Saturday, April 25, 2015

Healthy Ice Cream

This is a healthy version of ice cream!
Four ingredients only!!!!
This would also make a great dessert to serve up after dinner. 
4 Ingredient Ice Cream

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• 2 bananas, cut into 1-inch slices(frozen)
• ½ cup frozen strawberries, sliced
• 2 Tbsp Almond Milk
• ½ tsp vanilla
1. Place banana slices on a plate, separating each slice. Place slices in freezer for 2 hours (overnight is best!).
2. Remove strawberries and bananas from freezer and place in food processor, blend until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream.
3. Add almond milk(more or less for desired texture)and vanilla and blend until smooth and well-mixed.
4. Transfer ice cream to a freezer container and freeze until solid.(dont have to wait if fruit is frozen, it is like soft serve ice cream)
5. Scoop with ice cream scoop and serve.
You can really use any frozen fruit to make this

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Avocado Chicken Lettuce Wraps

If you’re constantly on the lookout for lunch ideas that don’t involve bread, then you’ll love this idea. These avocado chicken lettuce wraps are fresh and delicious, and are also a great way to use up cooked chicken from last night’s dinner. And best of all, you get the feel of a sandwich or wrap without all the carbs.

What You Need:

-4-6 romaine lettuce leaves (cleaned and dried)
-1 medium avocado
-1/2 lemon or lime (for juice)
-1 cup cooked chicken, shredded or cubed
-1 roma tomato (or handful of grape tomatoes)
-2 tbsp chopped onion
-1/4 bell pepper, diced
-Salt, pepper and garlic powder, to taste

What You Do:

  1. Slice avocado in half, remove the pit and scoop out flesh into a small mixing bowl. Mash avocado with a fork until it’s smooth.
  2. Squeeze some of your lemon or lime juice into the bowl and mix to combine with avocado. (This will add flavor and help prevent avocado from browning prematurely).
  3. Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste into the avocado mixture. Mix well.
  4. Stir in the remainder of the ingredients (minus the lettuce). Combine until chicken, tomatoes, onion and pepper are evenly coated with avocado.
  5. Scoop mixture into romaine leaves, wrap loosely and enjoy.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Queen of Clean Disinfectant Spray

11 hrs · 
DISINFECTING SPRAY - You won't believe how easy
Are you looking for a totally natural, totally safe and inexpensive disinfecting spray? This one is unique and really works. Fill one spray bottle with 3% hydrogen peroxide and one spray bottle with white vinegar. Label the bottles. When you are ready to disinfect, spray on the hydrogen peroxide first and then spray on the white vinegar. Let sit about 3 minutes or while you do something else and then wipe. You do not need to rinse. You can mix half of each in a bottle, however the effectiveness is elevated if you keep them separate until use. The good news is that this kills germs, bacteria and even E.coli so it is especially good for the bathroom. This was proven by the University of Michigan to work. The best part is that unlike the disinfecting sprays you buy, this one is safe on food prep surfaces in the kitchen and around the kids.

Lemon Bar Cup Cakes

Lemon Bar Cupcakes are light, luscious lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd filling and topped with a lemon bar filling frosting! The ultimate cupcake for a lemon lover!
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Lemon Bar Cupcakes
Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
Prep time:  
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Serves: 18
These Lemon Bar Cupcakes get their name from the lemon bar filling in the cupcake and in the frosting! Luscious, light, and bursting with flavor, these cupcakes epitomize springtime!
  • 1 box lemon cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 small box lemon pudding mix (just the dry mix - I used sugar free, but you can use any kind)
  • 1 can Duncan Hines Lemon Pie Filling
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • Yellow sanding sugar, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350* degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 18 paper liners. Set aside. Meanwhile, prepare the cake mix according to package directions on back of box. Stir in the lemon dry pudding mix to incorporate.
  2. Fill each muffin tin about ¾ of the way full with the batter. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool the cupcakes completely.
  3. Using a small paring knife or a cupcake corer, core the cupcakes and discard centers, being careful not to puncture through the cupcake's bottom. You only want to core about halfway through the cupcake. Fill with some of the lemon pie filling.
  4. Now, to make your frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, vanilla extract, and ⅓ cup of the lemon pie filling until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. You may not need all of the powdered sugar. If frosting becomes too thick, add in a little more lemon pie filling.
  5. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag attached with a large open-star tip. Begin piping the frosting onto the cupcakes, taking care to cover the lemon filling in the center. Sprinkle immediately with the yellow sanding sugar. Serve immediately, or store cupcakes airtight at room temperature for up to a day, or airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting


