DIY Citrus Soft Scrub

DIY Citrus Soft Scrub
So to be honest, one thing that I really missed when we started to cut the chemicals in our home was soft scrub...

It worked on everything! Stubborn sink stains, nasty tubs rings (thank you to the Cat in the Hat for the very visual issue with tub rings-lol), and really just anything around the house that needed that little extra elbow grease.

Thankfully after a few attempts, I found this little mixture to be super helpful and of course non-toxic when it came to those stubborn jobs. 

P.S. it smells AMAZING!

DIY Citrus Soft Scrub
* 1 cup baking soda
* 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
* 10 drops lemon essential oil
* 10 drops lime essential oil
* 10 drops orange essential oil

Directions: Mix everything into a bowl. Apply with a rag or a sponge to the area that needs the extra TLC. 
Rise with water when finished. Store in an airtight container(I found a small mason jar to be perfect.). 



I hope that this recipe blesses your home as much as it has mine!

Here is a downloadable PDF to keep with your recipes for next time

God Bless!
Amanda

DIY Glass & Window Cleaner

DIY Glass & Window Cleaner
DIY Glass & Window Cleaner

There is nothing better than clean windows! I usually give mine a good cleaning in the fall before winter hits. 

I love sitting in my living room and watching the snowfall... Yes, the snow has been falling here lately. I know crazy right!

Anyways, I just wanted to share a quick and easy DIY Glass & Window Cleaner that you can make with things you should have around your home.

DIY Glass & Window Cleaner
1-1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vodka(rubbing alcohol)
1/4 cup vinegar
10 drops lemon essential oil
Mix all of the ingredients in a 16 oz spray bottle.
Use it to clean your windows, mirrors and glass.



Grab your downloadable copy of the recipe here:
                                   
What do you use to clean your windows? Are you ready to make a healthier change?

I hope you enjoy this and the wonderful fall(or winter-lol) weather we are having!

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner
Making your own effective and non-toxic cleaners does not have to be hard.
It is actually very simple.

While I personally still prefer the simple, #cleansallthethings, Thieves Household Cleaner because it smells AMAZING and works just as good! Sometimes it is nice to have the know-how to make a cleaner if you're in a pinch or if you want to change up the scent a bit. 

This is my go-to base with some popular oils added for there cleaning benefits :) 

Grab yourself a 16 oz spray bottle(if you have a bigger one, just adjust the recipe), some natural dish soap, vinegar, and your handy essential oils.

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner 
_ 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp natural dish soap(not castile soap)
- 15 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil

Pour ingredients into your spray bottle. Give it a good shake and you are ready to clean!
Use it on the counters, toilets, cabinets, and more.

Grab a printable copy of the recipe here.

Watch me make the cleaner here!


What is your favorite household cleaner? 

God bless!
Amanda

Sourdough English Muffins

Sourdough English Muffins
Sourdough English Muffins
 
So simple and easy to make plus totally healthier and then there is the satisfaction of making them yourself.
 
Grab your amazing sourdough starter to make a sponge about 4-12 hours prior to making them so that it is good and bubbly.
 
To make your sponge you are going mix 25 g of starter + 50 g water + 50 g flour in a clean jar and let it rise until doubled (again depends on your starter, the temperature of your house, etc.) but typically 4-12 hours.
 
The night before prep:
 
After the sponge rises, you will mix the up the dough and allow it to sit overnight.
Mix:
125 g sponge
20 g (1 Tbsp) honey (sugar or maple syrup can be used)
240 g (1 cup) milk (I use raw milk but any milk can be used)
360 g (3 cups) flour (King Arthur is what we use)
5 g (1 tsp) sea salt
 
Also, save for later: a 40 g (1/4 cup) cornmeal (for sprinkling on top and bottom) 
It can be omitted if you don’t have any.
 
  1. Add all of the ingredients (except the cornmeal) into a large bowl and mix. I use a wooden spoon handle or my hands to mix well. Cover and let rest for 30-60 minutes. Then turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
  2. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover it and allow it to ferment at room temperature for 10-14 hours (overnight works best)
  3. After the fermentation period, turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Sprinkle with a little bit of flour to help with sticking while you roll it out or press it out with your fingertips. You want to get the dough to about ½ inch thick.
  4. Grab a cookie sheet and parchment paper. Sprinkle it with cornmeal. Use a 3-inch biscuit cutter (or a wide mouth jar lid) to cut your round muffins out and place them on parchment paper. Then sprinkle the tops with cornmeal and cover them with a towel. Let them rise for 1 hour.
  5. Grab your cast iron skillet(or a non-stick skillet) and heat it over LOW heat. Place 4 muffins into the skillet about 2 inches apart, cover, and cook about 3-4 minutes per side.
 
Cut them open and enjoy!
 
I love them with a slab of butter and some jam!
 
      You can even store these in the freezer for up to 3 months… if they last that long
 
God Bless!
Amanda
* Inspired by Little Spoon Farm *

Kefir water vs. Kombucha

Kefir water vs. Kombucha

Kefir water vs. Kombucha

Kefir water and Kombucha- what are they and what is the difference between them. Some of you may have heard of Kombucha and maybe you have even tried it but do you know why it is good for you and how easy it is to make? Kefir water is a little less know but similar.

What are they?

Kombucha and Kefir water are both fermented beverages.

Kombucha is made with a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), held together by polysaccharides. It looks like a mushroom but is not a fungus. Kombucha is known to contain a variety of yeast and bacteria.

