Dishwasher Detergent, Ham Sammies, and Everything in Between

Clearly I’ve been writing about the wrong topics.

top shelf cascade

top shelf cascade

Our newish dishwasher is an epic fail at cleaning dishes. We suspect the hard water of Wichita is the culprit.

A few nights ago, I did what any modern woman does to solve domestic issues. I posted our problem on Facebook to see if anyone had suggestions.

More than 50 comments later, I had a nice list of options to try including Cascade, Lemi Shine, and vinegar.


My new friend Pam, a mother of six who’s blogged for five years at It’s Time for More Coffee, could relate. She commented:

“Some days I realize I’m blogging all wrong as well. My number one post is still about Dr. Scholl’s Orthotics. Really? I blog about a lot. I bare my soul. What gets people’s attention? Shoe inserts.”

move over and lemi shine

move over and lemi shine

No wonder those product review bloggers do so well. Not only do they get free samples, lucrative sponsorships, and hoards of followers, but they also get invited to the coolest brand parties at the blogging conferences. Swag a-plenty.

Cooking blogs are another thing all together. My friend Leah’s recipe for Hawaiian Rolls Ham Sammies went viral. When she disclosed to me the number of page views her blog Beyer Beware received as a result, I experienced a momentary loss of consciousness.

I came to with my mind racing. Maybe everyday epistle needs a food feature.

Holy meatballs. Angel food cake. Consecrated cherries in the year of jubilee.

I mean, who wants to read about the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb when there’s cookie dough brownie fudge cake balls to be made? Why ponder where God intersects with contentious societal issues when bacon wrapped grilled scallops with sweet ginger glaze are calling?

Hunk of Meat Mondays, Beyer Beware

Leah’s Ham Sammies is a yummy, simple recipe with straightforward ingredients. And Leah consistently produces delicious content like this.

Every week, persecuted, hypoglycemic carnivores like me visit her for Hunk of Meat Mondays. What’s not to like?

That’s all well and good, but it still doesn’t explain the enthusiastic response to my dishwasher detergent question. Maybe no explanation is needed. Maybe the comment stream accomplished its higher task of restoring my faith in humanity.

It reminded me there are good people out there who want to help. Who want to speak. Who have useful information to share.

Welcome to the blogosphere. From dishwasher detergent to Ham Sammies and everything in between, we have a lot in common, you and I. And what a wonderful place to discuss it.

mega value finish

time to finish

Go to work in the morning and stick to it until evening without watching the clock. You never know from moment to moment how your work will turn out in the end. Ecclesiastes 11:6 The Message

Are You Washed in the Blood? Alan Jackson at the Ryman.

Have a great weekend!

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10 Responses to Dishwasher Detergent, Ham Sammies, and Everything in Between

  1. Oh, thanks for that music today! I totally needed that this morning!

    • Aimee @

      You’re welcome. Aren’t those words with Alan Jackson singing them great? I thought it was a natural for this post.

  2. kristinhackman

    New verse to hang – LOVE that one. I love the “stick to it…you never know.. how your work will turn out in the end”

    Also, lemi-shine and my now white, pasty wedding gifted Crate & Barrel silverware are besties. Couldn’t live w/ out it …And every so often an empty run w/ a swig of vinegar at the bottom :)

    And so true – people just feel so good about receiving & telling knowledge – my suggestions, recipes and actual reference posts always seem to stick with readers. The pouring our heart out thing is just free therapy, I guess…

    • Aimee @

      I really liked that verse in that translation. It’s neat to read different versions for different nuances. And I totally agree that sometimes blogging is very much like therapy, but cheaper :)

  3. I think it is really nothing, but a lot of people loving you, Aimee, and wanting to help you get your dishes clean and avoid going all gray just from thinking about the grime. :D
    And while it would be competition to my near-defunct blog (15 units of college is nothing to sneeze at), I would LOVE to see some foodie feature every now and then!
    Now, off to find some Hawaiian rolls (my next-door store doesn’t carry them) and make those ham sammies. And I may just catch onto the idea from Beyer Beware about the recipe card…

    • Aimee @

      Nusy, you crack me up. I do cook, not as much as I’d like, but my food photography skills are lacking severely. I’ve never really thought of myself as a foodie blogger, but I may be able to cook something up for a food feature now and then. I know a blogger or two who are more qualified than I am in the kitchen who could guest post :)

      I hope you enjoy the ham sammies!

  4. It is everyday things like this that made Erma Bombeck so famous! I just love her and her approach to houseword! So…did the Lemi Shine work? Just askin’….

    • Aimee @

      I love Erma, too. The everyday things are the things I think we most intimately care about; I mean, we care about the big issues, too, but it’s the stuff we deal with day in and day out that we can relate to personally and immediately. Debbie, so glad you dropped by. Thank you for the comment!

      PS: The Lemi Shine and the Cascade have been secured and will be tested shortly…

  5. It’s where we all have common ground — the mundane details.

    If your other options don’t pan out Method’s Dishwasher Tabs are the only thing that work with our hard water here in Michigan. ;)

    • Aimee @

      That’s where we live. It’s what matters immediately. The metanarrative is carried out in localized narratives.

      Thanks for the tip about Method. I like their product for cleaning countertops. So far the Lemi Shine and Cascade cocktail seems to be working. It’s always good to have options!