Carrot Cake
This might just be the best carrot cake recipe you've ever tried!
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 and 1/2 cups Sugar In The Raw Organic White® sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups vegetable oil (you could use coconut oil or another oil if you prefer)
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • Frosting
  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3 1/2 cups Sugar In The Raw Organic White® sugar, ran through a food processor or blender to create powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoons whipping cream (milk will also work)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. 
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. 
In a separate bowl, beat eggs slightly. Add oil and vanilla extract to eggs and stir to combine. Add shredded carrots and apple sauce to mixture and stir to combine. 
Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until just combined. Do not over stir. 
Spoon batter into your pans and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. 
Cool cake for approximately 10 minutes in pans, then transfer cake to wire racks to cool completely prior to frosting. 
In a mixing bowl, beat together softened cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. With mixer on low, slowly add powdered sugar, mixing well. Add in vanilla, salt and whipping cream. Beat on medium for approximately three minutes. If frosting is thicker than you like, you can add an additional tablespoon of cream or milk. Frost cake as desired. Store cake and frosting in refrigerator.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Green Chili Chicken Soup

Queen of Clean Cleaning With Vodka

Today we are going to talk about cleaning with VODKA! Make sure you use the cheap kind. works, but if you are cleaning with vodka, do you really care?? Think of it as a
Cleaning Caulking
Fill a spray bottle with inexpensive vodka. Spray onto molded and mildew caulking. Let sit about 15 minutes, re-spray and scrub with a toothbrush if necessary. Created dirt on caulk with rottenstone.
Put some inexpensive vodka in a glass or bowl to hold the pieces you want to clean. 
Put in any hard stones and swish well. If there is heavy soiling use an old toothbrush to loosen and then swish again and dry with a soft cloth. 
Upset Stomach Accidents
For those nasty accidents on carpet, lift off any solids then flush with vodka and blot with paper towels. Continue until area is clean. Then flush with cool water and blot really well to remove excess water. Set up a fan, if possible, to blow across the area to dry it quickly.
The vodka is a great cleaner for this and also helps to remove odor. 
Ice Packs
Pour some inexpensive vodka into a sturdy resealable bag. Freeze and use for icing sports injuries or any area you need an ice pack. You can make these in different sizes for different needs. Why is vodka better than water? It won’t freeze solid so you can mold it to any area where you need cool relief.
Beaded Clothes
Since we don’t wear beaded clothes too often it is a shame to pay for dry cleaning. Some beaded clothes are not cleanable and say to “spot clean”. To freshen these, put some vodka in a small spray bottle and spritz the underarm area and neckline on the wrong side of the fabric. Hang and let air dry. Because of the extremely high alcohol content, the vodka removes odors. 
If you want to get a sparkling shine on eyeglasses that don’t have a protective coating, spritz with vodka and buff with a soft cloth. Do no use on coated lenses or those that suggest that you avoid alcohol based products. 
Because of it’s high alcohol content, vodka is a potent insect killer. Put in a spray bottle and send bugs on their drunken way.
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Monday, April 6, 2015

