We ate warm bread made into bologna sandwiches for lunch today. Satisfying.
But what I actually came to tell you is that I’m featured on my friend’s blog today. I talk all things money saving. Basically, it’s how to be weird. Take a look here!
A friend of mine recently expressed interest in my laundry detergent recipe so I thought I would post it here, though I’m not suggesting you try to eat it. It may or may not taste like a dry citronella candle.
I’ve been using this detergent for about a year now and am loving it. The zote soap smells like citronella but the clean clothes do not. They just smell fresh. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that I hang most of my laundry outside…
(I can’t remember where I got this recipe. Oops.)
1 lb 3 oz borax
14 oz washing soda
7 oz (half a bar) zote soap, very finely grated
1 pound baking soda
8 oz oxiclean (optional…I use it)
Mix everything together. Store in a closed container. Use 2 to 4 tablespoons per load of laundry, depending on the load size and how dirty everything is.
Yield: about 4 pounds…lasts me a few months
I suppose you convinced me. Lately I’ve been receiving lots of little nudges to get back into the world of blogging. And I do love sharing recipes, as you all well know.
But here’s the deal. I’m limiting myself. I love to dive headlong into such adventures. But since these monkeys…
…aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, I need to be careful. I’ll be around, but not daily as I was before.
So that’s that. I’ll see you soon, bearing plates and platters of deliciousness!
I’ve written this post a dozen times in my head. Every time it’s completely different.
You see, I’m quitting blogging. For good. Never to do it again. (Unless someone needs a guest post…then I’m all ears. Er, fingers.)
To me, and this is for me personally, blogging has felt selfish. I do it because I like the comments and compliments. All that praise does something to my ego. And it’s probably not good.
The other reason I’m quitting is because it hasn’t been for God. This is related to that first reason. You know, because the blog’s been all about me. I’m not like this blog. I admire her. She should not quit blogging.
I risk sounding all righteous and everything by saying all that. I’m not. I try but I fail. Every day. My lofty goal is that I’ll pray and read the Bible more with the extra time I have. And hug and kiss the kids more. But the truth is, I’ll probably just have a cleaner house or something equally as selfish as blogging. I hope not. I could carve out enough time to spit out a post every day. I should be able to replace that post with some reading or hugging, right?
Maybe I’m not explaining myself very well? Maybe I’m offending all of you bloggers out there by saying blogging is pointless and selfish? Sorry. That’s not what I’m trying to do. Each person does what they feel is the best for them. And for me, that’s quitting the blog.
I’ll leave the blog up and running. Good gracious, I refer back to it several times a week looking for recipes that I failed to write down anywhere but here. So it’s not going anywhere. I just won’t ever update it.
Oh, except for the Preserved 2011 tab, up there at the top of the page. I never pointed it out but I’ve been keeping track of everything I’ve frozen and canned. I do that every year, only normally it’s in a notebook. I think I might keep it on my blog from now on because it’s a lot easier to update than erasing/crossing out writing on a piece of paper every time I preserve more of something. So I suppose every year I’ll make a new tab.
Thank you to everyone for reading these last 11 months. It’s been fun. I’ll miss you all. Please don’t miss me. It’ll make me feel bad.
…I’m baking bread. Cracked wheat bread, to be specific. I think I might be getting better!
(How’s that for a lame post? Don’t worry, I’ll share the recipe and pics with you once it’s finished!)
Zoe, Zoe! Oh my stars!! I just talked to your dad!! How are you FEEEEELING?
That’s a comment I received last night from my aunt. I might as well let the rest of you in on the secret, too. You see, there’s a little more that I should have added to my last post. While that whole post was true, I should also tell you that baby number 3 will be joining us in April. We are very excited!
But I’ll be more excited in about 8 weeks because you know what a baby in my gut means? Sick, sick, sick. I don’t throw up or anything but I am constantly extremely nauseous for the first trimester. Awful. I’ve taken up semi-permanent residence on the couch. I lose interest in all things food related. I feel like a terrible wife/mom. Brad comes home, cleans up the kitchen from the day, goes grocery shopping, and takes care of the place in general. Not that I have completely given up but when he’s here, I’m sacked out trying to will my stomach to settle. Brad’s a real trooper about it and I’m so thankful. He never complains!
So, for the next weeks I’ll be laying here “growing our baby”, as Brad says. And I’ll be saying goodbye to this:
as it will soon balloon. Funny that just two weeks ago, I was carrying a watermelon in from the garden and I told Brad, “This is what I look like when I’m 9 months pregnant!”
Little did we know!
P.S. Thanks for all of your lovely comments on my last post. It’s funny that internet friends whom I’ve never actually met will miss me. But I’ll miss you guys, too, so I guess that’s just as funny!