Easy Steps to House Cleaning for the Holidays

Easy Steps to House Cleaning for the Holidays

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The Holidays are fast approaching, many of us will soon be very busy.  We must add planning, shopping, cooking, baking, and entertaining to our list of daily chores and responsibilities. I know this time of year house cleaning often takes a back seat until the last minute when we find ourselves frantically vaccuuming, dusting, mopping, and cleaning the guest bathroom and kitchen.  It’s all we can do to make the common areas guest ready.  Cleaning the rest of the house seems impossible.    I often shut bedroom doors and declare the rooms off limits just so I don’t have to spend hours cleaning and organizing them.

This year I’m going to try something different.  I found these cleaning tips and cleaning schedule on Vivaveltoro.com.  Blogger Ruth V.  teamed up with Merry Maids and has posted some great tips and a printable cleaning schedule to help folks have homes holiday ready by spending a mere 30 minutes a day cleaning for 7 days.

The schedule starts the week before guests arrive.  Everyday targets a specific room or rooms in the house, beginning with rooms that can stay clean and neat the longest and ends in the rooms that need to be sparkling clean when guests arrive.  It’s logical and practical!

I love the idea of spending just 30 minutes a day cleaning.  You tune out everything for 30 minutes and focus on the daily tasks.  They suggest using a timer to stay on schedule and focused.

The post also offers some great ideas for organizing toys, cleaning shower heads and more.  To read the article click here!

I’m hoping that following the tips and suggestions will get me on a year round routine and make housecleaning more manageable.

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How To Take Care Of Your Extended Family

How To Take Care Of Your Extended Family

Our closest relatives are often those who live in the same home with us. Our children, our spouse, perhaps even our pets. These are the people we see every single day, and are more than happy to do so. They are the people we build our lives around, including where we work, how we arrange our days, and more.

Our extended family are those we may see less but are by no means important. Sure, you may not see all of your distant relatives for some time, but your elderly relatives? Your siblings? These people matter, and they are the people we share our lives with, unless something unfortunate takes place.

For that reason, it’s also quite important to consider how to take care of your extended family, too. Odds are, this inquiry can help you feel much more considerate and understanding of their needs, and this attitude of support will often run two ways and become mutually supportive over the years. At least, this is how family is supposed to work, and taking the initiative can be important.

Using the following advice, we’re sure you’ll take care of your extended family well:

Consider Your Elderly Relatives

Your elderly relatives are often the most needful in that without help, they can struggle to get by. It might be that through allowing one to move in, coming to their place to help them arrange their week and perhaps help them with groceries, or researching and booking a place at the best assisted living facilities, you are able to correctly assess their needs and move forward with the measure you deem most appropriate.

Arrange Reunions

Arrange reunions with your loved ones. Odds are, you aren’t quite aware as to how much they miss you, or how much you can get along if only you are in the same environment. For example, it might be that you have a wedding coming up, and inviting your extended family in a curated list can help you once again meet them in a connected manner. It might also be that another life milestone is worth the celebration. Or, alternatively, it might be that despite an upcoming family event taking place miles and miles from where you live, you decide to attend with your children and give them the benefit of the doubt.

Include Them Where Appropriate

Include your family where appropriate. For example, if your elderly relative is in need of help, do not make the decisions simply because you are closest to them. Confer with your siblings, Ensure that you can speak to your family and respect their opinions. Even if you are estranged from them for good reason, sometimes matters of importance like this take precedence. It’s in this way that you can become a reliable and respectable node within your family unit, and it’s likely that others will follow suit.

With this advice, we hope you can take care of your extended family appropriately.

Italian Beef Hoagie – Yum!

Italian Beef Hoagie – Yum!

 

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Easy crockpot recipe for this tasty Italian Beef Hoagie.

The holidays are here!  That means most of us are busy, busy, busy!  This time of year planning and preparing daily family meals becomes yet another chore tacked on to our list of daily chores.  I try to make my life easier and my family fed by having ready to serve or easy to prepare ingredients on hand.  One of our family favorites is this Italian Beef Hoagie.

I make beef filling in the crockpot, so it cooks even if I’m out shopping.  I use a large roast so that there will be lots of left overs to save for another day.  It keeps for several days in the fridge, in fact the flavor gets better with age, just like beef stew!  Or I can freeze it and heat it up when I’m ready to throw a sandwich together.

I usually pick up a loaf or two of french rolls on my way home for these hoagies, or if I have time I bake my own bread using Bridgeford frozen bread dough.  Served with soup or salad this hoagie makes a delicious and hearty meal.

