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Disinfecting Bathroom Walls, a Neglected Need

Written on March 19th, 2006 by Jenna
Posted in Cleaning
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Rex: “What are you thinking about?”
Bree: “Oh, I was just, um, thinking that I need to start, uh, spring cleaning.”
Rex: “You haven’t done that yet?”
Bree: “No, and I need to clean out our rain gutters, and, uh, beneath the refrigerator, and I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve replaced the shelf liner, so…”
Rex: “Then you’ll finish off with our wedding silver.”

-Desperate Housewives - Episode 01.23 - One Wonderful Day

toilet.jpgLast week was spring break for my kids. You know what that means? It’s family spring cleaning time! Spring cleaning is a great event when you can make the family help you clean the house. Of course, I gave my sons and husband the brute work with the garage and the yards. My daughter helped me in the house like with dusting and polishing. But, there is one place in the house where my family balks to clean, the bathroom. They are such wimps! So, I always end up cleaning it. Cleaning the bathroom always conjures up old memories of my college days when I had to take up a janitor job to pay for my school bill. I hated every minute of it! But, it did teach me a couple of things that helped me later in life as a “domestic goddess.”

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If Bree is the epitome of the perfect housewife, then the perfect housewife must also be a religious, conservative protestant. In the first episode of the second season (Next), we discovered that she attends the First Methodist Church of Fairview. I’m surprised that they never mentioned anything about her cooking the communion bread, she seems like the perfect character for that task!

In most Christian churches, you find loaves of fresh baked bread made for communion. In other churches like the Seventh-day Adventist Church, they don’t consume real wine or orthodox bread in their communion service. “SDAs” actually drink a Welch’s-type grape juice and eat unleavened bread. The juice is commonplace, but what on earth is unleavened bread? This special type of bread dates back to the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt to Canaan.When they fled from Egypt, the Israelites didn’t have enough time to let the bread rise. So, God told them not to add leavening, which is yeast, to the dough. Hence the unleavened bread. Basically, this bread is absent of any rising agents like yeast or backing powder. Essentially, it is flat bread.

communion.jpgOccasions for Making this Recipe
Unleavened bread is a perfect complement to any gourmet soup, especially one that is tomato based. I also make this bread every time I see my sister because she always asks for it. Feel free to use it for your gourmet meals, church service, or as a tasty snack!

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In the subculture of Seventh-day Adventism, most of the churches have a weekly Sabbath-afternoon potluck when every family brings a dish and fellowships together. There are a couple of entrees that are unique to Adventists.

cereal.jpgOne of those common dishes is the Kellogg’s Loaf. The main ingredients are cereal, cottage cheese, and eggs. Non-Adventists reading this might be thinking, “What?! Cereal should only be eaten with milk, not with eggs!” You’d be surprised how great this tastes. Best of all, it’s vegetarian!

I was looking for the Adventist variation of this recipe and I found a great one at TAGnet. Unfortunately, the page does not exist anymore. So, the following is the lost recipe with my adjustments. One named Amy Higner submitted the original recipe. Amy, if you’re reading this, I just want to say, “Thanks!”

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