A Do~able Cleaning Schedule

If you’re like me before your health issues became truly noticeable and changed your life, you most likely did some dusting, laundry and vacuuming during the work week and the big house clean in one day one the weekend.

Before cleaning I always crank up the stereo. This always helps lift my spirits and get me going.

I can still clean my home in a day when I’m feeling good. That is if I don’t mind being down for the next two to three days afterward. As a single lady ~ that’s just not acceptable.



So I started thinking about how to best to clean and maintain my home while not exhausting myself.

I now take one room a day and clean it.

Once a week I clean out my refrigerator and clean the stove and oven. Sweep the patio. Each one a different day.

Every other week I dust the fans, light fixtures.

Once a month clean the headers and baseboards.

I also have plants everywhere to keep the air in my home clean. This is especially helpful when I have to be stuck inside running the heating or cooling.

I sure hope this helps!  Wha do you do to maintain your home without overdoing?

Love and hugs ~ Shellie


The Hidden Costs of Moving

No matter how many times I move and trust it’s been far too many to count, there are always fees that I’ve somehow managed to forget.

So here are some of the hidden costs, the ones that you absolutely need to plan some extra money for.

restocking the pantry, fridge, freezer ~ No Matter how close or far your moving. You’ll need new spices, milk and other perishables, frozen foods or maybe just an extra bag of peas for your stressed muscles and joints.

moving supplies ~ box cutter, sharpies, box tape, bubble wrap, Speciality boxes for tv’s, antiques. etc.

eating out/ordering in

tipping the movers ~  depending on how many hours your movers are working and the quality of work. You’ll be looking at a 10-20% tip.

gas ~ eve moving locally there is a lot more driving during a move. For supplies, the trips looking at places, gathering supplies, going to clean your new home before move in, etc.

hiring helpers ~ even if choose to move with U-Haul, living with Chronic Pain, Chronic Illness you’re going to want to hire people to pack and unpack the truck for you.

travel ~ if you’re moving far away, that means at least a trip or two to your new location. You need to fly out and look at the area and find your new home.

Hotels and transportation.  Eating out.

tools ~ if you don’t already have a toolkit. This is the time to buy a good hammer and a couple screwdrivers.





Swiss Cheeese Fondue

There are two ways depending on your time and how your feeling.

The quick and easy way ~Go to Trader Joes and purchase their Swiss Cheese fondue. Add about 1/2 cup good quality Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.

You want to get a good quality wine as it directly affects the flavor and outcome of your fondue.

* Serve with sliced apple, pear, orange, celery, carrots, broccoli, french bread, ham and turkey. Whatever you like. Serve with the rest of the wine.

The real way ~

2 cloves garlic peeled and chopped. Crush with the side of the blade first this releases the flavor.

8 oz shredded Swiss

8 oz shredded Gruyere

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup good quality Sauvignon Blanc

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup Brandy

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

small pinch nutmeg

Place shredded cheese in a ziplock with the cornstarch and shake until all the cheese is coated.

Put the garlic in a pot and saute.

Add wine and lemon juice and bring to a simmer.

Slowly add the cheese in small amounts stirring constantly.

Once the cheese is completely melted and smooth of any lumps, add the brandy, nutmeg and mustard. Stir.

Transfer to fondue pot to serve.

  • serve with dippers listed above or your favorites.


Crab Enchiladas

Crab Enchiladas are traditionally made with a sour cream sauce. However, I  really wanted to make them this time with a Green Chile Enchilada Sauce. I use Palmas.

I always use frozen crab. I get mine from Trader Joes. Its already been shelled and is ready to use. Plus it doesn’t have the tinny taste of canned.

1 pack small taco flour tortillas if you prefer corn that’s fine.

2 bags shredded Mexican cheese. I simply can’t sit and grate my own cheese anymore ~ the arthritis in my hands won’t allow it.

2 cans chopped green chiles

2 cans chopped black olives

garlic and onion powder, black pepper

1 9  by 11 rectangular dish

Start by pouring enough of the enchilada sauce to cover the bottom of the pan.Put a layer of tortillas, then cheese, crab, spices, chiles and olives.


