Cleaning

New Car and Spring Cleaning

Hey there readers we are no longer carless! We have purchased a 2012 Subaru Impreza  its wonderful and shiny.

Speaking of shiny. It’s getting to be spring cleaning time.  I thought I would share with you some of my favorite cleaning “weapons”.

Microfiber cloths – I use these for everything!!  From getting all those fingerprints off my smart phone to getting the little hairs out of my bathroom sink.  They are also fantastic for dusting.  Especially if you have cats.

Method Wood for Good – This is the best way to clean wood furniture and floors too.  It makes everything all nice and shiny and it smells like almond too.

As a matter of fact I am a big fan of other Method products too.  Including their dishwashing liquid in Clementine and all of their Mint scented bathroom cleaners. On top of all all of that wonderfulness all Method products are non toxic.  So check them out I am sure you will love them!

Mr Clean Magic Erasers – If you aren’t  using these yet they are perfect for getting scuffs off of your kitchen floor.  I also love them for cleaning dirty fingerprints from around light switch and for cleaning my stove top.  Also no chemicals at all, what more can you ask for?

Hand knitted dish cloths – A few months ago I found this great cotton yarn for knitting dish cloths the yarn was pretty inexpensive and they were fun to knit up.  More than that they are wonderfully “scrubby” because of all the bumps.  If you knit you can  find lots of patterns online.  Get some cotton knit some and see what you think.  They would also be adorable in a basket of goodies as a wedding shower or housewarming gift.

So readers let me know what is in your spring cleaning arsenal?

PS. On the subject of things that brighten my world.   Lots of thanks to all the family and friend who helped with the car situation.   Especially MK47,  Tee, Vixen,  Lizard, Mr Cook and Aunt Pat. You guys are awesome and we heart you.

Garden

Arrgh! and seedlings

I wanted to do longer post this week about my garden plans and learning to knit cables. Instead our car dropped dead. So I’ll mention that having one car is awesome 99.9% of the time. Now is the 0.1%.

In other news the tomato and peppers seeds I planted are pretty much all sprouted already. I am hoping that is good omen for my garden this year.

I am going to take my foul mood elsewhere now. Next week is Stitch and Bitch so I’ll share what everyone is making. I’ll also tell you all about Corned Beef Ravioli, with mustard sauce. So be sure to tune in.

Recipes

Vegetarian Tales

Last week I promised you some of my favorite vegetarian recipes.  Cook these when your vegetarian friends come to visit or anytime because  they are delicious.

First up, my grandmother’s Escarole and Beans.

Here is what you will need:

1lb Escarole – This is a green leafy vegetable. I like the recipes best with it. If you can’t find escarole you can use spinach or collard greens.

3 or 4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

3 cans of White Kidney or Cannellini Beans

3 cloves of Garlic chopped fine

Red Pepper Flakes

Salt

Here’s what you do:

Open the cans of beans. DO NOT DRAIN

Grab your big sauce pan. Heat the olive oil till shimmering.  Add the garlic and brown it just like you are making pasta sauce

Add the beans with the liquid they were canned in. Lower heat to medium.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  I over season it a bit because we will be adding the greens.

Simmer stirring for 10 to 15 minutes

Add the greens a few handfuls at a time stir them and let them wilt. Then add the next handful. Do this until all the greens are added to the pan.

Cover and simmer on low for 20 to – 30 minutes.  Serve with crusty bread.

Next up Vegetarian Jambalya

Here is what you need:

I make this using vegetarian Charizo sausage.  Feel free to use any vegetarian sausage you like. If you can find a vegetarian Andouille, that would be awesome

1 pkg Vegetarian Sausage

3 Carrots chopped

2 ribs Celery chopped

1 large Onion chopped

2 or 3 Bell Peppers chopped

2 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 quart Vegetable Broth

1 large can of Crushed Tomatoes

1 cup Rice

Salt

Cayenne Pepper

Here’s what you do:

Once again grab you big saucepan and  heat the olive oil till it shimmers, you should be good at this by now.

Add the sausage and vegetables cook them till the veggies soften and everything starts to brown.

Add broth and tomatoes salt and cayenne pepper to taste.  It should be kind of spicy.

Simmer covered on low  for 45 to 60 minutes.  Stirring occasionally.

Add the rice.  Cover and on low for another 45 minutes or so till the rice is tender.

This is wonderfully hearty and spicy great for a cold winter night.

Speaking of veggies.  Today I started my tomato and pepper seeds inside.  Will let you know more about the garden as it progresses.

So do you ever go meatless?  What do you make?