How To Clean A Dishwasher In Three Steps

How To Clean A Dishwasher In Three Steps

You have to clean your dishwasher on a regular basis, but it's simple. Find out how to clean a dishwasher in three steps from www.drugstoredivas.net.So, let me put this out there: cleaning your dishwasher is a thing. It’s something you are supposed to do. I know, I know. It’s sort of news to me too. When we were in the apartment, I never cleaned our dishwasher. It cleaned our dishes and I assumed that meant it cleaned itself too. But you know what they say when you assume … you’re usually wrong. So yes, I was wrong about the dishwasher. It never occurred to me at the apartment, but in the house, well, I think we have harder water here. You can see build up on the bottom of the dishwasher like we never saw in the apartment, so cleaning was needed. Is needed. You have to do it regularly. 

Sigh. Just one more thing for the to do list, right?

Actually, cleaning the dishwasher is really easy. It’s three steps. It takes a bit of time (which means you need to hand wash your dishes for a few days), but you only have to do it once every three or so months, so no big deal.

How To Clean A Dishwasher In Three Steps

It’s three steps. Just three. And you use items that you probably already have in your home.

You have to clean your dishwasher on a regular basis, but it's simple. Find out how to clean a dishwasher in three steps from www.drugstoredivas.net.

Step 1: Clean the filter.
Remove the filter (at the bottom of the dishwasher) and clean it. I wash it with dish soap, then rinse it with hot water. This way, I’m sure to clean the outside and inside of the filter. The inside is where the gunk really builds up, so you want to make sure you clean it. If you’re feeling lazy, you could soak your filter in hot, soapy water instead, but I feel like actually cleaning it by hand cleans it a little better.

You have to clean your dishwasher on a regular basis, but it's simple. Find out how to clean a dishwasher in three steps from www.drugstoredivas.net.

Step 2: Wash with vinegar.
Pour one cup of white vinegar into a dishwasher-safe bowl and place that bowl in the top rack. Run a dishwasher cycle. Make sure the settings are on high temperature and sanitizing wash. Ours will only run these settings on a normal wash, not on a one hour cycle. Let it sit overnight.

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Step 3:Wash with baking soda.
Sprinkle one cup of baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher. Run it again on the same cycle: high temperature, sanitizing wash. Again, let it sit overnight.

That’s it. It’s a lot of waiting, but there’s not really much to it.

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Cheesy Egg Sandwich

Cheesy Egg Sandwich

Step up your lunch with this tasty cheesy egg sandwich from www.drugstoredivas.net.I’m usually pretty lazy about lunch. I work at home, so it’s usually whatever leftovers I can throw together or macaroni and cheese. Or maybe yogurt. Something I can grab, eat quickly, and then get back to work. But this week, I’ve been eating a cheesy egg sandwich for lunch every day. It takes less time than boxed macaroni and cheese and tastes a lot better too.

Cheesy Egg Sandwich

Step up your lunch with this tasty cheesy egg sandwich from www.drugstoredivas.net.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 pieces of English muffin bread
  • 1 slice American cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and onion powder (to taste)

What You’ll Do:

Toast the bread.

Drop the butter into a skillet (on medium-high on the stove).

Step up your lunch with this tasty cheesy egg sandwich from www.drugstoredivas.net.

While the butter is melting, scramble together the egg, milk, salt and onion powder.

Step up your lunch with this tasty cheesy egg sandwich from www.drugstoredivas.net.

Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook until it is almost done, about three minutes.

Step up your lunch with this tasty cheesy egg sandwich from www.drugstoredivas.net.

Cut the cheese in half, then place it on half of the cooked egg.

Fold the non-cheesy side over the cheese, and cook for another 30 seconds or so. Then flip and cook about 30 seconds, just until the cheese is melted.

Step up your lunch with this tasty cheesy egg sandwich from www.drugstoredivas.net.

Put the egg on the bread and enjoy.

Cheesy Egg Sandwich
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pieces of English muffin bread
  2. 1 slice American cheese
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/4 cup milk
  5. 1/2 tablespoon butter
  6. Salt and onion powder (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Toast the bread.
  2. Drop the butter into a skillet (on medium-high on the stove).
  3. While the butter is melting, scramble together the egg, milk, salt and onion powder.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook until it is almost done, about three minutes.
  5. Cut the cheese in half, then place it on half of the cooked egg.
  6. Fold the non-cheesy side over the cheese, and cook for another 30 seconds or so. Then flip and cook about 30 seconds, just until the cheese is melted.
  7. Put the egg on the bread and enjoy.
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20 Super Spinach Recipes

20 Super Spinach Recipes

Add some more spinach into your meals with these 20 Super Spinach Recipes from www.drugstoredivas.net.

