Wednesday, January 30, 2013

vinegar and water

I use white vinegar for a lot of things around the house.  Since it seems, that most cleaning products you can buy ... give me an allergy attack. So I remembered my Mom using it, and decided to try it!  I WILL NEVER GO BACK TO CHEMICALS!!!  It works fantastic!!!

Here are some things to use it for

1. washing windows.... fantastic grease cutter, just put in a spray bottle, and add equal amounts of water.

2.Gets rid of old wall paper! Using a sponge or spray bottle, saturate wallpaper with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Let stand for several minutes, then start scraping. The paper should come off easily.

3. Soak gonked-up nylon brushes in hot vinegar for up to 30 minutes to remove paint and soften the bristles. Afterward, wash them in hot, soapy water, brushing off paint as needed, then rinse and let dry—good as new.

4. Testing your soil BEFORE planting.  Place a handful of dirt into a small container and sprinkle vinegar on it. If it fizzes, the soil is alkaline; adjust the pH with an acid amendment.

5.Us it to clean you shower heads from mineral build up  Pour ½ cup of warm vinegar into a resealable plastic bag. Drop in the shower head, making sure the holes are submerged, and seal the bag. Let sit for 1 hour. Rinse and wipe clean, then reattach. Plus run a cup of it mixed with water through your coffee maker, empty, and run water through... cleans up all that gunk that makes the machine slower

6. Before painting galvanized metal or concrete, wipe down the object or surface with vinegar, using a sponge or lint-free cloth. This little trick will help your paint job last longer. Also, use it to wipe down your kitchen cabinets, before painting them.  grease just goes away!

7.Dab vinegar onto stubborn price tags and stickers affixed to glass, plastic, or wood. Scrape the surface clean, then rub the area with more vinegar to remove any sticky residue.

8. On wood surfaces or furniture, use a mix of equal parts vinegar and water to remove buildup, wiping with the grain of the wood. For leather furniture, make a weaker solution—2 parts water to 1 part vinegar—and rub the material using a circular motion.

9. For stubborn stains on ceramic-tile surfaces, scrub grout with a stiff-bristled toothbrush dipped in vinegar and watch it whiten before your eyes.

CAUTION: Vinegar can harm marble and other natural stone surfaces, so avoid using on these materials. Test a small, unobtrusive area first if you want to be extra careful

10. Soak old tools and corroded nuts and bolts in vinegar for a few days. Rinse them with water and watch rust and scale disappear.

11. Protect your hands!  Caustic ingredients in concrete, drywall, and other building materials can cause painful skin irritation. If you handle them often, rinse your hands with a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water before washing up—the acid neutralizes their alkaline content.

12. Clean you oven.  Just spray white vinegar into all those stains and gunk in you oven, let sit, and then wipe all that stuff away!

Monday, January 28, 2013


Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Just in case words don't work.... here's a visual!

Monday, January 21, 2013


I LOVE these infused vinegars!!!!

 I tried the 5 Thief's and it was fantastic!!! This one is going to be good!!

As you can see it's called "Chive Flower Vinegar"... I can't wait till my chives bloom this spring!!!!  Just add a few to white vinegar, and let it sit for a while!  Should be totally yummmy!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Home brews

To make the lemon

4 1/4 cup 95% alcohol
 7 ripe lemons, thoroughly washed and dried
4 1/4 cups water 

 1 lb sugar 
To start:
Shave off yellow part of the lemons rinds using a potato peeler. Put lemon rinds in a large glass bottle and add alcohol. Cover the bottle with plastic wrap to prevent alcohol from evaporating and let rest for 12 days at room temperature.

Boil water. Remove from heat and add sugar. 
Stir until all the sugar has dissolved and let cool.
Drain 12-day old alcohol of the lemon rinds and add it to the sugared water.
 Set aside for an additional 10 days in a sealed glass bottle.
After 10 days, it's  ready.

 It is best served chilled as a digestive after a meal.

 To make flavored liqueurs. Raspberry

For the raspberry:

  2 pints of organic berries and 2 cups of vodka.
After steeping for 2 weeks all the color from the raspberry transfers to the vodka along with the their fabulous flavor.
Strain gently, and add equal quantity of cooled simple syrup.
Store for another 2 weeks before its ready to be served.

Cleaning your mattress


pour about 1 cup of baking soda into a mason jar and drop in 4 drops of lavender essential oil.

 Put on lid and shake jar.

Using a kitchen strainer sprinkle the baking soda mixture all over the mattress and let it sit for an hour or more.

Thoroughly vacuum the mattress.

Bye, bye dust mites and other nasty things.

