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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dill in Water on Windowsill

This is a pretty way to keep my freshly cut herbs... Better than the drying refrigerator. It's been there for nearly 10 days, with only one water change. I'm going to do this more often. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

DIY Fruit Scrap Vinegar

I'm making apple & cactus pear vinegar
Vinegar is so cheap, why make it, right? True. But if you like flavored vinegars like apple or raspberry, it is less expensive to make it at home. You just need fruit scraps, water, sugar, and patience.

You can vary the amount you make by modifying my recipe, which will make about 1 gallon of fruit vinegar.

As with any food preparation, clean and sterilize all the equipment that you are going to use.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DIY Liquid Handsoap

It's soap-week at our house!

Just when I ran out of laundry detergent, I was running low on liquid hand soap. I've become a fan of liquid hand-soap; it's just so much more attractive than the slimy bars. But they're expensive! Boy!

Fortunately I'm a researcher and I found several recipes for making my own liquid hand soap. If it was expensive and/or time-intensive, I probably wouldn't do it. However, it's not expensive nor time-consuming. 

I'm sharing my own version. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

DIY Laundry Detergent: Update

Everyone should try making their own laundry detergent. DIY Natural is a great site for inspiration. They have an actual cost breakdown which promotes the benefit of making their own. This my version of a DIY Laundry Detergent, which does a very good and safe job on most garments.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

How Much Stuff is Enough?


Ah - the fashion days are long gone. Entire paychecks disappearing over a weekend? That's been over for a long while. I can now proudly travel with a backpack and toothbrush. I can predict my outfit for tomorrow. I gladly shop in thrift stores and happily accept hand-me-downs. But not everyone is on my boat or traveling my path.

For example, my daughter pores over magazines and her eyes glisten in joy when we are at the mall and buying not one, but three, fancy t-shirts. I remember those days. There's a messy happiness in being young, sitting among a pile of memories and emotions - striking a pose and giggling with moon-eyes over pop stars.

Now I think, how much do I need? What is necessary? Everything else is wasted space or wasted money. Sometimes both.