Saturday, April 4, 2020

Avoiding Chemicals in My Products

      I hate chemicals so I avoid them as much as possible.
To this end ....I make my own stuff :)

"Tide"-- 2 cups baking soda, 2 cups washing soda and 1 shredded  bar of Zote, Fels naptha or Ivory soap.  Zote comes preshredded so it's easier! Walmart only carries the preshredded online but they have free delivery to the store. 
I use plain white vinegar as a fabric softener.

Dish liquid-- baking soda and water.

All purpose cleaner- vinegar and water with a few drops of tea tree oil. No, it doesn't leave a vinegar smell. 

Shampoo- baking soda in water with a few drops of orange essential oil.
I have found a few safe to use shampoos that don't break the bank... Suave in the green bottle is one and Target puts it on sale a lot.... If you buy 4 you get a $5 gift card...

Lotion- coconut or olive oil.

Face cleaner - witch hazel

Toothpaste- coconut oil and baking soda. ( I avoid fluoride, a known cancer causing chemical.  Fluoride also blocks saliva from getting to your teeth to clean them. There is no proof at all that fluoride prevents cavities but there are is tons of proof that saliva does. Besides the number of people who die each year from fluoride poisoning!)

 Just a cute pic

Face powder- cornstarch with a brush. You can add cinnamon, a little at a time, to warm it up a bit. Dollar Tree carries a glass jar that works well to store it. 

Dry shampoo- cornstarch. Sprinkle it on and brush well.

Bath soaks- oatmeal or sugar mixed with coconut oil. Add your favorite essential oil for scent.  These make great gifts too. ( you are saving all your glass jars aren't you?) 

That's what's on my shelves. Yours?

Thursday, April 2, 2020

A Few Links to Help Right Now

  This recipe is for fire cider, an all natural immune system booster ...something we can all use during this health crisis. I used my food stamps to buy every ingredient.

This link is for a free PDF of a cookbook titled Good and Cheap. It is an entire book devoted to cooking great meals on a food stamp budget.

Want to use old candles to make new?  Do what Mavis does and you'll have some to put away in your preps!

Meatless meals for under $2

How to make ricotta cheese from powdered milk......a little tip....I buy Nido brand powdered milk in the Mexican section. I get the one for younger children since it's made from whole milk. All others are made from skim milk and don't have the creaminess this does.

 Sign up for Fetch using this code PT9NC ...start getting money back on groceries you buy anyway. I've earned $30 in Walmart gift cards since January.

Hope these tips help a little bit.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A Cold, Lazy, Rainy Day

       Cold and rainy here today. I love days like this.
        Nice fire going, kids cuddled in bed, yummy coffee in my mug ( coffee is Starbucks, an early gift from my mom and the mug is an early gift from my daughter)


      Taking a much needed day at home. We have been so busy, which is good for my soul. Church activities and parties, family dinners at my son and daughter in law 's.  Town Christmas parades, grandkids spending the night ( which I love!)
But today is all about movies, schoolwork,  and fire. I have a pot of coffee on for now but soup will join it soon.

As for savings this week, I was able to get two large boxes of cereal totally free using the Fetch app. Just buy it, snap a pic of the receipt and voila, you get all your money back. Join me there using the referral code PT9NC.  If you do they will give you 2000 points to start and 3000 is a gift card so you're off to a great start. I earn about $20 a month.
I also found Poptarts at Dollar Tree for of course a dollar. But wait! These Poptarts are different!  They are name brand but gmo free, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors or flavors.! While not as good as an apple for a snack, face it, we all like a Poptart!  And these are a zillion times better than the old ones.

Well friends, I am going to get back to more coffee, doing surveys to earn gift cards and enjoying my fire.  Have a great day! 

Friday, September 6, 2019

My Passive Income Streams

I have been doing earning what's called passive income for awhile now.
Putting out little to no effort to earn a small sum of cash. And I do mean small! Sometimes I earn  a $20 check thats mailed to me or a $5-$10 Amazon ( or whichever store I choose) gift card emailed to me or a $3 deposit in my PayPal account ( sometimes I get $ with Ibotta)
As little as these earnings are they do add up and help with groceries, toiletries or even birthday gifts.

One of the things I do is download apps that pay me back for grocery items I buy. And no, they are not all junk food!!
Check them out in your playstore.

Ibotta ( the app not the website,  tho both are great. I just don't have the ability to print coupons)

Fetch. Use this code PT9NC

Savings Star

Checkout 51

I also do surveys which tho it takes a little while to earn, the payouts are good.  These are the ones that I do and know for a fact that they are legit.