Carmel Pie

Are you ready for awesome? This pie is ultra delicious. The crunchy, buttery oatmeal cookie crust surrounding tender, spicy apple pie filling and topped with warm, homemade butter caramel sauce. What could be better? We like ours with homemade vanilla ice cream and homemade caramel sauce, but store bought will suffice.
~ preheat oven to 375 degrees F. ~
for the oatmeal cookie crust:
1 and 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking and not steel cut)
1/2 cup unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted (no substitutes)
Mix all crust ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well. Press firmly into the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie pan, forming a thick and even crust. Reserve 1/3 cup of this mixture for the pie topping.
for the filling:
6 cups peeled, cored and thin-sliced tart apple (approximately 4 to 5 large apples)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice OR orange juice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 to 4 Tablespoons cornstarch or tapioca starch
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sour cream OR cottage cheese
Place sliced apples in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with the lemon juice/orange juice. Sprinkle with spices. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with the starch. Mix well. Gradually add the brown sugar and sour cream/cottage cheese until everything is evenly combined.
Spread filling into the unbaked crust. Sprinkle the reserved 1/3 cup oat mixture over the top of the pie. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until apples are very tender and the crust is a deep golden brown. If the top seems to be browning too quickly, cover loosely with aluminum foil and continue baking until done.
To serve:
Serve warm or at room temperature, topped with THIS homemade butter caramel sauce, or your favorite caramel sauce and a scoop of the very best vanilla ice cream you can find (Sonny’s is our absolute favorite.)

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This is an easy, delicious, smooth caramel sauce that is wonderful for all your recipes that call for caramel. This recipe makes about 1 and 1/2 cups.
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup half & half
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix the brown sugar, half & half, butter and salt in a small saucepan. Whisk constantly over medium-low heat for 7 minutes (or until it gets thicker.) Add the vanilla and cook an additional minute. Turn off the heat and allow sauce to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a jar. Refrigerate until ready to use.
for cinnamon caramel: add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg when you add the vanilla. (wonderful in monkey bread)
for Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Caramel: add 2 Tablespoons JD in place of vanilla. (wonderful on ice cream or brownies)
for orange caramel: add 1 teaspoon orange extract in place of the vanilla (wonderful on caramel rolls)
for coconut caramel: add 1 teaspoon coconut extract in place of the vanilla (wonderful on banana splits)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Queen of Clean window cleaner

Queen of Clean Linda Cobb CLEANING WINDOWS
This is for windows that have bug stains, screen stains, bird stains, hard water stains, and windows that have been neglected. Remember, there is NO WATER in this recipe. You can double this recipe making the amount you need.
1 pint rubbing alcohol
2 Tablespoons clear ammonia
2 Tablespoons dishwashing liquid
Appy to the window using a nylon-covered sponge, rinse and buff dry. 
NOTE: Fantastic for car windshields.

It's that time of year. The sun is shining and suddenly you realize that the windows are dirty......really dirty. Sometimes there is no better way than to give them a really good scrubbing, but other times something quick and easy works. Here is my formula for a Wipe on - hose off- window cleaner.
1/2 gallon warm water
1 Tablespoon liquid automatic dishwasher spot stopper such as Jet-Dry or Finish.
2-3 Tablespoons dish washing liquid
Mix all ingredients in a bucket
Spray windows down with your hose.
Using a sponge, apply the solution to the windows as you would to wash them.
Immediately hose off your window starting at the top and working down. Do this to each window as you go.
The remaining water will sheet off and the window will dry. No towel drying is needed. Do not do this in direct sun or it will spot.
** HERE"S MY NOTE: if you have a lot of hard water spots (white spots) on the window they are probably not going to all come off without scrubbing. If you have very hard water you may have a few spots, but in general it will give you a fast and passable job. I would wash the window after winter doing a really good scrubbing, rinsing and drying, but this will work the rest of the time unless you are REALLY picky. In this busy world it is nice to have a quick option.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Un Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

You can eat the whole pot with very little carbs and calories. Weight watcher 7 points for the whole pot!
A great recipe to increase your energy levels! Healthy, too!
1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean ground beef
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small cabbage, chopped
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) low sodium diced tomatoes
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook, stirring, until ground beef is no longer pink and onion is tender.
Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute.
Add the chopped cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cabbage is tender.
Yield: Serves 6 to 8.

