Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Baking soda hair wash and vinegar rince

Oh boy, I am starting to really LOVE baking soda!!! A friend of mine is using these for her hair care. I decided to try it too. So here goes....

Wash: 1 T. approx of baking soda...wet hand and form into a loose paste. Scrub into scalp. Rince out well.
Conditioner: I have been using straight white vinegar...but according to the web site info I have been gathering, it should be diluted.

My hair is very fine but I have lots of it. I really need conditioner each day, but I am really starting to re-think the whole hair care thing...

Look at the site listed in the blog roll...she seems to have the same hair type as I do, and her experiments make a lot of sence. I think I will try things the way she did...

Zuchinni Carob Cake

Here is another adapted originally called for cocoa powder and more sugar...

1. Combine :
2 12 c. flour
12 c. carob
18 c. very small chocolate chips (approx)
2 12 t. baking powder
1 12 t. baking soda

2. In another bowl, combine:
34 c. margerine
1 c. sugar
2 12 t. cinnamon powder
12 t. nutmeg
* then add 3 eggs, beat mixture between each egg
add 2 t. vanilla extract
add 2 c. shredded zuchinni

Now, add 12 c. milk (and a bit more) and mixture 1. (alternatly) to mixture 2.
Mix the lot, pour into well greased (big) pan and bake at 350 or so for about 40 min.
*Moist and on the day it is made...seems to dry out quickly.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


This is also my recipie...

1 big cabbage (shredded)
4-5 small carrots (shredded)
1 large onion (shredded)
34 c. apple cider vinegar
34 c. vegetable oil
13 c. sugar

Shred all vegetables in food processor. Put in a container. Mix up the rest of the ingredients and pour over the veg and mix. Voila!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Family photo

This is a picture of dh, Buddy and I taken in when Buddy was almost a year old.

Cut tough grease


This week, my oven died. So while waiting for the new one to arrive, I pulled the old one out from the wall and to my horrow, I found more grease than I really ever care to see again! How do I get rid of it..... BAKING SODA!!! I just put some down on the grease and scrubbed away. It was not very hard scrubbing by the way. I rinced with water and after stepping back to admire the cleanliness...I realized that the rest of the walls and floors need to be done the same way. But not today!! I am so glad that the new oven will hide the new clean spot for now. hehehe. I never really realized the power of baking soda!! Wow! Now, where can I find it in industrial quantities!! I am finding more and more uses for it!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Tomato Ketchup

This recipy is my own experiment. It is both sweet and tangy.

5 lbs tomatoes, chopped (no need to seed or remove skin)
2 large onions, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
4 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
2 cups vinegar
1 cup sugar
2 t. cinnamon
2 t. mustard seed

Put all ingredients together in big pot, bring to boil and then simmer about 4 hours. It has to reduce quite a bit. Then process through blender. Pack into jars (leave 1\2 inch at top). Process 30 minutes. Most of the recipies I found on the net that were similar had approx. 30 minute water bath.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

White Bread & Pizza Dough

Makes 2-3 Bread; 4 medium pizza

3 t. dry yeast in 1 half cup warm water and 1 and half t. sugar.
Combine 1 quarter c. sugar with 1 T. salt, 1 quarter c. oil, 3 c. warm water and yeast mixture.
Add 5 c. white flour. mix.
Add enough white flour and mix by hand until dough is sticky only a bit..hmm..hard to explain...
Knead dough until it is elastiky. Let rest in covered bowl in a warm place until double (approx. 1-2 hours) Punch down. Seperate into bread or pizza balls. Shape, and put in pans until doubled again.
Bake. 350 for about 20-25 min for bread; 400 for about 15 min for pizza
(pizza will be thick crust)