Thursday, July 24, 2014

Powdered Laundry Soap


I've been making my own liquid laundry soap for several years now & I'm a big fan!
I decided today though, as I was grating up the Fels Naptha bar, to give the powdered version a try.




I have many friends who prefer it over the liquid.
I'll have to say, the liquid is simple to make, but the powdered soap ... even easier!
Had it completed, start to finish, in a couple of minutes ... the longest part was grating the soap.
{I usually do it in my mini-food chopper but I wanted the arm exercise ;) ha! }

It's one bar of Fels Naptha {grated}, 1 cup of Borax, 
1 cup of Arm & Hammer super washing soda, & 1 cup of color-safe powder bleach.
There are a hundred million recipes for this in blogland & many of them say to add
Downy Unstoppables or Purex crystals, completely optional.
I didn't have any, so I left them out.



The instructions say to use 1-2 tablespoons per load ... I'll go for the 2.



Course, storing the soap in a cute jar will make the laundry a little more fun.
{I decided to keep, fancy up, & reuse this jar after the hot peppers were all gone.}



So, we'll give it a try & see how it works!
Any of you make your own powdered laundry soap?


 

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Monday          C.R.A.F.T      The Dedicated House  I Should Be Mopping the Floor
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Wednesday   Raising Homemakers        Savvy Southern Style         Adorned From Above
                    The Thrifty Home  The Dedicated House    A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Busy Morning in the Kitchen

It's a rainy & dreary day here & truthfully,
working in the kitchen today felt like therapy.
Seemed like the perfect way to spend time,
watching out the window at the pouring rain as I was cooking.

I had a bit of a kitchen 'to-do' list today, so to get started, I got the ham & beans on to cook.
Fine comfort food.



Next, I marinated the pork chops that will go on the grill this evening.
And washed the BIG bag of mustard greens from my brother's garden.
Now, you know what we are having for dinner =)





I kept out a few thick slices of the ham steak & fried those up, along with a few eggs.
Topped with American cheese & sandwiched between English muffins,
these will be an easy & quick breakfast for the boys for the next couple days.

I had a leftover boneless, skinless chicken breast from Monday's dinner,
a really HUGE one, so I turned that into chicken salad.
Yum!
I chopped it fine, added diced onion, chopped dill pickle, whole grain mustard,
mayo, salt, pepper, & dill.
Made a one pound container packed full.

Next, I made a big bowl of chocolate pudding ...
& then started on the pineapple ... the 3 pineapples, that is.

We got a brand new Earth Fare store & part of their grand opening special
is spend $5 & get a free pineapple.
Well, between Gunnar, Garrett, & us, we have 3 pineapples!



First order of business:  make Pineapple Fluff!
This is our go-to summertime dessert.
It's lo-cal, lo-fat, & is the easiest thing ever.


You use one tub of cool whip {8 oz}, 1 small box of sugar-free instant vanilla pudding,
& 1 can of crushed pineapple {20 oz}, juice & all.
Mix those 3 things together & voila:  pineapple fluff!
Since I was using fresh pineapple, I blended some of it so I'd have plenty of juice,
about the equivalent of what would be in a regular can of crushed pineapple.
Course, I never make just one batch ... it's always a double around here.


I learned how to make this dessert at Weight Watchers years & years ago ...
& have made it more times than I can count.
It's a big hit around here.
We like it just like this ... served like a pudding or a mousse.
You can also serve it as an 'icing' on angel food cake or over any regular cake {yellow, lemon, etc}.
Or you can put it in a graham cracker pie crust.
It's yummy any which way.


After I got all the pineapple chopped, I ended up with 4 quart jars of fresh pineapple!


So, all in all, a very productive morning in the kitchen.
Makes me feel all farm-housy.
Is that a word?

Hope your week has been good thus far ... & will end up even better.

 Here's my motto.

 

And always remember to...




Love & hugs <3


PS)  Got a bridal shower post coming tomorrow ... you will love how pretty is was!!






Who doesn't love a good party?!
You can find me here linking up with these great blogs.

Monday          C.R.A.F.T      The Dedicated House  I Should Be Mopping the Floor
                  Between Naps on the Porch  The Modest Mom
Tuesday     A Delightsome Life   A Bowl Full of Lemons    Titus Tuesday      A Stroll Through Life
Wednesday   Raising Homemakers        Savvy Southern Style         Adorned From Above
                    The Thrifty Home  The Dedicated House    A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Thursday    Between Naps on the Porch   Serving Joyfully     Lamberts Lately
Friday      Rooted in Thyme  The Thrifty Groove   Farm Blog Hop  Best of the Nest
               French Country Cottage  The Girl Creative
Sunday    Nifty Thrifty Things    Suburbsmama    Sew Many Ways



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gunnar & Abigail's Wedding Shower


Celebrating Gunnar & Abigail ~ July 13, 2014


The countdown to their wedding day is in full-swing ...
September 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


They've had a long-distance courtship for 5 years ... and a 7 month engagement.


