9/20/14 Southwestern Chicken

Southwestern Chicken is the recipe of the day! We have french fries and broccoli with this recipe for our meal.

Southwestern Chicken

2 teaspoons  garlic powder

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon paprika

4 chicken breast, boneless, skinless

2 teaspoons lime juice

In a small bowl combine garlic powder, chili powder, salt and paprika. Rub on both sides of each chicken breast. In a large skillet coated with nonstick spray brown chicken on both sides. drizzle with lime juice. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until juices run clear.

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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

9/19/14 Italian Pork Chop Dinner

Italian Pork Chop Dinner  is the recipe of the day!

Italian Pork Chop Dinner

6 bacon strips, diced

1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced

1 onion, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

3/4 cup flour

4 teaspoons Italian seasoning

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon  garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon pepper

6 pork chops  ** or whole pork tenderloin roast (2-3 lbs) , 1 inch thick

14 1/2 ounces diced tomatoes

14 1/2 ounces chicken broth

6 ounces tomato paste

10 ounces peas, thawed

6 cups pasta, cooked

In a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove and drain. In the drippings saute mushrooms, onion and garlic until tender. Transfer to a 5 quart slow cooker. In a shallow bowl combine flour, 3 tsp italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder and pepper. **Coat pork chops with flour mixture. In the same skillet brown pork chops. Transfer to slow cooker. Top with tomatoes and bacon. Combine broth, tomato pasted and remaining seasoning. add to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until pork chops are tender. Add peas during last 30 minutes. Serve with pasta.     **Can use pork tenderloin roast and place whole in slow cooker, combine tomatoes, broth & paste and covered roast with it.  Cook 4-6 hours, remove and let meat reset before slicing***

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Clean Assignments:

  • Grocery shop and run errands
  • Clean out car

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Today’s Challenge:

For today’s challenge we are going to do another mission in the bathroom. Today I want to challenge you to clean your toilet inside and out! I know probably the grossest job there is but somebody has to do it sometime so don those rubber gloves and get scrubbing. Use cleaner and brush to scrub the inside, then use cleaning solution of your choice to wipe down the under side of the toilet seat, and the entire outside of the toilet! Don’t forget to also wipe down the floor around it and behind it well with disinfectant cleaner!

And after this gross job I’m going to give you a break from cleaning challenges for the weekend. Use the next couple of days to finish any area that you didn’t get done in the 15 minutes each day this week and next week we will move on to another area of the house!

 

9/18/14 Country Style Casserole

Country Style Casserole is the recipe of the day!

Country Style Casserole

2 cans Cream of chicken soup

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup milk

3 tablespoons honey 

2 tablespoons dijon mustard

4 cups cooked chicken or ham, cubed

26 ounces shredded hash browns, frozen

1 1/2 cups carrots, frozen

 

In a large bowl combine first 5 ingredients. Stir in meat, hash browns and carrots. Transfer to a 9 x 13 greased baking pan.  Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Uncover and bake 15-20 minutes longer or until bubbly.

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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’s challenge is again in the bathroom, we will hopefully have this room looking great by the end of the week! Today we are going to work on the cabinets and drawers under and/or beside the sink. Remember do just one at a time and only spend 15 minutes! Remove everything from these cabinets/drawers. As always throw away anything old/out of date or unneeded. Wipe the cabinet/drawer out and then place only the necessary items back in the cabinet/drawers.

 

9/17/14 Potato Egg Supper

Potato Egg Supper is the recipe of the day!We usually have carrots with this.

Potato  Egg Supper

4 cups Cooked potatoes, peeled and diced

8 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled

4 hard cooked eggs, sliced

10 3/4 ounces cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup milk

1 small onion, chopped

1 tablespoon green pepper, chopped

1 tablespoon red pepper, chopped

4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

Place half of the potatoes in a greased 2 quart baking dish. Top with bacon, eggs and remaining potatoes. In a saucepan combine soup, milk, onion and peppers. Cook over medium heat until heated through. Pour over potatoes. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 1-15 minutes or until heated through.

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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 mission if you choose to accept – Is your bathroom closet clean off one shelf at a time and throw away any thing that is out of date or that you don’t need/want. Then place everything back in a neat/orderly manner.  Do one shelf at a time and only work on this for 15 minutes. Don’t forget to clean the floor of your bathroom closet! Throw away anything in there that you don’t need/want and then give it a quick sweep and mop. If you don’t get all the shelves done today you can do more tomorrow or on the weekend!

 

 

9/16/14 Garlic Salmon Linguine

Garlic Salmon Linguine is the recipe of the day! We usually have a salad with this and garlic bread is great to go along too.

Garlic Salmon Linguine

16 ounces linguine, cooked

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/3 cup oil

14 3/4 ounces salmon, drained, bones and skin removed

3/4 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon  cayenne pepper

In a large skillet saute garlic in oil. Stir in salmon, broth, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook until heated through. Add cooked linguine to the salmon mixture. Toss to coat.

