Everything’s Breaking On Me

Don’t you hate it when no matter what you do, it always seems to be the wrong thing, or something just doesn’t go right.

For me lately, not only am I having issues with my job at the moment, but I am now spending so much money on things that I didn’t think I would need to – money that I just don’t have at the moment.

First off it was my dog. He has been having a lot of issues recently with allergies and that cost me $500 to get him tested. It turns out that he is allergic to pretty much everything, and will need further treatment every year.

To make matters worse, as I was loading my pooch and little boy into the car, my trusty old diaper bag broke down the seam and now it won’t hold almost anything without it falling out. I’ve been looking around for a good replacement and have found plenty, but they all cost upwards of $150 – $200, which is more money than I would like to spend.

Edit: A friend sent me a link to Baby Stuff which has a good diaper bag comparison page which others may find useful.

Then just this week I was pulled over by the police for a routine breath test, when the officer noticed that my tyres were starting to look a bit bald. Normally I would have thought he would just let me go and tell me to get it fixed, but this one issued me with a ticket for $120! I can’t even begin to describe how furious I was.

So all in all I am going broke in a hurry, and there is almost nothing I can do about it. Perhaps I will strike it rich in the lottery this week – ha, I wish! I hope your new year is going better than mine.

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How To Make A Club Sandwich

One of my favorite foods is the club sandwich. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is or what time of day – the club sandwich rocks!



  • Bread
  • mayo
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • cooked bacon
  • turkey or ham


  1. Brown the bread – Use a toaster or a grill
  2. Slice your tomatoes – please make sure you leave them out of the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before you want to use them. Cold tomatoes are so yuck!
  3. I like to roughly chop my lettuce so that it looks shredded
  4. When the bread is browned add the turkey or ham as the first layer
  5. Then add the lettuce with mayo right after
  6. Your juicy tomato should be next and finally you will want to add the bacon
  7. If you want you can add salt and pepper, but I find it doesn’t need it.
  8. Add a piece of bread on the top and you are all done :)

I found this great video on YouTube which goes into a lot more detail about making a club sandwich. Hopefully you enjoy your club sandwich as much as I do.

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Hi there, my name is Mackina Grille and welcome to my place on the net :)

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On this site I plan on taking your though the various different types of kitchen equipment that people use in either their business or personal home use. Whether it is knives and forks, spatulas, piping bags or even something a little more obscure like plastic storage boxes (which are often used in transporting or storing food) I’ll be sure to guide you to the best types of kitchen equipment to suit your needs.


The Most Common Kitchen Products

Most people will know exactly what they are going to need to fill out their kitchen utensil draws. But in case you don’t (perhaps you are moving out for the first time) here is the must have list so you can get by:

  1. Can Opener
    Don’t make the mistake of not getting a can opener. It is without a doubt one of the most important items you are going to need when you are setting up your kitchen. Have you ever tried opening a can without one? Give it a whirl and tell me that it’s not a necessity.
  2. Cutlery (Knives, Forks and Spoons)
    So you finally got than can opened? Now you probably want to eat whatever you are making right? To do that you are going to need eating utensils. There is no point spending a fortune on these. Something cheap will most likely suffice, just make sure you have enough cutlery in your draws to handle guests when they come over.
  3. Plates
    You’ll need plates (both dinner and bread plates) and you will want to make sure the set comes with bowls too. If you are just starting out then you don’t need the most fancy plates on the market, something cheap will be fine.
  4. Glasses / Cups / Mugs
    Glassware is one area where I am more likely to spend a little bit more money, as there is nothing worse than having chipped glasses or cups and having to watch where you are drinking from. Even if you do spend a little more on glasses they should still be one of the cheapest items you will find when decking out your kitchen.
  5. Pots and Pans
    I am still using the original pots and pans we moved out with. It is a set of 5 different size stainless steel pots and they work great. You might also want to invest in at least 1 non-stick fry pan or wok as scrubbing pots and pans is no fun at all.
  6. Wooden spoons and large serving spoons
    When cooking in your non-stick fry pan you don’t want to scratch it up, and so this is where you will want to use wooden spoons. Plus they are good for mixing all types of things and you can never seem to have enough. I recommend getting at least 3 so that you don’t have to cross contaminate.
  7. Chopping Board
    Speaking of cross contamination, cutting boards are a great way for germs to pass around. Make sure you buy 1 for meat, 1 for chicken and 1 for vegetables. Glass boards last the longest and are the most resistant to deep cuts, but they are also the easiest to break and most difficult to cut on. I personally use wooden and plastic boards as they are cheap and easily replaced when they get too old and dirty.
  8. Vegetable Peeler
    The humble vegetable peeler is great if you don’t like to eat dirty potatoes. Just spend the $2 and get one.
  9. Storage Boxes / Storage Containers
    Having something to store your food in is vital and in my experience you can never have too many storage containers at your disposal. You have probably heard of Tupperware as the go to storage solution, well it is really expensive. Most plastic storage boxes will do the trick when it comes to food storage.


Best Food Storage Containers

As I mentioned above, storage boxes for food and leftovers is a critical part of your kitchen setup. You don’t want to end up opening a packet of flour and have nowhere to put the remainder of what you don’t use. If you leave it in the original packaging you are likely to get weevils or other bugs in your food.

I believe that having a good kitchen storage setup is essential to not wasting food. It enables you to keep leftovers, store basic items like flour, sugar, breadcrumbs and other staples as well as reheat food in the microwave or keep liquids contained in the fridge or freezer.

The best types of storage containers that I have found are normally plastic and some of the best plastic food storage containers can be purchased online and delivered right to your door.


Recipes and cooking ideas

Something else that we pride ourselves on is some great tasting recipes and handy cooking tips we have discovered over the years. Take a look at our recipes and cooking tips section if you want to learn more about either of these.

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