Ingredients:

3-4 pound chuck roast
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 can Rotel – Italian flavored if you can find it
1 can Beef Broth
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 cup Peperoncini
1/2 cup Roasted Red Peppers
1/4 cup pimiento
Jalapenos to taste – I usually don’t add this to the crockpot because my baby grandchildren have this too.  I can spice things up, but I can’t unspice them, so we add the jalapenos when we assemble the sandwich.
Crusty rolls
Provolone Slices or other cheese slices

Directions:

Place all ingredients except bread and cheese into crockpot.

Cook for 4-6 hours or until beef is falling apart.

Using 2 forks shred the beef.

You can now cool it off and store or make sandwiches.

Sandwich assembly:

BeefIf beef is cold, remove any solidified fat and warm it up a bit.

Split roll in half, but don’t cut thru.

Place one slice of cheese on the bread.

Add desired amount of beef, spoon some sauce over it.

Place another slice of cheese on the beef.

Add more pepperoncini, roasted red peppers, and jalapenos if desired.

Place sandwich on parchment covered sheet and broil on high until cheese melts. and bread starts to toast around the edges.

Remove from oven and serve.

You can serve this with a small bowl of the sauce (heated up) for dipping.  Yummy!

 

Italian Beef Hoagie
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A hearty meal that's so easy to make. The beef is prepared in a crockpot so it soaks in the seasoning. This is one recipe you will want to make ahead of time or make extra for left overs, the longer it sits in it's juices the tastier it gets.
Servings Prep Time
6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4-6 Hours 4-6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4-6 Hours 4-6 Hours
Italian Beef Hoagie
Print Recipe
A hearty meal that's so easy to make. The beef is prepared in a crockpot so it soaks in the seasoning. This is one recipe you will want to make ahead of time or make extra for left overs, the longer it sits in it's juices the tastier it gets.
Servings Prep Time
6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4-6 Hours 4-6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4-6 Hours 4-6 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
Cooking Directions
  1. Place all ingredients except bread and cheese into crockpot.
  2. Cook for 4-6 hours or until beef is falling apart.
  3. Using 2 forks shred the beef.
  4. You can now cool it off and store or make sandwiches. If you are storing it be sure to store the beef in it's liquid. You can reheat the liquid to use for dipping.
Assembly
  1. If beef is cold, remove any solidified fat and warm it up a bit.
  2. Split roll in half, but don't cut thru.
  3. Place one slice of cheese on the bread.
  4. Add desired amount of beef, spoon some sauce over it.
  5. Place another slice of cheese on the beef.
  6. Add more pepperoncini, roasted red peppers, and jalapenos if desired.
  7. Place sandwich on parchment covered sheet and broil on high until cheese melts. and bread starts to toast around the edges.
  8. Remove from oven and serve.
Recipe Notes

You can serve this with a small bowl of the sauce (heated up) for dipping. Yummy!Beef

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Not Scary Halloween Movies for Little Kids

Not Scary Halloween Movies for Little Kids

Halloween is tomorrow!  This year it falls on a Friday, perfect for parties, trick-or-treating, and other fun activities for everyone.

A Halloween movie is a great way to end the night filled with activities and candy.  Watching an age appropriate movie is a great way to wind the night down and get the kiddies ready for a good night’s sleep.  A Halloween movie is a great way to end the night filled with activities and candy.  Watching an age appropriate movie is a great way to wind the night down and get the kiddies ready for a good night’s sleep.  The sooner the kids settle down the sooner adults can make the most of the rest of the evening!

Here are a few not so scary Halloween movies that kids of all ages should enjoy without having nightmares.  It’s not to late to find them at your local discount store or order them on NetFlix or whatever video service you use.

A Halloween classic, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, is aired annually on network TV and is available on DVD.  It follows the Peanuts gang as Linus awaits the arrival of the Great Pumpkin whom Linus believes appears every Halloween to give good children presents.

Heffalump is an adventure with the cuddly Winnie the Pooh characters confronts their fears of lurking monsters.  It teaches kids to confront their own fears.

One of my favorite.  The Goonies has all the ingredients for a fun adventure: treasure, good guys and bad guys.  It also teaches compassion for those less fortunate. A true childhood classic!

Halloweentown premiered on the Disney Channel in 1998.  It has since spawned several sequels.  It’s about a teenage girl who discovers she comes from a long line of witches.  She visits her ancestral home in Halloweentown and solves the mystery behind the disappearances there.

What happens when the monster under the bed doesn’t scare you?  Find out in this new Disney Classic Monsters, Inc.

How can anyone be afraid of Casper the small friendly ghost?  This heartwarming story about friendship will have kids and adults cheering for the good guys.

Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

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Classic Halloween Movies for Adults

Classic Halloween Movies for Adults

With Halloween just around the corner many of us a busy with last minute preparations including finding the perfect Halloween movies.

