I’ve seen numerous recipes online for various kale salads. I attended a dinner meeting recently where we all had to bring something for the meal. One of the other ladies brought this very simple kale salad. I thought it was delicious and so easy to make. We have an abundance of kale this year so we’ve been making this salad on a regular basis!

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Kale

Kale Salad

Dressing:
2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp sour cream
1 tsp chili sauce
celery seeds to taste

Chop up a bunch of kale. If you want to blanch it quickly you can do that or just eat it raw. We’ve been eating it raw.

Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.

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Dressing ingredients

Stir the dressing into the kale, dress the salad according to your tastes. The dressing will keep so if you don’t use it all up you an save it for another salad.

Chill in the refrigerator for a little while for the flavors to combine. The great thing about kale is it won’t wilt when dressed!

Enjoy!

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Kale Salad

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My garden is full of kale right now and despite the fact that we’ve been enjoying kale salad and dried kale we are not able to eat it all. So I decided to freeze some. This is a very simple process.

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Kale

Select your kale that you want to freeze. Pick early in the day so the greens are crisp and fresh. About 14 pounds of greens makes 7-quart bags.

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Small bunch of kale.

Wash the greens and cut off any of the woody stems or damaged pieces.

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Rinsed Kale

Get a large pot of boiling water ready; it should be about 2/3rds full. You will also need a large bowl full of ice and cold water.

Because the kale contains enzymes and bacteria that over time will break down and destroy nutrients and change the color, flavor and texture during storage, kale requires a brief heat treatment called blanching. Basically it means placing your kale in the boiling water  for two minutes.

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Blanching Kale

Then place in the ice water for two minutes.

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Ice Bath

Drain.

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Drain and dry kale

Use your foodsaver or a Ziploc bag. You want to get as much air out of the bag as possible.

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Kale ready for the freezer.

That’s it! You’re done. Place your kale in the freezer and it will be ready to use this winter.

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We have ten blueberry bushes planted at one end of our vegetable garden. Some of the bushes are early-bearing; some mid-season and some are late-bearing. As a result once the berries start turning blue we have ripe berries for quite a long time!

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Blueberries

I think blueberries are my favorite fruit and I just love having them on my cereal in the morning.

Blueberries are also a favorite with the birds. Much as we like our feathered friends we do not want to share our berries. With a few cut saplings, a drill and some sheetrock screws my husband made a great blueberry cage to protect the berries from the birds!

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Blueberry Cage

The saplings we cut out of our woods and everything else we had on hand. Once the cage was made we covered it with netting, which we stapled in place.

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Corners of Blueberry Cage

At one end we have a simple opening, the netting is stapled to a post, which we can lift and open to get under the netting. With the exception of one very smart robin that has figured out how to come and go, the rest of the birds stay out. As a result the blueberries are protected!

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Protected berries

I like the rustic look and I really love the abundance of blueberries!

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Blueberries

 

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Last week I talked about how making certain foods at home can save you money. Did you know you can also make all sorts of household cleaners and detergents that will also save you money!

Making my own window cleaner is something I have been doing for ages. In the last year I also started making my own household cleaner similar to “409”. It works so well and is so cheap to make.

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Ingredients for a simple window cleaner.

Making my own laundry detergent was also something I’d wanted to do for the longest time. When I started writing this blog I figured what better time to try this. Not only did I find it was very easy to make but I’ve been so pleased with the results.

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Homemade laundry detergent ingredients.

Once I had made laundry detergent I figured why not make my own liquid hand soap. For just the cost of a bar of soap you will have a gallon of liquid hand soap.

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Liquid hand soap ingredients.

I used a bar of peppermint soap and the resulting liquid hand soap has such a wonderful smell.

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Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

The last thing I tried was making a toilet bowl cleaner.

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No Scrub Toilet Bowl Cleaner

No I’m not sharing a picture of a dirty toilet. But you can imagine the final result.

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Clean toilet, inside and out!

With very little time and expense you can make so many of your own cleaning products that will do the job well and be much healthier for you to use!

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This recipe was adapted from one I found on allrecipes.com. Since then I’ve also found it elsewhere such as on the Insidebrucrewlife.com blog. Some of the variations also have you add heavy cream to the salsa. I left the cream out.

Remember the Beer Can Chicken I made last week? Well there was some leftover chicken and it was just enough to make these delicious enchiladas! I imagine they would freeze well; they certainly heat up well for lunch the next day!

Honey-Lime Chicken Enchiladas

6 Tbsp honey
4-5 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp chili powder
½ tsp garlic powder

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Honey, limes and chili seasoning.

1 pound cooked chicken, shredded (you can also use shredded pork)
8-10 flour tortillas
1 pound Pepperjack Cheese shredded
16oz Homemade Tomatillo Mexican Salsa

Mix first four ingredients together and toss with the shredded chicken.

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Chicken, honey, chili and lime juice.

Let it marinate for at least a half an hour. Pour some of the salsa on the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Fill flour tortillas with chicken and some shredded cheese; reserve a cup of the cheese. Roll up and place seam side down in the dish.

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Chicken enchiladas before cooking.

Pour the rest of the salsa over the enchiladas then sprinkle with about 1 cup of cheese. Bake 350 for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

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Honey-Lime Chicken Enchiladas

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Chicken enchiladas and kale salad

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Several months ago I was reading the ModernAlternativeMama blog, and came across this recipe for making your own sore muscle salve. As gardening season was coming up I bookmarked it just in case I might want to make it at some point.

After too many days of working in the garden fighting the weeds I decided it was time to try this sore muscle salve. I placed an order with Mountain Rose Herbs and decided to use my own lavender, which I’ve been harvesting.

The ingredients are few:

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Almond Oil, Yarrow, Arnica Flowers and Lavender

½ cup of any edible, safe oil, I used almond oil
1 Tbsp lavender flowers, dried
1 Tbsp yarrow dried
1 Tbsp arnica flowers, dried
2 Tbsp of bee’s wax

First pour your oil into a medium saucepan. Add the herbs.

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Oil and Herbs

Stir to combine them, turn the pan on low heat and allow this to simmer (not boil, keep it very low and warm) and infuse for 2-3 hours. I found that I actually had to turn the stove off at times, we have a gas stove and even the low heat was too high.

After 2-3 hours strain the herbs out of the mixture, reserving the oil and discarding the herbs.

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Strain the herbs and discard.

Return the oil to the pan and add the beeswax.

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Beeswax

Keeping it on low heat, stir occasionally until the wax has melted. Pour into a 4oz glass jar and put a lid on it. As it cools, it will solidify into a creamy salve.

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Sore Muscle Salve

To use it just put a little onto your fingers and rub into your sore muscles. The smell is wonderful and I know my muscles are going to enjoy this special treatment.

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