Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fall Decoration - Easy Cute Pumpkins

I was reading a blog somewhere the other day with instructions to make pumpkins from rolls of toilet paper. I thought they were cute, but didn't think about making any, because I don't generally have a stash of orange cloth around.

BUT, Monday we stopped at a thrift store to drop off some stuff, and they had orange tissue paper.....for .25! SO, with the thought of pumpkins in mind, I bought it....and they're SO cute!

This is a blog that has pictures and instructions. Enjoy! ; )

TP Pumpkin Decoration

(My picture includes the one pumpkin that survived my *garden* this year. I don't know why, but the plants didn't want to grow until about August, then they took off and covered everything and started producing...too late for most of them to mature.)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Home Made Laundry Detergent

I've posted about making the homemade laundry detergent before, here and here .

I've just (at the beginning of October) bought another box of Borax and Washing Soda, meaning three boxes of each for the ENTIRE year.

They're something over three dollars each, we'll say $3.50 for fun, so about $21 for laundry detergent for the year.

Our clothes are clean and smell fresh, I haven't had any more problems with stains than we had before (I'm not real big on working on getting stains out anyway.....I'm more likely just to turn it into a rag than try to re-wash), and no one has had an allergic reaction to any of it. All good things, IMO. ; )

Super Easy Candy Bars

We were wanting something sweet and easier than a cake a couple days ago, so I stuck together what I had handy sitting around the kitchen....other than the cats, I mean....

I melted about seven or so caramels in the microwave, then a handfull of chocolate chips. While the chocolate chips were melting I stirred peanuts (shelled) into the caramels, until I couldn't fit any more in. Then I stirred the chocolate really well, to take out any lumps or unmelted bits. I rolled the peanut/caramel part into logs and dipped them in the chocolate, then laid them on waxed paper to harden. They were AMAZINGLY So good....and simple, just about five minutes total working time, then how long they took to harden...I didn't notice how long it was, but I think it was about half-an-hour.

Another thing...I think I've mentioned this blog on here before, Econobusters ....just thought I'd mention it again. ; ) There was a brownie recipe from them in a magazine I'd like to post, and thought I'd better mention their names again before I do. LOL (I won't type it out today, though.)