Rotini Salad

Rotini salad uses your favourite infused vinegar in the dressing.  Noodles mixed with fresh vegetables creates a light salad perfect for lunch on a busy day.  The recipe ingredients can be prepared in advance and the dressing added just before serving.


1/2 cup olive oil

1 cup infused vinegar

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2/3 cup sugar

Whisk dressing together until emulsified.

2 cups cooked rotini

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Peanut Ice Box Cookies

Peanut icebox cookie dough needs to be chilled in the refrigerator before it can be baked.  You can prepare the dough several days in advance of your event.  Simply remove from the refrigerator and bake up a batch while the dough is still chilled


3/4 cup melted butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg

Blend above ingredients together until smooth.

2 1/4 cups flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda

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Sweet and Sour Spaghetti Sauce

This is an unusual spaghetti sauce.  It’s not as sweet as most commercially bought sauces.  Sweet and sour spaghetti sauce makes a big batch that can be frozen until needed.


3 kg tomatoes sliced in large chunks

sweet and sour spaghetti sauce

1 large Spanish onion

1 cup white vinegar

3/4 cup sugar

2 diced garlic cloves

5 bay leaves

bunch of roughly chopped fresh basil (to taste)

thyme leaves (to taste)

1 roughly chopped chipotle pepper

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Applesauce Cake

Applesauce cake is my grandmother’s recipe. She used to use chunky home-made applesauce but smooth applesauce will work just as well.  It’s delicious either way. Serve with vanilla ice cream.


3/4 cup sugar

applesauce cake

1/2 cup melted butter

1 egg

1 cup applesauce

1 1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp nutmeg

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Simple Chocolate Brownies

This is my mother’s recipe.  I have memories of coming home from school and smelling simple chocolate brownies through the window at all times of the year.  

The chocolate combined with nuts is delicious yet the recipe is simple enough to make on a busy day.

Simple Chocolate Brownies

2 baking squares of chocolate *

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 tsp  vanilla

2/3 cup flour

2 eggs

1/3 cup chopped nuts

  • 1 square of baking chocolate equals 1 tbsp of butter and 3 tbsp of cocoa.
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Helpful Hints

  1. Toothbrushes are good for cleaning hard to reach places like the grout in showers and the edges of sinks.

    Helpful Hints
  2. Cut worn out towels into small pieces to use as dusters.
  3. One part vinegar mixed with 3 parts water is a good window cleaner.
  4. To clean mirrors mix 2 parts water to 8 parts rubbing alcohol.  The mirrors will not streak with this solution.
  5. Try cleaning wood work with cold tea.  Spot test in a hard to see area before cleaning the entire unit.
  6. Fill flower vases with 1 tbsp of salt and 1 cup of vinegar to clean. Soak for 24 hours.
  7. Polish glassware with toothpaste to remove scratches.
  8. Try removing price tag glue with peanut butter.
  9. Use old hairbrushes to clean your lint trap.
  10. Add a cotton ball saturated with essential oils to your vacuum ba to release a scent into rooms as you vacuum.