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Reusable Non-Paper Towels

Save money, Less Waste and Prettier!

Are you tired of wasting money on paper towels that you keep throwing away and buying again time after time! I’m ; I could use the money on fun craft items!

It’s been on my mind for about a year now and recently visiting some awesome fabric shops with my friends I found some really cool fabric for my paperless reusable Towels!! And it’s so easy to do!

Here is what you need.

. Cotton or cotton blend fabric for top

.Terry material or cotton fleece

. Thread, straight Pins, Sewing Machine, and some music to sew by!

I cut squares of 13×13 of too fabric and bottom fabric.

Pin together with right sides together. See around edge leaving an opening to turn, then sew all around the edge and sew an X across the middle of both sides.

I’ll be folding mine and putting in a cute wire basket with a bow next to my sink!!

That’s it’s! Eazy Peazzy!!

Make themes, Gifts, and Napkins too!! That’s my next project!!

Just some more natural ideas on this “Ol Urban Homestead ”

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Awesome Moisturizing Exfoliant/Mask

All Natural Skin Care With Essential Oils and Dried Harvested Lavender.

 

A great skin care product that uses all natural ingredients and easy to make that you can use as a  Exfoliant and or mask, Plus the skin benefits from the essential oils! which makes this a three for one easy to use regime!

As you know their are so many skin care products on the market and have a list of ingredients that you can’t even produce or chemicals that you wouldn’t want on your face so why not try something natural.  I will say if you look, their are some that are now beginning to use some natural essential oils .  The use of essential oils such as lavender, geranium, neroli, rosemary and rose are none historic anti-aging choices for mature skin, and frankincense, carrot see, and helichrysum rejuvenate skin by encouraging the formation of new skin cells.  Herbs such as Gota kilt and emollient herbs like marshmallow and comfrey.

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Natural Exfoliant/Mask.                             Pkm

Because this lady here is of a mature age I will be making my recipe to us ladies happy and smooth skin!  It is a great product to use for people who work out side a lot  to to exfoliate all the debris and clogged pores removing all the gunk from our face and not to mention exposure to the sun!  With the great essential oils that are so helpful  for skin rejuvenation, promote skin cell growth, help with wrinkles, removes dead skin cells,  skin problems, and the massaging the face as your washing also helps with circulation in the face.  So what do you get a healthy glowing soft clean skin!  I know there are things we can’t stop with aging, But we can at least try our best to take care of our skin plus it won’t be so bad when we really get older!

It’s not  something we have to do everyday but at least 2-3 times a week especially if you have oily skin or out in the environment working around dirt, dust or chemicals,  But my thinking why not at least every other day.  So let’s do this!  It is so simple and fun to make.

Ingredients you will need:   Oatmeal (dry), cornmeal (dry) , essential oils,  a food chopper, glass jars with lids.

  • 2 cups of dry oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup of dry cornmeal
  • carrot seed essential oil
  • 1 cup dried Lavender Buds
  • peppermint essential oil

Mix the oatmeal and cornmeal together  then pour into food blender/chopper and blend till almost fine leaving some chucks of oatmeal,  Pour 1/2 of that into a bowl, Then add the dried Lavender buds and blend together.  Now add that to the bowl and stir all together.

Now it’s time to add the Essential Oils!

  • 20 drops of carrot seed oil
  • 7 drops of peppermint oil

 

Transfer blended mix into clean jars and apply lids!  Thats It!  so easy and smells so good.

How to use it:

Moisten your face and add enough water to a  tablespoon of powder or so and apply to moist face and gently scrub around avoiding your eyes;  You can even leave it on for 10 min for a mask.

 Just play around and have fun with it and you will feel invigorated and relaxed from the oils!

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It’s a Full Moon Time to Transplant

Seedlings are ready to transplant and It’s also a full Moon perfect timing!

My Tomato and Pepper Seedlings are ready now to transplant to bigger containers and wouldn’t you know it the April Full Moon! Pink Full Moon they call it, And no the moon won’t be pink . It was given that name by the native tribes because of the spring pink flowers that spread on the ground. Pretty cool huh!

