Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Meeeee Time

I have not taken me time in so long. My happiness faded away! At church the other day we learned about taking a day off from the normal.While I will still be doing a few "need to's" I will NOT be cleaning ANYTHING! I have warned all the family members of my house and if they do not get the laundry down stair in due time .....well it wont get done THAT day bc its my OFF day. Im so excited I want to read a book do some crafts take a walk I want to sit down and watch a show from start to finish with out having to rewind bc of commercial cleaning.

I will keep y'all posted.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

DIY soft scrub

Here are a few recipes try them out and let me know what you think!

Soft Scrubber Ingredients:
  • 1/3 c. Liquid Castile Soap
  • 2 c. Baking Soda
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oils
  • 5 Vitamin C Tablets, crushed
  • Water
Mix first four ingredients together, then gradually add water until you get a soft scrub consistency.  Pour into container.  I used a Methods Dish Soap container, but you could use any squirt top container.  Be sure to shake well before each use.
That’s it!  Clean and enjoy!

Supplies :
  • baking soda
  • liquid castile soap – I use Dr. Bronners and I LOVE the lavender scent, but any castile soap will work. :)
  • bowl & sponge
Directions :
  1. In a small mixing bowl pour in about 2 tablespoons of baking soda, give or take.
  2. Next, mix in enough castile soap to form a paste. This is not a science so just make it thick like the consistency of luscious icing.
  3. If it’s too thick, add more soap. Too runny? Add more baking soda.
  4. When you have it a nice consistency, simply scoop a dollop of it with your sponge and start scrubbing!
To scrub this shower, I used a homemade cotton scrubbie sponge and it worked fabulously. Of course, it does take a little elbow grease so you get a free workout and in the end you will rejoice in the success of a fantastically clean shower!!

What You’ll Need:
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
  • 5 or more drops essential oil (try lavender, tea tree or rosemary)
  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in a sealed glass jar.
  2. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge and scrub the bathtub, sinks, Formica countertops or shower stall.  Rinse.
I keep my soft scrub mixture in a mason jar.  The mixture is not soft enough to put in a squeeze bottle (besides, who likes plastic?).  I literally scoop some out with my fingers and onto a sponge or dish cloth.  I find that my hands are REALLY soft after using it, and who doesn’t like soft hands?
Tip: For exceptionally tough jobs, spray with vinegar first—full strength or diluted.  Let sit and follow with scrub.
Yield:  ~2-1/2 cup
Shelf Life:  2 years
Difficulty Level:  Easy

I love this recipe so much, I ended up making two soft scrub jars and keeping one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom.

Here are two quick and easy recipes for making an effective soap scum buster on the tub surround or a gentle cleaner for around the kitchen and bathroom.
SoapThe first is a basic mixture while the second adds a lavender scent using essential oil and powdered milk for making a smoother paste.
Use these on surfaces where you need some extra power that is more gentle than an abrasive powder.
Recipe #1:
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup liquid dish detergent
1/8 cup – 1/4 cup vinegar
  • Mix the baking soda and dish detergent first, then add the vinegar.
  • Adjust the baking soda or vinegar amounts until you have the consistency you like working with.
  • Just use whatever’s on sale or a generic brand of dish detergent and you’ve got yourself some super cheap, yet very effective, homemade softscrub!
  • The liquid dish detergent is what you would use for hand washing dishes, not dishwasher detergent.
  • Use the amount of vinegar that gives you the consistency that you prefer. Vinegar’s a great grime buster–so don’t be shy with it.
  • If you just want to do some spot treatments and don’t need a large amount of softscrub, give the spot a light squirt of dish detergent, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on top and gently rub. You won’t need to bother with the vinegar for small spots like this.
  • Try heating the vinegar in the microwave first before mixing it in with the other ingredients. You don’t want it super hot, but a warm temperature that’s comfortable to work with.
Lavender Recipe:
*Source: The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier
3/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup powdered milk
1/8 cup (one-eighth) liquid castile soap
5 drops lavender Essential Oil
  • Combine all ingredients in a squirt-top bottle and add enough water to make a smooth paste. Shake or stir to mix.
  • Apply to surface, then wipe area with a damp sponge or cloth. Rinse well.

3/4 cup baking soda (you can add a little more if it seems a little thin after it’s all mixed together.)
1/4 cup castile soap (I used Dr. Bronners Citrus Orange)
1 Tablespoon water
10-15 drops of tea tree oil
1 Tablespoon vinegar
In a medium sized bowl, combine the baking soda and castile soap. Add the water and tea tree oil and stir with a fork.
After the first 3 ingredients are well combined, SLOWLY add the vinegar. The mixture will bubble up because of the chemical reaction between the baking soda and vinegar.
Stir until you achieve a paste-like consistency. (I had to add a little more baking soda at this point until it was the “perfect” consistency.)
Transfer to a repurposed dish soap container (or any other container you prefer), grab your sponge and start cleaning! 

