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Saturday also means checking in with Amy at Homestead Revival for the Preparedness Challenge. This week I have grown in preparedness by:
- processing and freezing zucchini
- investing in a large waffle maker and another bread pan (both thrift store finds!)
- researching feeding programs for chickens
- taking out books from the library about chickens, canning & freezing foods, self-sufficient gardening and wild berries.
- baking extra loaves of bread to freeze
- researching liquid dish soap and dishwasher detergent recipes (more about that ahead!)
- purchasing school supplies on sale
- researching canning applesauce and maple syrup
Also, after over a month or more of using homemade dishwasher detergent, I bought a box of Cascade to use until I can get the right homemade formula worked out. I was continually disappointed to see a film on our glassware and flatware. I put white vinegar in the rinse agent dispenser and added it to the washer before starting it. And the dishwasher itself was looking dingy- there was a rusty brown residue. I'm thinking that there wasn't enough citric acid, but I don't have anything else in the house right now that contains enough to test out this theory. For now, I think we'll do the homemade in the pre-wash cycle and commercial detergent in the other cup.
Well, that's it for now. everything is out of the oven, but I'm still in my nightgown, so it's time to get on with my day. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!