Let’s Clean: Kitchen


Day 2: Tuesday… Kitchen Day!

I swear this day was looooong overdue.

I started by picking up and throwing away all the trash, collecting all our mail and putting it in our mail drawer, and just cleaning up all the random clutter.

Then I did the dishes with Sun with oxygen cleaning action apple orchard scent dish soap ($1 from Family Dollar… talk about a WIN!) and sat them in the drying rack.

While the dishes were drying, I cleaned the coffee station and the kitchen table. I first used up&up lemon scent disinfecting wipes, then cleaned the tables with Lysol Lemon Breeze scent All Purpose Cleaner (if you can’t tell.. I love lemon cleaners).

Next I put the dishes away and cleaned the counter. I used the Lysol cleaner for this. I then went in with a bit of Clorox Regular bleach because… well I’m a germaphobe.

I quickly cleaned up the stovetop with some Lysol. I did this not too long ago, so it was just a touch up.

Then I spent a good while cleaning the cabinets. I took everything out and cleaned the cabinets with Lysol and a little bit of bleach. Then I reorganized the food and dishes.

I deep cleaned the fridge and freezer.. I took the shelves and drawers out and washed them in the bathtub using my Sun dish soap. Then I cleaned them with Lysol and yes… some bleach. I wiped the inside of the fridge down with the disinfecting wipes and then used Lysol. Once I put the fridge back together, I took the freezer contents out and did the same thing.

Finally I swept and mopped the floor with my Swiffer WetJet.

Stayed tuned Monday for Day 3 of my cleaning series!


Quick & Easy 5 Bean Chili


Sorry, Dad… I’m spilling the beans (pun intended). This is a dish that my dad taught me and it’s one of my favorite dishes. It’s super quick and easy to make! The great thing is… this recipe isn’t one that you need to follow exact ingredients or measurements (makes it all the more easier)!

All you need are 5 types of beans and ground beef. I use red kidney beans, black beans, pink beans, pinto beans, and black eyed peas. Depending on how much meat I want, I use 1/2 to 1 pound ground beef.

To start, put your beans (and the liquid) into a pot. Add the seasonings you would like. I use Adobo All Purpose seasoning and a little bit of cayenne powder. Put the heat on medium. Then, cook the ground beef in a pan. Add your desired seasonings to the meat while there is still some pink left. Once the beef is thoroughly cooked, add it to the beans. Turn the heat to high and cook for an additional minute or two. That’s all it takes! This makes a lot too; about 6-8 servings. One pot of this lasts my husband and I for 2 to 3 days.

This is my go-to dish when I don’t have much time to cook. It’s perfect for new parents who can’t or don’t want to do a lot of cooking!

Chili Recipe