I will say it pays to buy Heirloom seeds and non-GMO for this is the first time my seedlings have ever survived! Happy Camper here I might add.

I used a starting potting mix and potting cups and they look good this evening.

Hopefully in a couple weeks I can harden them off and get them ready to plant in garden! Have you planted your gardens yet? These above are Jalapeño peppers and Tomato plants both Heirloom plants.

I’m hoping for a good harvest this year with the new plant boxes and more energy(losing weight helped me there)! Plus I love gardening and planting new Perennials on my trails and small flower beds.

I plant mainlyPerennials because one they last longer and two I don’t have to replant every year! One of my favorites are Lavender and Echinacea (cone flower). Both of these plant are hardy in my area and so beautiful when in bloom not to mention they both have medicinal qualities also! I like to dry my Lavender and use the wonderful smelling buds for soap, lotions and sachets, the lotion is very relaxing just before bed ,heck I have even sprinkled some on our sheets and pillows at night! The cone flower I dry for tea especially during cold and flu season it’s a great Immune booster!

Cone Flower

Lavender

I planted some seedings of Heirloom seeds only a third came up and holding their own still small so time will tell.

What grows in your garden?

Experiment and have fun with Mother Nature and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!

Happy Gardening🌱🌻

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Shredded Pork Fajita

Spicy Yummy Pork Fajita

 

This is a really good dish and not a lot of fat so I can eat them and not feel guilty especially with the Flat-out Flatbread!  So here’s how you put it all together.

  • 3- Pounds of cooked pork, I used a lean pork roast and I slow cooked it the day before.
  • Shred the pork, and remove any fat or bone then place it back into a pan.
  • Add 3/4 pint jar of Salsa, I used Medium Chunky style. (Most the time I use my homemade Salsa)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Garlic, plus a dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 Small onion chopped and 1/2 Green Pepper chopped

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 cooked fajita meat

 

Mix the meat, salsa, peppers, onions, and garlic together in a large pan on stove to heat up.

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Then I used the FlatBread as a shell to wrap it up with because they are high protein and only 90 calories plus it makes a good size Fajita! I slightly heat the FlatBread up in microwave then sprinkle some cheddar cheese on it first then add the meat mixture, about a 1/2 cup.

 

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Then roll that puppy up!

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                      There you have a Spicy Pork Fajita!

  Serve with a side salad and you have yourself a meal to brag about!   Healthy Living At Least Trying

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Homemade Scent Tarts

Scent Tarts

 

 

 

SCENT TARTS
NATURAL SCENTED WAX

Ingredients:

1-/2 c + 2 Tabl  Coconut Oil

1 oz (by weight) beeswax

essential oils of choice

Instructions:

Bring an inch or two of water to a simmer over medium heat in a small sauce pan.  Cover the opening of the saucepan with a glass bowl to create a double broiler.

Put the coconut oil and beeswax in the glass bowl. Allow to heat, stirring occasionally until completely melted.

Remove from heat and throughly stir in essential oils.

Pour into mold and allow to cool until hardened( pop into refrigerator to expedite this).

To use , Place one in the proper bowl of a wax warmer. Use the warmer as directed.

Yeilds around 12 tarts when done in a mini muffin pan.

 

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Garden Boxes

Raised Garden Boxes

Are you tired of the back aches, sore knees, or have physical limitations, But love to garden and grow your own produce; I know I’m !  Well here’s a suggestion for you and a few tips to help you out and give you something to think about this coming gardening season!

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Raised Garden Boxes

I approached this topic as the plan for my own garden this year due to poor quality of and lack of soil here on the river.  Our soil is mostly sand and very dry and hot no matter how much watering  it seems was never enough and a lot of  our plants either would not produce in quality or quantity !  So the plans soon is to make our own garden boxes and bring in new soil along with the added compost and such.

