6/2/15 Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert

Ice Cream Sandwich is the recipe of the day!

Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert

1 Box Ice Cream Sandwiches

12 ounces Caramel Ice Cream Topping

12 ounces Cool Whip

1/4 cup Chocolate Syrup

1/2 bag Toffee Bits

  1. 1. Arrange ice cream sandwiches in a 9 x 13 pan. You may have to cut some to fill in the spaces of the dish. Spread caramel topping over sandwiches then cover with Cool Whip. Drizzle chocolate syrup over top. Sprinkle with toffee bits.
  1. 2. Freeze for at least 45 minutes. Cut into squares

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Clean Assignments:

  • Do laundry – if needed
  • Do dishes – if needed
  • Clean tub/shower
  • Clean toilets & bathroom sinks
  • Sweep bathrooms
  • Prep meals for tomorrow

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Meal Planning:

  • Choose meals for next week
  1. Steak, baked potatoes, mushrooms and salad
  2. Shake & Bake Chicken, steak fries and green beans
  3. Sausage and cabbage dinner
  4. Cheddar Broccoli Soup, French bread
  5. Bacon hash brown and egg casserole
  6. Quesadilla’s, chips and salsa
  7. Lasagna, garlic bread

Challenge:

Today’s challenge is to clean your baseboards, air vents and ceiling fans through-out the entire house. 

6/1/15 Oatmeal Shortbreads

Oatmeal Shortbread is the recipe of the day! This recipe is similar to a hard butter cookie but with the addition of oatmeal it makes these even more filling.

Oatmeal Shortbread

1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups oatmeal

3/4 teaspoon salt

 

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add the flour, oatmeal, and salt. Press into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.  Prick with a fork and bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 10 minutes before cutting.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Clean drop zone
  • Dust and sweep bedrooms

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Challenge:

Today’s challenge is to clean the bathroom counters, mirrors and light fixtures. Take all items off the counters, clean them with your favorite cleaner and then return only items that need to be there and that you love.

5/31/15 Chunky Oatmeal Cookies

Chunky Oatmeal Cookies is the recipe of the day! These cookies are easy to mix up and makes a nice sized batch. The fruit and candy pieces can be interchanged with other fruits and candy pieces if you so choose.

Chunky Oatmeal Cookies

3/4 cup butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon  vanilla

3 cups oatmeal

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup raisins

3/4 cup peanut butter pieces or M&M’s

 

In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugars. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in raisins and candy. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.  Unbaked dough can be frozen in spoonfuls to bake later. 

5/30/15 Down Home Lemon Pudding Cake

Down Home Lemon Pudding Cake is the recipe of the day! This cake if similar to the chocolate lava cake that you often see on restaurant menus. I have included a chocolate version that I have made as well.  

Down Home Lemon Pudding Cake

1/3 cup lemon juice

18 ounces Yellow Cake mix

1 cup milk

2/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 1/2 cups very warm water

1/4 cup powdered sugar

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a 10 round cake pan with cooking spray. Combine cake mix and milk. Mix well. Pour into prepared pan. In a medium mixing bowl combine sugar and corn starch. Add lemon juice and warm water. Stir until dissolved. Gently pour over cake batter in pan. Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool slightly. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve warm or cold.

 

  1. 2. **I have used chocolate cake mix and 1 1/3 cup chocolate milk in place of milk and lemon juice for a chocolate version of the cake.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Grocery shop
  • Wash & clean car
  • Clean out purse
  • Pay bills
  • Clean desk/work area

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Challenge:

Today’s challenge is to clean the garage. Weather permitting take everything out of the garage, sweep it and/or power wash the floors if possible. Then return items that belong in the garage.

5/29/15 Batter Bread

Batter Bread is the recipe of the day! This bread is great because even though it has to raise it doesn’t require any kneading.

Batter Bread

1 package active dry yeast  (1/4 ounce)

1/2 cup warm water

1 cup warm milk

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons salt

3 eggs

6 cups flour

 

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup honey

 

In a mixing bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, butter, sugar, salt, eggs and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Do not knead. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. About 1 hour. Stir the dough down. Spoon into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack. Combine honey and butter until smooth to make a spread for bread. Serve with bread,

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Clean Assignments:

  • Clean stovetop
  • Sweep kitchen
  • Wash sheets

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Challenge:

Today’s challenge is to clean your entryway closets. Take everything out and throw away, donate or return items that don’t belong to their proper homes. Clean the floors and any shelves in the closet and then return only items that belong or that you need in the closet.

5/28/15 French Lace Cookies

French Lace Cookies is the recipe of the day! I love these cookies although they do take a little patience to make.

