I am back with a new August Meal Plan. Sorry that I have been a bit MIA but life is a bit different now and I was in no mood to do monthly meal plans or much of anything else to be honest with you guys. But life must go on and one way for me to keep things in order is to have my meals planned out for us. I am still including grill recipes because it is still Summer here even though it doesn’t feel that way when you go to the stores and shelves are filled with Halloween candy and Fall decor. I have also created a new Cooking Channel on Youtube and you can watch a full video on what my thought process is when it comes to my monthly meal planning
My August Meal Plan
The reason why I write it all out in pencil is because in case I want to change things around. I also wanted to share my new menu board that I created on my DIY channel. I love using it every week
Here are some of the new recipes that I will be trying out this month
Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut sauce https://carlsbadcravings.com/thai-chicken-satay-with-peanut-sauce-recipe/
Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs (because we were suppose to be in Hawaii ) https://www.cookingclassy.com/hawaiian-chicken-kebabs/
Grilled Shrimp https://valentinascorner.com/grilled-shrimp-recipe/#recipe
Santa Fe Chicken https://www.spendwithpennies.com/santa-fe-chicken-packets/
Bacon Ranch Chicken https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/bacon-ranch-chicken-foil-packets/
Chicken Sandwich (COPYCAT CHICK-FIL-A SANDWICH) https://cincyshopper.com/copycat-chick-fil-a-sandwich/
Chilli Lime Chicken https://rasamalaysia.com/chili-lime-chicken/#mv-creation-50
You can also get all of these recipes on my Summer Dinner Board on Pinterest https://pin.it/1VbmKjo
And if you need more inspirations on meal planning make sure you check out all the rest of the meal planning posts as well as my meal planning video on my Cooking Channel
I am back with another month of meal plans. This is a first one for 2020 and My goal for 2020 is to provide my family with variety of meals as well as serve up healthy and delicious meals. My family has several dietary needs and I strive to provide clean made from scratch meals as much as possible. Since most of the meals are lower in carbs I do let you know different carb options you can add to your meals since sometimes I do add them for my kids depending how many carbs they had that day. I also like my dinners to have plenty of vegetables and I always serve them with a side salad even if I don’t list the salad in my Monthly Menue.
Here is my meal plan for the Month of January
I will include the list of meals and link a recipe to any that I have. I would also like to invite you to join me on my Youtube Channel where I share many recipes, meal prep, what’s for dinner and other cooking / kitchen related content. You can subscribe here https://youtu.be/75uuF9U6Qy8
My January Dinner Plan
Just a side note my kids will eat all the salad and veggies that I serve in case if I didn’t write it in. The only difference is my husband and I eat lower carb most times.
Hope you find these meal ideas helpful and they help you with your meal planning.
Today I am sharing this very easy dish. It is super budget friendly and part of my $10 Dinner Challenge that I hosted over on my Cooking channel on YouTube. This such an easy dish that can be frozen for more dinner options. I like to grill tons of sausages one night, use some for dinner the first night and than make a big batch of this pasta the next night and freezing half of it for a freezer meal to use later when I am busy. I am a huge fan of cooking once and eating multiple times. So lets jump into the recipe
4 sausages (it can be any turkey, pork or chicken)
2 to 3 large tomatos (chopped )
2 red or yellow bell peppers (chopped)
1 cup of spinach
1 tbs fresh basil
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 pkg of pasta ( I used small shells you can use penne or rigatoni as well)
1/2 cup of Romano or Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of pasta water
1tbs or red pepper flakes (optional if you like a bit of heat)
1 tbs of olive oil + 1 tbs of olive oil
Heat up first tbs of olive oil than add minced garlic cloves and sauce until fragrant. Add chopped peppers and cook until soft. Add sausage and heat through. Follow with spinach, basil and tomatoes. Cook until spinach wilted.
Meanwhile you should have water boiling for pasta. Cook pasta accordingly to the package or until al Dante
Once pasta is cooked add it to the meat and vegetables. At this point if you find that it is a bit dry add pasta water. I didn’t need to because I was using pork sausage so they were a bit fatty which made pasta not so dry. Drizzle with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with cheese. You can now also add red chilli pepper flakes. Enjoy
You can watch the recipe here https://youtu.be/fFKoObT64JU
Missing your gym Yet? I haven’t had a gym membership for a while now and am in the best fitness level of my life. I still have weight to loose but that is a story for a different day. My fitness level is great and I am able to keep up with a lot of hard workouts and run a 5K. I have achieved all this without stepping into a gym or spending tons of money. I would like to share how I did this with you since some of you might be looking to do some more working out than just walking (nothing wrong with walking I still doit everyday).