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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 – Round Steak Sauerbraten, Herb Potatoes and Veggies

Chicken – Southwestern Chicken, French Fries and Broccoli

Pork – Parmesan Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Potatoes and carrots

Pasta – Ham & Noodles, green beans

Soup – Hamburger Vegetable Soup

Ethnic – Chicken Fried Rice and Oriental veggies

Other – Catfish wraps, french fries and cole slaw

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Today’s Challenge:

Today’s challenge is your bathtub and/or showers. I only have a shower in my house so I think it is easier to clean than having to get down on my knees to scrub a tub! I use the “Works” brand toilet or tub/shower cleaner. If you don’t want to use strong chemicals use whatever your favorite cleaner is or search the internet for a natural cleaner. We have iron water so the “Works” is the fastest way to clean off the iron stains and then I can just spray the shower down to clean out the chemicals.

 

 

9/15/14 Ham Potato Chowder

Ham Potato Chowder is the recipe of the day! This soup is a meal by itself.

Ham Potato Chowder

8 Potatoes, peeled and cubed  *soup bite size

1 small onion, diced

1/2 cup carrots, thinly sliced or diced

2 tablespoons butter or oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 can cream of chicken soup – optional

2 cups chicken broth 

5 cups milk or half and half

2 cups ham, cubed (can use more or less based on your preference)

In a large pan cook onion, carrots, salt & pepper in butter or oil for 4-5 minutes or until softened (don’t brown just soften). Add diced potatoes and cook an additional 4-5 minutes to start them cooking. Add chicken broth and milk/half and half.  *Use as much milk or half and half (4 to 5 cups) as you want for the desired amount of soup. Bring to a boil. Add ham and cream of chicken soup to thicken. If not using cream of chicken take a potato masher and mash some of the potatoes to help thicken the soup up. Let soup cook on low for 15-20 minutes to heat through and thicken. ***Can be transferred to slow cooker and let on low or warm until you are ready to eat.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Vacuum entire house
  • Dust large surface area’s

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Today’s Challenge:

Bathroom countertop is today’s challenge, if you chose to accept it! Take everything off your bathroom countertop – throw away things that you don’t need anymore as you go. Wipe the entire countertop down with your choice of cleaning solution. Then place items back on counter one item at a time deciding as you go if you really need the item out on the countertop all the time or if it can be placed in a drawer or cabinet to make the bathroom look neater! 

Work quickly – this should take 15 minutes or less!

 

9/14/14 Oven BBQ Chicken

Oven BBQ Chicken is the recipe of the day! We have scalloped potatoes and veggie with this to make a meal.

Oven BBQ Chicken   

*this recipe is only written for 2 servings but can be easily multiplied for however many servings you need.

2 chicken leg quarters

1 tablespoon canola oil

1/4 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 tablespoon steak sauce

In a large nonstick skillet brown chicken in oil. Transfer to a 8 inch square baking pan. coated with non-stick spray. In a bowl combine remaining ingredients. Pour over chicken. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until chicken juices run clear, basting every 15 minutes with sauce.

 

9/13/14 Slow Cooker Meat Loaf

Slow Cooker meat Loaf is the recipe of the day! We usually have Cheesy Scallop potatoes and broccoli with this recipe.

Slow Cooker Meat Loaf

1 1/2 pounds ground round

1 envelope onion soup mix

1 cup ketchup

1/4 cup water

3/4 cup breadcrumbs

1 egg

4 ounces cheddar cheese, shelled

1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon brown sugar

        1 teaspoon mustard

      Combine ground beef, soup mix, 1/2 c ketchup and next 6 ingredients. Shape mixture into 8 x 4 inch loaf. Place loaf in lightly greased 3 quart oval slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook 3 hours. Drain grease. Stir together remaining 1/2 cup ketchup, brown sugar and mustard in a small bowl. Spread over meatloaf and cover and cook on low for 1 hour longer or until meat loaf reaches 160 degrees. Remove meat loaf from slow cooker. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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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

 

9/12/14 Chinese Country Style Pork Ribs

Chinese Country Style Pork Ribs is the recipe of the day! We usually have microwave scalloped potatoes and cole slaw with these ribs.

Chinese Country Style Pork Ribs

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon liquid smoke flavoring

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 cup chili sauce

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

2 tablespoons honey

1/8 teaspoon pepper

4 pounds bone in country style ribs

 

Combine first 7 ingredients in a small bowl. Place ribs and mixture in a plastic bag or container to marinade. Marinade 4-6 hours or overnight in frig. Cook ribs in slow cooker for 5-6 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low or cook on grill coated with cooking spray 4-5 minutes on each side.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Grocery shop and run errands
  • Clean out car

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Today’s Challenge:

Today we are going to finish up in the office and garage areas. Wash curtains, windows and any rugs that you may have in both these areas.

 

9/11/14 Lunch Box Pizza’s

Lunch Box Pizza’s are the recipe of the day! We usually just have green beans with these.

Lunch Box Pizza’s

7 1/2 ounces refrigerated biscuits

1/4 cup tomato sauce

1 teaspoon italian seasoning

10 slices pepperoni (or other meat)

3/4 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded

 

Flatten biscuits into a 3 inch circle and press into muffin cup. Combine tomato sauce and seasoning. Spoon 1 tsp into each muffin cup. Top with meat and cheese. Bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

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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 are going to work in the garage. Clean up flat surfaces, then drawers, sweep entire floor area. Do what you can accomplish in 15-30 minutes and then take a break!