Monday, March 23, 2015

Brown sugar and butter pork chops

What could be better on pork than brown sugar and butter! Yum yum!  It is so good.
It is very easy to make!

All you need is some pork chops, brown sugar, butter and a little worchestershire sauce!

1 Tablespoon of brown sugar per pork chop
1  Tablespoon of butter per pork chop
A sprinkle of worchestershire sauce on each pork chop

Bake at 350 degrees for an hour!

Its yummy! My hubby loved it!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

DIY Bath Jellies!

This is a simple recipe for luscious bath jellies. Sometimes you need to have something special to take away the day. These jellies smell so good and feel very luscious on your skin. The essential oils will take you to that special place.

When I made this recipe I used Dr Bronner's lavender liquid castile soap, I love the scent, and I used lemon essential oil. It smells so wonderful! There are many recipes out there, I like to make it my own.

DIY Bath Jellies

2 packets of unflavored gelatin

3/4 cup of water

1/2 liquid castile soap (I used Dr Bronner's lavender liquid castile soap, you can use unscented or any other scent)

15 to 30 drops of essential oils. ( I used 15 drops of lemon essential oil because I used lavender scented castile soap) If you use unscented castile soap use 30 drops of essential oils. (use any scent you enjoy)

1 teaspoon of salt

1-2 drops of food coloring (optional). I used 2 drops of red food coloring

Molds or ice trays of your choice.

Body safe glitter (optional)

Sprinkle body safe glitter in your molds (optional)

Boil water and add 2 packages of unflavored gelatin, whisk until dissolved.
Add your liquid castile soap, essential oils and food coloring (if using),whisk until dissolved.
Add 1 teaspoon of salt, stir until dissolved
Pour your mixture in your desired molds.
Place in refrigerator, uncovered, for a couple of hours.

Store in cool/dry place. I keep my in the refrigerator.

Now you can enjoy your luscious bath jellies!

More to come!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Easy chicken casserole with one piece of chicken.

I enjoy cooking, but I don't want to spend all day in the kitchen. This recipe is easy and it doesn't take long to cook.

Chicken Casserole

1 piece of chicken boiled and shredded.
1 bag of Vigo yellow rice
1 can of cream of mushroom soup

1. Cook the Vigo rice according to the directions

2.  In a large bowl mix the cream of mushroom soup and a 1/2 a can of water until blended.

3.  Add chicken and rice mix well. Put in a casserole dish bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

You don't have to add spices to this recipe because the rice is completely seasoned.


More to come!


Friday, March 13, 2015

How to save on meat and keep it from freezer burn!

Meat prices are outrageous! I always try to buy my meat on sale. Most of the time I buy my meat in bulk. Here are some things you can do to save on meat:

1. Buy your meat on sale or marked down. At walmart every day they start marking down their meat at about 7am. Wherever you buy your meat ask them when and if they mark down their meat, you can save a lot buying it this way.

2. Keep your meat fresh in the freezer by wrapping it in wax paper. Take your meat out of the original package and wrap it in wax paper. After you wrap your meat put it in freezer bags. The wax paper will provide an extra layer of protection from freezer burn. I have been doing this for years, I have not had a problem with freezer burn.

3. Use less meat per meal. Like spaghetti, use a 1/2 pound of meat instead of a whole pound. Make casseroles they usually call for less meat. Whenever I buy pork chops on sale, especially butterfly pork chops, I cut them in half instead of using the whole chop for one serving.

Just doing these three things you can save a lot on meat and keep it fresh in the freezer. I know I have saved a lot.

More to come!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Valance made with a sheet in 30 minutes

Have you ever looked at the prices of curtains? They can be rather pricey,  I don't want to pay prices  like that for curtains.

I was in a store the other day looking in the clearance section and found a twin sheet on sale for two dollars, I thought wow this pattern will go perfectly in my kitchen. The sheet is big enough to make more than one valance. So, I can make some curtains or whatever out of the rest of it.

Pinned for hem
Making a valance out of a sheet is very easy. First I folded the sheet length wise, then at the top of sheet ,where it has a hem already, I measured 16 inches and marked it with a cloth marker. I made several marks, then I cut it out. The hem that is already in the sheet will be the bottom of the valance. I measured for a 1 inch hem where I cut the sheet all the way across, then I pinned it. I made a simple stitch with the sewing machine all across where I had it pinned. Then I measured from the hem I just made two inches, I pinned that all across it. I sewed it all across where I had pinned it. Now you have made a 2 inch pocket to put your curtain rod in.
Top of sheet/bottom of valance

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Get rid of ant hills!

Let's get rid of the ant hills! I have a good way of getting rid of them. All you need is grits. I know this sounds silly, but it works. I use this method all the time. It is very cost effective.

I was very skeptical about using grits this way. I noticed some ant hills in my yard, I thought, why not give it a try. I tried it and the ant hill and ants were gone in a few days.

 I don't like buying things with a lot of chemicals in them, they are harsh. If you have children or pets the less chemicals you buy the better.

When you see an ant hill just sprinkle some grits on the hill, be sure to cover the hill completely. In a few days they will be gone. You need to use plain grits not the flavored kind.

More to come!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Cornstarch-5 unusual uses

Cornstarch is a simple ingredient that you use for cooking but, you can do so many more things with it. I was amazed at how many things you can do with it.

1. Face powder
    It will absorb excess oil. It works well, I have oily skin and I use it every day.

2. Untangle knots.
     Just sprinkle a little cornstarch on the knot, and the knot will be easier to untangle.
3. Soothe sunburn.
     Make a paste with water and cornstarch and apply to sunburn and let it dry and rinse
     with warm water.

4. Remove odors from sneakers
    Just sprinkle corn starch in your sneakers, it will absorb the odor.

5. Get rid of oily greasy stains on clothes and carpets
    Sprinkle cornstarch on stain let sit for a awhile and launder as usual or if on carpet

Cornstarch is a natural starch derived from the corn kernel.

More to come!