cinnamon coffee cake bread & some goings on

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This bread turned out really super-dee-duper good. I enjoyed a couple pieces of it this morning with some hot coffee 🙂

(Now that’s my kind of morning.)

ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 heaping tablespoons ground cinnamon

directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with non stick spray. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl and set aside. Mix the buttermilk and vanilla in a measuring cup and set aside. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside. In a bowl cream the butter and sugar together and then add in the eggs one at a time. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix to combine, then add 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture. Repeat this and end with the flour. Pour 1/3 of the batter into the prepared pan and top with 1/3 of the cinnamon mixture, repeat so that the final layer of cinnamon mixture is the topping on the bread. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

I promise I’ll have a regular post soon! Unfortunately, we’ve encountered a few *ahem* computer issues, one of them being unable to download any pictures from my camera onto here. ::sigh::

But I will be writing here pretty soon 🙂

Blessings & Grace,

                                                                                                                                                Rachel

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DIY (liquid) laundry detergent

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As I am sipping on some nice, hot coffee, I thought I would write another post. Ahhh, time goes by soo fast! :: le sigh :: 😉

This is *pretty* much like the powdered recipe, however, there are a few differences that I thought I’d share :). One batch of the liquid laundry soap is 3 gallons, costing only $9.00 total (for 18 gallons). I’ll let you do the math on that one!

cast of characters:

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~ 1 cup borax

~ 1/2 cup oxi clean

~ 1/2 cup washing soda

~ 1 bar  grated Fels Naptha (just grate it on the finest side of your cheese grater)

~ 3 gallons of water

~ (a 5 gallon bucket (not shown yet :)))

the plan:

1) Boil 4 cups of water, turn down the heat, and add the grated Fels Naptha, a little at a time. Stir until it’s totally dissolved.

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2) Now you are ready to pour it into the bucket!

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{I marked *exactly* where 3 gallons was on my bucket}

First add some hot water from the faucet into the bucket. Then pour the mixture, as shown …

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Add all the rest of the dry ingredients, and mix …

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And then just fill ‘er up with 3 gallons of water …

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3) Let this sit overnight, with a lid over it. The next morning, mix it up with your hands. It’ll look something a bit like this …

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Or if this was all too confusing for you, check out this video, which explains all.

And voila! Liquid laundry soap 🙂

(p.s. that laundry softener is coming soon. I promise.)

cleaning tip of the day: when your dog decides to chew up a pink highlighter all over your carpet

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{these photos do not do them justice!}

Glamorous, I know.

We did get it out eventually. But only after trying every possible cleaner in existence.

Then, we tried acetone, a very, very strong chemical. You know that strong smell in nail polish remover? That’s acetone, although in the remover it’s mixed with other things so it’s not as toxic. Straight acetone, though, is what we used here. It’s okay to get a little on your skin, but be sure to wash pretty good.

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what i used:

~ a little acetone

~ an old rag

~ a lotta elbow grease 😉

Before, it looked like this (this was only *one* spot on our carpet, by the way) …

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And to zoom in …

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And then we just scrubbed away to make it look like this …

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Ta Da! And then it all just comes off onto the old rag. See? It’s that easy … sort of 😉

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So if you are a mama or a mama-to-be, you’ll know how to get this kind of stuff out of your lovely carpet 🙂

But then what do you do when your dog looks at you like this?

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You realize you have the cutest puppy in the world 🙂

DIY (powdered) laundry detergent

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This afternoon, my mom and I made some laundry soap, and I thought I would share it with you 🙂

This is one of those things that are worthwhile, and quite easy to make (as well as easy on your wallet! ::grin::). In fact, it’s pretty much dirt cheap, costing only about 5 cents a load! *gasp*

the cast of characters:

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… Borax …

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… Oxi Clean …

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… a (rather big) box of baking soda ::grin:: …

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… Washing Soda …

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… and (the divine) Fels-Naptha! 🙂 …

–> 1 (4 lb 12 oz) box of Borax

–> 1 (3 lb 7 oz) box of Washing Soda

–> 1 (3 lb) box of Oxi Clean

–> 2 (14.1 oz) bars of Fels-Naptha (or Zote soap (which is pink))

–> 1 (4 lb) box of Baking Soda

–> a large bucket (that can hold about 2 or 3 gallons)

–> a funnel

–> a cheese grater

–> several jars

the plan:

–> The hardest, most time-consuming part is grating the soap on the cheese grater. It really is. But it’s a great little job for your kiddos to do! 🙂 And, whatever you, don’t be as stupid as me and get it in your eye. It is NOT a comfortable feeling, let me tell you. 🙂 Oh and I would recommend using a fairly large bowl to grate into and using the fine side of the grater.

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–> Then, after ALL that hard work (your arms sore yet? ;)), you just mix all of the ingredients together in the bucket. I would recommend doing this outside. And you should get about 2 to 3 gallons of laundry soap! Wowzer, isn’t that just crazy?! And all you need 1 tbsp per load. That’s it. It costs only about a nickel a load, and is safe for he washers as well. Isn’t that exciting?! I’m excited ::happy dance:: These would make *great* gifts for busy moms! (Or if you are a busy mom yourself ;))

–> After that, pour them into jars . I used a funnel to make this much easier.

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And it should look something like this 🙂

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{hey! it’s ruger! oh, dear, how did he get in there? ::wink::}

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If you have any questions, be sure to ask! I would be honored ::grin::

(homemade fabric softener coming soon! :D)