Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tuesdays Task List #cleaning #organizing

Take trash out
Make sure all items for dinner are available and make a list of anything needed
Clean up all breakfast dishes. Wash them and put them away
Quick clean main bathroom: Wipe off counter and sink, wipe off mirror. Put anything away that was left out.
Make beds
Start a load of laundry
Fold and put away a load of laundry
Wipe off kitchen counters and sink after each meal
Sweep kitchen floor after dinner
Scoop litter box
Go through mail and either throw it out, deal with it or put it into the decision file
Run the dishwasher
Unload the dishwasher
Close the kitchen at the end of the day
Today we need to see who has a birthday next month and buy them a card. Address the card and where the stamp goes, write the date it needs to be mailed.
Today we are going to pull off every cushion in the entire house and clean out from under them! While we are vacuuming there, we are going to move them and clean under them too.
Remember with our organizing monthlies...If you cant finish the entire task, it is FINE..we have weekends as a catch-up and if you cant finish this month, next month we do it again. The first time through, you may not be able to finish anything, but you got started!


Summer activities with kids...get them away from that tv!

Summer is here and that means trying to occupy our kids time and keep them away from the tv and the internet.  There are two approaches to this.  The first being to tell the kids no and tell them to find something to do.  The other being to keep them occupied so that they do not miss not having the tv.  I prefer the second. 
I love being the house on the block where all the kids congregate, but a few years ago, I noticed some moms taking advantage of the situation.  One mom in particular worked full time and left her 10 year old home with her 16 year old.  The 10 year old would get bored and come to my house as soon as she woke up and stay until her parents got home at 6:30.  This meant I had to feed and entertain her all day long and my grocery bill groaned.  I wanted my kids to have friends over, but not the same friend every single day all day long.  I thought for a really long time about a solution, then I decided that we were to start a “not before noon” rule at our house.   Local kids could not come over until noon.   My kids got up early and ate lunch around 11:30 at the time, so by noon, we had two good meals and they were ready to play with friends. 
Our mornings were planned for fun time with our family, or we went places with other friends and their moms.  One day a week, we went to the library and each day that we were home, we had reading time.  We would gather in a room and pick someone to read the book of their choice.  We took turns.  I chose books that were over the kid’s reading level so that I could read books to them that they could not read themselves.  The kids all picked books that were their reading level.  When we finished a harder book, we made a poster or diorama about the book.  We had some good mommy/kid time. 
At noon, our friend was always waiting to knock on the door, and we were always happy to share our afternoon snack with her, but I did call her mom and request that she be fed dinner at home.   I was surprised at how well the mom took it.  I was afraid that if I phoned her and said that we were limiting our time with her child that she would become offended, but she said she wanted the kids to be friends and that she had feared too much time together would start arguments among them.  I was so relieved that she felt the same way that I did. 
Some of the things we do to limit tv/internet time are going to the park with friends, going to the pool, going to local museums, going to the Wednesday summer movie for kids, taking a day trip to the beach(we live 2.5 to 3 hours from the beach), driving to the state capitol, having picnics at a different park each time we go, going to the library, having outdoor water time, playing bubbles and sidewalk chalk and doing science experiments or cooking together.  #Tuesday #organize


What are your favorite activities?


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Monday, May 30, 2016

RECIPE Weeknight Mahogany Chicken







This recipe can also be prepared vegan using a tofu style chickn and coconut sugar  or using real chicken.   My family is not vegan but I am, so I make both.   

Mahagony chicken is my kid’s favorite chicken.  I simplify a recipe that is online so that it is easy to make.   Hoison sauce is a rich bbq style sauce with a really deep flavor, my local grocery sells 4 ounces for $5 but you can buy it online cheaper.  

Cut chicken into strips


Combine all ingredients except chicken in a small bowl to make the sauce.  Reserve about 1/4 cup for basting.


Place bowl of sauce and chicken in a Ziploc bag and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.



Remove chicken from fridge and place in baking dish.  Cook for 10 minutes then remove and baste with reserved sauce.



Place back in oven for an additional 15 minutes.  Remove and serve over rice.


Here is my version of the recipe:
4 chicken breasts deboned and cut into bite sized pieces (or any tofu made in chckn style)
Combine:
1 clove of garlic, minced
5 tablespoons dark brown sugar (half if you don’t like sweet food)
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/3 cup hoison sauce
2 tsp basalmic vinegar

Mix ingredients for sauce.  Reserve about ½ cup for basting.   Place the remaining sauce into a zip lock bag and add chicken.  Marinate for at least 15 minutes, but up to 2 hours.  Bake chicken at 375 for 10 minutes then remove and baste.  Return chicken to oven for an additional 15 minutes. If you cut your pieces small, they may need a little less time, or if they were cold they may need a few more minutes.   Serve over rice.