French Lace Cookies

1 cup flour

1 cup walnuts, finely chopped

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup butter  (use real butter not margarine!!)

2/3 cup brown sugar, packed

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl combine flour and nuts. In a large saucepan, over medium heat combine corn syrup, butter and sugar and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and gradually stir in flour and nut mixture. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls onto a lightly greased baking sheet making sure to place only 6 cookies per sheet. Bake 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 3 to 4 minutes before removing baking sheets. The traditional way to finish these is to roll each cookie around the handle of a wooden spoon after they’ve been out of the oven for 2 to 3 minutes (they are too soft to handle just out of the oven but if you wait too long they will be too stiff and won’t bend around the spoon).

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Clean Assignments:

  • Clean out refrigerator – throw away leftovers, etc.
  • Gather trash and take dumpster road

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Meal Planning:

  • Check ads and make grocery list

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Challenge:

Today’s challenge is to wash all your curtains and windows. Take down the curtains through out the house and wash or take them to the cleaners.  While they are washing take time to clean your windows inside and out.

5/27/15 Creamy Strawberry Dessert

Creamy Strawberry Dessert is the recipe of the day! This dessert is a light summer treat but can be made year round because it uses frozen strawberries.

Creamy Strawberry Dessert

1 1/2 cups vanilla wafers, crushed

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup butter, melted

6 ounces strawberry Jello

1 cup boiling water

16 ounces frozen strawberries, sliced and sweetened, thawed

14 ounces Condensed milk

12 ounces whipped topping, thawed

 

In a bowl combine crumbs, sugars and butter. Press into an ungreased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile in a bowl dissolve jello in boiling water. Stir in strawberries and milk. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until partially set. Fold whipped topping into strawberry mixture. Spread over prepared crust. Refrigerate 2 hours or until set. Cut into squares.

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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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Challenge:

Today’s challenge is to clean your kids or another room in your house. Throw away, donate or relocate any items that don’t belong, you no longer want or need!  Sweep or mop the floors, and only return items that belong to this room.

5/26/15 Chocolate Oatmeal bars

Chocolate Oatmeal Bars is the recipe of the day!

Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 egg

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1/2 cup Flour

1/2 cup Oatmeal

1 cup Chocolate chips

1/2 cup Pecans, chopped

 

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add the flour and oats, mix well. Pour into a lightly greased 11 x 7 baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack for 3-5

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Clean Assignments:

  • Do laundry – if needed
  • Do dishes – if needed
  • Clean tub/shower
  • Clean toilets & bathroom sinks
  • Sweep bathrooms
  • Prep meals for tomorrow

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Meal Planning:

  • Choose meals for next week
  1. Hot Beef Sandwiches, Potato Chips and fresh veggies & dip
  2. Loaded Potato Buffalo Chicken and salad
  3. Maple Pork Chops, Fried potatoes and green beans
  4. Potato Soup and bacon or ham
  5. Berry Topped Puff pancake and sausage
  6. Asian Noodle cakes with stir fry
  7. Crab Pasta Salad and garlic bread

Challenge:

Today’s challenge is to clean out your kitchen drawers and organize them. Take everything out one drawer at a time. Wipe the drawer inside and out with a damp cloth and dry it. Then return items that are supposed to be in the drawer and either throw away, donate or put other items in their correct place.

5/25/15 Butter buds

Butter buds is the recipe of the day! These are a butter cookie that just make a small batch. They are good for an after dinner treat that isn’t overly sweet.

Butter buds

1 cup Brown Sugar, packed

1 cup Butter

2 Eggs

2 teaspoons Vanilla  

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

2 1/2 cups Flour

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients to make soft dough. Press with hands and then shape into cookies.  Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Clean drop zone
  • Dust and sweep bedrooms

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Challenge:

Today’s challenge is to clean your bathroom cabinets.  Take everything out one cabinet at a time and wipe the cabinet inside and out. Return only the items that belong in that cabinet. Throw away anything out of date, donate anything you don’t love or use any longer to a local thrift shop or put it in a garage sale!

5/24/15 Caramel Apple Salad

Caramel Apple Salad is the recipe of the day! This is a favorite dessert in my family and makes a great Memorial Day picnic dish.

Caramel Apple Salad

1 cup cold milk

1 package sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding

2 cups whipped topping, thawed

3 1/2 cups unpeeled apples, chopped

1/2 cup salted peanuts

 

In a bowl whisk milk and pudding mix about 1 minutes until thick. Whisk in 1 cup whipped topping. Fold in remaining topping. Fold in apples. Refrigerate until serving. Add peanuts just before serving.