7/31/14 Grilled Turkey Tenderloin

Grilled Turkey Tenderloin is the recipe of the day! I usually make garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli with this recipe.

Grilled Turkey Tenderloin

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 4 tsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground mustard
  • ¾ pound turkey tenderloin

In a bowl combine soy sauce, oil, sugar, garlic ginger and mustard. Pour ¼ cup of the marinade into a large resealable plastic bag. Add turkey, seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade for basting. Coat grill with nonstick spray. Drain and discard marinade in bag. Grill turkey tenderloin over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 170° turning twice and basting occasionally with reserved marinade. Cut into slices and serve.

*You can make this in the oven instead of grill. Just bake for 350° for 15-20 minutes or until temperature reaches 170°

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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 As always throw away anything old/out of date or unneeded.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.

 

7/30/14 Hearty Grilled Cheese

Hearty Grilled Cheese is the recipe of the day! We usually have potato chips and baked beans with this recipe to complete our meal.

Hearty Grilled Cheese

  • 12 slices bread of your choice – be creative!
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • 6 slices swiss cheese
  • 6 slices cooked ham
  • 6 slices cooked turkey
  • ¼ cup butter, softened

On six slices of bread butter one side. Place buttered side down on griddle or skillet.  Layer one slice of each cheese and meat. Butter one side of other 6 slices of bread and top the first six with the butter side up. Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat. Toast sandwiches on both sides watching closely until they are golden brown. Cool on plates for a few minutes prior to cutting in half to eat.

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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 – In 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!

 

 

7/29/14 Chili Beef Noodle Skillet

Chili Beef Noodle Skillet is the recipe of the day!

Chili Beef Noodle Skillet

  • 8 ounces noodles
  • 2 pounds ground meat
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup celery, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Using the same pot cook ground meat, onion, celery and garlic over medium heat until no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Add tomatoes and seasonings. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add noodles and stir to combine. Cook stirring for 2 minutes or until heated through. Remove from heat and sprinkle with cheese, cover and let stand for 5 minutes or until cheese melts.

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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 – Handy Meat Pies, potato chips & green beans

Chicken – Tangy Chicken legs, garlic spaghetti, and broccoli

Pork – South Shore Pork Roast and garlic mashed potatoes

Soup – Beef Vegetable Soup and Bread & butter

Pasta – Mushroom Ham Fettuccine

Other – Apricot glazed turkey breast, mashed potatoes and salad

Breakfast – Wake Up Casserole

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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.

7/28/14 Potato Soup

Potato Soup is the recipe of the day! We usually have bacon with this soup – what isn’t better with bacon??

Potato Soup

  • 6 strips bacon, diced
  • 3 cups potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 14 ½ ounces chicken broth
  • 1 small carrots, grated
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp celery seed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 3 cups milk or heavy cream
  • 4 ounces processed cheese, cubed

In a large saucepan cook bacon until crispy. Add potatoes, broth, carrots, onion, parsley and seasonings. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, approximately 15 minutes. Combine flour and milk until smooth, add to soup. Bring to a boil and boil stirring for 2 minutes. Add cheese and stir until cheese melts.

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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!

 

 

7/27/14 Citrus Chicken

Citrus Chicken is the recipe of the day! We usually have green beans along with this dish.

Citrus Chicken

  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp lemon peel,
  • 1 tsp orange peel
  • 3 medium chicken breast, cut into 11/2 inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 4 cups pasta, cooked
  • ½ cup green onion

Combine corn starch and ginger. Whisk in orange juice, soy sauce, water, lemon juice, honey, garlic and peels until smooth. Set aside. In a skillet sauté chicken in oil until no longer pink. Stir in corn starch mixture. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve over hot pasta. Sprinkle with green onions.

 

7/26/14 Hamburger Supper

Hamburger Supper is the recipe of the day! This recipe makes a complete meal by itself.