Queen of Clean Cleaning Guidelines

You will be amazed at what you can accomplish in 1 minute-5 minutes-15 minutes-30 minutes of focused cleaning.
1 Minute
Family Room
• Find all the remotes and return to where they are kept
• Stack and tidy magazines, paper etc.
• Remove any dirty clothes to the hamper
• Clear off dresser or chest of drawers
• Be sure there is a supply of extra toilet paper etc and add necessary items to shopping list
• Put a teaspoon of orange flavored breakfast drink in the toilet to clean it, swish and let sit until you need to flush it
• Put some ice down the garbage disposal to keep it clean, fresh smelling and running well
• Fill garbage disposal side of sink with 3” of warm water. Add a handful of baking soda. Turn on disposal and immediately pull the sink stopper. Cleans out the holes and food that is stuck.
5 Minutes
Family Room:
• Gather up yesterdays papers etc and toss Remove anything that doesn’t belong in the room
• Dust lampshades with a micro fiber cloth
• Make the bed
• Shake out any rugs or throws (outside) Put in washer if needed
• Wipe down the sink(s) with a damp micro fiber cloth
• Put ½ cup of baking soda in drains and add ½ cup of white vinegar to keep drains free-flowing. Next time you are in the bathroom run cold water down the drain.
• Brush off seats on kitchen table chairs or bar stools with a soft brush
• Wipe down the front of the refrigerator with a 50% solution of white vinegar and water.
10 Minutes
Family Room
• Dust furniture with a lambswool duster to attract the dust and add some shine
• Take pet beds outside and go over with lint roller or brush
• Change Bed
• Dust all furniture
• Clean mirrors
• Clean mirrors
• Tidy medicine cabinet
• Clean countertops and buff
• Dust light fixtures/chandeliers with a telescoping duster
15 Minutes
Family Room
• Polish wood furniture with a mixture of 1 cup olive oil and ¼ cup of white vinegar. Apply with soft cloth and buff
• Vacuum soft upholstery with vacuum attachment
• Strip bed and vacuum mattress and pillows. Put sheets in washer
• Wipe down window sills and dust window treatments
• If you have a shower curtain (plastic) toss in washer with a couple of old towels, laundry detergent and 2 cups of white vinegar. Hang immediately
• Wash windows inside and clean window treatments
• Wipe out refrigerator with a solution of 50/50 water and white vinegar and dry. Discard old food
• Clean stove top area and microwave as appropriate 
30 Minutes
Family Room
• Pull out furniture and vacuum baseboards and all floor area
• Wipe down fans , clean overhead lights and clean decorative pieces
• Clean out bedside tables and remove things that don’t belong. Clean tops of all dressers, tables etc and remove and dispose of junk
• Vacuum dust ruffle and under bed area
• Thoroughly clean tub, shower and shower doors.
• Clean out under vanity area and cupboards
• Clean out as many drawers as you can in 30 minutes. Race yourself to see what you can get done.
• Wash baseboards and thoroughly clean edges of floor. Hand wash entire floor to get it really clean.
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Mushroom Soup Pork Chops


Thursday, March 12, 2015


This is so delicious. Serve for breakfast, brunch, even appetizers.
Super easy to make.
1 (16.3 oz) Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers Biscuits (I used the buttery flavor).
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
3/4 cup diced ham
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 11 x 7 or 12 x 8 glass baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat egg and milk with a wire whisk until smooth.
Separate dough into individual biscuits and cut each biscuit into quarters. Gently stir biscuit pieces into egg mixture to coat evenly. Fold in ham, cheese, onions and granulated garlic. Spoon mixture into prepared dish, arrange biscuit pieces in a single layer.
Bake at 350 for 23 - 25 minutes or until golden brown. You can either cut into squares or just pull apart and serve.
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