If you like this recipe and are interested in cleaning and organizing, head over to view my organized fridge.  My organized Fridge


For an easy to print version of this recipe click here  printable chicken recipe

See all my recipes here:  recipe index

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Vegan breakfast smoothie

Strawberry, banana, oatmeal and fresh OJ.


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Friday, May 27, 2016

Holiday Weekend

Saturday, Sunday and Monday:  These are your catchup days for the week.  Since it is a holiday weekend, dont stress.  If you have kept up with your dailies and weeklies, your house looks FINE.  Take the time off and enjoy your family.

Fridays task list

Take trash out
Make sure all items for dinner are available and make a list of anything needed
Clean up all breakfast dishes. Wash them and put them away
Quick clean main bathroom: Wipe off counter and sink, wipe off mirror. Put anything away that was left out.
Make beds
Start a load of laundry
Fold and put away a load of laundry
Wipe off kitchen counters and sink after each meal
Sweep kitchen floor after dinner
Scoop litter box
Go through mail and either throw it out, deal with it or put it into the decision file
Run the dishwasher
Unload the dishwasher
Close the kitchen at the end of the day
Go through mail

Vacuum house


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Chores

Take trash out
Make sure all items for dinner are available and make a list of anything needed
Clean up all breakfast dishes. Wash them and put them away
Quick clean main bathroom: Wipe off counter and sink, wipe off mirror. Put anything away that was left out.
Make beds
Start a load of laundry
Fold and put away a load of laundry
Wipe off kitchen counters and sink after each meal
Sweep kitchen floor after dinner
Scoop litter box
Go through mail and either throw it out, deal with it or put it into the decision file
Run the dishwasher
Unload the dishwasher
Close the kitchen at the end of the day
Go through mail

Weeklies:
Dust house
pay bills

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tuesday Tasks

Tuesday:
Take trash out
Make sure all items for dinner are available and make a list of anything needed
Clean up all breakfast dishes. Wash them and put them away
Quick clean main bathroom: Wipe off counter and sink, wipe off mirror. Put anything away that was left out.
Make beds
Start a load of laundry
Fold and put away a load of laundry
Wipe off kitchen counters and sink after each meal
Sweep kitchen floor after dinner
Scoop litter box
Go through mail and either throw it out, deal with it or put it into the decision file
Run the dishwasher
Unload the dishwasher
Close the kitchen at the end of the day
Go through mail

Weekly:


Wash all bedding, change out towels, clean all bathrooms

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Red Moon Rising Breakfast bowl. fast vegan filling

I love this breakfast bowl.  It is made with strawberries, oatmeal and orange juice and topped with cherries, granola, pomegranate seeds, sunflower seeds and raspberries.  #vegan #yum #foodporn




Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday's Chore list

Dailies for Monday:

Take trash out
Make sure all items for dinner are available and make a list of anything needed
Clean up all breakfast dishes. Wash them and put them away
Quick clean main bathroom: Wipe off counter and sink, wipe off mirror. Put anything away that was left out.
Make beds
Start a load of laundry
Fold and put away a load of laundry
Wipe off kitchen counters and sink after each meal
Sweep kitchen floor after dinner
Scoop litter box
Go through mail and either throw it out, deal with it or put it into the decision file
Run the dishwasher
Unload the dishwasher
Close the kitchen at the end of the day
Go through mail


Weeklies:
Tidy Pantry
Now that the fridge and pantry are cleaned out it is time to grocery shop.
While we are in the kitchen today, we will pick 2 cabinets or drawers and clean them out then wipe them out and dont forget to toss toss toss those things we dont need.
We will also wipe the inside and outside of the garbage can.
We will also wash some bedding. The more we do today, the less we have to do later.

Monthly:
Later today, we will take some time to relax and dust our books. While we are dusting them is the perfect time to decide if we really need them or if it is time for them to bless someone else. When I did Konmari, this was the hardest area for me, and I decided that monthly, I would decide what I felt I could get rid of.

This will be a very busy day for me, so I will post my meal plan later in the week. Feel free to copy yours below.


