Cleaning with Baking Soda

A while back we did a post on Cleaning with Vinegar.  I thought I would follow it up with a Baking Soda version.  Cleaning with something we all consider a kitchen staple is an easy and usually more inexpensive way to take care of everyday tasks.



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Cheesy Garlic Dill Potatoes on the Grill

We had a great day yesterday!  The weather was nothing to be desired but Kim and family were up for the day.  The boys went fishing and I got to spend the day with Kim and my gorgeous grandbaby!  What could be better?  I didn’t get a post in but I think family time more than made up for it!!!

This recipe is another way I like to dress up potatoes when cooking them on the grill.  You can cook them in a small aluminum pan like I did or just wrapped in foil…. either way, make sure to give either a quick coat of cooking spray so the cheese in this recipe doesn’t stick to the foil/pan and you miss some of the cheesy goodness!



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Growing Food from Scraps- Follow up

I wanted to share one of my successes from attempting to grow from scraps.

I first tried it with green onions and it didn’t work out for me. I don’t know if I missed the new roots/planting stage or what but they went all slimey and mushy on me. I’m going to try it again and will definitely try it again.

I have however had the beginning of success with romaine lettuce. I cut the end off flat when the lettuce was used. I put it in a bowl with water and put it outside to get sunlight and when I looked at it this morning there was the start of new leaves!!!

I will update again if it keeps going so well lol!

Marinated Pork Chops

Yesterday I thought I would try a different marinade for the pork chops I was planning to make for dinner. I mixed up a really nice marinade and let the pork chops sit in it for 6 hours.

They were definitely a two thumbs up from “the boys!”


I know this looks like a whole lot of ingredients, but it’s worth dragging them all out of the cupboard!

I whisked all the ingredients for the marinade in a large measuring cup.

Next I placed the pork chops in a large baggie and poured the marinade in with them. I shook the bag around, making sure the chops were fully coated before sealing the bag.

I left the pork chops to sit in the marinade for about 6 hours.

I cooked them on the bbq for about 10 minutes a side.

And served them with some Cheesy Garlic and Dill potatoes (recipe to follow tomorrow)


Marinated Pork Chops

Preparation Time: 5 minutes Marinating Time: 6 hours Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • 4 – 6 pork chops, about 3/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tsp. minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. Oregano


  1. Place all marinade in a large measuring cup and whisk to combine.
  2. Place pork chops in a large freezer bag.
  3. Pour marinade into the bag, seal and shake to evenly coat pork chop.
  4. Let sit in fridge for about 6 hours.
  5. Grill marinated pork chops on the grill over medium heat for about 10 minutes per side.



With canning season approaching, and a list of things we want to “can” this summer for our Christmas Preserves baskets, I thought it might be a good idea to post a canning introduction/informative post for those considering trying to can this summer!

Homemade jams, pickles and such make great gifts for anyone!

This year I/we are thinking about trying out a few different things for our baskets such as pickled green onions, mustard pickles, pickled carrots, something called taco pickles, sauerkraut and more!


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Woo hoo!  We have reached another blogging milestone and we wanted to stop and thank everyone who reads and/or followers our blog! Your comments, suggestions and just the fact you read our blog mean so much to us!

We work hard to try to write posts that everyone will enjoy and just maybe spur someone onto try something different!

Thank you,

Sandie & Kim