From Chaos to Clean in One Afternoon!

How to Quickly Clean Your Home Before Your Guests Arrive - HollyHomemaker.com
How To Quickly Clean Your Home Before Your Guests Arrive!

It never fails, when your house is at its worst, that’s when friends and family want to visit. You get that call from out of town friends who are in the area and want to drop by. Or, your mother-in-law calls and says she’s coming to visit this weekend.

What do you do? Panic? Agonize over how much time it will take to clean the house and how little time you actually have to do it? Don’t despair! There is an easy way to quickly clean your home and get it company ready in no time.

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Nacho Cheese Potato Soup

A delicious, cheesy, hearty soup that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare!

The first time I made Nacho Cheese Potato Soup was when I was a newlywed. I remember it vividly because my husband loved it! I wasn’t much of a cook back then so you can imagine how thrilled I was when he raved about how good the meal was. And as you might expect, I made that soup often!

Somewhere along the way though, I lost the recipe. I couldn’t find it anywhere. Of course I decided to recreate it and after a few less than successful tries, I finally came up with this version. My husband swears it’s even better than the original recipe! It has once again become a family favorite that we enjoy often, especially on those cold winter nights when all you want is a warm, comforting soup.

What I like most about Nacho Cheese Potato Soup (besides it being absolutely delicious) is that it is quick, easy, and budget friendly. From start to finish it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. And since you only use one pot, your cleanup is easy too! Continue reading

25 Stuffed Baked Potato Recipes!

25 Ways to Make Stuffed Baked Potatoes!

Stuffed Baked Potatoes are a quick and easy meal option for when you don’t have a lot of time to cook. They are also a creative way to use up leftovers from the previous night.

Baking Potatoes the traditional way, in the oven, can take as long as 90 minutes to bake. Speed up the process by either microwaving them or placing them in your slow cooker in the morning and letting them “bake” until dinner.

Prepare a few extras and you will have quick lunches for the next few days. Just refrigerate the leftover potatoes and reheat when ready to eat.

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Escape the Morning Mayhem!

Stress-Free Tips to Get You Out The Door On Time!

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My husband is a morning person. He never needs an alarm clock. He simply wakes up at the right time, bright-eyed and smiling, ready to greet the day. He flows through the process of getting ready in the morning and leaves the house on time. It’s really quite disgusting! 😉

I, on the other hand, am a night person. My brain barely functions before noon! Because of this, getting ready in the morning can be quite a challenge.

Can you relate? Do you spend every morning rushing to leave the house on time?

If so, then escape the morning mayhem with these simple time management tips to make mornings a little easier. Continue reading

Back to School Organizing Tips!

back-to-school-tipsTen Tips to Get Your Family Organized and Ready for Back to School!

Didn’t summer just begin? It seems that way, doesn’t it? Summer has just flown by and now it’s almost time for the kids to go back to school.

It’s a chore, isn’t it? So much to buy and so many things to do to prepare for that first day of school. There’s yearly checkups to schedule, new clothes and school supplies to buy, papers to be completed, school orientations to attend, carpools to arrange, the list just goes on and on.

It’s easy to get so bogged down in preparing for the coming school year that you miss the enjoyment of these last few remaining days of summer. You don’t have to. With proper planning and a bit of organization, you can get your kids ready for school and still have plenty of time to play in the sun Continue reading

How We Sold Our House in 3 Days!

Simple steps you can take today that will increase the value of your home and lead to a quick sale. HollyHomemaker.com

 

Simple steps you can take today that will increase the value of your home and lead to a quick sale.

My husband and I have moved several times over the course of our marriage. In fact, we joke that we can only stay in a home five years before it is time to move again.

Over the years, we have sold a total of five houses:  

Two houses sold in less than three months.

One house sold in less than a month.  

Another sold in less than a week.

And our fastest sale? Our house we sold in just three days!

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The Easy Way to Organize Receipts!

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What season is it? If you live in the United States, then you probably know that answer. Tax Season!

Are you scrambling to find those much needed receipts? Are all those little slips of paper scattered everywhere – lying around the house, stashed in drawers, tossed on the floorboard of your car, or in the bottom of your purse?

Perhaps you plan to keep track of them, may even create a system that lasts a few weeks but then your days get busy and the next thing you know, your desk is cluttered with receipts once again.

That was me until a couple of years ago when I finally created a super simple envelope system to store my receipts. It has worked for me and hopefully will work well for you too. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Sherry Beef

Slow Cooker Creamy Sherried Beef / Holly Homemaker.com   How would you like to be able to create a dish that is elegant enough to serve to guests and yet takes only minutes to prepare? This Slow Cooker Creamy Sherried Beef recipe is just that dish. What’s even better? No pots and pans or mixing bowls are needed. Just stir everything together in the crockpot and turn it on. Cleanup is a breeze! Best of all, this dish is made with only four simple, inexpensive ingredients, making it budget friendly. I know beef can be expensive but by slow cooking it, you can use less expensive cuts of beef. Your beef will be tender and delicious, and your guests will never know. Whenever I find beef tips on sale, I usually stock up and freeze a couple of batches. That way, I always have it on hand when I need it. Continue reading

Create A Family Meal Plan!

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Save Time and Money by Creating a Meal Plan designed especially for your family!

For years, I never bothered with a meal plan. Instead, I would make my grocery list based on what seemed to be missing from the refrigerator and pantry. I would then head to the store, grocery list in hand, walking down each aisle, choosing an item just because it was on my list or looked appetizing. At the register, I would be shocked once again, at the amount of money I had spent. Once home, I would unload my stash and admire my full pantry and refrigerator. By dinnertime though, I would stand at that pantry full of food thinking, “What the heck am I going to make for dinner?”

These days, however, I am a “woman with a plan”…A meal plan that is! Continue reading

Organizing with Hanging Pocket Organizers!

Hanging pocket organizers are perfect for organizing any area of your home. Here are twenty functional and creative uses for these handy organizers from HollyHomemaker.com.

 

 

I absolutely love hanging pocket organizers. You know, the ones with the clear pockets you store your shoes in? I’ve never actually used them for shoe storage but I have used them for just about everything else.

Hanging pocket organizers are perfect for organizing any area of your home. Look for ones with clear pockets. They are durable, easy to clean, and it’s easy to find what you need at a glance.

Hang one on the back of a door or attach to a wall for added storage space. If you cut one in half or quarters, you can attach it to the inside of a cabinet door.

Here are twenty functional and creative ideas I have found for using these handy little organizers.

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