#Konmari #organizing #housekeeping #budget

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Vegan easy Sunday

I was relaxing with family today.  Typically I use the weekends to catch up on any dailies or weeklies that I did not get done within the past week.  We all have things happen, days that just don't go as planned and having the weekend to catch up is great.  It also works well for working moms who cant be home Monday to Friday to get things done.  #vegan #vegetarian #light #foodporn


This is what I ate for Brunch today.  Masala Burger with blackberries.  On a normal day, I would top them with some hummus and have them with steamed greenbeans as a side, but I wanted a lighter meal today.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Chore List

Fabulous Friday! Dailies: Clean up all breakfast dishes. Wash them and put them away Put anything away that was left out. Make beds Start a load of laundry Fold and put away a load of laundry Wipe off kitchen counters and sink after each meal Sweep kitchen floor after dinner Scoop litter box Go through mail and either throw it out, deal with it or put it into the decision file Run the dishwasher Unload the dishwasher Close the kitchen at the end of the day Weekly and Monthly: Deep clean all bathrooms and organize the Master Bathroom Really get in there and toss stuff when cleaning and organizing the master. This is the one day you can skip your morning quick clean of the bathrooms because you will be cleaning them top to bottom. Wipe all areas of all toilets, wipe down tubs, showers and floors. And dont forget to toss toss toss anything you wont be using.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Family and the food budget. Emergency situations.

Today I want to talk about what to do if something comes up and you need to lower your food budget for the week.  Depending on how low you need to go, your diet may be pretty bland, but by keeping a few staples on hand, you can liven it up.


Budget Crisis Must Haves:
Potatoes
Carrots
Onions
Spaghetti Noodles
Spaghetti sauce
Rice
Chickpeas or lentils
chicken if you eat meat .which ever is cheapest per pound and has bones
Eggs if you eat meat
Oats
Bread
Peanut butter
milk (either almond or cow's milk)
frozen vegetables
bananas
canned peaches

condiments:
ketchup, soy sauce and tomato paste are our favorites


You can do just about anything with eggs.  Breakfast is going to be either eggs or oatmeal, or you can toast some oatmeal and make granola (peanut butter granola is good). You can shred potatoes and make hash browns.
Meals:

1)  spaghetti with tomato sauce and added lentils for protein or added chicken
2)  spaghetti with soy sauce, frozen vegetables and either lentils or chicken
3)  rice as a stirfry with vegetables and/or chicken

We also have a dish that we serve over rice that has no meat in it.

4)  cut potatoes and carrots into bite sized chunks and cook until barely fork tender.  While they are cooking, cut some onion and add to a skillet with some water and pan steam it.  when the potatoes and carrots are done, add them to the pot.  Next add 1 tablespoon of tomato paste and enough water to thin it out.  You can add whatever spices you have on hand (any green ones are good) or just some salt.  Cook until the tomato paste coats everything.  Serve over plain rice.

That meal can also be made with chick peas, or you can add chick peas to it, which ever you prefer.  Indian spices are also good with this mix if you have them.

5) French fries as a meal (baked or fried)
6) Mashed potatoes as a meal or with a meal.  Add an egg and coat them in flour to fry them or just warm them up
7) chicken served with carrots and potatoes (this one can get pretty expensive)
8) soup or stew with chicken and vegetables


Remember, these meals are not ideal, but they aren't ramen either.


What items are your favorite emergency budget pantry items to keep on hand?


If you are interested in something else to read, head over to my cleaning out the fridge post.  FRIDGE

Or my weekly meal plan BUDGET FRIENDLY WEEKLY MEAL PLAN

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Thursday Chore List

Daily: Make sure all items for dinner are available and make a list of anything needed Clean up all breakfast dishes. Wash them and put them away Quick clean main bathroom: Wipe off counter and sink, wipe off mirror. Put anything away that was left out. Make beds Start a load of laundry Fold and put away a load of laundry Wipe off kitchen counters and sink after each meal Sweep kitchen floor after dinner Scoop litter box Go through mail and either throw it out, deal with it or put it into the decision file Run the dishwasher Unload the dishwasher Close the kitchen at the end of the day Monthly: Organize master bedroom or continue organizing clothing Our monthly today is still related to our clothing, but you should be finishing up on organizing clothing. Now that you have everything that you no longer wear ready to donate, it is time to organize your master bedroom, including your closet. Are there items that belong someplace else? Is there something old and worn out that you need to get rid of? What is lurking under your bed? Since we dusted the entire house already this week, we will not need to do that when deep cleaning the master. This will include washing the bedding, turning the mattress, vacuuming the curtains and blinds, wiping the light switch and doors off and anything else it takes to make the room tidy. Do you need to shop for anything? Add it to the list of clothing items that need to be purchased for summer.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Confession time- Lunch and Snack today

