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Garlic Lime Chicken ~ BEST Freezer Meal


Garlic Lime Chicken…  by far the most versatile dish we have discovered on this FREEZER MEAL journey that has become life!


This chicken is perfect anyway you cook it… it started as a perfect grilled chicken (thaw and throw it on the grill), then a baked chicken (pan fry, crock pot it or throw in the oven then serve over rice with veggies – I also thicken the sauce)… and now I have begun cooking all day in the crock, then shredding it and using it for AMAZING wraps!  Our favorite has become this shredded chicken with some jack cheese and diced up veggies – cucumbers are phenomenal – then drizzled with ranch!  We have even taken to making double batches…  we get a FULL sit down meal out of it, then have wraps for a quick dinner and THEN use the leftovers to make delicious quesadillas (another quickie meal for busy weeknights!)…  entire family approved – 5 thumbs up – TRULY!!!!

Because I am on my 3rd week in a row of making a batch of this chicken (family demanded) I just knew I had to post it to share!


This is such a GREAT recipe to make ahead and freeze…  Give it a try!





  •  2.5 lbs chicken breasts – trimmed and cut in 1/2
  •  1/2 Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce (MAKE SURE you use LOW SODIUM soy sauce – it makes a HUGE difference!)
  •  1/4 Cup Lime Juice
  • 1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
  •  2 TBS Minced Garlic
  •  1/2 tsp Dry Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper
  •  1/4 cup water



Everything into a freezer bag!   Thaw 24 hours prior to cooking…  OBVIOUSLY – you can just make and cook but a bit of marinating is better!

Preferred Cooking Method:  Crockpot, 4-6 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low

You can serve the chicken as is (You may add cornstarch to remaining sauce to thicken and use as a “gravy/sauce”) – or OUR FAVORITE way to eat – Shred chicken, in crock, with 2 forks…  stir around in juices…. And serve on wraps (ladle the chicken out with a slotted spoon) with diced cucumber, shredded cheese and ranch dressing!


TRY IT – TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!       




Weekly Menu ~ Meal Plan


This weekend I perfected 2 things, Souvlaki marinade and homemade Tzatziki!! HONESTLY – I have never seen my family eat like they did today when I warmed some pita pockets and set up a souvlaki buffet (including salad, cherub tomatoes, green pepper, onion, black olives and feta cheese)! 2.5 lbs of chicken GONE!!! ( I will share the full details and recipe this week and for sure this will be a FREEZER MEAL at the next workshop!!)


I also made a BOURBAN marinade and that is ready for tomorrow’s dinner…. 2 ball games, so dinner has to go in the crock and be ready when we get home! We will have: Bourban Chicken / Rice/ and steamed veggies (anyone else still have ½ a freezer full of small boxed veggies from that sale??)



The rest of the week – I am pulling from the FREEZER MEALS I have stock piled….

Cheesy Burrito Bake

Cashew Chicken / Rice / and steamed veggies

Pizza – fundraiser Little Ceasars… following 2 ball games again!

Chicken Fajitas – still playing with the seasoning here…. Going to be amazing!!


Saturday – always a Fun Night Dinner…. Who knows what it will be – hopefully it will involve a cocktail or 3 – but I am making sauce and a lasagna for SUNDAY SUPPER!

Weekly Menu ~ Meal Plan

camp burger home

Oh my – the baseball/softball season is in FULL swing! We are actually lucking out with only ONE game each day this week… but we also have BABY GIRLS 13th Birthday and Mother’s Day to contend with… AND today was too beautiful of a day to spend inside making food for the week, so I need a really good plan!

We had dishes of beans and potatoes and those paired so well with fresh delicious burgers on the grill today!! Tasted just like the summer day it was!!

I also already prepped cubed chicken to make CASHEW CHICKEN this week and I am pulling the last of the FREEZER MEALS I have stashed out to make room for next weekend’s MEAL APPEAL workshop… Have you LIKED the MEAL APPEAL facebook page yet? PLEASE do and share all the event postings!!

Here are the dinners we are having this week:

  • BURGERS on the grill – camp burgers from a Meal Appeal workshop
  • Cashew Chicken from this recipe HERE
  • Beans and Wienies – throw them in the crock before baseball and its hot and hearty when we get home
  • Dinner out – Birthday Girl’s choice
  • Lasagna (Freezer Meal Stash) – perfect for a Friday NIght
  • Chicken Pot Pie (Freezer Meal Stash) and an awesome BREAKFAST CASSEROLE (Freezer Meal Stash) for BRUNCH
  • Sunday – Mother’s Day…. Donna’s Dip HERE and Veggie and Fruit Platters… Chicken BBQ with Sausage, Peppers and Onions, Big Ole’ Macaroni salad HERE and Desserts!!

