Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Many people do not like hanging their clothes outside on the clothes line in the winter. I can't hang the laundry outside in the winter, because we have a wood burning fire place, if I was to hang the clothes out on the line, they would smell of smoke from the fire. So, I hang the laundry in the house. I have a retractable clothes line in the bathroom and a wooden clothes rack to hand clothes on.
Tonight, when I was hanging up the laundry, I ran of things to hang the clothes on, I quickly solved this problem by taking the handles of a broom and a mop and putting them on the top of two chairs. This added some more space to hand the clothes up. I then hung the laundry on clothes hangers and hung them on the broom handles to dry in the living room. I think it is beautiful to see my laundry hanging up in the house!
By the way, this is also a way to not use the dryer, save on the electric bill, and it is better for the enviroment!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
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Monday, November 17, 2008
This is the recipe for homemade soap make a five-gallon bucket full of liquid soap.
Homemade Laundry Soap
- 1 Bar of Fel-Naptha Soap
- 2 cups of Borax
- 2 cups of Arm & Hammer Washing (not baking) Soda
- a pot and a lid
- a clean five-gallon bucket
- a spoon
- a grater (like a cheese grater)
- a large stick for stirring - a broom handle works great!
Fill the five-gallon bucket with hot water, leave enough head-space in the bucket to add the pot of melted soap. Stir the hot water, Borax, and Arm & Hammer Washing soda with your long stick as you fill the bucket with the hot water. Do not add the water too quickly or will get a bunch of bubbles and soapy suds.
When the pot of grated soap is completely melted, it can be poured into the five-gallon bucket. Rinse the pot with water after all the soap is poured in and put the rinse water in too, so the whole bar of soap gets into the pot.
Stir the mixture together well and it is finished! You can use the soap immediatly, but do not bottle the soap for a day or two. In a few hours after making this soap usually turns into a thick gel, much like Jello. It is best to stir the soap every few hours or as often as possible for a day or two.
After a day or more of sitting in the bucket, it can be bottled. I store my soap in clean containers, juice containers work well. Any container used needs too be clean!
This Homemade Laundry soap doesn't make a bunch of suds like the laundry detergents from the store, but it does clean the laundry. To wash a one load of laundry, use one cup of homemade laundry soap.
This soap doesn't get the whites as white and bright as I like them, so I add about a cup of color safe bleach powder detergent to the whites, along with the cup of homemade laundry soap. I like the Sun brand color safe bleach. I get it at the Dollar Tree.
This soap has definately save money for my family! I hope you enjoy this recipe!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Here is the recipe to make strawberry tarts.
Recipe for Tart shell:
- 2 Cups flour
- 1 teapsoon salt
- 2/3 cups shortening
- 6 to 7 tablespoons of cold water
In a mixing bowl, stir together flour and salt. Cut in shortening until pieces are the size of small peas. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the water over the mixture; toss gently with a fork. Gradually add more of the tablespoons of water while working with the mixture until the dough is moistened enough to form into a ball.Form the dough into a ball and flatten the dough, with hands, on a lightly floured surface.Roll the dough into a even piece of dough.
Now, prick the dough inside the tart pan with a fork.
After the all of the tart pans are filled with the dough and pricked, they can now go into the preheated oven. (Below is a picture before they have been baked.)
Here is a picture of the tart shells after they have baked.
Now the tart shells are ready to be filled.
Here is the recipe to make strawberry filling.
- 2 tubes of Wick's Strawberry Glaze (it can be found in the produce aisle, it is NOT THE SUGAR- FREE)
- 2 quarts of Fresh Strawberries
Wash and strain the strawberries. Core and slice the strawberries into small slices and put slices in a medium miing bowl. Add the tubes of strawberry glaze to the sliced strawberries and gently fold together with a spatula. After glaze and strawberries are combined, pour it into the tart shells.
Put a little whipped cream on top of each tart before serving and they are ready to eat. Enjoy!
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Monday, November 10, 2008
All of these blocks were made in our spare time when we were at a doctor's office waiting or when we were just sitting around doing nothing at all we would pick up up our little pieces and get to sewing!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The underwear pattern say it is supposed to take an hour to make these, but it takes me longer than an hour. I did notice that I got this pair finished a lot faster than the first two pair I made for my little brother.
Above is the finished underwear and below is a close-up on the print.