Tuesday, September 30, 2008
After the movie we went to wal mart where Christina did her best shop ever. Her total was 97.00 before coupons and she paid 21.00 after. I was so proud of her.
My total was about 87.00 before coupons and 25.00 after.
She actually did better than the Queen. LOL.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
A commenter asked where I get the lye for my soap. I buy it from the grocery store but only one of the three stores I shop has it. They are each in different states as well. That's what happens when you live in the Oklahoma panhandle. I shop in Guymon Oklahoma, 28 miles from here, or Perryton Texas, 33 miles from here or Liberal, Kansas 35-38 miles from here.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
How I make soap
All Purpose Soap
24 oz. coconut oil = 1lb. 8 oz.
38 oz. lard = 2 lbs. 6 oz.
24 oz. olive oil (inexpensive kind) =1lb. 8 oz.
Total weight of fats is 5# 6oz.
I don’t always use these measurements. If I don’t have enough olive oil, I make up for it with another kind. Sometimes I even use all lard. I even use all recycled oil from the cafe in town after I strain it several times.
12 oz. lye ( I use household 100% lye drain opener)
32 oz. water (When I am making goats milk soap I use fresh goats milk instead of water, it needs to be very cold. It will turn a beautiful yellow and then to a tanish brown. I wish it would stay the lovely yellow.)
2 oz fragrance
½ to ¾ cup chopped oats (optional)
2- thermometers (candy thermometers work fine)
Measure everything by weight.
Line molds with freezer paper (shiny side up) or parchment paper.
Prepare all ingredients before starting process.
Run sink part way full of cold water and set plastic container of water 32oz. into sink.
Slowly pour measured lye into water while stirring.
When lye water and oils are both at 110 – 120 degrees at the same time, slowly add lye water to
oils while mixing with stick blender.
When mixture comes to trace add fragrance, color and other add ingredients if desired.
Mix these in and pour into mold(s).
Cover with parchment or freezer paper and a couple of towels or a blanket.
Let sit undisturbed 24 hours.
At this time remove soap from mold and slice into bars of the desired size.
When I remove the soap from the molds I cut it into 4 bars 2 inches wide.
I then slice it into 1 inch pieces.
My husband made my molds which are 8 in. X 9in.
We used 1X4 lumber for the sides.
For the bottom we just found a board to fit and used that.
I use a mitre box, to cut the soap into one inch pieces.
Let cure for three weeks before using.
This recipe makes approx. 36 bars of soap and fills one 8X9 inch mold.
My kefir multiplies like crazy. I send some to friends and still it goes crazy. I finally had to put some to dry again to store in the freezer. I have never tried to use from the freezer because mine is more than enough. It takes up the space in the jar and I have to keep using bigger and bigger jars. I wanted to take a picture to show how I dry mine out to put in the freezer. I just spread it out on paper towels and place paper towels over it to keep out pesky flies or whatnot. I stir it every day with clean hands until it is very dry. I then label it and keep it in the freezer.
I would be glad to send anyone in the continental united states some kefir for $5.00 to cover postage and packaging. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org please write kefir in the memo section so I will know its not spam.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The steam canner is so easy to use. It takes just 6-7 cups of water. It is much lighter than a water bath canner and it can be used over and over without waiting for all that water to boil.
By the way, I learned about the steam canner from Paul and Bernice Noll's canning web site last year and have been using mine for two years. Remember it does not replace a pressure canner only a water bath canner. The Noll's web site is listed on my right sidebar.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
God, give each true good woman
Her own small house to keep,
No heart should ache with longing,
No hurt should go too deep.....
Grant her age-old desire:
A house to love and sweep.
Give her a man beside her,
A kind man, and a true,
And let them work together
And love, a lifetime through,
And let her mother children
As gentle women do.
Give her a shelf for dishes,
And a shining box for bread,
A white cloth for her table,
And a white spread for her bed,
A shaded lamp at nightfall,
And a row of books much read.
God, let her work with laughter,
And let her rest with sleep.
No life can truly offer
A peace more sure and deep....
God, give each true woman
Her own small house to keep
~Grace Noll Crowell~~~~~~~1934~~~~~~
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I deep cleaned my stove this morning. Whew what a mess.
Its a beautiful cool day. I turned on the water for the greenhouse. Cleaned the kitchen.
The girls are doing their school work. Joy's geometry books came in and she is excited. They are teaching textbooks, they have ACT and SAT test lessons built right in. Every single problem is explained. She thinks they will be good.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
1 1/2 c. warm water
2 heaping T. yeast
2 T. sugar
let stand a few minutes for it to begin to bubble
I make this in my kitchen aid mixer.
After the mixture is getting bubbly, I add 3 T. oil
1 t. salt
I then begin to add flour. I don't measure anything hardly so I don't know how much I add. I just add some, mix add some, mix, until it pulls away from sides and feels good. I then let the mixer mix it with the dough hook for a few minutes. Let rest a few minutes and then pat and roll out onto greased or oiled pizza pans.
1 can tomato paste or tomato sauce (if using paste I add 2 cans of water)
1 beef bullion cube
1 pinch sugar
1 t. garlic salt
Let this simmer for a few minutes.
Spread the sauce on to your pizzas and top as desired.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
This evening we start the kids church program back up for the year. We are all helping except Hannah who will be participating. Jeff and I volunteered to do the snacks. Joy will teach a class and I'm not sure what Mollie wants to do. We will see tonight what we really end up doing. LOL
We had a nice family reunion in Clovis NM over Labor day. Not a very big turn out but good to see all who came. Joy motioned to have the reunion at our house next year and the vote carried. So I told the girls, we have a year to get the house ready for the reunion.
Actually I do want to build an outdoor kitchen before the reunion. I want it to be enclosed with screen and be big enough to actually have fun in. I kind of have it planned out in my head. We will see what gets done.
It has been sprinkling here all day, thank you Jesus, so we just pulled stone and didn't make any today. We will make some tomorrow. We have 150 sq. ft. to finish up this order. Next Monday we will start on the next order which is only two days worth.
take care and have a great day.
Monday, September 1, 2008
1-cottenelle wipes @ 3.59 1.99 with 7 day coupon -1.00 mq
3- puf kleenex @ 1.49 .89 with 7 day coupon -25cent mq
6- Preparation H wipes @ 3.99 each IPC -3.00 easy saver booklet -1.00 +1.01 each
1- Jane cosmetic brush @ 4.99 - 2.00 coupon plus its a mail in rebate for 4.99 so profit of 2.00
1- Hershey's symphony bar @ 1.79
total before coupons and discounts 43.65
total after 2.13
used a 2.00 RR and 13 cents cash.
woo hoo yippie