CLEAN OUT YOUR INBOX WEEK (JANUARY 25-31)

Take advantage of Clean Out Your Inbox Week and go through old emails. Remember those emails you “starred” but likely never followed up on? If you’re like me, those are ideas that you sent to yourself while you were trying to fall asleep or names of people who you met and wanted to connect with at a later date.

It will feel really good to start the year out without 10,245 emails in your inbox!

Get Organized Month

January is Get Organized Month!!

The freshness of a new, un-scribbled calendar. The clean lines of household furniture, freed from December’s tinsel, trash, and clutter. The sweet silence of the second cup of coffee after the children mount the school bus. The delicious feeling of energy to spare, the energy released, but not expended, by December’s holiday frenzy.

I know we have been running around our house getting all the germs out and everything put together to have a clean house!

Here are a few helpful tips.

  • I am purging everything! Things that I have not used in 1 year are being thrown away or donated. Things that have not been used for 6 months are being put aside to be thrown away or donated in 6 more months.
  • Do one room at a time and start from the top to the bottom.

 

Storing Items according to organizedhome.com

Some items will always make the storage cut, and have a just and proper place in your storage plan:

  • Clothing (out-of-season clothing, children’s hand-me-down candidates, maternity clothes)
  • Seasonal décor items (Christmas trees and decorations, Easter baskets, Halloween costumes)
  • Household file archives (tax records, personal documents, family information and files)
  • Sentimental and keepsake items (old yearbooks, children’s’ schoolwork and report cards, photos)
  • Luggage
  • Sporting goods (bicycles, skis and snowboards, skates, camping equipment, outdoor game sets)
  • Children’s storage (outgrown baby equipment, toys, children’s keepsakes, boxes held for college-age or young adult children, grandma’s toy chest items)
  • Sewing, hobby and craft equipment and supplies (sewing machine, fabrics, hobby supplies)
  • Party and hospitality supplies (coffee urn, paper goods, extra glasses, punch bowl, seasonal tablecloths, card tables, extra chairs, extra beds and bedding used for houseguests)
  • Less-used cleaning equipment and supplies (carpet steam-cleaner, window cleaning poles and squeegees, automotive cleaning supplies)
  • Tools and hardware (hand tools, power tools, hardware items, ladder, garden tools, auto repair tools and supplies)
  • Original packaging for computer, audio and video components (keep boxes and packaging for newer components, as the manufacturer may condition warranty service on returning the item in original packaging; toss packaging for out-of-warranty items)

 

Have Fun Getting Organized!

 

 

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 store-bought pre-made oreo crust (save the lid) – graham cracker crust works too
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 12 oz . cream cheese (1 1/2 pkg.), softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 6 oz . white chocolate, chopped or 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a small saucepan, whisk together 1 Tbsp granulated sugar and cornstarch until well blended. Stir in cold water and add raspberries. Cook over medium heat whisking frequently, until mixture reaches a boil. Allow mixture to gently boil about 5 minutes whisking constantly and reducing temperature slightly if necessary to reduce splattering until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat and force sauce through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl to remove seeds, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese and granulated sugar until fluffy, about 1 minute. Mix in egg and egg white. Add vanilla and lemon juice. Set mixture aside.
  3. Melt white chocolate with cream in a double boiler until melted and smooth, or melt in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave on 50% power in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. Add melted chocolate mixture to cream cheese mixture and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour 2/3 cup cheesecake mixture into the Oreo crust and spread evenly over bottom. Drizzle or spoon with 2 Tbsp raspberry sauce. Slowly ladle remaining cheesecake mixture over the drizzled raspberry sauce, covering all the raspberry sauce (you just don’t want it to show through). Swirl cheesecake with a toothpick or knife (you’re just swirling that inside layer of sauce, for now, be careful not to let the sauce show through). Carefully jiggle the pan to even out the top. Now, fill a clean medicine syringe with raspberry sauce and begin to pipe small circles in a swirl pattern over cheesecake. Take a toothpick or sharp pointy knife and beginning with the center circle, run the toothpick through the center of each heart (don’t lift the toothpick out until you finish the last circle).
  5. Bake cheesecake for 40 minutes, then turn oven off and leave cheesecake in the oven for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Cover with saved lid and refrigerate until fully set about 6 hours. Top slices with remaining raspberry sauce and optional sweetened whipped cream (for extra indulgence =).
Recipe and picture from cookingclassy.com

Shelter your Bill from the Cold!

 

Winter is upon us, and cold temperatures will remain in the region.

The low temperatures will put higher stress on equipment used to generate and deliver electricity.
In addition, energy bills can increase when temperatures plummet. Use these tips to help you use less energy.
 
Electric heating can be the biggest contributor to high winter bills. Select the lowest comfortable setting on your thermostat when you’re home. Lower the temperature a degree or two when you leave.
Inefficient electric heating can also add to monthly power bills during colder temperatures. Get regular service calls from a licensed technician to properly maintain your heating and cooling system.
Leave drapes or blinds open during sunny winter days to allow the sun’s rays to warm the house, but close them at night to help insulate your home.
One of the easiest things customers can do to support electric heating efficiency is to change air filters regularly. A dirty air filter makes an electric heating system work harder, which uses more energy.