Fruit leather

Homemade Fruit Leather

September 1, 2011

Homemade Fruit Leather
    If you think you need a food dehydrator to make homemade fruit snacks, get ready to be surprised! These treats are so simple to make; all you need are fruits like apples, berries or pears and your oven. Sweeten with honey, or add herbs and spices. No matter the flavor, they’re a great way to celebrate the abundant fruits of the season.
Apple Spice Fruit Leather
Yields one 11”x17” pan of fruit leather
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 5-8 hours at 170°F

1 25-ounce jar of applesauce
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves

homemade fruit leather inset2INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 170°F.
  2. Line an 11”x17” jelly-roll pan or lipped cookie sheet with greased parchment paper (wax paper will smoke in the oven) or a silicone baking mat.
  3. Spread the puree until it’s about 1/4” thick. Pick up the pan and tilt back and forth until it’s evenly distributed.
  4. Bake in the oven for 5-8 hours. Rotate the pan halfway during the baking time to ensure even drying. Timing will vary depending on the fruit used. It’s ready when it’s smooth and non-tacky.
  5. Let it cool, then cut in strips with scissors or a pizza cutter. Stack or roll them and store in an airtight container or a zipper storage bag.
Tip: Store in a cool, dry place. You can store fruit leather for up to a year in the freezer, six months in the refrigerator or a few weeks at room temperature.
Quick Tip
Dawn Linger at the table a little longer—washing the dishes can wait. After all, Dawn® Power Clean has micro-scrubbing enzymes that help power through food messes with ease, from small everyday grease messes to tougher jobs.
Try these other ingredients and tips:
  • Spread a thin layer of melted caramel over the fruit leather and allow it to harden a little before rolling.
  • Cut fun shapes with cookie cutters, stack on parchment paper and tie with a ribbon to make a unique hostess gift or a lunch box surprise. Tuck an inspirational quote into the ribbon for an extra special touch.
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  • Spice up a can of pumpkin with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves for another twist on fall-inspired fruit leather.
  • Puree a can of peaches or other canned fruit in the blender for a quick option that requires no washing and slicing.
  • To sweeten fruit leather, add a couple teaspoons, or to taste, of vanilla, brown sugar, honey or maple syrup.
  • Try adding herbs like lavender, basil, rosemary, mint, sage or thyme for subtle hints of extra decadent flavor – a perfect adult treat.

DIY bleach gel pen


DIY Bleach Gel
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A little cornstarch, water and a few tablespoons of bleach make this homemade version of a bleach pen.
Recipe type: Laundry
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 Tbsp corn starch
  • 4-7 Tbsp household bleach
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Tipsy Pots click here for step by step  directions and PDF file.

tipsy pots
Tipsy Tea Pots  

Instead of using soil you can use one of these to make the pots lighter.
  • Coconut Coir
  • LECA (Hydroton or clay balls)
  • Perlite                                                                                                                             When watering the water should flow from the top all the way down. This would be perfect for strawberries.                

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Strawberry seeds

After Two weeks in a moist paper towel in a zip lock bag. I hung it in my kitchen window with a chip clip. These seed I just scraped off a half eaten strawberry. Waste not want not!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Kale Chips

I hear more and more about Kale chip here is the recipe I am going to try tonight.Maybe a video will follow.

Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

Adapted from The Cleaner Plate Club: Raising Healthy Eaters One Meal at a Time by Beth Bader and Ali Benjamin
Recipe Notes
Feel free to experiment with different types of vinegar; I've tried rice wine, red, tarragon, and sherry all with good (but slightly different) results. These are particularly tangy and salty (to mimic salt and vinegar chips); if a milder kale chip is what you're after, use 1-1/2 tablespoons vinegar and 1-1/4 teaspoons salt.
Salt and Vinegar Kale ChipsIngredients
1 bunch kale, rinsed
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Remove the kale stems, cut (or tear) the leaves into bite-size pieces, and thoroughly rinse the leaves to remove any lingering dirt. Dry the pieces of kale in a salad spinner or on a dish towel (it's important that the leaves are dry before the next step).
  2. Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, and salt in the bottom of a large mixing bowl; add the kale leaves and toss to coat thoroughly.
  3. Line two half-sheet pans with parchment paper and spread the pieces into a single even layer. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until the chips have shrunken slightly and are crisp and darker in color, but not yet brown.
Serves 2-4.

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