Sunday, April 27, 2014

Homemade Laundry Soap

As part of this month's emergency prepardness we were to collect laundry soap. So in attempts to save a little money and to have a decent storage of laundry soap I decided to make it. I looked online to see how it's done. I found several blogs with different variations on how to make it.

I went to Goodwill in search of a pot that I can use specifically for melting soap. I was in luch I found a nice sized pot.

Here are the ingredients that you will need to make laundry soap.

1 bar of soap, Zote or Fels-Naptha
1/2 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda

Big Pot for melting soap
empty milk jugs
5 gallon bucket

Remember this bucket from  March? Well I bought it make my laundry soap in.

It was a lot easier to make than I had originally thought. I had a helper in making the soap.

I recuited my son to grate the soap. He did a pretty good job and said that he was having fun.
You will add the grated to soap to a pot of hot water to melt. Once melted you will add it to the bucket with borax and washing soda and stir until well mixed.
Now fill up bucket with hot water from tap using your jugs. Once the bucket is full cover and let it sit overnight.

Next day, you will fill up your gallons about half way and then fill up the rest with water.
Here are mine half way filled up.
You can make 10 gallons of laundry soap in one batch. I made 6 gallons plus 2 concentrate gallons for later.
I've already used my new soap. My husband was pretty skeptical while I was making it asking if it's going to work. I told of the blogs that I had read and how much these other ladies loved their homemade soap. I'm now happy to say that I am one of them. I don't think that I will ever buy laundry soap again!
Here is a link for the recipe. Homemade Laundry Soap

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Recipe: Pound Cake

In preparation for Easter dinner on Sunday I made a yummy pound cake for dessert for strawberry shortcakes. . . . mmm! I'm going to share with you my yummy recipe but first here is a picture to get your mouth watering.



Bake: 1 hr 30 mins


3 1/2
C flour
Tsp salt
Large Eggs, room temp
Egg yolks, room temp
Tbsp milk, room temp
Tsp vanilla
C unsalted butter, 4 sticks
2 ¾
C sugar


1.     Preheat oven 350 F
2.     Butte and flour the pan
3.     mix flour and salt in medium bowl, set aside
4.     Whisk eggs, yolk, milk and vanilla, set aside
5.     In a mixer, beat butter @ med speed until smooth. Gradually add sugar.
6.     Then on low speed gradually add flour, and then egg mixture until well blended.
7.     Put cake in oven and reduce temp to 325. Bake until toothpick is clean and springs back.
8.     Cool and enjoy!
Here is a printer friendly version for you as well. Classic Pound Cake Recipe

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Easter Ideas Round-Up

With Easter right around the corner I thought that I would do a round-up of ideas that I have seen floating around from crafts to entertaining ideas.

An Egg-Cellent Easter Egg Dying Party!
Taste of Home – coloring easter eggs

bunny basket pillow tutorial

I love how bright and cheerful these recycled jars are. The three dimensional effect is so cool!

Bright & cute Easter treat bottle printables | Thirty Handmade Days

Easter Brunch Table Inspiration + Free Printables

Paper tree


Easter Mantel Decorations ::


Simply as That

SC Life as a Wife

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Be Prepared - April

Happy Spring everyone!! The weather has been gorgeous here in Arizona! Well I hope you all did well last month collecting your fats and oils and your meals for your 72 hour kits. I did pretty good. Here is a picture of my 72 hour kit meals.

Don't mind the bucket I have something else in mind for that.

I was only missing a set for one backpack and I scored a fantastic deal at Emergency Essentials for the MRE pouches.

For the month of April it’s going to a fun and fairly easy one for food storage. This month’s challenge is to collect seeds for planting a garden. This is something that my family has already been doing for a couple of years now. When we had to move in with my in-laws I had suggested to my father-in-law that we need to plant a garden for food storage. He immediately loved the idea and started prepping the backyard for gardening. We have since found vegetables that we love such as beets, yellow squash, tomatoes and onions for canning.  Mmmm! We have since moved out of their house but only live down the street so once the vegetables are ripe we set aside a Saturday to prep and can them.

Anyways I’m going to share some gardening tips with you that I have found that could be useful to you to get your own family garden going.

First decide what you are going to grow. Second determine how much space you need and where you will put your garden. Then how you want it to look. Here is link for more info at Better Homes and Garden.
There are many types of gardens out there that you can choose from to fit your family’s needs and your space.

Container Gardens

Remember have fun with this as it can be very rewarding .

Here is the link for the April file. I will also have a link in my Printables tab as well along with the previous months.

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