DIY Mold Removal

DIY MOLD REMOVAL
Fed up of mold coming back time and time again? Fed up of using expensive products that just don’t seem to work? This doesn’t mean you have to call out a mold remediation company to deal with it. You can use home remedies that don’t just get rid of the current growth but will remove the spores to stop them coming back.
Here are the top home remedies for mold removal. They smell great and are extremely affordable to use.

GET THE VINEGAR OUT
One of the best treatments is vinegar. This will clean up the current spores and kill off any others that are lingering in the walls or in your furniture. The vinegar gets deep into the layers of any material and is also effective on fabric and carpets by getting deep into the fibers.
There can be a strong smell to distilled or white vinegar. You can add some lemon juice or tea tree oil to it if you’d like. Both of these are other effective home remedies to get rid of mold.
Another option is to use apple cider vinegar. This type of vinegar has antibacterial properties, meaning that it removes any other growths that could form in the area.
The downside to using vinegar on fabric is that it will bleach it. Vinegar can also damage the materials, so they don’t last as long as they should.

PULL OUT THE TEA TREE OIL
As mentioned, tea tree oil is an excellent option for DIY mold removal. It can be used on its own, directly onto the mold patches. It doesn’t matter if your material is solid or fabric, the essential oil will get deep into fibers and particles.
Tea tree oil is full of antifungal properties. While removing the spores that you can see, it will kill off every spore within the area. It can prevent new fungal patches showing up, leading to new problems.
You can apply a little tea tree oil to your skirting boards, along your windowsills and around your bath and sinks. The oil will help to prevent future spores from forming. Do this once a month or so to get the best results.
USE ETHANOL ON MOLD PRONE AREAS
Ethanol is a highly effective option to get rid of all types of pests, not just mold. It smothers the fungus and any bacteria, preventing future growths.
This isn’t just a way to remove mold but a way to prevent it coming back in the future. Continue to spray diluted ethanol on mold prone areas. Do this once a week to help get into layers and particles and prevent the perfect breeding ground. This is especially beneficial in bathrooms and bedrooms. Avoid anywhere with fire, like around your gas hobs!

If you can’t get ethanol, you can create your own alcohol spray. Pour some vodka into a spray bottle and use directly on the areas. A spray bottle should last you a few months, depending on the size of your mold problem.
USE CITRUS EXTRACT
Grapefruit extract is especially beneficial for removing mold from the home, but any type of citrus extract will help. Citrus fruits are full of acid that break down bacteria and fungi, getting rid of the pests completely. You’re left with a fresh scent, which is better than using some of the options above.
This is one of the safest options when you have kids in the house. There is nothing damaging about any citrus extract and your kids can even help get rid of the problem if you’d like. With all the other treatments, you will need to keep children and pets away from the area as the treatments can be irritating for young lungs.
Dilute the extract in some water and apply to a spray bottle. Use regularly to avoid mold coming back at a later date.

INVEST IN A DEHUMIDIFIER
It’s time to get rid of the reason for mold growing in your home: the moisture in your home. While humidifiers are good for the skin and can help you get a better night’s sleep, too much moisture will create a breeding ground for mold spores. This is more commonly an issue in a bathroom, where the moisture from the hot shower can’t escape.
Use an extractor fan while showering and place a dehumidifier in the bathroom. Turn this on after your shower to remove the problem completely from your home.
You can still use a humidifier in your bedroom. If this is the space where you suffer the most mold, you’ll want to reconsider the use of the humidifier until the reason for the mold is fixed—usually something to do with moisture in the walls!

REMOVE MOLD AND PREVENT IT COMING BACK
The above home remedies for mold removal won’t just get rid of the mold spores. You remove the chances of the problem coming back. These are prevention remedies that are healthy and natural. There’s no need to worry about the toxins used in the chemicals that kill off the mold spores.
The first set of treatments will have acidic and strong smells to them. You and everyone else will know that you’re using them. While they’re effective, you’ll need to consider if they’re suitable for your children and pets and for the room that you’re using them in. Citrus extract and dehumidifiers will help to eliminate strong scents and health risks.

Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken Made Skinny

Yield :

Makes 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook and Bake Time: 25 minutes
Weight Watchers SmartPoints 8
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7
Weight Watchers (old points) 6
Ingredients :

4 (1 pound total) boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to ½ inch thickness, see shopping and prep tips
½ teaspoon seasoning salt, I like Lawry’s
4 slices bacon, see shopping tips
¼ cup yellow or spicy brown mustard (not Dijon)
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise, I like Best Food’s (Hellman’s)
2 tablespoons non-fat plain yogurt
½ tablespoons dried onions flakes or 1 tablespoon scallions, chopped (green part only)
1½ teaspoon olive oil
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
¼ cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
Preparation :

  1. Sprinkle chicken breasts with seasoning salt. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, line a microwave safe plate with several paper towels. Place bacon on top and cover with more paper towels. Cook for about 4 minutes until bacon is crisp. Blot well, cool slightly and crumble. Set aside.
  3. Add mushrooms to a small bowl and cook in the microwave for 1 minute to soften. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together mustard, honey, mayonnaise, yogurt and dried onion flakes or scallions. Set aside.
  5. Coat a large nonstick pan with cooking spray. Add oil and heat. Place chicken in pan and saute over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes per side until browned. Move chicken to an baking dish that has been coated with a little cooking spray.
  6. Spread most of the honey mustard sauce over each chicken breast, then layer each piece with the mushrooms, top with the remaining honey mustard sauce, sprinkle each with crumbled bacon. Finally, top each with 1 tablespoon shredded cheese.
  7. Bake in a 350° oven for about 15 minutes, until cheese is melted and chicken is done.
    Nutritional Info :

Weight Watchers SmartPoints 8
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7
Weight Watchers (old points) 6

Cheesesteak Eggrolls

These Philly cheesesteak egg rolls are made with rib eye steak, onions, peppers and provolone cheese, all wrapped up and fried to crispy perfection. The ultimate appetizer or game day snack!

I love a good Philly cheesesteak sandwich, and these egg rolls have the same delicious and savory flavors inside a crispy wrapper. If you also happen to love Philly cheesesteak, be sure to try my Philly Cheesesteak Pasta and Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers.

Raise your hand if you love Philly cheesesteak! I just can’t get enough of that steak, pepper and cheese combination. These Philly cheesesteak egg rolls are a super fun appetizer, I always get so many compliments when I serve them at parties.

HOW DO YOU MAKE PHILLY CHEESESTEAK EGG ROLLS?
The first step is to cook up your filling. The filling for these egg rolls is died rib eye steak, green bell pepper and onion which are cooked in a little bit of butter.

INGREDIENTS:
¼ cup diced onions
1 lb 95% lean ground beef
1 tablespoon hamburger seasoning (I use McCormick Grill Mates Hamburger seasoning)
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
4 wedges The Laughing Cow Queso Fresco & Chipotle cheese, chopped (you can definitely substitute other flavors)
1 oz 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (I use Cabot)
¼ cup diced dill pickles (I love Claussen)
8 grape tomatoes, chopped
16 egg roll wrappers
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Lightly mist a large skillet with cooking spray and bring over medium heat. Add the diced onions and cook for a couple minutes until the onions start to turn translucent. Add the ground beef and hamburger seasoning and cook, breaking up with a spoon or spatula, until the meat is brown and cooked through. Drain any liquid from the pan and discard.
  2. Transfer the meat to a microwavable mixing bowl and add the ketchup, mustard and chopped Laughing Cow cheese wedges. Stir together and then heat in the microwave on high for 1 minute to soften the cheese. Stir again, mashing the cheese wedges, until the mixture is well combined and the meat is coated. Add the shredded cheddar, pickles and tomatoes and stir until well combined.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly mist the foil with cooking spray.
  4. Pour water into a small dish and set aside. On a clean, flat surface, place an egg roll wrapper, corner facing toward you (like a diamond) and place a scant ¼ cup of the meat mixture on the center of the wrapper. Spread the mixture in a horizontal line from the left corner to the right corner of the wonton wrapper, leaving ½ inch or so of space on each side. Fold the bottom corner closest to you up over the ingredients and give it a 90 degree roll. Fold the side corners in and tuck them as you give the filled section another 90 degree roll. Dip your finger in the dish or reserved water and lightly wet the edges of the remaining top corner of the wrapper. Finish rolling the filled egg roll over the wet corner so that it adheres. Use your finger to wet and seal the seam on the outside. Place wrapped egg roll onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  5. When all of the egg rolls are wrapped and on the baking sheets, lightly mist the tops with cooking spray. Bake for 14-16 minutes, flipping once halfway through, until the wrappers are golden brown.

