Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

************ PLEASE READ THIS DISCLAIMER I WILL PUT IN CAPS JUST BELOW THIS ATTENTION GRABBING HEADLINE THING ************

I HAVE BEEN USING THIS FOR AWHILE, AND MY RECENT BATCHES HAVE NOT BEEN FREE FLOWING. THEY HAVE CAKED UP HORRIBLY MAKING THE MIX ALMOST UNUSABLE. THIS IS MORE OF AN INCONVENIENCE THOUGH. MY REAL PROBLEM IS THIS MIX SEEMS TO HAVE EATEN THE COATING OFF MY ALUMINUM HANDLED RADA KNIVES LEAVING A NASTY TARNISH THAT COMES OFF WHILE USING THE KNIVES. THE SAME FOR THE HANDLES ON MY KITCHENAID STRAINER. ALSO THE MEASURE LINES PAINTED ONTO MY 1 & 2 CUP MEASURE PYREX CUPS ARE COMPLETELY GONE.

I’VE STOPPED USING THIS HOMEMADE MIX JUST THIS WEEK (6.5.13) BECAUSE OF THIS. I SUSPECT THE LEMISHINE IS TO BLAME, BUT I’M NOT 100% CERTAIN, BUT I CAN’T AFFORD ANYMORE RUINED DISHES. 😦

More than a year ago I got two huge tubs of dishwasher tabs from Costco. I’m down to about 1/4 of the final tub. Of course when I stocked up on the dishwasher tabs David was still making a comfortable sum of money and I didn’t really think much of spending $15 or so on each tub. Obviously things for us now are far different. It’s bad enough when I have to spend $15 on toilet paper, $15 on David’s razors, and $15 on coffee beans. That’s almost 1/5 of my budget for 3 things!! Though I do use all 3 – I steal a blade from David once per month, I’d kill before I give up coffee, and I have cut our paper products usage a great deal (that’s a post soon to come!) – I still hate having to get larger ticket items.

I’ve been researching and reading about different types of homemade dishwasher detergent. I live in Nevada, and our water is exceptionally hard so I have to take that into consideration. I once tried to make the liquid stuff, but it never thickened and I was skeptical. I’ve seen the powder recipes that call for Kool Aid, but I’d rather just avoid the food coloring that has a potential to stain since we are in a rental. I found a recipe using Lemi Shine.

Lemi Shine

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Tuna Casserole

Roux scares me.

I’ve not had the proverbial testicular fortitude to try to make it until this tuna casserole. I do not claim that it’s anything similar to what someone who makes cajun dishes would make, but it did made a thickened sauce that I needed for the casserole. I’m actually going to be using the same method tonight for dinner to make another type of casserole. 🙂

Mmmm I want more now that I'm looking at the pictures.

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Homemade Butter

In my honey wheat bread post a few days ago I made mention of homemade butter. I love homemade butter. My kids love homemade butter. Nola asks for it with homemade bread. It’s like .. well .. bread and butter together. 😉

When I was back in Texas I found a page showing how to make homemade butter with pure muscle by shaking the hell out of a container. I admit I used that method up until a few weeks ago. I stumbled upon a much easier method. Yes, Pinterest was involved, how did you know? Since then homemade butter has been a staple.

This is why here Meg, this is why were here.

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Upside Down Potato and Onion Tart

Whew! Finally getting around to posting after the network issues and then David deciding to upgrade our computers to OS X Lion. Then there was the adventure to Lake Tahoe with the girls which landed me with what I think qualifies as the worst sunburn of my life. Despite the fact that my laptop causes me severe pain I’m editing photos and posting anyhow! 😉

Now for the real reason for this post…

Cheesy potatoes and onion? YES PLEASE! 😀

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Herbs and Spices

I love fresh herbs and spices, and really who doesn’t? I’ve been in the process of making something more than once to find that I don’t have what I need. Once I had sage on hand, but not ground. Uhhh … crap. I of course happen to be a gadget freak, and while that causes issues with cabinet space it comes in handy for random instances such as the above mentioned sage issue. How?

A coffee grinder!

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Egg Salad Sandwich

For lunch today my two year old asked for “pea-ut butter jelly time” (think of the dancing banana here, yes that’s where she got it) I was going to have some too because my homemade strawberry jam is rather fabulous if I do say so myself (and so have a few others, so I know I’m not tooting my own horn here), but then I realized my dietary restrictions today include no seeds.  Strawberries have seeds.  Blast!  So after I got my kids settled I looked into the fridge and remembered that I had wanted an egg salad sandwich at Whole Foods the other day, but they were out.  Conveniently enough I had eggs, and my homemade mayo.

Incredible edible egg!

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Spelt Crackers

Having two young kids crackers are a staple in the house.  I like crackers, and so does David.  I’ve been attempting to make things from scratch more often, which happens to work out nicely for the March Challenge.

The blog calls them “spelt everything crackers”.  I didn’t have “everything” so some dried onion, sesame seed. and kosher salt it was.  I also did not have a spray bottle at had so my toppings did not stick so well.  I need to remember a spray bottle that is for this purpose.  😛

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Mushroom Soup

David’s dad used to make hamburger patties smothered in cream of mushroom soup.  I on the other hand have only done it with marmite gravy.  Tonight I decided to make mushroom soup to go with it.  I thought it was delicious, though I always manage to feel guilty after eating creamy soups.  After potato leek soup I swear I need to diet for a month, and this is the same way.  😛

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Muesli

I asked one of my friends who happens to be extremely thrifty and crafty how she does it, and how she stays clear of the fast food and too much impulse buying.  Since my ER visit, I’ve also been wanting to up my pathetic fiber intake.  Her answer to me was “muesli!”.  I of course Googled, because that’s what I do.  I got a rough idea was muesli is about, and picked up the last few things I needed today.  Tomorrow morning I shall try my creation.  My poor kids may not like it when their “fancy” cereal is gone and they get mixes made by mommy instead.  😉

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