Tips & Tricks: Lovely Lemon Bars

Categories: Oxi Fresh - Just for Fun

It’s time for something sweet with a wonderful touch of tanginess – lemon bars with a shortbread base! This desert from Margaret Peterson at TasteofHome.com is perfect for when you’re feeling chocolated-out. This recipe makes about three dozen bars, so it’s great for parties!

What You’ll Need
Shortbread Base
- 1 1/2 Cups of Flour (All-Purpose)
- 3/4 Cup of Butter (Cubed, Cold)
- 1/2 Cup of Powdered Sugar
- 1 Tsp. of Freshly Grated Orange Peel
- 1 Tsp. of Freshly Grated Lemon Peel

Lemon Filling
- 2 Cups of Sugar
1/4 Cup of Flour (All Purpose)
- 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
- 4 Eggs
- 1/3 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
- 2 Tsp. of Freshly Grated Orange Peel
- 2 Tsp. of Freshly Grated Lemon Peel

Let’s Get Cooking!
- Step 1 -
We’re going to start by preparing the Shortbread Base. Break out the food processor and combine your grated orange and lemon peel with the flour and powdered sugar.

- Step 2 -
Once that’s blended, add in the cubed butter and run the processor until you have a nice ball of shortbread dough.

- Step 3 -
Set the oven to 350 F and grease a baking pan (13 inches by 9 inches). Work the dough into the bottom of the pan and let it bake for 12 to 14 minutes.

- Step 4 -
Combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, eggs, lemon juice, and the ground peels in a bowl.

- Step 5 -
Once the Shortbread Base is done, pop it out of the oven and pour the Lemon Filling over it. Use a spatula to spread it evenly.

- Step 6 -
And now back into the oven with it! Bake the Lemon Bars for 7 to 9 more minutes. After baking, let the bars cool and then refrigerate them over night. Don’t cut the bars until just before serving and – if you want – sprinkle on some extra powdered sugar.

Thanks again to Margaret and TasteofHome.com. Go and check out more of their awesome recipes!

Let’s Limbo – Oxi Fresh Named Top Low Cost Franchise!

Categories: Oxi Fresh Achievements, Oxi Fresh News

Every year, Entrepreneur Magazine conducts a massive study of hundreds of franchise companies, examining reams of data in order to create the Franchise 500, a series of reports valued by entrepreneurs everywhere.

One of those reports is the list of Top Low Cost Franchises. These are franchise systems who not only make the list of top businesses, but manage to do so with extremely reasonable start-up fees. Continue Reading post – Let’s Limbo – Oxi Fresh Named Top Low Cost Franchise!

Chris Souk – Veteran, Entrepreneur, and Oxi Fresh Franchisee

Categories: Oxi Fresh Franchise, Oxi Fresh News, The Oxi Fresh Team

What does the Army Reserve, luxury yachts, and the banking industry have in common? Chris Souk -
an Oxi Fresh franchisee who was recently featured on the National Veteran-Owned Business Association’s website.

In the article, “Oxi Fresh Franchisee Makes a Clean Start,” Chris talks about how he went from serving in the Reserve from 1991 to 1996 to doing work on the construction of luxury yachts before joining the financial services industry for over ten years. During these different careers, Chris realized something -  he didn’t want to work for someone else anymore.

“I thought,” Chris told NVOBA, “we all have to earn our living in one way or another, so why not be my own boss?” That entrepreneurial spirit drove him to look at new opportunities; as it happened, his brother had already purchased a franchise with Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning.

“I was very impressed, particularly with the concept’s green, oxygen powers carpet cleaning system.” After some research, Chris decided to join with Oxi Fresh in 2009. Since then, he’s put his business know-how to great use and become of the systems most successful locations.

One reason behind his success, according to Chris, is that there’s a strong alignment between franchising and the military. “The principles veterans learn in the military make them ideal franchisees. Just like the military, franchisees are given systems and best practices to follow in order to maximize success.”

To read more about this great interview with Chris Souk, click here. If you want to schedule a cleaning, just visit www.oxifresh.com or call us at 1-877-OXI-FRESH. If you’re interested in opening your own franchise, visit us at www.oxifreshfranchise.com or click here to read about our partnership with VetFran.

Summer Quinoa Salad

Categories: Oxi Fresh - Just for Fun

Going to a potluck? Packing for a picnic? Then you’ll want a nice salad to compliment the main course. This summer, however, let’s drop the potatoes and eggs for something healthier and fresher: a quinoa salad with bell peppers and lime! This recipe comes from Laura Violet at AllRecipes.com. Continue Reading post – Summer Quinoa Salad

The Great Green Outdoors

Categories: Green Tips, Oxi Fresh - Just for Fun

7 Ways to Camp Green!
Camping feels like it should automatically be a check in the eco-friendly column, doesn’t it? You’re outdoors, after all, and isn’t that what it’s all about?

Actually, careless camping can be decidedly un-green with trash in the woods, poorly watched campfires, and people walking where they shouldn’t.

So let’s all learn seven ways to green up your camping! Continue Reading post – The Great Green Outdoors

Battle the Barbecue!

Categories: Cleaning Tips

Pile up the logs, pour in the briquettes, turn on the gas, and flip on the oven – it’s time for some barbecue! Whether your thing is ribs, pulled pork, chicken, or a veggie patty, everyone loves a good barbecue with plenty of BBQ sauce.

But for all of the joy of the meal, there is a cost in clothes. Drips of sauce can turn nice, clean shirts, skits, and pants into smeary shames. Thankfully, you can restore your clothes at home with Oxi Fresh’s favorite tips from Good Housekeeping and Mrs. Clean. Continue Reading post – Battle the Barbecue!

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