Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Great idea for removing stains from baking sheets

My friend, Dianna, posted on her blog a great kitchen tip.  Her tip is on how to remove stains from your baking sheets

I have a couple of pans that might benefit from this cleaning tip.  I will need to pick up some oven cleaner the next time I am at the store.

I know that over the years I have come across baking sheets that were horrible that looked like Dianna's in her post.  Perhaps those baking sheets could have possibly been saved had I known this tip on how to clean them.

I would love to hear if you have used this trick or a different one to clean baking sheets.  Please share your experiences below.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Tonight I made two Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Pies.  The strawberries were from the five full flats I purchased last month.  (Read about that.)

The rhubarb was fresh from my Aunt Charlene's garden.  She brought the rhubarb up on Monday when she came up to visit and to help me can.

I followed Simply Recipes recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.  I did add more strawberries than rhubarb as we prefer it with more sweet than tart.  I also did not add the orange zest due to not having any on hand.

I followed the Gluten-Free Pie Crust recipe that is in my book, The Gluten-Free Way:  My Way.  (Except that I now weigh my flours and do not use Xanthan gum in the pie crust.)

I am not sure why they overflowed so much.  This is the second time I have this recipe.  The first time was in July this year when we were visiting Aunt Charlene.  She is the one that found the recipe.

I am thinking that maybe the strawberries were just too juicy.  I drained them after they were thawed and then let them drain some more right before adding in the sugar and other ingredients.  There was a good amount of juice, too.

I do like this recipe and it is an easy one.  This did not take me too long as the strawberries were prepped and frozen last month.  I thawed them and my aunt prepped the rhubarb for me.

Hubby enjoyed the last pie and did not complain when I said I would be making another one.  He then clarified if I would be making one or two.  I said, "Two."

Have you had Strawberry Rhubarb Pie?  Do you prefer more strawberries or more rhubarb?  Please share below.


Getting it Together - an ebook by Kayse Pratt

While reading some blogs the other day, I clicked on other bloggers that were referenced within those posts.  One of those bloggers was Kayse Pratt.

I signed up for Kayse's newsletter and was given a code to redeem for a free copy of her ebook, "Getting it Together."  I was able to complete this process within minutes.

The one page in this ebook that caught my eye was the one entitled "Monthly Meal Planning."  I printed this one out as soon as I saw it.

While doing my grocery list last Saturday before going shopping, I used this Monthly Meal Planning sheet to write down the meals for the month.  I liked how the dinners each have a date by them.  The breakfasts, lunches, and snacks each have a few lines each.  I hardly ever plan breakfasts or lunches out for the whole month.  I usually just buy what we normally eat and then go from there.

When Hubby and I went shopping, it was great to be able to reference this meal planner.  I could just glance down the list.

I have a couple of other meal planner sheets that I like.  I have found those helpful for planning out a week of meals at a time so that I can see what meals I still need to figure out and put onto the menu.

This monthly meal planning sheet worked well for me while shopping.  It allowed me (and Hubby) to see all of my meals on one page, plus snacks!

I would love to hear your thoughts on how you monthly menu plan!  Please share in the comments below.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Daily Housekeeping Schedule - a free printable from The Time-Wrap Wife

I enjoy seeing how other people track and organize their housekeeping tasks.  I think it is because I am a list person.  I like lists.

I came across this free printable the other day when looking on another blog.  This is a Daily Housekeeping Schedule from The Time-Wrap Wife.  I just wanted to share this with you.

I like this housekeeping schedule as it lists things to do each day.  I appreciate the questions on it for Thursday asking what you are out of while doing your shopping list.

I know that I tend to forget things when out shopping if I do not have a list to reference.  See?  I use lists all the time.

How do you track and maintain your housekeeping schedule?  Do you use a list that is on paper, on a calendar, on your phone or other smart device?  Do you use an app on your phone or device to track things for you?  Do you subscribe to a website or email list that sends you tasks to do or lists to go by?

I would love to hear how you organize in your home.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mountain Springs Lodge in Leavenworth, Washington

Mountain Springs Lodge in Leavenworth, Washington.
Snowmobiles parked on the path while we take in the view.  Mountain Springs Lodge in Leavenworth, Washington.
Back in March 2012, I was offered the opportunity to do an on-location article for The Ranger.  The location for this article was the Mountain Springs Lodge just outside of Leavenworth, Washington.

I was able to take my family with me.  We stayed in one of the log cabins at the resort.  The cabin had everything you needed - except for the food!  There were towels in the bathroom along with a stack washer and dryer.  The kitchen had a refrigerator, dishwasher, and all serving ware and utensils.  There was a hot tub and BBQ on the front deck.  We were set! 

My two oldest boys and I were taken on a snowmobile tour.  The snowmobile rental office is on site and they have everything you need:  gear and the snowmobiles.  Oh, and they offer tours with professional guides. 

Mark Gubrud, our tour guide, calmed my fears about driving a snowmobile.  I had never been on a snowmobile tour before.  My boys were excited and I was scared.  My boys and I learned the hand signals to let each other know to stop, slow down, and when we are ready to go. 

Along the trails (that are groomed in the winter for snowmobiles and are horse trails during the summer), we would pull over and stop for a bit.  The views we saw of the mountains and valley were incredible!    

After the tour, we went back to the cabin.  My husband asked me how it was and my quick reply was, "I want one!"  This was not the answer he was expecting from me.  I am not the "type" to do a lot of outdoor activities like snowmobiling.   

Since then, my boys have asked when we are going back to do some more snowmobiling.  I would love to go over there and do some of their other snowmobile tours.  

So, if you are able to ride a snowmobile and are in the Leavenworth area, I highly recommend going for a tour at the Mountain Springs Lodge.  It is so much fun!