MagPad Dinner Table

MagPad Dinner Table

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Frozen Pumpkin Yogurt

1 1/2 cups Greek lowfat yogurt
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
2 cups pureed pumpkin
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Whisk all ingredients in a bowl until combined.  Place in container of ice cream freezer and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.  Serves 10

I found this recipe in our newspaper last fall and cut it out to post on this blog. 

Window and Glass Cleaner, All-purpose Cleaner, and Laundry Bleach Alternative

Mary Hunt, you've done it again.  I love reading her cleaning recipes from her column in our paper.  You can access her site at:

This is what Mary has to say about homemade cleaning recipes:

Just imagine you could actually make all kinds of household products equal to the window cleaner, chlorine bleach and all-purpose cleaner you're buying now--and make them for pennies, not dollars.  You can if you have the right recipes.

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Window and Glass Cleaner

1/2  cup non-sudsing household ammonia
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 drops blue food coloring (optional)
warm water

Pour ingredients into a gallon-size container that has a tight-fitting lid.   Fill with warm water.  Shake to incorporate.  The food coloring, while not necessary, will alert you that the contents are not water.  Label and keep out or the reach or children  

All Purpose Cleaner

2 cups rubbing alcohol
1 tablespoon Blue Dawn dishwashing soap
1 tablespoon non-sudsing household ammonia
1 tablespoon white vinegar

Mix in a gallon container that has a tight-fitting lid.  Fill container with warm water, and shake to mix.  You can put this in a spray bottle and use as you would any other household  cleaner.  Great for cleaning chrome, countertops and bath fixtures

Laundry Bleach Alternative

12 cups water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup hydrogen peroxide

Mix, label, and store in a container with a tight-fitting lid.  Add 2 cups per load of whited to keep them bright.  

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Bars

25 chocolate sandwich cookies such as Oreos
1 cup plus 4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, divided
1 pound (about 3 1/2 cups) powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips

 Line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with foil that extends over edges of pan.  Set aside.

Process whole cookies in food processor, or place in large zip-top bag and crush with a rolling pin until crushed into crumbs.  Melt 4 tablespoons butter and stir into crumbs and mix until combined.  Press crumbs evenly into bottom of the prepared pan and refrigerate while you prepare the next step.

Melt remaining 1 cup butter.  Beat 1 1/2 cups peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar until combined.  Add graham cracker crumbs and mix until incorporated.  Press peanut butter dough evenly into pan on tip of cookie crust.

Place chocolate chips and remaining 3 tablespoons peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl.  Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.  Pour chocolate mixture over peanut butter layer and spread evenly.  Refrigerate bars about 2 hours.  To serve, lift foil out of pan and use a large sharp knife to cut into bars. 

Makes about 32 bars. 

A family in the ward gave of some of these during Christmas time last year.  They were so good, I requested the recipe.  As I typed up the recipe, I could see that the ingredients could get a little pricey.  You could probably used Walmart brand chocolate sandwich cookies and graham crackers crumbs to cut the cost of making the bars.   When I make some up, I'll include a picture.