Friday, October 1, 2010

DIY Laundry Detergent

Until recently we have been using Planet Detergent for washing K's diapers and I loved it, but here lately they just haven't been smelling as clean as I would like.  So I went on a search for something new.  I narrowed it down to either wanting to try Rockin' Green (because I've heard so many raves about it) and just making my own.  After talking it over with the hubby we decided to try making our own first and if it didn't work then we'd order some Rockin' Green. 

Well, lets just say that so far I'm impressed!  Not only is it super cheap and easy to make, but the 2 loads of diapers that I've washed so far don't have any sort of smell coming out of the washer (I think part of our problem here is hard water).  So for now I'm totally sold on making our own, and I just might start making our own for washing the rest of our clothes too.

I got the recipe from The Eco-Friendly Family blog.
http://www.theecofriendlyfamily.com/2009/08/laundry-detergent.html

The recipe is posted in the link above.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Power of the Sun

Wondering how to get those lovely poo stains out of your little ones diaper and/or clothes?

Put them in the sun!  Yes, that's all there is to it.  Just wash them as usual and instead of drying them in the dryer lay them out in the sun to dry and watch those stains disappear at the same time.

Not only will you get rid of those not so pretty poo stains (or at least lighten them up a ton), but you'll save energy and money as well by not running your dryer (your diaper will last longer too!)

I love line drying my diapers and try to as much as I can.  With the cooler weather they don't always get completely dry out on the line but I can at least get some stains out and cut the time in the dryer down.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Win A Baby Carrier

Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique http://www.sweetbottomsbaby.com/ is having a giveaway.
For details on how to enter, become a fan on facebook and click on discussions.
http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=270497281790&topic=16922#!
You could win a baby carrier or other great prizes!

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer: Fluff Friday 93

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer: Fluff Friday 93

check out the cloth diaper whisperer's blog for details on how to enter.
this weeks giveaway is:

1 - Thirsties Duo Diaper
1 - Thirsties Deluxe Diaper Duffel
1 - Thirsties Booty Luster 4oz
 
http://www.theclothdiaperwhisperer.com/2010/08/fluff-friday-93.html

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

yummy ways to up your milk supply.

first off is some yummy chocolate chip oatmeal lactation cookies.
these cookies are awesome and I swear if I'm not careful, the whole batch will be gone withing a couple days (hubby likes them too!)

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Lactation Cookies


1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup chocolate chips
2 -4 tablespoons brewer's yeast

Preheat oven to 350°. 
Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes. 
Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar well. 
Add eggs and mix well. 
Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat well.
Sift together flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, and salt.
Add dry ingredients to butter mix.
Stir in oats and chips.
Scoop onto baking sheet. 
 Bake for 12 minutes. 
 Let set for a couple minutes then remove from tray.

I like to add a bit of cinnamon when I make mine.  I usually just sprinkle some in, so I don't have a measured amount to give you.  You can also up the amount of brewers yeast and oatmeal to help increase your supply more.

Another option (which i'm enjoying for the first time right now) is a guinness float.  I've heard from multiple momma's that it works.
All you have to do for this one is put some ice cream in a cup and add guinness.  If you want you can also throw it all in a blender to make a milk shake.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique

here's another CD shop to check out (the sell other great things other than cloth diapers as well)
Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique
http://www.sweetbottomsbaby.com/

they're having a giveaway right now too!
for details check out their facebook page and click on discussions

Friday, August 13, 2010

Abby's Lane Giveaway

A great shop to buy your cloth diapers from is having a giveaway.

They're giving away 10 Econobum Sets to 10 lucky people.  Just follow the link below.
http://thecloththatcounts.wordpress.com/2010/08/12/econobum-giveaway/#comment-2840

Thursday, August 12, 2010

4 years!

Just wanted to say a quick Happy Anniversary to my wonderful hubby.
Love You!

FuzziBunz OS

First off I love, love, love FuzziBunz diapers.  Out of our current stash they are the ones I can get the best fit on K.  They have 2 separate rows of snaps, one row at the waist and one at the legs/hips, so you can adjust each independently to get a good fit (we have problems with some other brands fitting at the legs, but then being too big around the waist, especially in the front).

http://fuzzibunz.com/

Up until now we've only used the sized version and I love them.  Well K is getting to the point where he might outgrow his current size in the next couple months so I was going to order some in the next size up to have one hand.  I kept going back and forth between getting the mediums in the perfect size diaper or just try out one of their one sized diapers.  In the end after hearing good things about the OS version I went ahead and ordered one.

It arrived yesterday, luckily as I was doing diaper laundry so I was able to throw it in the wash.  I tried it out today and love it!  I told J we might just have to get more of the OS instead of the mediums.
Now what makes these OS diapers different is that instead of having rows of snaps to adjust the rise, they have buttonhole elastic in the legs, so you just tighten and loosen the elastic as needed.  I tend to have issues of snaps coming unsnapped as I try to pull them up tight, won't have that problem with the FB's since their are no snaps.

