Quick like a bunny

Quick like a bunny

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Easy laundry soap recipe

Tried an easy laundry soap recipe out. These soaps can be found in laundry soap section of grocery store. I found these at my local Pflugerville TX. Super Walmart. Fels Naptha was I think .97 cents. Under 1.00 for sure. I do not recommend using Borax if your white water drains out into your land /yard. I have read that it ruins the dirt that would be accumulative damage over time.

1 Cup of Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda/Soda Ash
1 bar of soap like: Ivory (scented O.K.), Zote, Fels Naptha, or Castile of choice.

If avoiding Xenoestrogens use a non scented castile soap. I am now using kirk's castile fragrance free bar soap from http://www.drugstore.come

Mix Borax and Washing Soda in large bowl. Grate soap as small as possible into bowl and mix all with hands. I found my hands and fingers blended the soap into smaller pieces better than the spoon. Pour into a recycled plastic container of choice with lid. Use 1-2 T. per load. Update: I have learned that 2 T. works best for extra dirty items.

I washed a load of towels so far. They came out fresh smelling, clean and soft.
If you do not want to use Borax, just not use it in the recipe or replace the same amount with Baking Soda. You can try that with the Washing soda to, replace it with same amount of Baking soda. I am sure you will still get clean clothes. I have read recipes online that use only soap and Baking Soda, but for liquid laundry detergent.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

     I made some spaghetti  for dinner recently. It is a recipe I know by heart. I do use a mixed spice called Pizza blend that I love for pizza sauce to. Contains: dried onion, garlic, oregano, anise seed, rosemary, bell peppers and basil. The smell of the anise seed reminds me of my childhood in Southern CA. Brings back wonderful memories every time I smell it.

Spaghetti Sauce

1 can of diced tomato's or (2 diced large Tomatoes)
1 can of tomato sauce or (4 large Tomatoes skinned, seeded and pureed)
1 T. cornstarch
1T. Pizza Blend spice from www.sfherb.com or Italian herbs combined ( Sometimes I will use 3/4 tsp. dry Oregano, 3/4 tsp. dry Thyme, 3/4 tsp. dry crushed Rosemary, 3/4 tsp. dry crushed Basil instead of Pizza Blend Spice.)
1/8-14 tsp. red pepper flakes. I also found on www.food.com a good recipe called Pizza spice blend.

(optionals) 1/4-1/2 lb. cooked ground meat or sausage, and  some diced/sliced vegetable like carrots, bell pepper, olives, mushrooms Summer squash.

This sauce will serve 3 over noodles.

You can add a can or more of tomato sauce to serve more people. Then use 1/2 T. (1 1/2 tsp.) of Pizza blend spice/Italian herbs per can added. Adding more optionals extend to.
     Put this in a medium pot and mix. You must always mix your cornstarch in room temp. or cold liquid before heating otherwise it will clump. I know from making this mistake myself. Now you can heat the sauce on medium on stove top. Then keep it low to simmer. Stir occasionally to keep from sticking to bottom and you may want to put a lid on top to keep the heat and sauce inside. It can pop tomato bubbles at you, beware.

     Now you can cook your noodles of choice. 2 oz. uncooked noodles is one serving. If you are watching you calories/ waist line. A small food scale helps me.

      I have put in ground Turkey which my husband does not like. Will have to get hamburger next time. also added one small carrot sliced it with my porcelain handheld slicer.