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My new best friend…..

Move over George Foreman grill I have found a new best friend! The Russell Hobbs Multifunction benchtop oven!

Russell Hobbs Oven

This oven is amazing! It bakes, it grills, it air fry’s and toasts bread!

It has an easy to clean pull out tray they catches all the crumbs comes with 3 trays plus the crumb tray.

It’s not a bulky unit so would fit most benchtops. To clean just wipe with a clean damp cloth and wash removal trays in warm soapy water. Make sure to dry thoroughly before putting back in the oven. I bought mine from Big W.

Overall I give it a 10/10 for efficiency, reliability and time saving. Best of all the oven heats up quickly so no waiting time!

Thank you for reading my blog post! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Vicky

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Thrifty Thursday….. tips on how to save money around your home

This week I want to talk about some of the left over snacks your kids decide they don’t want anymore. You know the ones, the new type of chips or muesli bars! My kids love chips & wanted the Kettle or Red Rock style chips. I had found an equivalent at Aldi’s which was way cheaper and tasted just as good. So this went well for a few weeks until well, they don’t like chips anymore and I was left with packets of the ones they didn’t eat. I thought about throwing them out but that would have been a waste!

Instead I put them in a food processor turned them into crumbs, which I then blended with some spices and flour and made chicken schnitzels. I had two flavours left over, Sea Salt and Sweet Chilli, I made separate crumb mixtures as some of my family members below cant eat spicy stuff. Scroll down below for the method used and recipe for Crunchy Chicken Schniztels.

Aldi’s Chips
Place in food processor
Pulse until chips are fine crumbs
Place in deep bowl or dish and add flour and spices
Dip chicken slices into egg mixture
Coat in Flour and chip crumb mixture
Fry until crispy golden brown and enjoy!

Crunchy Chicken Schnitzel Recipe

Ingredients

Left over stale chips (approximatley 1 medium pack or 2-3 smaller packs

2 cups plain flour

3/4 finely grated parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried parsley

salt and pepper to taste

4 eggs lightly beaten

Canola or vegetable oil

500 g chicken breast cut into thing slices lengthwise

Method

  1. Place chips in food processer and pulse until fine crumbs form.
  2. Place chip crumbs in deep bowl or dish along with flour, herbs, cheese and salt and pepper. Hand mix until all combined
  3. Break 4 eggs into a separate deep bowl or dish and beat until combined.
  4. In a shallow plate pour enough flour to cover surface of plate and season with salt and pepper
  5. Wash and slice chicken into thin slices, place on clean plate and season with salt and pepper, layer chicken slices one on top of the other seasoning as you go.
  6. Once you have done that, grab a slice and place it in the plate with the flour only. Coat on both sides, dip both sides of the chicken into the egg and then place in the dish with the chip and flour crumb mixture and coat both sides. Place crumbed chicken in a separate clean plate.
  7. Once you have coated all the chicken pour oil into a heavy based frying pan to cover at least 2/3 up the side of the pan, enough to submerge the crumbed chicken
  8. Gently lower 4-5 piece of crumbed chicken at a time and fry on each side until golden brown. Remove pieces of chicken once cooked and place on a clean plate lined with paper towel to drain. Repeat the process until all the chicken has been cooked.
  9. Once cooked cover with foil and serve with mash potatoes or your favourite salad. Or load them up with gravy and cheese!
  10. Left overs can be used in sandwiches the next day.

All ingredients for this meal have been purchased from Aldi https://www.aldi.com.au/ and Woolworths Supermarkets. https://woolworths.com.au

Please note this is not a sponsored post nor am I being paid for my opinion. These are just tips I use to help me save money and I want to pass them on the help others too.

Comment below on your favourite money saving tips for around the home.

Thank you for reading my post.

Vicky

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END OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR – WHY WE HATE IT AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR OURSELVES

Well here we are again. The end of another financial year and the start of the new one. I can hear you all crying into your coffee right now! Its a stressful time, a time where we rush to get everything ready and a time we realise we should have taken more care during the year.

