Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Here are some pictures from Drew's first Halloween.  He was a lumber jack.  :)

 With the beard...

 ...which didn't last long

Hope you had a fun Halloween!

Cook Top Cleaning

So my cook top gets gross.  Like really gross.  Like if you're looking at this picture you'll probably never want to eat at my house again gross. 

And no matter how much I scrubbed I could never get it very clean.  Especially those spots where something had boiled over and then burned onto the burner.  Those are the worst.  OK, I'll admit I didn't really try very many things to get it clean.  Basically I've tried an all-purpose cleaner, vinegar and water and soap.  So, maybe it doesn't bother me as much as I think it does (or as much as it should...).

Anyway, I came across this method while wasting time exploring on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a shot.  And it was super easy. 

Step 1: Generously sprinkle baking soda on your cook top.  (I put extra on the really nasty spots.)

Step 2: Fill a bowl or your sink with hot, soapy water.  Get some rags wet, wring them out so they're saturated but not dripping and lay them over the baking soda.

Step 3:  Wait 15 minutes.  Then use the rags to wipe off the baking soda - and baked on gunk. 

This is after one swipe, without any scrubbing.  Yuck.

Step 4: Use a clean rag with water to get the residue off the cook top.  Then enjoy your cleanliness!

There were still some spots left on my cook top after going through the process once, so I think I might do a little "spot treatment" to get them off.

Ahhh, the beauty of a clean cook top.  It's the little things, right?  And I'm pretty sure when my husband got home he thought I'd been scrubbing all day.  I didn't correct him.  :) 

Happy cleaning!