Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hardy Cabbage Soup

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I was given 4 very large heads of cabbage from a friend. What to do with all that cabbage? Soup!
I went looking on line for cabbage soup receipts, I found that everyone makes it a little differently. I decided to make some cabbage soup my way.
This is my Hardy Cabbage Soup
 I started with:
2 Tbs Olive Oil
1- lb lean Ground Beef
1- cup Chopped Onion
1- lg Clove of Garlic Chopped 
1/2- cup of Chopped Celery
1/2- cup of Chopped Carrots
1- tsp. Salt
1/2- tsp Pepper
1- tsp Thyme
1- tbs Parsley
Place this all together in a large pot.
Cook until the beef is browned
Add
 1/2- lg Head of Cabbage Chopped about 10 cups
1-28 oz can of Chopped Tomato's
6- cups Chicken Broth
2- cups Tomato Juice
Cover and Simmer for one hour
Turn off heat and let set for 2 more hours covered, this gives time for the flavor to soak into the cabbage.
All that's left to do is enjoy!
Serves 8
This would also freeze well.
I hope you give it a try and enjoy it yourself.



Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hardwood Floors

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Well with all the cleaners we have been posting I have been getting a lot of questions about hardwood floors. Since I do not have hardwood floors this is not a cleaner I am going to use or make so I thought I would help out my readers with some research.  
After digging and digging through the net I feel these are the most liked recipes and tips for hardwood floor cleaning and care.  
I found this at TipNut


Hardwood Floor Cleaners & Tips

MoppingHere are several different recipes for mixing up your own cleaners for hardwood flooring, just a few simple ingredients are all that’s needed. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way, you just need enough liquid to dampen the mop (or cloth) and scrub away.
If you’re happy to damp mop with straight water, try adding about 10 drops of essential oil per gallon of water for extra cleaning muscle. Some suggestions: lavender, tea tree oil, pine or eucalyptus oil will add antiseptic qualities.
You’ll also find tips on this page for removing scuff marks, how to test for wax (and remove it), a few DIY polish recipes and a scratch repair method that may surprise you.
Getting Started: Sweep or vacuum surface to remove as much dirt and dust as possible.
Directions:
  • When using one of the recipes below, damp mop only. Saturating the floor with liquid may cause spotting or warping of the surface. You can either lightly spray one section at a time or lightly spray the mop head.
  • Scrub in the direction of the grain of the wood to grab and remove as much of the dirt as possible.
  • Wipe dry with a soft cloth after washing.
Mix 1 gallon warm water with your choice of the ingredients below…
Solution #1
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 TBS castille soap
Solution #2
  • 1 cup white household vinegar (*Is it safe to use? See notes below)
Solution #3
  • 1/4 cup borax
  • 1/2 teaspoon mild dish detergent (liquid)
Solution #4
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
Solution #5
  • 1/8 cup mild liquid dish soap
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
Solution #6
  • 1 TBS Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap  (Castile soap)
  • 1/8 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brewed black tea
Tea Mixture:
Steep 1 bag of tea in 2 cups of boiling water and leave until it comes to room temperature. Remove tea bag and soak cloth in liquid, wring out then wipe floor clean. Dry with a soft cloth. The tannic acid in the tea will help bring wood to a shine.
For Oil-Finish: Damp mop with straight water after first cleaning with the recipe below.
  • 1 TBS rubbing alcohol
  • 2/3 cup hot water
*Is vinegar safe to use? Isn’t it too acidic for hardwood?
If you poured a bottle of vinegar directly on the floor and allowed it to sit, it would most likely damage the surface. However, in the mixtures above it is well diluted and only used as a damp mop (meaning excess liquid is squeezed out). Vinegar is an excellent household cleaner and brings a lot of muscle to the job. If you’re concerned about the effects it may have on the finish over the long-term, consider doing a clear water rinse after wiping floor with a mixture that has vinegar as an ingredient (then wipe dry as usual).

Removing Scuff Marks

  • Keep a spray bottle with a mixture of 50/50 vinegar, water and about 15 drops of essential oil of your choosing.
  • Sprinkle scuffs with baking soda then spray solution, let fizz for a few seconds.
  • Scrub marks until they are removed then dry with a soft towel.

Wax Testing & Removal

  • Wet your fingers with water then flick into a corner of the floor where there’s not much traffic. If there’s wax on the surface, the floor will turn white under the water beads (may take a half hour or so to turn white).
To Remove Wax:
  • Scrub the surface with mineral spirits using a household sponge with a nylon scrubby side. Wipe dry with a soft cloth as wax is dissolved. Repeat process a second time if needed.

DIY Polish

Wash surface as usual and dry thoroughly. Using one of the mixes below, apply polish to surface then wipe dry with a soft cotton towel.
Recipe #1
  • Mix equal parts olive oil and white household vinegar.
Recipe #2
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 TBS cider vinegar
  • 3 TBS vodka
Recipe #3
  • 1 TBS olive oil mixed with 1 tsp lemon juice. Apply to a clean, dry mop and treat floors after cleaning.
Quick Tip: You can also spray commercial furniture polish onto the mop head and then wipe over surface.

