October 30, 2014

10 Uses for Baking Soda



1.  Freshen Cuddly Toys

Place the toys inside a plastic bag / garbage bag.  Sprinkle baking soda on the toys and let sit for 15 minutes before brushing or vacuuming off.  

2.   Unclog A Drain

Pour 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly follow with 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar.  Let sit for 10 - 15 minutes, then pour down a kettleful of boiling water.  

3.  Clean Up Grease Spills

If you have small oil and grease spills on your garage floor, sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush.  

4.  Erase Crayon From Painted Walls

Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge, rub gently on the mark.  Rinse the sponge and wipe the wall clean.  

5.   Fruit and Vegetable Scrub

Sprinkle a little baking soda on a clean, damp sponge.  Scrub the fruit or vegetables and rinse with clean water or make your own homemade fruit and veggie wash.  

6.  Treat Insect Bites and Stings

Make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply as a salve to the affected area.  

7.  Freshen Your Breath

Mix 1 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water and use as a mouthwash.  

8.  Keep Flowers Fresher

Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in the vase to help keep cut flowers fresher longer.  

9.  Remove Tea and Coffee Stains

If you have tea or coffee stains in your mug, simply dampen a cloth and dip it into a small amount of baking soda.  Rub all around the cup and rinse with clean water.   

10.  Antacid

Stir 1/2 tsp of baking soda into a glass of water and drink.  




October 27, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - October 27, 2014



Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Toast with strawberry jam and a cup of tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list
Empty paper shredder
Disinfect phones and remote controls

Currently reading:
Charlie by Lesley Pearse

The weather outside is:
Chilly and windy.  High of 5C today.  

On the menu this week:
Monday - Baked chicken strips with cheesy mashed potatoes and baked beans
Tuesday - Baked penne with Italian sausage
Wednesday - Fish and chips
Thursday - Chicken fajitas
Friday - Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday - Butter chicken with rice
Sunday - Roast pork with trimmings


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Watch some of Rick Steves' Europe shows.
     
Favorite photo from the camera:


The toy hedgehog Miss S and I made this weekend


Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye): 
I just recently discovered Shannon's lovely blog Cozy Country Living.  

If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here



October 22, 2014

Patience

photo credit


Oh give me patience when wee hands
Tug at me with their small demands.
And give me gentle and smiling eyes.
Keep my lips from hasty replies.
And let not weariness, confusion, or noise
Obscure my vision of life's fleeting joys.
So when, in years to come my house is still -
No bitter memories its room may fill.

~ Ellen J. Macrorie (1928)



October 20, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - October 20, 2014


Good morning!  How was your weekend?


Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Baked oatmeal and a cup of tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry (wash bedsheets)
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list / Grocery shop
Wash make-up brushes
Clean inside of windows

Currently reading:
Stand By Me by Sheila O'Flanagan

The weather outside is:
It's going to be another beautiful fall day. There was a chill in the air this morning as I walked the girls to the bus stop, but it will be sunny this afternoon.   

On the menu this week:
Monday - Barbecue pork chops with mashed potatoes and green beans
Tuesday - Cheese tortellini with pink sauce and caesar salad
Wednesday - Shepherd's pie with asparagus
Thursday - Sweet and sour chicken with rice
Friday - Tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches
Saturday - Pepperoni pizza and salad
Sunday - Roast chicken with trimmings


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Think through some Christmas gift ideas.
     
Favorite photo from the camera:


The beach scene Miss S made out of playdough yesterday

Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye): 
I enjoy Allyson's blog at Domestic Superhero.    

If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here