Thursday, February 24, 2011

Make Your Sink Shine!


We recently had to purchase and install a new kitchen sink and faucet. The previous cast iron sink was original to the house, and was porcelain. It was very easy to maintain in that I just used soft scrub and a soft bristle brush on it once a week and that was that. But fifty plus years of faithful service did the old girl in.
This new stainless steel sink has proved to be a bit more challenging in that the water spots show. You couldn’t see the water spots on the previous sink. I wanted to share my tips on keeping a shiny stainless steel sink!
First make sure your sink is wet. Sprinkle Bar Keepers Friend on a damp sponge and clean the sink. Be sure to rinse it well!

Next, dry the sink thoroughly. Then take pledge, and spray it generously all over the stainless steel. With a soft cloth, wipe the pledge all around the sink making sure you even get the corners coated well. This will create a barrier in that water will not stand in the sink. I wipe my sink down every night before I go to bed so that the water doesn’t dry over night and form hard water spots. But I have noticed that throughout the day my sink stays shiny!

This only needs to be done weekly if you stay on top of making sure that your sink is wiped down daily. I love it when I walk into the kitchen in the morning to make coffee, and I see a shiny sink!
Shine on ladies!
Love and Smiles,
Anna

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!


Wishing everyone a very happy Valentine’s Day! Hope your day is blessed!
X0,
Anna

Monday, February 7, 2011

Be Creative - Part 3


Sometimes what you think is a simple search for something will spur you into being creative and using your imagination. This happens to me more often than not! I had spent quite some time looking for a tea towel rack for my kitchen. I knew exactly what I wanted and you would think, as I did that this would be fairly easy to locate. I had done exhaustive searches online and looked in many stores for what I thought would be just a simple towel rack. However no one carried what I was looking for.
Then one day when I had nowhere else to look, it dawned on me why not use this wine glass holder I already had! I wasn’t using it currently. And rather than mount it under the counter as it was designed for, I thought I could mount it flush against the wall.  The only thing I changed about it was the color. It was shiny silver and I wanted something a little darker. So I used sand paper and sanded it down. Then I spray painted it a hammered bronze color. After it dried, I mounted it on the wall and it is perfect for displaying my antique napkins and tea towels.
What’s better was the satisfaction I got from re-using something I already had. I love to create and especially with items I already have on hand. It is very practical and so cost effective. Plus, my economist husband is very pleased too!
I would love to hear the ways that you have creatively re-used items in your home.
Warmly,
Anna

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Superb Peanut Butter Cookies


I have tried many cookie recipes and this is by far the best peanut butter cookie!
This cookie literally melts in your mouth!  Yum!
And plus-you always have these ingredients on hand. Who doesn't ever have peanut butter, right? :)

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 stick of butter, softened
½ cup peanut butter
1/3 cup of sugar
1/3 cup of brown sugar, packed
1 large egg


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Stir together the flour, soda, powder and salt. Beat the egg, butter, peanut butter and sugars for 2 minutes or until well blended. Gently fold in dry ingredients.
Form into balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. (I always use parchment paper)  Dip a fork in sugar and press onto the cookie.

Bake on center rack for 11-12 minutes. This time may vary slightly depending on your oven.
You don’t want them to over bake! :)
Let rest for 1 minute, then transfer to cookie rack to cool completely.
Yield: 2 Dozen Cookies

Be safe and stay warm!
Anna