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  • in reply to: Repurposing Old Items into New Things! #460624

    The number of oranges will depend on their size and how thick their peels are. Different varieties will yield different amounts. It should take about three to fill a half pint jar, and the peels should never have any of the white pith on them.

    I put the peels in jars as I eat them; they needn’t all go in at once. However many there are, just keep them covered in vodka or grain alcohol. Start your countdown day when the jar is full of both peels and alcohol, and on the 30th day, pour it all through a strainer and discard the peels.

    Then filter the extract through a coffee filter. The last step may take a while, as there will be some fine sediment collecting in the filter, but the resulting liquid will be perfectly clear and bright. Make yourself a pretty label!

    I keep mine in hot sauce bottles I kept for this purpose, but if you have a Hobby Lobby near you, they sell lots of pretty bottles. It is nice to have orange, lemon and grapefruit extract that cost me nothing except a bottle of inexpensive vodka.

    I also make my own vanilla by the pint, both with vodka and brandy for incredible flavor in cakes, puddings, etc. It is far, far better than any I could buy. For the nearly $10 that a 4 ounce bottle of Penzey’s vanilla costs, I spend the $10 on a bunch of vanilla beans from Beanilla dot com and get quarts of it.

    The beans are reusable, too.

    in reply to: Repurposing Old Items into New Things! #460521

    I got almost a full pint of orange extract from orange peels I covered in vodka for 1 month. First I strain it then filter it. It would cost over $30 if I bought the premium brand from the spice store where I shop.

    Next I will make my own Grand Marnier and triple sec. I have a disinfectant orange cleaner I use on my wood cutting board by making it with orange peels and vinegar. Today I will be straining and filtering about 7 or 8 ounces of lemon extract from peels.

    I can also make essential oils from the peels.

    in reply to: Repurposing Old Items into New Things! #460520

    I store all our household tapes in a DVD “cakebox”. The spindle keeps the rolls together and covered. I have duct tape, clear and colored shipping and package tape.

    I can also dispense what I need from it by just pulling on the end, and it won’t roll off the table.

    in reply to: Repurposing Old Items into New Things! #460119

    I am making orange extract and lemon extract both by zesting the skins, putting the zest into half-pint jars, then covering it with vodka. After 2 months I will strain it. I love the orange extract in buttercream frosting on oatmeal cookies, and I often put a teaspoon full in my hot tea along with honey.

    I may try grapefruit extract next!

    in reply to: Repurposing Old Items into New Things! #460110

    I cut the bottom off a gallon bleach bottle and make a canvas cover for it, so that it fits inside and out, and put pockets on the outside. I store some sewing tools in it, and my husband uses one for his shoe polishing equipment. The next one I cut up will become the washable liner in a cute lunch tote.

    in reply to: Reaching your Fitness Goals for 2014 #456054

    @Momo 393538 wrote:

    1. I received my order of Sensa and began using it yesterday because I intend to lose a lot of weight. Along those diet plans, I have already cut carbs almost totally from my diet and lost 20 pounds during 2013, but I still have 35-40 to go. I also planted lettuce in a new 2nd pot today so I can have more really fresh salads! (I’m a Florida dweller)

    2. I have been walking a half-mile 4 or 5 days a week, minimum. I intend to step that up to walking a mile each time.

    3. I intend to get down on my exercise mat and do my hip, back, and shoulder exercises every day. I’m leaving it right on the living room floor so I cannot forget to do it!

    Sensa does NOTHING. I sent it back.

    As a student nurse, I learned that a person’s saliva will remove their own blood stain. The injured person has to spit on their own blood; no one else’s saliva will work. My husband has cut himself while shaving many times, and this always works for him.

    I get cuts in the kitchen; it works for me, too. Dilute your own blood with your own saliva until it is very wet, and let it soak for a few moments. Never let it dry.

    Then wash in cool or slightly warm water and a good stain-fighting detergent, and pour some on the stain. I use and love my homemade laundry soaps, but there are times when the good detergents like Tide or Cheer are needed for their extra cleaning power.

    Solvents and solvent-containing products like hair spray, when used in large amounts, can be extremely dangerous when inhaled. Anything solvent based MUST be used outdoors, and use as little of it as possible!

    I hold my breath when I use hair spray, then immediately leave the room for a few minutes, and I always have the ventilation fan on.

    Sweat happens, especially down here in the deep south, and when it dries it is difficult to remove the stains from clothing. My fabric sun visors soak up a lot of it when I do yard work, and it can stain them terribly, but I rinse them well, then use plain baking soda and scrub them thoroughly, then let them soak in it for a bit. When I rinse, there are no stains left. Even my pretty white one with the bow in the back comes out beautifully.

    Thank you very much! I appreciate your generosity. I have downloaded it and look forward to reading it very much.

    in reply to: Reaching your Fitness Goals for 2014 #446949

    1. I received my order of Sensa and began using it yesterday because I intend to lose a lot of weight. Along those diet plans, I have already cut carbs almost totally from my diet and lost 20 pounds during 2013, but I still have 35-40 to go. I also planted lettuce in a new 2nd pot today so I can have more really fresh salads! (I’m a Florida dweller)

    2. I have been walking a half-mile 4 or 5 days a week, minimum. I intend to step that up to walking a mile each time.

    3. I intend to get down on my exercise mat and do my hip, back, and shoulder exercises every day. I’m leaving it right on the living room floor so I cannot forget to do it!

    in reply to: What 3 Things do you MYO or DIY to save money? #446456

    I make our favorite seasoning blends instead of buying expensive packets that have more salt than we are allowed, so mine are also healthy for us. I also bake all our own bread and rolls so that I can control the salt and other ingredients.

