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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Why You Should Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner's Beater Bar.....



Sorry for the super nasty photos that follow.  There are just some things us homemakers MUST talk about....


So, yes, I knew this.  I KNOW we are supposed to clean the hair off of our vacuum cleaner's beater bar on a regular basis.  But.... well, I got lazy and HELLO THIS IS GROSS!!!!





According to this website, this is WHY we should make sure we clean the hair off on a regular basis.

Vacuums are the cleaning workhorse of our carpeted rooms, but every once in a while they need a little cleaning themselves so that they can keep operating properly. Most are already familiar with cleaning or replacing the vacuum bag since that happens on a more regular basis but it is not as common to remove the roller brush and clean it as well. If you live in a household with long haired people or animals you may know this problem all too well. As the vacuum runs along the carpet it picks up hair that wraps around (and almost dreads) your roller brush. When enough hair builds up, the roller brush is no longer able to rotate and stops picking up hair and debris on your floor. Luckily it's an easy and quick fix.

I finally cleaned mine last week.  Yep, disgusting.  All three of us girls in this home have long hair, so you better believe there was a TON of hair to remove.  



So now?  Our vacuum cleaner is running MUCH better than it was!!  We only purchased this vacuum 6 months ago and already we had this much hair.  YIKES!!  Lesson learned- I will clean it off WAY more often than every 6 months!!!!


How often do YOU clean the hair off the beater bar?  If you have pets, definitely be sure and look to see if it needs cleaning!!  And if you cannot figure out how to remove the beater bar, youtube is your best friend. Type in the brand of your vacuum and some nice person has surely uploaded a video of how to do it on your exact machine.  YAY for technology!!!





Monday, August 21, 2017

Super Simple Peach Cobbler...



This recipe is one my mother has always made.  If you ask her, she will say it's not "real" peach cobbler.  She loves the peach cobbler with hand rolled, homemade crust on top and fresh peaches on the inside.  Yes, it's tasty. But for me??? Oh I LOVE my mother's super simple version.  Quick. Tasty.  Can't beat that combination!!!

Recently, Caroline (7) has decided this is HER dessert to make for the family.  I put the pan in the oven and take it out, but she does everything else.  And she LOVES that she's making something  yummy for all of us. She made it tonight, as a matter of fact, and declared that next time she makes it she WILL have vanilla ice cream to put on top for everyone.  Sounds PERFECT!!!




Super Simple Peach Cobbler

1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup all purpose, unbleached flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
2 (15 oz) cans of peaches

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a 9x13 place the stick of butter and put the pan in the oven.  Remove as soon as the butter melts completely (maybe 5 minutes??? WATCH CAREFULLY!!!!).

In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and stir to combine.  Mix in milk and stir well.  No lumps are wanted in this.  :)  Set aside.

As soon as butter is melted, remove from oven.  Pour the batter into the melted butter in the 9x13.  Then pour the canned peaches (juice and all!!!) on top.  You may want to carefully move a few of the peaches around so that they cover the whole pan evenly.

Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.  Then wait.  This is always the hardest part, by far.  




This is such an easy and delicious dessert!!  If you keep canned peaches in your pantry, you're pretty much always ready with a treat for last minute drop in guests!!  


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Roasted Sausage and Peppers....



Roasted Sausage and Peppers is one of the easiest recipes I make. This also happens to be one of the favorite dishes of my seven year old.  I'm talking, when she sees me put the smoked sausage in the grocery cart, she starts jumping up and down.  Seriously.


(By the way, there ARE other things than just sausage and peppers in the recipe, that's what we have always ended up calling this dish over the years.)

The recipe is so so simple. It's just a matter of chopping your veggies and sausages then boom they're roasting away in the oven!!  Gives you plenty of time to wash up any dishes from the day and then maybe relax a few minutes before the oven timer goes off.



Roasted  Sausage and Peppers

2 smoke sausage links (something like this)
1 onion
4 bell peppers any color (we used red, yellow, orange, and green here)
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 head of broccoli (I use the floret part only)
good pinch of kosher salt
2 T extra virgin olive oil

Heat your oven to 375 degrees.  Chop up the sausage, onion, peppers, garlic, and broccoli.  Place them on a cookie sheet with a rim.  Drizzle on olive oil and sprinkle on salt.  Toss it all together with your hands.  Cook for 20 minutes then remove from oven and toss around.  Place back in oven for another 25 minutes to finish cooking.  



Like any recipe, make this like YOUR family likes.  They LOVE onion?  Add more!!  They only like green peppers?  Use just those.  Y'all detest garlic?  Leave it out.  You, fellow homemaker, know best what your family prefers.