I developed a very easy system to help me file and keep track of all our business correspondence. I want to share it with you.

Arch Lever Folders

I purchased some Arch lever folders from www.officeworks.com.au and labelled them with the information I needed. For me I needed a folder to separate our admin costs with our supplier costs. Also because we deal with a tonne of emails daily I needed a folder to file the ones we had finished with but still needed to keep in case I had to refer back to something.

Inside each folder I put a set of alphabetical tabs so that when I pay a supplier or admin cost I file it under that tab. For instance my telephone bill would go under T. etc. On the spine of the folder I also added the financial year. Here we go from July to June. Weird yeah I know but you get used to it.

At the end of the financial year I simply lift out the pages along with the tabs and secure with foldable clips. See photo below.

Archiving

I use a scrap piece of paper to add information at the front so I know which files these are, for instance “Administration Expenses Paid July to June 2021” I then place the stack in an archive box which I also purchased from www.officeworks.com.au . I place the paper standing up by the spine with the clip side facing up. This makes it easier for me to grab should I need to look back on them.

Archiving station

As you can see from the photo above I also used some spare cardboard boxes we had laying around. I purchased the shelf from Officeworks as well so that I can add boxes easily as I need them. These boxes are fantastic as you can grab them, lift the lid off and look through what you need. They fit A4 size quite easily. I also purchased a half shelf (see photo below) so that I can use it as a work bench. From memory I think the shelves were $65 for the larger shelf and $40 for the smaller one. You will need to assemble them yourself or for an extra fee Officeworks can do that for you.

Archiving Station

And there you have it, in a couple of easy steps you have archived your files for the year. Should you need to refer back to anything its all labelled and neatly put in the boxes. Next what I do is I put in fresh tabs into the arch lever folders so that I can begin filing for the next year.

Its an easy and simple system which doesn’t cost too much and you can tailor it to suit your needs. www.officeworks.com.au have a fabulous range of products to help you with all your end of financial year needs.

Thank you again for reading my posts. Next week I will show you a simple system I use to file my cash register receipts.

Take care

Vicky

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500g chicken- 3 different recipes.

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Feeding the fam sure isn’t easy and when it’s a Monday night and the week is long it’s even less appealing!

Throw in a few food intolerances and a fussy teenager and it’s a downright nightmare.

I have been buying Woolworths Organic chicken for a while now and basically anything with chicken is a hit in our house!

I made a chicken snack pack using Taste.com.au recipe and some McCain’s shoestring fries! Squirt on some barbecue sauce and ketchup and you are good to go. Was a hit with Mr fussy teen and a relief for me!

For myself & hubby less is more. I diced the chicken and tossed it in some olive oil (organic of course), chives and thyme add salt as well to taste. Heat up a skillet and melt nut or plant based butter and stir fry chicken, add diced potatoes and cook until tender. Before cooking chicken boil enough water in a seperate pot to cook 1 cup of brown rice & quinoa. Once cooked, drain and add to cooked chicken and potatoes. Stir fry to mix. Portion into plates and serve.

I left some in the pan and added a Masterfoods honey chicken satchet and stir fried until combined. That kept child no.2 happy.

This also kept mum happy because there was minimal washing up! See Monday isn’t so bad after all!

Happy eating!

Vicky 🥗

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Grilled Chicken with Avocado and Salad

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Sometimes it’s so hard to workout what ti have for dinner. Working long days or studying sometimes we are too tired to even think about cooking. Take away food become our go to choice.

This not only impacts your wallet but has a tremendous impact on your health! I am a big fan of one pot or one pan dinner. They are quick and easy and cleaning up is a breeze afterwards!

Check out my latest Instagram post (link above) for a quick and healthy dinner you can make and leftovers make a great lunch for the next day!

Thank you for reading!

Wishing you all a beautiful day

Vicky

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