The top layer should be sauce tortillas and cheese.

I apologize for the lack of pictures, I recently purchased a Chromebook and am learning to use it as fast as I can.

Hugs ~ Shellie



Lobster Salad

For this salad, I use Langastino Lobster. I buy it frozen at Trader Joes to keep it cost effective.

3 hours before starting I put the lobster in a bowl of ice water with lemon so that it doesn’t taste fishy.

I make a simple salad for this using hearts of romaine and spinach. Torn into small bite-sized pieces.

1 Roma Tomato Cut into bite-sized pieces.

1 Avocado also cut into bite-sized pieces.

For an intimate meal, I would assemble the salads in the bowls and serve with a good quality Sauvignon Blanc and some sourdough bread.

Serves 2


21 Movies for Valentine’s Day

Romantic/ Romantic Comedy  

When in Rome



An Affair to Remember

Valentine’s Day

I Hate Valentine’s Day

How Do You Know



A Charlie Brown Valentine

Be My Valentine Charlie Brown

Winnie the Pooh Unvalentine’s Day

Beauty and the Beast

Lady and the Tramp

Jungle 2 Jungle

Gay Purr-ee



This List Just Wouldn’t be Complete without ~

Yours, Mine and Ours ~ I so love the Original!

the Sound of Music

PS I Love You

Letters to Juliet

A Walk to Remember

Like Water for Chocolate

Romeo & Juliet

What movies do you enjoy this time of year?? I’d love to hear from you and add to this list.

Love and hugs ~ Shellie






Valentine’s Day Ideas

With Valentine’s Day only a week away I thought I’d share some fun ideas I’ve used in years past.

single ~

make plans with your friends and go out.

host a party and have each person bring someone that they aren’t romantically interested in. Just because this person isn’t your friend’s taste doesn’t mean he or she won’t be a potential match for you or another friend.

go to brunch with your bestie.

take a long bath

in a relationship ~

recreate one of your favorite dates

decorate your living room and make a romantic picnic at home

make a favorite dish together. Cooking together is always fun.

take a bath together

with children ~

make heart-shaped pizzas together

watch fun Valentine DVDs

make Valentine’s

get some washable crayons for the bath draw hearts and flowers




Moving Prep 3-4 months Prior

At this point, I start clearing out my closets and cupboards. Do my deep cleaning, decide what I’m going to sell, donate or keep before moving.

I definitely don’t want to pay to move things I have no intention of keeping.

List items on Craig’s List and Let Go. Clothing on Declutter. Donate items to a local shelter or charity.




I also like to look at what I have and make a list of things I will need.

Like with this move I’m selling my formal dining room set and will need to buy a small kitchen table to replace it. I’m also selling one of the king sized beds I have and will be replacing it with a day bed.

I hope these ideas help you in your future moves.

Love and hugs ~ Shellie






Febuary 1st

This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s day.

So if you’re Catholic, like me, you’re changing your recipe plans for Valentine’s day. Instead of the surf and turf dinner maybe a lobster, salad, crab enchiladas or a fondue with lots of fresh fruit, veggies and some seafood. I’ll be sharing these recipes soon.

 Valentine’s  Day ~ One day dedicated to the celebration of Love.

No matter where you’re at in life this needs to be a fun time.

Single ~ have a party with friends and have each person bring someone they know and aren’t interested in romantically. This way everyone gets to meet new people and make new connections. Or just go out with your friends and have a blast!


In a relationship ~ do something special with your significant other to show them how much they really mean to you.

Family ~ I often had more fun celebrating this day with my son than ever before! Seeing it all through his eyes. We did crafts, read, watched movies and cooked together.

What are your plans this year?

I’m actually going to be home alone this year and am planning a day of pampering and relaxation. Loving oneself is so beyond important! If you don’t love you, how can you truly love anyone else??

Big hugs and love~ Shellie