Sunday, April 25, 2010

Homemade Laundry Soap (Powder)

I don't know why it took me so long to think of using powder instead of making liquid soap. It's so much easier! Not that the original liquid recipe was hard, but this is a sinch!

I grated 2/3 of a bar of Zote and added 2 cups each of Borax and Super Washing Soda. I also added 2 cups of OxiClean since I add that to every load.

Then I add 2 Tbsp (1/8 cup) to 4 Tbsp (1/4 cup) per load, depending on how dirty the clothes are. (I add a full 1/4 cup when I'm washing DH's work clothes.

Easy Peasy!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Death by Oreo

This is a spin on Hello Dolly's but for Oreo lovers. But beware! they are highly addictive so I suggest you make them to take to a function so they're not sitting around your house.

1 pkg Oreo's
4 Tbsp butter, melted
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups mini-marshmallows
1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

Grease 13 x 9 x 3 pan with PAM.

Place Oreo's in gallon size Ziplock bag. Crush with rolling pin. Add melted butter.

Spread 1/2 the Oreo's in pan. Spread chocolate chips & marshmallows. Cover with remaining Oreo's then evenly spread sweetened condensed milk on top.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Life has been a little hectic lately. DH has been really busy at work (good for our income, not for spending time together,) we've been getting over bad colds and we've had some family stuff to do.

4 months ago my mom asked me to present my homemade laundry soap and dryer sheets at a Relief Society activity. I was really nervous but after I made dryer sheets to give away and psyched myself up for the presentation, I was actually getting excited.

But yesterday I tweeked my old back injury and ended up at InstaCare with prescriptions for a few meds. My wonderful sis-in-law came over today to take care of DD so I could rest. (LOL! I have to laugh at the idea of rest. I didn't rest. I was having too much fun chatting with my fav sister! And the pain meds were working quite well so I felt good. I didn't pick up DD, though!) So, I missed the activity tonight. My mom just called to tell me how great it was. I'm bummed that I didn't get to chat with all the wonderful ladies in my ward that I don't get to see anymore.

I have a couple projects that I want to do but I'm scared. I really want to paint my kitchen cabinets white and paint the walls a tan. It's quite an undertaking and I need to wait until I have DH's full cooperation. My new found couponing hobby has taken up mere time than I thought it would. I hope that with practice I won't have to work so hard at it.

I just need to finish some of my 1/2 completed projects so I can reawaken the crafting bug!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Tidy Tip

I've been sick for 5 days and I'm just now starting to feel like myself again. While I was sick. my house was a disaster. DD didn't get sick so she had all her normal toddler energy but I didn't have the strength to clean up after her. Now that I've got my energy back, I'm getting my house back to the way I like it.

I was reading Tidy Mom's Tips for a Tidy Home. All her tips are wonderful, but there's one in particular that I've implemented and I love it!

She says:
Don't walk to another room empty handed - there's almost ALWAYS something in a room that belongs some where else - don't pass it up, grab it on your way - even if you just open a door and toss it in!

This is so very true! And it quickly becomes habit!