Inbox Dollars ( make sure you click on each email they earn 2 points every time)

Global Test Market

Shopkicks. Use this code ...CARD579124

With this app you roam the store and take pics of the barcode on different products. You are paid for each one and you don't have to buy anything! You even get points just for walking thru the door! Of course if you do  buy the item listed you get even more points.


My Points ( I also do all my shopping thru here so I get more points quicker)

Survey Junkie. Easy and fast way to get $5 gift cards or money in your Paypal.


                           Shameless plug

I also enter contests and tho I haven't won anything recently I have won almost 500 of the darn things! Everything from dvds, textbooks, purses, coffee, tshirts, jewelry, to Barbie dolls , tablecloths, a tv, makeup, to cash. ( even $1000 from Folgers coffee!) One year for Christmas I even "bought" all our gifts for Free!

I play the Win It app daily as well.  I save up points til I get enough for something from Sears or Kmart ( the only 2 stores involved). I usually "make" about $5-7 a week. A little tip...dont have anything shipped to your house, that will cost money. But rather have it shipped to the store or pick something already at your closest store to you. Then the whole thing is free!!   Since my Kmart and Sears closed down I now have things shipped to the store where my daughter lives and I simply get things for her!

These are just a few things I do to earn a little cash here and there.   I earn about $50 -70  a month.  It takes me a few hours a day.
Share what you do and maybe I will sign up under you!!


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Let's Make a Cake!

I love Carla Emery's book The Encyclopedia of Country Living, The Original Manual of Living Off the Land & Doing It Yourself

                      Carla gives gardening tips, livestock care basics, recipes, green living advice from before green living was cool,  rural living anecdotes and folklore, encouraging yet sobering  advice on homesteading and more. All you need to start living the "simple" life.

And one of the things I love in this book is this chocolate cake recipe.

Jeanie Johns' cake

Mix 1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
 1/2 tsp salt
Melt 6 tablespoons of shortening. ..butter or oil works. I used coconut oil
Add 1 tablespoon vinegar
1 cup cold water
1 tsp vanilla
Bake at  350 for 25-30 minutes in a 8x10 pan

Now you need a creamy frosting to top this baby and I found one at All

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Let me tell you...the troops enjoyed this one 3 times  so far and you will be doing yourself a favor baking this one.
    Let me know how it turns out!

    Tuesday, January 2, 2018

    My Hamburger Bun Recipe

    My hamburger bun recipe that I got  from A Taste of Home. I copied this exactly from their website and I dont have my own pictures euther..they disappeared from my gallery! So words and pics are not mine but theirs. But I really do make these and they are great. Keep in mind that they may be a bit different shaped than your store bought ones.

    • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
    • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
    • 1/3 cup vegetable oil...( I use olive oil instead)
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour


    1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough.
    2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. Do not let rise. Divide into 12 pieces; shape each into a ball. Place 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
    3. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Bake at 425° for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 1 dozen.

    There ya go...a yummy easy hamburger bun recipe!

    Friday, February 17, 2017

    Awesome Chocolate Cookies!

    I found this recipe on the King Arthur site and we have made them 3 times un 2 days! (Holds head in shame...with a grin)
    I will just give you the recipe exactly as they have it. We added pecans. We did not use the espresso and our cocoa was a different one. We did not add milk .

    • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar, light or dark, packed
    • 1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa; King Arthur All-Purpose Baking Cocoa is a good choice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 large egg
    • 2 tablespoons milk (optional, if you add chips/nuts/fruit)
    • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
    • 1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional; for depth of flavor
    • 2 cups chips, nuts, and/or dried fruit, optional but good


    1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line with parchment.
    2. Beat together the butter, sugars, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla until well blended.
    3. Add the egg, beating until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl, and beat again until smooth. If you're going to add chips, nuts, or dried fruit, beat in the 2 tablespoons milk; if you're going to bake plain cookies without add-ins, omit the milk.
    4. Add the flour and espresso powder, mixing to combine.
    5. Stir in the chips, nuts, etc., if you're using them.
    6. Drop the cookies by the traditional "tablespoonful" (actually about 4 measuring teaspoons) onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2" apart. A tablespoon cookie scoop works well here.
    7. Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes, until they've lost their shiny appearance and look like they're set. Remove them from the oven, and cool right on the pans; or transfer to a rack to cool.
    8. Yield: 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 dozen cookies, depending on add-ins.

    One of the faces I make cookies for

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