For a long time, I wouldn’t eat spinach. It was only a few years ago that I actually started to eat any sort of cooked spinach. Raw was totally fine with me. I would eat that in salad or tacos. But cooked spinach? No thanks. I still don’t like to really eat it wilted down on its own, but I do like it in stuff. So I’m excited to have put together this list of 20 Super Spinach Recipes.

Maybe it’ll get you to try cooked spinach too (or, maybe it will just be something new for you to try if you already like spinach).

20 Super Spinach Recipes

  1. Spanikopita (Spinach Pie)
  2. Spicy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms
  3. Spinach, Mushroom and Herb Frittata
  4. Egg and Veggies Superfood Breakfast
  5. Chicken, Carrot, & Coconut Curry Soup
  6. Egg White, Mushroom & Spinach English Muffin
  7. Bacon Potato & Bacon Spinach
  8. Hot Onion Spinach Dip
  9. Hot Cottage Cheese Spinach Dip
  10. Alton Brown’s Spinach & Artichoke Dip
  11. Easy Peasy Mediterranean Fish Dinner
  12. Garlic Shrimp and Spinach Tostada
  13. Crock Pot Italian Wedding Soup
  14. Lasagna Cups
  15. Spinach and Mozzarella Egg Bake
  16. Spinach Mushroom Meat Loaf
  17. Turkey And Egg Cups
  18. Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip 
  19. Spinach Dip Bread Bowl
  20. Spinach Stuffed Flank Steak

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Blues N Brews Festival In Fayetteville, NC

Blues N Brews Festival In Fayetteville, NC

Drugstore Divas is being hosted at the Blues N Brews Festival in Fayetteville, NC.
Learn all about the Blues N Brews in Fayetteville, NC. Over 100 beers, blues music, food, and more. Details: www.drugstoredivas.net.Pete loves blues. Loves it. We used to go to a weekly blues open mic and he would sign up to play. It took me a long time to understand how five guys who never met each other, who met only by putting their names on a piece of paper, could figure out how to play three song together and sound like a cohesive unit. “It’s the blues,” Pete would say. “It’s like knowing your ABC’s.” I know my alphabet, but I can’t play guitar, so no open mics for me. But sometimes, when Pete’s playing the blues, I’ll catch a riff or sequence of notes and think, “Those are the ABC’s.”

I wonder how many of them we’ll hear tomorrow at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s Blues N Brews Festival in Fayetteville, NC. The 15th annual festival is taking place from 4pm to 10pm at Festival Park (225 Ray Avenue).

So, let’s talk about the blues part first. There are three bands: Mark McKinney & Co. from 5pm to 6:30pm, Tullie Brae from 6:45pm to 8:15pm, and Elliott and the Untouchables from 8:30pm to 10pm. Tullie Brae will also be playing in the VIP tent from 4pm to 5pm.

Yes, there’s a VIP tent. VIP tickets are pre-sale only (which means you better buy them today if you haven’t) and available for $75. You get access to the festival at 4pm, which means a full hour of beer before you have to fight off the crowd. You also get to be a judge in the Beer Tasting Contest; a catered meal, complimentary snacks, and complimentary concession items (my three favorite perks because I love food); access to a private game area, the VIP tent, and private lawn and covered seating (which will probably be the biggest perk come mid-day), and complimentary BnB merchandise.

You can also purchase a general admission ticket for $35 ($43 at the gate, which opens at 5pm for GA). Admission includes a souvenir 5oz. beer sampling glass and unlimited beer sampling. Plus the music, of course. You can also pick up a non-drinkers ticket for $15. You can still buy tickets here. No food is included in the ticket price of those last two, but you can purchase food from various food trucks that will be around (and, really, food off a truck is probably my favorite).

