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.

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Cleaning · Garden

Blogs I Heart and Other Stuff Too

We have recently been making a lot of updates to our apartment.  We added a little butcher block island to our kitchen which really makes it easier to cook and keep my kitchen clean.  I love it.  Speaking of cleaning you should check out One  Good Thing by Jillee her blog is lots of fun and she often makes her own cleaning supplies. I actually discovered it through Offbeat Home which, quite frankly you should already be reading.

I have also just signed up for my 2012 CSA. CSA stands for community supported agriculture. What that means is basically I pay for a share of a local farm and I get a share what they grow in a season. I pay for my share up front which covers overhead and I get know where my food is coming from and support my local farms. Yay!!  We got half a share which means starting in June we will get a share every other week till late September or Early October.  I will post our shares when we start to get them. I am also hoping to do some canning with some of what we get in our shares and what we get from our garden.  Oh and there is a canning blog I heart too.  It’s called Food in Jars and if you are interested in canning at all you should read it.

That is it for this week.  Next week, I will have 2 vegetarian recipes for you a Jambalaya and my grandmother’s awesome Escarole and Beans.  So tune in for that one.

 

 

 

 

Books · Cleaning · Parties

Alabama Dinner Party, A Pretty Cool Book and New Projects

Last night, I went to an awesome dinner party that my best friend threw as a benefit for the Alabama Tornado victims. I just wanted to mention how much I love this idea. We all brought donations to help the victims and ate a wonderful southern feast. The menu included, pulled pork, black eyed peas and collard greens, corn bread, and ice box cake for dessert. Jay did a great job. This is one of those ideas I really think needs to be stolen. So, if there is cause you feel strongly about, make some great food and, invite your friends over.

Also yesterday, my wonderful hooligan of a husband gave me the book Generation T by Megan Nicolay. If you’re like me, one of those punk rock girls who never got over cutting up her T-shirt’s this book is for you. It’s got a bunch of great projects so that you can keep wearing that old much loved t-shirt or turn it into something entirely new. Since we all have old t-shirts stuffed in our drawers all the projects are inexpensive, maybe even free! What’s cooler than that? I hope to do my first project from the book this week, I’ll make sure to post some pictures when it’s done. I am also looking forward to making pillows, tote bags (even one of my own design), and eyeglass cases from my old tee shirts.

Speaking of eyeglasses, one quick tip for my cool girls who wear glasses. When I was a kid, my optometrist told my I should always clean my glasses with dish soap. He explained that dish soap was made to clean the very materials glasses are made of and, to remove oils like the ones in your skin. Just soap them up with your hands rinse them in warm water and dry them with a lint free cloth. I swear, you will never use glass cleaner to clean your glasses again.

I think I may have another recipe for you next time and, maybe some notes on tonight’s karaoke birthday party.

(don’t you love teasers)