Posts Tagged ‘recipe’

PostHeaderIcon Homemade Vinegar Weed Killer

I hate pulling weeds. Aside from my mother, I’m sure no one enjoys the chore. When I found this idea on Pinterest, I knew we had to give it a shot. (You can see our Household Crafts and DYI boards here)

Homemade Vinegar Weed Killer

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PostHeaderIcon Oven Pot Roast Ideas

Pot Roast

 

I absolutely love the smell of a pot roast in the oven. It give your home that comfortable, warm, and inviting smell. Not to mention with an easy pot roast recipe you can make a meal for your family and have left overs for a week in just a few simple steps. Personally, I prefer to use the oven when cooking pot roasts, but you can use a crockpot for any of the ideas you see below. I won’t hold it against you if you decide to use a crockpot!

There’s probably hundreds of different ways to cook a pot roast in the oven. Just like pasta, it’s one of the most versatile foods outs there. While the directions of my oven pot roasts are always the same, the ingredients sometimes change. Below you’ll find two different ingredients I use for cooking a pot roast in the oven. Again, you could use a crockpot, but my instructions are for the oven, so do be sure you plan accordingly if you do not use the oven. There are a few additional recipes on this page that DO use a crockpot, if that is what you prefer.

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PostHeaderIcon Natural Face Cream Recipe

Making bath and body products is a passion to many, thus why we are lucky to have a reader share their natural face cream recipe!

Below you will find the details of this recipe, as well as a link to their blog for more information.

Angela’s Hand and Face Cream

1 oz beeswax (by weight)
4 oz almond oil (by volume) 
4 oz grapeseed oil 
2 tbs aloe 
4 tbs distilled water or rose water 
5 drop vitamin E oil 
15 drop lavender essential oil 
2 drops tea tree oil 
optional: a pinch of citric acid   

Melt beeswax and oil in pan or double boiler. Warm water and aloe in seperate pan to no hotter than 100 degrees. Add a pinch of citric acid, use gloves (optional). Pour oil mixture into blender (or bowl if you have a hand mixer) Let cool for a few minutes. Start blender or mixer and slowly pour in the water mixture. Blend until creamy making sure not to over do it. Add essential oils and vitmain E and quickly blend in. With a clean spatula, scoop into clean glass jars before it cools. This recipe should last about 6 months. Refrigerate to preserve longer. 

ENJOY!  

Learn about the chemicals in commercial bath and body products at http://avoidingchemicals.blogspot.com/ 

If you have your own natural face cream recipe to share (or any other recipes), please be sure to click on the “blogger” link at the top for details on how to submit your information.

PostHeaderIcon Easy Lasagna Recipe

This is quite possibly the easiest lasagna recipe you’ll come across, and something we came up with based on our own experiences with easy lasagna recipes and our own preferences for ingredients.

Let me warn you though – this recipe for lasagna does NOT include cottage cheese, or any other type of fancy cheese. Just regular shredded mozzarella cheese. Why? Because we don’t care for any other kind.

So let’s get down to the lasagna recipe….

Easy Lasagna

1 pound ground beef, cooked
1 medium jar spaghetti sauce (your choice)
1/2 package lasagna noodles, cooked
1-2 bags mozzarella cheese, shredded

Cook your noodles and hamburger (separate, of course). Grease a large baking pan and layer it with noodles. Spread about half your spaghetti sauce over the noodles. Sprinkle ground hamburger on top. Sprinkle cheese over hamburger to completely cover. Repeat with another layer. On your last layer, you should have just noodles and cheese.

Bake at 350* until cheese is golden brown (about 45 minutes).

 

Lasagna

Nom.

The kids absolutely LOVE this lasagna, and it’s about the only type they’ll eat. Sometimes less is more, and that’s for sure the case with this particular recipe. Nothing fancy, and even some “normal lasagna” ingredients excluded to please everyone.

Enjoy!

PostHeaderIcon Easy Mild Chili Recipe

Mild Chili Recipe

Mild Chili for Picky Eaters.

Chili recipes are a dime a dozen, and some make a pretty big deal over their chili. With good reason too – there’s some EXCELLENT chili recipes out there, some spicy, some not so much.

It took me quite a few years to even attempt making chili. No idea why, really, I just never made it. But when I did, I tried the “throw together” approach I use for just about anything new I try. I honestly don’t even think I was trying to make chili the first time, but it’s what it turned out to be!

