Finish Dishwasher Detergent leaves our dishes sparkling clean without having to pre-rinse. That definitely saves me time. Being a stickler for saving money, too, I have always purchased the store brand dishwasher detergent at Walmart. Little did I know that on the shelf right beside it, I could spend only a few cents more and have perfectly clean, streak-free dishes with no hazy film and never worry about pre-washing. We own a very old dishwasher, that needs all the help it can get. I usually fill the rinse dispenser with white vinegar to help with build-up and make sure the dishes are rinsed well. I didn’t have to mess with any of that, when using Finish. Plus, I find these easy-to-load, no-mess, pre-measured Quantum Powerball capsules to be an easy-to-use, easy-to-store solution that is too affordable and effective, not to be using it every day. I was so impressed with the way it cleaned my dishes, but on top of it, the little gel pacs scoured the inside of my dishwasher, too. I’ve never had that experience with any other brand of dishwasher detergent. When the load was finished, the inside of my dishwasher looked as though I had scrubbed it. Finish has made a believer out of me and I will happily be using the Quantum Capsules from now on.
Now, is the perfect time for you to save on Finish Dishwasher Detergent since Walmart has it on Rollback through October. Stack the savings by using this awesome money-saving coupon, too. Then, scroll down and see how I used my sparkling clean dishes to share a fun life lesson with my granddaughter
Sparkling clean dishes are an important part of any beautiful tablescape, but they may be even more important to everyday meals. Creating an appealing and comfortable place to share meals and conversation is an important part of families connecting and enjoying time, together, around the dinner table. Even young children can learn to help set the table and create a simple, but appealing, table setting.
We are blessed to be able to enjoy time with our grandchildren, almost every weekend, and this one was no exception. They love to be in the kitchen, with me, and get their hands into whatever I’m cooking. I get a real kick out of seeing their earnest desire to be little “chefs”. I also want to teach them skills to make the food they prepare look as beautiful as it tastes. Some elements of the ideas of plating will wait until they’re older, but one is simple to teach them, now. For young kids, one of the first ways to help them understand the “eye appeal” of presenting food and connect them to a tradition of sharing family meals around the table, each day, is teaching them to set the table. Even the most simple place settings can make an everyday meal seem special. The smallest hands can contribute to family meals in this way and gain confidence in their abilities to help out.
Because the grandkids are usually here, all together, I don’t often get one-on-one time with any of them. In a rare, quiet moment by herself, Lydia came to visit with me where I was working in the kitchen. I was folding napkins, which prompted a conversation about setting the table and making it pretty. I decided this would be a perfect opportunity to do a table-setting lesson and so we spent some time, talking and learning, together. The first lesson was in knowing the difference between left and right. lol (It’s easy with “right”-handers, since they can learn that their right hand is the one they “write” with.) With a little practice, she figured that out fairly quickly. Then I walked her through the most basic, everyday table setting — a plate, a knife, a fork, a spoon, a napkin and a water glass. She was a little master hostess, in no time, and I’m guessing she’ll be offering to set the table at home, all the time, now.
I would have been perfectly pleased with having her fold the napkin neatly in half, for this first lesson, but she saw a French pleated napkin I had folded and she wanted to give it a try. While folding techniques are typically used on cloth napkins, I recommend using paper when helping children to learn. The paper will crease more readily and hold its shape without much effort. Success will be quicker and oh…so….sweet!
The technique to French Pleat a napkin is simple to learn and to teach. The decoratively folded napkins can “dress up” every day place settings and give a special flair to the table. Silverware, a flower or even a candy cane could be slipped in between the pleats to make it even more special. It’s a good “first technique” to teach to children. The short video below will show you exactly how to do it. So, spiff up your dishes and add a little sparkle with Finish dishwasher detergent, then grab your kids and bring them into the process of making family dinner happen. They can learn simple table setting and napkin folding techniques, in just minutes, and you will have passed on lifelong skills, as well as created fun memories!