8/29/14 Dogs In a Sweater

 Dogs in a Sweater is the recipe of the day! We usually have Potato chips and fruit with this reipe.

Dogs in a Sweater

 11 ounces refrigerated breadstick dough

8 hot dogs

8 popsicle sticks

Separate dough. Roll each piece into  a 15 inch rope. Insert sticks in hot dogs lengthwise. Starting at one end wrap dough in a spiral around hot dog; pinching ends to seal. Place 1 inch apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with ketchup, mustard or toppings of your choice.

 

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Clean Assignments:

  • Grocery shop and run errands
  • Clean out car

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Today’s Challenge:

Today is our last day in the kitchen for the time being. So let’s take down any curtains, wash them and clean the windows. Also gather up any rugs and either wash or take them outside for a good shaking and vacuum. If it’s nice where you live you can let the rugs lay out or hang outside for a while to get some fresh air into them!

That’s it for this week in the kitchen – Don’t worry if you didn’t get all the cabinets, drawers or appliances cleaned that’s the beauty of the way I do things next month I will just make sure I do different area’s so everything gets cleaned eventually!

 

8/28/14 Honey Chicken or Pork

Honey Chicken is the recipe of the day! You can replace the chicken with pork in this recipe and it is great too!

Honey Chicken or Pork

3/4 cup flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup oil

1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, – boneless, skinless or boneless pork ribs, in 1 inch chunks

1/2 cup honey

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon soy sauce 

 

In a shallow bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.  In a large deep skillet over medium and add 1/4 inch of oil to skillet. Heat until hot but not smoking. Add meat to flour mixture and coat lightly, then cook over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine honey, garlic, and soy sauce and whisk. Once meat is no longer pink pour the honey sauce over it and toss until the meat  is well coated with honey sauce. Simmer on medium low for a minute or two until sauce thickens a bit. Serve immediately over rice or lo mein noodles.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Clean out refrigerator – throw away leftovers, etc.

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Meal Planning:

  • Check ads and make grocery list

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Today’s Challenge:

Today we will work in the refrigerator and freezer in the kitchen. Clean out refrigerator one shelf or drawer at a time and wash with warm water, dry with a soft towel and return items, checking each one to make sure it isn’t expired or need restocked with a replacement or just thrown away. Once done with the frig move on to the freezer and repeat process. Throwing away anything that has been in there too long!

Most things shouldn’t be kept more than 6 months in the freezer.

 

8/27/14 Chicken Noodle Dinner

Chicken Noodle Dinner is the recipe of the day! This a meal in itself.

Chicken Noodle Dinner

1 1/2 cups cooked chicken breast half, cubed

1 tablespoon oil

16 ounces frozen broccoli

1 cup carrots , sliced

10 3/4 ounces cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

4 cups noodles, cooked

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

 

In a large skillet, saute chicken in oil for 2 minutes. Add broccoli and carrots, saute for 4-5 minutes or until tender-crisp. Stir in soup, milk, alt and pepper. Heat through. Stir in noodles and sprinkle with cheese.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Water plants

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Meal Planning:

  • Make ingredient list for checking grocery list

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Today’s Challenge:

Today we are going to attack the stovetop, oven and microwave. Use whatever your favorite cleaning solution is and work on that stovetop. I have an automatic clean oven so once I get home from church in the evening I start the oven cleaning so that it is done before I go to bed. For the microwave I’ve heard if you warm up a cup of water before you start cleaning the steam from it will help loosen any food that might be stuck on! I have a silicone mat in the bottom of my microwave so I take this opportunity to throw it in the dishwasher to be cleaned too!

 

 

 

8/26/14 Flat Roast Chicken

Flat roast Chicken is the recipe of the day! I make roasted potatoes and broccoli to go along with this dish.

Flat Roast Chicken

1 whole Chicken  

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 cloves garlic, smashed & peeled

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using kitchen shear cut along both sides of the back bone of the chicken to remove. Save/freeze to make broth later. Open the chicken legs and spread chicken down flat. Press down on breast bone to flatten. Pat dry with paper towels. Season generously with salt & pepper. Heat large ovenproof skillet, preferrably cast iron, over high heat. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp butter into the skillet. Add chicken skin side down. Let brown without moving about 3 minutes. Turn chicken being careful not to break the skin. Transfer skillet to oven. Roast chicken until golden brown and cooked through (juice run clear or temperature is 165 degrees) Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let stand 10 minutes. Add 1 tbsp lemon juice, and remaining butter to pan, swirling to combine, set aside. In a small bowl whisk remaining 3 tbsp of olive oil, 2 tbsp lemon juice, red pepper flakes, garlic and a pinch of salt. Cut chicken into pieces, drizzle with oil mixture and pan sauce. Serve immediately.

 

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Clean Assignments:

  • Mop rooms that require mopping
  • Clean mirrors
  • Do laundry– if you are a once a week laundry person

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Meal Planning:

  • Choose meals for next week

Beef – Souper Joes, and Ranch Pasta Salad

Chicken – Over Fried Chicken, Mash Potates and Chicken Noodles

Pork – San Francisco Chops, Roasted potatoes and corn

Soup – Hearty Skillet Stew

Pasta – Chicken Mushroom Fettuccine, and green beans

Ethnic – Pork Chow Mein

Other – Bubble Pizza  and broccoli

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Today’s Challenge:

Today we are continuing in the kitchen with the cupboards! One at a time clean out each cabinet, wipe shelves down and then return just the items that you really need in that cabinet. Throw or give away any items you no longer use or love! The neater your cabinets are the easier it is to put away dishes, groceries, etc.  Once everything is back inside wipe down the outside of the cabinet and move on to the next one. I realize you may not get very many cabinets done in just 15-20 minutes and that’s okay we will be back here next month and it’s one more than you had done before you started!

