Pinterest……Oh, How I Love Thee………..

Pinterest is an amazing place………….

it is a world full of ideas and inspiration………..

a place where everything is possible………….

let me show you what I mean!

This is homemade liquid handsoap!!  It cost me $1.50 to make all of this!!

I started with 1 bar of all natural soap….

These were on sale 2 for $3.00….I used the white bar and grated it with a cheese grater.

Actually, my kids wanted to do it….don’t worry-I watched them carefully with that grater!!

We grated the whole bar of soap…..

Next, I boiled 10 cups of water….once it was boiling I added in the soap shaving and stirred it around.  The soap melted and it became a white murky water.  I blended it up with my beaters and then let it sit to cool.

It sat overnight and the next morning it had thickened too much so I had to add more water and blend to a liquid soap consistency.

I poured some into my soap dispenser and poured the rest into glass jars!  It made so much!!!  If you google homemade liquid hand soap, you can find all kinds of recipes for doing this!!

I also found a recipe for a citrus enzymatic cleaner!  Check this out!! “Garbage Enzyme” is first introduced by Dr. Rosukon Poompanvong who is the founder of Organic Agriculture Association of Thailand.  Garbage enzyme is a complex solution produced by fermentation of fresh kitchen waste, sugar and water.

This is a mixture that sits for 3 months and ferments….after the 3 months it turns into a concentrated citrus cleaner!  It is actually known as Garbage Enzyme Cleaner-you can read about the science of it here…pretty interesting!!!

Start with an empty jug and add 4 cups of water and 7 tbsp. of brown sugar.

Next, take 2 cups of orange and lemon rinds and add them in….

It didn’t make much so I added in some more water and more brown sugar!

I also made a second batch using pineapple rinds, mango peels, lemon and orange rinds!

Make sure to unscrew the lid every day to let out the built up gases!  My jug with pineapple rind in it started fermenting right away and the entire jug expanded!

Also, make sure to let sit for 3 months and once it is ready strain out liquid and pour and store in bottles.  It is a concentrated cleaner so dilute it to use!  Click here for usage and dosages!!

I also made BEET BLUSH!!!!! I saw it first here!

This one is so cool!!  I sliced some beets with my mandolin slicer….

 
and dehydrated them until they were crispy!
Then I ground the pieces in my coffee grinder…….
and voila!!  Beet Blush!!!  Super cool!!!
I also learned how to make fresh artisian breads!!!  My family is thankful for this one!
Seriously, look at this! It is beautiful!!!
It was so delicious straight out of the oven!
I believe that this recipe originated from here but I also read about it here…..
The recipe could not be simpler:
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour (I use organic)
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon yeast
1 1/2 cups water
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast.  Add water and mix until a dough mixture forms.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 – 18 hours.    Heat oven to 450 degrees.  When the oven has reached 450 degrees place a crock pot insert with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes-you can also use a Dutch Oven.  Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball.  Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating.  Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough.  Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.
EASY PEASY!!!
Plus, you can make different flavor combinations!!!  What about sundried tomato and basil?  Or garlic rosemary???  Oh, the possibilities are endless!!!
Look at that stash!!!
These were made for a family party….
I stored them and wrapped them in a cloth and tied them with a pretty orange ribbon….so super fun!!
What kinds of fun things have you found and done from Pinterest??

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38 thoughts on “Pinterest……Oh, How I Love Thee………..

  1. i heart pinterest. it’s the greatest thing ever. And your bread? AMAZING! And love one with nature soaps but I’ll have to look into making my own handsoap. This is awesome!
    and the fermented cleaner seems interesting. I’ll have to check that out too. I’d love to hear how you like it when it’s ready. Shannon Marie made a lip stain using beets. Love the idea of fruit and veggie makeup! WTG on all this good stuff!

    • WOW, I wonder why??? Wonder if that is happening with everyone?? Let me know if you continue to not receive it…..
      the hairspray recipe was sugar, water and rubbing alcohol….which probably isn’t that great of an ingredient!!! LOL

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  4. Beet blush?! That’s amazing! I’ve been working so hard to switch over to natural products so I adore this post! I can’t wait to make your laundry detergent, hand soap, and beet blush! Amazing! Love your blog & so glad I found it! 🙂

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  6. I’ve done the hairspray, the alcohol isn’t necessary. U can substitute grain alcohol (aka everclear) or orther super high proof vodka. Its edible, so, less toxic than rubbing alcohol.
    I’m lucky enough to have a non-aerosol, aerosol type hairspray pump. Its an old bottle I saved from a product called clairol finalé pump and spray system. Its awesome…I use the lid like a hand bike pump to fill the bottle with pressure and then it sprays just like an aerosol, until it runs out of pressure, and then I just pump a little air back into the bottle. The aerosol type nozzle area unscrews & I can refill the bottle with my sugar water solution. Its great! I add no alcohol & its wonderful to spray my hair without a horrible stink of alcohol & chemicals

    • wow, awesome!!! I will try it without the alcohol as I am sure that is not a good thing to inhale!! I am intrigued by your aerosol pump!!! I WANT ONE!!! LOLOLOL

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  8. Hi there, About that yummy bread! I do not have a dutch oven and would like to try the crock pot insert. I am curious what lid you used for that? My crock pot lid has a plastic handle piece, so that would not work to stick it in the oven….:/

  9. I tried the bread and it is simply wonderful. I would like to ask how much of the different spices and other flavors you put in. Lets say i was going to make Parmesean and Garlic…how much would I put in for one loaf??

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