MagPad Dinner Table

MagPad Dinner Table

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Grout Cleaner

By Linda Cobb,

Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda, 1 part borax and 1 part hot water. Add the water as necessary to form a thick paste. Apply this paste to the grout, and scrub with a scrub brush. To make the job easier, use a scrub brush on a handle. Then rinse well.

For cleaning the tile, you should remember that ceramic tile is to porous. You can clean it effectively with warm water. Many commercial cleaners leave a residue on the tile surface that looks like a smeary coating. A good, neutral cleaner for tile is a solution of 1 gallon of warm water, 2 tablespoons of ammonia, and 1 tablespoon of borax. Never use vinegar. It is an acid and will eventually etch the grout. You should never use a sponge mop on ceramic title, either. It works like a squeegee, depositing the dirty water into the grout tracks. Sweep or vacuum the floor prior to washing. A micro fiber mop works wonders on tile. Check out the Act Natural Mop at I have been using one for four years and love it. And you don’t need anything except water. When both your tile and grout are clean, you can seal the grout.

I got this out of the paper a few years back. Scott cleaned my entryway today with this grout cleaner and it looks great!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Roasted Chicken with Wild Rice Soup


1 box of Uncle Ben's Wild Rice Mix cooked
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
1 cup of diced red onion
1 cup of chopped celery
1 cup of chopped carrots
2 garlic cloves minced
1/4 cup of flour
1 8 oz package of mushrooms sliced and clean (optional, I did not use them, yuck!)
1/2 tsp. of thyme
1/2 tsp of tarragon
2 cups of water
2 cans of chicken broth (the size that just a bit bigger than a soup can)
12 oz. can of evaporated milk
2 Tbsp of dry sherry (optional, again I did not use this, and it turned out just fine!)
3 cups of shredded chicken ( I buy a pre roasted chicken from Costco)

1- Prepare rice mix according to box instructions
2- Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and garlic. Cook for 8-10 minutes.
3- Stir in flour for 1 minute and and taraggon and thyme
4- Add liquids- chicken broth, water, sherry, and milk.
5- simmer for 20 min.
6- Add shredded chicken and cooked rice and cook for another 10 min. or until ready to serve.

Kathleen’s changes:
I used canola oil instead of olive oil. I got the spices from smart and final. I used a Costco chicken, boiled the bones and skin and used that for the broth. (It might need more salt if you don’t use the canned broth.) I didn’t use the Sherry. I don’t like it with canned milk. It tastes ok without any milk. I think you could add cream or half and half, or milk and it would taste good.

I got this recipe off the Jone's family recipe blog. It is yummy! I'm going to serve it tonight when I feed the missionaries.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Funeral Potatoes


1 package (around 26 Oz.) Shredded Frozen Hash Browns Or 6 Medium Potatoes (Peeled, Cooked, Cooled And Grated)
1 can Cream Of Chicken Soup
1 cup Sour Cream
½ cup Milk
1/2 cup To 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 whole Small Onion Chopped
2 cups Bread Crumbs
1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
½ cups Butter, Melted

Mix together the potatoes, soup, sour cream, milk, cheese and onions. Spread it into a greased 9 x 13 dish.
Mix the bread crumbs and Parmesan with the melted butter. Spread it over the top of the casserole.
Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes or until bubbly.
This freezes well, too. Make it in two 8 x 8 pans and freeze one.

Recipe linked here.

When I make this recipe, I like to use the potatoes that are cooked, peeled and grated.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Another food storage blog

I ran across another food storage blog. Click here to see it.

It is called

Check out the recipe section.