Thursday, January 15, 2015

How to clean your tub/shower - Soooo exciting! ;)

We have lived in this house for just over 20 years now.  I just cleaned the bathroom.  I would have preferred to write that I clean it every week, but I don't always do that.  I was thinking about that as I was down on my hands and knees washing the floor and I decided that I've probably cleaned that bathroom about 500 times in the years we have lived here.  That's a lot of times.  Not remarkable, except, that I have finally, as of today, come up with the Best Method Ever for cleaning our bathtub/shower.  It is one of those molded fiberglass units, very smooth and nice, actually. Unfortunately, like all such things, it gets a build up of soap scum and grunge on it.  I have tried many ways to clean it - "scrubbing bubbles", Commet cleanser, Bar keeper's Friend, baking soda, borax, and probably some I don't even remember.  All of them were okay, but nothing to get too excited about.  But NOW!!!!  TA-Da!!!  Eureka!  I have discovered something.  You are going to be amazed and shocked! 

Here is the scrubber thingie I've been using for a few years now, and I love it.  It does make the job easier.  These sorts scrubbers are available all over the place.  Just look in the area where they sell rubber gloves and toilet bowl brushes.  Here is one available online.

Now comes the secret -  Get the scrubber wet first.  Then, squirt a smallish stream of cheap shampoo in the bottom of your tub.  Then scrub as usual.  Voila!  Clean!  Easy!  Sparkling!

It makes sense... I mean, we use that stuff to wash our hair and it removes oils and other things.  It Really Works.  I used Suave (because that's what I have on hand) but I'm sure any regular shampoo would work.  There is no need to use anything expensive.

Try it and see what you think!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

It's here! - Sort of...

Here is our mobile home, out in the road yesterday.

And here it is in place.

There is still a lot of work to be done to get it set properly, and install all of the utilities.  But, at least it is here!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

More Rag Rugs!

See this mess??

My kitty likes it.  As you can see, my dining room is not exactly ready for company.  That is because we are preparing to move into our mobile home after it gets here.  I am trying to make some braided rag rugs to put by the bedsides in our new bedroom.  I found THIS tutorial, and am following it. 

I went to our local Goodwill store and purchased 3 bed sheets.  I began working on the braid and suddenly something occurred to me.  My sweet cousin, a number of months ago, redecorated her guest bedroom and she gave me the bed comforter, curtains, lamps with shades, pillow shams and sheets that she was done using.  When I bought the sheets for the rugs, I was not thinking AT ALL about trying to match them to the decor in our bedroom.  But, I got up from where I was working and brought out one of the lampshades.  As you can see, my rugs will match perfectly!

This really made me smile.  Here is the shade atop the fabrics:

Nothing short of amazing!

I tore all of the sheets into 2 inch strips:

And, I've been braiding them into a long long braid.  Instead of joining them as she did in her instructions, I am sewing them like this:

Then I trim off the excess:

and here is how that seam looks:

The rug will be smoother and I think maybe a bit more durable?

When you are braiding, you need something to hold onto the completed braid while you work.  My husband made this really cool thing for me. 

The part hanging down below wrapped in duct tape is metal and very heavy.  All I have to do is push it up and advance my work.  Pure genius!  He saw me struggling with a clamp and knew it would make my hand sore after a while.  I do love that man.  I will, hopefully, post pictures when I get the rugs done.  This is fun :).

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas!

To all of my Gentle Readers and Friends, you make my life richer and I wish you the best at this sacred time of year.  God bless you all!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Homemade rag rugs for our new house!

I've never made rugs before.  Our trailer house is going to have all vinyl flooring (my choice - I hate taking care of carpets) so I knew I'd want some throw rugs.  Nice ones are hard to find, I found.  :)  I have a small rigid heddle loom and although those are not designed to weave rugs, I knew I could do it if I would just beat in the weft carefully by hand.  So, with my husband's help, I warped the loom with the kind of cotton string that is used for rugs, bought some sheets at the thrift store and started to work.  Here they are.  After they were completed, I ran them through the washer and then hung them to dry, so you are only looking at half of each one.

Here are the three rugs.

They are a bit rough looking (I am a beginner) but I do like them and I think they will be very nice in our humble home. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Yummy Cranberry Relish !

My sister made this wonderful cranberry relish.  I am going to be roasting a turkey that I bought at a very low price recently, so I made some of this relish today.  She uses 3/4 cup of sugar, and that seems like a lot, although it was awfully good, so I decided to play around with the amount.  Now, if you make this, add your sugar gradually and taste the relish, because some oranges are sweeter than others, and of course, your preference may be much different than mine.

Cranberry Relish

1 whole orange, including skin, but not the seeds, cut into 12 pieces.
1 bag of fresh cranberries

Process all of this in a food processor.
Begin adding sugar and stirring well, tasting as you go.

I ended up using 1/2 cup of sugar.

This is really good on it's own, and also nice in a jello salad.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Low Sugar Apple Pie :)

See that?  It's actually a Healthy Homemade Apple pie and quite delicious.  You will be pleasantly surprised!  I had several apples past their prime and wanted to use them, so I made one of these yesterday.  We really like it.

Low Sugar Apple Pie Filling

7 cups of apples, washed, cored, and sliced thinly (I leave the peelings on, but you don't have to.)
1 Tablespoon quick tapioca OR 3 Tablespoons corn starch
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk


1. Stir all of the above ingredients together thoroughly.
2.  Pour into a pie plate lined with a pie crust (refer to recipe in my last post, only this time, I used 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup unbleached.)
3. Cut 3 vents in the top crust and put it on top of the pie and flute the edges.  Protect edges of pie crust with strips of foil.
4.  Bake in pre-heated 350 F oven for 1 hour.  Then, insert a small sharp knife into one of the vent holes and check to see if the apples are done.  They need to be Very Tender.  It could take up to 90 minutes altogether.
5.  Cool before serving.
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