This chili is a huge hit with my significant other, since he doesn’t much care for anything even slightly spicy. The kids love it too, since it’s easy for them to chow down on.Please do note this is really a basic chili recipe with very few spices, so feel free to add or change anything you may see.

Easy & Mild Chili Recipe

You will need:

2 lbs ground hamburger
(2) 30 oz cans chili-style beans
30 oz can petite diced tomatoes
30 oz can dark red kidney beans
1 Tbs minced garlic or garlic powder
1 Tbs pepper
2 Tbs salt or seasoning salt

Steps:

1. Cook hamburger over medium high heat in the pot you plan to make your chili in.

For this step you can use a lower percentage of ground beef, since the amount of fat adds to the flavor. Make sure the hamburger is fully cooked before adding the rest of the ingredients.

2. Add cans of beans and tomatoes

The types of beans and tomatoes are only a suggestion. You can adjust the types of beans and sizes of the cans to your liking. Personally, I like more dark kidney beans in my chili, but the rest of the family does not. So I settle for this combo that’s loaded with meat and “hides” the tomatoes. Chunkier cut tomatoes are “spotted” and tossed out by the kids and big kids, but not the petite cut. 

3. Add the spices. Stir well.

As with the cans of beans, the spices and amounts are a suggestion only. Add more or less to fit your family’s tastes. Also, you can use additional spices that you have on hand such as onion powder, chili spices, or specific blends found in the store. 

4. Continue cooking on medium high heat, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes or until chili is at the thickness you desire.

5. Top with cheese and crackers. Enjoy!

PostHeaderIcon Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

This is day three of our pumpkin recipe week! Check back as all week we’ll be featuring pumpkin recipes using fresh pumpkin (no canned pumpkin in our house!)

Be sure to get our directions for cooking your own fresh pumpkin.

Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

2 c Bisquick
2 Tbs Brown Sugar
2 tsp Cinnamon
2 Eggs
1 (120z) can Evaporated Milk
1/2 c Pumpkin
2 Tbs Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Mix together Bisquick, brown sugar, and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix togethr eggs, milk, pumpkin, oil, and vanilla. Use hand mixer to make sure you get a smooth blend.Stir in dry ingredients and mix well.

Pour batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto a lightly greased hot griddle (or pan, if you need to). Turn when bubbles form on top of pancake.

One of our yummy favorite breakfast meals, that doesn’t take as much time as you think. Makes a whole lot of pancakes (about a dozen or more, depending on the size), so be sure to invite some friends over to help you out if need be!

PostHeaderIcon Fresh Pumpkin Pie Recipe

This awesome pumpkin pie recipe kicks off our week of pumpkin recipes using fresh pumpkin! For details on how to cook your pumpkin, see this post. While you can use a full sized pumpkin, we highly recommend a pie pumpkin since they’re much easier to cook.

You will be absolutely amazed at the difference between using fresh pumpkin verses canned pumpkin in a pie. The taste is amazing, and you’ll never find a better pie from a store!

Fresh Pumpkin Pie Recipe

3 cups cooked pumpkin
4 eggs beaten
1 1/4 white sugar
1/2 cut brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice (or nutmeg)
1/2 teaspoon cloves
12oz can evaporated milk
2 pastry shells (we use graham cracker crust)

Mix together with a hand blender until creamy and smooth. Pour into pastry shells and bake in a 400* F oven until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean (approx 45 mins).

Enjoy!

PostHeaderIcon Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

Products on the market today are filled with harmful chemicals and preservatives. With a good natural toothpaste recipe, you can feel safe in knowing you and your children will be taking care of their teeth without harmful chemicals.

Each toothpaste recipe listed below are from our collection, and haven’t been tested out by us personally. They also do not have an author, so we weren’t able to give them proper credit. We’ll be testing out these recipes soon, so be sure to be watching for reviews and stories!

All Natural Toothpaste
1/4 tsp peppermint oil
1/4 tsp spearmint
1/4 cup arrowroot
1/4 cup powdered orris root
1/4 cup water
1 tsp ground sage

Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add water until the paste is desired the consistency.
Store at room temperature in a tightly covered jar.
You can also substitute 1/2 tsp each of oil of cinnamon and oil of cloves for peppermint/spearmint if desired.

Old Fashioned Tooth Powder
2 Tbsp dried lemon or orange rind
1/4 cup baking soda
2 Tsp salt

Place rinds in food processor, grind until peel becomes a fine powder. Add baking soda and salt then process a few seconds more until you have a fine powder. Store in an airtight tin or jar. Dip moistened toothbrush into mixture, brush as usual.