Kefir water is made of “grains” which are a colony of bacteria and yeast. They look like small translucent grains. The term “grains” is only used to describe their appearance. Kefir grains contain no actual grains such as wheat, rye. Etc. They also contain a variety of bacteria and yeast.

Preparation and time frame:

Kombucha is prepared by adding starter tea and a kombucha culture (your SCOBY) to sweet tea (black, green, oolong, etc). This Is then fermented for 5 to 30 days depending on the flavor you desire.

Water kefir is prepared by adding water kefir grains to sugar water (we add a little molasses and baking soda for added minerals). This is then fermented for 24-48 hours.

Do you flavor them?

Kombucha is tangy, kind of sweet and effervescent. The flavor varies greatly depending on how long you allow it to ferment and the tea that you use. The fermenting or culture time really determines whether the kombucha tea has a very mild taste or a strong vinegar-like taste. Kombucha can be flavored or you can drink it plain as well.

Water kefir can be sweet and the longer we let it ferment or culture the less sugary it is. It is recommended that you flavor water kefir because the taste of plain water kefir isn’t as pleasing.

Which is better?

Kombucha can aid in our digestion It also adds to our beneficial bacteria in our gut and it contains some acids and enzymes to aid in breaking down food.

Water kefir is more so a probiotic drink. It contains acids and enzymes to aid in digestion though not quite as strong as those in kombucha. Water kefir does, however, have a greater number of bacteria strains than kombucha.

Both drinks are very beneficial in aiding our natural body systems and both are great for hydration. Depending on what flavor you like and the health benefits you are looking for, consuming one or both is a matter of individual preference.

 


Kombucha
Water kefir
Brew time
5-30 days
24-48 hours
Brews in
Sweetened tea (black, green oolong)
Sugar water(juice or coconut water can be used)
Batch size
Quantity not limited by the size of scoby
Limited to size depending on the amount of grains(usually about a gallon)
Flavor
Tart, slightly vinegary. Gets stronger as it brews
Sweet. Should be flavored with fruit juice or extracts
Carbonation
Effervescent
Slightly bubbly(very bubbly after 2nd fermentation)
Drink it plain?
Yes, but flavor is good too!
Not recommended
Contains
Probiotic & yeast
Probiotic & yeast
Culture growth
The mother SCOBY always produces a baby which can be given away.
Grains will multiply- sometimes slower and other times very quickly.
Health Benefits
Detoxifier & digestive support.
General health & probiotic supplement.

 

Instructions for making Kefir Water

  1. Pour 1/4 cup sugar into the jar.
  2. Add 1/2 cup hot water.
  3. Swirl to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Add 3 cups room temperature or cool water.
  5. Check the temperature of the liquid to make sure it’s room temperature ( 68°-85°F.)
  6. Add the water kefir grains
  7. Cover the jar and place in a warm spot, 68°-85°F, to culture for 24-48 hours.
  8. After culturing is complete, prepare a new batch of sugar water, (steps 1-4 above).
  9. Separate kefir grains from the finished water kefir.
  10. Place kefir grains in the new batch of sugar water.
  11. The finished water kefir is now ready to consume, or flavor.

 

Making Larger Batches

To make larger batches, use up to 2 cups grains and use 1 cup cane sugar per gallon of water.

The best method for removing water kefir grains from finished water kefir is to use a plastic mesh strainer. Simply set the strainer on top of a clean jar and pour the entire batch of finished water kefir through the strainer into the jar, catching the grains. Transfer the grains immediately to the new batch of sugar water.

Kombucha Ingredients & Ratios:

One-Quart Batch:

  • 1½ teaspoon loose tea OR 2 tea bags
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2-3 cups water
  • ½ cup starter tea or vinegar

Half-Gallon Batch:

  • 1 tablespoon loose tea OR 4 tea bags
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 6-7 cups water
  • 1 cup starter tea or vinegar

Gallon Batch:

  • 2 tablespoons loose tea OR8 tea bags
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 13-14 cups water
  • 2 cups starter tea or vinegar

Instructions for Making Kombucha Tea

  1. Combine hot water and sugar in a glass jar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. The water should be hot enough to steep the tea but does not have to be boiling.   
  2. Place the tea or tea bags in the sugar water to steep.
  1. Cool the mixture to 68-85ºF. The tea may be left in the liquid as it cools or removed after the first 10-15 minutes. The longer the tea is left in the liquid, the stronger the tea will be.
  2. Remove the tea bags or completely strain the loose tea leaves from the liquid.
  3. Add starter tea from a previous batch to the liquid. If you do not have starter tea, distilled white vinegar may be substituted.
  4. Add an active kombucha SCOBY.
  5. Cover the jar with a tight-weave towel or coffee filter and secure with a rubber band.
  6. Allow the mixture to sit undisturbed at 68-85°F, out of direct sunlight, for 7-30 days, or to taste. The longer the kombucha ferments, the less sweet and more vinegary it will taste.
  7. Pour kombucha off the top of the jar for consuming. Retain the SCOBY and enough liquid from the bottom of the jar to use as starter tea for the next batch.
  8. The finished kombucha can be flavored and bottled if desired or enjoyed plain.
Grab your kit from me here with instructions and a SCOBY/grains depending on what you are wanting to try! Just message me and I will hook you up! 


Have you tried either? Which drink are you ready to try? 

What is your favorite flavor?

God Bless!

Amanda

P.S. link to the podcast here to listen more details on this!
 
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