Friday, June 3, 2011

Pinterest

I'm on Pinterest! If you haven't heard of this site then you are missing out!! This site is where you can make own individual boards of things of interest. It's invite only, so if you want to join then comment below with your email and I'll send you an invite! If you are on pinterest, follow me and I'll follow back. I love seeing new boards!

Here is my Pinterest

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Here is my Blue Cheese Recipe:

-4 oz of Blue Cheese crumbles (Next time I'll probably use more, but I love Blue Cheese crumbles)
-1/4 cup of milk
-2 1/2 of mayo
-1 1/2 cup of sour cream
-3 cloves of garlic or you can use a table spoon of garlic salt
-Salt (if your not using the garlic salt)
-Pepper

I blended it but next time I'll just mix it because the blender broke down the crumbles and it wasn't so chunky. I hope it turns out good! Enjoy!


 (Photo isn't mine! This picture was taken from Wagshals )

Monday, May 30, 2011

Cleaning Chart

Monday
Vacuum Bed Rooms
Laundry
Sweep and Swiffer Kitchen, Dinning Room and Living Room

Tuesday-
Bathrooms-Bathtub/shower(comet), floors(swiffer), toilet(toilet cleaner), and sink(comet)
Laundry

Wednesday- Clean windows/mirrors
Laundry
Prepare grocery list & meal plan
Sweep and Swiffer Kitchen, Dinning Room and Living Room

Thursday-
Vacuum Hallway and Living Room
Bleach bathroom
Laundry

Friday-
Vacuum
Sanitize Microwave
Sweep and Swiffer Kitchen, Dinning Room and Living Room
Laundry



Saturday-

Sanitize
Laundry

Sunday-

Rest




EVERYDAY TASKS:: Dishes, Clean Kitchen, and Beds Made.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

MIA for a MONTH?

Wow!! It's been a month since I've made a post on my blog. Talk about being a S-L-A-C-K-E-R!! A lot has been going on in this past month and I'm not just talking about "the holidays" busy but I've been crazzzzzzzy busy with life! We just moved into our FIRST house, and its been so hectic packing, moving, un-packing, cleaning, painting, decorating and all of that going on while we have a 5 year old and both have jobs! Its so worth it though! Our FIRST house, our first time living as adults and as a family without living with any family members! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and are having a fun time decorating for the Christmas holiday!! Here are a few ideas from good ol' Martha Stewart :




Sunday, November 7, 2010

9 Bathroom Cleaning Problems Solved!

1. "My shower curtain is crawling with mildew"
Wash it with a bleach solution. Shower curtains can be tricky to clean because they are big and cumbersome. Getting rid of mildew, especially during damp weather, can be especially challenging. Here’s a solution that’s quick, easy, and low-cost: Pour 1 gallon (3.7 liters) of warm water and 1⁄2 cup of household bleach into a plastic bucket. With plastic gloves on, soak a sponge in this cleaning solution, give it a squeeze to avoid drips, and wipe. The mildew will vanish. Rinse using the showerhead.

2. "I’m ready to toss this filthy shower curtain liner"

Toss it in the washer.
Don’t throw away your liner just because of mildew and dirt buildup. Extend its life by cleaning it in your washing machine. Set the machine on the gentle cycle with warmwater and 1 cup of regular laundry detergent or 1⁄2 cup of vinegar. Afterward, whirl it in your drier, set on Low Heat or Fluff, for about 20 minutes. Your liner will come out clean and wrinkle-free. Rehang it immediately.

3. "My brass fixtures look dull
"
Polish them with baking soda and lemon juice.
Don’t rush out to buy an expensive brass cleaner. Save time and money by making a paste with equal amounts of baking soda and lemon juice. Dip an old toothbrush in the mix and lightly scrub the fixtures. Let the solution dry a few minutes and then buff the fixtures with a clean cloth. They’ll look brand new.

4. "The nooks and crannies in my bathroom are hard to clean"
Use an old toothbrush.
An old toothbrush is the perfect time-saving bathroom-cleaning tool. For example, you can use it to clean the tracks of your bathtub’s sliding glass doors. Simply spray bathroom cleaner on a paper towel and wrap the towel around the bristle end of the toothbrush. Then scoot the brush along the tracks to dislodge dirt. Or put the little bristles to work on the grime that collects around the rim of a bathroom sink. Once the bristles have loosened the dirt, just mop it up with a damp sponge.
5. "I hate those mineral deposits on my bathroom faucet"

Remove them with white vinegar.
No one likes crusty white deposits on a faucet. Try this easy solution: Before you go to bed one night, head to your kitchen for a bottle of white vinegar and three paper towels. Saturate the towels in the white vinegar and wrap them around the faucet like a cocoon. In the morning, remove thetowels. Fill the basin with warm water, plus a squirt of dishwashing liquid. Dip an old toothbrush in the solution and scrub the faucet toremove the final bits of mineral deposit.

