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Archive for 05/01/2012 - 06/01/2012

So Fresh and So Clean

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Nothing makes me feel better than a "clean" smelling house.  I love the smell of a freshly cleaned kitchen or bathroom but I don't always like the way cleaners smell.  There are many ways to use vinegar as a natural and safe way to clean your house.  I just really despise the the way it makes the house smell.  So, here is one of the easy and safe ways to clean in the kitchen and leave it smelling yummy.  

Simply mix 2 cups of water in a microwave safe dish and 1 Tablespoon of vanilla.  Place in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes and simply wipe out when done.  I don't know about you but somehow I am the only one in my house who cares to clean the microwave after each use.  Needless to say sometimes there can be some gunked on stuff.  This makes clean up a breeze even if it has been a few days since someone has cleaned up.....the warm vanilla smell is just a bonus.

Holiday Clean Eating

Sunday, May 27, 2012

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This time of the year it is so easy to come up with excuses to get together and grill out with friends. Usually that means there are lots of tempting foods to try and keep you from staying on track.  Here is our go-to meal plan for that impromptu gathering.  Like most of the recipes that we tend to make they are very easy and take only a few minutes to put together.  That way you can enjoy the company and get back to what matters most. 

Grilled Chicken on Salad
Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Divide salad greens among serving plates; top with tomato, olives, mushrooms (or any veggies). Slice chicken; arrange over salads. Serve with Italian dressing on side.

What's For Dinner Wednesday

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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Welcome to What's For Dinner Wednesday......I will be sharing recipes that I love to cook in our kitchen and sharing how easy it is to take recipes and make them "clean".  Starting out going clean can be very intimidating, but once you get the hang of it things can get really fun in the kitchen.  This week I am sharing a recipe using a new found favorite in our house....spaghetti squash.  Enjoy!

Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash
Serves 4. Adapted from Martha Stewart’s RoastedShrimp with Spaghetti Squash
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Pirate's Life for Me

Sunday, May 20, 2012

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It has been pirates, maps, and treats galore around our house.  We recently celebrated our little man's 4th birthday pirate style.  The past few weeks I have been scouring the lovely world of pinterest trying to come up with the perfect ideas. So, we ended up with water balloon cannon balls, pirate treasure hunt, and the ever popular pinata. It was such a fun night filled with family and friends.  It was definitely one to put down in the memory books.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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I have been playing around with our morning oatmeal routine to try and spice things up.  The thought occurred to me that I should be making this in larger batches at the beginning of the week instead of every morning.  I love the smell of cinnamon and apples especially first thing in the morning.  I have played around with a few ingredients to make the oatmeal clean.....hope you enjoy!

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