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National Dessert Day

National Dessert Day

National Dessert Day!!

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Yes, it’s National Dessert Day. Yummy…. My favorite day of the whole year.  On October 14th. Calories do not count!!  After a year like we have had you deserve a day without guilt, toss that salad and enjoy a dessert that you have been dreaming of eating all year long.  A hot chocolate lava cake with ice cream on the side.

The term “Dessert” originates from the French word desservir, which translates to the action “to clear the table”.  This is because dessert is served after a main meal’s dishes have been cleared. 

 

 Chocolate Lava Cake

Butter as needed

2 egg yolks

2 eggs

3 tablespoons white sugar

3 ½ ounces chopped dark chocolate

5 tablespoons butter

4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

3 tablespoons flour

1 pinch salt

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

  1. Generously butter the inside of 4 (5-1/2 ounce) ramekins. Place them in a casserole dish.
  2. Whisk together egg yolks, eggs, and sugar in a bowl until light, foamy, and lemon-colored.
  3. Melt chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, 1 to 3 minutes.
  4. Stir melted chocolate mixture into egg and sugar mixture until combined.
  5. Sift cocoa powder into the mixture; stir to combine.
  6. Sift flour and salt into the mixture; stir to combine into a batter.
  7. Stir in vanilla extract into the batter
  8. Transfer batter to a resealable plastic bag. Snip one corner of the bag with scissors to create a tip.
  9. Divide batter evenly between the prepared ramekins, tap gently on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
  10. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  11. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  12. Arrange the ramekins in a casserole dish. Pour enough hot tap water into the casserole dish to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  13. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes
  14. Loosen the edges from the ramekins with a knife. Invert each cake onto a plate and dust with powder sugar.
  15. Add a scoop of ice cream and enjoy
National Bologna Day

National Bologna Day

National Bologna Day!!

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Yes, it’s National Bologna Day!! October 24th. You either love it or hate it.

Its origin came from the city of Bologna, Italy. It’s also believed to have been introduced to America by the Germans.

Bologna as it is known in America, can be eaten as is or, fried. Throw it on some toasted bread with pickles, onions, tomatoes, and lettuce.  It can be served cold with cheese or chopped up and mixed with eggs, mayo, and veggies for a bologna salad.

The smell of fried bologna takes me back to my mom’s kitchen when she would make all my siblings and me a fried bologna sandwich for lunch.  Have a hot bologna sandwich today and reminisce about your childhood. Simple and delicious.

 

Fried Bologna Sandwich

Butter for frying

2 slices of toasted white bread

Mayonnaise (put plenty on each slice of toast)

5 slices of bologna (slice the middle of each bologna slice so it will not puff up.  Brown the bologna in a skillet)

1 Slice of cheese

Optional:  tomatoes, cooked egg, lettuce, onion, potato chips, or pickles

 

 

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday!!

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Small Business Saturday!! There are a number of ways individuals can help their communities. They can volunteer their time for a community cause. When they walk down the sidewalk they can pick up a stray piece of trash and dispose of it away properly. You can deliver meals to the sickly and home-bound. However, there is something else you can do which you may not realize helps your community.

In a few words:

Shop Local! Shop Small!

While the nation was still coming out of a recession in 2010, the credit card company American Express created an American shopping holiday as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Small Business Saturday — the Saturday following Thanksgiving — encourages people to shop at the local small businesses, versus shopping at the mega-big box stores or online.

How, you may ask, can shop at your local small business instead of going out of town or buying online help your community? Glad you asked.

First, a strong small business base is the anchor of any thriving community. In Michigan, small brick-and-mortar businesses pay higher tax rates for local schools. Local small business owners are also the people who support student fundraising, athletic and academic endeavors. They sponsor little league teams, buy ads in high school sporting programs and yearbooks. They donate time and money back to their communities to make their communities better places to live and do business.

Many times, these same small businesses are the places where young adults go to get their first jobs and to learn their work ethics.

The Facts

The Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) reports in 2020, there were approximately 122,000 retail establishments in the state. Michigan’s retail industry directly employed 758,000 workers. Those workers earned nearly $23 billion.

To help local small businesses, the MRA created a program similar to Small Business Saturday. Their program is called Buy Nearby and it’s always the first weekend in October. This year’s theme was Clicks to Bricks: Taking Stock in Retail’s Economic Impact in Michigan.

