Saturday, June 29, 2013

Orange Chicken

I love it when I can find new and tasty recipes.
I love it even more when they are simple and easy to prepare.
The beauty of this dish is that it can be prepared two different ways, depending on how much time you have to spend in the kitchen or just what method you prefer!
Options, people. How great is that?!?


3-4 chicken breasts
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1/2/ Orange Marmalade
1 TBSP soy sauce

Crock Pot option:
Place chicken in crock pot and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5.
Cook chicken alone, in it's own juices
After the time is up, drain the excess juices
Mix together the sauces and marmalade, pour over chicken.
Cook in crock pot an additional 30 minutes.
Serve warm with side of Fried Rice.

Skillet option:
Cook cubed chicken in skillet until no more pink.
In a medium sauce pan mix together other ingredients
Transfer cooked chicken into sauce mixture and let simmer about 5-10 mins or unitl heated all the way through.
Serve warm with side of Fried Rice.
Super yummy dinner, my hubby asks for this all the time and I have no problem making it since it's so easy! I love having the option of planning ahead and letting it cook all day in the crock pot, or whipping it up really quick on the stove.
Plus we have totally cut down our ordering of Chinese takeout!
Hope you all enjoy!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Get paid to Shop?!?!

A while back, I stumbled on something that is "Super Duper Awesome"
( words my 2 year old would use)
The wonderful world of Ebates. 
Ebates is an awesome "cash back" site that pays YOU for shopping online.
They offer percentages of cash back for shopping at certain stores.
For example right now, they are offering 2.5% cash back at Carters
and 2/0% back at Old Navy.
If you are going to shop online, you might as well make money doing it!
All you have to do is go to first and then just search the
store that you want to buy from.
You can even use Amazon which right now is offering up to 3.0% cash back!!!
So, head on over to Ebates right now to get signed up and start
making yourself some money!
I know that I am using all the money I am getting back for
 Christmas shopping this year!
Please use this link so that I can get credit for referring you :)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cleaning your Dishwasher

I'll be the first to admit that when I first got married, I didn't know all the things that went into being a good housewife.  Sure, I had watched my own mother do it for years. I had done my fair share of chores and jobs around the house. But I really didn't know about the nitty gritty, the maintenance, the behind the scenes jobs, ect.
Like cleaning your dishwasher, for example. 
I had no idea that it was something that needed to be clean. I mean, it does the cleaning!
But food, gunk, and who knows what else can build up over time. This can cause your dishwasher to not clean as efficiently and cause grime and spots to appear on your dishes or leave them not as clean as you would like.
So about once a month I will run my dishwasher through it's own wash cycle. It's super easy to do and will get your dishwasher back in tip top shape!
1. In a dishwasher safe bowl, place about 2 cups vinegar and place on the top shelf.
2. Sprinkle about 1 cup baking soda all over the bottom of the washer.
3. Turn it on the hottest setting and let it go through a wash, empty of any dishes.
4. Once the wash is done I will take a cloth and wipe down the sides, bottom, and outside of the dishwasher.
5. Step back and enjoy your sparkling washer and cleaner dishes!



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Freezing Grapes

Sometimes there are good deals, and sometimes there are GREAT deals. 
This week ( June 18-22) Red Seedless Grapes: 

This deal is going on at Rancho Markets ( located in several locations across the Salt Lake Valley).  Instead of driving on down to Rancho, I stopped at my local Walmart and price matched them. Since the deal was so good, I bought several bunches of grapes. 
They were priced at 1.98 per lb at Walmart so I saved 75% on grapes today!!!! 
When prices are this good, I always buy a little more than I normally would. But I don't want my produce to go bad. 

Did you know you can freeze grapes? 
Yep, you can. 

1. Wash grapes
2. Dry grapes and pick off vine.
3. After they are completely dry lay them flat on a cookie sheet and place into freezer. This is so they freeze individually and don't clump together
4. Once completely frozen, transfer to a ziploc freezer bag.
5. Grapes should keep for 2-3 months. ( If you can make them last that long!)

Learning to freeze food is one of the best ways that you can save money. 
Plus with all this hot summer weather, a handful of frozen grapes sounds like the perfect healthy, refreshing treat that I need! 

Hope you enjoy! 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Sandwiches

There is nothing I love better than an easy to throw together dinner. 
Especially one that is made from yummy fresh ingredients. 
So if you are looking for a quick, yummy, summer dinner 
then look no further! 

2-3 chicken breasts 
2 green peppers (sliced)
1 medium onion (sliced)
favorite seasoning ( I just used Lawry's) 
dash of onion powder 
provolone cheese 

Place butter in bottom of crock pot. Place sliced onions then 1 sliced bell pepper. 
Layer chicken on top. Sprinkle with seasonings. 
Cook on low for 4-5 hours or high 2-3 
When done cooking shred chicken and serve on buns and top with Provolone cheese ( and since I like a little added crunch I will add the rest of the uncooked green pepper on top)

recipe  adapted from  Food Family Finds 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Deal this week!

0.19 each? Are you kidding me! This is an amazing deal and one of the very many reason why I love price matching so much.
There are some great deals going on this week and this is just one of them.
*Cucumbers 0.12 @ Rancho Market
*Fuji Apples 0.49 lb @ Rancho Market
*Red Seedless Grapes 1.29 lb @ Winegars
*Store Brand Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (Fresh) 1.89lb @ Lees Market
*Nutella 13 oz 2.99 @ RiteAid.
These were just my favorite finds for the week.
To see where I get my price matching list click here if you live in Utah.
To see how much you should be spending click here.
If you are new to price matching and deal shopping click here to see tips and tricks to take the stress out of it.
Happy Shopping!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Menu Plan Monday 6/10-6/15

I'm a little late getting this up because I was a little late planning my weekly menu.
I usually have my menu planned by Thursday or Friday for the following week so that I can get my shopping done by Saturday.
For whatever reason, last week totally got away from me and I am just now planning my menu!
Better late than never!

Monday: Salsa Chicken
Tuesday- Orange Chicken/Fried Rice
Wednesday- Bubble Up Pizza
Thursday- Sloppy Joes
Friday- Crock Pot Chicken Philly Sandwiches
Saturday- Date night

Here's to hoping that everyone has a fabulous week and don't forget to head over to OrgJunkie to check out other awesome menu's from today's link-up!