I have been consistently working out from home for over a year now and I love it. Being a mother of two busy teenagers, business owner and a homemaker at the same time, finding time to squeeze in a hour at the gym plus travel time was not going to happen. My husband and I decided to invest in some gym equipment for home. We started with elliptical and treadmill and a few weights. If you would like to see a post on home gym you can find it here https://domesticdiva76blog.com/2020/01/18/my-at-home-gym-setup/ This was great but I got bored and needed more. When I had a gym membership things I loved were the different variety of classes that I could do. This is when I discovered Beachbody on demand. Years ago I had purchased 21 Day Fix DVD set but never really put much effort into it. Last year around this time I reached my highest point in inactivity and decided to do something about it. There were several people on instagram that had influenced me and I pulled out the DVD set and gave it a go again. This time I loved it, went through the whole program and even though I could have repeated it I was too scared that I would get bored. So I decided to sign up for the Beachbody on Demand two week free trial. I was blown away with all the different workout programs available to me. I did 21 Day Extreme next and signed up for the year after my two weeks were up. To this day I have done 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, 80 Day Obsession, Morning Meltdown 100 and couple Hybrid calendars that I have found on Pinterest combining some different programs from BOD just in between these other Programs. And I love their Yoga programs, I do these sometimes when I need an extra stretch. All this for just $119cdn a year. In my opinion best investment in myself yet. Along the way I have purchased couple more dumbbells and some bands and also some floor mats because I wore out the carpet that was where I work out. Still a lot less that I would have spend for the gym. One of the best things is also that my family uses it too. We just need to schedule ourselves well through the day to workout. I usually workout early in the morning so it is not a problem for me.
I know a lot of you think that you have to buy their shakes and sign up for challenges. But you don’t and I didn’t start there. I’m not saying they don’t work. They do for some. I believe shakes, supplements, and coaches are aids. I personally love the way Shakeollogy tastes but it is very expensive for me especially since I am located in Canada. I do buy it but only several times a year as a treat for me. I use a different shake if I want to use a shake and don’t have Shakeollogy. They can help you improve your workouts and health, but they don’t replace real work and eating healthy or actually doing your workout.
Being that we are all stuck at home now if you are looking for an inexpensive way to stay fit and on track I would say give the Beachbody on Demand a try. I am so gland I did. And FYI I am not a coach I just love the programs. If you need help figuring out how or what let me know I can send you in the right direction.
Also I wanted to mention that they do offer some great Nutrition programs but you do have to pay extra for those. I have lost 30lbs following the cups (ultimate portion fix), because no matter how much I exercise for weight loss your nutrition has to be on point. I workout for my physical and mental well being.
Are you struggling to stay on track during these uncertain times?
Tour of my at home gym (this video doesn’t include my new floor mats)
I have gone through many things in life but never thought I would be self isolating for so long. We live in Ontario Canada and are now on week four of staying at home. I have had a two week list that I prepared for myself at the beginning of this self isolation but now we are moving on to week five and I had to adjust the list and create a new one based on what I used/needed most last month. I wanted to share this list with you as it might be helpful for you. I will have a free printable at the end of this post.
For those of you that do not know what I am talking about it is COVID 19 and most of the world at this time is suppose to stay at home and only go out for essentials when needed. I was going out once every two weeks but now with meat processing plants shutting down I wanted to have enough meat to last me at least a month. If you do not know what Pandemic means its definition is “an epidemic of disease that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents or worldwide, affecting a substantial number of people”.(wikipedia)
I also want to clarify that this list is an Emergency list but it is not for No Power/No Water emergency list. This list is for now when we have those things and can store our food properly.
FRIDGE / FREEZER
This list is good for a month for most things. Fresh fruit and veggies as well as any dairy I buy won’t last me a month. I did not include yogurt and milk or cheese however I do buy them when I go and just try to find the longest expiry date and if it is could of weeks away I will buy a few especially milk and yogurt, the cheese lasts a lot longer if properly stored.
Let me know in the comments if you would like to see how I store all my food for longer shelf life. There are a few things I use and follow for proper food storage.
Hope this was helpful and I think I covered and included everything but if you have something that you think I should add to my list let me know.
