September 2008

Homemade Lard or Crisco Soap

Crafts

Lard soap and Crisco soap are LOW BUBBLING soaps, which make them especially good for laundry and scrubbing yicky stuff around the house. Additionally, they are CHEAP AS ALL GET-OUT to make. They’re the only soaps I’ve found that can beat Ivory on price. 1. Melt one pound of lard or veggie shortening in a […]

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Homemade Pita Bread

Breads

Why make your own pita bread? Because you can. Part Whole Wheat Pita Breadmakes 10 1 pkg. active dry yeast1 1/2 tsp. sugar1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees)1 1/2 tsp. each salt and vegetable oil2 cups whole wheat flour2 1/2 cups all-purpose or bread flour 1. Combine yeast, sugar and water in a […]

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Homemade Herbal Tea

Beverages

There are many edible herbs and flowers that can be found in suburban yards. Today, I’m making homemade herbal tea with Marigold and Stevia. Marigold tea is supposed to be good for indigestion and menstrual discomfort, but I just like the idea of drinking my yard. 1. The first step in making herbal tea is […]

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Making Hot Process Soap in a Crock Pot

Crafts

I made famous soap today. Well, my soap isn’t famous, but the recipe is. Sort of. In a soapy kind of way. It is a Hot Process Crock Pot, Oatmeal & Honey Castile soap recipe, known interchangeably as Kaleb’s Oatmeal & Honey Castile or Bunny’s Castile. Soapers (people who make homemade soap) will understand what […]

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Hand Papermaking with Yucca

Crafts

As I mentioned in a former post, I have been getting around to making paper from the plants in my yard and environs. This time it is yucca paper. I decided to use the old, dried leaves instead of the green ones. These have been “retted” (allowed to break down) by nature, and I hoped […]

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