Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Tuesday February 19th, 2013

Tonight's Meal : Slow cooker Chicken Parm
Today's Chore : Main floor Bathroom
Today's Goal : Work out for 30 minutes during nap time
Product of the day: Lysol Power Free Bathroom Cleaner

 Tonight's Meal : Slow cooker Chicken Parm

Tonight's dinner is slow cooker chicken Parm. Pasta is a favorite in our house with the exception of my teen daughter who loves anything chicken, so put the two together and everyone wins. On top of it all, Mom gets to use the slow cooker which, makes it an easy dinner and Ta-da we have a winner!

Here is tonight's recipe:

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (I cut mine into strips, to make them into more reasonable serving sizes for the kids)
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 egg, beaten
4-6 slices mozzarella cheese
1 jar (28-ounces) favorite marinara sauce

Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over the bottom of the crockpot stoneware.
In a medium bowl, beat egg.  In second medium bowl, mix the bread crumbs, spices, and grated Parmesan cheese all together.

Dip chicken in beaten egg and then toss into bread crumb mixture to coat completely on both sides.  Place chicken breasts on bottom of crockpot.  Place a layer of mozzarella slices on top of breaded chicken breasts.  Cover cheese layered chicken with entire jar of sauce.

Place lid of crockpot securely on and turn heat to LOW for 6-7 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.  Serve over cooked pasta of your choice. 

And here is the original link:

Today's Chore : Main floor Bathroom

 The chore I dread the most is cleaning the bathrooms, I think it's a mixture of the grossness of it and the fact that I have 2 to clean....
but alas it must be cleaned and it doesnt seem like I have any volunteers lining up to do it for me.

My main floor bath is the easier of the 2 bathrooms, it is smaller and the tub is only used to bath my youngest son. However, since it is on the main floor it has the most used toilet and sink...gross.....

My procedure is pretty simple, start at the door and end with the toilet. I spray everything down with cleaner, and use a toilet bowl under rim cleaner. I wear gloves which saves my mental state from touching the gross stuff and also protects my skin. My manicurist once told me " if you wouldn't put your face in it, don't put your hands in it" So I highly suggest wearing gloves every time you clean.

I mark a little "B" with permanent marker on my bathroom gloves and a "K" on my kitchen gloves. You probably don't want to mix the two up ;)

I then proceed to wipe everything down with a hot wet rag, the tub gets rinsed extra since I don't want any of the chemicals being left behind in the tub for my little guy.

Toilet is last since it is the germiest, and gets a good scrub in the bowl and a hefty wipe down with a hot wet rag.

I do a quick vacuum ( since that is where we blow dry our hair and believe me the amount of hair that gets onto our floors is insane!) a quick swiffer as well, toss the bath mats in the wash and there you have it! 

Today's Goal : Work out for 30 minutes during nap time

Well my goal again today was to have a 30 minute work out session, however we were waiting to have a few things done in the house by our handyman and he became available, so I'm sure you can side with me when I say that, I probably wouldn't want the guy to catch me doing the UFC trainer on Wii...hahahaha

Proof that there were indeed workmen at my house! LOL

Product of the day: Lysol Power Free Bathroom Cleaner

This is a fairly new product on the market and there are a whole line of different products.

This is their spiel:

LYSOL® Power & Free™ Bathroom Cleaner is a powerful cleaner without the harshness of bleach. The hydrogen peroxide formula releases thousands of micro bubbles that penetrate to dissolve lime scale and rust stains.
  • Kills 99.9% of viruses & bacteria
  • No bleach harshness
  • No gloves, masks or protective eye wear needed
  • No harsh chemical residue
  • Leaves a fresh clean scent

I used it to clean my bathroom today and here are my thoughts:


- Clean fresh scent
- Well priced
- Cleaned surfaces well
- No strong chemicals


- There should be an option for a mist spray on the nozzle, it sprays in a strong stream and is not always pleasant as it goes everywhere including the walls
- Could work a little better on soap scum, but with a little elbow grease it got the job done

Im happy with this product and look forward to trying their other cleaners as well!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Monday, 18 February 2013

Monday February 18th, 2013

Tonight's Meal : Sweet & Spicy Oven Baked Pork Chops
Today's Chore : Clean Fridge
Today's Goal : Work out for 30 minutes during naptime
Product of the day: Method Antibac Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner

So Im thinking of this new format of blogging, not sure if I will keep it, but I will at least give it a try, every day I will post what is on the menu for dinner that night ( most will include the recipe), what my chore of the day is ( there may be multiple but I will try to stick to one per post), what my goal of the day is ( believe me I have many), and I will also be featuring a product of the day ( a review of a product) , which sometimes will include a giveaway! Hope you guys like it! Let me know by leaving a comment!

Tonight's Meal: Sweet & Spicy Oven Baked Pork Chops

Here is the recipe for the marinade for tonight's pork chops.

This blend of sweet, savory and spicy make for an amazing, balanced pork chop that goes well with any side: rice, salad, veggies, pasta. Try it out, you won't regret it.

1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp chili (sriracha works nicely)
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic
Juice of 1/2 lime
Mix all together in a bowl
Take 3-4 pork chops, place in a large zip lock bag and pour in marinade. Let it marinate for an hour or up to two days, the longer the better (you can poke holes in the pork chops first to allow the marinade to seep in through better).
After the pork chops have marinated for as long as you like, heat oven to 425˚.
Pour marinade and chops in a baking dish, and place in heated oven.
Cook for 30-40 minutes.
Once done, let sit out and cool down. The pork chops should be moist and drenched in flavor. Enjoy!

 Or here is the direct link to the original recipe!

Today's Goal: Clean the fridge

Here are some before pics of the fridge:

 We just did groceries so sometimes our fridge can become cluttered and unorganized, but I went through all the condiments checking expiry dates and dumping anything that looked funky.

Here is the after pics, everything cleaned and wiped down, everything put back in an organized way :)

Here is an after pic of my freezer, but I forgot to take a before pic, it really didn't need much organizing since my hubby is pretty good and making sure everything manages to fit! I sometimes buy more then we have room for and he ends up with a jigsaw puzzle to make it work!

So now even though this was a small task, I feel so much better getting it done, I must be in and out of the fridge at least 20 times a day, and every time I open it I think about cleaning it out. Well now its done!

Today's Goal: Workout for 30 minutes a day

This weekend I made the realization that it is getting easier to put on weight and harder to keep it off! So I need to do something about it! Being winter its hard to get out everyday and walk. Today with the wind chill its -21. No thanks! So I have to find other ways to work off the calories.
We really love to eat and food is something I really enjoy, so in order to continue to eat what I love (which is everything) I have to earn it!

Today I decided I would try out the UFC trainer for Wii. I bought it for my husband last Christmas and its still in the shrink wrap..

You can still see the wrapping paper on it!

Product of the day: Method Antibac Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner

For anyone who knows me, I am an avid fan of all things Method! So when I found this kitchen cleaner I thought I would give it a try!
Today I used it to clean out the fridge. Here are my thoughts!


I love the fact that its anti-bacterial
It is made by my fav brand Method
Cleaned everything very well and left no streaks


Hard to find in stores
Smell could be better
A couple of spots in the fridge I had to use a stronger product in order to remove them

All in all I am happy with this product!

If you would like to win a bottle of your very own, make sure you "LIKE" my Facebook fan page and that you are signed up as a follower on my blog! I will draw a winner on Friday!