Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Another Great Tip!

A truly priceless piece of advice regarding bad hair days!

Thanks to Kristina for the info:

Ok, so when you have 5 kids and are in a major hurry.... and can't get a shower in, you can use baby powder in your hair so that it doesn't look greasy. Until you can get home and shower. :)

Keep the tips coming, and you could win tickets to the Mom Squad Luncheon! E-mail us at:

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

*Mom Squad Contest*!

We've got a great chance for you to win tickets to our Mom Squad Luncheon! From now until November 20, if you e-mail us a tip, recipe, product review, or even an interesting article you ran across, it could pay off! One randomly selected mom will receive 2 tickets to the November 22 luncheon at Hartville Kitchen. The best part is, you are helping other moms with good information and getting rewarded for it; now that's a win-win!:) E-mail us at:

Thanks so much to Char in Geneva for this tidbit:


Dear Mom Squad,

I have a suggestion for anyone who is looking for a babysitter. A while back I heard about It's a website that lets you search for local babysitters right in your area. It's secure, with detailed descriptions of each sitter and references to call. We found our part-time babysitter from this website and I've been telling all my friends! You can also list your family's needs and request a babysitter. They also have Senior Care, Pet Sitters and Tutors! I highly recommend Sitter City.

Thanks Char!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Count it All Joy


It's that time of year! We are so excited to announce the Mom Squad Luncheon! Mark your calendar for November 22 at Hartville Kitchen. We'll have music by Praise-a-Pella and Ashley Nemeh with speakers Trish Berg and Linda Isaiah. Join us for prizes, prayers, laughter, and fantastic food! Get more information and order your tickets here. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Recipe of The Week - Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken


½ lb fettuccine, uncooked
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 ¼ cups fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
4 tsp flour
4 oz (1/2 of 8 oz pkg) Philadelphia Neufchatel Cheese
1/3 less fat than cream cheese, cubed
3 Tbsp. Kraft 100% grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. pepper

Cook pasta as directed on package. Meanwhile, heat large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat.

Add chicken, cook 5 to 7 min. or until chicken is cooked through, stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet

Mix broth aqnd flour in same skillet.

Stir in Neufchatel cheese, 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and pepper, cook 2 min. stirring constantly until mixutre boils and thickens.

Stir in chicken.

Drain pasta, place in large bowl. Pour chicken mixture over pasta, toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese

From Kraft food & family magazine
Prep: 10 min
Total: 25 min
Makes 4 servings, 1 ½ cups each

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Make Your Own Cleaning Wipes, courtesy of Clean House

Who doesn't love commercial cleaning wipes? They're wickedly convenient--but also wickedly expensive and often contain harsh chemicals.

The alternative: make your own!

Homemade cleaning wipes are easy to make, economical, and contain only those cleaning agents you select.

Put homemade cleaning wipes to work for you in your organized home with our easy instructions:

Materials and Equipment Needed:

cylindrical plastic food storage container, 10-cup capacity
extra-large roll of paper towels
cleaning agents of your choice (recipes follow)
electric drill with 1/2-inch drill bit
electric knife
liquid measuring cups


In the garage or workshop area, place a small block of wood beneath the plastic food storage container lid. Use electric drill to drill a 1/2-inch diameter hole in the center of the container lid.

For best results, select an extra-large roll of good quality paper towels for this project. Less-expensive towels fray or shred when pulled through the holder; thicker quilted towels have greater cleaning strength and withstand more scrubbing. Even at $1.39 per roll, cost for homemade wipes will be less than 75 cents, not including the storage container.

Without removing the paper towel wrapper, use the electric knife to cut the paper towel roll into two shorter rolls. Save the second roll for a refill later. Be patient! It may take up to two minutes to cut through the towel roll and cardboard tube inside.
Remove the wrapper, and place one short paper towel roll inside plastic food storage container. Using a liquid measuring cup, gently pour one of the following cleaning solution recipes over the top of the paper towel roll.

You will need between 2 and 4 cups of cleaning solution, depending on the size and absorbency of the paper towel product selected. These recipes make about three cups of solution; increase or decrease amounts if needed.

General Surface Cleaning:

1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water

Disinfectant Cleaning:

1/4 to 1/2 cup pine cleaning solution such as Pine-Sol brand
2 1/2 to 2 3/4 cup water

Window and Glass Cleaning:

1/2 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
2 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon white vinegar

Place the lid on the plastic food storage container, and allow paper towels to absorb cleaning solution for 4 hours to overnight.

Open the food storage container. Gently pull the wet cardboard tube from the center of the paper towel roll and discard. Carefully pull the end of the paper towels from the inside, where the cardboard roll had been. Thread the end of the towels through the hole in the lid, and replace the lid.

Pull gently on the exposed end to separate the cleaning wipe.


As you use the wipes, they will begin to dry out, so add more water and/or cleaning solution as necessary. Allow wipes to stand overnight before continuing to use them after adding more solution.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Dar's Hatteras Island Fruit Pie

This is a recipe I made up while vacationing this summer at The Outer Banks. It is quick and delicious. Hope you like it!

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees

1 Frozen Deep Dish Pie Crust Package containing 2 pie shells
1 29 oz Can of Yellow Cling Peach Slices
1 to 1-1/2 Tart Apples (like Paula Apples)
1 Tablespoon of Raisins
1/2 Tablespoon of Butter
1 Teaspoon of Flour
1 Teaspoon of Sugar or Splenda
1/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

Let Pie Crusts sit at room temperature a bit. Pour Peaches into one of the shells (withhold a bit of the juice to avoid spillage during the baking process - this can be re-added when you serve). Sprinkle with Flour, Sugar/Splenda, Cinnamon and dot with butter. Peel and thinly slice the apples and place amongst the Peaches. Sprinkle the raisins amongst the mixture. Gently loosen the remaining Pie Crust around the edges and sflip on top of the pie to make a top crust, pinch sides and poke with a fork a few times to vent. Cook until crust turns brown, approximately 20 minutes. Let cool just a bit and serve warm with vanilla ice cream or Cool Whip if you like. This is a delicious combination of summer and fall fruit flavors.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Awesome Apples!


Kitchens everywhere are going to be smelling sweet this season! Autumn is here, and apple baking is one of our favorites! Apple fritters, apple butter, caramel apples, and more! Here is a great recipe for breakfast, dessert, or anytime! It's "Apple Pie Muffins". Yum!

For more apple baking ideas click here!