Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I looked out the window and what did I see......






Popcorn popping on the apricot tree! I couldn't help it. I LOVE SPRING!! I love gardening. I love baking bread. I love cloth diapers. I love recycling. I love chickens. If I didn't live in a homeowners association, I would even have a mini sheep instead of a lawnmower. Hence pushing the suburban envelope... :D Also I added a link to Get Real- The inside poop to cloth diapers on my sight. If you have ever wondered about cloth, this event is for you! There are soooo many neat things out there today. Anywho... The pictures are for your viewing pleasure....So what's in bloom at your house?
Lov
Liv

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Went To My First Gardening Class.

Not my first one, but my first one here at the Rec Center. It's being taught by a Master Gardener and who couldn't learn a thing or two from them? And this Saturday, they scheduled a garden demonstration, hands on kind of thing. Guess who's dirt we are going to all play in, weather permitting of course, YOURS TRULY!!!! A master gardener is coming to plant my carrots! LOL!
Lov
Liv

Monday, March 22, 2010

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

The Laundry detergent is going well and I am pleasantly supprised. And since I have shared that, I thought I would share our Homemade All Purpose cleaner. Another way to kick out the toxic chemicals and save a ton of money!

Mix together

1 tbsp of Borax powder (find it in the laundry aisle of your supermarket)

3 tbsps of white vinegar

2 cups of water

1 tablespoon of dish soap

1 drop of essential oil such as Peppermint, Lemon, or On Guard(Theives) for fragrance (optional)

Pour it into a spray bottle you bought at the hardware store, give it a shake, and you are ready to clean.

Lov
Liv

Friday, March 19, 2010

I made my own Laundry Detergent today!


I admit it, I love the Duggars! I couldn't do 19 children but I think they do an awesome job. They also have a web page of their favorite recipes, including Laundry Detergent. I have been wanting to make it for 6 years (blush), but couldn't find all the ingredients to do so. In South Carolina I couldn't find Fels-Naptha Soap so I gave up. Then, the other day, when looking for Calgon Water Softner, there was the Soap and the Washing Soda. I couldn't believe it and couldn't pass up the chance to finally try it out.

I did wait until my other detergent ran out first. Then I shredded the bar today and got to work. Nikki mixed the soap as it heated up. I didn't have a 5 gallon bucket, well I do but it is a food grade bucket and I wasn't going to waste it on non food grade stuff. So I used two old laundry detergent buckets, one is 3 gallons and the other is 2 gallons. I couldn't use them for much else so it was perfect!

After I got it all mixed, it looked pretty much like soapy water and that concerned me. I was worried that it wouldn't gel up, like it said in the instructions. I messed up some icing recently so it was a valid concern. But this evening, sure enough it is gel! The instructions say to cut it in half again with water, but I just plan to use an 1/8 cup instead of diluting it again. I actually do have an 1/8 cup measuring cup somewhere around here, just got to find it. I will let you know how it goes, but for less than $2.00 for 640 loads, you can't beat the price. You can find the recipe and all the Duggar's Favorite Recipes HERE.

I also found that Rosemary Essential Oil complimented the smell that the Fels-Naptha already had. Laundry day tomorrow!
Lov
Liv

Monday, March 15, 2010

Do you need seeds for your garden?

This wonderful website is offering free vegetable garden seeds here.
And in this economy, this is a wonderful help that keeps on giving.
Lov
Liv

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring has Sprung so today was busy




The square foot gardens were getting low in compost. I have a huge truckload ordered for next Thursday but I needed to plant peas today. So we dug out and cleaned out the back two squares and moved that dirt to the front two squares. This allowed me the ability to plant the peas. Boy was that work. Not only did we clean out all the weeds and get that done, we cleaned out the whole back yard too. It seems our bored dog likes to chew plastic into little pieces. *rolleyes* Then pruned all the trees, vines, and bushes. Moved a bush to it's proper spot. Then completely cleaned out the garage. We needed to get all the garden stuff organized again. The lamp is ready for me to start some seeds. :) And while we were cleaning out the garage, we organized all the recyclables and put them in the van. It seems I will be dropping off everything from metal to plastics to cardboard to be recycled on Monday. Lastly, I signed up for a gardening class at the local Rec Center. You might be wondering why I would be taking a class about gardening, of all things. Well, I would love to learn new techniques but mostly for pest control. This is my first year doing cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and lettuce and we all know how hard it is to keep those from being gobbled up by every bug in the neighborhood. I'm tired now and it seems we have a couple of kiddos with the flu. Oh and that last picture is of my Scarecrow. It has a motion sensor on the front and when a little or big animal walks near, it sets off the sprinkler for a few seconds. The noise and water is suppose to scare off whatever is near the garden. Hopefully it will scare off the local bunnies.
Lov
Liv

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Most of it is in buckets now!




I am sooo happy and a bit tired. Just need to wash some more buckets. Might need to buy some more and lids too but it's mostly done. Want to see?! And the last picture is all that is left to put away. Yeah!
Lov
Liv

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Finally sat down with my seed and a calender.

And it seems I should of planted peas outside and broccoli and cabbage inside this last Saturday. But hey, I was busy with a blessing and a baptism then so this Saturday it shall happen instead. I might try to squeeze it in before then but the lids for the buckets arrived today!! And I've got some food storage to put away. I guess my rest (yea right!) from the baptism and spring cleaning is over.
I will post pictures soon.
Have you started your planting yet?
Lov
Liv

Monday, March 1, 2010

My Food Storage Orders Are In!!






Like I said earlier, I felt extremely compelled to get my food storage in order. So when our tax return came in, beside car repairs(YIKES) and Braces for our 8 year old (Double YIKES), we bought a ton of food for our year supply. And I am pretty sure that the "ton" part is literal. I'm still slowly building up our beans but pretty much everything else in the basics of food supply is now finally complete. Which is a good thing because I hear the prices of bread are getting close to doubling, in some areas, in less than 6 months. We found the food grade buckets used on craigslist and are in the process of cleaning them all up. I still have to order some new lids and Gamma lids this Thursday and then we can start the big process of packing it all away. I promise that when I finish, I will take pictures but until then here are some pictures of what we are starting with. And a picture of my 50lbs of powdered eggs that came in today as well as my year supply of gelatin from Honeyville Grain. They had the best prices for eggs (which are pretty expensive to begin with) and only $4.95 for shipping! You can never beat that kind of shipping prices!! Plus I signed up for their emails and waited until they sent out a 10% discount via email for my purchase.

Now to start my seeds in a couple of weeks for my big garden! Can't wait to do some canning this fall to complete it all!
Lov
Liv