Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Work It Wednesday: DIY Liquid Soap

We seem to go through liquid soap like crazy in my house! But for some reason, I'm not really a fan of buying more. Of course that may have something to do with the couple dozen or so bar soaps I have tucked in the closet. Along with elephant & sea shell shaped soaps (thanks, mom!). It became obvious that it was time to whip up some DIY Liquid Soap, myself.


Making your own liquid soap is super simple! 

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•Start by grating the soap & boiling the water. (One bar of soap to one gallon of water was the most common ration I found, but I used one elephant, two sea shells & 8C. of water.)

•Once the water has reached a full boil, remove from the heat & add the grated soap. Stir until thoroughly combined. 

•Allow the soap mixture to sit for 15-30 minutes before stirring again. At this point the soap will begin to thicken. 

•Next, let the mixture to sit for a few hours or overnight. If need be, you can add more soap or water until the desired consistency is reached. 

 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: BBQ Pork Hash

This deliciousness came about the morning after Damien's birthday party, when I had an abundance of BBQ Pork & baked potatoes leftover. I'll admit, that I was a bit wary of how this would taste. But every flavor held its own without being too overbearing. And, since it was made mostly from leftovers, it gets bonus points for being one of the fastest breakfasts yet! 


Here's how simple it is to take leftover BBQ Pork & baked potatoes into a tasty BBQ Pork Hash (no real recipe required).

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•Slice up the baked potatoes, fry them with a bit of olive oil & season with seasoned salt and black pepper.

•While the potatoes are frying, heat up the BBQ pork with a bit of extra BBQ sauce since the leftovers tend to get a bit dried out. 

•For the eggs, you can make sunny side up, over-easy or over-medium. Just be sure that you cook them in a bit of olive oil to help keep this already heavy dish on the lighter side. 

•To layer it all up, begin with the potatoes, BBQ pork, some shredded cheddar if you'd like) & the eggs. 

•Top it all off with some sour cream & green onion for a light finishing touch if you'd like & serve it with a side of toast. 
 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Snacktastic Saturday: Easy Cinnamon Sugar Cornbread

Excuse me while I sound like a broken record & once again tell you how much I love fall (I really do). Fall is synonymous with comfort food. Which always makes me instantly think of a nice big pot of chili. But don't forget the cornbread. And cinnamon sugar. Wait, what?! 


Let me clarify that this cornbread isn't meant to be eaten with the chili (unless you want to). But it does make for an amazing afternoon snack or even a tasty breakfast. 


•Start with your favorite cornbread (I always double or sometimes even triple whatever recipe I'm making so that I have plenty left over.)
•Warm it up in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
•Top it with a pat of butter & a generous sprinkling of cinnamon sugar. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fun Friday: Cinnamon Stick Votive Holder

I love the smell of fall! It's pumpkins, caramel & cinnamon all rolled into one. So even though I'm a huge stickler for holiday decorations (you won't find any scarecrows at my house until November), I always have to make this Cinnamon Stick Votive Holder as soon as the season starts. 


As long as you have a few supplies, you can make this is less than 5 minutes. And that's including the amount of time it takes for your hot glue gun to heat up.


•glass votive holder with smooth sides (mine happens to be from a Glade candle)
•raffia paper (to make it easier to glue the cinnamon sticks on)
•cinnamon sticks
•twine or other kind of ribbon (optional, but it gives the votive holder a nice touch)

-Start by unrolling your raffia paper & cutting it to fit the size of your votive holder. Then glue it down with a line of hot glue. 
-Next, glue the cinnamon sticks in place on top of the raffia paper. 
-If you'd like, you can tie a bit of twine or ribbon around it all & secure it in place with a dot of hot glue. 

 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Think It Thursday: It's Fall Y'all!


I absolutely adore this time of year! 


•Pumpkins & gourds galore
•The changing of the leaves is so beautiful
•Comfort food to help keep you warm
•Halloween & Trick-or-Treat
•Thanksgiving (complete with pumpkin pie of course)
•Hayrides & corn mazes
•Carving pumpkins & roasting the seeds
•The perfect weather for jeans & a hoodie
•Playing in the leaves
•Haunted houses
•My birthday (even though I usually don't celebrate it)


What do you love about fall?