Summer Recipe

Although it’s not officially summer yet, now that we have enjoyed our Memorial Day weekend, for most of us, this signals the beginning of summer. For me and my family, recipes that keep the indoor cooking to a minimum are the best. We are already hot enough here in Florida during the summer months, nobody wants to add to that with hot ovens warming up our kitchens.

Put your beef, fish or chicken on the grill, take a jump in the pool, and stir up some side dishes which can be prepared with little or no oven time..that’s for us. I found this great cucumber salad recipe on Pinterest. It looks cool and creamy:



Kevin (Closet Cooking)

Recipe from Kevin (Closet Cooking)

Make it

A cool and creamy cucumber and dill salad that is perfect for hot summer days!



  • 2 Cucumbers, large
  • 2 tbsp Dill
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 Lemon, juice, and zest
  • 1/4 cup Red onion

Baking & Spices

  • 1 Salt and pepper


  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt

Should You Clean Your Dishwasher?

Should You Clean Your Dishwasher?

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I get this question often:” Carole, my dishes don’t come out of the dishwasher looking as clean as they used to. Why is that?”  The answer is, your dishwasher is probably dirty. I know it sounds counterintuitive to state that a device which cleans things is dirty, but it does happen.

Over a period of time soap scum, small particles of food and grease can build up in your dishwasher. It is always a good idea to clean your machine at least once a month to get rid of that build up.

There are some people who will run a cycle on their dishwasher with a small amount of bleach, and no soap, on the hot water cycle. Then they will run it once more with just hot water. This one is not my favorite.

There are dishwasher cleaning solutions which you can purchase in the dishwasher soap aisle, and those generally work well.

If you want a more natural method of cleaning your dishwasher, try this. Make certain the dishwasher is empty. Fill a glass or mug with white vinegar and place it on the top rack, where you normally place your glasses and cups. Run the dishwasher on the heavy load cycle with the hot water and heated drying options.

If you don’t like the vinegar smell, once you have run through a wash cycle with the vinegar,  you can also throw some baking soda into the dishwasher and run one more cycle. This will make the dishwasher smell clean and fresh..

Remember, this is the device you are trusting to keep your family’s dishes clean and healthy, so don’t forget to take care of it.

Carole Melasi

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Cleaning and Home Care Tips-Saving Water

Cleaning and Home Care Tips-Saving Water

WE are having one of the driest summers I can remember. That means water is going to become more precious and some of us really don’t want our lawns to burn up, so we will be using water to keep it as green as we can. I am not one who cares much one way or the other about rain. Rain in the summer in Florida has always just been a thing that happens every afternoon. But now I find myself hoping for a little rain. [Read more…]

How To have a Clean House When You Have a Busy Life

How To have a Clean House When You Have a Busy Life

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I was just reading a post by a Mom blogger who wanted to let some Moms off the hook.  She was lamenting that on sites like Facebook and Pinterest, sometimes it looks like everyone has the cleanest homes some of us only dream about. Having a perfectly ordered and spanking clean house is not something everyone has time for. If they did, then I wouldn’t have a business. My own home even gets a little messy sometimes. Especially when it’s high season and we are cleaning at the Firefighter’s Fair! Whew.

I would never want to make another Mom feel bad for not having the perfect home. I tell you one thing, I am a little tired of it being Mom’s job to keep a home. What happened to everyone else?

The words “Help my wife with the cleaning” also make me a little crazy. You both live in the house, why not work as a team to keep it up? I think some people are just naturally more inclined to see what needs to be done, and others are so busy and focused on other things they don’t even see the mess. It’s not just a man-woman thing either.

In some relationships, it’s the men who are always cleaning up and putting things away. I have a friend who told me her husband, who likes things neat and tidy,  would just let stuff pile up, and as she was running in and out of the house from one appointment to the next or shuttling the children around, he would get more and more angry until he would simply explode.  Then he would clean up. She finally told him, stop waiting for me.  I just don’t see that stuff. My mind is filled with the things I have to do each day. If something bothers you, pick it up, put it away, or say something to me before you get angry. I will work with you to put things to right. Or, better yet, I will hire Carole’s crew to keep things clean and orderly.

I never want to make anyone, man or woman, feel less than. My blog posts are meant to be helpful. Most of the topics I write about become blog posts because they are things people have asked me about. It’s not just Dr.’s who get cornered at parties for advice you know. People will actually ask my advice about how to properly clean certain keeping, house cleaning, property management, construction clean up, office cleaning

Don’t be overwhelmed by trying to keep up with everything, give us a call and we can try to work something out to make your life easier.

Carole Melasi