I know one of the the favorite activities during this season is watching scary movies, everyone wants to be scared for just a little bit.  But it seems that  Halloween movies get bloodier and gorier each year and the higher the body count the more popular the flick is.   I personally don’t like blood and gore.  Watching zombies chew up body parts are not my idea of a scary Halloween movie, gross but not really scary.  I much prefer classic Halloween movies that don’t involve too much blood and guts splashing across the screen and screaming high school kids frantically running from zombies or monsters.

In my opinion classic Halloween movies that play on your mind are much more scary and can really send goosebumps up your arm for days if not weeks to come.

So pop some corn, grab your movie partner, and get comfy, I’m going to share with you 6 of my all time favorite classic Halloween movies.  If you prefer the blood and gore then pop one of John Carpenter’s Halloween movies in your DVD.  I hope you enjoy them, but if you’re looking for something that’s subtly scary read on!

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classic halloween moviesThe Sixth Sense

“I see dead people” the boy whispers, it never fails to send chills down my spine.  The movie hooks you in from the start and ends with an unexpected surprise.

I love this movie!  If you haven’t seen it you must, if you’ve seen it before it’s definitely worth seeing again.

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classic halloween moviesPsycho

When I say Psycho I mean the original 1960 version, not the recent remake.  Although I have to admit watching the series for a while, it was pretty good.

But the original version of Psycho is classic Hitchcock.  Easy on the gore; heavy on the suspense.  The soundtrack is enough to bring on nightmares!

Did you know that Hitchcock filmed this movie in black and white because of the infamous shower scene?  It’s true, he did because he didn’t want the bloody scene to be too gory.  He felt it would detract from the story line.

 

 

classic halloween moviesWhat Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

This classic movie is a real thriller.  Jane, aka Baby Jane in her child star days, and her wheelchair bound sister, Blanche, also an aging child star, are forced to live together in an old Hollywood mansion.

Watch the sisters’ plot and plan as one is bent of revenge and the other desperately trying to regain her childhood career.

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classic halloween moviesThe Exorcist

This movie was released when I was in 8th. grade.  After much begging I finally got my parents to agree to let me see the movie.  I had nightmares for months!

The whole movie is about a teenage girl played by Linda Blair, who somehow gets possessed by the devil.  The desperate mother turns to a Catholic priest who spends days trying to rid the child of the evil entity.

Ever since I first say this movie I’ve never been able to eat pea soup again!  Watch it, you’ll see what I mean.

 

 

classic halloween moviesBram Stoker’s Dracula

A list of classic Halloween movies wouldn’t be complete with out at least one vampire movie and Dracula is probably the most famous or infamous vampire.

Over the years since Bram Stoker’s classic novel was published in 1897 there have been numerous movies produced.  It’s actually hard to choose one as I actually like a couple of them.  Old time favorites are  Christopher Lee’s  1958 movie The Horror of Dracula and Bela Lugosi’s 1931 Dracula.

But recently those 2 favorites have gotten to seem a bit campy, what with all the new fangled special effects they use these days.  So my current favorite is the Francis Ford Coppola 1992 production.  It does not disappoint!

 

 

classic halloween moviesThe Good Son

This 1993 thriller with child star Macaulay Culkin of the Home Alone movies fame is a lesson in good and evil and that things or people aren’t always what they seem to be.

These are just 6 of my all time favorite Halloween movies, I hope you find them enjoyable.

Do you have a favorite Halloween movie?  Please share it with us!

Happy Halloween!

 

 

4 Easy Halloween Dinner Recipes

4 Easy Halloween Dinner Recipes

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Halloween night is always hectic in my house.  I always make something quick and easy for dinner so the kids can get dressed and head out for some trick-or-treating before it gets too late.

I also look for recipes that aren’t just quick and easy clean up should be quick too.  I sure don’t want to come home to a sink full of pots, pans, and dishes after spending a couple of hours trekking thru the neighborhood toting bags bulging with the kids’ Halloween haul!

I’ve found 3 easy to make recipes I thought we’d try one of them this year, it will be a change from the plain meals we usually throw together.

This Jack-O-Lantern Tamale Bake from Woman’s Day uses boxed cornbread and takes less than an hour to make.
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This Baked Stuffed Pumpkin from Country Living is a great way to use those small pumpkins.

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Everyone loves stuffed pasta.  Try these Pumpkin and Ricotta Stuffed Shells by Love and Olive Oil for a filling Halloween meal.

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Stuffed peppers are always filling and easy to make.  Using orange bell peppers with pumpkin faces make great Stuff Jack-O-Lantern Peppers.

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