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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…

SONY DSCI store my detergent in a little copper flour canister. It sits on top of my washer all of the time.

SONY DSCPowdered Laundry Detergent

(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


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Something Fun

The other evening the kids were driving me bonkers. (Kids do that sometimes, in case you didn’t know.) So after supper I decided I’m not going to try to get anything done. I’ll just do something fun with the kiddies. Because really, that’s getting something done too, right?

I also needed to give Jada something to color with. Instead of crayons. On the porch. Silly girl.

I got out some cornstarch and food coloring and set to work. Three minutes later, I had these:

They were so giddy.

I love the studious expression on Tage’s face.

It wasn’t long before they started painting the wall.

One of Jada’s masterpieces. She wouldn’t tell me what it was.

I think Tage enjoyed stirring the paint more than actually applying it to different surfaces.

Taking a break to watch a tractor, paint dribbling down his leg.

And we’re done. Don’t they look so cool?

I tried painting a little bit. It’s kind of strange stuff. You have to re-dip your brush pretty often as it all runs off the brush in the first couple inches of your stroke. But I really like the neon colors and they way it dries immediately. Oh. And the fact that is washes off. It rained that night and there wasn’t any sign of it in the morning. Yes! Bravo for another Pinterest find!

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Recipe from here

1 cup cornstarch

1 cup water

food coloring (gel or drops)

Mix the cornstarch and water until smooth. Divide the mixture between muffin cups and tint each one with food coloring. Stir well. Apply to sidewalks or brick wall with paint brushes. Wash off when finished or let nature do the job later.

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Such a Bummer

I was excited for some juicy pork chops and tender, smoky potatoes the other night.

But the grill caught fire.

Such disappointment.

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Though I miss the smell of the Play-Doh brand, this dough is so easy to whip up. And it’s not like it smells bad, in fact, it smells fruity. It just doesn’t quite compare to the bought kind.Jada loves this playdough. If I make a batch, she will always ask to play with it.

Bird - all by herself! I was such a proud mama 🙂

I got the recipe from a friend of mine who has two children almost the same ages as Jada and Tage. It’s a full house when we get together and playdough is always a hit.


Recipe from a friend

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup table salt

2 t cream of tartar

1 pkg. Kool-Aid, any flavor

1 cup water

1 T canola oil

In a sauce pan, whisk together the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and Kool-Aid. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir in the water and oil. Turn the heat on medium and while stirring, cook until it’s so thick you think your hand will break. Remove from the heat and dump the playdough onto the counter. Knead for a minute or two to make a nice, smooth ball. Ready to play with immediately. Store in an air tight container. Keeps well for a few weeks, depending on how often it’s played with and how well your child puts the lid back on.

Yield: about 2 cups of playdough

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