Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Day 43 Dishwasher Soap and other household cleaners


We have finished off one box of dishwasher detergent. The children were worried we didn't have any more dishwasher soap. We do but I mixed up the homemade "Dishwasher Soap" to give it a try. I love it - there is no more soap residue on any of the dishes. The recipe: 1-1/2 cups Borax (leftover from the laundry soap) 1-1/2 cups baking soda and 1 cup table salt.

Other household cleaners that I use regularly are a window cleaner of 2 cups water, 1/ cup vinegar, and 1/8 cup alcohol. Works well. Saves money. Always renewable with supplies already on hand.

Breakfast: I felt like treating the children so we made crepes with a ricotta and yogurt filling with pineapple chunks. The crepes are - get this - egg free. The recipe idea came from a lacto ovo vegetarian cookbook. 1 cup flour, 1-1/2 cup milk, 1 frozen banana thawed, 2 tbs oil, 1/8 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt. Mix well. Pour 1/3 cup into well greased hot omelet pan. Rotate pan to get batter to thin. Fry and turn when batter is no longer glossy. Hint: eggless recipes take a little longer to cook. This has been true of the cookies with mayonnaise, the cakes, and the crepes. Add a few extra minutes (1/3 of the time originally called for - roughly. On 8-9 minute cookies we added another 3 minutes.)

Lunch: a Duggar Family Favorite, chili served over spaghetti with toppings of cheese, onions or olives ( We just added cheese.) The children liked this twist on some basics

Dinner: A Potato Platter (Idea from The Garden Cafe - now gone out of business)
with ham, chicken, green peppers and onions, topped with a mayonnaise sauce thinned with milk. Cabbage/walnut/raisin salad

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