Rob’s Marinade

Every time we serve this everyone wants the recipe!!! We marinade it mainly on chicken. But it is also good with beef or pork.

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • A few cloves garlic
  • 1 chopped onion

Throw everything in a sauce pan. Bring to boil. Turn off and let cool and use.
Marinade at least 6 hours…overnight is best…tastes amazing on the grill but you could bake or broil if necessary. ENJOY!!!

World’s Easiest Cookies

THE EASIEST COOKIE RECIPE IS:

1 Cake mix, 1/2 cup of oil, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup anything (chips, nuts, raisins, etc…) Be creative with the cake mixes and additions. cook 350 for 7-12 min-they will look undercooked but are good and chewy.

Our very favorite Healthy Snack

I love the Marathon Mom blog We found so many great recipes there

This is our very favorite:

Granola Energy Balls

2 cups oats
2 cups coconut flakes
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup ground flaxseed
1 cup chocolate chips
2/3 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Roll into bite-size balls. (The size you roll them will determine how many the recipe yields. I rolled mine a little bigger and the recipe made about 18 golf-ball sized balls.)
  3. Store in fridge.

Chicken and Broccoli

Chicken and Broccoli

Good comfort food and very creamy so serve with bread or rice on the side.

1 large family pack of chicken breast: boil for about 15 min till no longer pink
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 large can of cream of mushroom soup (or one small can of cr. of mush and one can of cr of chick)
1/2 cup of mayo
1/2 cup of butter (original recipe says 3/4 cup but I think it is too much)
1 pack of Italian seasoning ( I think this is the secret ingredient)
1/2 cup of cheddar cheese (of course I accidentally spill more in)
1 large bag of frozen broccoli

I cut up the chicken and then mix all ingredients together (butter last because it is melted) and put in one huge dish or two small- one to freeze or give away or if you have a big family eat it all. Serve with bread for dipping in the yummy gravy and rice is good too

Working Hard Now to Play Hard Later

When your in the moment and grinding away at working, it’s important to remember what/why you are working.

Some people love their career choice and can’t wait to go to work. For me my job is a means-to-an-end. It doesn’t define me and I don’t particularly like it. I work to support and provide for the many persons living under my roof. It’s not a dream job. It’s a job I tolerate, some days better than others, and put up with to get money. It is a very shallow and base mindset I have towards my job.  So why not do something different?

A few reasons:

  • It pays decently (enough to support us and allow us to save a good size chunk).
  • I am able to work from home. No commute, $$ savings, less stress, more flexibility.
  • At this point in life I am not in a position to be taking risks.

At some point in the future, 7-10 years from now, I will pull the plug on the job and be “retired”. Then I will play hard. For now I play semi-hard. While I have to work 40 hours a week, I still get to have a fair amount of fun and do things I enjoy: family time, running, working on cars. At this point in my life it is a balancing act between Work and Play.

Frugal vs Cheap

Don’t cross the line from frugality to cheapness.

It’s great to be frugal and watch your spending and save a buck.

It’s not so great to be a cheapskate aka a miser.

What is the difference?

From dictionary.com

FRUGAL-

Economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful:

What your office needs is a frugal manager who can save you money without resorting to painful cutbacks.

Synonyms: thrifty, chary, provident, careful, prudent, penny-wise, scrimping; miserly, Scotch, penny-pinching.

Antonyms: wasteful, extravagant, spendthrift, prodigal, profligate.

Miser-

A person who lives in wretched circumstances in order to save and hoard money.

Synonyms: skinflint, tightwad, pinchpenny.

At a restaurant a frugal person skips the expensive cocktail or appetizer. A cheap person stiffs the waitress on her tip.

A frugal person buys quality running shoes on sale. A cheap person buys cheap knock-offs and ruins their feet.

I readily admit that I struggle with this. I am hyper-anxious to save every dollar I possibly can. Mainly for security (emergency fund) and funding our retirement accounts (financial freedom).

But there is a fine line between frugal and cheap. Lots of times in the past I would slide down the slippery slope from frugality into cheapdom. Instead of spending an extra $20 on a name brand ceiling fan that will be around longer than I will, I’d instead buy a Walmart one and have to replace it again in 5 years.

Last month our dryer went to appliance heaven. I resisted the urge to buy the cheapest model I could find. So I went on Home Depot, Lowes and Sears websites and read the reviews of name brand dryers in my price range. I picked the one that had the best reviews in that price range. I didn’t get a no-name dryer and I didn’t get a “top of the line” one with 42 different heat settings (what is the difference between Fluff, Fluffier and Extra Fluffy?). The one we purchased has large drum capacity (can hold enough jeans to to start a Grease revival) and only 3 heat settings…High, Delicate and No Hear. But that meets our needs. We do 30-35 loads of wash a week and a lot of that goes into the dryer. Some gets hung on the clothesline during good weather, but not all. And on bad weather days the dryer is running a lot. All we need in a dryer is for it the Dry and Run Strong.

Whaaaat?