Now I love cleaning my stove grates

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I admit it- I have NEVER been a fan of cleaning EVER! However when you combine minimal effort and maximum results I’m all over it. I pretty much gave up on cleaning my gas stove grates years ago. The gunk that cakes on them from years of boil overs and heat is daunting to even think it will come off.
Thank you Pinterest for introducing me to the best trick ever: ammonia and a ziplock bag. Add 1/4 cup ammonia to the ziplock bag then place one stove grate in each bag and zip closed. I did mine in stages so I could still cook. Leave them a minimum of 8 hours in a well ventilated area and put bag on a cookie sheet just incase it leaks. The liquid doesn’t need to cover the grate- its the fumes that does the work? I put mine outside for a whole day.
I had 17 years of yuck on my grates. The first set of grates I left for 8-10 hours and I had to scrub a little bit and actually put them back in the bags for another run with fresh ammonia. But I got so busy for the other set they were in the bags for two days!! When I took them out and ran them under water the gunk SLID RIGHT OFF!!
Look real close at my photo and you can see the grate on the left is black with gunk- the grate on the right is back to its original grey color and it shines no!
Check out the Pinterest post below that started my experiment and have some kitchen magic fun!

http://www.thevspotblog.com/2011/07/cleaning-stove-burners-grates-best.html

Fried Ice Cream is ridiculous goodness

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I’ve been so busy as a realtor, I haven’t had enough time to test my favorite Pinterest recipes. But last week I had to get back to the kitchen and tested this Fried Ice Cream recipe. I made it to take to our local Ronald McDonald house for dessert. That’s when I found out I had a hit on my hands!!!! The only cooking involved is caramelizing the crushed corn flakes. For the frozen part, thaw your vanilla ice cream so it is workable, mix in the whipped topping to make it creamy, add the secret cinnamon ingredient build the delectable dessert.
The recipe is easy to double if you have a big crowd. This might just be a substitute to birthday cakes in our house!!!

http://theimperfecthousewife.blogspot.com/2009/09/fried-ice-cream-dessert.html

Pioneer Woman’s potatoes awesome alternative to baked potatoes

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What an amazing change to baked potatoes. So simple and yummy all rolled into one. I used 8 red potatoes and we had lots left over. What can be more simple than boiling potatoes for about 10 minutes and the smashing them onto a generously oiled sheet pan. I was a little chicken to put the potatoes on the top shelf of my oven, the potatoes would have been a little more crispy if I had. Next time I will. Make sure you olive oil the well so they get crispy. Thank you Pioneer Woman!

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/06/crash-hot-potatoes/

Stretch a pound of hamburger into Mexican Pizza

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Feeding my always hungry son can be a challenge. This recipe was easy to put together I made 5 pizzas and I even ended up with leftovers! One skillet and a cookie sheet is all I needed to get dinner on the table.
The recipe called for Trader Joe brand ingredients but I chose to use the Aldi comparable that were in my pantry. I also used a full pound of hamburger instead of the half pound the recipe called for. One other substitution was my cookie sheet to bake three pizzas at one time instead of a pie tin for each one.
I was totally out of fresh tomatoes and green opinion, so my pizzas had to survive with only black olives and some sour cream for garnish.
Tips was simple and effective. Give it a try

http://traderjoesrecipes.net/mexican-pizza-recipe/

Grout cleaner so easy….and cheap!

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I had no idea my grout had gotten so dirty. My memory had failed me and I had convinced myself that I had actually CHOSEN that grout color in the left photo when we remodeled. How wrong I was!
I saw the remedy on Pinterest and I have included the link

http://www.amumntheoven.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2012-07-28T05:27:00-07:00&max-results=7&start=7&by-date=false

I grabbed my bucket, scrub brush and gloves and gave it a whirl. Don’t get me wrong, I added some elbow grease. It the results were wonderful! I was reintroduced to my original grout color after everything had dried completely. I did make sure I gave the floor a few food rinses so the baking sod didn’t leave its nasty residue.

My dirty grout is in the left photo and my new clean grout on the right.

I think I found a new breakfast!!!

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This simple, simple breakfast is shockingly yummy. When I spotted it on Pinterest it was tops on my gotta try list!
I cut a Granny Smith apple into about 1/2 inch slices and cut out the core so they resemble a fruity version of a bagel. Instead of cream cheese I spread Planters creamy natural peanut butter. I dug out a package of Emerald Breakfast on the Go, but most any trail mix will do. Chop it up so the pieces are smaller. Once the peanut butter is spread on the apple, turn it over into the trail mix to see what sticks.
I got three slices out of my apple but 4 or 5 is totally possible. Enjoy! Enjoy!!

Pioneer Woman “The Bread” – The Best

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So easy and so good. The Pioneer Woman’s recipe for The Bread is simple but effective. This creation turns out like a wonderful buttery soft crouton. I couldn’t stop eating it!!! My only warning would be to watch the bread while it is in the broiler. It could go very wrong- very quick! I broiled on high, on the middle rack of my oven and it took about 5 minutes, but I kept checking it as if my life depended on it. Try this one!

Clean vent covers AND a magic show!

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I am so impressed with how this worked to clean my vent covers on my stove. Probably one if the grimiest things in my kitchen. I have tried traditional scrubbing before and nearly ruined the mesh. I found this method on Pinterest and: POOF!!!! Clean covers!!
Boil water in a pot large enough for your vent covers. When water is boiling add SLOWLY a half cup of baking soda. I can’t EMPHASIZE enough how important it is to ADD THE BAKING SODA SLOWLY!!!!!! Even a teaspoon at a time nearly caused a boil over!!! Dip your covers one at a time in the boiling mixture (I used tongs to hold onto them) it only takes a few minutes to loosen the grease. I finished with a good rinse under my kitchen faucet to wash away the loose gunk. I decided to pour my yucky water in my fire pit outside.
I will remember this for A LONG TIME!

Oven Tacos are Awesome!!

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These were so easy!! Thanks Pinterest for this amazing dinner! I only made a half recipe using one pound of ground beef and ended up with 12 tacos and more filling to spare for leftovers. I froze the other half of my green chilis, tomato sauce and refried beans. We added fresh salsa from SAMs Club, lettuce, sour cream, and olives. I will say one more time. YUM!!!!!

Here’s the Pinterest link to the recipe I used.

http://mommyimhungry.blogspot.com/2012/11/oven-tacos.html?m=1

 

Cheese Bread turned out great!

Cheese Bread turned out great!

Another success!!! Cheese Bread like the biscuits served at Red Lobster was so easy. This was not a yeast bread, it was a quick way to avoid dropping biscuits blobs on to a baking sheet. The tip the recipe uses to prevent the cheese cubes from sinking to the bottom WORKED. Just mix the cheese into the dry flour mixture and then add the wet ingredients.
Next time I make this I would bake a little longer than the recipe states – the bread was a hair doughy in the middle. Another 5 or 10 minutes int eh oven would have made a big difference.
Surprisingly there was bread left over after dinner. Next day we used the taster to warm the bread. That added a nice little crunch – so yummy!