Sunday, November 17, 2013

Pumpkin Pancakes

Fluffy Yummy Pumpkin Pancakes.
Fall is here and the holidays are just around the corner.  Weekend mornings are always the perfect time to whip up some yummy pancakes.  Pancakes are so simple to make and are the perfect meal to incorporate some of the tastes of the season.  So the next time you cook up some of your favorite pancakes don't forget to add some canned pumpkin and your favorite fall spices to the mix.
Simply take your favorite boxed pancake mix or your favorite pancake recipe and add approximately 3-4 tablespoons of canned pumpkin for every 15 pancakes that you will be making.
In addition you can add some pinches of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and/or vanilla.
A great and simple way to add in some of the flavors of the season.

Saturday, November 9, 2013


Moms Delicious Stuffed Peppers!
Fall is the perfect season for this simple but yet delicious and hearty meal.
Make extra and freeze, they heat up perfectly in the microwave or oven.
Here's everything that you will need to make the best and yet easiest stuffed peppers ever!!!
10 red peppers, cut in half.
2 1/2 pounds chop meat.
1 box of white rice (1 pound).
3 pounds of onions, chopped.
4-6 cans of Del Monte tomato sauce.
2 jars of your favorite marinara sauce.
First take the 3 pounds of onions and chop them. 
Next sauté in either 2-3 tablespoons of oil or 1 stick of butter until well browned.
Next take your peppers and rinse and clean them.  Cut them in halves and line them up in your baking tins.

In the meantime cook your box of white rice according to box directions.  Remove from stove.
Now take your sauted onions, cooked white rice and raw chop meat and begin mixing them all together in 1 large bowl.  As you add the ingredients be sure to mix in cans of tomato sauce and marinara sauce.  They're is no right or wrong way to mix everything together, you just want to get everything evenly mixed and add enough sauce that the mixture is nice and moist (reserve approximately one jar of marinara sauce and 2 cans of the tomato sauce for later).  You may not need all the white rice, I usually end up with a cup too much.

You will then begin scooping the mixture into the pepper halves.  You want a nice hearty serving in each pepper.  After your done stuffing all of your peppers take any tomato sauce and marinara sauce that you have left and start generously pouring the sauces over the peppers letting the sauce spill over into the baking tins.

Cover the peppers with tinfoil and let cook in a 350 degree oven for 1 1/2.

Be sure to cut a few slits in the tinfoil so that the heat can vent out.

After 90 minutes of cooking with the tinfoil covering the peppers, remove the foil and let the peppers cook for another 30 minutes uncovered.



Saturday, November 2, 2013


How to clean grout
1-2-3 Clean Your Grout!

The BEST Grout Cleaner 

So are you ready to FINALLY get your tile floors and grout lines cleaned?  I have tried a few different products over the years, ranging from homemade mixes that I found on the internet to expensive grout cleaners.  All of them worked a little bit, but I always found something I didn't like about them.  Some were very expensive and you needed several bottles to complete one floor, some had a very strong odor, and others required a lot of time and scrubbing.  In the end, I always wound up only completing a small section of the floor before I got totally bored and frustrated.  One day, while desperate to clean my shower and having nothing on hand I thought i try the only cleaner I had in the house; Clorox toilet bowl cleaner with bleach.  To my surprise it worked quite well on the shower and gave it an instant cleaning.  I then started to think "well, what else can this stuff clean".  I immediately thought of the dirty grout lines on my tile floor in the kitchen.  I tested it on a small section and couldn't believe how fast and easy it cleaned the disgusting grout lines in my kitchen.
So I decided I would finally commit to cleaning the kitchen floor!

So began the 1-2-3 Grout Challenge!

1 product, less then 2 hrs and a total cost of under 3 dollars!!!

So gather your supplies and lets begin!

There really is no trick to doing this.  I simply took my Clorox cleaner (its a gel, so it poured perfectly into the grout lines) and started to pour the cleaner onto about a 3 foot by 3 foot section of tile floor.  I then let the gel cleaner sit on the grout lines for approximately 10 minutes.  I then took my hard plastic bristle brush and lightly scrubbed the cleaner into the grout lines.  I found that it really didn't take a lot of effort, the cleaner really did most of the work.  I then let the scrubbed in cleaner sit for approximately another 5 minutes.  Next I took a wet mop and cleaned up the cleaner.  I then moved onto the next section and repeated the above steps.  The only warning I would give is to be very careful while walking on the floor until you mop up the solution.  The floor will be very slippery!  I was scared at first thinking that the floor was going to stay slippery, but once I mopped the whole floor when I was done and it dried, the floor was perfectly fine.  The original color of my kitchen grout lines were a very light sanded gray.  I also did my bathroom tile which has bright white sanded grout lines (I wish I took before and after pics because the difference in there was unbelievable).  Sorry I do not have dark grout lines anywhere in my house, so I cannot tell you how the Clorox cleaner will work on those.

So that's really it.  One bottle of Clorox gel cleaner, one plastic hard bristle brush and a couple of hours and you will have professionally cleaned tile floor and grout lines!

Even though my kitchen floors get mopped every day, the grout lines were just disgusting.  This kitchen floor is about 15 years old and this is the first time I really cleaned the grout lines.  It's hard to believe looking at these pictures that the grout lines were that dirty.  It truly looked like a new kitchen floor when I was done!

Hope you take the 1-2-3 Challenge and finally have the clean kitchen or bathroom floors that you always dreamed of!!!



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