The baking soda helps draw up any moisture and deep dirtiness. It deodorizes and leaves the mattress smelling fresh and clean.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Globe flowers

I think this is just so cute... it's just chicken wire, spray painted, and attached to rods, any kind of rod will do, though I think metal is best.

 I can just see them in my garden!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Small Lemon Plants

Small Plant Grown From Lemon Seeds. 
 1. Soak lemons seeds overnight 
 2. Gently remove outer layer of seeds 
3. Put back into water as you prepare soil. 
4. Plant lemon seeds in a circle pattern. 
 5. Place small pebbles on top of seeds 
6. Water occasionally and watch it grow.

Monday, January 14, 2013

zucchini lasagna

Really no set recipe for this, use the one you normally use for your lasagna..... and instead of noodles, use thin strips of Zucchini!!!!

Add a little heath to your fav dish!

Past life

I so need this!!!!!

where are thoes @$#%% SEEDS!!!

This would be PERFECT!!!!  I could do this on the inside of my laundry door!!!  I keep buying seeds, then I can't find them when I want them..... this way I'll always know where they are!!!!! WHOOOOTTTT!!!

15 ways to reuse coffee grinds!!!

1. Homemade Fertilizer
You can replace your store-bought fertilizer with coffee grounds. Just sprinkle the grounds in the soil around your plants, or mix 1/2 cup of grounds and warm water in a spray bottle to make a fertilizer mist for your home garden.
2. Bug Repellent
The strong scent of coffee keeps insects at bay. You can sprinkle dry coffee grounds along the foundation of your house, or put the grounds in bowls and set them out on the patio to keep the bugs away.
3. In Compost
Tossing coffee grounds in your compost pile helps stabilize the pH level, which helps foods degrade more quickly, and more evenly. The coffee scent also helps with the smell.
4. Worm Food
Worms can ingest coffee grounds without harm. If you keep worms for vermicomposting, or to use as bait, adding coffee grounds to the dirt enables them to live longer.
5. Dumpster Deodorizer
Coffee grounds can absorb the strong odors in your garbage. Fill up an old pair of pantyhose with some dry coffee grounds, and hang the mixture on the inside of your trash can lid.
coffee grind letters

Inside Uses

6. Drain Cleaner
The gritty texture of the grounds and the strong scent helps unclog and deodorize your kitchen sink. Boil a cup of coffee grounds in a pot of water, and then pour the entire hot mixture down the drain.
7. Scratch Repair
You can use coffee to hide scratches on dark wood or espresso finishes. Mix a small amount of grounds with warm water to make a paste, rub the paste over the scratch, and wipe it off with a towel. The grounds stain the wood, and make the scratch less noticeable.
8. Refrigerator Deodorizer
Most people use baking soda for this, but coffee grounds work, too. Fill a cheese cloth with dry coffee grounds, and place the bag on a shelf in your refrigerator. The grounds absorb strong odors.
9. Food Flavoring
Used coffee grounds work just as well as fresh grounds in food recipes. You can also add a small amount of grounds to chocolate baked goods for some added flavor.
10. Household Cleaner
Wet or dry coffee grounds effectively clean heavily soiled pots and pans, and dirty countertops. Just toss the grounds on the surface, and scrub with a sponge. Test a small area of a countertop for colorfastness before cleaning the entire surface.

Personal Use

11. Face and Body Scrub
You can replace your store-bought exfoliator with coffee grounds. The abrasiveness of the grounds helps remove dead skin cells, without irritating your face or body. To use, rub the grounds on in the shower, then wash them off with cool water.
12. Hair Shine
Running coffee grounds through your hair can give it a nice sheen. Just rub the coffee grounds in as part of a final rinse, and wash them out with cold water.
13. Hand Odor Neutralizer
Cooking with onions or garlic leaves a strong odor on your hands that most liquid soaps can’t remove. After cooking, wet your hands and rub a small amount of coffee grounds on them, then rinse with cool water. This removes the odor from your hands and nails.
14. Shoe Deodorizer
Sprinkle dry coffee grounds into your shoes, let them sit overnight, and then shake the grounds out over a trashcan. The grounds soak up any odors, leaving your shoes smelling cleaner.
15. Craft Projects
Coffee grounds make realistic looking dirt, tree limbs, and beards in art projects. With a little glue, you can add a three-dimensional look to any art project. Kids especially love doing art projects with used coffee grounds.

Final Word

Finding a second life for coffee grounds can help you save money, and live a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. I keep a Tupperware jar next to my coffee pot, and dump the used grounds in the jar every morning. That way, I have easy access to used coffee grounds if I need to wash my hands, or if I need to make a deodorizing bag.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

One of my fav songs!

