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cleaners, all natural

I’m sure you know that there is no need to fill your cupboards with all sorts of commercial cleaners. With just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard you can make many all-purpose cleaners. When you compare the prices of cleaning products in the stores with the cost of making them at home you’d be surprised at how much you can really save! If you were to add up the toilet cleaner, kitchen cleaner, window cleaner etc. it seems the average clean household requires close to $150 worth of chemical supplies at all times. You can switch to the healthier alternatives sold in the stores but they are also expensive. The best choice for your budget and your health is to make them yourself. With just several basic products you probably already have in your home you can make a window cleaner that really does get your windows clean! In researching various homemade window cleaners I found there are two main recipes; one uses vinegar and the other ammonia. I’ve been using the one with ammonia, I’ll have to make both and compare! Window Cleaner #1: This can be made right in your spray bottle. Read More […]

Homemade Neosporin

    Welcome to Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #36! Life continues to be very crazy here On The Home Front! I am currently in Seattle, WA for our youngest son’s wedding this weekend! Home again on Monday and hopefully we will be staying in one place for a while! I’ll share some photos of the wedding next week! In the meantime scroll down and enjoy the blog hop! Be sure to join the giveaway for the Gooseberry Patch cookbook Tastes Like Home, one of my recipes is featured in the book! Please join us this week for Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop! Thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us each week! It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings! Each week I will feature our most visited post from the week before, which also linked back to the hop, and my weekly favorite. I hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us! Here are the co-hosts of Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop. Tracy at Our Simple Homestead Facebook – Twitter Pinterest – Google+ – LinkedIn Sandra at Clearwater FarmFacebook – Pinterest Instagram – Google+ Nancy at On The Home Front Facebook – Twitter – Read More […]

Yesterday was a cold rainy day here. I had plans to get out and photograph what things look like around here but it was pretty wet. Instead I’m going to re-post one of my original posts from three years ago! I imagine most of you have not read it! Our growing season in Vermont is a short one. The ground is really too cold to plant until the end of May and we’ve been known to have a frost as early as Labor Day weekend! My dream is to have a greenhouse to help extend the season. We have friends that have a beautiful greenhouse and they have the most wonderful peppers and tomatoes long before we ever see ripe vegetables in our garden. Until my dream comes true I find ways to extend the season in other ways. In the spring I use a cold frame to serve as a halfway house for my tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. When it’s time to move them out of the house but it’s still too cold to move them into the garden I use the cold frame. In the fall I usually use row covers. I’ve planted lettuce in mid August and Read More […]

Peaches do not seem to grow well in Vermont; at least I have not found any place nearby to pick your own peaches. However where I grew up in Connecticut there is a wonderful orchard, Bishops Orchards, where you can go and pick the most wonderful peaches. Their peaches are ripe from mid August until mid September. I usually plan a trip to my old hometown to visit my mother and pick peaches. Canned peaches are so pretty to look at out on your pantry shelf and they taste wonderful in the middle of winter when it is cold and snowy outside. Usually I just can the peaches in light syrup to be enjoyed at a later date. Often I will also can some peach pie filling. Peaches are very easy to can and can be processed in your water bath canner. You will need: 2-3 pounds of peaches per quart Sugar Water Have your jars, lids and canner prepared and ready to go. First make your light syrup by combining 2 ¼ cups sugar with 5 ¼ cups of water. You can also use honey by combining 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of honey and 4 cups of Read More […]

This is an excellent year for blueberries and we have an abundance from our bushes. We’ve been enjoying them on our granola each morning but this week I decided to make this wonderful blueberry crisp. Making the toping with mayonnaise is different but really delicious! Not sure where the recipe originated as it is all over the internet! Blueberry Crisp 4 cups fresh blueberries 1 cup flour ¾ cup sugar ½ tsp cinnamon ½ cup mayonnaise Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the blueberries into an 8-inch square baking dish. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir in the mayonnaise until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the blueberries. Bake for 35-40 minutes in your preheated oven, until the top is lightly browned. Delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Linked to: FreedomFridays, TheBestBlogRecipes, NotYourOrdianaryRecipes, RattlebridgeFarm, SimplySweetHome, AnnKroeker, FoodieFriday, WeekendPotluck, JustWingingIT, WeekendWonders, FoodieFriendsFriday, AnyonitaNibbles, DessertNowDinnerLater, CheeriosAndLatte, MyMixingSpoon, WhoNeedsACape, WillCookForSmiles, CurchSupper, MakeAheadMealsForBusyMoms, MySweetAndSavory, FlourMeWithLove, MandysREcipeBox, FeedingBig, TumbleweedContessa, InsideBruCrew, LoveInTheKitchen. AnyonitaNibbles, LoveBakesGoodCakes, HungryLittleGirl, RivertonHousewives, AllSheCooks, FrugalFollies, LambertsLately, MizHelensContryCottage, EasyLife, Saving4Six, TheInspirationNetwork, AGlimpseInside, MrAndMrsWinslet

This is one of those recipes that has been passed around between my mother and my mother-in-law and enjoyed by all. I think it is one of those perfect spring or summer salads. Easy to make and delicious! I’ve even made it without the grapes as we didn’t have any in the house and instead I added a bit of leftover corn! Not only was it colorful but it was still delicious! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Chicken Orzo Salad Dressing: 3 Tbsp oil 4 tsp orange juice 2 tsp salt (I only used 1 tsp) ¾ cup mayonnaise 4 tsp red wine vinegar 12 oz orzo pasta 1 cup cashews 1 cup celery, chopped 3 small cans mandarin oranges 1 cup grapes, sliced in half 4 cups of cooked chicken, diced Combine the oil, orange juice, salt, mayonnaise and vinegar. Mix well. Cook the orzo according to the package directions. Drain and place in a large bowl. Toss with the dressing. Add the remaining ingredients, refrigerate until chilled. Serve on lettuce.   Linked to: SimplySweetHome, RattlebridgeFarm , SimpleLivingAndEating, AnnKroeker, WeekendPotluck, JustWinginIt, TheThriftinessMiss, FreedomFridays, TheBestBlogRecipes, DessertNowDinnerLater, TheT2Women, CallMePMC, SixSistersStuff, FoodieFriendsFriday, EverydayMomsMeals, AddictedToRecipes, WillCookForSmiles, MyMixingSpoon, TumbleweedContessa, FlourMeWithLove, Read More […]

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