And you…? What does your week entail? AND what are you cooking??

Sunday Funday, Weekly Menu ~ Meal Plan

Steak sides

Wow – what a GORGEOUS weekend – right?!!

Thankfully it was perfect for hanging clothes out – since my drier QUIT – AGHHHH – I try not to complain too much but SERIOUSLY that is the 5th major appliance/expensive thing (dishwasher, furnace, fridge, complete dash in my car and then the drier) this season… not to mention the ‘great flood’ caused by the blocked pipes…. And the main reason I have so much laundry right now….UGHHHHH

So we had a rule today… NO TV! I figured I would have a war on my hands and actually, I am the only one who felt the LOSS! I like to start my Sunday with FOOD NETWORK… a little Pioneer Woman, a little Trisha… but an hour turns into a few hours and before I know it, it is afternoon and I am way behind… so the TV never even went on today and not until after dinner was it even questioned again and I easily “stuck to my guns” and off to bed early went everyone – ‘cept me , of course!!  I could use a good dose of “Intervention” now but I am NOT giving in!  Maybe a new SUNDAY habit…. it’s quite nice (certainly better than Meatless Monday – hahaha)

So what’s a girl to do…. A little couponing…. A little prepping… and a whole lotta meal planning to get us through the week with baseball and softball every night and the anticipated trips to the laundry mat to dry what we can wash in between.




  • Prepped 5 lbs of chicken by trimming, seasoning and cooking it. I set aside ½ and poured SPEEDIE SAUCE on it to marinade and I chopped the other half more for Tortellini Soup.
  • Browned and “taco-ed” (totally a word!!) 5 lbs of ground beef since my freezer stash was low of that too.
  • Chopped veggies for the week (carrots, celery, cukes and sweet peppers) and I made a HUGE salad for the first few meals.
  • Cleaned , wrapped (tin foil)and baked a bag of potatoes with intent of having LOADED BAKED POTATOES for our MEATLESS MONDAY DINNER but they smelled so delicious and my cheese sauce turned out so good that I quickly steamed a bag of broccoli and had them tonight with an amazing steak!




Chicken Speedies… cubed chicken sautéed in fireman’s “speedie” sauce either plain, on salad, or in a yummy little hoagie roll with a bit of cheese, mayo and some crisp, crunchy veggies!

Dorito Taco Bake… still haven’t officially got to this one yet… but it’s a for sure this week because SMART Momma actually HID the Doritos as to ensure they would be there for my recipe!

Tortellini Soup (my very own recipe found HERE)…. A HUGE family favorite and perfect after a night on the ball field with plenty to share!

Pizza Bites – from a package… SERIOUSLY! I got a killer deal on the new Hot Pocket Pizza Rolls and since K and I were invited to a dinner show (one of those ‘Joey and Maria’s Wedding – dinner theatres), the kids luck out!

Chicken Fajita Pasta… saw the recipe HERE and am dying to try it!

Mongolian Beef… over rice… Using the steak from our Sunday Dinner to make a quick stir fry… a friend shared her recipe and it got tons of rave reviews to I will definitely give it a go although I have to admit I have never looked at a MONGOLIAN recipe before because of the stereotypical thought that Mongolia has no food…. Did anyone else think that?? Just me?? OK – moving on….

Another meal will totally end up being BREAKFAST for dinner, snacky stuff like cheese and crackers and fruit or even leftovers, so I am not stressing about a 7th meal!

And then the plan for next SUNDAY SUPPER is a good ole’ pork roast!

WHAT are YOU having this week? Any BIG plans?? Do tell – I LOVE the comments!!!

Sunday Funday ~ Weekly Menu, Meal Plan

lasagna roll ups

Sunday Funday…. And what a FUN day it was FINALLY! So beautiful out… we hit 64 degrees! We opened every window, we played outside…. I hung clothes on the line! Who knew I would ever be so excited to hang clothes out!

The kids are starting baseball/softball tomorrow, so life as we know it is now OVER… every single night is practice and games will start before we know it! My wallet knew it when I bought all my groceries at once today (since I won’t have another chance to stop) and focused on mostly fresh fruits and veggies as the kids need snacks they can take with them and have before practice! I got melons, berries, apples, cuties and bananas and I bought a mixed bag of small sweet peppers, carrots, cukes, and grape tomatoes.

