A New Year!

I will be trying to incorporate new, healthy habits into my daily routine. Stay tuned for my adventures in sticking to a workout schedule and sprouting!

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Giveaway: Gallon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Chaffin Family Orchards

We use olive oil in cooking, dipping, salad dressings, etc. I would love to win this gallon of extra virgin olive oil. More details about this giveaway can be found on The Healthy Home Economomist’s blog. She has some great ideas for cooking and all things budget savvy.

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Halloween Potluck ideas!

If you are looking for spooky/fun dishes to make for your halloween potluck, go check out “A Picky Palate” blog for some kid friendly ideas.

Here’s what I’ve decided to make! They are so cute and seem really easy to put together.

Breadstick Mummy Dogs

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Giveaway for a Perfect Portions Scale!

Erica Lee from “Cooking for Seven” blog is giving away one of these babies! Go to her website to find out more about it!

 

Perfect Portions Scale

Perfect Portions Scale

 

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Making homemade soap

Last weekend a friend and I got together at her house and she showed me how to make soap.  Not the melt-n-pour way, but the cold process way. She’s been making her own soap for a little over a year. So I was feeling comfortable enough in her ability to show me the right way to do it. We used the cold process way to make soap. And initially I was a little intimidated by the process. Having to deal with lye and the chemical reaction with water and the oils (called saponification), seemed tricky and had the potential to be dangerous. But we measured out the ingredients using a kitchen scale that could hold 16oz. of oils. We used Palm oil, coconut oil and olive oil for the base oils in my soap. I mixed in some tea tree oil and peppermint oil for the scent.  Then we mixed in the lye and water mixture in with the oils and used a stick blender to emulsify the mixture. We did this until the consistence was like a thick custard or pudding. We then pulled out our lined soap mold and started filling the mold with our mixture.

The only downside to the soap making process is that it can take up to 6 weeks for the soap to cure and become more mellow so it won’t be so harsh on the skin. I can’t wait to try out this soap. I want to feel the tingle and cooling feeling of the soap on my skin from the peppermint.  I promise that I will post a more detailed step-by-step with photos of the whole soap making process. :) Stay tuned….

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Developing a new daily routine

I’ve developed a new daily routine. So far it is working out well. I’ve been making sure I do a little bit of cleaning each night. This makes my deep cleaning on the weekend that much quicker and there’s a whole lot less to do. This gives me more time to do the things I haven’t had time to do like sewing, knitting, gardening, or  “name of your activity“. :)

This has improved my mood, and I’m able to enjoy more time with my daughter in the evenings!

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A Productive Night

grass

long grass

I felt so good yesterday. I finally cut the grass after work! Yay me!! Came inside the house after cutting the grass and cleaned the kitchen, made my lunch for tomorrow, and even got to sewing dh’s school bag whose strap had pulled away from the main bag. It gave me great joy to use my new singer sewing machine which was straight out of the box. It sewed through the thick strap and two layers of canvas fabric like butter. Was simply a joy to use the new machine!!!

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