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How to Clean a Burnt Pan

I have been horrible about burning supper lately!  Between trying to nurse the baby, welcome home hubby, take care of a potty-training 2 year old, and who knows what else, my scatter-brain forgets sometimes that dinner is burning away on the stove!  But I've become a professional at cleaning seemingly hopeless pots and pans!  Take for instance the pot in the picture below.  I seriously thought it was done for.  But as you can see in the “after” picture, it's as good as new.

Want to see my secret weapon?

It's called Bar Keeper's Friend, and it be found in the cleaning supplies aisle at Walmart or the grocery store. In my experience it has cleaned anything and everything no matter how hopeless it looks.  Some things require a little more elbow grease than others, but it will still clean things I would otherwise have to throw away.  It costs around $3.99, and it is well worth the money for the headache it saves me.

What's your secret weapon?

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
Do you worship the babe in the manger
But reject the Christ of the cross?
Your redemption comes not by the manger
But the death of Christ on the cross.
If you worship the babe in the manger
But ignore the blood of God's Son
To you Christ is only a stranger
Till you trust the work He has done.
Will you look past the babe in the manger
Will you look to Calvary
Oh my friend can you not see the danger
Of a lost eternity?
The Babe in the manger was God's only Son
Who came to the world to die
The Babe in the manger could never have done
The work of His God on High.
The Babe left the manger and went to the cross
To Pay the wages of sin
Your way of forgiveness is not by the Babe,
But the Christ Who died for your sin.
– W. S. and Mildred Dillon
          If you do not have the assurance of an eternity in Heaven, I urge you to settle it today!  Read this tract that tells you

    how to be 100% sure of Heaven

        . I can think of nothing better to do on Christmas day than to accept the gift that God sent to earth over 2000 years ago!

      2012: One Year of Anti-Procrastination

      Look out 2012! I am challenging myself, not to a day, a week, or even a month; but to a full year of Anti-Procrastination!

      I'd love to have you join me!

      Let me explain what I mean by Anti-Procrastination. You know those crumbs you see when you open the silverware drawer? The messy closet that needs a good straightening? That pair of pants that needs mending? Anything that bugs you every time you see it but that you just never “get around to” is a candidate for an Anti-Procrastination project.

      I really don't know why I procrastinate. I have million excuses that all seem valid, but really most of the time they aren't. “I'm in the middle of making dinner.” “We're getting ready to go out the door.” On and on I could go with the excuses, but they're getting a kick out the door this year. When I see something that needs doing, I'm going to do it right then and there!

      I'm not saying that I plan to start deep cleaning the oven 5 minutes before it's time to go out the door. But those crumbs in the silverware drawer? Ten seconds and they'll be gone!

      Here are my self-imposed rules for Anti-Procrastination Year. You can make up your own rules for how they will best suit your situation.

      1. I must do one thing every day of the entire year. On busy days I can choose a 10 second task like pulling that sock out from under the bed. On slower days I can plan ahead to do something that takes a little longer such as a craft project, deep cleaning, or organizing.
      2. If I start something that takes longer than one day, I must work on the same thing every day until it is completed.
      3. No task should ever take long enough to cause me to forgo my regular housework, cooking, mommy time with the kids, etc. If a task is taking too long it must be continued the next day.
      4. An Anti-Procrastination task is any task above and beyond my normal housework schedule. It can consist of cleaning, crafts, decorating, or anything else that I want. It can be something that really needs to be done or just something fun that I've been putting off until just the right time.

      I'm sure I'll think of more rules as I get into this. I've already been trying to do one thing every day even though it's not 2012 yet (I decided not to procrastinate starting on Anti-Procrastination Year!). So far I've changed out my fall wreaths for the Christmas wreaths, pulled a sock out from behind the bed, and got rid of a pair of shoes.

      I plan to post an update once a week of what I've been able to accomplish. I'm taking the plunge and publishing this so that I will be forced to be accountable for the entire year.

      Please cheer me on, and join me in the challenge if you're up to it!

      Mashed Potato Soup Recipe

      I really wasn't planning on posting this because I honestly just threw some stuff in the crockpot trying to use up leftovers. But it turned out so well that I have to post it so I can remember what I did. I thought some of my readers might like to have a recipe that uses up leftover mashed potatoes and tastes delicious!

      Here's what I did:

      Half a crockpot full of leftover mashed potatoes
      4 cups of chicken broth
      1 cup of chopped carrots
      1 large head of broccoli
      6 slices of bacon, cooked and cut into small pieces

      Mix it all together and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

      When it's all done the mashed potatoes just sort of melt into the liquid making an incredibly thick and creamy soup. This is honestly the best potato soup I've ever made!

      I'm linking this post to Real Food Wednesday.

      I Made Something!

      I am always pinning things on Pinterest, but I rarely find the time to actually sit down and make something. I was determined to actually start a project and complete it. Yay! I did it!

      I had all the materials already on hand for a yarn/felt wreath, and I am happy with the way it turned out.

      I'm always hesitant to try new projects because I'm not really that talented artistically and I'm afraid I'll embarrass myself.

      But I recently read on someone's blog (I wish I could remember which one!) that one of the things that stifles creativity is comparison. I decided that I would not worry about whether my project turned out as pretty as everyone else's. I would just try my best and do what looks good to me and not worry about what anyone else thinks.

      You know what? I LOVE my wreath! I don't know if it looks as good as what other people can make, but that doesn't matter. It hangs on MY door in MY house and I am the one one who has to look at it.

      This really motivated me to try another project very soon! My goal is to choose one thing and start on it this week!

      New Recipes

      I am always saving recipes that I want to try, but somehow never get around to actually trying them. Well, I finally tried out not one, but three new recipes! And, all three of them were keepers!

      I found all of these on Pinterest.

      The first one was called Hootenanny. It bubbles up in the strangest way, but it is so easy! I thought that for the small amount of effort it took to make it, it tasted plenty good! I timed myself, and it literally took only 5 minutes to get this into the oven. It's a perfect breakfast on a busy morning.

      Blend up 1 c. white flour, 1 c. milk, 6 eggs, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Pour batter into greased 9×13 pan. Then, pour 1/2 cube melted butter over the top (do not mix). Bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees. Cut in pieces, drizzle with Maple Syrup, serve.

      Then I tried this BLT Pasta Salad. It was a big hit! So, so good!
      Last night I made this Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Braid. I actually made my own crescent dough for this. If you already have chicken cooked up (which I usually do) and if you keep bread dough in the freezer (which I aspire to do, 🙂 it's really quick and easy.

      What new recipes have you gotten around to trying lately?