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Dish-washing 101

Rocket science, this is not

– unless you work for NASA…

If you eat, you’ll probably have dishes. Eventually.

You might eat out. Frequently. Regularly. Often. A whole darn lot.

There are also times that you eat in.

I’m assuming that not every meal is straight from the can/box/pretty microwave plastic dish it came in.

Humor me.

Even if your home life includes no meals at that home (excepting those from their own containers) you might bring a lunch to work that needs a plate/bowl/cup/fork/spoon/knife.

That’s where the dish-washing magic comes in.


The dishes must be removed from the eating place and brought to the washing place.

I hate to start with the obvious, but those dirty dishes don’t walk themselves to the sink to be cleaned.

Well, almost never.

Then scrape them off. No solids. Leftovers for later or compost or trash – your call.

Rinse them. That way when you stack them there will be less nasty stuff stuck on the back of the dishes.

Load the dishwasher.


Unless you ARE the dishwasher.

Then fill a sink or basin – a clean sink or basin – with hot water and a squirt or two of dish-soap.

Add the flatware – that’s table knives and forks and spoons – and then the glasses.

Wash the glasses, outside first and then inside with a clean dish cloth. If you use sponges, change them frequently, they’re germ bombs and are prone to nastiness. Rinse outsides and then insides with hot water. Put in dish drainer when rinsed.

dish drain arc

This is called The Arc – it looks cool, who knows how it actually performs.

Put the plates in the basin, and then wash the flatware. Rinse the flatware and drain.


flatware only peleg-jumbo_1_sml

Also a way cool design – function function function

When the flatware is done, wash the dishes, bowls, etc – Again, backs and fronts and rinse back to front.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”

Matthew 23:25-26

Then, if the water is still hot and not too floatsy, start with the serving bowls and plates. Lastly, the pots. If the water gets cold or nasty  – get rid of it and start another sink full or basin full. All the dishes are washed, outside and inside, and rinsed in hot water the same way.  Air drying is best, or use a clean dish towel if pressed for time or space.

And it may be good for you – click HERE

There is more, hack and tips and things to obvious to need mentioning…….But I was raised by scrubby people, and even when my place is a mess, it’s a CLEAN mess.

Here’s a link to Martha Stewart on Dish Washing

man dishes

Don’t be this man!!!!!!


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Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbut…it’s a Hare


17th century Delft rabbit


18th century Delft rabbit


Delft leaping Hare

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bunny rabbit

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Of MGs Wooden Ships and Broken Promises

From a former Pilgrim Husband….as we still work for a contract


Perhaps the best advice I ever got in my life came from my Uncle Ed.

“Don’t buy that MG”.

Now I’ll be the first to admit. She wasn’t much to look at. She needed a bit of bodywork and the rag top had a couple of patches.

But she was fun to drive.

Of course he had owned a number of MGs and other exotic cars himself. Basically……. He knew of whence he spoke.

I never heard an “I told you so”.

When I would share with him my latest tale of some repair I needed or upgrade I decided to make he would nod his head and say:

“That’s the price of being a sport” and “If you own a sports car you better be ready to get your hands dirty.”

See he wasn’t trying to discourage me. He was helping me.

He was helping me to learn an…

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Birthday Casserole

It’s that day again…..Happy Birthday and many happy returns of the day!

Foodways Pilgrim

Because a certain someone has a BIRTHDAY TODAY …and one of his ulterior motives to help me with the technical aspects of a blog was to have access to his favorite recipes….another of Grandma B’s recipes.

Mrs. Granatowicz’s Casserole

(Mrs. G was a LEIGH, NEBR- neighbor-)

A JACOB Favorite

1 ½ lbs. hamburger

1 C chopped celery

1 C chopped onion

2 Tb Oil or Butter

1 sm can mushrooms chopped

1 can cream of mushroom Soup undiluted

1 can cream of Chicken Soup undiluted

1 can Chinese Noodles

  1. brown onions & celery in butter
  2. mix soups together Add the above to soups.
  3. brown hamburger , then add #1 & 2

You can add ½ can bean sprouts or/& water chestnuts. I usually DO NOT. Also, you can leave out the can of mushrooms – I usually use these.

  1. Place in casserole
  2. Top w/ Chinese Noodles.
  3. BAKE 350° for 25…

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Rinktum Ditty

Here’s another cheese toast/toasted cheese to add to the mix from Cynthia Clampitt

The World's Fare

It was the name of this recipe that caught my eye initially, as I was flipping through an old cookbook. Then, looking over the ingredients, I was definitely interested in trying it. Seriously, anything with melted cheese is going to be pretty good. Rinktum Ditty is something of a spin on Welsh rarebit (or do you say “rabbit”–both terms are ancient and correct), but with tomatoes taking the place of beer.

It appears that Rinktum Ditty came to America from England, specifically from Cheshire. It became associated with New England, but it clearly spread nationwide, even appearing in a 1917 collection of recipes in Arizona.

Some versions call for cooked tomatoes, others for tomato sauce, and a few Depression-era versions used canned tomato soup. I decided to update it a bit, using a can of “petite diced” tomatoes. It made it a bit chunkier, but the flavor of the cheese…

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Rabbit or Rarebit?

Now to find Irish Rarebit….

Plays with Fire

First, hitting the books

The recipes, by century

18th century


To make a Scotch rabbit,

toast the bread very nicely on both sides, butter it, cut a slice of cheese about as big as the bread, toast it on both sides, and lay it on the bread.

-1747. Hannah Glasse. The Art of Cookery Made Plain & Easy. Prospect Books ed. p.95


To make a Welch rabbit,

toast the bread on both sides, then toast the cheese on one side, lay it on the toast, and with a hot iron brown the other side. You may rub it over with mustard.

-1747. Hannah Glasse. The Art of Cookery Made Plain & Easy. Prospect Books ed. p.95

To make an English rabbit,

toast the bread brown on both sides, lay it in a plate before the fire, pour a glass of red wine…

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Happy Birthday!


Happy Birthday, Mother Mine

and his and his

and hers

and his and his

roses bunch

The number of candles above is representative and not actual.

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Rabbit by Choi Buk (1712- 1760).

Rabbit by Choi Buk 1712-1760

Rabbit study by Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter


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rabbit rabbit rabbit etc.

Rabbits (Les lapins)

Lucien Pissarro (1863 – 1944)

wood engraving in black on Japan paper, 16.3 cm x 23.8 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

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