Sunday, August 30, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Do you hate spending all your hard earned money on smelly cleaning products?
I do! I've been in search of great substitutes that I can make from ingredients I already have in my pantry. And I've found them.
I've actually had a list of homemade products for awhile and I have made and used some of them. Unfortunately I still have so many store bought products that need to be used up first. I have made the ones I listed and I really love them. And I will post more once I've tried them. I won't post any products that I haven't tried.
Even though I still have quite a lot of store bought cleaning products I still want to share the list of products along with the ingredients and measurements to my fellow readers. So here's the list, enjoy!
½ cup vinegar
¼ cup baking soda (or 2 tsp borax powder)
½ gallon (2 liters) hot water (use hot water so the powder dissolve)
Mix all ingredients together.
I put mine in a spray bottle and use with a microfiber cloth.
I use my mixture in the kitchen for the most part.
This cleaner works well on windows and mirrors too.
Mix equal parts borax powder and washing soda. (Takes 1-2 tsp of each)
Increase the washing soda if you have hard water.
Moisten oven surfaces with sponge and water.
¾ cup baking soda
Mix together to make a thick paste (I mix in a bowl for the 1-time use).
Spread paste throughout the oven interior (avoid bare metal and any openings).
Let sit overnight.
Remove with spatula and wipe clean.
Rub gently with fine steel wool for tough spots.
So here's a few cleaners you'd find in my cleaning collection. I hope you find these helpful and useful in your own home.
Stay tuned for more household cleaners that will be coming your way in the coming weeks and months.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
-Makes about 1 quart; 10 1/2 cup servings
Calories: 242 Carbs: 18g Protein: 2g Fat: 18g Chol: 69mg Sodium: 30mg
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This recipe was a great weeknight treat for Hubby and me.
I was supposed to go to Circle with my church girlfriends last night but it got cancelled due to no one being able to attend. I had nothing on the dinner menu thinking I was going out so I had to come up with something quickly.
We love breakfast for dinner so we decided to do that. I found a great recipe today for whole-wheat pancakes over at Finding Joy in my Kitchen. They looked easy and quick so I thought I’d try them. I’m glad I did. They were quick and wonderful! So here’s the recipe.
Wheat Blueberry Pancakes- modified from Joy in my Kitchen
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp brown sugar
¼ cup applesauce
2 cups buttermilk (or 2 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice, add milk to equal 2 cups)
1-2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (keep frozen if using frozen)
(I might add 1 tsp of cinnamon next time for a little extra flavor)
1. Sift dry ingredients in medium size bowl.
2. Mix applesauce, milk, egg and brown sugar in medium size bowl.
3. Add dry ingredients and wet ingredients together and whisk until combined.
4. Heat griddle to 350* F.
5. Measure out pancake mixture to ¼ cup and pour on hot griddle.
6. Once mixture is on griddle add blueberries to each pancake, as many as you want and heat on griddle until golden brown on both sides.
Calories: 86.1 Fat: .7g Cholesterol: 13.9 mg Sodium: 160.3 mg Carbs: 17.3 g Dietary fiber: 17.3 g Protein: 3.3 g
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Hubby and I went to my parents last night for a delicious dinner. We had beef brisket, twice baked potatoes, salad and bread. I made dessert (I usually end up bringing dessert wherever we go). I found a wonderful pound cake recipe from Blessed with Grace that I wanted to try. I made it and it turned out wonderful! I also took cut-up strawberries, low fat cool whip and a homemade chocolate sauce to go on top if anyone wanted any, and they did. :) I forgot to take a picture of it, sorry, but believe me it was good!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
I conquered my fear of bread making!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
A well-stocked, organized kitchen is very important to me. It makes the cooking process easier and I know what I have in my kitchen at all times so I don't accidentally buy 3 more packs of flour when I already had 2 stocked away. We live on a budget and a mistake like this could be hurtful at the end of the month when/if we need milk or some sort of other staple item.