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Every July for the past few years, (it started when I was pregnant with Owen) I’ve craved a Thanksgiving dinner. I’m talking, big ole, full on Thanksgiving dinner! All the sides. Yum. I don’t know why, but it’s become a pretty annual thing, and I’m A-okay with it!
This year is no different, we headed out and picked up the ingredients we needed… we stopped by Walmart to get some cleaning supplies; mainly this Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth because they are new and I wanted to give them a go. I also somehow convinced my poor husband to help me make a kitchen stand for the cloths. I didn’t want them just hanging on the middle section of the sink, or just clumped into a ball and dropped somewhere… I wanted a proper place to put them. So off we went to see what we could come up with…
David found a (what we assumed to be) candle stand. It was PERFECT. The top of it screwed right on and off. I knew that I didn’t just want to glue a plate to a stand, I wanted it to be sturdier than that, so we planned to bolt a dish to the stand.
So we searched high and low looking for the perfect dish and finally found this beauty. (If I’m being totally honest, it was about 2 racks over from the stand. Haha). We headed home to start dinner. While I cooked, David headed out to grab a drill bit, a bolt and washers (1/2″).
To drill a hole in the ceramic, we placed it on a piece of wood (to help hold the ceramic in place, and to soften the blow on the drill bit when it broke through the dish).
Once you’re gotten the hole big enough for your bolt, (We used 1/2″ because it’s what fit our stand. If you make this, keep in mind they need to be the same size), screw this dish in place. Don’t forget to use your washers!
So then we moved on to prepping our Thanksgiving dinner! Yay! We weren’t however prepared for the power to go out about an hour before dinner time! Yikes! Thankfully it came back on after about 45 minutes, and we finished up a few quick sides and finally sat down to eat.
Now, let’s talk easy clean up. Remember the dish cloths I said we went to Walmart specifically for? I am so obsessed with them! These New Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths give non-scratch scrubbing! The cloth is a premium fiber cloth that you can wash and use again easily! I’m all about reusable, and a 2-pack was just under $5 ($4.98 to be exact).
I bought the coral, but they come in tan and navy as well. One side of the cloth is a high quality fiber dish cloth, and the other side of the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth has dots that give a scrubbing power, making it quicker & easier to clean.
MAJOR points for not damaging the freshly painted table during our after eating clean up.
Speaking of eating, let’s talk about mashed potatoes! Yes, I’m being serious. It took me years to perfect mashed potatoes. I still mess them up all the time. I swear it changes based on the day. BUT, when it’s right… it’s right! (I think it’s honestly all about how rushed I am to make em, but eh).
So, to make these… you will need:
(4-6)Russet potatoes peeled and chopped
Salt & Pepper
3/4 c Milk
1/2 c Butter
Tablespoon Chicken powder
Wash, peel, and chop your potatoes. (I slice mine)
Fill your pot with potatoes, then fill with enough water to cover the potatoes.
Stir in a tablespoon of chicken powder (I swear, it just does something to those potatoes. My friend, Jennifer turned me on to it)
Bring to a boil, let them cook until they’re soft.
Mash, mash, mash!
Use the masher to slightly stir in the butter.
Add milk in 1/4 cup at a time, stirring softly.
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Oh, I overlooked the dish cloths a few times, so here’s where to find them.