NUTRITION FACTS:
MYWW SMARTPOINTS PER (1 EGG ROLL) SERVING: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 2 SmartPoints/ Blue: 2 SmartPoints/ Purple: 2 SmartPoints

WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS PLUS:
3 per egg roll (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below)

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER EGG ROLL:
112 calories, 13 g carbs, 1 g sugars, 2 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 10 g protein, 0 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

Creamed Chipped Beef On Toast Is a Forgotten Classic

Recipe By: Lisa
“My mom used to make this recipe. It can also be made with 3/4 pound browned, drained hamburger. We called it SOS: Same Ole Stuff. Great comfort food! Either recipe is easy to make and tastes great with a cold beer. Serve over toast.”
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups warm milk
1 (8 ounce) jar dried beef
1 pinch cayenne pepper
DIRECTIONS
In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour all at once to form a roux. Whisk in milk, a little at a time, increase heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring, until thickened. Bring to a boil, stir in beef and cayenne, heat through and serve over toast.

No Carb Foods List (Printable) – 136 Foods For Big Weight Loss

The consumption of low carb foods is very effective and popular dieting strategy when it comes to weight loss. Any food that is less than one carb per serving is listed as zero carb food according to USDA standards.
There are quite a number of foods that have low carbs but the foods with zero carbs are much more limited. The best way to actively LOSE weight is to try to stay under 20 net carbs per day.

BELOW IS THE LIST WITH FOODS THAT HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CARBS BASED ON THE NATIONAL NUTRIENT DATABASE PUBLISHED BY THE US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
Cow beef and veal
Pork
Lamb
Fowl – turkey, chicken, duck, goose, cornish hen, quail, etc.
Seafood – mollusks such as clams and oysters
Seafood – shellfish such as lobster, shrimp, squid, and crab
Seafood – all other types of freshwater and saltwater fish, such as catfish, bass, salmon, tuna, trout, flounder, halibut
Game meats such as deer (venison), bison, ostrich, caribou, etc.
Organs of animals, such as heart, tongue, kidneys, brain, liver, etc.
Cow beef and veal
Pork
Lamb
Fowl – turkey, chicken, duck, goose, cornish hen, quail, etc.
Seafood – mollusks such as clams and oysters
Seafood – shellfish such as lobster, shrimp, squid, and crab
Seafood – all other types of freshwater and saltwater fish, such as catfish, bass, salmon, tuna, trout, flounder, halibut
Game meats such as deer (venison), bison, ostrich, caribou, etc.
Organs of animals, such as heart, tongue, kidneys, brain, liver, etc.
Be aware that processed meats such as sausages. hot dogs, etc. can have hidden carbs due to their additives. Be sure to check the packaging :

Eggs
Various oils such as olive oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, soybean oil, corn oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil
Vinegar
Whole olives
Salt
Ground cinnamon
Many hot sauces
Mixed seasonings, such as Mrs. Dash
Yellow mustard
Animal fats including lard and fish oil
Vegetable shortening
Butter substitutes like margarine
Cheddar cheese
Parmesan cheese
Muenster cheese
Camembert cheese
American pasteurized processed cheese
Heavy whipping cream
Regular mayonnaise
Zero-carb beverages such as sodas
Butterhead lettuce
Artificial sweeteners
Dry gelatin
Gin, rum, vodka, whiskey
Water, coffee, and tea if nothing is added
This list could be a great start in stocking your low-carb kitchen.

Beef Liver and Onions

We know, beef liver sounds disgusting, but, with this recipe, the lowly beef liver will be transformed into a culinary masterpiece! Beef liver is rich in iron, and is often recommended as a food for people with iron deficiency. By pairing the beef with onions sautéed in butter, a sweetness is added to the dish that helps cut through some of the metallic liver taste.

We are using beef liver in this recipe, but for a more mild taste, you can also use veal liver. Have you made this recipe? Rate it below and let us know if you ended up loving liver?