    I dehydrate vegetables so that nothing is ever allowed to spoil before we can use it. I like to buy in quantity and can or dehydrate lots of things for convenience and thrift. I also grow vegetables in pots and save lots of money, as well as have fresher produce.

    I make our own cleaning solutions, including laundry soap, floor cleaner, and more.

    in reply to: Budget101 Countdown to Christmas Day #5 (1 day left!) #446173

    The only prank gift I ever gave was a gizmo to put inside the toilet paper roll. When it was unrolled, it played a tune. The one I chose was the “Happy Birthday” song, but there is a recordable one available at Amazon, called “Talking TP”.

    It took my friend a while to figure out where the sound came from!

    in reply to: Countdown to Christmas Day #4 (2 days left!!) #446092

    Sweet Potato Casserole

    6 medium sweet potatoes
    1/4 tsp. salt
    2 tbsp. butter, softened
    2 eggs
    1 & 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
    3/4 tsp. Vietnamese cinnamon
    1/3 cup sugar
    1/4 cup cream (heavy cream or half & half)

    Streusel Topping:
    4 tbsp. chilled butter (1/2 stick)
    1/4 Cup flour
    3/4 Cup packed light brown sugar
    1/2 Cup chopped pecans

    Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking pan and set aside. Peel, quarter and boil sweet potatoes for 10-15 minutes until fork tender, drain and dry well. Or, pierce 3 sweet potatoes with a fork and microwave until softened. This can take anywhere from 6-15 minutes, depending on your microwave and the size of the potatoes, so pay attention the first few times you do it! Repeat with the remaining sweet potatoes. When cool enough to handle, peel the sweet potatoes and place in a mixing bowl. Mash with a fork or potato masher. Add the salt, butter, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar and cream, and mix until smooth. Spoon into the baking dish and spread evenly.

    For the Streusel topping:
    In a medium bowl, combine the butter, flour and brown sugar. Mix with 2 forks or knives, a pastry blender or your fingers to the consistency of coarse meal. Stir in the pecans if using. Sprinkle over the sweet potato mixture. Bake at 350° for 30-45 minutes or until the topping is crisp and lightly browned.

    Prep. time: 30 minutes
    Baking time: 30-45 minutes
    Yield: 6-8 servings

    The grandkids are big fans of fruit leather I make with applesauce and sugar free Jello mixed together. It’s healthy but not loaded with sugar, so better for their teeth. My 18 month old granddaughter is teething, and she loves the bite the soft rolled leather and enjoy the flavors.

    She may get sticky, but she’s happy!

    in reply to: Leftover Turkey Madness . . . #445480

    Leftover turkey gets two treatments before it is frozen. Some of it is shredded by placing it in my stand mixer and turning on the paddle attachment at low speed, and some of it is diced. It is then packed into ZipLoc vacuum bags, has the air removed, and frozen until I’m ready to make either enchiladas or pot pies.

    Enchiladas

    Plan to serve about 3 enchiladas per person, and gauge amounts of ingredients accordingly. Some may want more, some less. For 2 people, I use an 8 x 8 inch glass baking dish.

    Shredded turkey
    Corn tortillas
    Chili gravy
    Canola oil for frying
    Grated cheese

    Authentic Tex-Mex Chili Gravy

    1/4 Cup Oil (Not olive oil or butter – it will burn)
    1/4 Cup All Purpose flour
    1/2 tsp. black pepper
    1 tsp. salt
    11/2 tsp.

    powdered garlic
    2 tsp. ground cumin
    1/2 tsp. dried oregano
    2 T.

    chili powder
    2 c. low sodium chicken broth
    1 tsp. Chipotle Tabasco, or to taste

    Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare the chili gravy: Mix all the spices together in a small prep bowl. (I make this in bulk and store in tiny individual containers from the dollar store.) Heat the oil in a saucepan to medium to high heat, and whisk in the flour.

    The oil should be hot enough to boil the mixture. Cook until lightly browned. Remove from heat & whisk in the spices until combined, then add the 2 cups of chicken broth (or 1 can, plus enough water to make 2 cups) while steadily whisking until it stops boiling.

    Stir in the chipotle Tabasco. Set aside.

    Lightly fry the corn tortillas only 2 or 3 seconds per side to soften them, and drain on paper toweling, blotting each one, and stacking them. Fill each tortilla with shredded turkey and a little cheese and roll up.

    Place seam side down in a greased baking dish. When all are done, top with a generous amount of chili gravy and top with then a little more cheese. Bake until the gravy is bubbling.

    Serve hot with a side of refried beans and corn pudding or Mexican rice.

    You will very likely have chili gravy left over for another meal or two. Just store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.

    Appetizer or snack tip: Heat a can, or about 4 servings of homemade refried beans, with a cup of shredded cheese until it is hot and bubbly. Add a generous amount of chili gravy on top and heat through without stirring. Garnish with shredded cheese.

    Serve with tortilla chips for a great dip!

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