20 Uses For Baking Soda

Did y’all know that Baking Soda can be used for so many more things than just keeping your refrigerator smelling nice and baking with? Ok, well honestly I did know but I had no idea there were so MANY different … Continue reading

$30 A Year Laundry Soap

Would you like to only spend $30.00 per year for your laundry detergent? Yep, I thought so! As you know I finally took the plunge last year and made my own liquid laundry soap. It was fantastic!! Of course because … Continue reading

Cute Cookie Bowls

Whether you are having a Birthday party for a child, a dinner party or just want to do something a bit special for the family, these little “cookie bowls” will be a hit.

I personally like to make up a little sundae bar with all types of toppings and goodies. Put a scoop of ice cream into the cookie bowl and then let your guests (or family) go at it making their own creations.

It’s a no brainer for children, but just let me tell y’all………..

Adults LOVE to be brought back to their youth and this will absolutely do it!!!!

Here is the original sugar cookie recipe for these little cookie bowls that I had gotten from Wilton.  Don’t feel that this is the only recipe you can use for these. Go wild!!!

Enjoy!!

Make it a great day!!!

Tracey

 

cookie bowl

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions:

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray the outside of each bowl cavity of  the muffin tin of your choice with vegetable pan spray.

Step 2

In medium bowl, combine flour and salt. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition.

Step 3

Roll out dough on generously-floured surface to 1/8 in. thickness. Cut 4-1/2 in. circles from dough.. Drape one circle over each bowl cavity of pan, pressing to form smooth surface.

Step 4

Bake 11-13 minutes or until cookie cups are firm and golden brown. Cool on pan on cooling rack 10 minutes. Loosen bottom edges of cookies from pan using small spatula. Carefully remove cups from pan and cool completely. Wash, dry and spray pan; repeat with remaining dough.

Alternative Uses For Deodorant

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If you’re like us, you have at least 4 or 5 containers of deodorant tucked in places in your bathroom.

Some we got as free samples in the mail, some were purchased and forgot, some we were able to get with coupons but really didn’t need and some we just plain didn’t like.

Well, here are 6 other uses that we have found from all over the web. If y’all are like us, we don’t like to let things go to waste and will usually find some strange way to use things LOL.

 

Stop Blisters With Antiperspirants
Rub a stick antiperspirant on the sides and bottom of clean, dry feet to lubricate problem spots

 
Take The Itch Out Of Bug Bites
I have found Dry Idea Roll-on  works great for this.  Just roll the deodorant over the bite and the itch will reduce.

 
Freshen Your Closet 
Do you have a deodorant that you love the smell of?  Take the lid of and place it in your closet.   In China, they are using deodorant to freshen up the smell of their landfills.

 
Calm Clammy Hands 
Do you get clammy, sweaty hands when you get nervous?  Well if you’re in that situation and  know you’ll be shaking hands you may want to coat your hands with a clear antiperspirant.  It will keep your hands nice and dry and not expose your nerves.

 
Dry A Pimple
Yet another way to save money on expensive skin care cream.  If you have a pimple and want it to dry out fast, rub a new bar of deodorant on it.  It will also work on fever blisters.

 
Stop Stinky Feet 
Someone in your house have a problem with stinky feet?  Have them use deodorant on their feet and it will stop the odor and the sweat.  Their shoes and everyone in the household will appreciate it.

 

 

Do y’all have any other tips or ideas? If so, please leave us a comment and let us know what YOU use deodorant for!

 

Make it a great day, you deserve it!

 

Tracey and Aileen

 

Is There A Way To Reverse Gray Hair? Possibly!!

Do you have gray hair?

Do you spend time and money coloring your hair to get rid of your gray?

Perhaps you won’t have to any longer.

I was flipping through some articles and found this very interesting one on the power of………….

Green Smoothies

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This article was originally posted on MindBodyGreen.com  and  was written by Jennifer Thompson and it raises some interesting points and possibilities.

Now I know not all of you dislike your gray hair. There are many of you out there that completely embrace your gray hair and look absolutely beautiful with it. I, on the other hand, started going gray when I was in my early 20’s. It makes me feel old, and darn it, I don’t like feeling that way. So yes, I am one of those that color color color!!!!