We always have granola bars and peanuts and I bought a few large bags of pretzels and then I divided them up between snack baggies so they are all ready for the week.

I also did all my prep work for the week’s meals… it is so important that I have everything ready to go when we are this CRAZY busy – or we will end up eating junk! I baked bacon, burger and chicken then I started a full crock of sauce…. I made a delicious new recipe of Lasagna Roll Ups (and froze 2 quarts of sauce for next time) for our “SUNDAY DINNER” (will share the recipe this week) and precooked my tortellini, rice and gnocchi along with chopping veggies and making dressing for tomorrow’s salad! I feel GREAT about this week’s meal plan…. Check it out!

Here is our ~ WEEKLY Meal Plan ~

Monday – “Meat-Less Mondays”

Greek Tortellini Salad – found this recipe HERE and can’t wait to try it!   Not sure if my family will AGREE this is a full meal or not, but I am trying to convert them!!



Dorito Taco Casserole – giving it a try…. My taco meat is all ready so I will assemble the casserole the night before and K can throw it in the oven!


Wednesday –

Creamy Chicken and Rice Bake – found this recipe HERE


Thursday – PASTA NIGHT

Loaded Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake – found this recipe HERE


Friday – PIZZA or other FUN Family Favorite

Dogs on the Grill with CONEY Island Sauce


Saturday – To cook or not to cook…

Leftovers, Breakfast (cereal), Something New, or eating out – it all depends on what the weekend plans end up being AND whether or not the week’s plan stayed on track… Fill in as needed or have wine for dinner and make the masses fend for themselves – my favorite plan!!


Sunday –

Roast Beef Dinner – got a couple beautiful roasts at the B1G1 FREE sale at TOPS this week!


SO – what are you making this week??




Weekly Menu ~ Meal Plan


~ WEEKLY Meal Plan ~

On my SUNDAY FUNDAY cooking day I came up with the most amazing Chicken Bake – think of those yummy chicken, bacon melts… I even upped the stakes with Monterey Jack cheese. Stay tuned for that recipe on this week’s Tasty Tuesday!

I also pre-planned the week’s meals and of course shopped for everything we will need – for the meals and for EASTER dinner….

Check it out ~

Monday – “Meat-Less Mondays”

TUNA MAC SALAD I made a huge Mac Salad (tuna and tons of crisp veggies) for a “picnic” on Saturday and we are going to have that for dinner. Weigh in on the great mac salad debate HERE. Kids will have hot dogs with it. And then we color eggs!!

Tuesday – “TACO TUESDAY”

Chicken Enchiladas

Cheesy Chicken Taquitos This is our favorite ‘chicken enchilada’ recipe HERE.   Then I will make the Sugar Cookie Dough.

Wednesday –


LASAGNA SOUP based on this recipe HERE and will make Garlic Bread with Cheese from a French loaf. Cut outs for BUNNY BUTTS!!

Thursday – PASTA NIGHT

Chocolate Nests

Cheesy Smoked Sausage Skillet – recipe from one of my favorite sites HERE.   Make the Easter Bird Nests!!

Friday –

Good Friday Dinner Out – Extended Family… all go out for a fish fry / salad bar… or chicken fingers as my kids always prefer!

Saturday – To cook or not to cook…

Leftovers, Breakfast (cereal), Something New, or eating out – it all depends on what the weekend plans end up being AND whether or not the week’s plan stayed on track… Fill in as needed or have wine for dinner and make the masses fend for themselves – my favorite plan!! It will be a busy day of food prep for Easter Dinner so probably pizza!

Sunday –


Easter Dinner – 10 Guests, so dinner for at least 15 – Baked Ham, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Bean Casserole, Corn, Rosa Marina, Fresh Rolls and Cresents… and many Easter Treats and a Birthday Surprise for Papa – thinking Cream Puff Dessert.


SO – what are you making this week??


Monday Matchups ~ all the meals, all the deals!

Happy MONDAY my friends! How are you??


So far this week, I did a MEAL PLAN HERE


I planned a simple RITE-AID Ups rollHERE


I read the paper and review the adsNOTE – The Aldi ad for this week shows a fresh family pack of chicken breast for 1.89/lb on WEDS – the FRESH meat special buy day…??? Has anyone done this deal??


