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!

 

 

7/21/14 Cauliflower Ham Chowder

Cauliflower Ham Chowder is the recipe of the day!

Cauliflower Ham Chowder

  • 4 cups cauliflower, sliced
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup or homemade alternative
  • 2 cups half and half or heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 4 tbsp corn starch
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 3 cups ham, cubed
  • Green onion, sliced

In a large pan cook cauliflower in broth for 4 minutes or until tender crisp. Stir in soup, cream and pepper and bring to a boil. Combine corn starch and cold water until smooth, gradually add to boiling cauliflower mixture. Cook and stir for 2 minute sor until thickened. Reduce heat and add ham; cook stirring for 2 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with green onions.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Vacuum entire house
  • Dust large surface area’s

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Today’s Challenge:

This week we are going to be working in the office or another room of your choice in your house. For me my office doesn’t get used as much as an office as a junk/storage room but it does have 2 desks, printer & stand with drawers and 2 cabinets that store my 600+ cookbook collection. So as you can imagine it does need cleaned!

Today we will start on the desk. Start by clearing off the top, filing any papers that need taken care of and throwing away anything that has just accumulated there. Then work on the drawers one at a time. I use the drawers of one of my desks to store gift bags, tissue papers, etc so this one stays pretty neat most of the time, the other desk only has 2 large and one tiny drawer but it has 2 upper cabinets that seem to attract all kinds of items! I probably won’t get through both desks this month but I try to alternate between which one I work on first each time I clean in the office.

 

7/20/14 Bacon Chicken Alfredo

Bacon Chicken Alfredo is the recipe of the day! We will have salad and maybe garlic bread with this meal.

Bacon Chicken Alfredo

  • 16 ounces fettuccine, cooked
  • 1 pound bacon, diced
  • 1 ¼ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 16 ounces alfredo sauce
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove to paper towel and drain. Reserve 3 tbsp bacon drippings. Sprinkle chicken with salt & pepper. Cook chicken in bacon drippings over medium heat until juices run clear. Drain pasta, stir into skillet. Add alfredo sauce, Italian seasoning and bacon. Cook and stir until heated through. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese before serving.

 

 

7/19/14 Meatloaf Patties

Meatloaf Patties is the recipe of the day! We usually have french fries & carrots with this recipe.

Meatloaf Patties

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup saltines, crushed
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/3 cup ketchup

In a bowl combine egg, milk, onion, chili powder, salt and Worcestershire sauce. Mix in ½ cup cracker crumbs. Add ground meat. Mix well, shape into 6 patties. Coat with remaining cracker crumbs. In a large skillet over medium heat cook patties in oil 5 minutes on each side or until meat is no longer pink. Serve with ketchup.

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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

7/18/14 Taco’s

Taco’s is the recipe of the day! We usually have chips & salsa with our taco’s.  

Taco’s

  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 tortilla’s of your choice (hard or soft)

Cook ground meat over medium heat until no longer pink. Add taco seasoning and ½ cup water, stir to combine and cook until thickened. Serve meat with vegetables, cheese and sour cream.

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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 wash windows, curtains and rugs in this area. If you have extra time you can use it to decorate the outside entrance to your home to make it welcoming for visitors and your family!

 

7/17/14 Crab Pasta Salad

Crab Pasta Salad is the recipe of the day! We love to have garlic bread with this salad.

Crab Pasta Salad

  • 1 pound spaghetti or pasta or your choice
  • 1 large package Imitation Crabmeat
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed

Cook pasta according to package directions. If using spaghetti I recommend breaking into quarters before cooking. Drain and rinse in cold water. Cut crab into bite size pieces. Combine pasta, crab, mayonnaise and dill and stir until well blended. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour prior to serving.

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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 on our entrances and front porches. Clean the doors, windows and any other surfaces in these area’s. For us we primarily use our door from the garage into the house and rarely use the front entrance except in the summer to sit out on the porch swing so that entrance gets ignored most of the time. It is hopefully going to be getting warm soon and we will be able to use the porch swing in the afternoons and evenings to enjoy some fresh air so now is a great time to get that area spruced up. Decorate the entrance if you so choose. I know some people who change their decorations seasonally so now’s a chance to do that if you are one of those people!