Have absolutely nothing surrounding you which you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful!
SPRING HAS SPRUNG! It's that time of year again to GET ORGANIZED, reclaim your living space for SPRING & SUMMER! De-Clutter NOW & I know you'll thank me later! By the way.....This is GREAT EXERCISE!
LET ME HELP YOU TACKLE ONE THING
AT A TIME!
Here's my Spring Cleaning Checklist! (I post this every Spring.....& hope it helps you get motivated).
I'm the type of person that does MUCH better if I have a concrete list in front of me, so I can check my completed tasks off as I go. Don't worry ladies - there's plenty of things you can get your other half involved in. If you have to do it yourself.....do these in intervals. There's nothing like feeling completely EXHAUSTED after a whole day of chores and then playing the poor me role when you're done! YUCK.
Spring cleaning is really NOT intended to make you feel bad or achy. It's a beautiful way to welcome in another wonderful day on our great planet earth! Have fun, smell the clean, fresh air, play some of your favorite tunes to get you in the mood! Celebrate Spring, Celebrate YOU, Celebrate CLEAN! Our homes are an extension of ourselves!
Helpful Hint: Print this blog post (ctrl-P) for doing your own checking off! If you copy and paste into a new word doc, you can add or change to suit your house's needs.
Here we go:
* Good Bucket to hold the following supplies
* Multi Surface Cleaner (I love lemon scented)
* Mildly abrasive multi purpose cleaning powder for scouring sinks, bathtubs, etc.
* Household scrub brush
* Toilet brush
* PUMICE STONES ARE GREAT FOR TOILET RINGS!!
* Rubber - or latex gloves
* Re-Usable cleaning cloths (help the environment by not using paper towels)
* Ceiling Fan duster - with extender pole
* Dishwashing liquid - fill sink with sudsy water - to clean almost anything - and use to rinse cleaning towels
* Window cleaner (AMAZING CLEANER...."I can see clearly, WOW"-leaves NO Streaks and you can safely clean sills and paint or vinal surfaces)
* White Vinegar - Organic (Diluted with water, vinegar is a household M.V.P. Use it for everything from laminate floors to chandeliers.)
* Dust Cloths
* Liquid Gold Furniture Polish or Orange glow are my favs - moisturizing furniture - leaving no streaks!
* Mop (or the fabulous steamer SHARK).
* Broom & Dustpan
* Paper towels only for finishing touches or the smaller things;)
* Boxes & Bins
* Garbage Bags
* Boxes for Charity!
LET'S GET STARTED! PLEASE, give yourself a weekend or two to complete! Rome wasn't built in a day.....this is just a guide to help you - not to overwhelm you!
* Clean & sanitize refrigerator inside & out...take everything out one shelf at a time.
* Clear counters of all clutter. Put things away & box stuff for donation if you're done with it!
* Wipe off all counters & cabinets (then use a furniture polish on cabinets for extra shine if yours are wood).
* Your furniture polish works wonders on hardwood floors once swept. Just spray on a swifter cloth & swift away! If doing by hand us an old bath towel.
* Clean oven inside & out
* Empty - yes I said empty each cabinet, wipe all debris from shelves & replace what you love - box your donations.
* Wipe down all appliances using a nicely scented all purpose cleaner
* Organize your telephone & communication gadget station & junk drawer.....you know you've got one (or two or three).
* Clean microwave inside & out (I use a small bowl of white vinegar (1 cup) & 1/2 cup water mixed. Put on high for 2 minutes. Removes all old odors & loosens debris for easy wipe-off).
* Wipe down all baseboards & ceiling fans
* Wash windows & sills
* Use a dishwasher cleaner solvent - turn to the on cycle & let that clean while you finish your chores
* Clean & organize countertops
* Clean mirrors & windows
* Clean sink & drain (use a small utensil brush to remove hair or other debris - pour 1/4 cup baking soda then 1/2 cup of vinegar down drain....once it foams.....flush with hot water - this is a nice spring kick-start of drain cleaning).
* Launder all towels & shower curtain
* Clean toilet, shower & tub (same vinegar solution works wonders - then you should use an all purpose cleaner for surfaces. Rust Raze is my go-to for rust or hard water stains).
* Sanitize any bath toys, loofas, brushes in dishwasher
* Wipe down all baseboards
* Sweep & Mop floor
* Organize cabinets & throw away or donate any unwanted or unused toiletries
* Strip Beds & replace linens
* Clean underneath beds
* Clean & dust closet shelves & remove anything you don't want - donate box! (This many need a separate day - we all know how closets can be a real chore) - but try not to put this off too ling, store your winter stuff in boxes, color coordinate your spring wardrobe if you are advantageous!
