry Pork Roast

Cranberry Pork Roast

Batch cooking and freezer meals are my favourite meal prep strategies. 

Over the years I have tried many meals that you prepare ahead and freeze, some you prep partially and mix together when cooking and others you simply combine ingredients in a freezer bag and dump into a slow cooker for an easy flavorful meal.

I have shared a few Chicken Freezer Meal recipes before, but this one is a simple dump Pork meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pound bone-in pork shoulder (or pork tenderloin)
  • 15oz can whole berry cranberry sauce (or 1 1/2 to 2 cups homemade cranberry sauce)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest (optional)
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker and cook on “low” setting for 6-8 hours.
  2. Remove any bones and shred meat.
  3. Serve on buns, with tortillas, or with a salad or other side.

**Freezer Meal: Combine all ingredients in freezer bag and freeze. When ready to cook, dump into slow cooker and cook 8 hours on low.

 

Think.Grow.Inspire.Friday – Mom’s the Word

MOM’S THE WORD

We live in the house that once belonged to my in-laws, so my husband has been tending the gardens here since 1978. Every spring he cleaned up after the winter’s mess, and pruned, and weeded, and planted a few more perennials, and filled in the empty spaces with a few annuals. He would always tell his mother to let the flowers grow, and to not add anything else. Of course, she never listened and she spent more than one evening going out with her neighbour Shirley to “just pick up a few little plants”. (more…)

Weekly Meal Plan – 2 Weeks

Last week I went a little overboard on menu options and purchased items that I can also stock my freezer with.

Having purchased enough food for the 2 weeks, I am combining the menu plan to show you what we had this week, and what is planned for the coming week.

I shopped on Thursday last week, and scored some great stock up and other deals. You will see what I mean in the details below. (more…)

7 Frugal and Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts

7 Frugal and Thoughtful Mother's Day Gifts 

Mother's day is right around the corner and it is time to plan. I have noticed over the past few years, I am usually stopping in at a flower shop or picking up something last minute for mother's day. It's not that I don't love pampering my mom, and appreciate everything she does for myself and my family, I just find it hard to buy for her.  (more…)

tgiF – Use The Force

 tgiF - Use The Force

Two years ago, this week I walked out of the job I had into an uncertain future. The geek in me is pleased to say that it was on May the fourth.  I loved the work I had been doing, but the atmosphere of bullying and harassment had taken its toll on me. To be honest, I had almost left several times, but had always talked myself out of it. Worrying about paying bills and having health insurance coverage kept me there longer than I should have been. (more…)

My Morning Pick Me Up Comes From The Ocean!

My morning Pick Me Up comes from the ocean! + Giveaway below

*Sponsored Post. All stories and opinions are my own. 

I am a coffee girl, have been for years and will be for years to come. Every morning my coffee maker grinds the coffee beans and brews a fresh pot of steamy goodness. For many years it was the first thing to cross my lips in the morning, until I started making an effort to cut back on coffee and start drinking more water. When I had a goal to drink more water, I started my day with a large glass of water right before my coffee. Helping with the dehydrating effect of the coffee and giving my body a little more of what it really needed after a long night. (more…)

My #80lbJourney – Prep and Freezer Meals

My #80lbJourney- Prep and Freezer Meals

This week was all about getting back on track and getting organized. Between my birthday early last week (2 cakes and cupcakes as well) and getting back on track after being away for a few days, it was a slow start. I did stick to some of my goals, as you will read below, but I used this week to plan ahead and prep.
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