Bacon Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll

INGREDIENTS

  • 16 slices bacon, thick-cut
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ rotisserie chicken, or 2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
  • 6 lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 6 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup spinach

ingredientS

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Over a long sheet of saran wrap, lay 8 of the bacon strips down back to back. Lifting up every other strip, fold about 1-inch the bacon back on itself. Lay another slice of bacon perpendicular to the strips and fold the flaps back over the horizontal strip of bacon. Repeat with the rest of the bacon until a tight weave has formed. Set aside in the fridge.
  3. In a medium saucepan, add the butter and garlic over medium heat, cooking until aromatic, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the cream, and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the Parmesan, parsley, salt, and pepper, stirring constantly until the cheese has melted and there are no lumps remaining.
  6. Pour half of the mixture over the shredded chicken, reserving the other half to use a sauce in the end.
  7. Mix the chicken with the sauce until thoroughly combined.
  8. On a separate sheet of saran wrap, lay down the lasagna noodles, overlapping them slightly.
  9. Spread the chicken mixture over the noodles, making sure that you leave about a 1-centimeter gap at the bottom so the noodles have room to roll on themselves.
  10. Place the cheese slices evenly across the chicken, then press the spinach into a row centered between the cheese slices.
  11. While one hand keeps the spinach flat, use the other hand to lift the saran wrap up and over, causing the noodles to roll on themselves. Make sure to roll tightly until the entire thing has come together into a neatly rolled bundle.
  12. Transfer the lasagna roll to the bottom of the bacon weave, and repeat the saran wrap rolling process until the bacon has tightly and completely wrapped the lasagna roll.
  13. Unwrap and transfer to a baking tray.
  14. Bake for about 25 minutes until the bacon is starting to get crispy but not too dark.
  15. Cool for about 15 minutes, then transfer the roll to a cutting board.
  16. Slice generous 1-inch thick portions, then serve with the remaining Alfredo sauce.

Rice Krispie Treat Twist

1.5 bag of marshmallows

1 TBS Vanilla

3 TBS of Butter

6  Cups of Rice Krispies

 

 

  1. Using low heat, melt the butter in a  nonstick pan.
  2. Then melt the marshmallows.
  3. After you melt the marshmallow add the vanilla.,
  4. Add rice Krispies
  5. Press into a greased jelly roll pan using a ziplock bag turn it inside out and put butter on it while pressing. This will prevent sticking to the bag.
  6. Let sit for an hour or until cool.

 

 

 

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution

Whatever your New Year Resolutions may be for 2018, here are some ideas to help you achieve them:

Be More Productive

How to Increase Your Productivity by 1000%

Get Richer

Make Better Use of Your Time

Look into side work from home jobs that allow you to work on your time and doesn’t require you to spend money.

Stop Procrastinating

   STOP PROCRASTINATING TIP: PRACTICE DISCOMFORT

Keep a Journal

Have More Fun, Go On More Adventures

How to Keep a Journal – Two Methods You Should Try

Cross a Few Items Off of Your Bucket List

Become a Better Person

Three Effective Methods For Making Better Decisions

Be Happier

Be More Creative

Find Work You Love

Write a Novel

Increase Your Willpower

YOU CAN DO IT!

 

New Year Resolutions

According to a recent ComRes poll, the most common New Year’s resolutions include:

  1. Exercise more (38 percent)
  2. Lose weight (33 percent)
  3. Eat more healthily (32 percent)
  4. Take a more active approach to health (15 percent) =
  5. Learn new skill or hobby (15 percent) =
  6. Spend more time on personal wellbeing (12 percent) =
  7. Spend more time with family and friends (12 percent) =
  8. Drink less alcohol (12 percent) =
  9. Stop smoking (9 percent)
  10. Other (1 percent)

Many people try to better their well-being.

Some try to save more money!

In order to do both don’t pay those gym memberships and take the stairs, walk and watch free videos on youtube!

What is your New Year’s resolution this year?

Orange Creamsicle Fluff

Ingredients

  • 1 box orange Jell-O
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 Cool Whip 8 oz.
  • 1 can mandarin oranges 14 oz., drained
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine orange Jell-O and boiling water. Whisk until Jell-O is dissolved. Add cold water and allow to chill for 15 minutes in the refrigerator. Slowly whisk in vanilla pudding mix until smooth and chill for another 15-20 minutes or until it becomes slightly thickened. Fold in Cool Whip, mandarin oranges, and marshmallows. Chill for at least 1 hour.

Winter Solstice 2017

Winter Solstice is December 21st this year!

According to holidayinsights.com, Winter Solstice marks the beginning of winter and is the shortest day of the year. On this day, it seems as if the nighttime darkness lasts all day and all night. At the North Pole, the sun never rises on this day. It is not the coldest days of winter, as the northern hemisphere continues to lose more heat than it gains. This will continue until late in winter, as the longer daylight hours at that point begin to have a net warming effect. But for now, heat up a cup of hot chocolate and put another log on the fire! Winter will be here for a while.

By the way, while the northern hemisphere is experiencing it’s shortest day, the southern hemisphere is basking in sunshine and enjoying the first day of summer.

For thousands of years, Winter Solstice has celebrated the new solar year. It celebrates the return of the sun, as every day now will see more sun. The sun is at its southernmost point, and now begins it’s long, six-month journey north.