Here is what I am eating for lunch and for a snack later.  So you will notice that I post a lot of vegan meals.  I confess though that I do not consider myself a vegan.  I eat vegan meals at home, but if I go to a cookout at a friends house and they serve hotdogs, I eat hotdogs.  If it is Thanksgiving, I eat turkey.  I save meat for special occasions and that means that I am not a true vegan.  A true vegan sees their eating as a way of life, and I put people and friends first, over veganism.  Most of my friends don't even know I am vegan because if we go out, I tend to order a salad.  I guess you could say I am a closet wanna be vegan?


For lunch I had wraps with hummus, cucumber, tomato and some other vegetables along with watermelon.  For a snack I will have homemade tomato sauce with a whole wheat pita.

YUM!  What are you having?




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Vegan diet breakfast bowl

Decided to make myself a breakfast bowl this morning.  The smoothie is strawberry, spinach and oatmeal and it is topped with kiwi, raspberry, blackberry and granola.  So Good!  What are your favorite topppings?



Wednesday Chore List

Dailies: Clean up all breakfast dishes. Wash them and put them away Quick clean main bathroom: Wipe off counter and sink, wipe off mirror. Put anything away that was left out. Make beds Start a load of laundry Fold and put away a load of laundry Wipe off kitchen counters and sink after each meal Sweep kitchen floor after dinner Scoop litter box Go through mail and either throw it out, deal with it or put it into the decision file Run the dishwasher Unload the dishwasher Close the kitchen at the end of the day Weekly: clean out your car and if you have a cat, the litter box Monthly: deep clean all entries of your home including taking all coats to closets If you aren't finished sorting clothing, try to spend at least 30 minutes going through items today



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Vegan diet lunch

Today I am having a vegan pizza with tomato, pineapple, leek and spinach served on top of homemade sugar free tomato sauce and a side salad with pineapple and strawberries over spinach.




Tuesday Chore List



Our weekly organizing chore this week is a big one. We will do a spring clean on our clothing. All of the clothing in the house. Take winter coats, hats and gloves and store them away. Bring out the spring and summer items and toss anything that doesnt fit or is worn out or tired looking. While Konmari would suggest you throw all of your clothing onto your bed and start sorting, I am a mom and that is just not going to work for me. instead, I will put all the winter clothing away, sorting it as I go, then I will get the summer clothing out and put it all away. While I am looking at my summer things, I will make a list of anything that is needed and later this week I will shop for it. Dailies: Make sure all items for dinner are available and make a list of anything needed Clean up all breakfast dishes. Wash them and put them away Quick clean main bathroom: Wipe off counter and sink, wipe off mirror. Put anything away that was left out. Make beds Start a load of laundry Fold and put away a load of laundry Wipe off kitchen counters and sink after each meal Sweep kitchen floor after dinner Scoop litter box Go through mail and either throw it out, deal with it or put it into the decision file Run the dishwasher Unload the dishwasher Close the kitchen at the end of the day Weekly: sweep all floors and Grocery shop Monthly: Organize clothing

Monday, May 16, 2016

Emma Francis talks about healthy foods and yukky foods



Did you know that research shows that you can learn to like foods?  What if I told you that in a month you and your family could be enjoying a meal full of vegetables?  Emma Francis is a picky eater.  I grew up with a mom who didn't know how to cook and thought that if you stuck a fork in a vegetable and it didn't slide off into two pieces, it wasn't finished cooking yet.  As a result, I hated vegetables.  I hate any slimy texture and the thought of overcooked vegetables still makes me want to gag.

I went out on my own and decided there is a world full of food out there that isn't spaghetti-O's, but by that time I was such a picky eater that I didn't like anything healthy.  Then one day I was reading a way to get kids to eat vegetables and I decided to give it a try.

At first I was scared.  I was too scared to go for a potent tasting vegetable, so I decided to go for cantaloupe.  I hated it.  The thought of all that orange yuk was disgusting.  The first day, I cut a piece and held my nose and licked it.  That was all I could manage.  I LICKED IT.  I couldn't even stand the thought of putting it into my mouth.  This was not going to work and I knew it, so the second day, I stared at it for ten minutes, then put it into my mouth and practically gagged chewing it.  Even two weeks in, I felt that I would never learn to like melon.  I would eat my piece daily, but I was more than happy to toss the rest out when it went mushy.

