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Welcome to my Sustainable addiction! I am a DIY addict, Wife, Mother and Grandmother.  I enjoy sharing my all natural recipes, cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene items, gardening and all things sustainable. 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Homemade Dishwasher Powder

I have been using my "gel" dishwasher liquid for well over a year and love it. I started experimenting again with the dry version several months ago to accommodate my desire to not heat up my house during the summer and to also share with my family and friends that want a "quicker" recipe. The one problem that I had with the homemade versions was the film that was always left on "plastics". That can be cured with using a good Homemade rinse aid (Recipe here). This recipe is quick to assemble and cleans the dishes very well. The best part is it is very reasonable on cost at 2.36 for 28 oz - about a 50% savings on store bought.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Homemade Vanilla Glaze ~ Quick and Easy!



Making your own Vanilla Glaze for your desserts is very easy and literally only takes a few minutes from start to finish. You will end up with just enough to glaze 2 Coffee Cakes in loaf pans. I have been making this for years and it has never failed me yet. It has a sweet vanilla buttery taste that is good on many variations of pound cakes / coffee cakes. You can even double the recipe to have enough to frost a cake :)



Friday, September 27, 2013

Yogurt Pound Cake ~ Cinnamon and Brown Sugar YUM

I love the feel of "fall" the last couple of mornings! It has got that little "baking" bug of mine getting into full swing. I absolutely LOVE  baking! Whether it is my breads, rolls, biscuits, english muffins, cakes, cookies, casseroles or pizza's - I am addicted to making things from scratch! That is the one thing that I do not like about summer here in the south, I have to refrain from using my oven as much as I can ~ it just gets to hot here to make my AC work that hard. BUT now that it is cooling off in the evenings IT IS TIME to crank that oven back up! Here is a great recipe for a quick and moist pound cake that is sure to please the whole family!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Homemade Foot powder ~ RELIEF for STINKY shoes!

Anyone who has ever had an active child or teenager in their home knows the gut wrenching smell that can  protrude from their little shoes! I used to often wonder how something so sweet and cuddly could produce such a horrid smell from their feet! lol I know, this is one of those articles that most people do not write about, much less talk about. Let's admit it, kids can be painfully honest (and hurtful) to one another and bodily odors are something they find funny. The smells that we associate with stinky feet is actually bacteria and fungus growing. I have a quick and insanely cheap fix for this problem that I use and it works wonderfully!! The 2nd best part? It cost me about .25 per 8 oz for the powder and less than that for the cleaning spray!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Stuffed Bell Peppers ~ A Greeky Southwest combination!


 It is relatively quick to assemble, You can freeze the extra for another quick meal during the week when time is limited. Look at the bottom of the recipe for another Bonus meal tip! Hope you all have a blessed Sunday!





Saturday, September 21, 2013

Homemade Mineral Face "make up" powder




Have I got a treat for you ladies! You never have to buy your favorite mineral compact powder again! You can quickly and easily make it at home with just 2 ingredients and it literally only takes just a few minutes! You will have a all natural, mineral enriched face powder that is actually good for your skin AND instead of putting harmful chemicals on your skin to enter into your blood stream the one ingredient actually helps to remove toxins from your skin when mixed with water ~ Hello! Washing the make up off your face just got kicked up a notch!



Friday, September 20, 2013

Homemade Bath & Body Deodorizing Powder


Making your own Bath and Body powder is not only easy and costs you way less money - when you realize what is actually in your store bought versions it has now become necessary! 

You only need 3 ingredients…less than 5 minutes…and you have your own customized powder for personal use or gift-giving! You can use any essential oil of your choice or leave it unscented. This recipe will give you 16 oz. of finished product for about $ 1.50! Now compare that cost & ingredients in your store bought, which usually has talcum powder in it. READ HERE why you should not EVER use this on you or your babies!! It makes you wonder WHY anyone would ever put this stuff in a product and then call it "Body Powder"!! Talc however is not the only "nasty" chemical that is put into body care products (powders, lotions and shampoo's), there are also ones called phthalates and these are not usually listed on the labels! READ HERE about the many issues including reproductive harm.... May explain why children are reaching puberty at younger ages these days, not to mention the increase in allergies and asthma!

