Friday, September 12, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
My experimentation with using vinegar around the household continues this month. Last month, I showed you my results of using vinegar to remove hard water buildup. This month, I’m tackling a stinky sink drain.
My daughters went on a trip with my sister and her husband and during their absence, their bathroom started to smell of mildew. It took me a while to figure out the source, but it ended up being their sink drain. Turns out that my little girls shed quite a bit of hair and then apparently wash it down the drain… leading to a nice hair plug (see what I did there) that was mildewed. Ick. I removed the hair and cleaned the drain plug but it still reeked of mildew, so I put vinegar to the test again.
The first step was pouring baking soda down the drain and letting it sit for a bit.
Then, pour in your vinegar. This part is fun (remember those middle school science experiments with volcano “lava”?) – it bubbles like crazy!
This part would probably be fun for your kiddos to “help” with, although it doesn’t smell the best…
The final step is following the vinegar and baking soda with boiling water. I used a large mixing bowl (about six cups of water) that I heated to boiling in the microwave.
While you can’t smell the results for yourself, this method did work on my stinky drain! I had to repeat the process once to remove the smell completely, but haven’t had to bother with it since. I’ve also started using this same method to clean my sink disposal in my kitchen – I follow it with running a lemon slice through the disposal and it smells amazing.
So two vinegar experiments down and so far it’s proving to be quite the useful, eco-friendly, and inexpensive household helper. I can’t wait to share the next vinegar experiment. I’m already doing it and loving the results… stay tuned!
Monday, July 21, 2014
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3- to 3 1/2-lb cut-up whole chicken (or cut of your choice)
- Heat oven to 425°F. Melt butter in 13x9-inch pan in oven.
- In shallow dish, mix flour, paprika, salt and pepper. Coat chicken with flour mixture. Place chicken, skin sides down, in pan.
- Bake uncovered 30 minutes. Turn chicken; bake about 30 minutes longer or until juice is clear when thickest part is cut to bone (170°F for breasts; 180°F for thighs and legs).
Friday, July 11, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Hi loves – happy beginning of Summer to you! I don’t know about you, but these long summer nights are wearing me out (and cutting in to my project time)… Even so, summer means no homework and sports practice so we are able to enjoy more family dinners at our new dining table.
This set replaced the antique dining set (seen here) I inherited from my mother – years of neglect followed by daily use had taken its toll on it so I decided to retire it before it was completely ruined. The chairs were in an awful state so I decided to let go of them, but the table is stored away for now.
About this set: I searched dining sets for a long time, not quite sure which direction I wanted to go design-wise, but also knowing that I needed a quality piece for a good price. I found this set on Overstock and liked it right away but wanted to be sure it would hold up for our family. I read a lot of reviews on this set and it solidified my decision. Then, I waited for the set to go on sale – once it did, I applied my “first purchase” 20% off coupon and got it for an incredible deal, saving almost $500 off the original price. There was free shipping to boot!
True to the reviews, there was a lot of assembly involved with this set but the instructions were good and there weren’t a ton of different pieces so once Mr. home.made. and I got started, assembly went pretty quickly. We did have two pieces of chairs that were broken but Overstock sent us replacement parts within a couple of weeks so that was no big deal.
The off white color goes nicely with my Annie Sloan old white painted dining hutch, and the wood adds a nice touch of warmth. My only complaint about this piece is the distressing – it’s obviously the same on every single chair, no random placement at all which bugs me, but it doesn’t bother me enough to make me want to get rid of this set. I’m sure we’ll add our own natural distressing in due time…
Overall, I’m pretty pleased with this dining set – I’m even thinking of getting two extra chairs to have on hand for larger gatherings. It’s a snug fit with three chairs on each side, but its doable. We’ll see.
Later this week, I’ll be sharing one of my favorite dishes served on this table… stay tuned.
By the way, Overstock did not sponsor this post nor compensate me in any way for this post. I bought this set on my own and this is my honest review. They’re just the lucky ducks I chose.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
We live in central Texas and the majority of municipal water is supplied by the Edwards Aquifer, a large underground artesian aquifer. Because the aquifer was formed by limestone formations many, many years ago, the water is hard – meaning lots of limescale and calcium buildup if you don’t have a water softener (which, of course, we don’t). Thus, I’m stuck with faucets that look like this:
Not only is is unpleasant to see, but the scale encourages a slimy layer of biofilm to form (ew) and clogs the faucet aerator. It’s a constant battle and it sucks.
I used to try and clean away scale with lime-away, but I was constantly having to reapply and the smell was overwhelming… so I decided to try an all-natural remedy to see if it would work. Enter a little bit of vinegar, a sandwich bag, and a clip.
Simply fill your baggie about 1/3 full with vinegar and apply as follows to your faucet, making certain the faucet is submerged in the vinegar.
If you can let this sit overnight, it’ll work really well. I soaked this faucet for about three hours and it worked well but there was still a bit of scale left. Before you remove the bag, rub along the scale areas and aerator to help remove the loosened material. It’ll fall right into your bag – be prepared for ick. After removing the bag, run the water to flush out any residual slime.
And here’s the after – it’s crazy how well it works and this wasn’t even a full soak! I can’t wait to bust out the gallon bag to try on my showerhead!
Now, as for the title of this post: The Vinegar Experiment. I’ll be experimenting with the many ways vinegar can be part of a homekeeping routine and will be sharing those posts here so stay tuned!
Do you have hard water like me?? What do you use that works? I’d love to hear your suggestions!
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Hey, hey, hey friends! I’m slowly coming out of my funk and getting my decorating mojo back but man… is it tough! Luckily the kids are out of school for the summer so that schedule has calmed down, leaving evenings free to get some shizzle done over here. Today I’m sharing the latest addition to my living room, a fun wood and brass side table from Target Threshold.
I had another Target side table in this very spot that did not survive a collision with my daughter… the wood composite top snapped like a twig when it fell over and there was no salvaging the top. I’d hemmed and hawed over this little number for over a month after seeing it at my local Target store. I just couldn’t make a decision. I’d put it in my basket… I’d take it out.
A funk will do that to ya. Seriously, has this ever happened to you? I couldn’t make a décor decision to save my life.
All of that ended this weekend when, on a quick run to Target to pick up a gift I saw this table yet again and just knew it would be perfect. Just like that. And I’m so glad that it came home with me.
It fits perfectly next to my hubby’s recliner, it’s seriously cute, and *fingers crossed* it won’t fall over if one of my chicks happens to run into it. Target Threshold wins again.
I’ve got an ambitious list of things to tackle this weekend, so let’s hope I can stay on a roll. It’s getting hot already in Texas so I need to get started now before my garage becomes a virtual oven. Anyone up for a painting party?