Friday, May 23, 2014

Food Storage Friday: Pineapple Jam

Matt really loves Pineapple, I really don't.  When I saw this recipe I had to try making it for Matt's benefit.  Not to mention pineapple was inexpensive enough for me to make it.  It seemed like a pretty simple recipe.

I found it in this book, which tells all of the safe ways to bottle everything.

Chopping up the pineapple was the hardest part, but not to hard.

Here it is all finished.  It turned out really sweet but really good, in Matt's opinion.  It was more like a syrup, next time I will be adding some pectin.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wednesday Wellness: Basic H for Windows

Yeah, I know cleaning your windows is a no brainer, however I had questions as to whether or not it would work when I started.  By the way incase you needed the info, all you need it 1-2 drops in 16 oz. of water.

Basic H window cleaner doesn't evaporate when you are wiping it, because there is no alcohol based ingredients in it.  I takes a little bit more wiping to have the window dry, but it cleans just as well with out the amonia smell.  I never really liked using commercial glass cleaners because the all smell funny, and when you spray it there are always fumes that are misted into the air.  I always felt like I needed to wash my hands after cleaning the windows, I didn't want to have any of the chemicals in my body.

I use terry cloth to clean my windows.  I am not a huge fan of paper towels, they aren't as good for the environment and they cost more money in the long run.

My daughter really likes her window markers, and I really don't.  But at least I can easily clean it off my windows with Basic H2.

Here are her markers on my gate, the artwork is mine (not the best but okay).

The cleaning process has begun

Half done and it is working great.

Here is my reclaimed (from her markers) gate.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Food Storage Friday: Kiwi Preserves

I really love kiwi, and Austin is right there with me.  I decided that I need to try some more unusual recipes, and kiwi was right up that alley.  It turned out to be a pretty easy recipe.

I again found it in this cook book, which I am loving.

This was the most daunting part of the task.  Peeling and cutting up all of the kiwis.

The finished product looks so amazing.  I got to try a bit of the left over and it was really yummy.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wednesday Wellness: Basic H

Last week I introduced this theme and the first product I will be sharing about.  Basic H2 is an amazing product,  I absolutely love it and use a lot of it.  When I decided to start Wednesday Wellness, I realized that I needed to spend a lot of time on Basic H2.  There are so many things that it can do, more things than I even knew were possible.

The other thing that I love about Basic H2 is the safety.  It is safe enough that you can bath babies in it but effective enough to clean well.  You could drink it and not be poisoned (though it is still soap so it probably won't taste good, so I wouldn't recommend it).  Won't hurt my kids and cleans well, sounds like a win win to me.

Today I will show you how it's mixed for normal applications.  Right on the bottle there are already direction for a lot of ways to use it.  Window cleaner, All Purpose cleaner, Degreaser, and Floor cleaner.  That covers all of my main cleaning.  I love that I don't really need to much else.

For Window cleaner, mixing 1 to 2 drops of Basic H2 into 16 ounces of water in a spray bottle does the trick.  I works like a charm.

My very favorite is the All Purpose cleaner, for that all it takes is 1/4 teaspoon in a 16 ounce spray bottle of water an your all set.

The degreaser works really well, and at 1 1/2 teaspoons of Basic H2 in another 16 ounce spray bottle it is really easy to mix up.

For mopping floors all you need is 1 tablespoon of Basic H2 in a gallon of hot water, this is the only product I clean my floors with.  It even work great on wood floors.

Monday, May 12, 2014

What Do Test Tubes and Matt Have Do With One Another?

Does your significant other ever come up with some unusual ideas?  Sometimes I wonder what I got myself into when I married Matt (pretty sure he thinks the same about me).  There have been a lot of times when I have to shake my head and say "Whatever Honey".

I am sure we all have those times where our ideas seem cooky to others.  Then there are those times when our ideas are totally brilliant and others wonder where on Earth you came up with it.  That is how I feel about Matt this time.

Matts organizational skills leave a lot to be desired, but some how it works for him.  I am the opposite, I like things clean and perfectly organized.  However he is making small strides and I am happy for that.  He has to do things his way for his stuff, otherwise I would have already organized his area for him.

This plan didn't take care of the biggest problem, but it made his life easier.  His idea is brilliant.

Using these test tubes he found on he organized all of his resistors.

A resistor is a really tiny electrical component that Geeks (like Matt) works with (he is an electronics engineer).

They all look the same to most people, but they aren't.  They have little colored bands that indicate a size/rating/value.

When they are all bundled together, it is hard to tell the difference.

Matt separated them all by their values in these little test tubes and can now find them a lot easier and quicker.  So brilliant, where did I find him?

Has your husband ever thought of something totally out of the box, and ingenious?

Friday, May 9, 2014

Food Storage Friday: Carrot Cake Jam

I thought that this recipe sounded really interesting, in a I need to make it kind of way.  It turned out really awesome.  I like it, this is one that makes me happy about my food storage.

1 1/2 c. finely grated carrots (this was a pain to do with out a salad shooter)
1 1/2 c. chopped cored peeled pears
1 3/4 c. canned pineapple, including juice
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 pkg regular powdered pectin
6 1/2 c. sugar

Prepare all equipment.  In a large sauce pan, combine carrots, pears, pineapple with juice, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  Bring to a boil stirring frequently.  Reduce heat, cover and boil gently for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and whisk in pectin until dissolved.  Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently.  Add sugar and return to a full boil stirring constantly.  Boil hard, stirring constantly for 1 minute, remove from heat and skim off foam.

Ladle hot jam into jars, twist on lids and process jars for 10 minutes. 

This recipe was also found in the Ball cook book.  I really like this recipe and it was pretty easy too.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wednesday Wellness: Intro

For people who are pretty close to me, they know that I am a bit of a health nut.  Because of this, I am introducing Wednesday Wellness.  I will be introducing some awesome products and giving information on improving your health, helping to reduce toxins in our homes through cleaners and beauty products, and aiding in weight management.

I personally believe that the best way to avoid needing medical care is to manage health through supplementing and personal hygiene.  I also think that it is important to pay attention to the chemical we use in our homes and diets.  The best way to avoid being sick when we are older is to take care of ourselves now, including watching our weight.

To me it is very important to take care of myself so that I am around for my kids.  I feel like it would be selfish if I didn't try my hardest to be there for them.  My health has limited me in the past, and there were times I was unable to do my job.  It wasn't really my fault and it took a lot of money and tests to get me to where I am now, but I still felt like I was being a terrible Mom and I never want to feel like that again.

For the first little while I am going to focus on ridding our homes of toxic cleaners.  I have asthma and I know that I have had less issues since I stopped using cleaners that put off fumes and toxins.  My kids have never had any problems with allergies or breathing problems, I always expected at least one to follow in my footsteps but not so far.

My very favorite cleaner to use is Shaklee's Basic H2.  This is really the most versatile cleaner out there, and I love it.  I will introduce it better next week.  Until then you can find it here.  I totally love this stuff as use it for everything.