Laundry Soap…so exciting!

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Not even being sarcastic, I am SOO excited!

So, I’ve been on the path of ridding our house of pretty much all chemicals for years, at least eight striving and at least four more before that halfheartedly.  Anyone else?

Anyway, sometime around 2008 I made my first batch of laundry soap.  It was a liquid one that used a five gallon bucket and lots of grating fels-naptha bars and stirring.  And, when it ran out the thought of making it again was quite discouraging.  I then moved to a dry powder using fels-naptha and borax, much easier to make (even with the grating of the bar), however, it still didn’t quite work.  All my husband’s white shirts eventually took on a dingy, icky look even though they were clean.

Then I moved to a different liquid, this one using mostly borax and washing soda, but you just dissolved in hot water…very easy.  However, this one, if you left the clothes in the washer for longer than about 10 minutes after it stopped the clothes started to smell a little bit musty.  Sometimes you’d pull a shirt from your drawer, and even if it’d been washed the week before, it would have that musty smell on it.  Gross.

Then, I went to a Health Food Co-op place and looked at the laundry soap…I couldn’t really afford anything, but figured I might get an idea to help and I did!  They had a quart jar of a dry laundry soap with the ingredients on it, “Washing Soda, Baking Soda, Castile Soap.”  I was floored, there couldn’t be a way to make a good laundry soap from those THREE items and no borax?!?!

So I made up a recipe, the recipe I’m going to share with you today.  I have no idea if these are the same ratios that they used at the store…it’s probably not, but it’s the ratio that makes it easy for me to remember. 1 C Baking Soda to 1 Cup Washing Soda to 1 Tablespoon Castile Soap.  I usually make a double batch, but when I get some more Castile Soap I’ll probably make a quad batch just for the fun of it, because I’m cool like that.

Oh, I totally forgot to tell you that I’ve been using this recipe for about two months now and I accidentally left a load in the washer for a day and it didn’t have that mildew smell!  Also, my husband has remarked that his shirts don’t smell at all, even the ones from last week.  I use Dr. Wood’s Almond Castile Soap because it’s cheaper, but you can use an unscented one if you want.  If the price of castile soap puts you off to trying the recipe, check out your local Health Food Co-op and see if they have it in bulk!

Alright, here is a graphic I made to cement it in your brains!  Wow, to think this is one of my longer posts, about Laundry Soap, my high school self would be scandalized…well maybe not. 🙂

Happy Laundry Day/Week/Life to you all!

Dairy Free Alfredo

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Dairy Free Alfredo…Did I read that right?

 

Oh, it’s got to be made with Cauliflower, right?  Nope.

 

Does it even taste like Alfredo?  Yes, yes it does.

 

Prove it.
Challenge Accepted.

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Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce

  • 4 Cups Cashew Milk (3/4 C. soaked cashews, rinsed and blended with 4 C. water)
  • 2 T. Potato Starch
  • 1 T. Salt
  • 1 T. Minced Onion
  • 1/2 T. Garlic, minced or powder
  • 1/2 t. Pepper
  • 1/2 t. Italian Seasoning, optional

Pour milk in large sauce pan. Add starch and spices, whisk until combined.  Turn heat on to medium high, whisk constantly.  Bring to a boil, boil a couple minutes until thickened, and BAMM-O!!

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Serve over noodles, rice noodles or vegetables, depending on other food sensitivities!  Add chicken and/or veggies.  Due to my many food sensitivities I usually have it over a bed of stir fry veggies from Costco.

It’s amazing how a recipe that gives you back a little bit of ‘normal’ can become a beacon of hope and comfort.  I hope this recipe restores a little bit of hope that you’ll be okay, even without dairy, gluten, corn, rice, or anything else.  Sorry to those with cashew allergies!

 

American Guinea Hogs

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American Guinea Hogs–For Sale!!

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We have 17 little piglets that are ready to join your farm and eventually your table!  However, they’re a smaller breed so you could even have them as a pet.

Here is our daughter laughing her head off because the stinkin’ pig jumped out of the laundry basket straight into her arms!

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According to the American Guinea Hog Association, “The American Guinea Hog is the ideal sustainable heritage farm pig, known for its moderate size, excellent foraging abilities, friendly temperament, excellently flavored meat and indispensable lard.  While the American Guinea Hog is smaller than industrial hog breeds, it is a good-sized farm pig providing a nice, well-marbled carcass.”

$75 for one little piggie

$140 for two little piggies

$200 for three little piggies

Contact us for pick-up information–located in Northern Idaho

EmidaBee@outlook.com

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Norwex…cleaning the easy way?

