Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Homemade Dish Detergent for Dishwashers

I have had this recipe for a while, but I have not used it in a while (we don't use a dishwasher).

1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
1/4 cup Kosher Salt

I added the salt because I had researched homemade detergents and several people suggested the salt helps get the dishes clean. I put vinegar in the rinse cycle to help with the hard water we had.

Homemade Bath Fizzy

I know my daughter loves all things bubbles and if there is pink or purple involved it's even better. I came across how to make Bath Fizzies (Thanks Martha Stewart). They turned out awesome.
Here's the ingredients:
Baking Soda
Corn Starch
Citric Acid (I found my at Whole Food)
Essential Oils (I used Cinnamon Leaf and Bergamot, also from Whole Food)

Martha suggests putting them in cute little molds, and I probably would have done this.....except I don't have one. I used a bread pan and filled it with the mixture and oh so carefully cut cubes out. I used some food coloring and made pink, purple, and white layers.

I have thoughts of Christmas Gifts floating in my head.....

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pumpkin Walnut Bread

I got this recipe from Keeper Of The Home. It is a great source for yummy and healthy food.

Pumpkin Walnut Bread


4 cups whole-wheat flour or sprouted grain flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can (15 ounce) pumpkin
2 cups packed Sucanat or Rapadura sugar
1 cup apple juice
4 large eggs
1/4 cup melted, unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts


Combine dry ingredients in large mixing bowl and set aside.
In separate bowl (I used my mixer bowl), mix pumpkin, brown sugar, apple juice, eggs, butter and vanilla.
Add flour mixture a bit at a time, just until blended.
Add walnuts and stir.
Bake in two 9x5x3 loaf pans on 350 for 45 to 60 minutes or until done.
Cool in pans for a few minutes, then turn out onto plate.