Don’t Clean Yourself with a Magic Eraser.

Or CLR.   Saturday morning I realized that I had bought some country sausage at the fresh market the previous weekend and I needed to cook it up.  I didn’t really look at the ingredients too closely, but added some fennel seed, salt and pepper to the mix.  It was not greasy at all.

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I ended up making 8 patties.  I had two patties, some delicious cantaloupe and an English muffin with pepper jelly on it that I bought when I was in Michigan with my Mom and Hannah – its so good!
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Then it was time for chores.  We’ve neglected our weeding for weeks because its been so dry and so hot.  I literally pulled three huge garbage cans of weeds to the back of our woods.  We had these giant plants, for lack of a better word – I have no idea what kind of weed this is, but it has a stem that looks like rhubarb.

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While I was weeding, Tony went to pick up some cans of tar because we have a small leak on our roof.  We need a new one, but its not in the budget this year, so I did some patch work.  It was actually not too bad, there was a nice breeze – it made me think how I would have hated to be a roofer this summer with our heat!

When I was done, I thought I had been careful not to get tar on myself, but no such luck.  I had some tar on my forearm, and for some reason thought that if I poured a little bit of CLR on the tar and rubbed it, it would magically go away.  Well, it did, but along with it my top layer of skin!


So my next bright idea?  A Magic Eraser.

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The result?  I now have two giant circles where I scrubbed the tar off – again the tar came off, along with the top layer of my skin. 


So that’s my advice for you this week – don’t use cleaning products to clean your body. Open-mouthed smile

After several hours of chores when I was taking my shower I was thinking what I could make us for lunch.  I remembered I had a leftover beef roast, so I chopped that up and simmered it in bottled bbq sauce for about 5 minutes, basically just to warm up the beef.

I had some smoked sharp cheddar cheese so I made a beef bbq smoked cheddar panani – holy shizz, was this delicious!

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And then after that I laid on the couch.  Tony said “g’night!”  I was like, I am not going to fall asleep – its only 4:30 in the afternoon?!

I fell asleep for an hour – it felt so good, but I was really sore the rest of the day – turns out I don’t remember that my body is 44 years old and not 24 years old!

I have a new summer drink that’s delicious – 1/4 white wine to 3/4 grapefruit seltzer – it tastes just like a Bartles & James!

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Hannah texted me on Saturday that she was going to be in town and I suggested we get together for breakfast Sunday morning.  I picked her up at 9:30 – there are no pictures because we both had our “pull your hair back in a pony tail no make-up” looks going on. Open-mouthed smile

We had a great breakfast, even though the service was shitty, and had the will power to refrain from not ordering the corned beef hash OR the biscuits and gravy.

We then went to the grocery store together – it was like old times!  It was great to see you Hannah! Open-mouthed smile

As luck would have it they had three packages of $1 tomatoes on the discount rack – I only had to throw away three – I made a giant pot of sauce.

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We spent the afternoon hanging outside – Ed loves it although we think he’s going deaf and he doesn’t see the bunny rabbits until they are about 10 feet away from him – he’s getting so old! Sad smile

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I marinated three pork chops to make pork gyros for dinner.  It was one pound all together, I marinated it in 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon oregano, the juice of one lemon (seems like a lot, but stick with it), the zest of one lemon, 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt and 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper.  Mine marinated for about 4 hours.

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Not sure I’ll ever get the hang of cooking for two!  I have half the meat leftover. Open-mouthed smile

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It was delicious – although a couple pieces of meat were a tad overdone, but the flavor was delicious.  Maybe next time I’ll even marinate it overnight.

Okay, am I the last person on earth to hear about LIP DUB?  Tony was shocked that I’ve never seen one of these videos on YouTube yet!  Mom, I thought you would like this!  I think it’s so cool.

Alright, another Monday morning and time to get ready for work – make it a great day!


40 thoughts on “Don’t Clean Yourself with a Magic Eraser.

  1. Oh Biz, OUCH! I had no idea cleaning products would leave that kind of a mark, but then, I guess I don’t deliberately try to put them on my skin. Of course now you’ve got me wondering what would take tar off…not that I ever plan on needing to, but you never know, right?

    Bartles and James – now that is a drink I haven’t thought about in forever. They were good, and I loved the commercials. Anything with a grapefruit base is so refreshing – nice idea!

    Glad you got some Hannah time!

    • Yep, back in the day they cost $4.99 a four pack and my then boyfriend used to be pissed because he could buy a case of beer for the same price!

  2. LOL! I’ll try to remember your good advice about using household cleansers on one’s body. Hope your scrapes and rashes are getting better. Good for you for taking advantage of the better weather to do some yard work. I take a tour around my yard every day and try to pick out weeds as I go along. Sort of a fly-lady approach.

  3. Oh my what a nasty boo boo 😦 Tar is a pain in the bottom to remove from your skin.
    Just an FYI on your roof. The sealing spray stuff they sell on TV where they spray the screen door in a boat actually works great! We use it in a pinch all the time at work. It has saved us big bucks until we actually repair or replace a roof. We buy it at our local Ace Hardware store.

  4. Oh my gosh – I hope your arm gets better soon! Ahh on your dog … looks so sad! 😦 I guess old age happens to everyone … hope you have a great Monday!

