Monday, March 15, 2010

Homemade Sugar Cookies

Anytime I can bake something from scratch I do. I think making something at home tastes so much better and saves you a ton.
The best part about doing this is the reward of seeing someone eat your food and love it. Great memories.
I called my mom up and asked her to send me over a recipe from one of her old recipe books. I find these to be so much better then the fancy new recipes out there. Old fashion is really the best way to go.
I made these same cookies with my mom as a kid so I knew they would be yummy.

Traditional Sugar Cookies:
3/4 cup shortening (part butter or margarine for taste)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 Tsp vanilla extract or 1/2 lemon extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tsp Baking powder
1 Tsp salt
Mix thoroughly shortening, sugar, eggs, and flavoring. Blend in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover: chill at least 1 hour.
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough 1/8 inch think on lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 6-8 minutes or until light brown.
Makes about 4 dozen 3 inch cookies

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Line drying

The weather is getting a little warmer and the sun is shining bright. So this is the best time to get the line hung up so I can start hanging the laundry out to dry.

I love fresh clean clothes that have been hung up on the line outside all day. Basking in the light, with the cool breeze drying them. The sun is great for getting your whites even whiter.
This is the best time to use my batch of Homemade Laundry Detergent. I hope that it keeps the clothes smelling good while hanging out in the air outside. Sometimes, living near a house that runs a nasty old water fountain makes your clothes smell like old water. But if the breeze is right my clothes are just fine.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Laundry detergent

I decided to start making my own Laundry Detergent. This way I know what's going in the detergent I am using on my clothes. No harsh chemicals, cheaper and a lot more.
This took very little time and ingredients to make.

Here is how I made it:

Homemade Laundry Detergent

2 cups Hot tap water
1/2 Fels-Napthat soap bar (grated)
1/2 cup Washing Soda (not baking soda)
1/2 cup Borax

Add grated Fels-Naptha bar soap to saucepan with 2 cups pf hot water. Stir over medium heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

Fill a 5 gallon bucket half way with hot water. Add melted soap, washing soda and borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with hot water. Stir and cover. let it sit overnight to thicken.

This is how it should look when you are you uncover it the next day.

Just be sure to stir this every time you go to use it.

For top loading machines us 5/8 cup per load

For front loading machines use 1/4 cup per load

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Project to finish up

I have 2 orders to fulfill and then working on another for a customer who is looking for a apron to be made with a embroidery design to match a tattoo she put on a customer. Very interesting and I love a challenge.
I hope to get both projects done, one is simple, a handkerchief with initials embroidered on and then a mother daughter set with a superwoman fabric print, really cute.
Today is very chilly, so working outside on the backyard or playing with the boys, most likely will not happen. I am still getting over with having a sinus infection and possibly strep, so no getting sick again for me.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sorry for being MIA

I promise to come back to my blog and try and post daily.
I started my business a few months back and all of the sudden it took off. So I have been quite busy with that, remodeling my home and just being a mom. All of those take quite a bit of time up.
I will hopefully have a new post up tomorrow about the remodelind we did the past few weeks.