Scratch Repair

  • Rub a crayon that is the same color as the flooring into the scratch, filling the space as full of the wax as you can.
  • To seal in place, heat with a hair dryer to soften the wax, allow to cool for a few seconds then buff with a soft cloth.

Hope these were helpful! Thanks for stopping by Jeanne :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dirty Floors

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OH MY GOODNESS My eyes were opened this morning and it was not pretty! 

We have been getting a lot of questions about floor cleaners and if we had any cheap/homemade/all natural recipes to share. I will admit I am a Swiffer wet jet fan, I love the pads that I just throw away and no need to clean up after cleaning. I know I know expensive but I am still trying to use up my refills. Awhile ago I saw on pinterest how to refill a wet jet bottle. I got pretty excited about this because I could save money by using my own soap and just purchase the pads. 

 Well this morning I cleaned my floors with my Swiffer wet jet and used the last of my all purpose Swiffer solution. So it was time to try to refill. 

The solution I made
Floor Cleaner 
1 cup of vinegar 
2 tablespoons of Castile soap 
2 liters of warm water



Now to refill your Swiffer wet jet solution bottle.
Run the white cap under hot water until it loosens up enough for you to twist off (about 30 secs).
Pour new solution in the bottle.
Return cap.
Yes, it is that easy. 

Ok now onto the eyes opening part...
I wash my kitchen floor every week and every week I go through one Swiffer pad and it is dirty but not black dirty. See image below, pad on top is from washing my floor with the Swiffer solution this morning. 



After refilling my bottle I thought I would try it out on the floor and see if it got any more dirt. Now the bottom three Swiffer pads are the pads I went through while cleaning my floor this morning for a SECOND time with my new solution. YUCK, I had no clue my floors were not coming clean and were still that dirty after cleaning them. They did not look dirty at all (so I thought). EYE'S opened!! So, I think my new solution for cleaning floors works. :) I will break down the cost and give it to you later I was just so excited and grossed out about this and had to share it right away!


*********** Price Break Down**************
The most expensive item is the Dr. Bronner Liquid Castile Soap (Cheapest place I found it is HERE)
Castile Soap 1oz is $.46
Vinegar $.04
So that is a total of $.50 for 2 liters (2 refills)
2 Pack Swiffer wet jet solution $9.42
That is a savings of $8.92!!!


Happy Cleaning!
Jeanne

Monday, July 23, 2012

Welcome

Pin It I want to take a moment and Welcome all our new followers! We are very excited to see all of you!


I noticed our posts on saving money in the household cleaners has been getting a lot of attention, I find this total awesome since it excites me how much I have been saving in the cleaners department. 


A few weeks ago I made my cleaning supplies (for about 2 months) and I thought I would share quickly with you about that. 


I spent about 40 minutes and I made
64 loads of laundry soap
64 loads of dish washer soap
Bottle of daily shower cleaner
Bottle of Febreeze 
Bottle of Clorox cleanup 


This was all free to me since I already owned the product to make it but if you want to break it down by cost I used $1.98 worth of my products. Now here is the best part at the store I could have easily spent around $50.00, if I went to the store and purchased everything to make all these products homemade I would have spent about $12.00 with leftover product for next time. Now I am big on my time is worth money and if I have to spend 3 hours to save $5.00 it is not worth my time. Well I spent less than 40 minutes in my kitchen with my son helping, I can't drive to Walmart and home in that time!


If you are wondering about my recipes you can find 


Homemade laundry soap and fabric softener  HERE


Cleaners HERE


This week I am going to try a  few new cleaners with Castile soap, has anyone used this before? Any tips or recipes you want to share?

Thanks for reading and happy cleaning!
Jeanne

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Fit for a queen, well at least my two princess's!

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Meet Our Princess's 
                    Princess Goldie Locks       &        Mocha Latte


           My baby girls are the very spoiled Goldie, she is an almost 6 years old mutt. The equally spoiled Mocha who is an almost 3 year old toy pom-chi. When we first got Mocha we purchased both dogs a new bed but this is how it would end up. :)



Mocha truly believes she is the bigger dog and the leader of them and Goldie is so passive she would let her even kick her out of her own bed. It came to a point where they began to share one bed or Mocha would cry during the night.


This was when I decided they deserved a bed fit for princess's. :)
I found an old coffee table at a resale shop for $5.00


The drawer was not broken when I bought it, I had gotten a little to excited about tearing it apart and forgot to take a photo of it first. 


I removed the tracking that was screwed to the table and used liquid nails to glue the front of the drawer back on. 

Now I have been reading on blogs about this great new primer that no sanding is needed. So I purchased some, I thought this project was a great one to try it out on. 
And here it is....


