Posts Tagged ‘recipe’

Make your own Soft Scrub Cleaner

Thursday, October 30, 2008 10:40 3 Comments

Do you need a nice non-abrasive cleaner for cleaning your kitchen and bathroom?  You can make your own at home, rather than buying the commercial variety in the store.

Make your own Soft Scrub Cleaner

You can also make it scented by using scented dish soap, such as lemon, green apple, orange or even some of the new “aromatic scented” ones like French Vanilla, Lavendar or the variety of “Rain” scented soaps.

Another bonus is because you use such a small amount of soap, you don’t need to feel that you are wasting any of the good scented dish soap you have on hand – but it does work just as well with the plain unscented or standard scented dish soaps.

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Homemade Febreze recipes you can make yourself

Saturday, October 25, 2008 1:06 3 Comments

Frebreeze can be expensive to buy, especially since families can go through it quite quickly when they are trying to make sure everything smells nice and fresh!  Here is how you can make it yourself, with a variety of scents.

Regular scented febreze
4 tbsp Ultra Downy fabric softener
32 oz spray bottle (clean!)

Fill the remainder of spray bottle with water, leaving a small amount of space at the top.  To use, give it a quick shake first, then use as you would Febreze.

For other scents, use other Ultra Downey scents… there are even several Downy’s with Febreze, if you love the smell of Febreze, including their Fresh Scent, Citrus & Light, Spring & Renewal, and Meadows & Rain.  But only buy these if you would use the fabric softener as well, or if you go through enough Febreze that using only four tablespoons at a time is worth it for you (you will still save A LOT of money buying the Febreze fabric softener and making it yourself than buying bottles of regular Febreze.

If you already have another brand of fabric softener in your house already, or a coupon for one, feel free to use that.  And please let us know which fabric softeners you used, and how they smelled :)


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How to roast pumpkin seeds from Jack O’Lanterns

Friday, October 24, 2008 6:44 1 Comment

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a great healthy snack – and they are fun to make with your kids after the pumpkin carving is done. 

And, did you know you can toast any kind of squash seed as well, so don’t think you are limited to just toasting up pumpkin seeds, toast other squash seeds for a nice “trail mix variety” of pumpkin and squash seeds for snacks.  And, they keep at room temperature for three months, but up to a year in the fridge, meaning you will be just in time for a new batch next Halloween!

How to toast pumpkin seeds

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Make your own Hot Pockets – pizza recipe

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 0:09 5 Comments

If your kids love Hot Pockets for a treat, it can be hard to spurge when they are not only expensive, but not very healthy!  But here is an easy recipe so you can make your own hot pockets right at home, meaning you can control the filling… and maybe even sneak some finely chopped up vegetables into the insides without your kids noticing :)

2 tbsp margarine
2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
Dash pepper
1/2 cup milk
2 cups shredded lunchmeat (ie. ham, turkey, chicken)
1 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar
1 can of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits (the larger size biscuits)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 cups Frosted Flakes, crushed (a great job for the kids!)

Heat oven to 375F

In one bowl, combine shredded lunch meat with cheese.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium low heat.  Add flour, salt and pepper, mixing until well mixed with the melted butter.  Add milk and cook for 1 minute or until slightly thickened.  Remove from heat, then add the lunch meat and cheese mixture, stirring again until well combined.

Pop the Pillsbury biscuit can, and roll out each biscuit so it is about 5″ across.  Using a measuring cup, scoop about 1/4 to 1/3 of the mixture ino the middle of each biscuit.  Fold the biscuit over in half and pinch the edges together so they stick (they will be shaped like the real hot pockets you buy).

Brush each biscuit with egg, then dip in Frosted Flakes until both sides are coated.  Bake on a tin foil lined cookie sheet for 20-25 minutes or until the Pillsbury dough is golden and fully cooked through.  Serve!

Make Healthier Hot Pockets: Use Corn Flakes rather than frosted flakes.  Add finely chopped pieces of brocolli or zucchini in the meat/cheese mixture.  Use low fat cheese.

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