If you would like to see how I equip my purse for the safest grocery shopping check out my What’s In My Bag video
Happy Reading stay safe and stay at home
Hi guys. Hope everyone is keeping healthy and staying at home. This is a new experience for all of us and we have to make the best of it. For this months meal plan I shopped my freezer, fridge and pantry and only went out once to buy the ingredients that I was missing and some fresh fruits and veggies. I am using a lot of can produce as well as frozen. I almost never buy canned veggies even for my tomato sauce I use fresh ingredients. But we can all ajust and make the best of it.
Here is my meal plan
Here are some of the New recipes that I am using and some that I have tried before but haven’t shared with you yet
Homemade pizza | Dough recipe https://www.recipelink.com/msgbrd/board_11/2006/NOV/7900.html. Pizza sauce https://premeditatedleftovers.com/recipes-cooking-tips/fast-and-easy-pizza-sauce/ (I use whole caned tomatoes right now instead of tomato sauce and use a blender. Otherwise I like house fresh tomatoes and a blender)
Stuffed Schnitzel coming soon
Spring roll in a bowel https://www.messforless.net/keto-egg-roll-in-a-bowl/
Duck LaOrange https://www.krumpli.co.uk/duck-a-l-orange/ (I have only made the duck from the recipe. I doubled the recipe for the whole duck)
Hope you found this menu helpful. I love sharing it with you and let me know if you are going to try anything. You can let me know here or on Instagram or Facebook
Thanks for reading
During this time you must be at your wits end trying to figure out what to do with your kids. We are now on to our third week of quarantine (COVD19) and let me tell you I feel your pain. I have put together some of my favourite activities that I have done with my daycare kids previous years for you to try out. These are kid approved meaning kids age 2-6 approve it.
Printable Easter egg Matching Game https://viewsfromastepstool.com/homemade-easter-egg-games-kids-printable/
Easter Science Activity https://busytoddler.com/2017/04/easter-science-activity/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=300278646_8412770_280899
Pasta Easter eggs https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/pasta-easter-eggs/
Salt Painted Easter eggs https://onelittleproject.com/salt-painted-easter-eggs/
Toilet Paper Roll Bunny Stamps https://www.craftymorning.com/toilet-paper-roll-bunny-stamps/
Shaving Cream Marbled Paper Easter eggs https://typicallysimple.com/marbled-paper-easter-eggs/
Easter Sensory Bin http://twinmomrefreshed.com/easter-sensory-bins-for-toddlers/
Spring Movement Games Using Plastic Eggs https://www.tobeakidagain.com/spring-movement-game-using-plastic-eggs-free-printable-action-cards/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&am
Bunny Collar Hop for Toddlers https://www.toddlerapproved.com/2017/03/bunny-color-hop-for-toddlers-and.html
Q – Tip Painted Easter eggs https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2013/03/q-tip-painted-easter-eggs-fine-motor-art.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_smartloop&utm_content=smartloop&utm_term=21647564
I tried to include activities that won’t require you to shop for anything and most likely you have all the materials at home
Here is another DIY project. I absolutely love the way this lantern turned out. It wasn’t hard to make and the materials all together came just under $25.00. Much cheaper than buying one this size at the store.
The materials that I used are
Wood (I got all mine at Home Depot)
The Paint I used I did not buy I had on hand
Rust – Oleum Linen White Chalk paint https://www.homedepot.ca/product/rust-oleum-chalked-ultra-matte-paint-in-linen-white-887-ml/1000842661
Annie Sloan French Linen https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloan-products/chalk-paint/french-linen-chalk-paint
brushes and jute rope came from Dollarama and screws I had on hand
First you want to pre cut all the wood. I had my long pieces cut in half at Home Depot so I could bring them home
Here are the cuts that I made at home
1x2x10 cut into four equal lengths so 2.5foot
1x2x8 cut into 4 – 51/3inch, 4 – 71/3inch and 4 – 1 inch pieces (for the legs)
1x10x4 was cut into 2 10 x10 pieces. You will have some leftover for another project from this one
Once all your pieces are cut it is time to assemble your lantern. I used a screw gun and screws. I would recommend pre drilling the holes especially if you are doing this by your self. (advice from one of my followers). I didn’t do this but I recommend you do it.
You attache the 2.5f pieces to the square pieces on the top and the bottom at each corner. Once your lantern is assembled glue on the legs using wood glue at the bottom of the lantern in each corner.
