Saturday, September 27, 2014

Apple Butter

Canning Apple Butter has been on my to-do list for a while, and now I'm going to make it happen! 

I've made crockpot apple butter before, and it's delicious, but I've always put it in the freezer.  But we're trying to cut down on our electric use (three freezers going besides the one on top of the 'fridge) and I want to try canning the apple butter this time. 

I'm going to change up the recipe just a little, by using allspice instead of cinnamon.  Fingers Crossed!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste

I should have posted this Long Ago!  It is Amazing!  My teeth have been so weak for so many years - cavities, I've had nearly all of my back teeth pulled, because fillings just won't work and have to be re-done eventually - then I discovered that I could HEAL my teeth!

You may scoff, but it's Truth!  I wish there was some way to show the difference this toothpaste has made in my front teeth - the most visually obvious place.  They used to be nearly transparent.  I could put my finger behind them and wave it and you could see my finger.  Well, I can't do That any more!  They're opaque now, and feel So Strong!! 

No longer any pain when I eat cold things.  Haven't had a toothache in over a year!

But, on to this amazing recipe!

The basic recipe is:

2 parts baking soda
4 parts coconut oil

I don't actually measure these ingredients, I just add what looks good to me:

calcium/magnesium (grind calcium/magnesium tablets in a coffee grinder)
turmeric (probably about a tablespoon, maybe two) - fights inflammation
peppermint (I use dried leaves from my garden, finely ground, about a tablespoon) - for flavor and fresher smelling breath


In a double boiler, melt the coconut oil, and stir in the baking soda, calcium/magnesium, turmeric and peppermint.  Pour into glass containers and let harden. I liked the cups that come with a yogurt maker for this, but dropped and broke mine, so I'm using a Pyrex bowl with a lid now.

When you use it,  just use something to dip a bit out (don't put your toothbrush in, that's just gross) - you don't want to use too much at once! - and brush.  DON'T spit in the sink, because the coconut oil will clog your pipes; spit in the trash can, and DON'T drip on your clothes, because between the turmeric and the coconut oil, those stains won't come out (trust me).

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Tabasco-like Recipe

I thought for Sure I had already posted this recipe here, but I bought peppers today, and came looking for the recipe to make tabasco-like sauce, and it wasn't here! So here it is....because I need it where I can find it. :) Tabasco-like sauce, second recipe

Homemade Tabasco Style Sauce Because the chiles are not aged in oak barrels for three years, this will be only a rough approximation of the famous McIlhenny product. You will have to grow your own tabascos or substitute dried ones that have been rehydrated. Other hot, fresh red chile peppers can be substituted for the tabascos. Ingredients: 1 pound fresh red tabasco peppers, chopped 2 cups distilled white vinegar 2 teaspoons salt Directions: Combine the chiles and the vinegar in a saucepan and heat. Stir in the salt and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, cool, and place in a blender. Puree until smooth and place in a glass jar. Allow to steep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Remove, strain the sauce, and adjust the consistency by adding more vinegar if necessary.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Link to Homemade Cleaners!

Home made cleaners 

and

this idea  , which I LOVE!  (I hope pinterest links will come up on a blog.  We'll see.)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Dry Milk Powder

It seems like my milk packages always tell only how to reconstitute huge amounts at a time, like how to make a gallon of milk.  Since I usually use my dry milk to cook with when I'm out of regular milk, I Never need to make an entire gallon. 

I found this handy little chart online - Yay!  I'll never have to guess (wrongly, generally) again how much powder to add to my water! :)

http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/reconstituting.htmhttp://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/reconstituting.htm

Monday, January 9, 2012

Decluttering, Part 2



Regarding the decluttering links I posted before - this blog post.....

I worked 4 hours last evening finishing off the last of the first week of January's list.

My kitchen has never looked better! It's so amazing....

Friday, January 6, 2012