A quick note…

I’m working on finding recipes that past muster in my house.

It’s not easy.

I’m picky as hell. David doesn’t eat pork, and is currently leaning towards being vegetarian. Sophia is a self imposed vegetarian 90% of the time. Nola, well this is a bless her heart moment, because the little turd has decided that she’s only a carnivore and does not like plants. *head desk* Anyone see how this could be tricky for me? No? Me either. /sarcasm

Despite all that, I’m at the very least going to stick to my few rules of thumb when it comes to food for my family…

~ No MSG.
~ No HFCS.

Pretty simple. I get a little skeeved out by the word hydrogenated as well, but that’s less a concern than the two listed. I’m not in a position to buy all organics anymore, and I’m not going to turn my nose up at a cheap bag of pasta. My problem is that so many of these “easy” or “omg yum” recipes contain cream of something soup, or Lipton onion soup packets. Both contain MSG. While I still have some left, and will use them up as not to waste them, I will not purchase them again. I can make homemade cream of mushroom soup, and I have a homemade “cream of ?” mix I made from a recipe on Pinterst as well. I’ll have to find an MSG free alternative to the Lipton soup mix. If you know of one please let me know!!

Now, back to getting this house back in order so it doesn’t look like I’ve neglected it for an entire week. 😛

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Family Cloth

Go ahead, wrinkle your nose.

Make some gagging noises.

I’ll wait.

Recoil in horror.

Shake your head.

Say something that amounts to “No way, no how!” .. and then in your head think “That chick is crazy. Dirty hippy!”

If you’ve heard of family cloth before, likely because you’ve been sucked into the cloth diapering world, but couldn’t make that jump then you’re pretty much where I was not too long ago. Stephanie will be more than happy to comment here and tell the story of my absolute horror of the notion of cloth diapers when Nola was a baby. I ended up using cloth on her as much as half the time after she was a year old. The last 6 months she was in diapers she was in cloth 100% of the time (no daycare to appease with disposable diapers), and Sophia was cloth diapered 95% of the time (the move from TX back to NV there was about 3 months were I did disposable diapers, moving and cloth is a pain). After Sophia potty trained I refused to do away with the lovely soft bamboo velour wipes I had gotten. Then Stephanie and her kids were going to crash at my place for a night or two, and I felt obligated to make them feel as at home as possible…

Cute and fluffy!

There is potential for TMI under the cut, because hey, I am doing a post about cloth butt wipes after all. 😉

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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

************ PLEASE READ THIS DISCLAIMER I WILL PUT IN CAPS JUST BELOW THIS ATTENTION GRABBING HEADLINE THING ************

I HAVE BEEN USING THIS FOR AWHILE, AND MY RECENT BATCHES HAVE NOT BEEN FREE FLOWING. THEY HAVE CAKED UP HORRIBLY MAKING THE MIX ALMOST UNUSABLE. THIS IS MORE OF AN INCONVENIENCE THOUGH. MY REAL PROBLEM IS THIS MIX SEEMS TO HAVE EATEN THE COATING OFF MY ALUMINUM HANDLED RADA KNIVES LEAVING A NASTY TARNISH THAT COMES OFF WHILE USING THE KNIVES. THE SAME FOR THE HANDLES ON MY KITCHENAID STRAINER. ALSO THE MEASURE LINES PAINTED ONTO MY 1 & 2 CUP MEASURE PYREX CUPS ARE COMPLETELY GONE.

I’VE STOPPED USING THIS HOMEMADE MIX JUST THIS WEEK (6.5.13) BECAUSE OF THIS. I SUSPECT THE LEMISHINE IS TO BLAME, BUT I’M NOT 100% CERTAIN, BUT I CAN’T AFFORD ANYMORE RUINED DISHES. 😦

More than a year ago I got two huge tubs of dishwasher tabs from Costco. I’m down to about 1/4 of the final tub. Of course when I stocked up on the dishwasher tabs David was still making a comfortable sum of money and I didn’t really think much of spending $15 or so on each tub. Obviously things for us now are far different. It’s bad enough when I have to spend $15 on toilet paper, $15 on David’s razors, and $15 on coffee beans. That’s almost 1/5 of my budget for 3 things!! Though I do use all 3 – I steal a blade from David once per month, I’d kill before I give up coffee, and I have cut our paper products usage a great deal (that’s a post soon to come!) – I still hate having to get larger ticket items.

I’ve been researching and reading about different types of homemade dishwasher detergent. I live in Nevada, and our water is exceptionally hard so I have to take that into consideration. I once tried to make the liquid stuff, but it never thickened and I was skeptical. I’ve seen the powder recipes that call for Kool Aid, but I’d rather just avoid the food coloring that has a potential to stain since we are in a rental. I found a recipe using Lemi Shine.

Lemi Shine

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Baking Soda and Peroxide Cleaner

Yesterday for breakfast David and Nola made pancakes. He used Pam in the pan, and a double batch of pancakes later the pan was a hot mess. Literally and figuratively. I decided that I would not waste the last of my lone Magic Eraser, because it should be left for emergencies like kids + Sharpies + walls. Instead I decided to give the baking soda and peroxide trick a try. I read a review from someone saying it totally didn’t work, so I went into it prepared to scrub my arms off with soap after if need be.

I took pictures of my loaf pan because I didn’t think to do pictures of the pancake pan…

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Deodorant Update

I made deodorant on Friday and said I would report back in a few weeks, well I lied, I’m going to report my findings now.

David came home Saturday from Seattle, so I of course did my customary house scrubbing.  I try and make it look like I didn’t let the girls destroy the house all week, or as I tell him to cover up the wild parties we had.  😉

Getting a week of house cleaning crammed into a few hours will of course ensure that I’m a nasty mess by the time I’m done.  I had put on my deodorant the day before after my shower, and yet there was no stink.  I had also given some of the deodorant to my sister, because turning as many people into tree hugging hippies as I can is a goal of mine.  She went on a major house cleaning bender yesterday (to feng shui your home you must first make it look like a 4 year old, 2 dogs, and 2 adults don’t live there .. hehe), and informed me that she too worked up the epic “I cleaned the house” sweat and did not stink.  I’d say two clean homes, and two non-stinky hippies means the deodorant works.  😀

Homemade Deodorant

My crafty friend who recommended muesli to me recently made deodorant and lip balm.  I ordered the stuff for both from Mountain Rose Herbs and got it today, and purchased from ylang ylang from Whole Foods.  Despite being VERY tired I decided to whip up a batch of deodorant.

Now I admit I LOVE ylang ylang.  It’s my favorite essential oil, lavender is close on its heels though.  There’s sweet orange oil in it too, but ylang ylang is the dominant scent.  Here’s where I admit that I seriously thought about smothering myself with cocoa butter.  The smell is a-mazing.  I also sampled some of it since the cocoa butter I got is food grade.  It tastes good too.  😉

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Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

A few years back I tried doing homemade laundry soap of the powder variety.  It wasn’t bad, but powder was more of a pain than I wanted to deal with since you needed to mix it with water to ensure that it dissolved properly.  In 2008 I got my LG Tromm washer and dryer set, and it was HE so I used HE detergent until we came back to Nevada.  I had been doing some research because I was pretty well set on not having commercial chemicals all over my house (yeah, I’ve cheated a bit, but I’m still over 75% on it).  I found some HE friendly liquid laundry soap recipes that seemed easy enough.

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