So the fastest way to get good deep fertile soil is to make the Raised Beds!  They can yield up to four times more than the same amount of space as in planted rows and  save you money and time!  I’m all for that!  Not to mention less back, knee and stress on the body!

The plants also grow closer together and crowd out the weeds therefore you spend less time and effort weeding plus it makes watering and harvesting efficient and easier.

Did you know that planting in a triangle will yield more?  I didn’t, So we need to pay attention how we arrange the plants AND by doing this you can fit 10-14% more plants in each bed!!  I’m for that!  Just don’t plant them too close to each other.

Weight yield is more important than the number of plants per square foot.  Sometimes it’s hard to remember or think ahead what it will grow into!

Small garden?  No problem, Grow up! go vertical hence Tomatoes, Pole Beans, Melons, can all be supported by fences, cages, or stakes, plus it saves time by going up it provides more air to circulate which means less Fungal Diseases!

Some great ideas for growing vertical are becoming more popular especially small yards, apartments and also for just the great looks!  You can hang a shoe organizer up from a rod and attach heavy hooks through top holes of shoe garment to hang on the rod and fill each pocket up to an inch with compost and plant  herbs, lettuce, flowers and such, the water will seep through the canvas material.  Also you can use pallet boards leaning up against the house or garage and pack with dirt to plant herbs .  I have see large plumbing tubes with drilled holes in them and attached together in shapes where plants are grown in the large holes drilled into them.  Check out Pinterest.com for some great resources and DIY ideas on vertical gardening.

Grow Vining crops along the sides of your beds, You could even place buckets or cement blocks along the sides of your boxes AND have extra plants!  I think I’m going with the cement blocks, and add some marigolds in a few boxes also!   Just use what you have or can find.

Another thing to think about before you plant in your cute boxes is to make sure you have compatible plants such as the “Three Sisters” Corn, beans, and squash.  The corn stocks support the beans and the squash grows on the ground shading out the weeds!  More compatibles include Tomatoes, basil and onions.

Use your transplants that already are a month or so old when you plant them and they will mature faster, plus the pride you have from seeding them yourself!

Remember no pressure treated wood is allowed to grow “Organic Food”  If you want to meet these high standards choose a different wood material.  The EPA recommends use naturally Rot-Resistant woods like Red Cedar, Black Locust or Red Wood.  I don’t know about you, but I didn’t know this or thought about it!

Check out some local lumber yards for Raised Garden Kits also if your not into building.

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Raised Beds can also be used on a cement patio if you don’t have the yard space or want it closer to your house; keep in mind your plants need sun  at least 6 hours of sunlight a day to thrive,  Also Remember to block up one end of your box a little to allow for drainage if you chose this option.

farmers almanac     Another great source for planting, and  when to plant by the moon forecast and more.

 

You may ask ok what kind of soil do I use?  The best is Homemade soil blend of 50% Topsoil made of healthy loom, 50% compost which can be manure, animal manure or fish compost.

The best Premium soil is :

1/3. Peat Moss

1/3. Vermiculite

1/3. compost blend

I really like the idea of mulching the paths between the boxes it gives it a finished look and will keep the soil cooler, plus keep the weeds down! As you can see my Old Garden lacks any structure!   Lay a landscape cloth on your path and cover with 2-3 inches of mulch or sawdust, Also when laying the fabric down allow it come up 1′ against the bottom board of box and staple it in place.  The much will cover it.

 

One of the most important things to know is your plant zone which will tell you when you can plant according to each state.  Here is a USA Zone Map to help you decide.

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.USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, 2012. Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Accessed from https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov.


Now that you know when to start planting, Think ahead and start your own seedlings!

If you really want to start your own plants from seeds I think thats great!  And what better satisfaction than doing it all your self .  Here are some  Tid-Bits  from the ( Good Ol Farmers Almanac )  I read and  you might enjoy!

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Try using some things you may have around the house instead of purchasing seedling trays such as, Toilet Paper roll,  Cut four slits in one end and fold in edge and fill with compost and your seeds plus you can plant the container and all!  It’s Biodegradable.