 

 

8/25/14 Two Potato Soup and Baked Ham Sandwiches

Two Potato Soup and Baked Ham Sandwiches are the recipes of the day!

Two Potato Soup

  • 1/2 pound red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 pound russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 14 1/2 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/8 cup swiss cheese, shredded

 

Place potatoes in a large saucepan; add broth and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook 10-15 minutes or until almost tender. Meanwhile in a small skillet saute onion in oil until tender; add  to potatoes. In a bowl combine flour, milk and evaporated milk until smooth. Add to potato mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; stir in cream cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until cream cheese is melted and potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Garnish with swiss cheese.

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Baked Ham Sandwiches

1/3 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup dried minced onion

1/3 cup mustard

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

8 hamburger buns

16 slices deli ham

8 slices swiss cheese

In a bowl combined butter, onion, mustard and poppy seeds. Spread about 1 tbsp over both halves of each bun. Layer ham and cheese on the bottom halves, replace tops. Wrap each sandwich in foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Vacuum entire house
  • Dust large surface area’s

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Today’s Challenge:

Today we are starting to work in our kitchen. So I want you to clean off your countertop one area at a time. Clean thoroughly with cleaner of your choice. And then return only the items that need to be there! Throw away or put away anything that doesn’t belong or have to be on your counter top. The neater your counter tops are the better you will like to spend time in there! If you get this done in less than 15-20 minutes than take a few more minutes to clean out just 1 drawer! Again throw away anything that you don’t need to place in it’s proper place anything that doesn’t belong in that drawer!

Have fun with this!

 

8/24/14 Pork Chops in Gravy

Pork Chops in Gravy is the recipe of the day! We usually have mash potatoes and corn with this meal.

Pork Chops in Gravy

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 8 pork loin chops, ½ inch thick
  • ¾ cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup or homemade alternative
  • 1 can french onion soup
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • Mash potatoes

 

In a shallow bowl beat egg and water. Dip pork chops in egg mixture then coat in bread crumbs. In a large skillet brown chops in oil. Transfer to a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Combine soups; pour over chops. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 90 minutes or until meat is tender. Serve with mashed potatoes.

 

8/23/14 Hamburgers, French Fries & Cole Slaw

Hamburgers are the recipe of the day! We usually have homemade french fries and cole slaw with these burgers.

Hamburgers

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Shape into 3 or 4 patties. Cook in a large skillet over medium heat until no longer pink in the center. Serve with toppings of your choice.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Change & wash sheets
  • Pay bills
  • Clean out purse

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Print Weekly checklist for next week – attached

Weekly checklist

 

8/22/14 Sunday Pork Loin and Golden Scalloped Potatoes

Sunday Pork Loin  is the recipe of the day! We usually have Scalloped potatoes and salad with this to make our meal.

Sunday Pork Loin

  • 4 ½ lb pork loin, whole
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Place roast in a shallow roasting pan. Bake uncovered at 325° for 1 ½ hours. In a skillet sauté onion, celery and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spoon 1 cup of sauce over the roast, bake 45 -55 minutes longer or until meat thermometer reads 160° Let stand 10-15 minutes before slicing. Serve with remaining sauce.

Golden Scalloped Potatoes

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 3 cups milk
  • 5 large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

In a large saucepan over medium heat melt butter. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add in milk. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.

Place potatoes in a greased 9 inch square baking dish. Add sauce and stir gently to coat. Cover and bake at 325° for 30 minutes, uncover and bake 30-40 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Grocery shop and run errands
  • Clean out car

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Today’s Challenge:

Today challenge in still in the living/family room. Take down the curtains and wash them. While they are washing clean the windows! I know it is still really cold where I live so you may only be able to do the inside but do whatever you can!

 

 

8/21/14 Baked Taco Chicken

Baked Taco Chicken is the recipe of the day! We usually have french fries and broccoli with this dish to make a meal.

Baked Taco Chicken

  • ½ cup flour
  • 4 tbsp taco seasoning
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 lbs chicken pieces

In a large resealable bag combine flour, taco seasoning and salt. Place chicken in bag 2 at a time. Shake to coat. Place on a greased 10×15 baking pan, skin side up. Bake uncovered at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until juices run clear.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Clean out refrigerator – throw away leftovers, etc.

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Meal Planning:

  • Check ads and make grocery list

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Today’s Challenge:

Today your cleaning challenge is clean your couches and chairs! Clean the cushions with a vacuum, and then clean under and inside the actual couch or chair with the sweeper too! Who know you may find some money! Before placing cushions back put a dryer sheet down to make them smell fresh!

 

8/20/14 Beef tortilla Casserole

Beef Tortilla Casserole is the recipe of the day!

Beef Tortilla Casserole

  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces taco sauce
  • 6 corn tortilla, cut into 1 inch strips
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 4 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded

In a large skillet cook meat and onion until meat is no longer pink. Stir in taco sauce and tortilla’s. In a greased 8 inch square baking dish layer one half of the meat mixture, sour cream, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, repeat layers. Cover and cook at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Water plants

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Meal Planning:

  • Make ingredient list for checking grocery list

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Today’s Challenge:

Today’s challenge is still in the Living/Family room. Today we are going to attack the décor~ I want you to thoroughly dust any wall hangings, pictures, floral arrangements and whatever else you have in this room. If there is something there that you no longer like throw it away, donate to the thrift store, or garage sale it. Don’t keep items that don’t make you happy in your home!

If you get rid of some items then start saving some money to buy something you love to replace it when you go garage saleing or shopping!