Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Step 2: Taking Action

After the l.o.n.g day yesterday of canning, we ended up with 27 quarts of tomato puree and so that makes a grand total of 103 quarts of tomatoes 'put by' for the winter.
Praise the Lord!
(I'm working in apples now!)

In the past I have made our laundry detergent. I just finished up our last bit of our last batch... it lasts forever! :)
So, I needed to make some more.
I wanted to try something different, and I had some of this on hand, so I used the liquid Dr. Bronners soap
 I think it will be just fine, but there is no 'gooping' up like you would have if you used the bar of soap.
Here's the process I used.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap
½ Cup Borax
- Pour water, liquid soap to saucepan. Stir continually until mixed. Add in your Washing Soda and Borax.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Stir in soap mixture. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Now, like I said... with using LIQUID soap the mixture will not thicken very much at all. I think this is going to be just fine though. 
-I also added several drops of peppermint oil to the mixture. It smells wonderful and I will be using it today. I will let you know if there is any problem... but, I don't foresee any.

Making your own laundry soap is SUCH a money saver. 
Laundry detergent from the store is very, very expensive and full of unheard of chemicals.
This is something you will have to try out for yourself. I have found it is worth it for me.
Some don't feel the same way... some feel that if you don't have that TIDE smell and spend $20 per bottle, it can't be cleaning your clothes properly. 
It's up to you.
All, I know is... I have saved our family a TON of money this way, the bucket of detergent lasts f.o.r.e.v.e.r, our clothes smell nice and drying in the sunshine makes them smell even better! Total win/win!

I also wanted to say a big HELLO! to some of our new 'followers'!!! I am so glad to see we are up to 60! Readers! My site meter says that we have more than 60 visitors each day, so please... feel free to 'follow' us. I hope to have helpful and encouraging tips to make each day a treat. :)

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
       she can laugh at the days to come. 
~Proverbs 3:25~ 

Wouldn't that be a wonderful feeling? Taking such good care of your family that you know you have your home prepared for the days to come.  Such a grand woman this Proverbs 31 woman is... 

Yesterday afternoon, the children and I went to a dear friends house who shared a bounty of apples with us. We took home three basket-fulls that was just brimming.
Last night, we had an evening of enjoying one of our favorite movie series Anne of Green Gables and peeling apples. 
We had one full roaster pan with almost 2 baskets of apples left. So this morning we woke up to the smell of cinnamon, cloves and apples.
Apple butter is waiting to be canned.
Apple butter is WONDERFUL!
It can be used as you would a jam, you can fill fried pies with the butter, apple dumplins. SO many things incredible dishes you can make with apple butter.... or, you can just eat it from the spoon. YUM!
I will share with you my crockpot apple butter recipe later on this week. 
It is the EASIEST and the BEST recipe ever!

Well, that apple butter isn't going to can itself... I had better get moving.
I hope you have a wonderful day and remember...

This is the day the LORD has made;
       let us rejoice and be glad in it. 
~Psalm 118:24~


  1. So inspirational, and so true! Very happy to have found a Christian homesteading blog! I'm a stay-at-home mom of 2 boys in Michigan... still in the beginning of homesteading ( my goal this week is to start baking homemade bread instead of the store bought - we go through 1 loaf a day!). Waiting for the Lord to tell me what I should do with my time once school starts (1 in 1st grade, 1 starting Kindergarten). Trying to be patient and thankful for all I do have, instead of always wishing for more. Thank you for your words - helping me stay on course!

  2. I have been a follower of your blog for about a year now. How do you stay so calm and relaxed with all that is handed to you? I have been having my own "bumps in the road" that I am just so stressed that it is effecting my health and the way I act around my family. I want to get back the person I used to be before all this testing that has been handed to me. Would you be able to give me some suggestions that you do to get through each day? Thank you for your blog and the inspiration you share.

    Thanks, Lori

  3. Hey Chas! I'm sorry about the injuries your family friend experienced! Hope he's doing okay. I made laundry detergent loosely following these directions today. I have made the powder type before but not liquid. I was wondering how it was working for you? I'm excited to try it tomorrow. I read on another site that you can use plain white vinegar as a fabric softener in the dispenser in your washer. I plan on trying that as well. CHEAP! I like CHEAP! (As long as it's effective!)

  4. Chas, would you share how much laundry soap you use per load. I've been making my own with an almost identical recipe, but mine only last about 3 months. Thanks, and just so you know, you are blessing so many of us with your stories.