Busy Moms Saturday Simple Five

Coffee Table

Today  I am challenging myself and you guys the clearing and shining five flat surfaces. The most noticeable ones in the house in my humble mom opinion.

We will start with the simplest and move to the grungiest.

Let’s Get Started:

Grab you tools for general surface, glass and wood and some rags or microfiber towels. Whatever you use to clean with and that is handy.

Now declutter and shine the Five below:

  1. Any table in the entry way.
  2. The top of the washer and dryer
  3. The Guest Bathroom
  4. One other bathroom if you have one.
  5. The Kitchen Counters.

When you are finished you will be amazed at the difference. But here is the catch. It is Saturday and everyone is busy with the sporting events and other family activities. So for each of the surfaces I would suggest setting your timer for 2 minutes for the first four and 5 minutes for the kitchen.

Ready, Set, Go!



Recipe: Grain Free Ground Turkey Spaghetti Pie

recipe for grain free paleo pie

I have been food focussed for the past few days because, quite frankly I need to drop a couple of pounds.  My oldest son is getting married in June and I would really like to feel a bit better about wedding photo souvenirs  that will go down in permanent history.

I am on day three of a Whole 30 and am feeling carb withdrawal in a big way but also feel more rested than I have in many, many weeks.

Last night I made this yummy Ground Turkey Spaghetti Pie and was surprised that it was pretty darn good because it is not so pretty to look at.  We really do not eat much beef or pork around here and all the recipes on-line seemed to be made with these kinds of meat.  Most recipes called for sausage, but finding a Free Range Turkey sausage is not simple and I like to cook in bulk and that would get mighty expensive.

I used Free Range Ground Turkey and it turned out just fine.

This Grain-Free Ground Turkey Spaghetti Pie is quite tasty and open to some variations that I look forward to trying in the future.

Pass the Basil People -  We are making a spaghetti pie!

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Waldorf Salad Recipe – Easy and Family Friendly

Family Friendly Waldorf Salad Recipe

A fresh and delicious way to celebrate fall and spring is a wonderfully crafted Waldorf Salad.

The salad first tantalized palates at the Waldorf Hotel in New York around 1893-96. I can happily say this is one of my favorite treats and I enjoy making variations to lighten the calories or jazz up the crunch. 

Waldorf Salad is perfect for busy families because you are already chopping up apples and celery and tossing in walnuts and raisins, so the  younger picky eater can have a bitty serving of a few raisins and apples to go with their meal and perhaps some crunchy walnuts as well!


1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 organic yogurt

1 tablespoon white sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 large apple or two small ones apples — peeled, cored, and chopped

1 cup thinly sliced celery

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup raisins

4 cups organic mix greens

Just for fun mix in….

1/2 cups sliced red or green grapes


1/2 diced jicama

Get crazy

1/2 cups thinly sliced radish

Directionssalad tip

In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, lemon juice, and salt.

Stir in the apples, celery, walnuts, and raisins. Chill until ready to serve on a bed of crisp organic mixed greens. 

P. S. I like to mixed my greens in the salad.  The dressing is just so yummy!

Fun Stuff:   After you have had the more traditional version add in some just for fun items like grape or chopped jicama and if you are feeling wild and crazy sliced radishes.