I got a small Redplum and a Smartsource in each of my papers today…


The SmartSource coupon inserts also include some GREAT Tops coupons that can be combined with regular manufactures coupons….


So Back to TOPS:

After the H&B week and then the dollar doubler week I figured I had no reason at all to go to TOPS this week but WOW – the deals are still rolling…. Lots of buy this many, save this much deals and basically they equate to $1 LESS per item so really good prices! Don’t forget all the click to card coupons available on the Tops site; including a $5/$50 coupon (or 2), so add that now!! Click HERE


Click HERE – for all the TOPS deals I am interested in this week!


SO – favorite meal?? Favorite deal?? Share something with us!!

Monday Matchups ~ TOPS deals this week


Some crazy, just for FUN from last week on THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY HERE

 Angel Chicken - MY Kicken' Chicken!!

MOST VIEWED recipe from last week – My all new “Kicken’ Chicken” HERE


Meal Plan for the week happened HERE


Rite Aid Deals and rolling the UPS – HERE


~ And after careful review and much coupon sorting…


BELOW are MY favorite TOPS deals for this week – Take a look at the ad!!


General GREAT Deals ~

Ground Beef @ $2.99/lb (Best price I have seen on decent burger in a while…sad but true!)

Whole Boneless Pork Loin @ $1.99/lb *Personally I cut this in 1/3’s and make 3 separate roasts BUT did you know you can ask the butcher at the store to cut this for you… all chops… whatever you want! This is a delicious cut of meat and a GREAT price!!!

Butter @ $1.99 (STOCK UP!!)

Eggs – 2/$3


10 for $10 sale – Buy 10 and get the 11th item free (so .90 each – great deal on 2 liters to start stocking up for camping season!)

  • Pepsi 2 Liter
  • Gatorade
  • Propell
  • Snapple
  • Upstate Intense milk
  • Tops Pasta
  • Del Monte Tomatoes
  • Green Giant canned Veg
  • Rotel Tomatoes use the $1/3 Rotel coupon from the 1/18 Smartsource
  • Chef boyardee cans and Micro cups
  • Starkist Albacore Canned
  • Manwich
  • Quaker Popped rice cakes use the $1/2 Quaker Popped coupon from the 1/4 Redplum pay $.50
  • Nabisco Go Packs
  • Keebler Mini Cups


Nabisco Snack crackers – 3 / $6 ( $2 each ONLY when you buy 3)

– the $1/3 Nabisco coupon from the 1/18 Smartsource

= $1.67


Sugardale Hot Dogs – $1.25 (We hoard these for fish food – fishing at camp!)

– the $.50/1 Sugardale coupon from the 2/1 Smartsource

= $.25


My reason for shopping this week ~

BONUS 200 GAS POINTS WHEN YOU BUY 5 CEREAL – LOVE the cereal stock up option!! All cereal (as listed in ad) is $2.50/box!

Buy 5, deduct your coupons and still get 200 BONUS gas points worth $6! That is an additional savings of $1.20 off each box… so for example, I have $1 of Post Honey Bunches of Oats Q’s… so my cereal will be only $1.50 ($2.50-$1 coupon) BUT I will get $1.20 value in free gas, so cereal is only $.30/box!!

BUT WAIT… I also have “buy 2 cereal get a FREE gallon of milk coupons”…

AND would you believe I also have “buy 2 cereal and save $2 on coffee coupons”… and there is a super deal on a small canister of Maxwell House for only $1.99… so FREE coffee as well!

THIS is my favorite coupon deal ever – LOL!!!!


  • General Mills – $1/3 General Mills coupon from the 2/22 Smartsource (I have received 2 catalinas for $2.50 off of 5 boxes recently so check your stash and check your printables!)
  • Quaker (look for peelies!)
  • Post (I ordered some good coupons for these!)


…and FINALLY ~


(100 Pts WYB $10, 200 Pts WYB $15 and 300 Pts WYB $20) * be safe, scan the” in ad coupon FIRST

There is also THIS pdf printable from Tops for $5/$20 HERE

AND this $2/$10 in Health and Beauty coupon HERE

AND click-to-card just issued 3 coupons for TopCare Children’s Suspension ($3), Omeprazole ($3) and Ibuprofen ($2)… add them HERE

… I need to check for more coupons…. But liking:

  • SOFTSOAP hand soap – B1G1
  • DOVE (bar soap) 2 pk – B1G1
  • IRISH SPRING or SOFTSOAP Body Wash or Speed Stick GEAR Deodorant – 2/$7
  • SUAVE Shampoo – $1
  • HALLS – $1.25 (use the $1/2 Halls coupon from the 2/8 or 1/11 SS)


SO – what is your favorite MEAL and/or DEAL this week?  Do tell!!