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6. "I have scum buildup on shower doors."
Use furniture oil to prevent buildup.
Cleaning soap scum off a shower door is a tough, time-consuming job. Try using lemon oil furniture polish as a barrier against the scummy buildup. The next time you clean the door, follow up by wiping it with furniture oil on a soft rag. Let the oil sit for two minutes and then polish off the excess with a dry cloth. The furniture polish will leave a slight film of oil that will act as a buffer against future soap scum. Using a shower squeegee (available at discount stores and supermarkets) after every shower will also discourage the buildup.

7. "My glass shower doors are filmy"
Clean them with vinegar, baking soda, and salt.
Stubborn mineral buildup on glass shower doors is no competition for a few common household ingredients—white vinegar, baking soda, and salt. Spray vinegar on the door and let it sit for a few minutes. Next, create a paste with equal amounts of baking soda and salt. Use adamp sponge to rub this paste over the door; then rinse well.

8. "My bathroom grout is grungy with mildew"
Spray it with vinegar. Mildew on grout is no match for that miracle household cleaning dynamo called vinegar. Just pour somewhite vinegar into a container, dip in an old toothbrush, and scrub away at the mildew. Or pour the vinegar into a spray bottle, squirt it on the mildew, and let it sit for ten minutes. Rinse with water and apply the old toothbrush if necessary. Bleach is effective in removing mildew from tile grout. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts of household chloride bleach and water. Spray the grout, let it sit a few minutes, and then wipe with a clean white cotton cloth.

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9. "Those nonslip bathtub stickers won’t peel off"Loosen them with laundry presoak. You know the ones: They’re shaped like flowers and fish and are stuck on with industrial-strength adhesive. Instead of ruining the smooth surface of your tub trying to scrape them off, follow these simple steps for removing them: Carefully lift corners on each sticker using your fingernail or a plastic scraper. (Metal will scratch most tubs.) Spray the stickers with a good dose of laundry pretreatment product, such as Shout or Spray ’n Wash. Let the stickers soak in the spray for a few hours. This should loosen the stickers and allow you to peel them off. Wipe up any adhesive residue and the laundry spray. Clean and rinse the tub thoroughly.



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Monday, November 1, 2010

Confort Food Recipes

There are only a couple sites that I check daily and The Nest is one of the websites I tend to check daily. It's one of those sites that posts recipes, decor ideas, money tips, relationship tips, and a community board full of other Nesties that ask questions or share tricks. Today on the main page of the site, it had a picture of Macaroni and Cheese, HOMEMADE!, and the topic was Comfort Food. I dont know about you but I have MANY comfort food choices! LOL But, this Mac' N Cheese looked DELICIOUS! Here are a few of the recipes/pictures of comfort foods that The Nest was showing off. Also, think of some of your top choices and see if I post them! (To go straight to the link of each one, click the name of each!)





PB & Chocolate Fondue

Makes: About 3 cups; 8 to 10 servings
Ingredients
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1⁄8 teaspoon salt
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate, finely chopped
In a medium saucepan, stir the cream, brown sugar, and salt over medium heat until the sugar has melted and the cream is hot but not boiling. Gradually stir in the peanut butter until melted and smooth. Stir in the vanilla.
Transfer to a ceramic fondue pot and set over a low flame. Scatter the chocolate over the top and let stand for about 1 minute to allow it to soften. Using a fondue fork or a skewer, swirl the melted chocolate over the top of the fondue. Regulate the heat, if possible, to keep the fondue warm, not hot.





Chocolate Fudge Cake

Serves 10.
Cake:
2 2⁄3 cups all-purpose flour
3⁄4 cup plus 1 tbsp granulated sugar
1⁄3 cup light brown sugar
1⁄4 cup best-quality cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1⁄2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1⁄2 cup plus 2 tbsp sour cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3⁄4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1⁄2 cup corn oil
1 1⁄3 cups chilled water
Icing:
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids
1 cup plus 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 3⁄4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tbsp vanilla extract Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Butter and line the bottom of two 8-inch cake pans.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugars, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl or wide-necked measuring cup whisk together the eggs, sour cream and vanilla until blended. Using a standing or handheld electric mixer, beat together the melted butter and corn oil until just blended (you’ll need another large bowl for this if using the hand mixer; the standing mixer comes with its own bowl), then beat in the water. Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix together on a slow speed. Add the egg mixture, and mix again until everything is blended and then pour into the prepared tins. And actually, you could easily do this manually; I just like my toys and find the KitchenAid a comforting presence in itself.
Bake the cakes for 45–50 minutes, or until a cake-tester comes out clean. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes, and then turn the cakes out onto the rack to cool completely.
To make the icing, melt the chocolate in the microwave—2–3 minutes on medium should do it—or in a bowl sitting over a pan of simmering water, and let cool slightly.
In another bowl beat the butter until it’s soft and creamy (again, I use the KitchenAid here), and then add the sifted confectioners’ sugar and beat again until everything’s light and fluffy. I know sifting is a pain, the one job in the kitchen I really hate, but you have to do it or the icing will be unsoothingly lumpy. Then gently add the vanilla and chocolate and mix together until everything is glossy and smooth.
Sandwich the middle of the cake with about a quarter of the icing, and then ice the top and sides, too, spreading and smoothing with a rubber spatula.




