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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Diner style food

I love diner style food!  My favorite "blue plate special" is
not just any old meatloaf, but the kind like
Mom used to make.
A thick slice was topped with buttery mashed potatoes, French fried onions and green onions.
I people even eat meatloaf anymore?  I recently dug out the recipe that
is sure-fire, everyone loves will even it.  THAT is what we will
have for dinner tonight...and tomorrow meatloaf sandwiches for lunch.

Just in case you would like to try this out...I will share the recipe.

Combine: 2 eggs beaten
8 oz tomato sauce
3/4 cup cracker crumbs
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 green pepper, finely chopped
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. salt
1/2 t pepper
Add: 1-1/2 lbs ground beef
Mix well and shape into a loaf.
Place in a 9 X 5 loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour

now for the best part...don't skip this
Combine 1/2 cup catsup
2 t mustard
2 T brown sugar..
Pour over meatloaf and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes.

Monday, October 10, 2011 and glass

I suppose on a rainy day, it seems a little pointless to talk about the bright sunshine pouring through the glistening windows....however, I  just have to tell you about this 
glass cleaner that works!...really works with no streaks
...for just pennies!
I have tried many glass cleaners - commercial and homemade both but this bottle of homemade wonder is 
my top choice for sure!

here is the "formula"
2 quarts of water
1 pint of rubbing alcohol
2 tablespoons of Prell shampoo
 (i found the Prell at Rosauers)

Friday, October 7, 2011

HOMEMADE laundry soap

The laundry is folded and put away....smells wonderful.  Today was the day to try out the HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAP. 
It works great!...I love it!  Why, oh why, did I not do this sooner.  Think of the money we would have saved!!!  This costs just pennies per load.

I chose powdered laundry soap just because I prefer it.  However, you can also make liquid laundry soap.  These products are all okay to use in the High Energy machines.

Powdered Laundry Soap
mix together...
(all available at Wal-Mart in the laundry section)
3 Cups Borax
2 Cups Baking Soda
2 Cups Washing Soda
2 Cups Fels Naptha (or Ivory) Bar soap
 (I grated this in my food processor.
Use 2 TBSP. per load
I put this great smelling concoction in a crock sitting on top of my washer.  BONUS...great smelling laundry area.

If you prefer Liquid Laundry Soap...
2 Cups Washing Soda
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Citric Acid
Fill 5 gallon bucket 1/2 full with warm water.  Dissolve Washing Soda and Borax in water by
stirring thoroughly.  
Fill to about 2 inches from top then add citric acid, stirring again.  
Use 1 cup per load.
(I haven't tried this one)

Maybe tomorrow...
 we will talk about making something to easily 
make your windows dazzle.  thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Back to the basics....

Know what this is?....not blue frosting.

HOMEMADE soft know, the stuff you clean your sinks with.  

In the year and a half we spent at the Cancer Center with Eric, I did an abundance of reading about what the chemicals we have in our homes do to our bodies and our environment. 
SO...I have gone 
back to the basics and am using HOMEMADE cleaning products.

What is not to love about this? 
 It works and am even saving money - lots of it.  

Want to know how to make this soft scrub that really does do its job?

put 1/2 cup or so of baking soda in a small bowl, and add enough liquid Dawn soap to make it the consistency of frosting.  That is it....simple.