Simple things – new kitchen stuff & snack cake

It obviously does not take very much to make me happy.  Case in point – Saturday I came home from TK Maxx with 2 brand new Cuisinart dish towels and a cookie sheet.

In fact, it was Happily Mr. that saw the dish towels, which were on sale for only 3€!  He actually noticed that my dish towel supply was quite sad and diminishing.

The cookie sheet – well, it’s quite an amazing story.  I did not bring any kitchen things with me when I moved overseas and they just don’t sell or use cookie sheets here.  I have been looking for an “American Style” cookie sheet for six years!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to bake my White Chocolate Chip cookie recipe for you all tomorrow using this new cookie sheet.

I am really glad they put in a TK Maxx in our small town.  Oh, in case those of you who live in America are thinking I misspelled the store name, I didn’t.  For some reason TJ Maxx is called TK Maxx over here.  I wonder what it’s called in Canada?

My other simple pleasure this past week was enjoying a slice (okay… 2) of this delicious chocolately and easy snack cake.

It so quick to make and also does not require eggs, if you prefer eggless recipes.  I found the recipe years ago here at BettyCrocker.Com.  

I was really craving something chocolate and don’t keep much in the way of snack or junk food in the house.  It was the perfect addition to a little coffee break!

Sometimes the simplest of things are just so satisfying and make a day, perfect!



How to remove stains from white dishes

I finally discovered a way to remove dark stains and scratches from some old white dishes that I inherited.  They weren’t dirty, just marked from years of use.

I tried to photograph the stains, but the camera did not seem to want to focus on it.  This plate in particular was quite bad, brown stain over most of the plate.  I always kept this one on the bottom of the stack, although I only own five.

First I sprinkled some baking soda on the plate.

Rubbed fairly gently with a damp cloth.

The stains on this plate were so bad that I needed a little reinforcement, so I added just a dab of vinegar.

I’m not sure if this would be recommended, but I rubbed this plate again and it took the stains off and even some of the scratches.

Only one of the five plates needed this treatment, the rest came clean with a bit of baking soda and some gentle elbow grease.

I don’t know if this process would work on all white dishware.  These are about 30 years old and were made in West Germany.  It is good solid porcelain, so if you do attempt this way to remove stains from your dishes, do try a small area first.

I am so glad I decided to try this.  I didn’t want to have to buy new plates, just because these were stained, but I couldn’t keep using them when I had company over.

Sometimes, it’s just the simple things that make such a big difference.

In case you live in Germany and wonder what the equivalent to baking soda is – the proper translated word is Natron and you can find it sold in little packets in any grocery store and in a larger box (like Arm and Hammer baking soda size) in your local drug store.




How do you keep your recipes?

I have been having a bit of a recipe assembling crisis lately and wonder if there a secret formula that works for storing your recipes and being able to actually find them at a moments notice.  I have always kept my written recipes in a box that I purchased many years ago.  It has always worked, kinda….  not only did it contain recipe cards, but it also became a storage place for the tooth fairy’s treasures, rubber bands, paper clips, old shopping lists and the occasional box top.  In fact, the lid would not close all the way and I could never find the recipe I was searching for.  I guess that defeats the sole purpose of the recipe box.

I tried to go the binder route, but never completed it.  I thought that having all my recipes in a binder would be a good idea.  That way when I travel back to the States, I could throw them in my carry-on bag.  I do enjoy cooking in my moms kitchen.  Its I great concept, but it seems a bit bulky.

As I am no longer in the “tooth fairy” season of life it is time to at least clean out my box and change it up to actually assist me in my meal planning.

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to how they store their recipes.  I recently visited pinterest to see if I could find that perfect secret formula for storing my recipes.  There are so many wonderful ideas out there.

As I am still on the fence about which way to go with my recipe storage, I would be only too happy to have some input from you.  How do you store your recipes and does that system work well for you?


**All images from Pinterest