What Is the Best Dishwasher? {Ask the Readers}

Ask The Readers

They just don’t make appliances like they used to do they?

And yes I feel like my grandmother or mother when I say that. I guess you know you are getting old when you start saying things like they don’t make things like they used to.

But really what is it with modern appliances? They don’t seem to last as long as they used to. Is it just me or does it seem like the days of appliances lasting 10+ years are long gone?

When we remodeled our kitchen about two years ago I kept most of the appliances as way to save money. The main appliances were all less than five years old so it seemed like a waste to replace them.

My dishwasher was one of the ones we did not replace. At the time it was perfectly fine and I loved it. But that was two years ago. Since then we have had all kinds of issues with it.

It leaked all over my new wood floors. It stopped cleaning well. It currently doesn’t run through all the cycles correctly. Then last week two of the wheels feel off the bottom basket making it a bit challenging to load and unload the dishes.

I know dishwashers are not a necessity. Growing up we did not have one. We managed just fine. I could live without a dishwasher, but I am not ready to do that. I will admit that I love the convenience of having a dishwasher. And not only having a dishwasher, but one that actually works well.

We have been having issues with our dishwasher for months and have already spent a couple hundred dollars trying to keep it working. But as soon as we fix something, something else seems to go wrong with it. We knew at some point soon it would need replaced. They wheels breaking off last week was the final straw and I am ready to go dishwasher shopping this week.

dishwasher

 

As my husband and I were discussing new dishwashers and what we wanted to look at he suggested I post an Ask the Readers question about it. I told him that I had a totally different post planned to share today, but he reminded me how helpful you all are when it comes to recommendations about what you do and don’t like.

He convinced me to change my plans and do an Ask the Readers on dishwashers. Don’t worry I will share the recipe I had planned tomorrow.

So let’s talk dishwashers.

I have two important requirements when it comes to dishwashers. I want it to clean well and I want it to be quiet.

The first one seems pretty obvious. I think we all want our dishwashers to clean well. The second one though is an important one for me.

Our kitchen is open into our eating area and our living room. It is one large room. We spend a lot of time in this area of the house and I have some hearing issues. Nothing major, but I do have some hearing loss in one ear and background noises often really bother me. A noisy dishwasher makes it hard for me to hear anything else that is going on in the room. So, a quiet, or at least relatively quiet, dishwasher is important to me.

Here is where I am hoping you all can help.

Since I have not been dishwasher shopping in a few years what features should I look for? Are there any must haves or things that I should look for? If you have bought a dishwasher recently that you love I would love to hear about it. I am looking for recommendations about what to buy and what to avoid. What is the best dishwasher? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

 

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Everyday Adventures {Week 39} Work, A Field, Cooking with Kids, and the 4th of July

Breakfast For Dinner

During the summer we tend to eat breakfast for dinner more often. It makes a great summer dinner because it is an easy dinner to prepare, doesn’t use the oven, and everyone loves it. One night recently it was eggs, sausage, french fries, and fruit. Delicious!

Working

I shared this on Instagram last weekend.

My view this morning while catching up on some blog work and email. I will admit there are times that living in the country can be a pain, but days like this when I can sit outside with this view and work are the days I LOVE it!

I have recently had a few days where I feel like living in the country is a pain. There are no quick trips to town to pick up things or see friends. There are no quick trips to a doctor’s appointment. Everything takes so much longer when you add in the drive. But working on my back deck last weekend with the view above, put it all in perspective. There is always a trade off with what you get and I wouldn’t trade that view. Yes, I truly do love living in the country.

Fajita

This picture represents two things. Teaching kids to cook pays off and picky eaters can grow out of it.

My middle child made this for lunch one day this week. She basically made herself fajitas. She fried up some peppers in a little oil, added in some leftover chicken and seasoning, and ate it on a tortilla. It was a simple and healthy lunch and I was thrilled that she made it herself.

She is currently my child that loves to spend time in the kitchen cooking. She loves to experiment with food and flavors. And because she is cooking more it seems she has pretty much grown out of her picky eating habits.

