DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE

Hi everyone! I came across these videos that I truly love! The simplest ways I have ever seen to make a big job easier or just to maintain a sense of well being. Some of us may already know that having a lot of clutter around not only makes our day to day cleaning harder but also affects our ability to concentrate. 

In this “oh so busy, fast paced world” we find ourselves living in, I don’t know about you, but I find comfort in getting home at the end of the day and relaxing. Enjoying the peace of mind that comes with being able to shut out everything and just being able to be free of the worlds demands on us is so soothing to my spirit.

I came across this woman, Kathy Roberts who truly has a FANTASTIC system that not only helps you in your day to day organization, but in your ability  to have more time for yourself. Let’s face it, who doesn’t love that!? She has many helpful videos on YouTube and she’s also on Facebook . In the video I’ve included Kathy says one hour however that’s her room by room plan. She also has other videos ( over 300) that tell you to do the system the same way except you spend 15 minutes in this room, 15 minutes in that room. It is AMAZING what a difference 15 minutes can make. I think you would be very happy to hear what she has to say. Shes amazing! And so are the results! So, I have included a video for you to check out. It will change your world! 🙂

INFAMOUS OATMEAL

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This is a forty  year walk down memory lane for me. When my children were smaller, my husband and I left them with a sitter in our home overnight,  while we attended a function. When I arrived home, our usual babysitter, Valerie,  stated , ” I made them oatmeal but none of them ate breakfast.”  The children looked nervous, as if  they knew they were in trouble. (Lol. ) I apologized to her and paid her and she left.
The bowls of oatmeal were still on the table and warm. My middle son asked,” Are we punished? ” and all began protesting. I asked, ” Were you disrespectful to Valerie?”. They said,  ” No.  But Mom, it’s disgusting, it’s not like yours. Valerie can’t make it right”. I looked at the bowls of clumpy oatmeal. This was the kind my mom used to make,  that I hated and always got yelled at for because I took so long to eat it. The kind that sticks to a spoon when the spoon is upside down.
Three smiles appeared as I said, ” No, you’re not punished. This IS disgusting.” and promptly threw it away and made more.  Three happy children sat and ate all their oatmeal . 🙂 I have taken care of numerous children in my life and have never had a child not eat their oatmeal.  So, if your child wont eat their oatmeal, I hope you will try this recipe.This is how I make it.

You will need:

Dried oats ( I use Quaker, but not the 1 minute kind, though that would work fine too.)
Milk
Cinnamon
Sugar
Vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

1. Instead of boiling water, I use milk. ( if I’m low on milk, I have used half water and half milk and bring to just before the point of boiling.

2. Add your oats , stir, and lower heat to simmer for about ten minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. If it starts to get thick, add more milk till it is a creamy consistency, almost like a thick soup.

4. Turn off heat and add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and sugar to taste.

5. Serve hot and enjoy.

VARIATIONS: I have experimented with other pure extracts like almond and orange and recently, half water and half coconut milk. All were great! However, you will need less sugar if using coconut milk.

JEANETTE’S FRUIT COCKTAIL

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I don’t care for pears so I really don’t care for canned or jarred fruit cocktail. I do love fruit though, so when the children were small I decided to invent my own fruit cocktail so they wouldn’t have to eat pears either. Now that I’m older, I realize that just because I don’t like something didn’t mean they wouldn’t have. However, I think mine tastes better. You be the judge. It’s a literal ” Dump it all in” easy recipe. Perfect for barbecues  and days you have no desserts in the house or just feel like some fruit. Aside from slicing the peach slices into thirds and the maraschino cherries in half there’s really nothing else to do. Of course if you like pears you can throw a can in. 🙂

YOU WILL NEED:

1 -16 oz. can of sliced peaches in heavy syrup ( I do cut each into thirds so they are easy to eat with a spoon)

1-20 oz can of pineapple chunks (Packed in pineapple juice)

1-10 oz. jar of maraschino cherries. Cut cherries in half and add to bowl.

Add about 20-25 seedless green or red grapes or both

1-15 oz can or jar of mandarin oranges

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Place all juice from peaches into  a large bowl

2. Cut peach slices  in thirds or fourths  and add to bowl.

3. Put entire can of pineapple chunks into bowl .

4. Add as many grapes as you want. Usually 20-25 is good. You don’t really need to count them. Use the smaller ones of the bunch or can cut big ones in half.

5. Take cherries out of their juice. Cut cherries in half and put in bowl. If you don’t mind red fruit cocktail you can put that juice in there too.

6. Put entire can of mandarin oranges in and stir.

7. Chill well and serve.

VARIATIONS: I  have add diced bananas , melon or cantaloupe cubes if I have these in the house and they are getting overly ripened. If you choose to make this for a party , skip the bananas. Many  children are allergic to bananas. And of course, those of you who like pears can dump a can of pears in the mix.  Whatever you have, really, if you like it, by all means, add it. Enjoy!

GROWING YOUR OWN GREEN ONIONS EASILY

Green Onion Sprouts
Green Onion Sprouts

With the growing concern of genetically modified foods (GMOs) that are known to cause diseases like diabetes, kidney failure, cancer, respiratory problems to name a few, I am very concerned about what the FDA is allowing to be put into our food.  So, I set out to find out more about growing my own vegetables.

In my research I found this really neat thing.

