DILL! Makes us think of pickles, potato salad and…
You have been well aware that the faithful Club Members have terrific ideas and have generously shared them. Well, the mail was especially fun this morning because I heard from a Member from Canada! She and I seem to have a kindred spirit, as do many of the people who take the time to share their lives, and she reminded me how good dill is with carrots! Here is part of her dear message:
“One thing I really love to use dill for is my carrots. especially new carrots, cook until just done, then I add butter and a good sprinkle of dill. When we have company they always rave about my carrots and that is all I do if I am getting “fancy”. “ ~Pat
Boy. I wish I had thought of that! grin We appreciate you for sharing, Pat!
Mother Connie really cannot think of dill without remembering the blog post featuring Dill Pickle Soup! It’s time to prepare a pot of that again! Maybe one day soon I’ll bake a loaf of dill bread. . . wouldn’t that make wonderful croutons?
Pat also had another dilly of an idea: “Turmeric is another of my favorites. Especially with rice!“
Because rice can be ‘blah’ turmeric would certainly give it a kick. That makes me think of my pal, Velda. One of her go-to quick meals when she is too tired to cook is to cook rice, add a can of spinach, juice and all and heat it all together. If she thinks it needs a finishing touch, she sprinkles cheese over it. Now, I’m thinking a pinch or two of turmeric would give that dish a whole new character!
Recently a visitor to the Club House kitchen spied the spice rack, which had recently been moved next to the stove. She was curious about the little bottles and how the contents got used. Really, spices are a reasonably inexpensive way to add punch to your cooking. We get into routines, we humans, and when we use spices to flavor our food it helps to break the monotony. She assured me she would “steal” all my best spice ideas and try them out in her kitchen!
There is always cleaning to be done…
Changing the subject, as I am wont to to, I want to share the cleaning tips sent in by April. Bless her heart, she must keep quite the tidy house and busy kitchen. Still, she makes the time to share with the Club:
“April’s All Purpose Spray:
In a spray bottle, combine equal parts water and vinegar. Shake and use. DO NOT USE ON MARBLE. You can add essential oils, if you want.
To help clean drains pour baking soda down the drain, then pour a little vinegar down the drain.
For cleaning toilets just pour straight vinegar into the bowl, let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub and flush. **Mother Connie here: I had a good friend who used a paper cup to dip all the water out of the bowl and THEN used vinegar + soda to scrub. She cleaned for a living, so I think she must have earned her $!
To make a a soft scrub, mix baking soda and water. It is non abrasive and good to use for sinks and tubs.”
*Thank you, April!
One more cleaning tip for you comes from a good friend who also cleans for a living. Her home made window cleaner is the BOMB and I have used it for years. When she gave me the formula I was astonished at how simple it is:
“In a large spray bottle use a pint of alcohol *NOT the drinking kind!
Fill the bottle with water *Filtered water is best, if you have it
Add 1 TABLESPOON Prell shampoo
Mix the ingredients by shaking the bottle gently and spray on glass. Use coffee filters to polish the surface.
*When washing the INSIDE of windows, wipe them from side to side; on the OUTSIDE,wipe them from top to bottom. By doing so, you can easily see any missed spots. “
Dawn, thank you so much!
Cleaning must be done in our homes regardless of how tired we are, whether we like to clean or not. The SNAP or WIC funds help feed our loved ones but they do not wash the dishes or clean the sink! If you use food commodities or items from a food bank or food pantry, you still have to sweep floors and make beds! Those of you who are frugal or living on a dime, know all too well that those chores pile up as they wait–we hope these ideas will lighten your load.
Again, we thank the Members who contributed their ideas to this post. We really could not keep house without you people!!!
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PS#2: These cleaning supplies will be pressed into full service to properly prepare the Club House for the Cooking Class in October! WOOOO HOOOO!