  5. That looks painful Biz! Good to know though because I probably would do the same because the magic eraser is magic after all 🙂 The panini looks great !!

  6. Peanut butter, baby oil, or canola oil.

    I live in So Cal, we have tar on the beaches here (natural tar). That’s what you use to get it off, without losing your skin.

  7. Oh my gosh, Biz!!! Ouch…I hope that heals up quickly :/ No more cleaning products on your body!

    Poor, Ed…that picture makes me so sad :/

  8. Biz, you are crazy using that stuff on your skin! Hope it heals soon you nut! Your roast beef panini looks yummy. Glad you got to spend time with Hannah 🙂

  9. Um, I’m pretty sure there are warning labels on those products about using them on your skin! Yikes that looks like it hurts!! I would think something oily like baby oil or even olive oil would have been better. Now I need to Google that although I really hope I never need that information LOL!

  10. Oh no!! Your poor arm! And holy crap..I guess it goes to show how strong those products are!!!
    Those pork gyros look absolutely delicious!! 🙂

  11. If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times….I want to come eat at your house. Stat.

  12. Ouch! I bet something like paint thinner would take tar off, just because it can get so many other things off!

  13. We’ve neglected weeding too. I am not looking forward to doing it once our heat wave dies down.

    Oh ouch! Sorry about the tar! Put some vaseline or neosporin on the sore spots, it’ll help.

  14. Yay for hanging out with Hannah. Ouch with the Magic Eraser – who would’ve thought?

  15. findingradiance

    That plant looks like pokeweed.

    For the tar, you can try some orange essential oil. I use that to get pain off. You just don’t want to leave it on your skin. It cleans up with soap and water, plus it smell nice!

  16. oh my gosh! Your poor arm! At least you got a ton done- love that feeling. The food all looks great. And I’m glad you had fun with Hannah. We had a pretty low key weekend. I taught at the gym, we did some additional baby proofing, I went and visited my parents with Kaylin, went to hot yoga & baked/cooked

    • It’s too cute, Maria! Lucky sister! I love the idea of her kiehctn decorated with Campbell’s soup – so clever. I’d love to see the whole kiehctn – with your picture in it, of course. btw, did you use paint for final definition? Or a Sharpie? I’m mad for Sharpies lately. Just curious. Thanks for linking up to Passion for Paint this weekend! And for your sweet comment! Have a wonderful Sunday.

  17. OUCH! I did have to crack up because using cleaning products to clean yourself sounds like something I would have done – just wanting to get clean & not “thinking”.

    Ed is a gorgeous dog. He seems like a great dog to just snuggle up next to on the floor.

    …and of course all your food, as always, look amazing!

  18. Your “cleaning circle” looks painful! Hope it’ll get better soon!

    I remember Bartles and James!!! Brings back memories! 🙂

  19. Ouch! Hope you are healed soon. Love the drink idea, and the those gyros look delicious!

  20. Ohh, OUCH!!!!!!!
    LOVING the gyros, they look amazing!

  21. Ugh what a contusion, it looks so painful! But all of your food looks delicious as usual! I still can’t believe you were tarring the roof, you are such a stud!

  22. I hope your skin heals quickly….OUCH!! I need to recreate your panini…looks amazing!!!

  23. Ummm…holy ouch to your sore. That is not awesome. I hope it feels better soon.

    Your dog is so cute.

    You make tasty looking food! I am so glad I found your blog 🙂

  24. wow Ed looks like a doll, too sweet.
    i can’t believe those cleaning products ate your skin! lesson learned

  25. Wow your arm looks so painful 😦 But, lesson learned I suppose. Your dog is adorable, it is so hard watching them get old. I hope you and Tony have a great week.

  26. Biz I hope your arm feels better. I vaguely remember a story about a woman who used one on her child and then was reported to child services or something of the sort because it peeled off his skin. I don’t think she meant any harm. I do love those magic erasers for cleaning though.

    Cool video. I hadn’t heard of it either.

  27. Your gyros turned out pretty (minus the meat for me though!). Holy cow, I will never use cleaning products on myself! Not just because it looks like it did a number on you, but I am allergic to (super sensitive) cleaning products. I can’t even smell them without problems.

  28. I had to laugh at the cleaning stuff because that’s something that could totally happen to me too 🙂

    I am always sore after garden work because of the akward positions my body is in when I’m working in the garden. I don’t have a flat garden and am always bending over in weird positions which gives me back pain afterwards all the time.

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  30. Um, ouchie. Hope you’re healing well! That picture looks gnarly – and not in a good way! LOL

    Your picture of Ed, and the description, made me teary-eyed. About 6 weeks ago, my in laws lost their 14 year old male beagle and on 07/31, they lost their other beagle, this one was a girl. I miss them so much!! However, my in laws have always had beagle babies, and couldn’t be without a beagle too long. So on the 4th, they took the plunge and got a new ‘baby’ – yes, another beagle, Nola, she’s 2 years old and a BUNDLE of energy! LOL she and my Jack Russell get along great since she’s only 17 weeks old! They run laps around the house hehe. 🙂

    My husband and I also have a Lab – who looks like a younger version of Ed lol – and we really couldn’t ask for a better dog.

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