I am not exactly sure when the transformation took place.  At some point, I looked down, and the entire half melon was gone and I had enjoyed the sweet flavor of it while I ate it.

So far, I have learned to eat rice, green melon and cantaloupe, broccoli, hummus and onions.  There are probably a few other foods that slip my mind right now.

Currently I am working on beans.  Beans are going to take a while.  I can easily eat a ground up bean, like hummus or a white bean dip, but I cant stand the texture of beans in general.  Right now, I am finding ways to hide them in foods so that I develop a taste for them.  I will smash them and put them into spaghetti sauce or chili.  I even smash them and put them into burritos instead of leaving them whole.  Next, I will stop smashing them in foods.  After I can tolerate them whole, I will work on beans by themselves.


Have you learned to like any food?  How did you do it?

My vegan low calorie dash diet lunch

It was very filling.  It is a vegan pita topped with hummus, tomato and cucumber.  I tossed the extra together to make a salad and added raspberries for sweetness.  YUM

Monday Chore List

Make sure all items for dinner are available and make a list of anything needed Clean up all breakfast dishes. Wash them and put them away Quick clean main bathroom: Wipe off counter and sink, wipe off mirror. Put anything away that was left out. Make beds Start a load of laundry Fold and put away a load of laundry Wipe off kitchen counters and sink after each meal Sweep kitchen floor after dinner Scoop litter box Go through mail and either throw it out, deal with it or put it into the decision file Run the dishwasher Unload the dishwasher Close the kitchen at the end of the day Grocery shop Organize summer clothing Weekly: sweep all floors This week we are going to organize our summer clothing. This may take a while, so I have dedicated several days to it. Plan on spending about 30 minutes each day (more if you have time) until you have gone through each family members clothing and written down what they still need. I just cant handle the Konmari thing where you throw them all onto the bed and sort through them. It is too much for me. I would end up sleeping on my clothing. Instead, I will pick a section of my closet and sort through that section each day. I will take donate clothing to the van when I am finished, but I will not go to donate until I am finished with the clothing. Feel free to reply with your struggle to organize!



Sunday, May 15, 2016

What I made today

I made chicken in my Aroma Rice Cooker and it was so incredibly good!  Here is the recipe I used.

Rice Cooker Soy Chickenl



I have a confession

I have a confession.  Emma Francis is fat.  Just two years ago, I was a normal weight and very active.  I had a very stressful year, and the result was a weight gain of about sixty pounds.  Yes, that is well over a couple of pounds a month.  I also had an injury so I couldn't workout which just compounded the problem.

It is time to do something about it.  So instead of just a household blog, I am going to add diet posts to this blog as well.  I am going to start the Dash Diet for a Younger You tomorrow.  I prefer this diet to their weight loss diet because the gold book has you eliminate all fruits the first week, and to me that sounds unhealthy.  I want to plan my meals today and start the diet tomorrow.

I also intend to add some exercise.  I recently had surgery so I will have to start slow with walking, but my goal is to walk every day.


Tomorrows meal plan:

Breakfast:
2 egg whites
1 slice whole wheat low calorie toast (I use pepperidge farm)
4 ounces of orange juice mixed with carbonated water

Lunch:
Hummus on pita with chopped cucumber and chopped tomato
chopped cucumber and tomato as a salad
strawberries

Dinner:
super quick chicken stirfry
1/2 cup white rice

snacks:
grape/pineapple
almonds
1 ounce cheese

I am going to a girls club so I plan to make kabobs with cheese, grape and pineapple on them.  This will count as my cheese and fruit as my snacks.

Comment below if you want to join me on my journey!

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Today we will clean out the fridge then plan our weekly menu. When we clean out the fridge, it allows us to see what items are hanging around that need to be used. These will go into the first few days of the menu plan. Here is my menu for the week: 
Beef tacos, rice along with chips and salsa
Hawaiian bowl with rice
Mahagony chicken with rice, green beans
Beef roast with potato and carrot (using my aroma rice cooker to make this)
Ham steaks, mashed potato, broccoli
Homemade pizza – everyone tops their own and salad
Grilled pork tenderloin, Brussel sprouts, salad and oven roasted potatoes


I dont know about your family, but I find with mine that if it is out of site it is out of mind and it goes to waste.  When I cut up fruit or put leftovers into a storage container, it goes bad because no one eats it.  I found these containers on amazon and decided to spring for them.  I cant believe the difference clear containers make.  I put the clear container at eye level and the food gets eaten.  
Pyrex glass storage bowl set **********

 
Hawaiian chicken bowls



Mahagony chicken



Saturday, May 14, 2016

Cleaning the kitchen

Today my plan is to deep clean the kitchen.  This means dusting the light fixtures, wiping down the cabinets, wiping the appliances, the counters, the sink and even inside that warming drawer of the stove that is only used for storage.  I will then clean the oven and the microwave.  My oven has a quick clean cycle, so it's no big deal to clean it and I try to do it at least once a month.  If I have time, I will work on organizing the pantry as well.