Oh we had the battles over food when she was younger. She is a pretty typical, keep life interesting, middle child. We all need one like that right. :-) And food was often one of our battles. I can’t tell you how many times she refused to eat things with peppers and onions in them. Now she loves them. Yes, one of the big foods we used to battle over is the same one she is now choosing to cook herself for lunch.

For those of you going through the picky eating phase or the phase where they make more messes than they can clean up, know that it will get easier. It does get easier. Some day they will grow up and cook their own food and they will eat things you never thought they would.

Field

Some days I really miss the mountains and trees of Oregon, but I have to admit that an Oklahoma field with some old pecan trees in it has a beauty of it’s own. Every place has a beauty of it’s own if you just stop and take the time to look around.

White Chocolate Berry Trifle

If you need some last minute ideas for the 4th of July be sure to check out the post I wrote last year on 4th of July recipes.

I hope you all have a great 4th of July!

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Easy Fried Zucchini

Fried Zucchini

I shared this picture on Instagram recently and although it is not the best picture, I knew I should share it here too because it is one of my favorite summer side dishes.

Food can be simple, delicious, and healthy. It doesn’t not have to be Pinterest or magazine perfect to be good. Simple food, that only contains a few ingredients, can and should taste great.

One of the things I love about summer is all the garden fresh fruits and vegetables. They make simple summer cooking easy.

Last week I picked a few zucchini from our garden and decided to quickly fry them up for dinner. Often when you think of fried zucchini you think of zucchini dipped in a batter and then fried. This is not that kind of zucchini. That kind is good, but this is a much simpler fried zucchini.

This is simply zucchini, bacon grease, and salt. That is it.

Fried Zucchini-

This is not really a recipe. I sliced a couple of zucchini, cooked it in a little bacon grease, and sprinkled it with salt. My whole family loved it and it made a great side dish for dinner.

Cooking this in a cast iron skillet is not a must, but it does work best. And I am hesitant to say that the bacon grease is optional because it is bacon grease. It adds so much flavor to the zucchini. To get the best result and flavor use bacon grease. If you don’t have bacon grease a cooking oil will work too.

Easy Fried Zucchini
Recipe type: vegetable
 
A simple three ingredient side dish that is prefect for summer.
Ingredients
  • 1-2 zucchini, sliced thin
  • 1-2 tablespoons bacon grease
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Melt bacon grease in a cast iron skillet.
  2. Add zucchini and salt.
  3. Cook until zucchini over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned.

 

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Gluten Free Dinner Recipe~Ham and Cheese Salad

french-salade

Salad is a great healthy summertime meal. I love serving salad for dinner during the warmer weather months of the year.

The one problem I have with serving salad for dinner is that my family wants it to be a hearty salad. It needs to stick with them. When I saw this ham and cheese salad Jessica from Good Cheap Eats shared I knew it was a perfect summer salad.

I love how she changes this up from your basic ham and cheese salad by using gruyere cheese and herbs. It looks delicious!

One note on this is to read the labels on the mustard and the ham. Most are gluten free, but always read labels to be safe.

Click here for HAM AND CHEESE SALAD

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Nancy’s Pineapple Cake

Nancy's Pineapple Cake_

This pineapple cake recipe is one of the recipes that I found in my mom’s recipe box when I visited Oregon in the spring.

The recipe came from Nancy, a long time friend of my family. She lived in the same small town we did and her husband and her went to church with us for years. In fact, my parents still attend the same church as she does.

Nancy's Pineapple Cake-

I remember going to Nancy’s house many times as a kid. Her cooking was always simple, yet always delicious. This recipe is a perfect example of what I remember her cooking to be. So easy and so good.

This pineapple cake is a simple old fashioned recipe, but it is so good!

When I first saw this recipe in my mom’s recipe box I had to laugh a little because it calls for a #2 can of pineapple. You know it is an old recipe with it calls for a #2 can instead of a 20 ounce can!