According to the MRA online buying in 2020 increased by nearly 3 percent. Because of this and the pandemic, direct retail employment decreased by 14 percent from 2017. Many local small businesses have closed their doors for good.

The MRA says, if Michiganians redirected 10 percent of their estimated $23.7 billion in out-of-state e-commerce to local small businesses, Michigan would gain $1.9 billion in increased economic activity.

Further, they estimate that a 10 percent change in shopping mentality would create 14,000 new jobs.

Supporting local small businesses has a snowball effect economically on a community. Consider this, aside from employing locals, sponsoring ball teams, and paying local school taxes, small businesses also hire cleaning companies, attorneys, accountants, security staff, and more. This allows these other small businesses to do the same thing.

This year’s Small Business Saturday is November 27, please consider shopping local that day and every day. Support the businesses that support your community and your kids.

 

 

Until There’s A Cure – We Are Cleaning For A Reason

Until There’s A Cure – We Are Cleaning For A Reason

Until There Is A Cure – We Are Cleaning For A Reason

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Until there’s a cure – we are cleaning for a reason. It’s difficult keeping a home clean under any circumstances, but when cancer hits a household, the burden can be overwhelming. That’s when Cleaning For A Reason steps in, partnering with more than 1,200 maid services to provide free house cleaning for men, women, and children battling any type of cancer.  Our partnered cleaning companies volunteer their services and are not compensated in any way.

When matched with a cleaning company, a patient receives a total of two free house cleanings, that is one general cleaning a month for up to two months.

About Clarkston Cleaning Services

 

Clarkston Cleaning Services is a 20-year-old family-owned and operated cleaning company that has teamed up with Cleaning For A Reason, an international nonprofit foundation.  The company is large enough to serve and small enough to care. Employees are the number one priority, which results in better quality and service for all of their clients. Clarkston Cleaning Services provides top to bottom cleaning every single time, with quality assurance checks performed by the Team Leader at each cleaning. All the employees are bonded and insured and arrive in uniform and a logoed company car.

Owner Dawn Raffler states, “I have watched very closely as our family members would lose their battles to cancer. When that happened, it became very personal for me. Supporting and honoring them goes well beyond wearing a colored ribbon on your lapel. A clean home is a necessity when undergoing treatments. It is my belief that cancer warriors should be fighting cancer and not cobwebs. We will focus on your home while you focus on your health.”

In partnership with Cleaning for a Reason, Clarkston Cleaning Services has agreed to help those battling cancer by cleaning at two homes per month for two consecutive months at no charge. The only requirement is that the homes be within the company’s existing service areas.  To date, Clarkston Cleaning has donated 190.50 hours of cleaning. The total value donated is $9,525.

About Cleaning for a Reason

Cleaning For A Reason strives to aid those who are battling cancer by teaming up with professional cleaning companies across the United States and Canada. Together, these two forces offer free house cleaning to meet the needs of families impacted by cancer, and since 2006, have donated more than $14.1 million in free services, helping more than 43,000 people with cancer. Based in Lewisville, TX, Cleaning For A Reason works with more than 1,200 residential cleaning companies and continues to grow and gain support. In 2017, Cleaning for a Reason was adopted by ISSA Charities, the charitable arm of ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. To learn more about Cleaning for a Reason and to apply for free house cleaning, see cleaningforareason.org.

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Just Because It’s Summer

Just Because It’s Summer

Just Because It’s Summer

Just Because It’s Summer

Just because it’s summer…  It’s back! We are looking at summertime like a long-lost friend! Seems like forever, doesn’t it? But just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we don’t have to keep up with regular chores. Some are made worse when it’s hot out! I know, I know… Here are some reasons why and what to do.

Warmth and Germs Love Each Other

Most people associate the warm months with vacations and beaches, patio dinners, and running through the sprinklers. In other words, being outdoors most of the time. But often, our “in”-doors get neglected regarding cleaning. Doors and windows are left open so there’s more air circulation and less-than-pleasant smells are not as noticeable.

Clothing, whether it’s work or play clothes, just the heat of this time of year makes us all sweat more. Do you know how your teenager’s room smells? Yeah, that. Except multiply that by all the family members. Try line drying the clothes for a few months. This will save money on your electricity bills and give your clothing a good dose of UV to kill the germs created by sweaty bodies.

