Friday, April 20, 2012
I am so thankful for Heidi She has done so much for me. My garden wouldn't be half as good if she wasn't there to guide me. She is the one to push me to try new things. That's how I came to blogging. I have loved meeting all of you and learning new things. But I digress . Heidi showed just how much she cared lost night.
For some reason yesterday I felt I was still 21. So I tried lifting a 60 pound bag of dirt. Big, Big, mistake. I soon learned I was not 21 but 52. Not only was it heavy ,but I twisted my back. You talk about pain. I had it. I came home and got on a heating pad. Luckily I still had Vicodin from my husband surgery. Between the pills and the heating pad I felt so much better. Heidi was kind enough to take me out to dinner so I didn't have to cook. I felt better( not perfect but better.) so I was happy to go. I felt fine while sitting in the restaurant eating and visiting with Heidi. It wasn't until I got up to leave that everything went wrong. As soon as I stood up,a sharp pain went up my back and down my legs. I thought I would fall to the floor. Heidi helped me out of the restaurant and into her car. When we got to my house she not only help me in the house,but she got me settled on the sofa with a heating pad , TV controller, and a fresh hot cup of coffee. Then bless her heart, she went out and closed up my plastic covering to protect my plants and put my chickens to bed.She checked on me later that night and again this morning. Heidi was definitely my Thursday Blessing. I am so bless to have her.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
1/2 pound of shrimp ( cooked)
Fresh asparagus ( 1 bundle chopped )
1 tomatoes ( chopped)
green onions ( chopped)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup Chardonnay ( white wine)
1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 pint heavy whipping cream
Start the pasta . Have your asparagus cooking in the microwave in a bowl of water until soft. Melt butter in the pan add the olive oil, asparagus, wine, garlic , green onions, and tomatoes. Saute till the wine has reduces . Add your heavy whipping cream and seasoning to the pan. You may need to add more spices depending on your taste. Stir and simmer till the flavors come together. Add shrimp cook until the shrimp is warm. Serve over the noddles. Sprinkle Parmesan on top.
The picture shows my daughter plate. We took the tomatoes off her plate, due to the fact she doesn't like them. The amounts are an estimate of what I used,since I wasn't following a recipe. It funny how you can make great dishes when your upset. Or in my case just a very bad day!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Heidi's recipe ( great for oil, fuel, and tough grim)
2 cups borax
2cups Arm & hammer Super Washing Soda
1 bar Zote
1 bar Fels-Naptha
1/4 cup baking soda
Grate your bars of soap very fine. Mix with the other ingredients and place in a quarts size canning jar. Make 3 jars. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons a load depending on your machine. I have a large high capacity washer, so I use 2.
UPDATE: I found if you add a cup of oxi-clean to the mix it works Great for whites also. I also added Purex Crystals.About 1 1/2 cups to the mix. It makes my clothes smell so good. This is optional.
Although Heidi's worked great on the fuel and dirt, I didn't care for it for doing my whites. This worked out better for me. The ingredients in the dial soap made the clothes come out whiter. How I don't know, it just does. It also smells great.
2 cups Borax
2 cups arm & Hammer super washing soda
1/4 cup baking soda
1 bar Zote
1 bar Passion fruit Dial (or any smell you like)
Follow the directions from the above recipe.
Love this! It makes so much. For so little ingredients it work really great. I will still use Heidi's for the jet fuel. There is nothing better. I wrote all my recipes on the side of the bucket. That way I won't lose them. ( I tend to lose things )
1 cup Arm & Hammer
1/2 cup Borax
1 bar grated Fels-Naptha
4 cups water
( 5 gallon) buckets with lid
Grate your bar of soap finely. You can use a food processor. Put 4 cups water in a old pan and melt soap over a med-high heat. Do not boil. Stir on and off until it melts . While your soap is melting, fill one of your buckets half way with hot water. Pour in the washing soda and borax. Stir until dissolved. Add your melted soap mixture. Stir together. Then fill the bucket up with hot water. Leaving room to stir. Cover with lid and let sit over night. Next morning stir your mixture. Spit it evenly between the two 5 gallon buckets. Fill both with water. Stir
Will make 10 gallons. Use 1/2 a cup of detergent depending on your machine. I use a little bit over a 1/4 of a cup. I put mine in empty laundry bottles. Shake and use just like I would if it was store bought.
Update:Recipe calls for 2 five gallon buckets. I only used one bucket the second time I made it. ( didn't read my own instructions ) . It came out thicker but works great. I think I'll keep doing it this way. If your family doesn't play in dirty or jet fuel like mine, you may want to use the two buckets. For white, I wash them in hot water with a little oxi-clean . My family loves wearing their sock outside. So by the time I get them their black. Added a bottle of Purex Crystals to the mix. I line dry my clothing so with the Purex I get that great smell you get from dryer sheets.