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Okay, so I was invited to a Norwex party maybe nine years ago?  And I didn’t have the money or the brainpower (something about having a bunch of little kids running around) to order anything or look at it very much.

Then, a couple months ago I was invited to another FB party for Norwex, since it was on FB and I could just show up in my p.j.’s I figured huh, wonder what it’s about.  The party was run very well and had this amazing video that really helped me see the benefit of Norwex products.  I’ve already explored the awesome benefits of silver, so this totally makes sense.

Watch this video and COME BACK HERE. 🙂

What did you think?  How many times have you wiped up egg and then forgotten to disinfect?  I love the idea that I can clean with a cloth and have it actually be CLEAN!!

I don’t think I’ll go full board with Norwex, but I did sign up with the ‘Try it’ kit that was on sale a couple months after the party!  Here is my business page link if you want to try out some of the products.  My kit came with a veggie cloth, a window cloth and a regular one (and some other goodie)!  I should do my own you-tube video!  I love that the cloths are safe for kids and KILL germs easy peasy!

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I think I want the dust mitt next, that sounds heavenly to hand it to the kids and have them fight over who gets to dust!

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Which product looks the most interesting to you?

If you’d like to purchase, I would love to help!  Check out the catalog, e-mail me (emidabee@outlook.com) what you’d like and I’ll send you an invoice!

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Usborne Books

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I. Love. Books.  I do.  I usually fill the shelves with good condition books from yard sales and thrift shops.  I love the feeling of finding a super awesome deal on a book.

However, if I do spend actual money on a book, it’s an Usborne Book.  These books are awesome, great, wonderful, fabulous, incredible, affordable…your choice on which word fits best.

I like to say that the non-fiction is my favorite, but then I look at the little kid books and fawn over them too, as well as the wipe-clean ones and oh, I love, love, love the condensed classics (Shakespeare, Dickens, other classics in a compilation, old fairy tales that have been lost over time)…yeah, I think you get the picture. I. Love. Usborne. Books.

Here are some from my personal collection, I was awarded most of these for a party I held.

 

Here are a couple reviews of some of our favorites.

Also, my good friend Chelsea happens to be a consultant and she’d love to help you host your own FB party, or you can just drain your savings account and spurge on all the amazing titles!  Click below to see everything.

Our Menagerie of Animals

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Alright, menagerie isn’t quite the correct word because “A menagerie is a collection of captive animals, frequently exotic, kept for display; or the place where such a collection is kept, a precursor to the modern zoological garden.”  We are not housing exotic animals, but maybe our house is exotic?  Anyway, here are our current animal residents.

Ruby, beautiful, playful Ruby.

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Jo-Jo and her kitten crew

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The Sheep.  Yes, they’re sheep.  Katahdin sheep who have hair and not wool.  These are our ‘lawn mowers’ who help keep the grass and thus the defensible space under control.

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The Pigs.  Papa Pig, two mom pigs, Ham & Bacon, my two favorites.  They are obnoxiously out all the time, we’ve been working and working on keeping them in…I’m sure we’ll do a you-tube video of attempt #76 soon.

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Chickens…laying chickens.

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Chickens…meat chickens.  Cornish X, nice fat fryer chickens.

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Lonely Duck, our other ducks were not fast enough and have been hurt by aerial birds.  Soon we’ll try and boost up our flock.  Ducks like being around other ducks, safety in numbers etc.  They will stick around chickens, but they prefer water and ducks!

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Well, I think that’s it unless you count the neighbor boys.

Every animal has a reason, even the cats.

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Wild Fires

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We are not from around here…we are from the Western parts of Oregon and Washington.  Two places where you never have to pray for rain, you just have to wait a couple minutes.  A place where a country home with moss instead of grass is not uncommon.  A place of gray skies, cozy fires, a deep appreciation for every sun filled sky and lament for days over 80*.

The biggest difference between where we lived and grew up and Northern Idaho is just that…rain.  Rain and wild fires due often to a lack of rain.  I won’t lie, it’s different to hear, ‘I hope we get some good rain.’  And that’s in the month of April!  Thankfully this year was much, much better in the rain department and the whole west is not on fire.

However, five days ago a blaze was found in the forest 11 miles from our house.  Eleven miles.  I don’t know when the freak out or when to stay calm, I’m not from here!  Watching the local FB sites has helped.  They had the blaze contained at 80% the next day!  And then the next day it looked like 64* outside when it was just smoke, the wind had reduced containment to 15%.  Do I now panic?  What do I take with me, what do I leave, when do I start packing? I don’t know.

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The fire is being taken care of by a team out of Montana as well as local help.  They have base camp set up two miles from our house, tents, trailers, honey buckets and everything.

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*Photos by our County Sheriff

Do you live in a fire area?

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