Garbage, defined as: “wasted or spoiled food and other refuse, as from a kitchen or household” is the wet/sticky/scraps that we throw in our waste cans. Let them sit for a hot day in a closed container and you might just be knocked back a couple of feet by the smell. Meat waste like trimmings and bones are particularly susceptible to spoilage. Food poisoning is more common in the summertime and is no fun. Make a habit of taking the garbage out daily or having a special bag for just food leftovers and get them out of the house.

Dirty Dishes have a habit of building up as people run in and out of the house for snacks and cold drinks. Even the small bits of food left can create foul odors quickly. Encourage the family to scrape dishes into the garbage and/or rinse them off. Run the disposer at least once a day and maybe throw in a lemon or orange peel to freshen it up. Once or twice a month (all year actually) add a cup of baking soda and vinegar to it and let it volcano up in your sink and entertain you for a few seconds. (Good chore for kids?) Wash it down 10 minutes later with some hot-hot tap water.

 Rain or Shine

 In and out, in and out. Kids, cats, and dogs can’t seem to make up their minds about where they want to be. While it’s best to leave shoes at the door, it’s not so easy to keep up with the traffic. Who knows what everyone has walked or run through especially if there are pets around…you get the drift. Buy a bunch of dollar store flip-flops in assorted sizes for indoor use by the most used door for ease of rule enforcement. This will help keep the worst of it at bay.

DIY season

And then there’s the home repairs and remodeling that are so common this time of year. It’s also a fairly universal habit to just “let things go” while the work is being done because why clean when it’s just going to get trashed again until it’s finished. That’s fair logic to a point, but if one area gets neglected then often the whole thing gets neglected. And if it’s a BIG project, like remodeling a bathroom, then things can get out of hand quickly.

Whether you are doing it yourself or have a contractor, make it a point to have things tidied up at the end of the workday. Sweep up sawdust and other potentially hazardous debris and get the power tools unplugged and put away.

Keeping the house ship-shape, even during the lazy hazy days of summer! Sometimes it’s just easier (and worth the $$ spent) to let us help you keep up indoors while you go enjoy the “out”-doors!

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Practical ways to prepare for college

Practical ways to prepare for college

Practical ways to prepare for college

Practical Ways to Prepare for Your Freshman Year of College, Clarkston Cleaning Services

 

Practical ways to prepare for college. It’s a big world out there! We’re sure you have big dreams for your future and are ready to go get ‘em! Now that you’re leaving home, we have a few suggestions on practical ways to prepare for your freshman year of college!

Adulting is harder than it seems. A lot harder. As you learn to balance all the things in your life; work, fun, relationships, there will be falls and mistakes. Don’t take them personally and try to learn from them. You probably didn’t get the balance thing on a bike the first time, right? Neither will you as a grown-up. But you will.

Things to Keep in Mind

Preparation is never a waste of time and while you can’t possibly anticipate everything, talking with your parents or other trusted adults is a good start. Do you know someone already in college? Do you know someone who is at your college? Pick their brains on some of their experiences in their first year. Some questions to ask might be:

The “Not College” Stuff

Not only are you heading to school, but you are also leaving the comforts of home with your parents. You will be surprised at how much they do for you. Sometimes experience is the only way to learn. For example, there are reasons your mom hounded you about the dirty dishes or laundry in your room. Or that you have to buy things like toilet paper, ketchup, forks, knives, and spoons. Or that nobody will pile you out of bed for your classes anymore. Old habits die hard, and you’re bound to have to break more than one.

  • If you’re lucky enough to have your parents’ help, you’re very lucky. If not, and your financial skills are either lacking or non-existent, get busy with a course or two on budgeting and the reality of living in the world. Even if you have help, eventually you will need to be self-sustaining. You may need to get work and it’s important to know how much you need from that job to pay your way.
  • If you will be living in a dorm, you may have a food allowance that is included with your tuition. You may not. Either way, you gotta eat, right? Living on ramen and red licorice whips will get old, fast. A poor diet will drag down your ability to sleep, study, and pay attention in class. A balanced diet is not equal parts junk food and good food, just…FYI. Eat good foodgreens, grains, fruit.
  • Health. Of course, your overall health needs to be…overall. Often young people push past signals from their minds and bodies because of peer pressure and freshman college life is notorious for bullying and mob mentality. Your comfort zones will be challenged often. It’s ok to say “no”.

The college experience can be so exciting! You may change your mind on your major several times. You may decide to go in a completely different direction. Remember, nothing is set in stone. Allow yourself to make mistakes! You are learning not only about your career fields; you are learning to be an adult…it takes some time.

Practical ways to prepare for college

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