Please let us know what you think!!

Do you have other “cures” for gray hair, we would love for you to share them with us.

Do you enjoy Green Smoothies, we would love for you to share your recipes with us as well.

Make it a great day, you deserve it!!

Tracey

Can a Green Smoothie Reverse Gray Hair?

A Green Smoothie is a mixture of fresh fruits and greens, blended for a nutrient-packed breakfast, lunch or snack.

They are great for weight loss, colon health and as an easy way to get more minerals and fresh foods into the diet. But an added bonus is that they’ve been known to reverse gray hair, naturally!
The Green Smoothie was actually “invented” in the 1970’s by Ann Wigmore, who went on to write many books on natural health and healing, including The Hippocrates Diet. She called the Green Smoothie her “energy soup.”
Wigmore started drinking these smoothies when she was in her 50s, and had a full head of gray hair. Soon, her hair reversed itself back to a natural brown color.
When she was in her 80s, her students cut a piece of her hair and sent it to the lab for analysis to prove that she was not dyeing it!
Wigmore claimed that grey hair is linked to mineral deficiencies, and when the body is able to boost its mineral reserves, the natural color returns.
Personally, my hair became darker after I started drinking these smoothies four years ago. (I swear!) I’ve also had at least five clients who, after drinking these every day for several months, experienced the same results. So greens may be more beneficial than we realize.
Here are some general tips to making your own Green Smoothies:
  • Blend 60% fruit to 40% greens in a blender.
  • Keep in mind that cucumber, tomato and bell peppers are fruits.
  • You can start to mix more fruits and greens as you become confident in your flavor combinations.
  • Add water and/or high-water content fruits first.
  • Then add greens, blend again.
  • Blend different fruits and greens every day.
  • Try different combinations and find what tastes best to you
Are you ready to try a Green Smoothie? Here’s a recipe to get you started: 
Ingredients
  • 2 bunches bok choy
  • 1 handful arugula
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 mandarin
  • A few shavings fresh ginger (about a quarter inch)
  • Half tsp. blue green algae powder
  • Half tsp. chlorella powder
  • 1 capsule probiotic powder
  • Half lime, squeezed
  • 1 cup water
Directions
Carefully wash all greens and peel the oranges and mandarin.
In a blender, add the water, fruits, powders and fresh ginger and blend until smooth.
Add the greens and blend again.
Finally, open the probiotic capsule and add the powder to the smoothie, blending one last time until smooth.
Smoothie will keep for up to two days in the fridge, but is best if consumed immediately.
Published October 25, 2012 at 12:07 PM

About Jennifer Thompson
Jennifer Thompson is a fully trained and qualified IIPA Certified Comprehensive Iridologist and Plant-Based Nutritionist. Currently Jennifer is based in Koh Samui, Thailand, where she works as an Certified Iridology Practitioner, Raw Food Educator and also a Detox/Fasting, Vegan/Live Foods, Green Smoothie and Healthy Habits Coach. She offers lectures, workshops, training and one-on-one consultations at various health and detox spas around the world. She has worked individually with clients and also presented her health talks in Australia, USA, China, Korea, Japan, Dubai, Jordan, Israel, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Her first DVD, Green Smoothie Power, was released in April 2012.  Sign up for her FREE raw food recipes and newsletter at www.healthybliss.net.

Find Jennifer online:

Twitter @rawfoodbliss

Facebook facebook.com/rawfoodbliss

Website www.healthybliss.net and www.greensmoothiepower.com

Homemade Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

If y’all like Fresh Mozzarella Cheese like we do, you are going to LOVE this recipe!!!

Have you purchased Fresh Mozzarella Cheese in the grocery store lately? The price is out of this world. This recipe will cost you approximately $3.00 for a big ol’ ball of cheese, depending on the price of your milk.

Fresh Mozzarella is actually very easy to make and the ingredients are readily available. Cheese is a staple in our homes (somewhere along the same lines as water LOL).

I saw an episode of The Pioneer Woman on TV one day and they were making this, it looked so EASY (and fun).  I ran out a couple days later and purchased everything I needed. The one thing that was not available at our grocery store was Vegetable Rennet, I easily found it by doing a search for a Brewery supply store and found the one closest to us (there were several in the area).  Let me tell y’all, this was the coolest store!!! Okay, more about that later LOL.

