Sunday, February 17, 2013

Monday Morning Cleaning Tip for the Week!

Here's a very quick Monday Morning cleaning tip for this week....  Are you trying to find time to do some small "cleaning" jobs and can't seem to find time during the day to do it? Here's a time saver that will help you find time to do some small cleaning jobs this week!

Use Paper Plates and Plastic Utensils! If you have a large family, you can spend a lot of your time cleaning dishes, especially if you don't have a dishwasher! So, if you are in need of finding time to clean your home, temporarily use some disposable plates and utensils and the time you save "not cleaning dishes" can be reinvested into cleaning your kitchen floor, half bath, vacuuming and dusting your living room, etc. :)

Being Green minded, I understand this is not the best of tips but when you are in serious need of finding time to do some cleaning (especially when you have unexpected visitors coming!), this can be a  lifesaver at times! :)

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER!

I love sweets, I really do ! Here's another great recipe that I want to share with you.  These are the absolute best chocolate chip cookies I've ever baked and it's actually quite easy and can be found on many websites!

This recipe makes over 40+ cookies and I bake them for roughly 11 minutes and 30 seconds, that is the perfect amount of baking time for our family as we love our cookies a little crunchy but not over-baked either!

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup backed brown sugar
1 cup of white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips cookies (a normal sized bag will do)
1 cup of chopped walnuts (optional, we don't add it to ours since we don't like nuts)

1. Preheat over at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Cream together the softened butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth.  Beat in the eggs one at a time and then add the vanilla.  
3. Dissolve baking soda in hot water and add to batter along with the salt.  Stir in the flour, chocolate chips and nuts.  
4. Drop by large spoonful onto ungreased pans.
5. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.  

IPAD Giveaway sponsored "Cleaning Business Today"

I have an awesome giveaway that I want to share with my readers!  This one is for an IPAD and it is sponsored by "Cleaning Business Today", which is a soon-to-be launched FREE Monthly Digital Publication for Cleaning Professionals by cleaning professionals, started by two cleaning industry leaders "Derek Christian" and "Tom Stewart".

I have had the honor to personally work for Derek Christian, he is full of knowledge and was a terrific boss!  As always, wishing much success in all of his endeavors.... p.s. Tom, wishing you success too! :P

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Homemade Bread Machine Bagels

Homemade Bagels that taste better then store bought!

1 cup of warm water (110 degrees)
3 cups of all-purpose flour (or bread flour)
1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoon of sugar
2 1/2 teaspoon of active dry yeast

3 quarts boiling water
3 tablespoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of corn meal (optional)
1 egg white (for basting on top of the bagels before baking)
3 tablespoon of poppy seeds or choice of seasoning/toppings (optional)

1. Place water (1 cup), salt, sugar (2 tbsp), flour, and yeast in the bread machine (in order recommended by the manufacturer).  Select Dough Setting.
2. When cycle has finished, let dough rest on a lightly floured surface.  Meanwhile, in a large pot bring three quarts of water to a boil. Stir in 3 tbsp of sugar.
3. Cut dough into 6 equal pieces for large bagels or 9 equal pieces for small bagels. Roll each piece into small ball. Flatten and poke a hole in the middle of each with your thumb. Twirl the dough around on your finger to enlarge the hole and do your best to even out the dough, it will not be perfect and that's perfectly fine. Cover bagels with a clean cloth and let it rise for 30 minutes or so.
4. Sprinkle an ungreased baking sheet with cornmeal (I personally skip this stage and opt to spray non-stick pam on my baking sheet, which turns the bottom of my bagels golden and forms a little bit of a crust which I enjoy). Carefully transfer bagels to boiling water and boil for 1 minute (30 second per side). Drain briefly on a clean towel and transfer to baking sheet.
5. Glaze tops of bagels with egg white and sprinkle with your choice of seasonings / toppings.  I like mine plain (but I am going to try a cinnamon/sugar mixture very soon!).
6. Bake in preheated 375 F oven for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, until browned.

You'll be impressed with how good these are! They are so worth it! 

102030Go! Announcing the New 6-Week Lenten Challenge

102030Go! is super excited about announcing their new  6 week Lenten Challenge! 

To Learn more about the 102030GO! program, visit my REVIEW POST HERE!  It is a 
Christian based Family Responsibility Kit that was designed to empower the parent to use a proven positive parenting program, for teaching values, building character, motivating kids, increase responsibility for kids, etc.  
Price: $5.95  

This kit is only $5.95, you can get it on it's own or it would make a great addition to their Family Responsibility Starter Kit, also available on their website by clicking HERE!  
Downloadable version of the 102030GO!  6 week Lenten Challenge
The Lenten cards include 6 new weekly themed cards that are geared toward guiding your family during Lent and preparing them for Easter.
All components of the program are provided in a user friendly "PDF" format that can be easily printed at home on either a laser or inkjet printer.
To begin, simply add the item to your cart and complete the checkout process. Once checkout is complete, you will be provided with instructions on how to download.
The download is a single compressed ".zip"  and contains the following:
1- 102030GO! Instruction booklet.
2- Chore Chart
3- Prayer Board
4- 6 Individual weekly theme cards with responsibility tracking for each child.

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