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Homemade Soy Candles

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I love candles, they make our house smell so good and the ambiance they provide is wonderful.  One thing I don’t like about a lot of store bought candles is that they are not clean burning.  I wanted to have candles in my home to provide that same light and smell but without emitting harmful chemicals in the air.  So I decided to create my own candles.

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All you need is:
Soy flakes – I got mine at Hobby Lobby
Wicks -Hobby Lobby again
A jar – I reused a pasta sauce jarEssential oils

Directions:
Pour soy flakes into microwavable measuring cup, place in microwave for 30 seconds.  Remove and stir, do this several times until flakes are melted entirely.

Dip the bottom of the wick in the melted wax.  Sick on the bottom of the jar, wait about 1 minute until wax drys. Hold wick with one hand and pour melted wax into jar.  Add 15 drops of essential oil,  for this candle I did lavender. My next one I am going to do eucalyptus.

This is what the soy flakes should look like after they are all melted.
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I love my candle so much.  Leave me a comment and tell me if you have made your own candles or suggestions of essencial oils to try out!

Happy crafting!

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Homemade Ice Cream

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The other day my cousins and I were talking about Christmas goodies and our mouths started to water.  At Christmas we always have pie, my favorite is strawberry rhubarb! (YUM!!)  My cousin said pie with a little ice cream sounded to die for and then the cravings set in.  I couldn’t kick it.  So today I got busy and my some homemade vanilla ice cream!

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Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt2 1/2 cups milk (I used 2%)
7 egg yolks, beaten
3  Tablespoons vanilla
4 cups whipping cream

Directions:
1. Add sugar, salt, and milk to a medium saucepan and cook on medium heat.2. Beat eggs yolks and add to the milk mixture.  Cook on medium heat. Stir constantly.
3. When bubbles appear around edge (around 10 minutes) take mixture off heat.
4. Cool milk mixture to room temp.  You can do this creating an ice bath by filling one bowl with ice water and placing your pan in the water.
5. When mixture has cooled mix in vanilla and cream.
6. Strain mixture into ice cream canister.  (Straining helps to reduce clumps)
7. If you wanted something other than vanilla now would be the time to add it.  Cookies, chocolate, or candies.
8. Place canister into ice cream maker (if using the rock salt kind) pack ice and rock salt in alternating layers along the sides of the canister.
9. Plug in and let it make some yummy ice cream!

This recipe is to amazing!  Let me know if you give it a try!

Happy Eating!

Homemade Laundry Detergent

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I have been wanting to try out a recipe for home made laundry detergent and I have finally done it!  My husband gets itchy and gets little red bumps from a lot of different products so I wanted to create one that I knew was going to be safe for his skin and keep our clothes really clean! It smells so great and gets my clothes really clean, did I mention it is super cheap as well?!?!  (I love to save money!)

I found the recipe from To Simply Inspire and after a few loads I am amazed!

I added a little more Oxiclean to mine than she did because we typically put it in every load to keep our clothes bright.

It makes 2 gallons of detergent.

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Ingredients:
76 oz box of Borax – $3.97 at Walmart
55 oz box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda – $3.97 at Walmart
3 lb container of Oxiclean -$7.52 at Walmart
4lb box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda – $2.24 at Walmart
2 bars of Zote Soap (grated) – $0.97 each at Walmart

Directions:

  1. Mix Borax, Washing Soda, and Oxiclean in large bucket.  I used a plastic box.  You could use a 5 gallon bucket.
  2. Grate Zote Soap with a food processor or cheese grater.
  3. Once Zote Soap is grated, place 2 cups of shredded soap and 1 cup of baking soda in food processor and blend again.
  4. Blend until it creates a powder.
  5. Add each batch of the soap and baking soda mixture to your other ingredients.
  6. Once all the soap and baking soda is blended and added begin mixing them all together.  I used a large serving spoon to mix mine.
  7. Add to a container and your all done!

All the ingredients cost $19.64.  It made 15 quarts of detergent, if I use 1 ounce a load I will get 480 loads out of this batch of detergent.  That means it only cost $0.04 a load!

4 Cents a load!

You just can’t beat that! My husband even said it smells like the best laundry detergent he has smelled.

Let me know if you have ever made your own detergent liquid or powder.

Happy washing!