Friday, February 28, 2014

Homemade Bubble Solution

1 c. water
2 T. light Karo syrup or 2 T. glycerin
4 T. dishwashing liquid

Mix ingredients together.

Note:  The glycerin is the key to better bubbles!

Lawn Tonic

I found this recipe years ago while watching 12 News.  This is a formula for green lawns in high heat. 
1 can regular soda (do not use diet)
1 can beer (no light beer)
1/2 c. liquid dishwashing (do not use anti-bacterial dishwashing liquid)
1/2 c. household ammonia
1/2 c. mouthwash
Pour into 10-gallon hose-end sprayer.
  • In high-heat, apply every 3 weeks.
  • The liquid soap is a wetting agent, helping the formula penetrate to the roots.
  • The ammonia promotes growth and turns your lawn green.
  • The mouthwash kills the bugs and grubs.
  • Do not use anti-bacterial dishwashing liquid in the mixture as it will kill off important microbes in the lawn and soil that help digest thatch.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cheesy Broccoli Cups

2 c. broccoli florets
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 c. ricotta
1 1/2 C. grated mozzarella, divided
1 egg, beaten
Salt and pepper


  1. Steam broccoli until tender.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Cool broccoli slightly.
  4. Coursely chop and place in a bowl.
  5. Combine broccoli, garlic, ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, and egg.  
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Stir all ingredients to combine.
  8. Divide broccoli/cheese mixture among ramekins.
  9. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.
  10. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until cheeses are melted and mozzarella on top starts to brown.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Homemade Pain Relieving Cream

1/2 c. Coconut Oil
2 t. Beeswax pellets
5 drops Camphor oil
5 drops Peppermint oil

5 drops Eucalyptus oil
  1. Melt coconut oil and beeswax pellets. (I use a double boiler)
  2. Stir until melted.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool, but not to set up.
  4. Add the essential oils and stir.
  5. Pour into a small container and allow to cool completely.
Note:  Since coconut oil is the dominant ingredient, this will melt if kept in a warm place. 


Tandoori Seasoning

1½ t. garlic powder
1½ t. paprika
1 t. cayenne pepper
1 t. ground coriander
1 t. ground cumin
1 t. ground ginger
1 t. salt
¼ t. ground cardamom
¼ t. ground cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together and use as a rub for lamb, beef, pork and chicken.

Note:  This is spicy.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Basic Lip Balm

1 t. beeswax
2 t. coconut oil
2 drops vitamin E oil
2-3 drops flavor oil

Melt beeswax and coconut oil.
Stir in vitamin E oil.
Add flavor oil
Place in tube or pot.

Note:  This can be made without the flavor oil if you don't have any on hand.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

This is a handy shampoo to combat dandruff or scalp build up.

What You Will Need:
  • 1 Bottle Shampoo (preferably dye and fragrance free)
  • 1 Bottle Tea Tree Oil
  • Dropper
  1. Using a dropper, add 2 drops of tea tree oil per ounce of shampoo.
  2. Replace the shampoo bottle cap and shake well to mix.
  3. Shake shampoo before each use.
  4. Use shampoo as you normally would.
  • Do not ingest tea tree oil.
  • Do not use tea tree oil undiluted
  • Watch for allergic reactions, especially if it is your first time using tea tree oil.
  • Do Not use tea tree oil if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • As with any essential oils, use with caution.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Easy Shrimp Scampi

1 stick butter
1 lb. shrimp cooked shrimp, deveined.
1 lemon
2 t. Italian Seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Melt a stick of butter.
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  4. Thinly slice lemon and lay out on the baking sheet.
  5. Layer on the shrimp over the lemon.
  6. Pour the butter over the shrimp.
  7. Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.

Parmesan Zucchini


  • 4 medium zucchini, cut in half
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
  • 1 T. Rosemary (fresh)
  • 1 T. Thyme (fresh)

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Brush cut zucchini lightly with olive oil.
  3. Place zucchini on foil lined baking sheet.
  4. Mix Parmesan cheese, rosemary and thyme.
  5. Sprinkle cheese mixture on zucchini halves.
  6. Bake 15 minutes
  7. Broil 3-4 minutes, until cheese is golden brown.

Note:  If using dried herbs, use sparingly because the Rosemary can be overpowering.

Modification:  Try Mozzarella instead of Parmesan, and Italian Seasoning instead of Rosemary and Thyme.