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Fetching Finds :: Bar Keepers Friend

Bar Keepers Friend is a constant companion of mine. It will clean and polish your ceramic or stainless steel pots and pans and make your porcelain sink sparkle.

Fetching Finds Bar Keepers Friend

Have you ever tried Bar Keepers Friend? Well if you haven’t, let me introduce you. This fetching find was discovered years ago from a dear friend who happened to be working in a William Sonoma store at the time. We were chit chatting in my kitchen, and she noticed that my sink had stainless steel streaks in it. You know, the kind that come from scrubbing a sticky stubborn pan and it scoots about in the sink leaving silver trails everywhere. She kindly suggested I try Bar Keepers Friend, a product she used at work, to remedy both problems, the sticky pans and the streaks (without scratching!) I ran out and bought some the very next day and it’s been a staple cleaning product in my house ever since!

Fetching Finds Bar Keepers Friend

Some of you may know that I am an avid antiquer. (Is that a word?) I pick up sweet little enamel pots and pans and plates and bowls any chance I get. But the old ones usually have stains and discoloration from years of love and use. I had accepted that it was all just part of the charm. Until recently. I put a sprinkle of this stuff on and it scrubbed it right off. 

Fetching Finds Bar Keepers Friend

I was astonished! Why hadn’t I thought of that earlier!? So I decided that I just had to share my discovery with all of you!

Fetching Finds Bar Keepers Friend

Would you just look at that sweet antique enamel double boiler. Good as new. But it’s not. Which is even better in my book. Old and charming with a cleaned up look. Perfect.

Some tips about Bar Keepers Friend ::

  • use it to clean porcelain and stainless steel sinks
  • for tough sticky stains in pot and pans, sprinkle some in with a tiny mist of water, let sit a few minutes, then rub clean with a sponge
  • works beautifully on discolored enamelware items
  • it has no smell at all which is a total plus if you ask me!!

Disclamer : This is not a paid post. I just simply love this product and wanted to share it with you!

May your sinks and pans be shiny and bright!




Inspire Musings

Story of a Dust Bunny in Suburbia

Yes…this IS what you think it is.

And I must like you an awful lot to be showing you this very personal, very disturbing photo of what crawled out from under my couch the other day…

A dust bunny the size of a small rodent.

I kid you not.

It just appeared the other day out of nowhere.

Well maybe it didn’t just appear, I’m quite certain that it’s been growing and collecting for some time now…

This is the story…

It was a usual day, I was running around like a crazy person trying to do 342 things at once, AND make, bake and take photos of my triple chocolate torte (stay tuned to this station for more details) when I realized that I was sweating. And by the way, I don’t perspire, oh no, I sweat.

But that’s another story entirely.

So, anyway, seeing that it was a very breezy day and I was hotter than a rattlesnake in the desert I decided to open a window! How lovely I thought, some fresh air would be nice! Little did I know that my innocent act of opening a window would actually unearth a dust bunny the size of a small rodent from underneath my couch!

Yes, the wind blew THAT out from under my couch.

You see, I’m a neatnik. I pride myself on running a tidy, neat, very clean and organized house. And how this…this dust bunny rodent came to be I’ll never know.


Well…perhaps now that I think of it, I may just know how it got there …

Meet Oakley.

Our darling unassuming sweet little dog who happens to grow LOTS of hair.

Lots and lots and lots of very soft, very beautiful, very fine, white hair.

That billows around my house like tumbleweed in the desert…

And evidently gets stuck underneath my couch.

Guess next time when I’m running around like a crazy person getting all hot and cranky as a rattlesnake, I’ll spare myself the luxury of some fresh air.

Or, I’ll  just turn on the air conditioner.

Or better yet, perhaps I’ll just vacuum under the couch more than once in a blue moon when we move it.

(Or not.)

And that’s my story full of dust bunnies as big as rodents and I’m stickin’ to it.

Hope that you’ll still see me in a good light…

not a dusty one.

I need to go vacuum now.