There will be over 100 beer samples from local Fayetteville brewers, like Huske Hardware House and The Mash House Brewing Company (which is actually one of the stops we recommend in our 24 Hours In Fayetteville, NC trip post. Other local North Carolina breweries will be available, like Foothills Brewing (Winston-Salem), Big Boss Brewing (Raleigh), and Natty Greene’s Brewing Company (Greensboro). And then there will be large names as well, like Shock Top, Yeungling, and Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing. You can get samples in the 5oz. glass or full-size beers will be available for the first time in the festival’s history. The festival is a fundraiser for the Cape Fear Regional Theatre, so you can feel good about going.

Get more details here.

Is anyone planning on going? Pete and I will be there, so definitely look for us and say hi!

National Doughnut Day Freebies And Deals

National Doughnut Day Freebies And Deals

June 2, 2017 is National Doughnut Day. Check out these National Doughnut Day Freebies And Deals Freebies And Deals from www.drugstoredivas.net.

I love Krispy Kreme. Hands down, those are the best doughnuts ever. If you don’t believe me, head over there tomorrow, Friday, June 2. That’s National Doughnut Day. There are a few fun offers to celebrate National Doughnut Day below.

National Doughnut Day Freebies And Deals

Duck DonutsFree doughnut of your choice with any purchase.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Free classic doughnut with the purchase of any beverage.

Entenmann’s:  Free doughnut and a chance to win a prize, 7am to 1pm in Times Square on Broadway (between 43rd and 44th).

Harris Teeter: 6 count glazed donuts, regular price $3.49 reduced to $1.97.

Krispy KremeFree doughnut of your choice. Any doughnut, all day. No purchase necessary.

LaMar’s Donuts And CoffeeFree doughnut with a hole, no purchase necessary.

Tips For Road Trips With Cats

Tips For Road Trips With Cats

Planning on taking a trip with your cat this summer? Read these Tips For Road Trips With Cats from www.drugstoredivas.net first!

Let me tell you a horror story. Once upon a time, about three years ago, Pete and I were driving up to New York and took the cat we had at the time. I felt so bad keeping him cooped up the entire trip, so when we stopped at a rest stop for gas, I went over to a grassy area with the cat and his favorite food and decided to let him stretch his legs. Bad idea! He darted out of the harness and leash I had him on and under a truck. I tried, to no avail, to get him out. So I did what any normal person would do. I sobbed in front of the truck’s tire until the owner came out, popped the hood, reached in, grabbed our cat, and returned him.

When I look back now, I realize how dumb I was. That cat had only lived in our apartment. He didn’t know the outside world and he sure didn’t need to stretch his legs. We got him back, thank goodness, but we also learned a lot of lessons about road trips with cats. I figured I would pass that knowledge on to you.

Tips For Road Trips With Cats

1. Get a personalized collar.
Before you even embark on your trip, make sure your cat has a collar with his name on it, plus your name and phone number. You’re going to do your best to make sure your cat remains with you cat at all times, but in the event he runs off, you want to have a way to have him returned.

2. Use a carrier.
Your cat may not love heading in to a cat carrier, but it’s sure better than letting him roam free in your car. Imagine opening the door and your cat bolting into the unknown. It may cry in the carrier, which is the saddest sound in the world, but it beats you crying!

You can actually buckle your cat in, if you don’t like keeping it in a carrier. The pet seat belt might actually be better in case you happen to get into an accident because then your cat will be buckled in instead of the carrier potentially flying across the car. You can and should buckle your carrier in, if you’re leaving the cat in there. Be safe.

3. Pack your cat’s favorite food and treats.
You won’t be feeding your cat on the trip, but you will when you get to your destination. Having your cat’s food with you will make him feel more secure. Changing his environment and food might be too much.

4. Don’t worry about a litter box …
Cats are smart. I’m not sure how their little bodies are wired, but they know there is no way for them to go to a bathroom on a road trip. So they don’t. They won’t go in the carrier, so don’t worry about that. When you get to your destination, have a litter box available and introduce your cat to it.

… 5. Unless you’re staying overnight.
If you’re breaking your trip up over multiple days, you’ll want to pack a litter box to bring into the hotel. Be sure to check with any hotels you might book to assure they are pet friendly. You don’t want to get there and then find out your cat isn’t welcome.

6. Don’t leave your cat alone in the car.
No matter what you do, never leave a cat alone in the car. If you have to stop for the bathroom, make sure a passenger stays in the car with the cat when you go inside, then let your passenger go in while you watch the cat. Don’t leave it alone and do not leave it in a hot car under any circumstances.

Do you plan on traveling with your cat this summer? Let us know your tips for road trips with cats in the comments.