I followed the recipe and before I knew it, I had Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, and it was delicious!!!

Since that first time, I have tweaked the recipe and feel that the recipe below is the best thus far.

Never again will we be intimidated by Cheese LOL.  Go on, give it a try

Make it a great day, you deserve it!!!

Tracey and Aileen

fresh mozzarella

Homemade Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

Ingredients

1 Gallon Whole Milk (Raw milk works best but pasteurized works also. We used pasteurized)

1/4 teaspoon Vegetable Rennet or 1/2 tablet added to 1 Cup Water

2 teaspoons Citric Acid (if this is not at your grocery store, they will have it at the Brewery supply)

1/4 cup Water

1/8 cup Salt

Directions

1. Add Citric Acid and Water to a large pot (We used a soup pot). Swish around to dissolve.

2. Add Milk to Citric Acid mixture

3. Warm over low heat, stirring occasionally, to a temperature of 90 degrees on an instant read thermometer. (Don’t worry if milk begins to curdle, it’s suppose to)

4. Remove from heat and add Rennet and Water mixture.

5. Stir with an up and down, motion for about a minute.

6. Place a lid on the pot and go find something to do for 10 minutes

7. After 10 minutes take a knife and cut down through the curd to form a checker board pattern. Make sure you cut all the way to the bottom of the pan. (Don’t worry if you do not have really firm curd at this point. I freaked out because mine was no where near firm LOL. It will all work out in the end)

8. Return the mixture to Medium heat and warm until it reaches 110 degrees.

9. Using a slotted spoon move the curd to a colander. What you will have left in the pot is the “whey”. This is great to save and use when making bread as it is full of nutrients.

10. Squeeze as much of the whey out of the curd as possible and place into a microwave safe bowl.  At this point you may find that your cheese has the texture of a Ricotta cheese if you used pasteurized milk. Don’t worry, that will change quickly.

11. Add Salt working it through the curd (Just a note about the salt. Do not use course salt as it will make your cheese grainy.)

12. Place in the microwave for 1 minute. Remove, squeeze and stretch the cheese working as much water out of it as possible. Pour off the water in the bottom of the bowl.

13. Place in the microwave for 35 seconds. Remove, squeeze and stretch as before.

14. Repeat one more time for 35 seconds and squeeze and stretch.

15. Form cheese into a ball and place into an ice bath to cool for about 10 minutes.

Enjoy!!!

At this point, you now have Fresh Mozzarella Cheese!!!

We prefer ours with olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh basil on top. Of course when I went to make this batch I didn’t have any fresh basil LOL, so I used dry and it worked out just fine.

This will last for several days in the fridge wrapped in plastic wrap. In our house, however, it doesn’t last for longer than about 5 minutes LOL. Everyone loves this.

Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms

Pine Cone Cheese Ball

This Pine Cone Cheese Ball would make a beautiful hostess gift or a cute and delicious little something to give to neighbors for the Holiday season.

This recipe is originally from Southern Living  NOVEMBER 1998.

We have seen this done with both the pecans as pictured and also with almonds.

Enjoy!!!

Make it a great day, you deserve it!!

 

Tracey and Aileen

 

pinecone cheese ball

 

  • 1 (8-ounce) container garden vegetable cream cheese
  • 1 (8-ounce) container roasted garlic cream cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups pecan halves, toasted
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs

Preparation

  1. Stir together first 4 ingredients. Shape into an oval; chill 2 hours.
  2. Arrange pecan halves over cheese oval in overlapping rows beginning at bottom and working upward. Arrange rosemary sprigs at top of pine cone. Serve with crackers.

 

 

Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms

Homemade Halloween Costumes

Remember when we were young and we used to make or have help making our Halloween costumes?

I honestly can’t remember my Mama and Daddy ever going out and spending money at a store on a costume. (Especially not the kind of money they are charging these days for children’s costumes).

Well with that in mind we came across some really cute kids costumes on allyou.com, that are easy to make with your children.