Creamy Garlic Penne

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

1 (13 1/2 ounce) can of skim evaporated milk
1 1/3 cups skim milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2-4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons vegetable bouillon powder

3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 3), cut into bite-size pieces
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
1 1/2 cups imitation crabmeat (about 6 ounces)

3 cups penne pasta (10 ounces)
2 quarts boiling water
1 tablespoon salt (optional)

2 tablespoons grated light Parmesan cheese (optional)
chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Directions:

Whisk both milks into flour in large non-stick frying pan until smooth. Add garlic and bouillon powder. Heat and stir on medium-low until boiling and thickened. Keep warm on low, stirring occasionally.
Sauté chicken in olive oil in non-stick frying pan for 5 minutes until slightly browned. Sprinkle with cayenne and pepper. Add tomato and crabmeat. Toss well until hot. Add to milk mixture. Stir. Keep warm.
Cook pasta in boiling water and salt in large pot or Dutch oven for 10 to 12 minutes until just tender. Drain.
Turn pasta into serving dish. Pour sauce over top. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley. Makes 7 1/2 cups.

1 serving: 308 Calories; 12.1 g Total Fat (5.8 g Mono, 2.3 g Poly, 2.9 g Sat); 74 mg Cholesterol; 29 g Carbohydrate; 3 g Fibre; 23 g Protein; 363 mg Sodium


Peanut Butter Cocoa Crisp Treats

Ingredients:

4 cups chocolate-flavored crisp puffed rice cereal
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted

Directions:

Put the puffed rice cereal in a bowl. Have ready 3 nonstick mini muffin tins or a greased 9 by 13-inch baking dish or pan.
In a saucepan, stir together the brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over high heat and boil for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and stir in the peanut butter until combined.
Immediately pour the hot syrup over the rice cereal and quickly stir until thoroughly combined.
Using your hands, while the mixture is still warms, press it into the mini muffin tins or baking dish. Let cool for at least 15 minutes, or until firm and set. Unmold from the tins or baking dish.
Using a spoon, drizzle lines of the melted chocolate over the top of the cooled treats. If you used a baking dish, cut into bars before serving.
Do-Aheads:
  • Drizzle with chocolate the day you serve them if you like.
  • Stored in an airtight tin, these can be kept at room temperature for up to 1 week.


Fast Focaccia

Ingredients:

3 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided
3 cups biscuit mix
1 cup milk

3 tablespoons garlic-flavoured olive oil, divided

Directions:

Reserve 1 teaspoon seasoning in small cup. Put remaining seasoning into large bowl. Add biscuit mix. Stir. Make a well in centre.
Add milk to well. Stir until just moistened.
Brush 9 x 9 inch pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Press dough into pan. Poke indentations on surface of dough with fingers. Drizzle remaining olive oil over dough. Sprinkle with reserved seasoning. Bake in 400ºF oven for about 25 minutes until golden, and wooden pick inserted in centre comes out clean. Let stand in pan for 15 minutes. Cut into 4 squares. Cut squares in half diagonally, for a total of 8 triangles.
1 triangle: 281 Calories; 13.3 g Total Fat (6.6 g Mono, 3.4 g Poly, 2.5 g Sat); 1 mg Cholesterol; 35 g Carbohydrate; trace Fibre; 5 g Protein; 857 mg Sodium


Vinegar

There are so many things to do with Vinegar, and a website states they can tell you 1001 ways to use Vinegar. Its called Vinegar Tips and its states how do use it in cleaning,laundry, garden, health, pets, cooking and automotive. Some of them surprised me like::

  1. Make nail polish last longer. Wipe fingernails with cotton balls dipped in white distilled vinegar before putting on nail polish.
  2. Remove soap scum and clean the hoses of your washing machine with white distilled vinegar. Periodically run the machine with only a cup of white distilled vinegar in it—nothing else added to the wash cycle.
  3. Preserve cut flowers and liven droopy ones by adding 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar to a quart of water in a vase.
  4. If you’ve added too much salt to a recipe, add a spoonful of white distilled vinegar and sugar to try correcting the taste.
  5. Eliminate the greasy taste in food cooked in a deep fryer by adding a dash of white distilled vinegar.
  6. Clean and deodorize urine on a mattress with a white distilled vinegar and water solution. Then sprinkle the area with baking soda and let dry. Brush or vacuum the residue after it is dry to the touch.
  7. Keep car windows frost-free overnight in winter by coating them with a solution of 3 parts white distilled vinegar to 1 part water.
  8. Keep a dog from scratching its ears by wiping them out regularly with a soft cloth dipped in undiluted white distilled vinegar.
  9. Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.
  10. Kill germs all around the bathroom with a spray of full-strength white distilled vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
And those were just 10 ways to use Vinegar!! ENJOY