This post is sponsored by Cascade Platinum and Double Duty Divas. As always, my opinions are 100% my own.
My kids love play dates with their friends. I love chatting with other moms and grownup time while the kiddos play and exhaust themselves for nap time (or bedtime depending on the play date time). Even though I seemingly love everything about play dates….I don’t. I really hate the pressure of hosting them. That’s not really fair to my friends or the parents of my kiddos so every once in a blue moon, I suck it up, and host a couple of moms and their kiddos. I always have a blast and it’s never as big a deal as I make out of it but there’s still some added clean up, cooking and entertaining to be done being the host of one of these shindigs.
I find this Extra Creamy Mac & Cheese recipe is a crowd please for both kids and adults and it is fairly simple to whip up. I invited a couple friends over to try it and check out my new secret cleaning weapon; Cascade Platinum. With Cascade, clean up is much easier and makes the idea of dishes far less cumbersome. This means I might be more inclined to invite people over (if only Cascade could clean my whole house before and after said play date!). I fully expected to have to bribe guests to come to my play date with the products sent to me by Cascade but instead I had an overwhelming response to come play and hang out. Perhaps it was my offer of food? Or maybe just my winning personality.
I packaged up the Cascade Rinse Aid and Cascade Platinum packets with a ribbon and a homemade ‘Thank You” tag using alphabet stickers. I added a lollipop for the kids that were leftover from a recent birthday party we had for my youngest son. I would like to say that, usually, for play dates, we don’t hand out goodies or gifts, but this was a special occasion. We were testing Cascade Platinum!
I made brownies the night before and let the pan just sit. I resisted the urge to soak it or wash it immediately. Cascade boasts that it actually works better without pre-washing- something science-y about the enzymes latch onto that food and break it down so it can wash away. I wanted that well-known hard crust that happens after you bake something. I made the Mac & Cheese while guests were arriving and when I was done I loaded up my dishwasher with the pot and pan used for the mac and cheese AND that gross brownie pan that had just been sitting on my counter. I put the Cascade Platinum products in and started the cycle. We played, ate, visited and laughed while my dishwasher did the work.
Before everyone left I showed off my clean dishes and handed out my little gifts. Everyone was impressed and rightfully so! Check out the Cascade Platinum reviews (and if you have used it; leave your own using #cascadeshiningreviews)!
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