|to my dearest friend|
this is who you are to me
this is what you do for me
with all the love i have in me
We are Amy and Gail Shingler, sisters-in-law and friends!
We are passionate about living authentic and intentional lives!
We are enthusiastic about healthy eating!
We created a space to share our favorite recipes & the life philosophies from which they stem!
Our desire is to inspire,
may you be edified by what you read here!
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
this can be used as a salad dressing or a dip!
for her strength and wisdom,
her resourcefulness and willingness to share what she has learned
on the subjects of health and wellness and gardening and God!
visit her blog S.O.PURE, http://beinspiredseekjoy.wordpress.com
for beautiful, inspirational writing and useful information!
she is a seasoned and successful gardener
who hopes to continue to enjoy the many benefits
of sustainable living!
we can't wait to journey along with you
and hear what you have to share!
i am looking forward to turning my peach thumb green!
can you help me with that?!
Thursday, December 27, 2012
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup food grade citric acid, found at breweries (I subbed Lemishine)
1/2 cup Kosher Salt (for scrubbing action)
The original recipe called for 1/2 cup citric acid and advised if you have hard water to increase it to 1 full cup. I have been pleased with this because we do.
Use 1 TBSP per load. Then to top it off, fill your rinse aid dispenser with white distilled vinegar.
Now for the ugly part, it does tend to clump so make sure you put it in an airtight container and maybe put in a few moisture control packets that are in your vitamins or new shoes (who knows the name of those buggers?).
The next best thing to dishes washing themselves.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
A few weeks ago I made my own laundry detergent and dish washing detergent. I wanted to give them a test drive before I passed them along. Oh my! These have been awesome. My dishes are sparkling and my clothes are clean without harsh chemicals (did I mention it was frugal?)! The recipes are simple and super easy. Today I will share the laundry detergent recipe. Now, there are many different recipes to be found out in cyberspace. In many of them you grate the bar of soap and if you want liquid detergent you get out a sauce pan and heat the mixture up. What if I told you all you needed was a container, a tablespoon and few cheap ingredients and then all you do is add water. I know you want to hug me right now! Here it is:
Makes 1 gallon
3 Tbsp Borax (found in laundry aisle)
3 Tbsp Washing Soda (found in laundry aisle)
2 Tbsp Liquid dish soap (I love Mrs. Meyers brand for the smell, But I have used others too)
4 cups hot water
(Mix these ingredients together carefully until they are dissolved)
Fill the rest of the gallon with water
This detergent is watery as opposed to your name brand labels. You want to use 1 cup for large loads. I bought a BPA free 2.5 gallon water jug and made a big batch all at once. I also used a homemade liquid fabric softener which I will share another time. I want to give credit where the credit is due. I found this recipe on www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com she has some awesome recipes for other cleaners and so far I have been really impressed. She uses Dawn Dish soap but I just went with a more green version of soap. Same thing. She has some pictures on her site, if you are a visual person and that helps. She used recycled orange juice containers. Ingenious! But for now, I am in laundry heaven (if there is such place). Just leave me be with my clean towels! Now, if I could only find my missing socks!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Let us strive:
To be quick to forgive ourselves and others.
To give grace to ourselves and others.
To be present with God and others.
Right Now. Here. Be.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
1½ cups almond milk (or favorite
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon agave nectar or
coconut palm sugar or maple syrup
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan
and heat slowly over low heat, stirring
often. Or heat in your high-speed blender
by blending on high until milk warms.
Pour into a beautiful mug and enjoy!
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
when people attack you,
in any way, shape or form,
verbally, physically, or emotionally,
subtly, covertly or very openly, overtly,
and you notice that you still love them with ALL your heart,
your work is done.
this is my goal.