Hamburger Supper

  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1 1/2  cup water
  • ½ tsp poultry seasoning
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 envelope brown gravy mix or homemade alternative
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 2 potatoes, sliced
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

In a large skillet brown ground meat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in water, poultry seasoning and pepper. Bring to a boil. Stir in gravy mix. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Arrange onion, carrots, and potatoes over meat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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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

 

7/25/14 Pork Tenderloin Piccata

 Pork Tenderloin Piccata is the recipe of the day! We usually have Cheesy Sliced potatoes and breaded tomato slices to make this a meal.

Pork Tenderloin Piccata

  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 tbsp yellow corn meal
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Combine flour, corn meal, salt & pepper in a shallow dish. Slice pork loin into thin (1/4 inch slices or slice ½ inch and flatten with meat mallet to ¼ inch)* Coat both sides in flour mixture, shaking off excess. Heat a large skillet over medium heat until hot. Place 3 tbsp butter in skillet and swirl until melted. Fry pork slices until golden brown on both sides and no longer pink in the center. Remove to a platter and keep warm. Add broth, lemon juice, zest and garlic to skillet. Heat over medium heat 1-2 minutes. Add remaining butter to skillet and swirl until melted. Carefully pour sauce over pork slices and sprinkle with parsley before serving.

*I like to freeze the pork loin slightly so that I can thinly slice it eliminating the need to pound it out.

 

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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.

 

7/24/14 Taco Bundles

Taco Bundles is the recipe of the day! We usually have chips & Salsa with this meal.

Taco Bundles

  • ¾ pound ground meat
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 2 tbsp taco sauce
  • 2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 8 ounces Colby cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces Monterey Cheese, shredded
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Tomatoes, chopped
  • Sour cream

In a large skillet cook meat and onion over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning and taco sauce. Unroll crescent rolls into 8 rectangles. Seal seams and perforations. Place meat mixture in the center of each rectangle. Sprinkle with cheeses. Fold dough over filling and pinch edges to seal. Place seam side down on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Layer lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream on 4 serving plates and top each one with 2 taco bundles.

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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!

 

7/23/14 Egg Cauliflower Salad

Egg Cauliflower Salad is the recipe of the day! We usually have potato chips and green beans with this recipe.

Egg Cauliflower Salad

  • 2 cups fresh cauliflower florets
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • ¼ cup green pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup red pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder

In a large bowl combine mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Add cauliflower, eggs, celery, onion and peppers. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

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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 once again in our office area. If you have a closet in your office clean it out today. Clear off one shelf at a time and throw away anything that needs pitched or put items where they belong. Return only the necessary items to the shelves. Don’t forget to clean the floor too. If you don’t have a closet in your office choose a closet in some other area of your house that you haven’t already cleaned!

 

 

7/22/14 Cheesy Beef Pasta

Cheesy Beef Pasta is the recipe of the day!

Cheesy Beef Pasta

  • 2 cups Penne Pasta
  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 29 ounces diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup green onions, sliced
  • 4 tbsp cream cheese
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ tsp salt

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile in a large skillet cook ground meat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 3 minutes. Stir in onion and cream cheese. Cook and stir until cream cheese is melted. Drain pasta and add to meat mixture. Stir in shredded cheeses and salt. Serve.

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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 – Hamburger Supper

Chicken – Citrus Chicken and green beans

Pork – Savory Pork Chop Supper and carrots

Pasta – Chili Beef Noodle Skillet

Soup – Potato Soup and Bacon

Other – Hearty Grilled Cheese, Potato Chips and Baked beans

Other – Grilled Turkey Tenderloin, Gaelic Mashed potatoes and broccoli

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Today’s Challenge:

Today we are continuing in the office area and will be cleaning the computer area and do any filing that needs done. Clear off the desk or surface that your computer sits normally and wipe it down. Clean the computer screen with an approved cloth and if you have a can of that spray computer cleaner do your computer keyboard too!

Then file any paperwork that you have procrastinated on doing! I know I always have my husbands trucking paperwork that needs caught up!