9/1/14 Hearty Skillet Stew

Hearty Skillet Stew is the recipe of the day! We usually just have bread & butter with this meal.

Hearty Skillet Stew

1/2 pound round steak , cut in 1/2″ cubes

1/3 cup onion, chopped

2 cups cabbage, chopped

2 medium carrots, chopped

1 medium potato, cut in 1/2″ cubes

3/4 cup water

1/3 cup soy sauce

2 tbsp sugar

1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon cold water


In a large nonstick skillet coated with nonstick spray brown steak and onion. Stir in cabbage, carrots, potato, water, sugar and soy sauce. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender. In a small bowl combine the cornstarch and cold water.  Stir into beef mixture. Bring to a boil and cook stirring for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.


Clean Assignments:

  • Vacuum entire house
  • Dust large surface area’s


Today’s Challenge:

This week we will be working in our dining room. First thing to do is clear everything off the table and wipe it down good with a wet cloth. If you have a wood table make sure you dry it off right away. Now place a pretty tablecloth, placements and napkins on the table! Return only the items that you need for a meal. Put away or throw away any other items that have been piling up on your table! Take a few more minutes and wipe off your chairs. Back, seats, legs and rungs, again dry then right away if they are wood.

Last thing for today in the dining room is to wipe down the baseboards!

8/31/14 Oven Fried Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken is the recipe of the day! We usually have mash potatoes and noodles with this to make a meal.

Oven Fried Chicken

  • 8 pieces Chicken – bone in, skin on
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 cloves garlic, whole/smashed
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fine flour
  • 1/4 cup corn meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup oil


In a large bowl combine beaten eggs, onion and garlic. Add chicken pieces and stir to coat. Marinade overnight in refrigerator (minimum of 15 minutes) When ready to cook: Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place baking sheet in oven to heat up. In a large bowl combine flour, corn meal and spices. Remove chicken from marinade and dredge in flour mixture. Place pieces in a single layer on the hot baking sheet. Return to oven and bake 45-55 minutes brushing with oil every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and serve hot or can be served at room temperature if desired.




8/30/14 Souper Joes and Ranch Pasta Salad

Souper Joes and Ranch Pasta Salad are the recipes of the day!

Souper Joes

1 pound ground meat

10 3/4 ounces cream of mushroom soup or homemade alternative

1 tablespoon onion soup mix or homemade alternative

4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

8 hamburger buns


In a sauce pan cook meat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in soup and soup mix, heat through. Stir in cheese until melted. Place on buns and serve.


Ranch Pasta Salad

3 cups tri color pasta spirals, cooked, drained and cooled

1 cup fresh broccoli florets

3/4 cup seedless cucumber, chopped

1/2 cup tomato, seeded and chopped

8 ounces ranch dressing

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded


In a large serving bowl combine pasta, broccoli, cucumber and tomato. Drizzle with dressing. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese. Refrigerate until ready to serve



Clean Assignments:

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


Print Weekly checklist for next week – attached

Weekly checklist


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.



Clean Assignments:

  • Grocery shop and run errands
  • Clean out car


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.


Clean Assignments:

  • Clean out refrigerator – throw away leftovers, etc.


Meal Planning:

  • Check ads and make grocery list


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.


Clean Assignments:

  • Water plants


Meal Planning:

  • Make ingredient list for checking grocery list


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.



Clean Assignments:

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


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


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.


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.


Clean Assignments:

  • Vacuum entire house
  • Dust large surface area’s


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.


  • 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.


Clean Assignments:

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


Print Weekly checklist for next week – attached

Weekly checklist