Here you will find easy DSP solutions for everything from recipe shortcuts to around-the-house projects. These are not quite your mother’s traditions- but they’ll fit for you.

Not (Quite) Mother’s Dishwasher Cleaner…Sweet!

What? You have to clean something that cleans something? Not what DSP Dixie likes to hear.

I saw this on HGTV and tried it with a decades old Kool-Aid packet that was hiding in pantry.  I had to break up the mix with a knife to pour it into the bottom of my dishwasher, but that was kinda fun. It was easy. It worked. It smelled good.

I (almost) felt like a Domestic Goddess. Well, until I realized that I had to pack my kids dry cereal and a bag of nuts for lunch. Again.


Open lemonade Kool-Aid packet
Break apart with knife if ancient
Sprinkle into the bottom of your empty dishwasher
Run the cycle. Any cycle. (You know DSP Dixie doesn’t do details by now)

Enjoy your clean dishwasher. Pour yourself a glass of wine and sit back and gloat.

Not (Quite) Mother’s Best “Homemade” Cookies

The Best Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever (Truly) One of my mom’s dearest friends, we’ll call her T, is well known within our community for being The Best Baker Ever.  Literally, every cookie, muffin, peanut butter bar that comes out … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s Way to “Shout it Out!”

Here’s a shorter shortcut for you DSPs who either hate doing laundry, don’t know how to do laundry, or just don’t have enough time in the day to sort things out. I discovered one of the greatest inventions of the century … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s “Homemade” Leftover Halloween Candy Bar Recipe

Homemade Goodies One of our favorite Domestic Square Peg “cookbooks” is ‘The Cake Mix Doctor” by Anne Byrn. It’s perfect for the less-than-domestic goddess who wants to bring something ‘homemade’ to the party but doesn’t really want (or need) to … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s Coffee Grounds Hand Scrub

Let’s face it. Your hands don’t lie. I wish they did, but there’s no getting around it. If we’re lucky, we all age and our hands seem to age even faster than the rest of us. Sun damage, dishes, and … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s Beef and Broccoli “Take-Out”

When the weather starts to get a bit cooler and the soccer practices a bit later at our house, my mind turns to ways I can get dinner on the table for multiple “sittings”. While I try my best to … Read more »

Not (Quite) hiccup Mother’s Canning hiccup Recipe hiccup

The other day I was lucky enough to receive a huge, glorious batch of fresh-picked blackberries and strawberries from my momma’s garden. As a joke, she asked if I planned to make jam? I don’t come from the “canning” stock … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s Homemade Tomato Sauce

Sunday Sauce Now that you’ve shamed your tomatoes into ripening with my infamous and slightly naughty Fifty Shades of Tomato Gardening, it’s time to reap the rewards. And this doesn’t entail any pinching or depriving. We all imagine the idea of … Read more »

“I Wish I Never Taught My Kids to Make Their Own Breakfast,” said No One EVER!

I don’t know how it is around your house, but many of my mornings are a total goat rodeo. Feed the dog, walk the dog, feed the kids, pack the lunch, apply the sunscreen, and squeeze in a cup of … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s 4th of July Rocket Dog…Blast Off!

The 4th of July is right around the corner and this means three things: fireworks, hot dogs, and fun! I tried to combine all three into this easy, DSP-approved idea…Rocket Dogs! I saw this on Disney’s Family Fun website and … Read more »