Direct Composting – Improving Garden Soil

Direct Composting – Improving Garden Soil

No Bin No Way We considered buying a rotating compost bin for our garden to use scraps from the kitchen to improve our garden soil, but they were all pricey and I didn't like the idea of having to dump our scraps into a stinky bin and having to turn it to keep it aerated.   You may call it lazy, but I call it efficient. My schedule is so tight, I'm all about quick and easy with few steps in between. Plus, we have a lot of winter here in Wisconsin and I don't like tromping through the snow!   I did a search (naturally!) and came up with the term "direct composting," or "trench composting." Basically you just dig a trench in your garden and dump in your scraps and bury them. Easy peasey! We tried it last year and it WAS easy and this year when we dug the area up, the scraps were nowhere to be seen Continue reading

DIY Foaming Soap

DIY Foaming Soap

A couple of years ago I bought foaming dish soap with a coupon. I'll try new things if I can get it for a bargain. I decided to try to make my own once it ran out. After all, it couldn't be too hard, could it? There was no way I was putting out $6.00+ for that little bit of soap. Here's my recipe. Hold onto your seats! It's really complicated...N.O.T. I filled it with water to the top of the Dawn sticker - I did think about measuring it so I could give accurate measurements, but after all, it's not rocket science. I added some regular dish soap, and voila! It foamed when I pumped it. I felt so smart! Check this out. Do you think I should be a hand model? I should probably stick with being on this side of the camera. Back to soap... I've been refilling it every so Continue reading

Homemade Apple Pie Filling and Applesauce

Homemade Apple Pie Filling and Applesauce

Apples. Apples. AAAppples!!!! I mentioned in a recent post that I was spending hours cutting up apples a neighbor gave us for applesauce and apple pie filling to put in our freezer. Here's a quick recap in case you are looking at two or three bags of apples and don't know what to do with them. First I cut up a bunch into cubes with skins on and threw them into sandwich baggies for the freezer. Rather than using lemon juice to keep them from browning, I soaked them in salt water as I cut them up instead. I had read on Pinterest that someone had tried it and it worked so I tried it - besides, it was cheaper and easier. They've been in my freezer a week now and are as white as the moment I cut them up. Yay! Applesauce After that I spent a couple of days making applesauce. I sliced and peeled them and threw them into my 7 qt. crockpot with some water, Continue reading

Homemade Powder Laundry and Dishwasher Soap

Homemade Powder Laundry and Dishwasher Soap

One way I am able to save toward a DIY home decor project is to save money in other areas. One of those areas I've embarked upon is making my own dishwasher and laundry soap. I put it off for more than a year because I had no desire to cook the needed ingredients on the stove to make the liquid laundry soap or grate the bar soap to make the powder version. But since I found a way to add the bar soap without grating, I decided to give it a try. My daughter, Jillian, had an easy dishwasher soap recipe that was also powder, so we attempted both. The links to both posts are below. Check out Homemade Powder Laundry Soap - NO GRATING and Homemade Powder Dishwasher Soap for details. Continue reading