Lemon Fizz floor cleaner

This is great when my floors are extra dirty.

  • 1 gallon warm water
  • 1/2-1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup or less of baking soda
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon


Homemade Laundry Detergent

We started making our own laundry detergent almost a year ago to save money, make bulk and know it’s simple ingredients.  After researching I chose the recipe the Duggar family has posted.  This is how we make a big batch….

  • Grate 1 bar of Ivory soap. (hand grater or food processor)
  • Store grated soap and 4 cups of warm water over medium-low heat.  Stirring continuously, until melted.
  • Fill a 5-gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. (We bought the orange bucket at the Home Depot.)
  • Add melted soap mix, 1 cup Super Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer), and 1/2 cup Borax to bucket.
  • Fill to top of bucket with more hot tap water.  Stir, cover and let sit overnight.
  • Stir well to break up the gelled mixture.  Pour into cleaned, used laundry containers half full.  Fill the rest with water.
  • Shake before each use.  Use 5/8 cup for each load.
-I have used orange essential oil to scent.  (Lavender would also be nice.)  It is easier to add it to the individual laundry container versus the big bucket.
-You can also use Fels-Naptha brand soap, any plain bar of soap.  Ivory has a little nice fresh scent (plus I had several bars for free).
-Super Washing Soda is not Baking Soda, but both made by Arm & Hammer.  It can be found in most laundry aisles.  I found it cheapest at Walmart.

Cheesy Potpie Quesadilla

Today the kids and I enjoyed this for lunch today…

Cheesy Potpie Quesadilla

I diced up small 1/2 of a carrot, 1/2 a stalk of celery and 1/2 of a small onion.  Sauteed them in a little butter and olive oil.  Sprinkled with salt.  When soft, sprinkled with a little flour.  Poured in a splash of milk.  Added a little shredded cheddar cheese.  Spread this mixture on a whole wheat tortilla, place another tortilla on top.  Heat up in skillet over medium heat.  Cut in wedges with pizza cutter.  Then we all ate them up!

Homemade Butter

Finally, I made butter!  I have seen a few times now on other blogs how simple it is to make homemade butter.  Simple, organic, you know what’s in it, made with your hands, and yummy!  Here’s what I did…

Poured 1 pint of organic heavy whipping cream (I used Horizon) into my stand mixer with whisk attachment.  Beat on medium-high speed for a little over 10 minutes.  Scooped a little at a time into my very small mesh strainer.  (I think it’s time to invest in a larger one.)  Then with the back a spoon squeezed all the liquid out.  Then dumped the solid butter into a bowl and repeated several times.  Once I had all the solid butter, I balled it up in my hands and squeezed out as much milk as I could.  Then wrapped it with a paper towel to get a little more moister out.  The butter will last in the refriderat0r for up to 2 weeks.  With the leftover “buttermilk” I will use to make pancakes tonight.

If you like salted butter, you can add a little salt to the solid butter.