Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Non Toxic Cleaner

Hi!  I wanted to share a post I did over on my Sweet Cheeks blog. I began to think, cooks would appreciate a non toxic cleaner that is AMAZING on a greasy stove top.  Enjoy.

I am really excited to write this post today.  All my friends and family know I have a wicked crush on this product.  However, let me give you the back story of how my romance started.

When my daughter was about 10 months old we got an  infestation of fleas.  As you can imagine, I am not a flea bomb sort of girl.  I tried every natural remedy I read.  I was vacuuming 3-4 times a day.  And while I managed to keep them from getting worse, I could not rid ourselves of them. 

Frustrated and about in tears, I took to the internet again.  I really didn't want to bomb, for many reasons, not the least of which she was crawling and putting everything in her mouth and the thought of pesticide residue over every inch of the house made me shudder.  Then I came across Kleen- Free Naturally.

Well, more accurately I came across a site that recommended them for a  non-toxic way to ride yourself of fleas.  I steeled myself for one more disappointment and ordered.

I  received my package and started using it daily.  It required effort.  I sprayed twice a day and vacuumed 1-2 times daily for a week.  Then for good measure I continued to spray daily for a week.  We also sprayed our cats with it daily.  Did it work?  Yes. Amazingly so, and  I have recommended the product to every single friend I have know that has had a flea infestation. No pesticides, no fear, no fleas, a really clean house and 2 really pissed cats and I was hooked. That was 6 years ago.

But wait, this article is on a cleaner not a flea removal alternative.  I ordered Kleen-Free to help with our flea issue, but a little goes a long way so even after two weeks of heavy use I had half a bottle.  And after all it is a cleaner. So why the dual use, and how is it not toxic if it kills fleas? Great question. It is an enzyme based cleaner. The enzymes work at breaking down proteins.  How it works to rid fleas is by breaking down their exoskeleton (which is made of... protein), thus killing the flea.  Now imagine that action at work on your greasy stove?  Right?!

I use it to clean everything.  It has no scent and if you like unscented you are set.   However, sometimes I add Lavenderor Rosemary essential oil to it and it is an even bigger joy to use.  I recently was at a friends house and was helping them clean up.  I used their standard store bought foamy cleaner to wipe down a counter.  I ended up with the worst headache from it, but felt glad I no longer breathed that stuff in everyday.  

So here is a just  a small list over everything I have used it on,however it remains most impressive to me on a greasy stove top mess.  Spray it, leave it a minute to do its magic and wipe off.:

Kitchen Cabinets

You can purchase it here.  If you do, I would love, love, love your comments.  What do you use it on?  How did it work for you?  Any uses for it I have not thought of?  

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

BLT Quiche

I know… it is a cardinal sin of blogging.  No pictures.  But I am so rusty it never crosses my mind to blog anymore.  This is a recipe that gets me back to the roots of why I started blogging.

So I could remember what the heck I did.

1 pound tomatoes
4 slices thick bacon
3 eggs
3 tbs milk
2 tbs good mayonnaise
1 pie crust

I use a frozen pie crust.  I know…gasp.  After that it is easy.  Preheat your oven to 400.  Then mix the eggs with the mayo and milk and set aside.  Layer half the tomato (I used 2 decent sized tomatoes) on the bottom.  Cover with bacon, salt, pepper and parm.  Then add about half the egg.  Complete with another layer. Top with shaved parm or  a heavier layer of grated. 

We had a side salad for the L.  Let’s face it…it was good enough to get me to blog about it. 

Enough said.  


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Roasted Acorn Squash Pasta

I feel like I am back to where I started with the blog. No pictures, just a recipe. Sadly I have been so occupied with Sweet Cheeks, that not only has the blogging suffered, my cooking has gotten pretty basic and lax.

However, tonight Joel told me it was the best pasta he had ever had and “this is a recipe that I would tell you to remember how you made it.” And it reminded me of why I started my blog to begin with.

Luckily business has been great and growing, but because of that, I find it unlikely I will get regular at this for quite some time. However, until then…

1 acorn squash (halved and cleaned of seeds)
½ onion
½ stick butter
¼ c olive oil
½ cup dry white wine
¼ pine nuts
4-6 cloves of garlic sliced thin
1 lb pasta

I brushed olive oil on the squash, stuck them in a 425 degree oven cut side up and roasted for about 25 minutes (or until tender and a bit brown). Once squash is down, set aside to cool.

Once cool cut up squash into about 1inch cubes. Set aside.

Heat olive oil and butter and add onions and garlic. Cook until onion is translucent and add wine. Cook additional 2-3 minutes. In a oven safe dish combine onion and squash and put back into a 425 oven. Meanwhile, start water for pasta and salt well.

Let squash mixture cook for about 10-15 minutes or until golden and brown on top. Put pine nuts in and set timer for 5 minutes and turn oven off.

Once past is done add about ½ of the pasta water to squash mixture, drain pasta and toss mixture and past and sprinkle nuts on top.


Monday, November 1, 2010

Bumping Elbows

Okay, I know I am officially a bad blogger these days.  The reality is Sweet Cheeks has, gladly, taken major billing recently.  For those of you that like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (links to follow) you know this already.  However, so many of you I used to "talk" to weekly, if not daily, may not know and I wanted to share the news.

Sweet Cheeks was thrilled to be contacted by VH-1 Save the Music and asked to provide one of our products to be added to the celebrity swag bags for their Battle of the Bands.  I know!  We thought it was pretty cool too.  So I wanted to share some pictures with you. Wish us luck!!

Here are the photos Sweet Cheeks Swag Photos

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