Laundry Tips

I wanted to pass on just a few laundry tips that I’ve learned from other moms.  I will add to it over time and please share any tips you have to add to the list.

  1. Make your own laundry detergent.  It’s easy to make, doesn’t take much time and saves LOTS of money.
  2. Musty front loader fix – I have had problems with my front loader smelling musty and I know this is a problem for a lot of people.  One tip I got from a triplet mom friend of mine was to add 3 drops of lavender essential oil and some vinegar to the fabric softener compartment.  This tip has really cut down this problem for me; also running hot water and vinegar without clothes a few times a month and leaving the door open to dry out the washer when not in use.

I would love to hear your laundry tips you have to share.

 

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Smoky Cabbage Carrot Salad

We enjoyed this salad with dinner last night.  I hope you all enjoy it as much as my family did.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head cabbage
  • 4 carrots
  • 1/4 onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 -3 slices jalapeno
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder ( I have also used chipotle chili powder and it adds a really nice flavor too)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to food processor and chop ingredients roughly.

Enjoy!

Quick Triple Berry Frozen Yogurt

My family loves ice cream.  Yes, it’s cold, but that’s what everyone wanted for dessert.  We are trying to look for some healthier dessert options, so I whipped this up tonight.  They loved it!  It was easy to make and tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups frozen triple berries (blueberries, raspberries and blackberries) from Costco
  • 4 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Add the berries, honey, yogurt and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor. Process until creamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Serve the frozen yogurt immediately or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 1 month.

I look forward to trying this out with mangos, strawberries and banana chocolate.

Enjoy!

 

Taco Soup

Here’s what we had for dinner tonight.  I usually double this recipe because we love to have leftovers.  I enjoyed this meal as a kid and my boys love it too.

Taco Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • Taco seasoning
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1 can kidney beans

Toppings:

  • Cilantro
  • 1 onion, cut up
  • 1 avocado, diced or guacamole
  • 2-3 tomatoes, diced
  • Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Optional: Sliced jalapenos
  • Optional: Tortilla chips

Directions:

  1. Brown ground beef.
  2. Add taco seasoning.
  3. Put ground beef with seasoning, canned diced tomatoes, canned tomato sauce, canned kidney beans in a stock pot.
  4. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve with all the toppings.
  6. Some in my family like a little hot sauce on top as well.

Enjoy!

Valerian Sleep Tincture

I recently ran out of our sleep tincture.  It’s helpful with sleep issues, and can help conquer an oncoming headache.  Here is a link to how I make the tincture.  It’s easy and cheap to make.  This is another remedy I always like to have on hand.  It does take three weeks, so unfortunately I’m out until this is ready in three weeks.

Ingredients:

  • Valerian Root – Cut, organic herbs
  • Water
  • Vodka or glycerine

Directions:

Cranberry Bread

I LOVE cranberry bread!  This is one of my traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas family dishes.  I hope you enjoy this amazing recipe as much as my family does.  MMMMM!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 Tbsp grated orange peel (I have also used clementine peel and juice and it’s wonderful too)
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 cups chopped cranberries (I use a food processor)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.
  4. Add eggs, orange peel and juice.
  5. Stir well.
  6. Fold in cranberries.
  7. Spoon into a greased loaf pan.
  8. Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes, and check.

*It will go fast so grab some while you can!

Enjoy!

Nutty Bleu Pear Salad

I LOVE (this is an understatement) Comice pears and they are in season right now, so incorporated them into our dinner salad tonight.  It’s a nice simple salad that compliments the juiciness of this delicious pear.  I hope you enjoy it as much as our family did.

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 handfuls of mixed green salad
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup bleu cheese
  • 1 Comice pear diced (seasonal: available at Costco)

Dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 10-15 turns of fresh black pepper
  • 2-3 pinches of Celtic sea salt (I used a salt grinder with coarse Celtic sea salt)

Toss and enjoy!

 

Spaghetti

We enjoy spaghetti once in a while and I’ve worked out a sauce recipe that we all seem to enjoy.  Hope you enjoy!

Sauce:

  1.  1 lb. ground beef
  2.  1/4 onion chopped
  3.  1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  4.  6 oz. water
  5.  1 (14 oz.) can tomato sauce
  6.  7-8 sliced mushrooms of choice
  7.  3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  8.  1 tsp minced garlic
  9.  3/4 tsp onion powder
  10.  1/4 tsp dried oregano
  11.  1/4 tsp dried marjoram
  12.  1/4 tsp dried basil (I threw in some fresh leaves chopped since I   have  some in the garden right now.  I LOVE fresh basil!)
  13.  1/4 tsp rosemary (I have rosemary in the garden so I threw in a good      amount of fresh…mmm!)
  14.  2 bay leaves
  15.  1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  16.  1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  17.  1/8 tsp dried pepper flakes
  18.  Salt to taste with sea salt1 lb. ground beef

Directions:

  • Let ingredients 3-18 simmer in a pot while cooking ingredients 1-2.
  • Cook ground beef and chopped onions on medium heat.
  • Add cooked ground beef and onions to sauce and simmer on low for 20 minutes.
  • Serve over spaghetti noodles of choice.

**I serve it with Cesar salad and toasted sourdough with butter.

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Spice

I ran out of pumpkin pie spice when making pumpkin pancakes (num num!)this morning.  I threw together my own spice mix and wanted to share it with you.  Hope you all are enjoying the cooler (okay just ever so slightly cooler here in Texas) fall weather.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves

Add all ingredients to a spice bottle and shake well.

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

I tried out this wonderful new recipe for breakfast this morning.  My five year old, who LOVES oatmeal, absolutely went nuts over this dish.  I found this recipe after discovering Monica Swanson’s (THE GROMMOM) website, while listening to my favorite podcast God Centered Mom.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed (option to add or use chia seed as well)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, mellted optional really)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • (Optional – add 1/4 cup agave nectar if you want it sweeter)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

*Please find the rest of this delicious fall recipe at her website.

Enjoy!