Top Ten Recipes On YMC

As Voted By Me

Top Ten Recipes On YMC

Like many moms out there I struggle with what to feed my family. Ultimately I want food that's healthy, is simple to make, and that both my kids will eat. Finding recipes that fit these needs isn't always easy, especially the 'both my kids will eat' criteria. Typically one will like a new dish and the other won't. It can be a bit disheartening to spend time on a new recipe only to have it declared a don't.

I've tried many of the recipes on YMC and these are the Top Ten (some with a few modifications) that have been a huge hit at our house.

Bon Appetit!

Chicken Taquitos

The whole family has rated this recipe a do-again. This has become a weekly staple in my house and no matter how many I make they get eaten before I can freeze them.

Note: I use my own seasonings, whole wheat tortillas, and add chopped spinach and black beans for an even healthier version.


Taste Of Tuscany Soup

This recipe was incredibly easy to prepare. It was rated a do-again by my entire family. 

Note: I cooked a pot of whole wheat pasta and added it to the soup right before I served it to give my speed skating son an added boost of carbs.


Slow Cooker Beef Dip

Three out of the four of us loved this recipe. My younger son didn’t like dipping his sandwich and when he discovered it wasn’t mandatory he gave the recipe a thumbs up.


Baked Rice

Not only is this a rice recipe my family will eat, they asked me to make it again!


Sugared Cranberries

I made these for a Christmas party and was surprised to find the kids eating them as well. They have a nice crunch and a great combination of sour and sweet (plus they’re super pretty).


Slow Cooker Lasagna

Much to my surprise my entire family LOVED this recipe including my youngest son who doesn’t normally like any type of pasta.


Chicken and Corn Cheddar Chowder

Husband and youngest son loved it, older son thought it was so-so. That was more my bad because he's not a fan of corn. I thought if it was mixed into the soup he'd like it.

Added Bonus: Getting my kids to say Chicken Corn Cheddar Chowder, as fast as they can five times in a row.


Breakfast Muffins

There’s a reason these muffins are our number one recipe of all time. Easy to make, portable, and you can freeze them as well.

Note: I add chopped broccoli to mine and use low sodium ham.


Southwestern Chopped Salad

Funny how adding a few tortilla chips to a salad will suddenly make it THE BEST SALAD IN THE WORLD as declared by my sons who couldn't believe their good fortune. Both my typically non-salad-loving kids asked me to make this one again.


Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup with Chicken and Avocado

Easy to make. The whole family gave this one a two thumbs up.


Bonus Recipe

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

This is a bonus recipe because it’s not actually a recipe you would make as a dinner but more to make dinner prep easier. I made it the other day and now have five bags of shredded chicken in my freezer that I can use to make taquitos, add to soup, or even make chicken salad sandwiches.

Note: I didn’t add water to the recipe and added in salt, pepper, onions, and carrots then saved the broth to make homemade chicken soup.

Have you tried a YMC recipe? Submit your review and let us know what you think!




The Art Of Asking For A Favour

It Doesn't Have To Be Difficult

The Art Of Asking For A Favour

While many people dread asking for favours it doesn't need to be difficult. Here's how you can make asking for favours a favourable experience.

Fill Your Favour Basket

Asking for favours is a bit like having a bank account. You can’t take anything out if you’ve never put anything in. Before you start asking for favours make sure that you have made a habit of helping out people in the past. Be open to helping others in any way you can.

Don’t Beat Around The Bush

Be direct and simply ask for your favour explaining what you need and why you need it. It’s also important to ensure you’re asking and not telling. Asking means you’re respectful and cognizant to the fact that the person will be giving their time to help you.

Be Gracious

If someone has been kind enough to lend you their time and expertise, take the time to thank them. Let them know you appreciate what they have given you.

Ask The Right Person

This seems straightforward but many times we’re asking the wrong person to do the job. Make sure what you’re asking fits into the person's abilities and talents.

Accept That The Answer May Be No

People have things going on in their lives. If someone says no, his inability to help you isn’t a personal slight, it just means he is unable to do it at this time.





Ways Thieves Can Steal Your Credit Card Info

And The Credit Card Doesn't Even Have To Leave Your Purse

Ways Thieves Can Steal Your Credit Card Info

I just got off the phone with my credit card company. Apparently, earlier this week someone tried to use my credit card to purchase over $500 worth of beer. Thankfully my credit card company flagged it and didn't let the purchase go through. They immediately put a block on my card and called me, but I had missed the call. It wasn't until I tried to pay for our Friday night pizza and the transaction wouldn't go through that I realized something was amiss.

When I called the credit card company I thought maybe my last bill payment hadn't gone through. It was then I was told about the attempted beer purchase.

"But the credit card is right here in front of me," I told the nice woman on the phone. "How can they be using it to try to purchase stuff?"

I think of myself as quite savvy. I know about credit card skimming, I always use my hand to cover the key pad when I'm entering in my PIN number. In fact I knew of each of these five ways credit card numbers could be stolen.

But did you know that credit card thieves can now steal your credit card information without you ever even taking your credit card out of your wallet or purse?

Me neither.

Take a minute to watch this shocking video that shows how it's done. Don't have time to watch? The short story is that apparently the new chip cards allow thieves to wirelessly steal your credit card info by using equipment anyone can buy off the internet. Even scarier? They can do it with your passport too.

So what's a person to do? Well, the very nice woman on the phone with me at my credit card company told me (and as stated in the video above) you can buy special cases that will protect your cards from wireless skimming and I should check with my financial institution to see if they have them. In the meantime you can also wrap your credit card in aluminum foil which will block the radio signal. 

Not very sexy but apparently, effective.

I'm off to purchase some tin foil now. And yes, I'll be paying with cash.