Basic Toothpaste
1 Tsp of the Old Fashioned Tooth Powder
1/4 Tsp Hydrogen peroxide

Mix into a paste and brush as usual.

Vanilla & Rose Geranium Toothpaste
1/2 ounce powdered chalk
3 ounces powdered orris root
4 teaspoons of tincture of vanilla
15 drops oil of rose geranium
Honey, enough to make a paste

Combine all ingredients and mix until you have a paste the consistency you like. Store in an airtight container. Use a clean stick (popsicle) to scoop paste onto brush. Store the stick in same container.

Toothpaste Recipe Supplies

Some of the above ingredients for your toothpaste recipe aren’t exactly easy to find. Mountain Rose Herbs and Kalyx.com Herbs & Foods are two trusted sites which both carry the herbs above. Be sure to buy the smaller quantities of these ingredients, since a little goes a long way!

Have fun!

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Side Note: If you feel like making your own toothpaste based on the recipes above is too much work, you can find natural toothpaste at Amazon.com.

PostHeaderIcon Why You Need a Bread Machine

So if you haven’t gotten the hint already, I love my bread machine. LOVE IT. And I have loved it for quite a few years. I don’t know what we ever did without it, and sometimes I think I use it more than the microwave.

Just in case you aren’t sure if you need one or not, let me give you a run down of some of the things we’ve made in the last few months alone.

1. Bread
Duh, right? Yes, we make bread in the bread machine. But we make lots of it on a regular basis. While sometimes we use the bread machine to actually bake the bread, most of the time we use it to take all the hard work out of making the dough. Being concerned with nasty preservatives in store bought bread is a thing of the past with us. All our bread products come straight from our kitchen using whole ingredients.

2. Bread Sticks
You know, the tasty little things that go good with pasta. Yup, we make those in a bread machine, or at least, the dough. We see frozen dough or pre-cooked bread sticks in the store all the time for a pretty penny. Since you still have to bake them, why not stick on the additives and just make the dough yourself?

3. Cinnamon Rolls
Same as the bread sticks – they are made with the dough cycle. Super easy and a lot less hassle. This one is a family favorite but a bit on the messy side. It’s completely worth it, though, as you’ve never had a REAL cinnamon roll until you’ve had one fresh out of the oven. The difference will make you never want a non-homemade cinnamon roll again.

4. Pizza Dough
There’s quite a few different recipes for pizza dough lurking around the internet, and all of them work quite nicely with the bread machine.  The bread machine takes all the hassle out of really good homemade dough that can be topped with all your favorite goodies. No powdered packets required.

5. Jelly & Jam
I’ve become quite fond of homemade jams, and it is SO EASY with the bread machine. There is no watching and stirring for an hour or more – just dump the ingredients in and walk away. Homemade jam spread on homemade bread doesn’t get any better.

6. Buns/Rolls
Ever since we latched on to the awesome roll recipe, its been used just about every time we have sandwiches or a family gathering. Currently we make sandwiches at least once a week, cutting this recipe in half for 5 average sized buns. Sometimes we make the full recipe, saving the leftover buns for lunch. This one simple recipe also works in place of anything requiring refrigerated biscuits or crescent rolls.

So there you go – six different types of foods, one machine. Pretty handy, eh? If you don’t have one, I highly recommend the Sunbeam Bread Machine. It’s the only bread machine I’ve used for over a decade now, although feel free to shop around for the machine that will work for you. Amazon has a huge stock of various brands, sizes, and styles to pick from.

Have fun!

PostHeaderIcon Natural Hair Gel Recipe

Some of us absolutely can not style our hair without some sort of hair gel. Especially those of us with curly and hard to manage hair. It adds up though, and can get quite expensive buying different hair care products.

This natural hair gel recipe is also found (with many, many others) in the Bath & Body recipes ebook, which has over 250 different recipes you can try out at home.

Homemade Scented Hair Gel
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons flax seed
2 drops scented oil — your choice of scent

-Combine water and seeds in a small saucepan.
-Bring to a boil then remove from heat.
-Allow to set for a half an hour.
-Strain through fine collander.
-When completely cooled, add scented oil.
-Transfer to a wide-mouthed jar with lid.

Use as you would any hair gel product. 

Buying ingredients
So where do you find flax seed? Mountain Rose Herbs and Kalyx.com Herbs & Foods both carry items for making your own natural hair gel. You can also find a variety of essential oils to make all kinds of different variations to this natural hair gel recipe. Easy!


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