Thursday, October 30, 2014

Shabbat menu!

This week's Shabbat menu is here!

We're out for lunch, and this is the first short Shabbat of the season. I'm hoping Friday doesn't turn into a crazy day, but it obviously will. My kids have things to do - and that means I need to go with them - and I forgot to buy milk today, so I will have to brave a store tomorrow for that as well!

Here's the plan (so glad I got a LOT of cheap vegetables this week, I really had plenty of options to consider!), assuming I manage to get the cooking done. I was going to cook most of it tonight, but I got thrown a wrench and haven't gotten much done...

Fresh challot
Vegetable soup
Chicken with rice
plain rice for the vegetarian
Potato Kugel
Carrot Kugel
Roasted Cauliflower
Make your own salad

Bringing with us for lunch: 
Vegetable kugel
Potato Kugel

Also making: 
Banana-Coconut Chocolate Chip Cake
Apple muffins

Can you wait to fill up you car?

Gas prices are going down on Saturday nite at midnight!

According to Calcalist, the new maximum price will be 7.05/liter for self service, and 7.24/liter for full service.

Prices in Eilat are much lower - 5.98/liter for self service and 6.14/liter for full service.

This is an improvement over what had been, but we still have a long way to go before filling up the car doesn't really hurt so much!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dishwasher Detergent Substitute!

I was running low on dishwasher detergent.

Normally, I use Ecover Dishwashing Tablets (I buy them locally when there's a sale, or I order them from iherb when there's a sale), and I'm generally pleased with them. But it works out to something around a shekel per tablet even with a sale.

So I decided that maybe I could cut back the cost.

I experimented a little, and now I use 1/2 a tablet per load, and it really works just as well as a whole tablet. In fact, I think it may work better!

Overall, I was really pleased with this discovery. It allows me to buy less detergent and use up fewer of those little plastic wrapped tablets. (Each one is individually wrapped, which irks me, since Ecover is supposed to be an environmentally friendly company. I'm not sure it makes sense to wrap them like this from an ecological viewpoint, but I digress...)

But now I was running low, as I didn't stock up enough the last time there was a sale. So, it became experiment time again!

I tried all sorts of combinations - baking soda, citric acid, regular dishwashing detergent (only a drop), washing soda, etc. In the end, I have found a formula that works just about as well in my dishwasher as the Ecover half-tablets do!

I'm so happy to report that all I have to do is put a small amount of 2 ingredients in my dishwasher detergent container and we are good to go!

Yes - I just used baking soda and a bit of fruit and vegetable cleaner! The one I last bought has a spray bottle and I just spray two little spurts on top of 2 tablespoons (give or take) of baking soda. Really simple and I don't have to measure carefully! And best of all, it so simple and it WORKED!

Have you ever found a successful hack for a common household cleaner you were out of?
I'd love to hear about it!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cellphone buying

I've been looking into replacing my phone with something sort of like a smartphone, but I haven't jumped on that bandwagon just yet.

But I thought I would share some of my research with you.

#1. Phone in Israel are way overpriced

#2. Second hand cellphones are risky, they often don't work right, or have little battery life, etc

#3. People have been buying no name phones from Aliexpress and having them shipped here via regular mail, and paying just a fraction of the local price for similar phones!


 I don't know if I'll actually buy something right now, but I'd love to hear if any of you decide to order a new phone. Please tell me the best deal you've found!

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