The original recipe also calls for nuts and I wrote the recipe with the nuts. Due to my daughter’s nut allergy I leave them out, but my mom always makes it with nuts and it is better with nuts. So, if you can eat nuts, I recommend not leaving them out.

One of the things I love about this recipe is that it does not contain any oil or butter. So, although it is not a healthy cake, it is a little healthier since it does not have all the extra fat in it. The moisture comes from the eggs and pineapple and it creates a very moist and delicious cake.

Nancy's Pineapple  Cake

Nancy's Pineapple Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 18
 
Pineapple cake is a simple old fashioned dessert that is delicious!
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1- 20 ounce can crushed pineapple
  • 2 cups flour ( I have used Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 GF Flour and it works great)
  • 1 tablepsoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup coconut
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix together eggs, sugar, and vanilla.
  3. Stir in pineapple, do not drain, stir in juice and pineapple.
  4. Add flour and baking soda. Stir will.
  5. Stir in coconut and nuts.
  6. Spread into a greased 9x13 pan.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  8. Let cool and frost.

 

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Menu Plan

Weekly Menu Plan

It has been hot and humid here in Oklahoma lately. It is summer though so hot and humid are to be expected. Because of the heat we are keeping the plan simple and are avoiding the oven as much as possible.

Here is this week’s menu plan.

Breakfast

Buttermilk Pancake Syrup-

Overnight Bisquick Pancakes with Buttermilk Pancake Syrup

Oatmeal Honey Breakfast Muffins_

Oatmeal Honey Breakfast Muffins

strawberry granola

Homemade Strawberry Granola

Dinner

Easy 5 Ingredient Burritos_

Easy 5 Ingredient Burritos

Chicken-Spinach-Salad

Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad

taco quesadilla

Taco Quesadillas

Summer Pasta Salad--

Summer Pasta Salad

carolina barbecue pork

Crock Pot Carolina Pork

Hamburger Pizza _

Hamburger Pizza

Dessert Of The Week

Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Homemade Vanilla Pudding

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Gluten Free Menu Plan

Gluten Free Meal Plan

I have quite a few bananas on my kitchen counter right now that need used up. I put the pancake muffins and the breakfast cookies on the plan as a way to use up some of the bananas and to also stock the freezer with some breakfast treats.

I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Gluten Free Banana Pancake Muffins from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Gluten Free Banana Pancake Muffins

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Dinner

Crock Pot Beef Fajitas

Crock Pot Beef Fajitas- Use gluten free fajita seasoning or homemade fajita seasoning

Evies Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken-

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken- Use gluten free soy sauce

Fajita-Omelet

Fajita Omelet

Migas-Recipes

Gluten Free Migas

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken-

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Cake __

Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Cake

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Everyday Adventures {Week 38} New Pyrex, Camo Cupcakes, Tomatoes and Peppers, and a Visit From a Friend

Pyrex

I shared this picture on Instagram and Facebook earlier this week, but I knew I had to shared it here too.

When I saw these Pyrex containers at Target this week I knew I had to have them. I totally did not need them, but really can you have too many Pyrex containers?

I love the colors! They are a limited edition for the Pyrex 100th Anniversary. They match my Fiestaware perfectly, which is why I “needed” them.

The blue is slightly different, but the other colors are almost perfect. I found them at Target, but I looked on Amazon and they have a whole line in celebration of the Pyrex 100th Anniversary. I love them and know I will use them all the time. (Those are Amazon affiliate links. Thanks for supporting this site. Disclaimer over. :-) )

Peppers and Tomatoes

We already have garden fresh tomatoes and peppers! We usually have tomatoes around the 4th of July, but not usually this early in June.

It has been a tough gardening year in Oklahoma this year because of all the rain we have had. I guess we planted our tomatoes and peppers at the right time though because they are doing great so far.