* Organize shoes & discard the old worn-out pairs
* Wash windows & sills
* Launder curtains
* Clean ceiling fan & baseboards
* JUMP ON THE BED!!!! Yep - release your tensions & have a little fun while you bring all the dust to the surface! Then vacuum the surface (without the brush roller).
* Vacuum or sweep floor
* Rotate or flip mattress
Family Room / Dining Room / Other Rooms
By now - I think you've got the hang of it....repeat all of your cleaning techniques above - getting down to the nitty gritty!
You'll be sooooooo proud of yourself & feel good on the inside too!
The GARAGE is a whole different animal - you may need help! Remove everything, organize tools, dust & wash garage doors inside & out, sweep, dust - discard old unwanted items, donate stuff - dust off and put back the stuff you're keeping! If you need to install a few storage shelves or bins to keep things organized for next year!
A few more tips:
* Replace light bulbs
* Clean Vents
* Clean & replace filters for heating & hvac units
* Wash (or hire someone for) your exterior windows
* Clean Upholstery & carpets
* Does a room need a fresh coat of paint? So many wonderful new spring colors available - why not?
* Replace batteries in your flashlights, pet collars & smoke detectors
* have candles handy for the dreaded power outages - and lighters or matches to light them
Wishing you a joyous SPRING & a fabulous summer!
Get Clean, Get Organized, Live well!
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D'Licious Homemade Ravioli
One of our sons just asked for my recipe for Homemade Ravioli....and I can't believe I havent shared this yet. It's fun to make and there's just something about the feeling of accomplishment that comes when you have these cute little pillows of goodness finished....and YOU made them! Merry Christmas all!
TRADITIONAL ITALIAN RAVIOLI
4 cups flour (or 2 Cups Flour & 2 Cups Semolina) Yummm!
6 tablespoons olive oil
On a pastry board, pile flour and make a well the size of a small plate in the center. Ass the oil and eggs to the well. Beat oil/egg mixture, then start taking flour into the well, being careful not to break it. When all flour is mixed in, knead the dough until it is smooth, Cover the dough with a bowl and let it rest 20-30 minutes.
If you have an electronic mixer, you can use this to create the dough instead of the well.
1 ½ pounds ricotta
½ cup shredded mozzarella
½ cup fresh parsley
½ cup grated parmesan
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
Place ricotta in a bowl. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Put in a covered container and refrigerate until ready to use.
-FILLING THE RAVIOLI-
Sprinkle flour on the pasta board. You can use a pasta machine, if available. If not, you will need to roll the dough into a large, thin circle. It’s very hard and time-consuming to get right! Make sure it is thin enough. Beat an egg and brush it on the dough once it is fully rolled out.
Take small scoops of filling, and drop them onto the dough in orderly lines. Continue until half of the dough is covered with rows of filling. Carefully lift the other half of the dough and use it to cover the rows of filling. Use your fingers to press down between the rows of filling. Cut the ravioli along the lines you pressed down once the top and bottom of the dough are stuck together. Sprinkle flour on a board or baking sheet and place the cut ravioli there. Gently squeeze out excess air so the pasta doesn’t fall apart when boiled.
-COOKING THE RAVIOLI-
Use a large kettle with water ¾ of the way to the top. Bring the water to a boil and drop ravioli in one at a time. Cook for about 10 minutes. When they rise to the top, they’re done. Use a hand strainer or slotted spoon, not a colander; the ravioli must be handled gently or they will break.
If you are not serving the ravioli immediately, put wax paper in a large dish, and place the ravioli on the wax paper. Continue to layer ravioli and paper. Cover and refrigerate dish until ready to serve.
If reheating refrigerated ravioli, drop them into boiling water for 5-7 minutes.
Best Smoothie Ever!
That's exactly what your taste buds will say once you've taken your first sip.
I've made many smoothies in my day...but this is definitely One of my FAVS!
Makes 2 - 8oz glasses
Turmeric and Ginger have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, protecting your immune and nervous system, as well as your joints and muscles. The best way to get the full benefits of turmeric is to combine it with a bit of healthy fat, which is why we’ve included hemp seeds (full of Omega-3s and Omega-6 fatty acids). The cucumber and coconut water for hydration our body needs so desperately!
The blueberry is an antioxidant powerhouse. That deep blue color is related to high amounts of phytonutrients called anthocyanidins. These phytonutrients aid in the process of neutralizing free radical damage in our cells.
Add Mango and here's what that does.......
If that's not enough good news.......Experiment with whatever fruits & veggies float your boat....but get blending!
It does your body good!
Enjoy! Make this a daily routine and it will become something your body craves... That's a good thing.
N.Y. Cheesecake to die for!
WOW Your guests with this one! Homemade Salted Caramel & Pecans put it over the top.