Now just to figure out how to get some more........

canned pasta sauce

Here's the recipe for the pasta sauce as I promised yesterday.
It's from the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving.  If you want a copy of the book for yourself, I got mine for around $5 or $6 from walmart.  Now on to the recipe.....

Seasoned Tomato Sauce
Yield: about 14 pints or 7 quarts

45 pounds tomatoes                       1 tablespoon black pepper
6 cups chopped onions                   1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
12 cloves garlic, minced                1/2 cup salt (optional)
1/2 cup olive oil                             2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
6 bay leaves                                  Bottled lemon juice

Wash tomatoes; drain.  Remove core and blossom ends.  Cut into quarters; set aside.  Saute onions and garlic in olive oil in a large saucepot.  Add tomatoes, oregano, bay leaves, black pepper and sugar.  Stir in salt and crushed red pepper, if desired.  Simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove bay leaves.  Puree tomatoes using a food processor or food mill.  Strain puree to remove peels and seeds.  Cook pulp in a large, uncovered saucepot over medium-high heat until sauce thickens, stirring to prevent sticking.  Reduce volume by one-half.  Add 1 tablespoon bottled lemon juice to each pint jar, 2 tablespoons bottled lemon juice to each quart jar.  Ladle hot sauce into hot jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.  Adjust two-piece caps.  Process pints 35 minutes, quarts 40 minutes, in a boiling-water canner.


now this is what i did different:
First off I only did a 1/2 batch and that pretty much filled up my biggest pot (except for my canner, but I needed that to can the sauce).  2nd I removed the skins from the tomatoes at the start.  You can easily do this by putting them in boiling water for about 20-30 seconds and then putting them in cold water, the skins should peel right off.  Lastly, I don't own a food processor or a food mill so I just used my immersion blender (used this for the salsa as well).

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

CO-SLEEPING: YES, NO, SOMETIMES?

CO-SLEEPING: YES, NO, SOMETIMES?

A little dose of Kevin

I can't belive that K is 4 & 1/2 months old already.  He's such a big boy.
here's to the past 4 months my little man!

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canning, canning, and more canning

The past couple days have been busy in the kitchen.  Yesterday hubby & I scored 2 big boxes of tomatoes at the farmer's market (if you're in the Springfield, MO area it's the one in the mall parking lot).

Yesterday was pasta sauce day.  We (and by we, I mostly mean me...J did help some though so I have to give him some credit) canned 9 pints of sauce.  I'll post that recipe later (I'm much to comfy right now to be bothered to go get out the cookbook).

Today was salsa day.  Canned 9.5 pints (8 full pints and then 3 of the little 1/2 pint jars).  The last time I made salsa it was just the easy add the tomatoes to a package of mix kind of deal.  This time I went all out and made it completely from scratch and from the spoonful that I tasted it's yummy!

So on to the salsa recipe:
I found this recipe here:  http://homesteepedhope.com/2007/07/30/homemade-salsa-and-canning-tips/

Mary’s Mild Salsa–makes 10 pints


22 tomatoes (I put in twice as many if they’re on the small-to-medium side)
4 bell peppers, chopped fine
3 onions, chopped fine
1 cup vinegar
3/4-1 cup jalepeno peppers, chopped fine
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup salt
1 cup (12 oz) tomato paste (I omit this)
Cilantro to taste
3 cloves garlic minced

After getting skin off tomatoes (dip in boiling water 20 seconds, then into cold–skin falls off), put 2/3 of them in blender and blend. Chop the rest of them (if you have a good blender you can blend all veggies together, we like it chunky) and put all ingredients into pot, bring to a boil and then simmer for 25 minutes. Use a ladle and funnel to fill hot jars with salsa, leaving 1 inch headspace. Slip a plastic knife or other non-metal straight object along sides of jar to release any bubbles. Wipe jar rim with clean washcloth for a good seal. Apply lid and ring and put jar into canner. It will be fine as you continue filling pints/quarts till canner is full. Water bathe pints for 15 minutes and quarts for 20.


For the most part, I followed the recipe as it was written.  Like the author I omitted the tomato paste, I also used sweet peppers (what I'm assuming were most likely banana peppers, got them at the farmers market as well) instead of the bell peppers and upped the jalepenos slightly.

After all of that I still have more tomatoes left.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them, but I'm leaning towards making more pasta sauce.

Here goes nothing!

So this is my very first attempt at blogging.  I guess we'll see how it goes.
I have no clue what I might write about, so I guess just been open to seeing anything from cooking to the furbabies to cloth diapering and of course plenty of updates of that little cutie pie of mine, Kevin (whom I will most likely refer to as just K).