Showing posts from March 30, 2011

Wednesday—Good for You, Good for The Home

Spring Cleaning!  Non-Toxic, Homemade Cleaning Solutions

Store-bought cleaning solutions are usually pretty expensive, especially if you buy non-toxic, aromatherapeutic cleaning products like I do.  My favorites are the Caldrea products (check out their new fragrances) and Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products (love the lemon verbena and lavender scents).  I've used the Method line of cleaning products for a long time, and I especially like their wood cleaning wipes.

As part of my on-going battle against general household grunge, and I'm going to try out a couple of homemade cleaning solutions.

Here's a recipe for No-Streak Glass Cleaner from

1/4 c. white vinegar
1 T. cornstarch
2 c. warm water

Don't use too much vinegar or the acid will etch the glass surface and cloud the glass over time.

Mix the ingredients & pour into a spray bottle.  Wipe with crumbled newspaper for no-streak results.

For wood floors, from

Mix equal parts …

Tuesday's Cupboard—Oven BBQ'd Citrus Marmalade Chicken

A great way to use orange or lemon marmalade!

SPRING is here, and it's time to start thinking about chicken recipes that make the most of the season's invigorating flavors.

Serves 4
Prep Time:  About an hour

Preheat oven to 450°F

1 pack of chicken drumsticks (about 8 drumsticks)
kosher salt
freshly ground pepper
1/2 c. any kind of citrus marmalade

1.  Clean chicken legs & remove skin layer at the base of the bone with a sharp knife.  Dab most of the water off with a paper towel.

2.  Line a baking sheet with foil & spray it with a light layer of PAM.  Arrange chicken legs in a single layer & season with salt & pepper.  Bake for 10 mins. on 450°.

3.  Brush with half of the marmalade & return to oven for 20 mins.

4.  Carefully remove chicken from oven & reduce oven temp to 350°.  Brush chicken legs with remaining marmalade & return to oven.  Bake for 10 more mins. until marmalade is carmelized to a dark brown & meat is starting …