I applied one coat of primer to the whole table.
(WITHOUT sanding off the previous paint!)


I have to say, WOW beautiful primer. It went on nice and dries really fast. By the time I primed the whole table the side I had started on was already dry and ready for paint. 
And that is exactly what I did next paint  :)
I used paint I already had and leftovers from other projects.


Even though you are not going to see the inside of the table I did apply the primer and paint to it since I want to be able to clean this bed easily and use the vacuum to suck all the dog hair out of it or wipe it down with a damp rag if needed. 
I then painted each table leg with cute colors and added a few pieces of ribbon to give it a finished look.
I was going for a classy girl look with a touch of whimsical. 

My next step was their bed, keeping in mind I want to be able to clean this bed easily. I purchase a couple yards of fleece material and took it to my sewing machine and gave it corners then just tucked it around pillows. 


Super easy project that my girls LOVE and I have to say, if I have to have a dog bed or two in my house I don't mind this one! :)

Oh yeah and I spend less then $10.00 on it!

Aren't they cute?!?!?!?!  :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Saving Pennies (Dollars in this case)

Pin It Last night I had my first speaking engagement. I was the guest speaker at a honors dinner for parents and teachers. I was so excited to be able to share a few money saving tips and had a great time. I feel so blessed and honored that I was asked to speak, and ready to do it again! :)

I was asked to speak about making homemade soap and other items that can help you save some money. So, we sent everyone home with two uses of liquid laundry soap, a genius idea by my friend Valarie was to use these 8oz water bottles, along with a booklet of make it yourself money savers.



Aren't they cute? :)


Besides for laundry soap and fabric softener I shared a few other items I have been making and the money I have been saving. Now I am going to share them with you!


Dish Washer Soap

1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
2 packets of no sugar added Koolaid Lemon Aide

Mix together well and add 1 tablespoon to each load!
(If you are making your laundry soap you already own everything except for the koolaid)

Cost to make this is $0.78 a batch and does 32 loads of dishes!

Rinse Aid

Never Buy Rinse aid again use White Vinegar (Works perfect with no smell)

Rinse aid runs $3.99 you use about $.04 of Vinegar


Daily Shower Cleaner

1 cup of White Vinegar
2 cups of Water
2 teaspoons of Dawn dish soap

Mix together and spray down shower (Watch how clean it stays it is AMAZING)

Hard to find the cost exactly but I come up with $.11 and the bottle lasted me about 7 weeks

 Fabreeze

1/8 Cup of Your Favorite Fabric Softener


2 Tablespoons Baking Soda

Hot Tap Water - To Fill the Bottle to the Top 32oz bottle

Shake it up in your Spray Bottle and you're ready to go and fight those Stinky Dog smells.


Fabreeze anywhere from $5.69 Our cost $.15 cents for 32 oz.

 Windex

1 empty Windex Spray Bottle



1/8 Cup (1 oz) white Ammonia

¼ Cup (4 oz) Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
1 Drop of Laundry Detergent
Water- to fill the bottle

Shake it up in your Spray Bottle and you are ready to go.

I used a 64 oz bottle of Ammonia and a 16 oz bottle of Rubbing Alcohol that I picked up for $1.00 each at the Dollar Tree.

Windex $3.69  Our cost (Ammonia $.02 & Alcohol $.25) = $.027

 Clorox Cleanup

1 Empty and Rinsed-Out Bottle of Clorox Cleanup/Empty Plastic Spray Bottle

1/4 Cup Bleach

1 Teaspoon Laundry Detergent

Fill the rest of the bottle with Water and Shake


Clorox Cleanup $4.99  Our cost $0.02 (The little bit of bleach you use from the gallon that cost 1.00)

 Carpet Fresh

Instead of buying carpet fresh use baking soda, you will use less and save over half the cost.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask below or email us @
And don't forget to check out my homemade laundry soap!!
Have a great night and happy blogging,
Jeanne


*********** EDIT****************   Check out our homemade all natural floor cleaner HERE


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bridal Shows

Pin It January...
  January is always a crazy busy month for me and my Mom. I take at least 3 college classes and participate in at least 2 bridal shows, while she works shows with me and participates in a few of her own for her industry. Oh and I can not forget it is Basketball season and my big 8th grader is JV Co- Captain on the team this year! :)
   The best part for me is bridal shows they are always tons of fun, I love meeting all the Brides while feeding them cake, even seeing some of the past brides come through as bridesmaids and maid of honors. Today's post is a getting back into the swing of things post and will be short, so please enjoy some photos of cake and bridal shows! :)












These are my "Show Girls!" I could not do these shows without these great ladies cutting cake, serving cake, greeting brides, answering questions, and just being plain gorgeous!!




Ok I just want to close out this post with one more photo!! :) My Handsome Basketball Player!!


Hope you enjoyed our post and I will be back again soon!
                Jeanne