No-Grate Homemade Laundry Soap

homemade laundry detergent

Despite all the enthusiasm over making homemade laundry detergent recently...I continue to hear murmurings from those who just can't bring themselves to grate soap and cook it on the stove. It apparently just isn't going to happen. :-) I'm not naming any names...but my older sister would probably freely admit she didn't ... Continue Reading

How to Borrow Library Books on Your Kindle

Did you know you could download books to your Kindle through your public library??? Well *I* didn't.  But I do now! :-) There are tons of free books to borrow and it’s really easy to do with a Kindle because Amazon.com uses whispernet to wirelessly sync the books with your Kindle…no cable required. To find out if your ... Continue Reading

Easy Cheesy Enchilada Casserole

There are several things I REALLY liked about this dish! #1. It reminded us of an old family favorite, Fireman's Goulash, that we rarely make anymore since Celiac's entered our lives. I personally have yet to discover a really GOOD gluten free pasta. We even renamed it Mexican Goulash. :-) #2. It was voted the #1 Casserole ... Continue Reading

Essential Oils 101

essential oils

...and a recipe for Rosemary and Lavender Calming Spray!  I want to begin this post by saying I am NO EXPERT on Essential Oils. Far from it actually. My Mom, and my sisters and nieces could all give you much more information than me on this subject. I am just getting acquainted with all the wonderful and amazing applications ... Continue Reading

Make Your Own Eye Makeup Remover and Reusable Pads.

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Quite awhile ago I wrote about making your own make up remover wipes. It was killing me to pay the high price of the ones sold in the stores. Lately, however, a couple of other things have been bothering me about the whole taking makeup off thing! First, since getting rid of paper towels in the kitchen...I feel a little ... Continue Reading

Mom’s Nacogdoches Chocolate Cake

I'm not sure why....but I have had this recipe on my mind for over a month now! I hardly ever make it...but growing up I remember my Mom making it a LOT...to rave reviews.When I was mixing it up the other night...my kids were asking me what it was...that's how often I have made it! Hardly ever.  But for some reason, I ... Continue Reading

Make Your Own SIMPLE Moisturizing Lotion

Homemade lotion

I have been wanting to make my own lotion for a LONG time! But I haven't been able to find QUITE the right "recipe" for me. There are as many formulations for lotion out there as there are fish in the sea it seems! Heavy, light. Greasy, non-greasy. Scented, unscented.  etc etc etc. To be honest I wasn't exactly sure what I ... Continue Reading