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 Throw away anything out of date, donate anything you don’t love or use any longer to a local thrift shop or put it in a garage sale!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.

5/23/15 Chunky Apple Bread

Chunky Apple Bread is the recipe of the day! This is a great quick bread and can be made in any shape you want. I sometimes make it in muffin cups or mini bar pans to make it a grab and go breakfast. 

Chunky Apple Bread

4 eggs

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tart apple, peeled and chopped

1 cup raisins, optional

1 cup walnuts, chopped

In a mixing bowl combine eggs, sugar, buttermilk, mayonnaise and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, soda and salt. add to egg mixture and beat until combined. Fold in apples, raisins, and nuts. Spoon into 2 greased 8 x 4 inch loaf pans. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from loaf pans. Cool completely on wire racks.

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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 your rugs through the house. Take them outside and shake them off. If they are washable throw them in the washer and wash them. If not while you have them outside give them a good sweeping wither with a broom or vacuum sweeper. If they are in bad shape throw them away and make a note to pick up new ones next time you have the opportunity.

5/22/15 Butterscotch Peanut Treats

Butterscotch Peanut Treats is the recipe of the day! These treats are quick and easy to throw together, but they can be messy to eat so make sure you have a wet wipe handy if you give them to kids!

Butterscotch Peanut Treats

1/2 cup corn syrup

1/3 cup butter, cubed

3 1/2 ounces cook and serve butterscotch pudding mix

4 cups corn flakes

1 cup dry roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped

 

In a large heavy saucepan cook and stir corn syrup and butter until butter is melted. Stir in pudding mix until blended. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Cook for 1 minute; stirring several times. Stir in corn flakes and peanuts until evenly coated. Drop by rounded tablespoonsful onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Cool.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Clean stovetop
  • Sweep kitchen
  • Wash sheets

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Challenge:

Today’s challenge is to clean your dining your table and light fixture. Remove any table cloths, napkins or other items you may have on your table off. Clean the light fixture first so that if any particles from it fall on the table you can clean them up as you do the table. Wipe off the entire table with a damp cloth, dry it immediately, especially if your table is wood. Put a new clean tablecloth on the table and replace any other items that you need on the table. Don’t return the mail or any others items that belong somewhere else!

I change my table cloth and napkins seasonally so this is when I make these changes as well.

5/21/15 Banana Split Pudding

Banana Split Pudding is the recipe of the day! This is a light dessert for summer time.

Banana Split Pudding

3 cups cold milk

5.1 ounces vanilla pudding mix

1 medium banana, sliced

1 cup strawberries, sliced

8 ounces pineapple, crushed

8 ounces whipped topping

1/4 cup chocolate syrup

1/4 cup pecans, chopped

 

In a bowl whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Add banana, strawberries and pineapple; transfer to a serving bowl. Dollop with whipped topping. Drizzle with chocolate syrup and garnish with additional strawberries and banana’s if desired.

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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 clean your bottom kitchen cabinets. Take everything out wipe down the cabinets and return only items that belong and that you use and love to these cabinets.

If you have done this last month and gotten all the way through your cabinets this will go very quickly and you won’t necessarily have to take everything out, just tidy up the items in the cabinets and throw away any things that are now out of date.

5/20/15 Caramel Sweet Rolls

Caramel Sweet Rolls is the recipe of the day! These are so good and so easy to make since they use refrigerator dough as a starting point. 

Caramel Sweet Rolls

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

11 ounces refrigerated bread sticks or pizza crust dough

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

 

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cream until sugar is dissolved. Spread into a greased 8 inch square baking dish. Sprinkle with walnuts. On a  lightly floured surface unroll breadstick dough. Do not separate. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over dough. Reroll starting with the short end. Cut into 8 even slices. Place cut side down in the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.

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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 out your Kid’s closets or another closet in your home.  Take out any cloths that are out of season, don’t fit or need to be repaired. Donate those things that you no longer want and place items that don’t belong in that closet in their proper home. Return only items that belong and that your or your child loves in the closet!

5/19/15 Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

Chocolate Pinwheels is the recipe of the day! These are my favorite cookies and although they aren’t the easiest cookies I make. I usually only make these around the holidays, but I make up a batch and then keep them in the refrigerator and just slice off and bake how many I want to eat at a time.

Chocolate Pinwheels

4 cups Flour, divided

1 teaspoon Baking Powder, divided

1 cup Butter, divided

2 1/2 cups Sugar, divided

2 eggs

2 tablespoons Milk

2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted

For white layer: Cream 1 stick of butter and 1 cup of sugar. Add 1 egg and 1 Tbsp milk. Stir in baking powder, and flour. Dough will be stiff. Cool until firm, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile for the chocolate layer: Cream 1 stick of butter, and 1 1/2 cup of sugar. Add 1 egg and 1 Tbsp milk. Stir in 2 ounces melted chocolate. (I buy “Pre-Melt” chocolate”) Stir in baking powder and flour. Dough will be stiff. Chill until firm. About 30 minutes While the chocolate dough is chilling, divide the white layer in half and roll each half out between 2  pieces of wax paper. Once the chocolate layer is chilled do the same with it. Try to end up with them about the same size. Once rolled out take the top piece of wax paper off each layer. Place a chocolate layer on top of a white layer. then roll up jelly roll style. Wrap in wax paper and chill until firm again. Repeat with other 2 layers. Once the dough is chilled Slice into 1/4-3/8-inch slices. bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Don’t overbake. Store in a ziplock or airtight container.

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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. Meatloaf, Hash Brown Casserole, and salad
  2. Loaded potato Buffalo Chicken, and green beans ‘
  3. Maple Pork Chops, rice, and broccoli
  4. Potato Soup and Bacon
  5. Berry topped Puff Pancake, and sausage links
  6. Asian Noodle Cakes with stir fry
  7. Crab Pasta Salad and garlic bread

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Challenge:

Today’s challenge is to clean out your freezer. Throw away anything that is out of date and organize the shelves so that items are easy to find. I usually do a freezer inventory when I do this by making a list of what all is in the freezer. This makes preparing my grocery list easier and I can plan menu’s based on what is needs used up from the freezer as well.

 

5/18/15 Butterscotch Chocolate Cake

Butterscotch Chocolate Cake is the recipe of the day! This is a poke cake that is sinfully sweet but oh so tasty!

Butterscotch Chocolate Cake

18 1/4 ounces Chocolate Cake Mix and ingredient to make

17 ounces butterscotch ice cream topping

8 ounces whipped topping, thawed

3 2.1 ounce Butterfinger Candy Bars, coarsely chopped

 

Prepare cake mix according to package directions using a 9 x 13 inch pan. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Using the end of a wooden spoon poke 12 holes in the warm cake. Pour butterscotch topping over cake. Cool completely. Spread with whipped topping and sprinkle with candy bars. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

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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 drawers. Take everything out, wipe out the drawer inside and wipe off the outside. Return only items that belong in these drawers and that you know you will use.

5/17/15 Coconut Pecan Rolls

Coconut Pecan Rolls is the recipe of the day! These make a great Sunday morning breakfast as a special sweet treat.

Coconut Pecan Rolls

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

11 ounces refrigerated breadstick dough

2/3 cup coconut-pecan frosting

1/3 cup pecans, chopped

 

In a small bowl combine sugar and cinnamon. Remove breadstick dough from the tube. Do not unroll! Cut into 8 slices with a serrated knife. Dip both sides of each slice in the sugar cinnamon mixture. Place in a 9 inch greased round baking pan. Spread with frosting and sprinkle with pecans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.