Thursday, March 29, 2012

Helpful Hint

As I have mentioned before I enjoy the website Pinterest to find all kinds of neat ideas for just about everything.  In fact I spend more time than I should on there but there are just so many cool ideas. Not just ideas but helpful hints too!  One I recently came across was how to clean up the burners on my gas stove.  I am not proud to admit it but there is a lot of burnt on crud on my stovetop.
Many moons ago this wouldn't have been an issue because I couldn't cook and the stove didn't get used but now that I have learned to cook after 10 years they were looking kinda yuck.  No amount of cleaners or scrubbing seemed to help and I had kinda given up on them ever being reasonable clean.  But then I found this tip on Pinterest and figured it was worth a shot.  So you take your dirty stove burners and place them in a ziploc bag with a 1/4 cup of ammonia.  Then seal the bag up nice and tight and stick it outside or in the garage.  My stove burners are really large and didn't fit into a ziploc bag so I put them in a garbage bag instead, then seal it up realy good and let the bag sit overnight.  The fumes from the ammonia loosen up the burnt on gunk and you can wipe them clean in the morning.    Now it still took a little scrubbing on my part to get some of the gunk off and there is still some stuff stuck on them but there is a major improvement!
For lots more helpful hints visit One Good Thing by Jillee tons of good stuff!

This is what the burners looked like before, lots of burnt on black yuckiness.
The little round parts got really clean.

And the larger grates though not completely clean are much, much better!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Shorts last week to winter jackets and a dusting of snow.  I knew last weeks weather wouldn't last but I admit I did a double take first thing this morning when I saw it!  It was just enough to make everything white and it has already melted.  Right now the sun is out but it is sleeting.
In other news the girls are doing great in school -straight A's for Kenzie and All A's and one B for Becca.  Becca also represented her school earlier this month in the state spelling bee and we are extrememly proud of her for the great effort she put in!  In other exciting news my sister-in-law and her husband welcomed a bouncing baby boy into the world on St. Patrick's day.  We all can't wait to meet him in person!
I have been thinking that the blog needs a makeover and have considered just starting a whole new blog, but I think just sticking with this one is the easiest thing to do, so be ready for some changes in the upcoming weeks!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Beautiful Weather

 It has been an extremely mild winter with very little snow.  This past week we have been skipped right into Summer weather and though I know it won't last it has been so nice.  Temps in the 70s and yes, even venturing into the 80s.  I don't think I've ever done yard work in March that didn't involve a snow shovel.  Dom was lucky enough to get a day off and we headed off to Blue Job with the dogs to take a little hike.  As you can see from the pictures above no snow to be seen!