This can be served over rice or pasta, but we eat it just like this- scoop it up off the cookie sheet and onto our plates and enjoy!! OH! And Caroline (7) says to be sure and tell you that she adds a dash of balsamic vinegar and really REALLY likes it this way.




Sunday, May 21, 2017

Scripture Sunday... 5.21.17...



But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 
James 1:5

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Favorites.... Olive oil soap...





I've shared before with y'all how I've had weird skin issues.  I'm still not 100% sure if it is caused by fragrances or by whatever is it soaps these days.  Regardless, I've eliminated most non-natural smells from our home (well I do have one favorite perfume I'll share another Friday!!) as well as store bought soaps.  I make my own hand soap, use Ivory Dishwashing liquid (watered down even!), I "wash" my hair with conditioner, and I found the BEST homemade soap that is local to me!!!

Sweet Teas Soaps & Stuff is WONDERFUL!!  I've been buying their soaps for several years now and have had ZERO issues with my skin cracking or getting super duper dry.  YAY!!!  Their bars are HUGE so I always cut them in half before I put them in the shower.  I wipe them on my poofy (what do you call them?) and they suds up nicely!!!

Their website says this about their ingredients...
Our soap is made in small batches from pure Olive Oil, Distilled Water and Sodium Hydroxide – the most basic ingredients – just as our ancestors would have used in the pioneer days. There are many healing benefits to olive oil soap and it cleans and soothes the skin like no other. We have unscented soap as well as many with different Fragrance Oils, Spices and Additives for exfoliation. The fragrances are long lasting and the bars are oversized at 6+ oz and can easily be cut in half so they last even longer.)
So if any of y'all are looking for some quality soap that won't bother your skin, try my FAVORITE- Sweet Teas Soaps!!!!


(I'm not an affiliate for Sweet Teas.  I'm just sharing what works for me and what I LOVE!!!!)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

An Old Favorite... Better Homes and Garden Cookbook...


I'm sure I'm not the only one with a love for cookbooks.  I've got a bazillion of them.  I had to give some away a few years ago because I read out of room!!!  Anyone else "been there, done that"? 

This cookbook, Better Homes and Gardens, is one that will always remain on my shelf.  It's got so many "old faithfuls" that I trust again and again.  Their pancake recipe is WONDERFUL!!!!!  Oh!! And their Chocolate Crinkle cookies are DY-NO-MITE!!!  OH!!! I could go on and on, but I do love this cookbook.

I pulled it out yesterday as I needed a basic yellow cake recipe for Caroline's birthday cake.  Very easy and turned out just like a yellow cake should- simple and delicious!! (Well, except Caroline, being her girly girl self, insisted we add sprinkles to the batter!!)

I was curious about this cookbook, so I googled the history of it.  I had NO idea it started in 1930!!  No wonder the cover of this one says "New!"  Go to their website post and read all about it!  Here's a sneak peak...


Throughout the years, the cookbook adapted to the times while remaining true to its original mission of providing cooks with a trustworthy cooking resource. The formula has worked. The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book -- with its distinctive red-and-white plaid cover -- is one of the world's most recognized books. In 1930, when that full-page ad claimed that there had never before been a cookbook like this one, it might have seemed quite the boast. But 34 million copies later, it's almost an understatement.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Brown Sugar Granola...


I've been making granola for years.  SO easy and tasty and cost effective!!  I mentioned in another post that I've been wanting to find ways to cut back on our weekly grocery bill.  Making our own cereal is definitely one way to do that!! I've been out of the habit for a while, but mmmmmm was my family happy that I started baking up an easy batch of granola again!!!

I've been making Peanut Butter Granola for a long while.  Buuuuut my littlest girl doesn't like peanut butter (I KNOW!!! Can you believe it???!!!)  Thankfully I found this yummy recipe on Hillbilly Housewife's site!!  

I have made a few changes from the original recipe, so this is how I am making it.  You can read there original here.  (By the way, Hillbilly Housewife has some GREAT recipes!!!) 



Brown Sugar Granola...

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups rolled oats (old fashioned oats)


In a large 4 quart saucepan melt the butter, brown sugar, salt, and water together. Stir it well and let it simmer for a few minutes (2 or 3 minutes should be enough). Remove the pot from the stove and stir up the granola. You want to coat the oats with the brown sugar and butter so keep stirring until everything is moistened. Put the granola onto a cookie sheet, the kind with sides. Bake it at 375° for 15-20 minutes until it is golden brown and doesn’t look “wet” anymore. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the granola to cool right there in the pan. When it is cool, break it up into small pieces and transfer it to a storage container with a lid. 

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