Monday Matchups ~ Including this week’s TOPS deals

pork loin

Meal Plan for the week happened HERE


My Favorite EASY Pork Roast was Sunday Supper HERE


Tried this dessert – Tollhouse Pie…. OMG, seriously! It tastes like a pecan pie but with chocolate chips instead of nuts –HERE


Rite Aid Deals and rolling the UPS – HERE


And after careful review and much coupon sorting… below are my favorite TOPS deals for this week!!


Chicken Breast – $1.99/lb. STOCK UP PRICE!!

Apples – B1G1

Tops Extra large eggs – B1G1 @ $2.99

Tops Bagels 5 ct – $1 (LOVE the EVERYTHINGs)

Many options on pg 1 and pg 4 – ALL ARE $1 and SAVE $2 OFF INSTANTLY WYB 10 (so .80 each wyb 10) HERE are my favorites where I feel .80 is a stock up price:

  • Tops Spaghetti sauce
  • Ronzoni Pasta
  • Kraft Mac N Cheese
  • Spice Classics
  • Tops Mini Marshmallows
  • Tops Snack Cakes
  • College Inn Broth cans 14.5 oz


  • Quaker Life or Captain Crunch Cereal BOGO @?? (counts as 2 items toward gas pts)
  • Tropicana 50 $3.33- Use the $1/1 Tropicana 50 coupon from the 1/11 Smartsource and pay $2.33
  • Quaker chewy bars $2.50

Motts 6 packs or Bigger Jars $2 use the $1/1 Motts coupon from the 1/11 Smartsource pay just $1


  • Chex mix or Bugles $2.00 use the $1/2 Chex mix or Bugles coupons from the 1/4 or 1/25 Smartsources pay $1.50
  • Frito Lay Party Size bags $3.99
  • Gatorade or Propel fitness water 6 ct $3
  • Schwepps Seltzer 12ct $2.50


  • Sargento Shredded Cheese $2.50 use the $1/2 Sargento Shredded cheese coupon from the 1/25 Smartsource pay $2 before instant savings
  • Tastings cheese $2 use the $1/1 Tastings Cheese coupon from the 1/25 Smartsource pay $1 before instant savings DEAL BELOW

Wishbone Dressing $2 use the $1/2 Wishbone dressing coupon from the 1/11 Smartsource and pay $1.50


NEXT week will be a BIG – HUGE – GIANT cereal stock up week so get ready!!!!

Weekly Menu ~ Meal Plan

pork loin~ WEEKLY Meal Plan ~

Changed things up a little bit from the intended plan for today’s meal and prep work for the week… Originally I wanted to make Turkey Dinner today and have the meat to use this week… Guess what happens when you forget to take the turkey out of the freezer… ha – new plan! Luckily, pork loin roasts (I buy the full loin and cut into thirds and freeze separately) can be thrown in the crock frozen and we still had a great dinner – my favorite actually!! HERE is the recipe.

And I still got to spend the day the way I LOVE to spend every Sunday… start with quiet, coffee and the Food Network…. K makes brunch and I meal plan for the week and start deal match ups… today I even got time for a bubble bath where I truthfully refilled the hot water TWICE…. Aghhh it was a GREAT day!!

Here is the plan for the week – Totally an easy one for us this week…

Monday –

Angel Chicken (derived from HERE) Bonus holiday off work so I am making this for dinner, but also making extra for freezer meals! I am also using the day off to make all the rest of the meals for the week which is short since K and CK are going camping!

Tuesday –

Cheesy Burrito Casserole

Cheesy Burrito Casserole (derived from HERE)–

Wednesday –

Pot Roast– placing in the crock, with just a packet of onion soup mix and carrots and potatoes.   The one I have is BIG so I will have left over meat to make my beef and noodles!

Thursday –

Breakfast for Dinner – We have dinner out so kids get waffles… whoohooo

Friday –

PIZZA – Just me and Josh so we are ordering Pizza or something… anything

Saturday –

WINE ?? – Just me…. Home alone…. Heaven…. I will probably spend the whole day cooking anyhow – but I am making NO plans!!

Sunday –

TURKEY DINNER – REALLY going to happen this time and plenty of leftovers to make my favorite turkey/chicken meals next week!!

 SO – what are you making this week??