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Spring Green Cleaning Part 2!
Today I’ll share how I unclog drains with simple household items.
Step 1: Collect Supplies
- Rubber gloves
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1 cup white vinegar
- plastic wrap and something heavy
- 1 kettle boiling water
Step 2: Remove Visible Junk
(I’ll spare you on the disgusting photo of what I pulled from my bathtub drain.)
Take off the drain cap and pull out any visible drain junk. If you’re cleaning your tub drain, expect to find hair.
Step 3: Pack the Drain
Pack the drain with the baking soda then pour vinegar over top. The combination will begin to bubble like a science fair experiment.
Step 4: Cover and Wait
Cover the drain with plastic wrap and place something heavy over top for 10 minutes.
Step 5: Burn, Baby, Burn
Remove the plastic wrap and pour the boiling water into the drain. Congrats, you now have smooth pipes!
On to the last few days’ food!
Since I’ve been so neglectful lately, I’ll do this in a per meal installment, beginning with my favorite meal of the day…
Beat, carrot, apple, celery, ginger, orange, and lemon juice alongside a reflected egg sandwich.
Wheat puff cereal, rice mild, strawberries, and coffee.
Bagel, almond butter, cinnamon, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
Tuesday and Wednesday were left-overs so I didn’t bother with another photo.
Arugula salad with mushrooms, black olives, red pepper, tomatoes, feta cheese, balsamic glaze, and Hearby Wheat pizza dough bread.
Coconut kefir strawberry smoothie
1 frozen banana
3/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup plain kefir
1 Tbsp. chocolate protein powder
1 tsp. coconut powder
1/2 tsp. maca powder
1 chocolate birthday cupcake
Wednesday pizza party
Since coming back to school after the Easter holiday, I haven’t spent much time with my friends and colleagues so I invited them over for dinner.
It was simple to prepare and fun to do. I chopped up veggies and even bought meat!
Arugula, pineapple, tomatoes, black olives, red peppers, mushrooms, spinach, red onions and meats.
Made a simple pizza sauce.
Set out a variety of fresh cheese.
Parmesan, goat, gouda, fresh mozzarella, feta, and not so fresh pizza cheese and shredded mozzarella.
Made two batches of pizza dough- one plain white and one Hearby Wheat.
As simple as that, everyone was then able to make their own pizza as they wished!
While everyone’s pizzas were baking, I grilled another batch of Marinated Italian Eggplant as an appetizer. Although it was out of this world on Monday, I wanted to try to tweak my recipe even more. This time, I marinated the eggplant over night and topped the grilled eggplant with fresh goat’s cheese. Holy Yum! I wasn’t sure if the recipe could get any better, but the longer marinate and salty cheese just made the dish melt in my mouth. Everyone loved it!
Post- marinade, pre-grill.
I also had warm brownies with freshly whipped cream, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries for dessert.
Between the 6 of us, we also shared 2.5 bottles of wine, tons of laughs, and a really enjoyable night. I’m so glad everyone was able to come!
Using up the left-over veggies from last night. Pasta with mushrooms, garlic, red peppers, olive oil, vegetarian “chicken strips” and Parmesan cheese. The lovely flowers were a gift from Kate.
If you’ve followed along this far, you deserve a funny story.
In school, my students are learning about the local habitat. Right now, they are doing a wildflower survey which will eventually be made into a branching database in which the students must classify the flowers based on the leaf shape, flower shape, size, color, growing patterns, stems, and textures. Yesterday, I took them out for their first opportunity to collect data. We went across the street from the school to an empty lot behind a large apartment building. The lot is practically a wildflower garden… perfect for collecting details about a large variety of flowers.
The kids identified many flowers, such as the following.
Well, all the flowers they found were either yellow, white, blue or purple. Suddenly, one kid noticed a red flower across the lot. He yelled out excitedly, “I spotted a red one, I’m going to be the first to write about it!” At that moment, he and the rest of the class raced to the red flower to be the first!
This is what they found….
They had a hard time understanding how someone could lose their underpants and not notice.
A mystery yet to be solved.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, I waited until none of the kids were looking before taking this photo.
Have a great Friday!
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