Hope you're enjoying the spring season. The day after we returned from 2 months in Florida, (early March) my dear hubby was hospitalized for 13 days, most of those days far from home at the Ann Arbor VA. He received such awesome care there and we adore the doctors and nurses. He began dialysis while there and is now going to Bryan 3 days a week for the process. Life is settling down as we strive to find our 'new normal'. We are more than blessed, in so many ways, and covet your thoughts and prayers for the days ahead. There's no place like home!
This is the time of year we begin thinking about spring cleaning. There are many uses for household products such as vinegar and baking soda, so I thought I would remind you of some cleaning ‘tricks’ using these simple on-hand products to help get your home sparkling.
Nontoxic Bathroom Cleaner: Here’s a terrific deep-cleaning cleanser recipe that works on any bathroom surface. It cuts through soap scum and mildew as well as any commercial bathroom product and costs just pennies. Clean Green!
1-2/3 c. baking soda
1/2 c. liquid soap
1/2 c. water
2 Tb. white vinegar
1 clean 16-ounce spray bottle
Mix baking soda and liquid soap in a bowl. Dilute with water and add the vinegar. Stir the mixture with a fork until any lumps have been dissolved. Pour the liquid into the bottle. Shake well before using. Spray on area to be cleaned. Scrub with a nylon-backed sponge. Rinse off with water.
Refresh the Fridge: Did you know that vinegar might be an even more effective safe cleanser for your refrigerator than baking soda? Use equal parts white vinegar and water to wash both the interior and exterior of your fridge. To prevent mildew growth, wash the inside walls and bin interiors with some full-strength vinegar on a cloth. Also use undiluted vinegar to wipe off accumulated dust and grime on top of your refrigerator. Of course, you’ll still want to put that box of baking soda inside your refrigerator to keep it smelling clean when you’re done.
Vinegar acts as an odor absorber. That in and of itself, is interesting. My favorite use for vinegar is to set a bowl of it in a musty room. It absorbs the odor and does not leave the room smelling like vinegar.
This recipe makes a simple snack or lunch. Great for using up leftover ham.
HAM AND SWISS ROLLUPS
1-(8 ozs.) tube refrigerated crescent rolls
1 c. diced fully cooked ham
(or 99% fat free deli slices)
3/4 c. finely shredded swiss cheese
1-1/2 tsp. prepared (dijon) mustard
1 tsp. finely chopped onion
Preheat oven to 375. Separate crescent rolls into 8 triangles. In a small bowl, combine ham, cheese, mustard and onion; place 2 Tb. mixture in center of each triangle. Fold points toward center and pinch edges to seal. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 11 - 13 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: 4 servings (2 rolls each)
I know I've shared this recipe before, but this egg salad is the best I’ve ever tasted and the only kind I’ll make anymore. The cream cheese keeps it from getting runny like traditional egg salad. Another idea for using up all those leftover Easter eggs. You may use reduced fat cream cheese and fat free mayo if desired.
SPECIAL EGG SALAD
1 (3 ozs) pkg.cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
6 hard cooked eggs, chopped
In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add mayo, sugar, onion and garlic powder, salt and pepper; fold in the eggs. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.Yield: 6 servings
May you all enjoy a blessed Easter season as we celebrate our Risen Savior!
P.S. (Pssst! Wanted you to know I'm working hard on my #3 cookbook, hopefully delivered in early fall. Lots more simple and easy recipes under cover.)
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