You can take scallions ( green onions) and chop the green off and let the roots re-hydrate by soaking in  water overnight and planting OR just amazingly leave them grow in water that you change everyday. Just enough water to cover the roots. Whats even more amazing is the rate at which they grow!

The photo I have displayed is only four days growth. If you look closely you can see where I had cut the stalks off four days before. AMAZING! I hope that you will give this a try the next time you purchase some. Rather than discard the roots and white bottom part,  just set in a cup with just enough water to cover the roots. Even if you don’t put in dirt, they will grow at this fast rate.

Not only will you be fascinated with the growth rate but you’ll save a bit of money too. Just cut off stalk  again and it’ll keep regrowing. Somewhere I read this only occurs for four times but I’ve had them regrowing after that. Have a blessed day!

STEAMED MEATBALLS

Steamed Meatballs
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YOU WILL NEED:

1  to 1 and a half pounds of ground beef ( do not use extra lean type)

1/2 cup of Progresso Italian flavored bread crumbs

I tablespoon of Minced garlic or 1 level teaspoon of dried garlic powder ( not garlic salt)

1 large egg

1 tablespoon of dried basil

I teaspoon of dried oregano 2 heaping tablespoons of dried parsley

Water

A heavy bottomed or nonstick pot

I heaping teaspoon of Sugar ( this cuts the acidity of the sauce)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Mix all ingredients except water in a large mixing bowl

2. After thoroughly mixed add 1/8 to 1/4 cup of water and stir into the mixture. (This is the secret to a softer meatball. It moistens the bread crumbs sufficiently)

3. Form your meatballs

4. Place meatballs into your spaghetti  sauce being sure meatballs are covered and heat is medium low. Setting number 4 on electric stove.

5. Cover with a slight opening to the lid. This can be achieved by placing a wooden spoon between pot and lid.

6. When sauce is boiling, uncover and turn meatballs, again being sure they are covered with sauce , add and stir in sugar and lower heat to 3 on electric stove.

7. Leaving pot lid off, simmer for about thirty minutes turning occasionally. If you notice sauce reducing too quickly you can again place the lid on pot with a wooden spoon, keeping it ajar slightly for five to ten minutes.

Please see my recipe for my Homemade sauce

Once you see how easy, flavorful and  economical is is to make,  I can almost guarantee you’ll never buy a jarred sauce again.

JEANETTE’S FRUIT KABOBS

Having a barbecue and need a colorful way to serve your fruit? Need to keep the children busy so you can get your cooking done? This is a perfect solution for both of those things. Just assemble one the way you want it and ask the children to copy what you have done. Have the children wash their hands. Set them at a table and  they’ll stay busy for a while and be proud of what they’ve done. My granddaughter Mariah loved making these. And they are the perfect size, so that you aren’t throwing away a lot of plates with uneaten fruit at the end of the barbecue.

YOU WILL NEED:

Green seedless grapes or red grapes or both if you choose

jar of maraschino cherries halved

Cantaloupe cubed into pieces the size of your grapes

A can of Dole pineapple chunks

Honeydew melon cut into cubes

Strawberries cut in half

Bamboo or other type wooden skewers

INSTRUCTIONS:

After an adult cuts and washes all items, place each fruit in a separate bowl. Pick a pattern of colors that you like and have children place in the same order on bamboo skewers. Place all on a serving platter . Cover and place in refrigerator to chill.

VARIATIONS: You can use kiwi , star fruit, blueberries, raspberries too if you wish. I found personally, watermelon often falls off the skewer easily. Bananas I do not use because many children are allergic to them and they do turn brown, ruining the beauty of the entire skewer. I have used raspberries blueberries and mini marshmallows for a fourth of July barbecue. These skewers are always a big hit at any  party I’ve brought them to and so easy,  a child can do it.

CHICKEN AND RICE

CHICKEN AND RICE YOU WILL NEED:

1 lb. boneless Boneless chicken ( cut into bite-sized pieces)

1 medium onion diced

1 can Goya pigeon peas (rinsed with water)

I tablespoon of minced garlic

Large pinch of saffron

Few pinches of Salt to taste

I small green, red and yellow sweet peppers diced . ( you can halve medium sized ones)

1 cup of white long grain rice rinsed with cold water and drain

2 cups of chicken broth ( can use from can but not low sodium one)

Olive oil Heavy bottomed pan  with lid

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.Place olive oil enough to cover bottom of  pan. Heat on high for a minute while rinsing rice and pigeon peas. Also called gandules.

2.  Add saffron, few pinches of salt, onions and peppers and lower heat to medium.( Number six on electric stove)

3. Sauté onions and peppers for three minutes and stir frequently till onions start to look translucent

4. Add chicken and garlic and continue to stir every few seconds to cook outside of chicken.

5. Add your rinsed and drained Goya pigeon peas and rice and stir

6. When rice is well coated and yellow color, add two cups of College Inn chicken broth and turn heat to high. Then stir once after turning heat to high

7.When broth begins to boil, stir a few times so nothing is stuck to pan, COVER at once and turn heat to low. (number 3 on electric stove)

8.  Set timer for twenty minutes. DO NOT REMOVE POT LID until after timer goes off.

9.Remove pan from heat and set aside.

10. Serve

VARIATIONS: You  don’t need all three colored peppers. I just do that because it looks nice with different colors. You don’t have to use peppers if you don’t like peppers. It will still taste great. You do not have to vary water if omitting anything.