Archive | April 2012

“Grandma Approved” Homemade Dishwasher Detergent


My grandma and I tried this recipe while I was visiting her in Texas last month. Ever since they took phosphate out of commercial detergents she has had a major problem with her dishes looking cloudy. Even her plastic bowls looked like they were starting to get a white residue on them. She actually went out and got a new dishwasher at first thinking that was the problem. She tried every major brand of detergent and nothing was working. I remembered seeing this recipe from Simply Designing on Pinterest so we decided to give it a shot.

Well the results were amazing! It took a few runs but we did start to see a major difference, the cloudiness was going away! She kept thanking me over and over again for showing her that recipe. I told her I would probably do a blog post about it and she said to mention that it is “Grandma Approved” hehe. Well I have noticed that our dishes are starting to look cloudy as well, this is one of our drinking glasses:

It is clean, but notice the cloudiness coming on? Well we can’t have that, time to make my own batch! πŸ™‚ Its so simple to make and only takes a few minutes. You will only need 4 ingredients, and if you make your own laundry detergent you probably already have 2 of them! This is what you will need:

  • 2 cups Borax
  • 2 cups Washing Soda
  • 2 cups Lemi shine
  • 1 cup Kosher Salt

You literally dump everything together, stir and you’re done. I found the Lemi Shine in Wal-Mart right with all of the regular dishwasher detergents. One container is about 1 1/2 cups I would say… so that is all I used and it still works great. If you don’t have Kosher salt on hand, sea salt would work fine as well. After you mix your ingredients together, you will want to leave it sitting out on the counter uncovered for a few days. Every so often through out the day just give it a stir to keep from clumping. You will still get little clumps but that is perfectly fine, you just don’t want a solid lump that is hard to break up. After that just store in an airtight container. The recipe says to use 1 TBSP per load, my Grandma and I didn’t measure we just put a good size scoop into the pre-wash and main-wash compartments.

PLEASE do not buy those chemical filled rinse aids either, all you need is white vinegar…. yup that is it! Vinegar is awesome stuff I tell ya, I buy it by the gallon lol.

I do not have an after picture yet, but trust me it works or I wouldn’t be posting about it πŸ™‚

❀ Ashley

 

Homemade Oatmeal Molasses Bread


I HAVE to do a quick post about this bread. I wasn’t planning on it, but I fell in love! lol. This is the best bread recipe I have tried so far. Its hearty, flavorful, a hint of sweetness, and has the perfect texture. It is perfect for PB&J, toast, or just buttered along with some soup. I bet this would also make amazing french toast, mmmm. I must try that next πŸ™‚ This is my go to bread recipe from now on. It makes 2 loaves, so after they were completely cool I sliced both loaves and stuck one in the freezer. I do have to say I did not follow the recipe exactly as written, I used 1/4 cup of flax seed meal in mine (in place of 1/4 cup of flour). I am not sure if it made that big of a difference, mine looked exactly like the pictures. I also sprinkled some flax seeds and oatmeal on top before the second rising time in the pans, but when I sliced the bread most of it fell off anyways lol. Β Here is the recipe, enjoy!

Budget Bytes Oatmeal Molasses Bread

❀ Ashley

Pictures From Texas Vacation {Part 1}


I will spare everyone the family portraits, I am not sure if they would want their pictures on the internet anyways lol. I did get some other pictures while we were there that I am pretty proud of though πŸ™‚ These pictures are my property, please do not use them without my written permission. Pinning them is okay if you would like, just please link back to here and give me credit, thank you! I have so many I want to share that I will have to break it into at least 2 posts. Hover over each one for a short description. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

❀ Ashley