Thursday, July 22, 2010


So, among my million things to do, I have to make a Costco run. And I just don't have it in me to do it with my three in tow. Although Costco at lunchtime does suffice as lunch...I still don't have the energy to do it.

But I'm in the desperate situation of needing dishwasher detergent. Oh, the dilemma...

So, I googled dishwasher detergent recipe and look-y what I found. I just tried it and have no doubt that it will now replace Cascade. I already make my own laundry detergent, a la the Duggars, so I had Super Washing Soda and Borax on hand. I'm so glad that I found this! This saves us money, for sure. I very rarely find dishwasher detergent on sale, and we're running our dishwasher just about every night. We were going through LOTS of Cascade.

And in case you're wondering who has time to do all this, I would like to say that both of these recipes take almost no time at all. I probably spend 10 minutes making the laundry soap, every 6 or 7 weeks. That's how long the laundry soap will last. And the dishwasher detergent is no different time-wise than pouring in Cascade.

Also, some of you have expressed a desire to have more Asian recipes in your repertoire. I found one the other week on one of my new favorite blogs. (Thanks, Charissa!) This Sweets girl has some killer recipes. Check her out.

Anyways, I decided I would check her blog for a chicken/broccoli Asian-influenced recipe for dinner one night (needed to use up broccoli). And I'm so glad I checked her blog, 'cause this is one of my new favorites. Check out the Broccoli Mushroom Almond Chicken recipe!

I omitted the mushrooms as they are severely underappreciated by Mr. Wilhelmsen and children. (It is my goal for the rest of the year to change his mind in this area.) And the only problem I had is that I put in too much lemon. I doubled the amount of sauce (per Sweets suggestion), but I think I may have tripled the lemon unknowingly. So, go easy on the lemon if you try this. I used whole almonds that I roughly chopped. I think we all liked it, but it would have gone over much better if I had gone easy on the lemon.

Overall, I have been trying to do some new things, but also trying to refine what we like regularly.


Rachael Schepemaker said...

Sounds so domestic :-) I definitely want to give the dishwasher detergent a try. Can you tell me where you buy your ingredients from? I've never seen Borax and the other super washing soap at Fry's or Target, but then again I haven't sought them out. And in regards to the clothing detergent, does it smell good? Grated that bar of soap doesn't sound fun, and finding that particular brand could deter me. Thanks for your post~

D.L. White said...

You are probably the third or fourth person who has mentioned making their own laundry and/or dish detergent to me. I think you just might all be on to something... thanks for the links. I may have to try this out when I run out of my current supply.

"Intentionally Katie" said...

You seriously make the Duggers laundry soap? HOW did I not know this??? We need to discuss. And maybe you can come over and give m a tutorial b/c I watched it on their show and was beyond intimidated.