We think they are a match made in heaven.
When Gunnar was unable to go to OK & see her this time around {work schedule}, 
at the last minute, it worked for her to come here.
{They hadn't seen each other in 4 months ... & won't see each other again until a few days 
before they say 'I DO'}
We were so happy at the opportunity for Gunnar to get to take part in some 
of the pre-wedding activities that he thought he'd be missing out on.
And, it gave all the Indiana family & friends a chance to celebrate their engagement & upcoming wedding.


So, we kicked it into high gear & planned a wedding shower as fast as we could!
Gunnar liked the idea of incorporating it in with our usual Sunday fellowship lunch at FLA,
so that exactly what we did.
{Her 10 days here were filled to the brim with many activities, so this worked best for the schedule too.}


Abigail's favorite color is yellow, she likes bright & cheery, & she loves strawberries ...
so these are the things that inspired the color scheme & decor.
Here are a few pics as things were getting set up.






A sweet friend loaned her gorgeous stacked server & even wrapped all the silverware.

I loved how the banners turned out.
Not ganna lie, I had tons of fun in Joann's picking out all this fabric!


I've always wanted to do the lemon slices in a vase ... I love this look.
Next time, I'll know how to make them look even better.


Now's the time to FEAST your eyes!
I'm telling you, our ladies at FLA know how to pull out all the stops when it comes to food!
{We have a pitch-in fellowship meal every Sunday at church.}


I wanted a brunch theme & sent a few suggestions on what to pitch-in ... & the ladies went over-the-top!


Everything was beautiful & delicious!


Abigail loves vintage things, so I asked the ladies if they'd like to, they could incorporate old dishes 
or vintage servers to plate their food.
Mrs. Billie used a rose glass dish that belonged to her husband's mother ... very old, very beautiful.
Beth brought silver servers that belonged to her husband's grandmother & I'm sure others used vintage
dishes that I didn't even hear about ... all added such special touches to the buffet.





I put together this fun donut tree that sort of mimics a tiered 'wedding' cake.


 My sister, Lisa, set up a pineapple palm tree with strawberries & watermelon.


I can't even begin to express my thanks to these ladies, 
for such sweet hospitality on this very special day.


 Now for the gifts ... Gunnar & Abigail were showered with so many wonderful things 
to help them start their home!


They got some BIG things & they were so grateful ... 2 sets of dishes, a vacuum sweeper, 
a gorgeous quilt, a soft blanket, sheets, towels ... 
& Garrett, Gunnar's twin brother, got him a coffeemaker, which he loved ;)
He & Carissa got the one the makes a pot on one side & a single serve on the other.
Garrett said that's just the kind Gunnar needed.
Brothers know these things ;)


They got several pieces of adorable decor, a picnic basket full of kitchen items ...


 an antique egg basket filled with goodies, including handmade crocheted dishcloths ...


 a vintage blue travel bag filled with towels, a bathroom rug & a blue hand mixer...


a set of stainless steel cookware, 2 skillets, a blender, silverware, 
& a couple boxes of baking dishes of various types & sizes ...
They were also given gift cards & other gifts that I didn't get pictures of.
{I so wish I had gotten pics of every single thing, all day long!}

A HUGE thank you, on behalf of Gunnar & Abigail!
They talked all day on Sunday about all the wonderful
gifts that they were blessed with.


This is really all you need in life, right?!



Here are a few pics of the tables.
I continued with the same fabric, using a square on each table.
Each one got trimmed out with fun edging, like pom poms & ric rac.



I use old things in my decor throughout our home & have quite a collection, 
so I just shopped my house, bringing various items to group together for the tables.
I brought pieces of ironstone from my china cabinet, along with jars, cloches, & hobnail vases.
I kept it simple but fun, with a touch of nostalgia that both Gunnar & Abigail love.


 Love the fresh look that lemons added.


Found this little 'love' chalkboard at Goodwill for $1.99 ... surprised to find out it is currently at
Hobby Lobby for $14.99!
{What a steal!}
I added it to the already beautiful wreath that sits on the entry table to 'sweeten' it up for the shower.


 And this sign pretty much sums up the wonderful day.

Love IS sweet 
& it especially was for Gunnar & Abigail at their wedding shower.
They felt lots of love all day long ... 
& throughout this whole week, 
they have both talked about what a special day it was.
There's a huge stack of gifts in our garage just waiting to find their place 
in Gunnar & Abigail's new home come September.

This was a day that they will never forget ... memories to treasure for a lifetime.

Thank you to every person who had a part in their day.





  Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. 
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 
Love bears all things, believes all things, 
hopes all things, endures all things. 
Love never fails. 
1 Cor. 13:4-8









Who doesn't love a good party?!
You can find me here linking up with these great blogs.

Monday          C.R.A.F.T      The Dedicated House  I Should Be Mopping the Floor
                  Between Naps on the Porch  The Modest Mom
Tuesday     A Delightsome Life   A Bowl Full of Lemons    Titus Tuesday      A Stroll Through Life
Wednesday   Raising Homemakers        Savvy Southern Style         Adorned From Above
                    The Thrifty Home  The Dedicated House    A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Thursday    Between Naps on the Porch   Serving Joyfully     Lamberts Lately
Friday      Rooted in Thyme  The Thrifty Groove   Farm Blog Hop  Best of the Nest
               French Country Cottage  The Girl Creative
Sunday    Nifty Thrifty Things    Suburbsmama    Sew Many Ways