Thursday, August 2, 2012

provision and pinterTesting

Praise the Lord!
He provides!

the day after my last post
we got a lead on an apartment!

And yesterday, i sent in our deposit.

How gracious He is to my weak faith

this place almost seems too good to be true
which only confirms that its completely from the Lord

however, I must admit
upon seeing pictures of the bedrooms
i got a weird twilight zone feeling

                                    current place                                          new place


crazy right?
which leaves me to only one conclusion
green carpet and awesome landlords must go together


now I took a break from the PinterTest kitchen last month
cause we just had a lot going down
still do
but i'm back

and since we're prepping to move
major cleaning is happening around here

we have a gas stove
and I've never known to how to clean the grates


zip-loc and ammonia

that's it

put your grate in a gallon zip-loc bag

add a couple tablespoons of ammonia

let sit over night

next morning you'll see the dirty grease filled ammonia

grab some gloves
and then take a sponge
and wipe or scrub clean.
depending on how bad it is
mine was bad
see the clean side vs. the dirty

GROSS doesn't even describe

you can rinse while you wipe, or rinse after
just make sure you rinse, rinse, rinse in warm water

then use that brand new stove-top
to make something delicious

like this...

  I shared this recipe a while ago
but its worth repeating!

It doesn't cost a fortune to make
it doesn't take a whole lot of prep time

its our small group's favorite
and was nominated to be our final meal together

so here it is

6-7 pieces of bacon (cut into small pieces)
1 medium onion (chopped)
6-7 potatoes (cubed) - I only like to use about 4
2 (10.5 oz.) cans of cream of celery soup
1 cup of milk
1 cup of heavy cream
1 tsp dried dill week
1 tbsp of butter (optional)
1 sourdough bread bowl (MUST)
serves 4-6

Add bacon to pot first
cook on Medium heat until crispy
keep all that grease inside

then add onions and cook until translucent

add clam juice from both cans
reserving the actual clams for later

then add your potatoes

the recipe calls for 6-7 cubed potatoes
but i only use about 4 so it doesn't overpower the clams

cook and cover until the potatoes are tender
15-20 minutes, but depends how tiny your cubes are

stir occasionally so potatoes won't stick

then add clams, celery soup, cream, milk, and dill weed

stir together
and add butter, letting it just melt into the chowder

cook about 30-45 minutes or until thickened

spoon it into a bread bowl, or just a plain bowl
and feel pure goodness go down to your tummy

Happy Pinning!
Happy Testing!

linking up with jessica


  1. okay. that grate cleaning looks so satisfying hahaha. i love things like that.

    i do not love clam chowder. however, if i was going to love it, it would probably be that recipe with the bacon. :)

  2. I looooove CC. I'm scared to make it. I like the way Panera makes it. But you make it look easy. Also, I love/hate that you found a place. I was secretly hoping your old green carpet wouldn't let you leave. Thanks for linking up!

  3. So glad you shared this! Our new place has similar grates that I would have no idea how to clean!

    And also, that clam chowder has me drooling!! I am slightly scared of clams but I'll still have to try it :)