spring has sprung.

Tulips So I had a couple interesting things I planned to write about this week (after taking a little break when Andrew came home from the field last week), but then none of the things actually worked out when I tried them over the weekend.

I saw this cool use for baking soda as a tub drain cleaner. Awesome! My drain had just gotten clogged up. So I attempted to pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar. A volcano recipe. Yes. Except I couldn’t even get the baking soda down the drain. It just clogged at the top. I couldn’t even cram it down with my finger. So I just poured the vinegar on top and hoped for the best. There was a cool, cold foam that spread out at the base of the tub, but did not slide down the drain. I covered it with a wet washcloth and left it for a few minutes. When I came back, I ran some scalding water. Still clogged. Maybe baking soda and vinegar are a good drain cleaner for light build-up, but it did not work to unclog my massive amount of hair that I let go down, while I procrastinated putting in a plastic mesh drain cover. Boooooo.

Then I made a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie that I had high hopes for. Ovaltine, a banana, vanilla yogurt, ice and, instead of peanut butter, I used PB2. Turns out, I think PB2 is disgusting and NOT a good substitute for peanut butter (in powder or reconstituted form). My smoothie was almost undrinkable. It had this bizarre mineral-ly, tangy flavor that wrecked every sip and left a horrible aftertaste in my mouth. UPDATE: I made a revised version with peanut butter; it was much better, but still needs tweaking.

Can’t win them all I suppose. However, I did win when I bought myself these tulips today. Spring has sprung, friends. Get out there and enjoy it!


  1. I used to use PB2 because I loathed how my cheap, crappy blender would never actually blend the scoop of peanut butter I threw in. Certainly didn’t love it, but it beat having to chew that one giant mouthful of peanut butter.

    Also, I was really hoping for a happy ending with the drain un-clogging! Our bathroom sink is clogged and I’m pretty sure (like, 99.9999% sure) that it’s due to my hair, but everyone here is all, “Drano will eat right through these pipes! Don’t use Drano!” And naturally no one has an acceptable replacement, and I can’t get the little cap off the bottom of the sink to manually dig something down there, so I guess I am SOL. Oy.

    • I would LOVE to chew a mouthful of peanut butter. It is the food of the gods! PB2 is nasty. Yick.

      Our tub drain is the same, you can’t get the plug off to really get in there, at least I can’t. But I’d love to just have at it with some pliers. You KNOW there is a huge wad of highly conditioned hair in there.

  2. patti knorr says

    Here’s a tip for the drain clog..Lowes sells a product I think called Zip It…It is a long jagged plastic tube like devise, you push it down the drain..no need to remove the stopper, when you pull the devise back out it pulls an amazing amount of yuck out, no chemicals involved. The edges are sharp, so store safely.


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