Archive for May, 2013

Homemade Deodorant and a Little Update

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

I stopped using anti-antiperspirants a few years ago. There are a lot of reasons for this, but I’m not going to get into those. What I am going to get into, is how to make your own homemade deodorant. I like homemade because I know exactly what it contains. And that’s not something I can say about most of the things we buy these days.

About two years ago, I read a few recipes for homemade deodorant and decided to go with an adaptation of the simplest of them all. I’m gonna share it with you, critique it for you, and share a new recipe I recently tried.

For this simple recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
5 – 6 Tbs coconut oil
12 drops essential oil of your choice.

Put all of this in a bowl and just mash it all together until it’s blended.

I tried putting this in an old, empty deodorant stick I had, but it was so crumbly it was impossible to apply without scooping some out with my fingers and rubbing it in. It worked as well as any deodorant I’ve ever tried! But I was not happy with the application.

I wanted a “stick” deodorant. And then I found this recipe http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/09/gentle-all-natural-deodorant-stick-recipe.html and I adaped it a little. And I’m gonna share that with you. You’ll need the following ingredients:

3 Tbs arrowroot or cornstarch
3 Tbs baking soda
3 Tbs coconut oil
1 1/2 Tbs beeswax
12 drops essential oil of your choice (I used orange)

Note: If you have your own beeswax, just grate 1 1/2 Tbs. Or you can use 1 1/2 Tbs. flaked beeswax. Just a tip from my dishwasher, don’t use your husband’s favorite grater for this. Nuff said.

Put all of that in a pot and heat it slowly while stirring. After a few minutes, it’ll look something like this:

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Keep heating and stirring until it’s pretty smooth:

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Then pour it into your empty stick container:

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Try not to splash a bunch down the sides like I did. Let it cool for a few hours until solid.

I’m pretty happy with this recipe, but the next time I think I’ll add a little more beeswax. It’s not quite as solid as I like – although I will say it works well enough that I don’t have to use my fingers. Which is a definitely plus in my book.

And I have a little update and a few pics to share with you.

Remember those chairs that Bernie put seats in for me to keep plants on? We painted them, and the seat. And we painted an old table to go with them.

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I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.

The barn swallow that made a nest in the eve of the chicken coop lean-to hatched out three babies!

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When I knock on the wall their little mouths pop open 🙂

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Speaking of eggs, I now have THREE chicken nests in my GOAT barn…….

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But, as long as I know where to find the eggs, I leave them alone. *sigh*

And speaking of goats…….

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Beggars.

Bobby Lee is handsome as ever.

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And Earlene is still her Duke-looking-self.

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Oh, and look at these pretty Columbine showing off in my garden:

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My garlic chive that is about 6 years old and desperately needs dividing…..

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Ok, that’s it for now. I’ll leave you with a picture of our little place in the woods – and if you look closely enough, you may spy Bernie chilling after a long, hot day of working on these grounds.

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I Think it’s Finally Spring!

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Even though Spring officially begins in March, don’t you think it’s difficult to consider that it’s really Spring until flowers are blooming……and snow isn’t falling…….and Jack Frost stops showing his face?

Right? Me too!

So this past weekend, we finally decided it’s Spring here in our little corner of the world.

Deck furniture is out, and so are the greenhouse plants.

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Bernie surprised me with his beautiful paint job on these rockers and an old table from my Grandma’s front porch.

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He also surprised me by building plywood seats for these old iron chairs.

What color do you think we should paint these seats? Or should we stain them?

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Mama gave me this railroad seat a while ago and Kathy, the best mother-in-law ever, bought me the beautiful swing. They were both treated last year, but we’re thinking they may both get painted this year.

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The old wheel barrel is filled with Marigolds. And see that pot to the right of it in this pic? That’s one of the two azalea’s that I brought home from Daddy’s funeral in 2011. I planted them and they limped along. So we dug them up and put in pots and kept them in the greenhouse last winter, and they bloomed in there earlier this year! I’m hoping they’ll be happy with a more pampered life.

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The flower garden around the deck is coming back nicely.

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This next picture is for my friend, Susan – the Columbines are finally blooming here!

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We planted our veggie garden three days ago. And we’re doing pretty much the entire thing with old field wire. And spacing for grass to grow between each row. Not only will that help us keep the mud down, it will help with the erosion issues from planting on a hill.

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Every two panels, we put an opening. The rows are about 70 feet each and the opening allow easier access between rows so we can shortcut between them 🙂

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You might be thinking “lazy” as an adjective….. I prefer “clever”…….

The honeybees got their very own herb garden – it’s starting from seed, so there’s not much going on in it yet.

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And, how could you REALLY think it’s spring without a spring chick or two or three?

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I know. Me neither!

All the signs are here.

I think it’s finally Spring!