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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. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Gardening, its not just for "Country Folk"

How is your garden growing? Whether you are a seasoned gardener or new to getting your hands dirty, the most important thing to remember is that you will have good crops and you will have bad crops. You do it to enjoy it! Not everyone is good at growing all things ~ you will quickly find out what fruits and Veggies grow well for you in your area and which ones do not. Over all, with a little care you can become one step closer to sustainability. My rule of thumb is do not be afraid to plant too much, your friends, co-workers & neighbors will love you if you have a bumper crop year! 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Homemade Rice Crispy Treats



Rice Krispie Treats
Homemade Rice Crispy Treats
Rice Crispy Treats are one of my childhood favorite recipes - right up there with the popcorn balls and rock candy!  These are SO EASY to make and they turn out moist and gooeey. Is that even a word? There are many ways to mix up this classic recipe. Use regular or chocolate "Rice Crispies" for you chocohalics, add a heaping spoon of Peanut Butter and then top with Reeces Pieces or top with rainbow sprinkles.



Saturday, October 19, 2013

DIY Windshield Washer Fluid

Until recently I had never considered making my Windshield Washer fluid, probably because I don't use that much of it. With the cooler weather approaching though, this is the time of year that I restock on my "car fluids". Since I am always looking for healthier / greener and frugal alternatives to add to my every day life, I thought why not - it is the only thing on my list that I could make! So off I went searching and what did I find? Did you know that commercial windshield washer fluid contains a nasty chemical called methanol? Some brands even add in small amounts of other toxic alcohols such as ethylene glycol into the mixture. The National Institute of Health lists this as a poisonous alcohol that can cause significant damage even in small amounts. I never knew this! I certainly do not want to have this in my home anymore around my Grandchildren or animals! Below you will find a all natural "green" alternative that rocks it off the charts at only .50 (fifty cents) per gallon!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Homemade Laundry Powder

This week it seems my focus is on laundry, well not really - more like sharing with you the things I have used to wash my laundry with.... if I was "truly" focused on my laundry I would be next to my washer "using" it instead of sitting here writing about it LOL. Awhile back I shared with you my liquid version of my laundry soap (at .92 cents per gallon) that I LOVE, however I know that everyone is different and some people prefer liquid, some powders. I lean more toward the liquid but when I travel the powder is definitely more convenient to pack up and take along. The great thing about this recipe is that it utilizes almost the same ingredients as my liquid and is almost as cost effective per wash load! Once you try it, I doubt you will EVER buy that expensive stuff from the store again!!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Homemade Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are a great take to school snack for those classroom parties. They are quick to put together, they can be iced with different flavorings / colors and they do not have the Chocolate or Nuts that some children may be sensitive to. You just have to remember to make extra's because they are sure to get ate up BEFORE the next morning!




Thursday, October 10, 2013

Homemade Sour Cream!!

Homemade Sour Cream is probably one of those items that I never considered doing because it was just so easy to pick up a small container when I needed it. But in my quest to be more frugal and sustainable on what I have available, I have discovered that I was thinking about this all wrong. I CAN culture my sour cream & always have it available. I avoid extra trips past the store AND avoid the temptation to get the other 15 items when I only really needed just one or two.  My savings here are Three fold! I save time and money for NOT stopping past the store, I have available what I need and I can Freeze any excess to keep for later! Oh and the best part? It cost me .84 for a quart of fresh sour cream. Is a quart too much for you? I reduced the recipe for you to 10 Ounces and your finished cost will be .26       Bring on the burritos and salsa I am READY!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Homemade Instant Cold Packs

Have you ever had an injury on the sporting field, while traveling, camping or at work and needed a cold pack? It can be troublesome keeping ice cold while you play out on a sporting field somewhere, and the odds of you carrying a ice pack in your briefcase or purse "just in case" is not all that sensible. 
Chemical cold packs that you can buy in drug stores and hunting / fishing supply stores create their own ‘cold’ when you need them. There are a few different types, but they all involve endothermic reactions or processes of some sort. The bags usually contain two different chemicals in different compartments. Breaking a seal allows them to mix, which absorbs heat from the surroundings. These are great for traveling and keeping on hand for "just in case". Putting them on your injury as soon as possible means the reaction will steal its warmth as well, which can reduce swelling and give your body time to deal with the trauma. The problem with these "cold packs" are twofold! First they are fun to play with, especially for kids (age does not matter - lol) and second they can become quite costly at about 1.00 each to keep replacing. The good news is you can make them at home, it is easier than you think AND for a fraction of the cost :) 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Homemade Cornbread from Scratch!

With the crispness of fall fast approaching I have been CRAVING one of my favorite meals. A big pot of Homemade Chili with Fresh Cornbread! That is when it hit me, I have not shared this simple to make homemade recipe for Cornbread. Trust me, once you make this homemade you will NEVER open up that little box or bag of stuff again. It literally only takes a few minutes to put together and then bake for 20 minutes at 425*  Don't forget to make extra, it stores well for about a week in a ziplock bag in the fridge AND you can even store it in the freezer for your next meal.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Pain relieving oil ~ All natural, fast acting!

Do you suffer from painful arthritis or muscle spasms? Whether your pain comes from simply overworking yourself or you experience arthritic pain there are natural options to help you overcome that nagging, constant pain. I started my journey of researching natural pain relief, using essential oils about a year ago. I literally stumbled upon a secret little ingredient when using that "miracle" essential oil in another one of my homemade recipes. It literally blew me away how effective it was for the pain and muscle spasms. Who would have thought?!? Honestly the more I learn and use my "oils" the more I wonder how I lived so long without them! Other than this Pain relieving blend being all natural, it is also quite potent and a LITTLE goes a long way. There is no need to slather it on as if it were Icy Hot!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits ~ Bake now or freeze for later!

A delicious easy to follow recipe for making homemade buttermilk biscuits from scratch! It is not as hard or time consuming as it sounds, and it takes only a few minutes more than pouring from that box, or opening that refrigerated container. The best part? You will feel a sense of accomplishment and you will save a BUNCH of money!  If you have little ones in the house, let them help you, trust me it will be a memory that they will cherish forever!