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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Pinterest Busting the Baking Soda Stove Cleaner

I saw this one a while ago. And if any of you have glass top stoves, you know the deception of thinking that because it doesn't have all those nooks and crannies like your old stove, it'll be sooo much easier to clean. Then your kids make Ramen a few times, and you're looking at these freakish rings that you just can't get off.

Or maybe that's just at my house.

Trust me when I say that I have tried just about everything to get my stove clean. Usually it takes a magic eraser and lots of elbow grease, but we have been known to scrape it off with hubby's Dremel.

So when I saw this trick, I thought I'd try it, but I wasn't terribly hopeful.

Here's what you do:

1. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on to the stovetop.

2. Take a rag (I used a hand towel) and soak it in hot, soapy water. (The site I took it from soaked in a bowl, but why take out a bowl when you have a perfectly good sink?)

3. Wring out about half of the water and lay the rag across the stovetop.

4. Leave it on for about 15 minutes.

5. Using the rag and the paste made from the baking soda, scrub the stovetop.

And... you should have a clean stovetop.

The site I used said she did it twice. I've done it up to three times, and it never comes out perfectly clean, BUT, it is a whole lot better than anything else I've tried. The only thing that has gotten mine any cleaner is when I whine a super lot and hubby takes out his Dremel, scrapes off the mess, and it's dirty the next day. So this is much cheaper, easier, and headache free.

Not perfect, but hey, who needs perfect? I was very happy with the results. In fact, this is now my go-to stove cleaning method. I sprinkle the baking soda, throw on the towel, do my other kitchen cleanup stuff, and then I have a clean stove. Easy-Peasy. Looks better than when I did the other stuff and is less work.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Let's go to my happy place

Because I don't really have anything to say, and I'm kind of sad tonight. Nothing to do with the election, just... stuff.











Don't you just feel happier looking at this??

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Is it over yet??


I've had just about enough of the ugliness. And sadly, as I see election reports coming in, I see a lot more ugly coming from people. Both the victors and the losers. I hope everyone goes to bed, gets some sleep, and returns to some semblance of decency in the morning.

































Monday, November 05, 2012

God and Politics

Why don't I just put the two most controversial words out there together? It's election eve,  and everyone is getting ready for the big day. As I did with the last election, I'm struggling. Not with who to vote for. You see, last election, I did struggle with that decision. I felt that both candidates had some severe weaknesses that made them a scary choice. So I prayed about it, and here's what came of it, and what shapes my political position today.

I see so many Christians powerfully protesting in social media about what they think is the evil that will come about if the candidate opposing their pet issue wins.

The answer you have to accept is that it doesn't matter which candidate wins, what matters is what YOU do with that issue.

Let's take a lesser controversial issue, like health care. Each candidate has differing views, and many voters are polarized about how it should be handled. Or I should say, how the government should handle it. Because here's the truth about health care. If you truly believe that every American should have access to quality healthcare, then you will work toward that goal REGARDLESS of what the government chooses to do or which plan passes. How do you do that? Easy. Take care of the sick. Whether it be donating your time to volunteer at a hospital or health fair, or giving your money to a medical cause, or God forbid, paying the medical bill of someone who can't afford it, you CAN make a difference that will help others. Will it be a sweeping change to revolutionize the country? Not if only you do it. But if you did it, and encouraged others who were passionate about health care reform to do the same, and a whole bunch of people who were willing to actually live what they say they believe did it, then yes, it would absolutely make a difference.

But instead, we whine about candidate X and how candidate X isn't supporting the health care reform we want to see.

I think that if God saw us loving each other the way He commanded, none of the political issues would matter, because they wouldn't exist.

No matter who we vote for, if we are not loving one another and actually doing something to care for our fellow man, we're still going to have problems because we're asking someone else to do it for us, but we're not even asking it of God. We're asking a man, who is flawed, imperfect, and unable to work miracles. If you really want to see change in this country, then get out there and be that change.

Think about a political issue dear to your heart. What can you personally do to impact that situation? How can you encourage others to join you?