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 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 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 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 Continue reading