How to make it:
Ingredients

1⁄4 cup flour
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
1 lb beef liver
1⁄4-1⁄2 cup butter
oil, to taste
2 cups thinly sliced onions
1 -2 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
1⁄2 cup beef stock
1⁄4 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon minced Italian parsley
HOW TO MAKE:

Combine flour, salt and pepper in bag.
Slice the liver into 1/2 inch strips and shake in bag of seasonings to coat.
Set aside.
Heat skillet with 2-3 tablespoons of butter and a dash of oil.
Saute the onions on medium heat until tender and glossy.
Transfer to side dish and sprinkle with sage, salt and pepper.
Return skillet to high heat, add 3-4 tablespoons butter and dash of oil.
Add liver and sear 5 minutes until brown.
Inside meat should be slightly pink.
Return onions to pan til heated.
Remove liver and onions from pan and plate.
Use stock and wine to deglaze pan and reduce liquid til you have a thickened sauce.
Pour over liver and onions, sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Serves : 2

Granny’s Cocoa Cream Pie

A FEW COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How do you make easy chocolate pudding pie from scratch? Let me show you how! With only seven ingredients you’ll be mixing one up in no time!
How long does it take to make chocolate pie? About 15-20 minutes for cook time and an hour of refrigeration.
How do you store Chocolate Cream Pie? Simply cover with tin foil or plastic wrap and store in the fridge.
Cocoa Cream Pie Recipe Notes
Some people asked if you need to bake or freeze it… No, is the answer. It is an old-fashioned pudding. It thickens as you cook it and will firm up more when you chill it, but if you want to eat it warm by all means do! * I
don’t recommend using arrowroot powder as a substitute for cornstarch or flour; it kind of makes it stringy and sticky. I had it as a gluten-free option, but took it out, because I did not like the outcome. Cornstarch is a perfect gluten-free option and was always my granny’s first choice when making cream pies.

To Make this Recipe You’Il Need the following ingredients:

Ingredients:

½ c. cocoa
¼ cup cornstarch/or arrowroot powder (or ½ c. all purpose flour)
3 egg yolks
1 ½ c. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Directions:
Mix cocoa, cornstarch, beaten egg yolks; sugar and salt, then add milk gradually, while stirring in a pot over med-high heat. Cook until thick, beating it smooth. Cream pies take some time to thicken, so stir… and stir (10-15 min). Using a heavy bottom pan really helps. Just keep it up until it thickens. Pour into a pre-baked pie shell. Put in the fridge to chill, add whipped cream if you like :0 Or use the left over egg whites for a meringue topping!

20 Amazing Toothpaste Tricks!

But, did you know that toothpaste is also very useful for other things as well? Ladies and gentlemen, today is your lucky day, because in this article we are going to show you 20 amazing tricks that you can do with toothpaste.

Silver Polish
When silver is dirty and blotchy, we need to use special silver-cleaning products. But, you shouldn’t be worried, because you don’t have to buy special products anymore. It’s very simple – just open your bathroom cabinet and grab your toothpaste. Rub the silver with toothpaste and it will be shiny, like you just bought it from the store.

The Car Headlights
Not just the metal parts on the car need cleaning. YES, we need to pay attention on the headlights as well. And, there is nothing better than toothpaste for that job. Just put some toothpaste on a sponge or a piece of cloth and rub a little. Your headlights will be perfectly clean and all the dirt will disappear.

Whitens Keys of Old Pianos
It’s very simple – just as toothpaste helps with yellow teeth, it does the same for piano keys. So, grab a toothpaste and make your piano look brand new in minutes.

Clean Your Sneakers
You can use toothpaste to clean the dirty and plastic parts on your shoes. Here’s what you need to do – grab some toothpaste and sponge and get ready to be amazed.

Aviator Goggles
You can also clean your goggles with toothpaste. You will apply an invisible layer on them, so the next time you dive, it will prevent fogging.
Stains on The Table by Cups or Glasses
You just need a sponge, toothpaste and 5 minutes from your time.

Ink Stains on the Shirt
You spilled ink from your pen in your favorite shirt? No problem, we have the perfect solution for that problem. YES, the answer is toothpaste. It’s very simple – apply some toothpaste on the stain and leave it on for 24 hours. Wash it of the next day.