I was on youtube and found this neat video for cleaning out the microwave and I plan to try it.


Have a great day!


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Are your Dailies done?
Make sure all items for dinner are available and make a list of anything needed
Clean up all breakfast dishes. Wash them and put them away
Quick clean main bathroom: Wipe off counter and sink, wipe off mirror. Put anything away that was left out.
Make beds
Start a load of laundry
Fold and put away a load of laundry
Wipe off kitchen counters and sink after each meal
Sweep kitchen floor after dinner
Scoop litter box
Go through mail and either throw it out, deal with it or put it into the decision file
Run the dishwasher
Unload the dishwasher
Close the kitchen at the end of the day

Daily cleaning and Organizing tasks

Our organizing task for the day is the entry way.  While you are there, we will also clean out the dust bunnies in the corners and wipe down the door or any other place yours looks dirty.  It is summer now, so take all winter things to closets.  If you have kids, anyone over 5 can hang up their own coat in their closet.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Are your Dailies for today finished?

Are your Dailies done?
Make sure all items for dinner are available and make a list of anything needed
Clean up all breakfast dishes. Wash them and put them away
Quick clean main bathroom: Wipe off counter and sink, wipe off mirror. Put anything away that was left out.
Make beds
Start a load of laundry
Fold and put away a load of laundry
Wipe off kitchen counters and sink after each meal
Sweep kitchen floor after dinner
Scoop litter box
Go through mail and either throw it out, deal with it or put it into the decision file
Run the dishwasher
Unload the dishwasher
Close the kitchen at the end of the day

How to simplify a Recipe for everyday use

Did you ever look at a recipe and think, "wow, my family would love this, but it's so much work"? Well, I was looking at the recipe I will paste below and decided to try to simplify it for an every day meal. I served it to my family and they LOVED it. Here is what I did: First off, having the chicken cut into pieces does save time with cooking, so I cut the chicken up. Next, I noticed that there was a "sauce" with oil and cilantro that was mixed and drizzled over the chicken at the end. I just added some oil and garlic to my marinate and skipped that step. I didnt even add as much oil as they said. I added a tablespoon. I smashed a clove of garlic and added that to the marinate. I made the marinate/baste mixture just like the recipe said, then added the extra oil and smashed garlic clove. Since I dont want any impaled kids in my house, I left the skewers off and put the chicken into a pan and broiled it. So next came the complicated recipe for mashed sweet potatoes. Your family may like them, and you may want to spend the time cooking them, but my family would make vomit faces if I even tried, so I substituted rice that I made in my aroma rice cooker. This recipe is now a weeknight hit!. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/78601955973302046/

My new Pinterst Page

My pinterest page. A work in progress.https://www.pinterest.com/francis8231/


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Daily!

Today is dusting day!  We will dust the entire house.  Grab a microfiber dust cloth and get to it!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

So What is this tech blog about?

For this blog, I will help you to keep a clean house with daily reminders of what needs to be completed and when.  Emma Francis wants to keep a clean house and the site will include videos with helpful hints, some product reviews, recipes, meal planning tips and a whole lot of other stuff involved in running a house.  Join me!  ps:  When I do suggest a product, it will be using my amazon affiliate link.

Close the Kitchen

What does "Close the kitchen" mean? It means after dinner, wash and put away the dishes, wipe the counters and stove, then sweep the floor. After that point if anyone sets foot into the kitchen, they must clean it. I close my kitchen at 8pm.


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Are your Dailies done?
Make sure all items for dinner are available and make a list of anything needed
Clean up all breakfast dishes. Wash them and put them away
Quick clean main bathroom: Wipe off counter and sink, wipe off mirror. Put anything away that was left out.
Make beds
Start a load of laundry
Fold and put away a load of laundry
Wipe off kitchen counters and sink after each meal
Sweep kitchen floor after dinner
Scoop litter box
Go through mail and either throw it out, deal with it or put it into the decision file
Run the dishwasher
Unload the dishwasher
Close the kitchen at the end of the day