We just love cute little children in Halloween costumes, so please send us pictures of your little ghosties and goblins, fairies and princesses or maybe even one of the costume ideas we posted here. We would love to feature them here on Two Southern Sweeties!!

 

Make it a great day, you deserve it!

 

Tracey and Aileen

Book Of Spells Costume

Book of Spells costume

YOU’LL NEED • Measuring tape • Scissors • 2 yards white felt • Glue gun • Gold, wide, single-fold bias tape • Black marker • Glitter glue • Lizards • Stick-on Velcro • White leotard

1. Have your child stand with arms stretched out. Measure from wrist to wrist across your child’s back, then from shoulder blades to mid-thigh. Cut white felt to these measurements.

2. Lay felt out flat. On each end of “book,” glue gold bias tape to edge of length of felt. Run a second layer of bias tape slightly overlapping the first, and a third slightly overlapping the second. Measure 6″ from top of book and write “spells” with black magic marker. Use glitter glue to color titles of your spells; let glue dry overnight. Stick lizards where you desire.

3. Stick one side of Velcro onto top edge of book. Stick 1″ pieces of other side of Velcro to back of arms of leotard. Have child get into leotard. Attach book to her back with Velcro.

Witches Cauldron Costume

 

Witches’ Cauldron costume

YOU’LL NEED • Measuring tape • Scissors Cardboard • Glue gun • Serrated knife • 1 yard water-print fabric • 1½ yards black felt • ¼ yard orange felt • Yellow felt square • Red felt square • Needle, black thread • 1 yd ½” elastic • Safety pin • Plastic frogs, lizards, bones, eyeballs • 1″ and 1½” styrofoam balls • Poly-Fil • Newspaper or tissue paper • Black shirt • Black pants

1. Measure child’s head; add 2. Cut a circle from cardboard with this diameter. Measure 7 to 8″ out from hole; cut outside circle to form a ring. Glue water-print fabric to front of ring with glue gun. Trim fabric; leave 3″ overhang. Glue edges to back. Trim hole; leave 2 to 3″ of fabric. Cut slits in fabric overhang; glue to back.

2. Measure perimeter of ring; add 3″ and note measurement. Cut four (24 long) oval pieces (determine width by dividing noted number by four) from black felt. Make sure widest part of oval is double width of edges.

3. Lay out one felt oval flat. Run glue down edge of longer side. Place second oval on top of first; press glued seam together, let dry. Open ovals with seam facing down. Run glue down edge of one attached oval. Place another oval on top of it, glue as above. Repeat with last oval. Close cauldron by gluing together outer ovals. Turn cauldron right-side out. Cut orange, red and yellow felt flames. Glue flames to cauldron. Turn cauldron inside out. Stitch 1 pocket on bottom edge; leave 1″ opening. Thread elastic through and close ends with safety pin. Turn cauldron right-side out. Glue ring to top of cauldron by folding 1 of felt over top edge. Cut arm holes 3″ to 4″ from top of cauldron. Cut eyeballs and bones in half and glue to “water.” Glue all other “brew ingredients” to water.

4. Place cauldron over child’s head and arms through side holes. Adjust elastic on bottom so it is snug around child’s legs. Stuff with newspaper or tissue paper.

 

Bling Out Rapper

Bling out a rapper

Complement a baggy track suit with homemade medallions.

YOU’LL NEED • Gold cardboard • Glue • Gold glitter • Hole punch • Gold cord • Also: tracksuit, oversize T-shirt, trucker hat and sneakers

* Create jewelry. Decorate circles of gold cardboard with glue and glitter; let dry. Punch a hole through each circle and hang from a loop of gold cord to finish each necklace. Put everything on.

 

Punked Out Pip-Squeak

 

Punked out pip-squeak

Adapt this for a boy by subbing in ripped jeans for the skirt.

YOU’LL NEED • Baby bonnet • Felt • Cardboard • Fabric glue • Needle and thread • Ribbon • Self-adhesive Velcro tabs • Also: tank top, plaid skirt, dog tags (keep long to avoid a safety hazard) and high-top sneakers

* Snip a mohawk. Trim brim off bonnet. Cut a 2-by-8-inch strip of felt and make three 2-inch slits spaced a half inch apart along its length. Cut three cardboard triangles 4 inches tall by 2 inches wide; cover with six felt triangles. Insert base of triangles into slits in felt strip, fold over a half-inch seam on bottom and glue in place. Pin strip with triangles facing up on bonnet and then whip stitch to bonnet.