Dye Stains on Your Towels
You stained your towels or your shirt with dye color? Try toothpaste and the stains will be gone.

Insect Bites
Apply toothpaste on the affected area and it will relive you from itching and the red spots on your skin will be gone.

Pimples
Ladies and gentlemen, you’ll be amazed when we tell you that toothpaste works great for pimples as well.

Clean Your Iron
You can use toothpaste to clean your iron.

Clean Your Smart Phone
Clean your phone with toothpaste.

Footwear
It will help you clean your shoes, and it will also give them a fresh fragrance.

Stains on the Carpet
Here’s what you need to do – apply some toothpaste on the stains and rub it with a sponge. Now watch how the magic happens.

Enamel Stains
The enamel can be removed without any cleaning marks and the toothpaste will also leave a nice smelling scent.

Dirty Hands
That’s right, you can use toothpaste to wash your hands as well.

Clean Your Thermos
How to clean your thermos – add some hot water, add some toothpaste and close it. You will clean it and you will also disinfect it within.

Fixes CD and DVD Scratches
It’s very simple – gently rub some toothpaste over the scratches and your favorite CD will run without any problems.

Remove Scratches in Your Car
You can also use toothpaste to remove scratches in your car. Use a small amount of toothpaste on a soft piece of cloth and rub it gently on the scratches. Then, wipe off with a clean cloth and all the scratches will be gone.

Hang Posters
Just put a little dab in each corner of the poster and a few in-between on the edges. Put your poster up and it will stick like glue. When you get ready to remove it, it will come off easily with no holes or damage to the paint or walls.

Incredible Breakfast Bake – Worthy of All Breakfasts!

To Make this Recipe You’Il Need the following ingredients:

INGREDIENTS:
1 Can Flaky Grands
Bag shredded cheddar 8 oz.
Half cup milk
Cubed ham or ground cooked sausage 1 cup cooked
5 eggs
Salt and pepper
Add all ingredients and mix saving biscuits for last.

DIRECTIONS:
Cut biscuits into fours and carefully mix in.

Transfer to roomy casserole dish that has been oiled. Cook 25 at 350. You can’t mess this up and it comes out looking JUST like picture.

Serve for breakfast or dinner w small salad.

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

However, the version of Abbie from Lovin’ Our Chaos is extremely delicious and requires only four ingredients!

On her blog, she explains:

“I needed a quick, easy, and little-to-no-prep-recipe.”

The four ingredients needed for her recipe include refrigerated biscuits, chicken, a can of cream of mushroom and a can of cream of chicken soup each.

At first, she puts the chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker and pours the cans of condensed soup over them. She mixes them and leaves them to cook together for 8 hours.

She added:

“This works well for me since it cooks while everyone is at work and school. After getting home, the chicken is cooked and there is a nice ‘gravy,’ made by the soup.”

She then shreds up the chicken and cuts the refrigerated biscuit dough into pieces. “I open the can and use my kitchen scissors to cut each biscuit into ¼ pieces.”

Next, she drops it over the chicken mixture, inside the slow cooker. She puts the lid back on the Crock-Pot and leaves it to cook for another 30 minutes until the dough puffs up and turns golden brown.

She mixes the biscuits in with the gravy and chicken and then serves the dish with a spoon.

This is just delicious!

To Make this Recipe You’Il Need the following ingredients:

INGREDIENTS:
4 boneless skinless chicken breast

1 can chicken broth

2 cans cream of chicken

sliced carrots

sliced celery

1/2 can peas

1/2 onion

crumbled bacon

parsley

garlic powder

salt and pepper

1 can flaky biscuits

DIRECTIONS:
Place chicken breasts in bottom of crockpot

Pour chicken broth and both cream of chickens over it

Add in carrots, celery and onion. How much ever you prefer

Add in garlic powder, salt and pepper and parsley flakes over it, how much ever you prefer

Cook on high for 3 hours

Remove chicken and shred. Add the chicken back in with some crumbled bacon and the peas, stir together.

Break up the flaky biscuits, uncooked, and put in the crockpot. I break each roll in about 3 parts and just place them on top.

Remain cooking for another hour or so on high or until done. Enjoy!