Homemade Baby Powder ~ Old time recipe that works on Rashes

Making your own Baby powder is not only easy and costs you way less money - when you realize what is actually in your store bought versions it has now become necessary! 

You only need 2 ingredients…less than 5 minutes…and you have your own customized powder for personal use or Baby shower & gift-giving! You can use any essential oil of your choice or leave it unscented. This recipe will give you 16 oz. of finished product for less than $ 1.00! Now compare that cost & ingredients in your store bought, which usually has talcum powder in it. READ HERE why you should not EVER use this on you or your babies!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Homemade Hair spray ~ Yes EVEN hairspray is easy & frugal!

I have just got to share this recipe with you again. Hairspray is one of those things when you buy it you can spend so much money on it and yet to make it at home is so quick, easy and with ingredients that I know YOU have on hand. Seriously it only took me a few minutes tops and I KNOW that the cost is Under .25 for about 5 ounces!! Crazy! I have been using this for about a year now and my only wish was that I had found out sooner!





Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Homemade Skin is Soft ~ After shower body spritzer

Do you suffer from dry skin? I know I do, I often joke that I have "Alligator Skin" It is not really THAT bad, but my skin definitely soaks up as much moisture as I am willing to put on it. I have a recipe to share with you that I have been using for years. I converted my recipe from my tried and true "old" main ingredient for a healthier all natural oil. I have found that with my new and improved body spray that I do not need to use near as much and my skin stays soft and moisturized all day, even in the dead of winter! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! It is super easy to make, only takes a few minutes and you most likely already have the items on hand!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Homemade Mint Chocolate Brownies ~ A healthy alternative & frugal

Baking your favorite desserts from scratch to satisfy that sweet tooth does not need to be complicated or time consuming. I prefer homemade over store bought any day. I am in control of the ingredients, I do not add preservatives and I can give my family treats without breaking the bank. The biggest plus is I get to share my passion of baking and homemaking with my granddaughters (teach them when they are young and when they get old they will not depart from the ways, teach them to be a good keeper of the home). Here is a simple recipe for delicious homemade brownies with a mint chocolate frosting. They will be your families new favorite. It takes only about 10 minutes to assemble and mix up then bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Cool slightly then top off with your homemade frosting.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Homemade Face Cleansing & Toning pads for Oily skin ~ All Natural & Frugal

Face cleaning pads are easy to make and very easy on the wallet, especially when you compare the cost to store bought. The chemicals / preservatives in the store bought variety may help to clear your skin, but is it really that good for your health? This recipe will help to shrink your pores, remove oil and dirt and leave your skin glowing. The best part is it only takes about 5 minutes to assemble once your water has cooled. The most time consuming part is the boiling / cooling of your tap water. You will have solution left over which can be stored in your fridge and ready to make your next batch .


Bentonite Clay ~ The many Healing uses

What is Bentonite clay and what does it do?

Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy meats, impurities and chemicals. Bentonite Clay is composed of aged volcanic ash, it is a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins.  Healing clays like Bentonite have a high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron and potassium. Sounds pretty amazing huh! But wait there is more ~ In a study from Arizona State University, bentonite clay was found to be highly effective at killing MRSA as well as Salmonella, E.Coli and others. What is promising as research continues in this area is that depending on the method in which the clay kills the infection, it may not be possible for the MRSA or other bacteria to develop a resistance to it as it does with antibiotics.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tea Tree Essential Oil ~ A must have for every home

Tea Tree oil also known as: Australian tea tree oil and melaleuca oil. What ever you call it, it is one essential oil that every home needs! It can be used in just about every cleaning recipe, Personal Hygiene item, as a wound cleanser and an air purifier. Did you know that it has been clinically / medically proven to kill resistant strains of bacteria and staph (aka MRSA) with only a 3% concentration?!!

Lets examine the proof, and share with your friends and family. 




Monday, September 2, 2013

Homemade Baby, Face & Hand Wipes


Have you thought about how much money you spend on Baby / hand wipes? When you consider the cost over a year, it can be quite substantial! Making your own wipes are easy and you are in control of the ingredients that come into contact with you and your children's skin. Lets face it, your skin is your bodies biggest organ - you want to make sure you are using products that are pure and good for you. Have you ever checked the ingredients on your favorite "wipes"?