Now I move on the small cut pieces and create a box for the top by gluing it and I also insert the small pieces in between the wall sides at the bottom to box it in.
Now its time to place something heavy on top of the lantern and let the wood glue cure. I left it until the next day. Than I painted my first coat of paint. I used Linen white, painted the whole thing but I didn’t go overly heavy with the paint because I wanted some of the wood color to bleed through. Obviously this is a personal choice.
Once the paint dried I dried brush the Charcoal and French linen. If you do not know what a dry brush technique is it is when you use a small amount of paint on a brush to achieve a unique depth on your surface. You remove paint from your paint brush so you are essentially using a dry brush to apply your paint. It creates shadow and depth on your piece.
Once the paint has dried the last thing I did was hot glue Jute rope as a handle on top. And that is it. Love how Coastal Rustic Farmhouse it looks and it will be a great addition to my front porch once all the snow is gone for good.
If some of my instructions are hard to follow you can always check out a full video tutorial.
Happy DIYing and let me know in the comments if you are going to be trying it. And if you do try it and make it I would love it if you share your picture on Instagram and tag me in it. Domestic Diva 76
If you are at all familiar with my blog and my youtube channel you know I love to makeover furniture. My most favourite way to do so is with chalk paint but I do love using stain as well. I have lots of different tutorials here on my blog as well as on my channel. If you wish to watch some of them here is the link to my playlist
In todays blog post I will share how I created a wood weather look on my old sofa / console table. I love the style of this table but was very unhappy with the finish since I had this furniture for last 20 years and the finish was peeling off. So instead of running off and buying new furniture I spend $50.00 on supplies and refinished not only the consulate / sofa table but a matching coffee table and side table and I still have tons of paint and wax leftover. I did not buy wax since I had it from different projects. Here is what the table looked like before I finished it.
The products that I used were
Annie Sloan Coco Paint https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloa… Annie Sloan Dark Wax and Clear Wax https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloa… Annie Sloan Wax Brush https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloa… Paint brush I used I can’t find a link to it so here is a similar brush https://www.amazon.com/ideas/amzn1.ac…
First thing I did was give the furniture a good cleaning. I also sanded with a light sand paper just some areas that were chipping for smoothness. You also want to do this if you have sticky stuff on your furniture. Furniture has to be all clean otherwise paint won’t stick. After I was done I painted the whole piece in Coco.
Than the fun part starts. The real transformation. I applied dark wax. This is not a protective wax but an antiquing wax. I use the wax brush and brushed it all over and than take a lint free rag and take some off.
I do this to the whole piece and let it dry for couple of hours. Now its time to seal the piece and I use a clear finishing wax to do this. This will give it an ultimate protection. I apply it the same way as the dark wax. Little goes a long way you do not want to go heavy with wax. I let this cure for a day or so and than I came back with another lint free rag and gave it a light buff. And that is it
I could not be happier with the way these pieces turned out. I love working with chalk paint and can’t wait to work on another project.
If you would like to watch a video tutorial you can do so here
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a beautiful flower arrangement for this Spring season! Let me show you how I put together an inexpensive faux flower arrangement for Spring with dollar store items.
It’s great to have pretty flowers, but arranging them can be intimidating for some. Today I’m sharing a simple trick to getting your flowers to stay exactly where you want them in the container and can be rearranged at the same time. No glueing necessary.
First step is deciding what type of florals and greenery you want to use. I picked up all of mine from a Dollarama and Dollar Tree. My focal point were Peonies and they came from Dollarama.
Once you have decided which florals you will be using you need to pick a bucket or a vase that will be the appropriate size. I choose this one that came from Dollarama and I absolutely love the farmhouse French rustic look it has and for $4.00 it was a steel.
Next you need to pick up some floral foam or styrofoam squares. These can be found in both stores.
Once your foam is in place it is time to add your flowers. I am not a professional florist but have done enough arrangements to know what works for me. I start with my focal point in this case it was my Peony and than I work around it. I add similar size items and usually try to add in odd numbers.
Than I follow with flowers that are smaller and fill in the place.
Last thing I add is greenery and this goes pretty much anywhere where there is room for it to go. You can add height with it or some to drupe down if you want. It really is what you want. There is no right or wrong way of styling it. If you love it than it is the right way.
I could not be happier with the way my arrangement turned out. It is such a great way to add some color to your Spring Decor
If you would like to see my full video tutorial you can watch it here
I also have a tutorial on how to make a lavender arrangement and you can watch it here