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First of all “Dinner” at our house means the noon meal (Jesus and the disciples ate “The Last Supper” – not the last dinner… but I digress…)

I needed to fix a quick dinner and didn’t have time to fry the thawed fish and to bake potatoes like I wanted, so I opted to bake the fish, and tried a new way of baking potatoes.

I had some huge baking potatoes so I cut one in two, rubbed on a little bacon grease (you could use butter) and placed it face down in a cast iron skillet. I put it in a preheated 400° oven and baked for 25 -30 minutes.

20160605_113431(That is NOT as much bacon grease as it looks. It was cold and in chunks – that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)

While that was baking, I lined a baking pan with foil and poured in a little olive oil. I dipped and turned the pan until I made sure the oil spread over the entire surface. Next I sprinkled lemon pepper on the pan and laid the fish on top. (I’m not sure what kind of fish this is, I traded a friend some tomatoes for fish last summer. They caught it in the river near their house.)


I sprinkled lemon thyme, salt and pepper over the fish then turned it to coat it with the olive oil. Next I put a sliver of butter on each piece and sprinkled with bread crumbs.

(Make your own bread crumbs by saving the “heel” pieces of light bread, keeping them in the freezer until you have several. Dehydrate them and then crush to your desired consistancy. Keep the crumbs in a jar in the freezer. Easy and cheap!)

I baked the fish for about 20 minutes @ 400°. It turned out great!


I forgot to take a picture of the potatoes when they came out of the oven (hubby came in and was hungry!) They were beautifully golden brown, but, this is how mine looked covered with cheese and ranch dressing (when I finally remembered to take a picture).


I’ll definitely be adding this recipe to my recipe book!

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We have tile floors and I love them…


However – I was having a terrible time finding some way to clean them that was effective – plus it would be nice to be fast as well. Was that too much to ask?

We tried all kinds of mops and cleaners. We have a Shark steam cleaner – but that left the floors streak-y. We tried a Swiffer – still streak-y. The only way to avoid streaks was with a washrag, and on my knees… That ain’t gonna work!

Recently I’ve been making natural cleaners to avoid so many chemicals in our home. I hit upon a cleaner that is super-effective, quick and easy, AND doesn’t leave my tile floors streak-y! I am so excited.

The cleaner consists of:

1 3/4 cup water

1/4 cup white vinegar

1/4 tsp Dawn

1/4 tsp of a cleaning Essential Oil of your choice (some recommend Tree Tea Oil)

Mix in a spray bottle and use for EVERYTHING! I love it.

Now – here’s the really cool part… I still use a washrag… and my swiffer. Just attach the washrag to the swiffer (eliminating the need to buy replacement cloths).


Then either spray the cloth, or spray the floor directly. Works great – smells wonderful – costs pennies – and is so super quick and easy. It is excellent for quick mop-ups and even works on laminate flooring.

Finally a clean kitchen floor without a big production!

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