Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I have tried many methods of hanging artwork and nothing has worked. This is what I am currently trying out. I used the long chains of yarn that the kids finger knitted and hung up the artwork with laundry pins. Hoping that this is my last attempt to figuring out what to do with hanging artwork. I'm thinking of a similar idea for near my desk to hang my inspirations.
Monday, March 22, 2010
I try to keep away from the lemon and pine smell nasal burning cleaners and make my own. What I have found useful in cleaning my home is Green Up Your Clean Up. This book is a handy reference on cleaning the home inside and out using homemade recipes. It's a good cleaning guide to keep around the home because of the green cleaning methods, glossery on the dangerous ingredients and other references. What's odd is that with a few essential oils to added to vinegar and/or water while cleaning actually made my home smell clean not deadly and dangerous. And if you can believe it we even survived the flu season using the recipes from this book. Makes me wonder about all those 99% germ figthing disinfecting products marketed out there.
After all that under the sink cleaning I found some homemade recipes on one of the spray bottles to pass along.
- General Cleaner: Add 2 tablespoons baking soda to 16 oz. warm water.
- Window Cleaner: Add 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar to 16 oz. warm water.
- Disinfecting Cleaner:Add 10-20 drops of tea tree oil to 16 oz. warm water.
- Floor Cleaner: To 16 oz warm water add: 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap, 1/2 teaspoon borax, squeeze of a lemon or splash of vinegar. Spray floor with solution and mop as usual.
- Linen Spray: Add 5 drops of your favorite scented oil to 8 oz. water. Use to freshen linens and curtains.
Some of you may know these recipes and some may not but no harm can be done by making a small change for the sake of the environment or passing it along or gift giving a couple of spary bottles of homemade cleaners with a recipe card.
Happy and healthier living.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
- Yarning with my kids
- Finishing 1 project
- Finally getting on the ball to make my own bread Artisan Bread in Five Minutes
- New stainless straws - Finally we can stop using the disposable plastic straws filling the landfills. Amazon has a few different sizes. Also looking into glass straws. I know sounds crazy but these straws are forever.
- Glad Rags - (I'll let you research this one) and Glad Rag Hankies (to replace tissues)
- Food Inc. - I have a feeling I'm not going to love what I hear in this but maybe making my own bread and joining a csa and shopping at farmer's markets will ease the pain.
- Japenese Masking Tape Craftiness - Definitely check out all 4 parts. Who knew you could do that with tape?
- I really want to crochet this someday.
- Washing my face with honey. Really I'm not kidding. I even read it on Crunchy Chicken . Is it odd that my face felt cleaner after washing it with honey?
- No more rain just loads and loads of sunshine.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
A note on the coleslaw because of the egg allergy I use Trader Joes 1% lowfat mayonnaise it has no eggs.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
If a box of orzo is too much half the recipe and use or omit any vegetables. Makes a great meal or a great side.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Can't go wrong with pizza night. Around here I have been making my own pizza dough for several years. Sometime in the morning I make 3-4 bowls of dough cover them and let them rise. After that I cook the meat for the topping. When it's closer to meal time that's when the fun begins because it's more of a family event. Everyone likes to get involved chopping, pouring, spreading and sprinkling. Somehow I think it makes the pizza more mouth watering. What's nice is Gianfranco can help make his own pizza (dairy free). Some like their cheese pizzas plain and some like it with everything. Whatever the topping it's fun for all. I'd love to hear of your family meals (or baking) that brings everyone together.