* Create wrist cuffs. Cut lengths of ribbon and attach Velcro to each end.

 
 

TIP ALERT: Remodel Or Redecorate For Much Less

 

Kitchen_Remodel

In case y’all didn’t know, we LOVE getting a good deal!!!

The only thing better than getting a good deal is being able to help someone else in the process.

Well here is a really fantastic tip that many people don’t seem to know about……

Habitat For Humanity ReStore

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a really awesome place to get all types of household items.  They have everything from door nobs, lamps, hardwood flooring, tile, windows, doors, bathtubs, furniture, appliances and even entire kitchen cabinet sets with counter tops. Those are just a few of the things that you will find while walking through the ReStore. (Really, not kidding here….. there are so many things I can’t even name them all)

The ReStore is a place that many homeowners, builders and remodelers take items that they are removing from homes. Say you are getting new kitchen cabinets. Well, the ones you are taking out and replacing can be donated to the ReStore so that they are able to sell them and help support Habitat For Humanity.  We have found that many schools will donate their hardwood gym flooring to the ReStore when they are going to be installing new flooring.  Remember those shiny, narrow plank floors we used to run around on in gym class? Yep, you can even get those there to install in your home.

When you are looking to redo things in your home and are working with a budget that does not afford brand spanking new, try your local ReStore. You will be absolutely amazed at all the things they have there if you have never shopped one before.

We go there often and spend hours. It is like a treasure hunt LOL.

There are 825 stores throughout the Untied States and Canada.

Search for a ReStore near you!!

Our local store has a mailer that they send out to let you know what things they currently have in stock, pictures and all. Of course they don’t include everything that they have available as there is just not enough room.

Below I have included a couple of examples of what our local store has available right now.

So check out the ReStore near you and get yourself an awesome deal and help out Habitat For Humanity at the same time!!!

Make it a great day, you deserve it!!

Tracey and Aileen

PS Share your experience at the ReStore with us!!! We would love to hear all about it.  Oh and we almost forgot…..PLEASE donate your household goods to the ReStore to also help out.

Monster Mums

By: Terri O. for Super Simple Crafts

When we saw these cute “Monster Mums” we just couldn’t help but share them with y’all.

What a fantastic way to bring more color into an otherwise usual black and orange Halloween.

You could also do this with Sunflowers or any other flower you find at your local craft supply store. Just let your imagination run wild.

Give your Mom a Halloween surprise she’ll never forget with this Monster Mums display from Terri O.

Easy Halloween crafts like this make perfect centerpieces for your table and are also great to have outside for trick-or-treater’s to admire!

You could also turn this mum display into a cute monster head by including some horns, a nose, and a mouth.  Kids will love joining in on the fun of creating this easy Halloween decoration project!

 

Make it a great day, you deserve it!

 

Tracey and Aileen

 

PS Please be sure to share y’alls thoughts on this or how it worked for you when you make them.

 

Materials:

  • Two 3″ Styrofoam balls for each Mumster
  • Halloween gift box or decorated terracotta pot with another Styrofoam ball
  • Large silk purple mums
  • Colored animal eyes
  • 12″ x 3/8″ wooden dowel
  • Marble or stone vase filler
  • Straight pins
  • Chenille stems
  • Bead garland
  • Black paint
  • Low-temp glue gun

 

Instructions:

  1. Glue one of the 3″ balls inside the box or pot. Fill the remainder  of space inside the box with stone vase filler for added support.
  2. Paint the dowel black and let dry.
  3. Cut a small hole in the top of the box to stick the dowel into the ball. Use glue on the end of the dowel.
  4. Pull the mum blossoms from the stems. Insert into the other 3″ ball. Use low temp glue to secure.
  5. Glue eyeballs to the center of each mum blossom. Glue the mum covered ball to the top of the dowel.
  6. Embellish the dowel with bead garland and add chenille stem antennas to the top of the topiary.