Ice Cream cones are also great to start seeds in as well as 1/2 of an egg shell and what about empty egg cartons the paper ones.

Do you live in the country or farm and bothered by deer eating in your garden?  You should  try this DIY Deer Repellent.  Mix 3 Tab hot sauce, 3 Tab minced garlic and 3 raw eggs, blend all together in blender and add to 1 gal of water and pour into spray bottle to spray your plants with and respray after a rain.  Insects are always a pest for gardeners and here is a few natural ideas without the chemicals!  Try planting Basil near your windows or doorways to repel flies and mosquitos, Plant some Dill near your tomatoes  to prevent tomato hook worms .( Oh speaking of that , Did you know a tomato hornworm (also known as a tobacco hornworm) is like a humming bird !  it grows into a type of humming bird moth!!  yup you heard me  they are brownish 2-2.5 inches with no beak just a long roll out tongue and sucks nectar from flowers just like a real hummingbird!! ) Go figure. That’s Sci-Fi for ya!   THAT I read in the Farmers Almanac!!

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And what about those pesky weeds!  Try your own homemade weed killer, Mix 5 Tab of dish washing soap per 1 quart of water and add to a spray bottle to spray the plants with, Oh an it works great on Aphids too!  I use it every year!

Hopefully your plants are in the garden now or soon to be and you have all your garden tools, aprons, buckets or baskets to make things go smoothly and water nearby for your growing season!  Stay tuned and in a few months it will be time to talk about how we preserve all your garden harvest.

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Well this is just a little information I gained while researching the Raised Garden Beds of how and why I chose to go this route and sharing a little information on how to get started with your own seeds or seedlings with  you.

Happy Gardening and stay green and dirty Gardners!

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My Old Garden ! Of No More!

Soon to have my New Garden Boxes

  Happy Gardening All !

 

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Cold Infused Herbal Oils

Calendula (calendula officials) Pot Marigold  And Jasmine (jasmine officiale)  Infused Oil

 

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Calendula and Jasmine infused oils

Infused Oils are simply infusing the dried flowers in oil and then left to soak for several weeks , then the oils is used again with the fresh herb extract. (cold infusion).  The oils can be used for massage oils or a basis for creams, ointments and soaps

I started my infusions by packing the flowers in a sterile pint jar then covered all the herb with organic olive oil making sure all the flowers were covered with an inch of oil on top.

I left it to sit for a week and then because I’m impatient decided to go ahead and do the Quick method which I’ll explain.   I put the jars of herbs into a slow cooker with a towel on the bottom to protect the jars and then filled the cooker with water to the half-way point of the jars with lids on tightly and placed the lid on the cooker and set at LOW temperature setting on 2-4 hours.  Then removed the jars and let cool then strained into new sterile jars through a tea towel or cheese cloth and replaced with clean lids and your DONE!   Remember to store in a cool dark place like a cupboard not close to heat!

Calendula is an antiseptic and anti fungal and can be used for cuts, scrapes, dry skin, inflammations and minor injuries.   This made a mildly scented fragrance.

Makes a great cream for this purpose.

 Jasmine  is a fragrant floral herb with anticatarrhal, antidepressant, and antispasmodic properties.  Other possible uses with coughs, eczema, menstrual pain and muscle spasms.    The fragrance was weaker than I thought it would be, making me wonder if the herb was as fresh as it should have been; So heads up and double-check if you’re ordering your herbs.   Choose a reputable company for  freshness and quality.

It is good for dry, greasy, irritated and sensitive skin.  I can’t wait to add to my homemade soaps!

 

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ESSENTIAL OIL DISFUSSER ESSENTIAL OIL COLONGE/MASSAGE

“Mother Earth” DIFFUSER OIL BLEND

A GREAT SMELLING SCENT WITH EO’s WITH  SCENTS THAT ARE WOODSY AND RUSTIC WITH A TOUCH OF LAVENDER;  IT WILL SURELY LIFT YOUR SPIRITS AND GIVE YOU THAT GOOD OL CONNECTION WITH Mother Earth.!

