Day 205: Homemade laundry detergent

For the last little while, I have been trying different laundry detergents, mostly because it turns out the DD#5 is allergic to some ingredient in it, it breaks  they break her out in a rash. I’ve tried soapnuts with great success, but they are a little spendy in large amount, and with the amount of laundry I do on a weekly basis, it makes more sense to make my own. So… break out pinterest! I tried a couple of liquid homemade ones, but I couldn’t get it right. Then I saw this one… concentrated laundry detergent, it’s a lot like whipped buttercream. It works fantastically too! I am super impressed. I made about 9 months of detergent in the end, for about $16! Awesome!

 

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Day 194: Sammy’s Jams

Today was a big day for DD#1 and Hubby! They went to the Hernando Farmer’s Market for the first time and officially launched Sammy’s Jams. They did so well, and have a total of 12 flavours 🙂 Including a fantastic sweet and sour pepper jam – it tastes fantastic on hot dogs 🙂 Just my opinion 🙂

Day 180: Circles, circles everywhere..

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I’ve been making circles for days now. Why? Well, Hubby and DD#1 are making jar after jar of jam/preserves. Why? To sell at the farmers market in a couple of weeks! So far they have made strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, mango, pineapple, blackberry, triple berry (strawberry, blackberry and raspberry) and finally hot pepper – it has habaneros in it!

Day 76: Stained Glass Bedroom Window

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Getting the project together.

You will need:
Color fast tissue paper
Water soluable glue
Paint brushes
Scissors to cut up the paper
Containers for the glue

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It was a family affair… DD#2 really loved doing this craft despite it being unseasonably warm this day. She loved the pink paper more than any other color!

This is the window I worked on… Lol. I was a lot more precise because I am a control freak like that, but it was a lot of fun!!

Mostly done now!

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Working hard to get the windows done. There was a pool break in there too… as you can see from DD#2’s attire 😉

Complete! I love the way it looks – lets the light in and the weird, creepy neighbor lady next door from looking in 🙂

Day 68: Macaroni Cheese Cups

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In the interest of trying to make things interesting for the girls, I decided to get a little creative with their lunch today. Yes, they were still going to get Mac N Cheese and fish sticks, but at least it’ll be a little more fun yes? Yes!

I prefer to make my things from scratch… that way I know what is going into my children. Here is the recipe I used!

Beth’s Macaroni Cheese

1/2 pound of elbow macaroni
1 1/2 tbsp of unsalted butter
2 tbsp of all purpose flour
1 cup of whole milk
1 1/2 cup of grated cheddar
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large saucepan, bring salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook for 5 minutes or until the pasta is al dente. Then drain it completely and set aside.

2. In a smaller saucepan, melt the butter. Once it’s melted, whisk in the flour and let cook for 5 minutes, whisking all the time.

3. Once the time is done, slowly add the milk a quarter cup at a time and mix in completely before adding the next.

4. Add the cheese and salt and pepper to taste. At this point you keep stirring so nothing sticks, if it looks a little thick, add a little more milk til you get your desired consistancy.

5. Once the sauce is done, mix the sauce and macaroni together. Voila! Done!

Okay now onto the cup version.

You will need this stuff in addition to the stuff above:
Parmesan Cheese
Softened unsalted butter

Using some softened butter, paint the inside of a 12 hole cup cake pan with butter and then sprinking in some parmesan cheese in each hole. Then shake the pan around gently to coat the cups in the cheese. Spoon the mac n cheese into the cups to the top and then top with some more parmesan. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, or until the tops are brown. You take them out of the pan with a spoon. They are awesome! 🙂