Saturday, June 1, 2013

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Here it is! The laundry detergent I wanted to do a tutorial for & I have found the pictures! Woo-Hoo!!
First, I got this recipe (#1) from here: Tipnut.
Let's get on with it!
What you'll neeD:
Some empty containers to put the finished detergent, like ice cream buckets, or 2 qt juice bottles
A funnel if using juice bottles
A big bucket measured & marked to 2 gallons

A medium saucepan with about a quart of boiling water
A bar of Fels Naptha, grated (a food processor does this very quickly)
2 c. borax
2 c. washing soda

Add the grated soap to the boiling water over medium-low & stir until the soap melts.

See? No more soap chunks.

Add the borax & washing soda & stir, stir, stir.

It will be like this:

Pour this into the big bucket & add hot water to the 2 gallon line, then stir, stir & stir some more:

Let the detergent cool down enough to pour into the empty bottles without burning you or the container. Stir often while its cooling down. Using a funnel, carefully pour into bottles leaving a couple inches of head space for shaking.

As the detergent cools, it will gel up & become more opaque.

To use:
Shake or stir well before each use. You want it to be like this:

Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup per load of laundry. It is great for top loading, front loading & HE washing machines.

Monday, March 11, 2013


Everyone likes smoothies. Many years ago I reigned as smoothie queen, of course only in my own household. ;)
They are so easy, quick, delicious & very good for you t'boot!

I do often run through the grey area between smoothies & milk shakes though.
Here's my smoothie recipe run-down:

Always start with frozen bananas,
Then add 1 or 2 other frozen fruits;
You get the idea. Any kind of fruit is good, but I always freeze them first.

Choose a liquid base,
milk or cream, (regular, soy, coconut, almond or rice & then vanilla or reg flavor)
juice, (orange, mango, pineapple, peach, or any combination of these flavors)

Then an individual size container of yogurt,
vanilla, or any flavor you like.

Protein powder can be added to make this more like a meal replacement shake.

I don't measure anything, so it just goes:
1 or 2 frozen bananas broken up into a blender container. I like making them in canning jars. The blender's blade assembly fits perfectly.
Add a handful or two of other frozen fruit(s), a container of yogurt, protein powder, if using & just enough liquid to be able to blend it smooth.
Blend it all up for a yummy, creamy drink! Enjoy!

The fine line between shakes & smoothies is when I add the cream & ice cream or sherbet into the mix.
When my girls were little their pediatrician advised me to add extra calories into their diets because they were too thin. She said to do this by adding cream, butter & ice cream when ever & where ever possible.
I have to tell ya, fat adds flavor, but it also packs an unhealthy fat-calorie punch if you're watching your weight!
Unless added calories is the goal, leave out the cream stuff & you're good to go!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Super easy casserole

It's not Mexican, I know. That's why I merely called it a super easy casserole.
True Mexican food is not traditionally swimming in some obscure sauce & smothered in cheese. It boats big flavors from fresh ingredients, produce & herbs. Meats are often marinated & grilled, or roasted. Fresh limes, lemons, & peppers of many levels of heat & colors are always at the table for each meal as are flour or corn tortillas. Flat breads like these are intended to be eating utensils.

However, this dish brags items with Spanish named labels, but that doesn't mean this is a Mexican dish, but, it IS tasty none the less!

Everyone will have those busy days, & at the end of it all comes the million dollar question:
'What's for dinner?'
Well, here's something you can throw together to avoid that nasty question!

In a 9x13 pan layer the burritos, as many as you can fit, a little shredded cheese, enchilada sauce, & top with more cheese.
Cover with foil sprayed with nonstick spray so the cheese doesn't stick while baking.
Bake at 350° for about an hour, or until hot & bubbly through out.
Remove foil & bake about 10 min longer to brown the top just a bit.

There you have it! Super easy & very family friendly! :D

Oh, the burritos were not frozen before assembling. This can be assembled while the burritos are frozen, but I recommend keeping the prepared dish in the fridge until the next day. Then just pop it in the oven an hour before dinner time.
Also, this dish is freezer friendly. Assemble with frozen burritos & the rest of the toppings,  cover with plastic wrap, then cover with foil, & lable with contents & baking directions. Again, keep it in the fridge over night & remember to remove the plastic wrap before baking. ;)

Easy, casserole, enchilada sauce, burritos

Monday, February 11, 2013

Carrots & oranges

Thought it was a good idea to put the juicer to good use again. Carrot & apple juice is very delicious, not to mention that the nutrients are metabolized in 15 minutes! Crazy huh?
Well, since when have I been about healthy aspects of a diet, eh? I'm really about what tastes GOOD! ;)
But, if it happens to be healthy too,that's a bonus.
I had a real hair-brained idea:
I love oranges. I mean really, really LOVE oranges! So I thought I would throw it in my apple-carrot concoction, mmm..because oranges are delicious, & they do it in those infomercials, right?
Um, I have one word for you: PITH
Yea, that bitter part of the orange between the rind & its inner sweetness. Looks harmless enough but, wow! It packs a super bitter punch that lingers for hours!
I should have known better, but I'm not exactly known for clear-headed thinking! ;) 
There it is, a full glass of bittersweet ness! Ugh, down the hatch, gulp!!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Where's the pictures?

So, I was going to try to make a photo tutorial. It was going to be the laundry detergent I have been making for a couple of years now.  I very carefully photographed each step of the way so the directions would be easy to follow. Not that it's a hard recipe, I just wanted everything to be clear.
When it came time to put it all together, wouldn't you know? All the pictures have gone missing in action! Arrrg!! Really??
They are not on my handy little device, not on the laptop, they just disappeared.  x_x
Well, I guess that does it for the tutorial;
Step 1: carefully snap pics of each step
Step 2: DON'T lose the pictures!!
First tutorial? Nailed it!