THE CUTE GLASS JAR AND BAMBOO REEDS PULL THE OILS UP AND THE SCENT LAST FOR SOME TIME.  A RUSTIC/ NATURAL LOOK FOR ANY ROOM!

 

  • 1 CUP OF OF YOUR CHOICE :  ALMOND OIL, GRAPE SEED OIL, JOJOBA OIL, VEGETABLE OIL IN A 1 1/2 C GLASS CONTAINER
  • PALMAROSA 8 DROPS
  • FRANKINCENSE 8 DROPS
  • AROBORVITEA 6 DROPS
  • LAVENDER 12 DROPS
  • CEDARWOOD 8 DROPS
  • VERTIVER 8 DROPS
  • DROP ALL OILS ONE AT A TIME INTO CARRIER OIL IN CONTAINER AND MIX WELL AND INSERT YOUR BAMBOO REEDS 5, OR SEVEN LOOKS GOOD AND WILL DO THE JOB!

 

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LET’S GET IN THE MOOD FOR “MOOD UPLIFTING”

A GREAT BLEND OF EO’s THAT WILL JUST UP LIFT YOUR SPIRITS OR MAYBE  PUT YOU IN THAT SPECIAL MOOD!  A GREAT SCENT FOR YOU SWEET HEARTS!

  • FRANKINCENSE 2 DROPS
  • PALMAROSA 4 DROPS
  • YLANG-YLANG 3 DROPS
  • ORANGE 4 DROPS
  • LEMON 3 DROPS
  • DROP YOUR EO’S ONE AT A TIME IN 1 ML BOTTLE AND TOP OFF WITH CARRIER OIL OF CHOICE SUCH AS;  JOJOBA OIL, ALMOND OIL, COCONUT OIL.
  • CAN BE USE AS A COLOGNEOR MASSAGE OIL.
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ESSENTIAL OILS INFORMATION

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SO WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY YOU SAY? WHAT DOES IT DO FOR ME?  WELL LET ME SHARE A FEW THINGS I KNOW ABOUT IT AND WE CAN BOTH LEARN.

THE HISTORY OF FRAGRANCE IS SHROUDED IN MYSTERY.  PRIMITIVE USE BEGAN WITH  BURNING GUMS AND RESINS FOR INCENSE, THEN EVENTUALLY  TO RICH SCENTED PLANTS THAT WERE INCORPORATED INTO ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE OILS TO ANOINT THE BODY FOR CEREMONY AND PLEASURE.  

FROM 7000 TO 4000 BC, THE FOILS OF OLIVE AND SESAME ARE THOUGHT TO BE COMBINED WITH FRAGRANT PLANTS TO CREATE THE ORIGINAL NEOLITHIC OINTMENTS.   EGYPTIANS IMPORTED MYRRH AND SPICES, GUMS AND FRAGRANT PLANTS RESERVED FOR RELIGIOUS PURPOSES. 

THEN THE HEBREWS IN 1200 BC EMPLOYED FRAGRANCE TO CONSECRATE THEIR TEMPLES, ALTARS, CANDLES AND PRIEST.  THE HOLY OIL GIVEN TO MOSES FOR THE INITIATION OF PRIEST:  MYRRH, CINNAMON AND CLAMUS , WIXED WITH OLIVE OIL. 

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Healthy Recipes

CHOCOLATE BROWNIE MUFFINS SF

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  • 1 BOX BROWNIE MIX (DRY)
  • 2 EGGS
  • 1/2 C GREEK YOGURT
  • 1 C CHERRIES; THAWED
  • 1/2 C. COCONUT FLAKES
  • 1/2 C SLIVERED ALMONDS
  • 1/4 C WATER
  • 1/2 TSP BAKING SODA
  • 1/2 TSP BAKING POWDER
  • MIX ALL TOGETHER AND POUR IN GREASED LARGE MUFFIN TINS AND BAKE 350 FOR 15-20 MIN.

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Sugar-Free Chocolate Brownie Muffins