Monthly Archives: June 2012

Organized House

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Here’s a little help for those of you who need a few tips on keeping the house clean and organized.

Daily

  1. Wash Dishes and Utensils
  2. Clean kitchen counters
  3. Clean kitchen sink
  4. Sweep kitchen floor
  5. Make Bed

Weekly

  1. Dust furniture
  2. Vacuum rugs
  3. Damp mop kitchen floor
  4. Clean out refrigerator
  5. Wash Clothes and put away
  6. Clean trash cans
  7. Mow the lawn
  8. Clean the bathroom

Monthly

  1. Wipe wood trim
  2. Wash windows
  3. Turn over mattresses, end to end or side to side
  4. Wipe doorknobs
  5. Polish furniture
  6. Wash inside and outside of refrigerator

Seasonally

  1. Clean out closets, donate unused clothes
  2. Clean out cluttered drawers
  3. Pack winter or summer clothes
  4.  Wash mattress covers
  5. Change winter or summer bed covering
  6. Change and clean drapes

Annually

  1. Have furnace and air conditioning units serviced
  2. Shampoo carpets ( if needed)

Gluten Free

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One day I just happen to stumble across  an article about “Gluten” and how it effects some people. Then, I went to the internet to  research the effects of gluten and was totally surprised by the effects of it. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity included bloating, abdominal discomfort, pain or diarrhea and some articles even say  that wheat gluten can cause weight gain !  So, start  learning  a little more information about “gluten” or “wheat gluten”. There are many “gluten- free” foods and recipes available to eat. Below are two of my favorites. Enjoy them and become more aware of what you are putting in your body.


1. Gluten-Free Pancakes.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp honey, fruit juice concentrate or sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Preparation:

Beat egg until frothy. Add buttermilk, oil, and honey and beat until well blended.

In another bowl mix brown rice flour and the remaining dry ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the liquids. Stir until well blended. Do not over stir. Batter will be slightly lumpy.

Lightly grease a frying pan and fry pancakes. Serve with your favorite Fruity Preserves.

2. Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons butter

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup chopped walnuts

2/3 cup peanut butter1/2 cup maraschino cherries,

chopped

2 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate

chips

1 cup flaked coconut

 Directions:

1. Melt butter or margarine over low heat. Remove from heat and mix melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, coconut, walnuts, peanut butter and cherries. Form into small balls. Chill until firm.
2. Melt chocolate chips over low heat. Stick a toothpick into each ball and dip into chocolate. Roll chocolate covered peanut butter balls in coconut to coat. Chill.