Camo Frosting

My daughter’s cake decorating project continues. This week she turned all that green frosting into these

Camo Cupcakes

Camo cupcakes! They need a little work, especially on the colors, but I think she is doing great. And the downside of learning to decorate cakes is that we have been eating way too much sugar and cake around our house. :-)

Smockity Frocks

And my friend Smockity Frocks visited me this week!

Thanks to The Happy Housewife Connie and I got to know each other 6 or so years ago through a blogging group. We met in person in 2010 at a blogging conference and have been friends since. She is so much fun! She was traveling through my area on her way to Kansas and was able to stop by my house for lunch. I love it that blogging friends have turned into real life friends.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

 

 

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Eleven Simple Summer Recipes

Summer is the time of year where you want delicious recipes that don’t take a lot of work or time. So, today I am sharing a few of my favorite summertime recipes that are all quick and easy to prepare.

magic shell recipe

Homemade Magic Shell

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Chocolate-Pie

Chocolate Pie 

Slow Cooked Barbecue Ranch Chicken Legs_

Slow Cooker BBQ Ranch Chicken

Easy Slow Cooked Chicken Fajitas

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas 

Strawberry Spinach Salad_

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Blueberry Spinach Salad

and Blueberry Spinach Salad

No Bake Chocolate Cherry Cookie Bars

No Bake Chocolate Cherry Cookie Bars

White Chocolate Berry Trifle

White Chocolate Berry Trifle

Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars [Recipes]

Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars

Roasted Green Beans [Recipes]

and Roasted Green Beans

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Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad--

Pasta salad is one of my favorite summertime meals to serve. It is easy to make, doesn’t require an oven, and can easily be made ahead.

It is also an easy meal in one that my kids love. And by a meal in one I mean that you don’t have to serve anything else with it. Yes, you can serve bread, a green salad, or some melon on the side, but you don’t have to.

This salad includes it all. It has pasta, vegetables, meat, and cheese. It is a filling dinner all on it’s own.

Summer Pasta Salad__

Pasta salad is also easy to make ahead. Last week I doubled this recipe and we had it for dinner one night and lunch for the next two days. All you have to do is stir it all back together before serving it.

This recipe is based on a recipe that I got from my sister several years ago. I have changed it up some, but the dressing part of the recipe is pretty much the same.

This is also the pasta salad that I made and took on vacation with us. When I took it on vacation I left out the tomatoes and cheese. I did not think that the tomatoes would travel well and one of my daughters eats dairy free.

The cheese though is easy to leave out and just add it when you serve it. When I made it last week I just set some aside for my daughter before I stirred in the cheese. That is the other thing I love about pasta salad, it is easy to change up and adapt to fit the needs of everyone.

Summer Pasta Salad-

You can really use whatever pasta you want for this. Macaroni works and so does penne. I use gluten free pasta for mine. We have talked about the best gluten free pastas before. If you are gluten free and have not read my post on gluten free pastas be sure to. And be sure to read through the comments on that post. There is a lot of helpful information in the comments.

Here is my current favorite gluten free pasta for pasta salad though.

Summer Pasta Salad Pasta

It is Heartland brand and I buy it at Wal-mart. It is only a couple of dollars a package, so it is a good deal for a gluten free pasta. It also holds up well and has great flavor and texture in a pasta salad.

Other gluten free pastas will work fine, but I wanted to share my favorite gluten free pasta for pasta salad. And that is totally not sponsored. I am just sharing a product that I love.

Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad
Recipe type: Main
 
A simple pasta salad perfect for summer!
Ingredients
  • 1- 16 ounce package pasta, I like to use fusilli or penne, cooked according to directions and drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 can - 6 ounce black olives, halved or sliced
  • 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into chunks ( I like to use fresh mozzarella)
  • 5 ounces pepperoni, hard salami, or a mix of both, cut into pieces
  • 1 cucumber peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks
  • Dressing
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a bowl whisk together dressing ingredients. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl combine cooked pasta, tomatoes, olives, pepperoni and cucumber. Stir in dressing until everything is well coated.
  3. Stir in cheese just until combined.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

 

 

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