3 cups hair conditioner
1 and 1/2 cup vinegar
9 cup water
1 gallon jug
1 downey ball
Place conditioner, vinegar and water in a gallon jug. Stir or shake really well. Let sit overnight for foam to settle. Use as you would any softener. For HE washers you can use the downey ball. Makes one gallon
Update: love this!!!!
2 cup hair conditioner
2 cup water
Mix the ingredients in spray bottle. Spray a wash cloth till damp ,throw into dryer. This makes one bottle.
No this is not chicken livers. I made them for dinner ,so I cleaned and used the tubs for my flannel dryer sheets.
4 tablespoon liquid softener ( I used my conditioner. It works just as well)
10 tablespoons water.
flannel fabric squares. ( I used scrap flannel from a quilt I made. )
Mix water and softener together. Place flannel in the plastic tub. Pour mixture over it. Let it sit for 2 to 3 days. Pull one out. If to wet, ring out excess liquid. Throw in dryer with your clothing.
All the detergents and softeners are safe for a HE washer. I found that spraying a wash cloth will make the clothes soft . However It has a real light smell. I couldn't smell the flower sent from the conditioner. If you want a stronger smell use a stronger smelling conditioner (it may work better for you).
Here is a run down of every thing I bought and the cost.
2 bars Fels-Naptha .87 cents each
2 bars Zote $ 1.00 each
1 bar Dail .75 cents (on sale)
1 box Borax (4 lbs 12 oz) $2.25
1 box Arm & Hammer super washing soda (55 oz) $ 1. 69
1 small bottle of vinegar $1.00
5 bottles of conditioner. $ 1.00 each
1 box baking soda (I had it)
This is what I got for $ 14.43
6 quart jars full of the dried detergent.
10 gallons of liquid detergent
A gallon and a half of liquid softener
3 spray bottles full of softener
Two tubs of dryer sheets.
What I have left.
1/3 of a box of borax
1/4 of a box of super washing soda
2/3 of my bottle of vinegar
I have tried all these recipes. I only have one more bit of advice. If you want a strong smell use a heavy smelling conditioner. No matter what conditioner or softener recipe you use, your clothes will come out nice and soft.
One last thought . If you don't want to use softener, just use vinegar in your rinse cycle. No Your clothes will not come out smelling like vinegar. Measure as you would softener.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
PS don't listen to the person typing this post . She has real problems
Monday, April 9, 2012
Have you ever walked into a room to get something,only to grab something totally different than what you originally wanted. That's your mind playing tricks on you. And it feels no guilt. If it did, it wouldn't play tricks on you over and over again.
The older you get, the more devilish your mind seems to gets. It loves hiding things from you. In my case it's my shoes, phone, purse, and keys. I can look on the table several times for my keys and not see them. But as soon as I give up and borrow my daughters keys. You guessed it, They magically appear on the table.
I was going to buy one of those beeper that help you find your keys. But why waste my money? My mind will just hide them from me as soon as it gets the chance.!
I now find myself talking to it, bargaining with it. Just let me find my keys before I am late for work. And I promise I'll put them on the hook. Or talking out a problem with it. Ok. that's a point in it favor. You have to give credit where credit is due. See the mind took over again. You can't trust it. You know that ringing you sometimes hear in your ears. It's not really ringing . It your mind laughing it's ass off at you.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
The weather man say it is going to be nice thru the weekend. Today showed he was right. I just pray it stays that way. I so tired of having to cover and uncover my plants. I know I am impatient . I just can't wait to see my garden in full bloom.
I have to give credit where credit is due. If It wasn't for Heidi (My Simple Country Living) My garden probably wouldn't look this good with the cold weather we have been having. She is definitely the go to person when you have a question about plants.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
I have read a lot of post about homemade laundry soaps. If I could save a lot of money that way why not on dish soap. I started watching videos on making it at home. This one had the best information out of all the videos I watched. Sat I will be getting my supplies to make my own batch. I'll let you know how well it works.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
4 whole graham crackers, broken into quarters
1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
3 teaspoons shortening
Spread half of the graham cracker quarter with peanut butter; top with remaining cracker.
In a microwave bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip the crackers into the bowl. Covering it with chocolate. Remove using a fork to scoop them out. Tap the fork against the side of the bowl so the extra chocolate falls back into the bowl. Place on a wax paper -lined pan. Refrigerate until set. Enjoy!