Here come the priests, each one wailing and bemoaning
Lordy, they got their heads bowed down
Here come the madmen, they're too excited for atoning:
"Burn the mosque," they're shouting, "Burn it down!"

Save me a place, surround me with friendly faces
All of us have gathered here to share the end -
To watch the world go up in flames

Please, Lord we're not ready
Give us a day
Give us an hour...

Here come the kings, Let's dispense with their apologizing
Just bring on the acrobats and clowns
Here comes the rumble, Hang on for universal dying
Please ignore the baying of the hounds

Save me a place, surround me with deadly faces
All of us have gathered here to share the end -
To watch the world go up in flames

Please, Lord we're not ready
Give us some time to work things out...
Please, Lord we're not ready
Give us a day
Give us an hour...
Please, Lord we're not ready
Give us some time to work things out...
Please, Lord we're not ready
Give us a day
Give us an hour...


Most craft stores have sheets of copper foil.  Use a object like a dull pencil to engrave the picture on the copper, cut in a circle, and keep with you!

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Just a little silly!!!! LOL

Not to be outdone by “Ebonics” in California, the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools is requesting billions of Federal dollars to teach
“Y’allbonics” in all classrooms south of the Mason-Dixon line. Included here are
some examples of “Y’allbonics”. If you do not understand any of them, contact
a Southerner for an explanation

HEIDI (Noun) Greeting.

HIRE YEW (Complete Sentence) Remainder of greeting. Usage > “Heidi, hire yew” ?

BARD (Verb) Past tense of the infinitive “to borrow”. Usage > My brother bard my pickup truck”.

JAWJUH (Noun) The state north of Florida. Capitol is “Lanner”. Usage > “My brother from Jawjuh bard my pickup truck to go to Lanner”.

BAMMER (Noun) The state west of Jawjuh. Capitol is “Berminhayum”. Usage > “A tornader jes went through Bammer an’ left $20,000,000 in improvements”.

MUNTS (Noun) A calendar division. Usage > “My brother from Jawjuh bard my pickup truck, and I ain’t herd from him in munts”.

THANK (Verb) Cognitive process. Usage > “Ah thank I’ll have a Coke”.

RANCH (Noun) A tool used for tight’nin nuts an bolts. Usage > “I thank I leff my ranch in the back of that pickup truck my brother from Jawjuh bard a few munts ago”.

ALL (Noun) A petroleum-based lubricant. Usage > “I sure hope my brother from Jawjuh puts all in my pickup truck”.

FAR (Noun) A conflagration. Usage > “If my brother from Jawjuh don’t change the all in my pickup truck, that thing’s gonna catch far”.

TAR (Noun) A rubber wheel. Usage > “I hope that brother of mine from Jawjuh don’t git a flat tar in my pickup truck”.

TIRE (Noun) A tall monument. Usage > “Lord willin’, and the creek don’t rise, ah sure hope to see that Eiffel Tire in Pars sometime”.

RETARD (Verb) To stop working. Usage > “My gramp aw retard at a’roun 65 “.

FARN (Adjective) Not domestic. Usage > “I cuddin’t unnerstand a wurd he sed....must be from some farn country”.

DID (Adjective) Not alive. Usage > He’s did Jim”.

ARE (Noun) A colorless and odorless gas.; Oxegyn. Usage > “He cain’t breathe...give him some are” !!!!

He heeee heeeeeeeeeeee HAW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Healing Poppet

Bath Salts

In a large bowl, mix to combine: 6 parts coarse sea salt; 3 parts Epsom salts, to soothe tired muscles and reduce inflammation; and 1 part baking soda, to soften waters and alleviate skin irritation.

Add a few drops of essential oils, and combine.

Add a few drops of food coloring, until you achieve the desired shade. If you intend to present the bath salts as gifts, be sure to store them in a stoppered and labeled container to keep out moisture.

Spell for Truth!

A red candle
An herb dish
Pour the Thyme into the herb dish and say:

"Purification I do conjure
So that thoughts be spoke,
No be pondered"

Light the candle and say:

"Passion so red,
Set to the fire,
Let the truth be said,
As is my desire"

Friday, January 04, 2013

Spaghetti Squash

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Coat a 13" x 9" baking dish and a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Place the squash, cut side down, on the sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a sharp knife. With a fork, scrape the squash strands into a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, warm the oil in a medium skillet set over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and basil. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft. Add the tomatoes. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the mixture is dry.
  3. To the bowl with the squash, add the cottage cheese, mozzarella, parsley, salt, and the onion mixture. Stir to mix. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and bread crumbs.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbly and heated through.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Just saying......

Wednesday, January 02, 2013


Lost the site for building your own tartis..... but I found it again!!!!!