Saturday, July 12, 2014

Seasoning Salt

Making your own seasoning salt can be a fun way to put your personal touch on any dish. We love sprinkling this seasoning on popcorn.

Seasoning Salt
(makes about 1 pint)

2 cup sea salt
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon turmeric

In bowl, combine all ingredients until mixed well. Store in airtight container in dark place. Use to season anything you would normally put salt on.

Makes a frugal and easy gift too! Just place mix into a mason jar and label.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

DIY Weed Killer Spray

Weeding is back-breaking work and too often I spend hours weeding only to have the weeds sneak back in no time at all. Pre-made weed sprays can work wonders, but are expensive and who wants to spray chemicals all over the yard? Not me. I found a better solution that not only works faster and better, but is much cheaper.

DIY Weed Killer Spray
  • 1 gallon vinegar
  • 1/2 cup table salt
  • 1 teaspoon Dawn liquid dish soap (used the basic blue type)
Mix all ingredients together. I just shaked to combine.
Pour solution in a spray bottle or into a pressurized sprayer. Now attack those weeds.

For best results: Apply when rain is not forecasted for a day or two. Keep in mind this solution will kill anything that is put on. So if you spray plants you want to keep, it will kill them. But on the bright side the spray will also kill off grass if you planning to make a new planting bed.

This a very Eco-friendly way to beat those weeds. We love that we can use this solution and not worry about the kids or the dog being by where we sprayed. We also live on the river and don't want to have dangerous run off adding to the pollution of the river. 

This solution created very quick surprising results. We have many thistles that we are fighting against in a bed we are trying to regain control of. I used this spray in only 4 hours the leaves were already brown and the weeds were on their way to wasting away. Victory! 

Before & 4 hours after application.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Fruit Infused Sun Tea

Sunshine, check! Hot weather, check!

You can brew up a special treat by using God's own sunshine and warmth. We love to make this recipe and let it steep while we are working in the yard for a rewarding refreshing drink.

Fruit Infused Sun Tea
(makes 1/2 gallon)

Large Mason Jar, with metal cover (used 1/2 gallon size)
5 tea bags (fruit, black or green... you pick)
3/4 cup fruit (berries, oranges, lemon, limes)

Tea just starting to steep.
For the quickest and best results use a large glass jar with a metal lid. The metal lid attracts heat.

Place tea bags into the jar. We used Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion flavor. Yum!

Place chopped fruit into jar. We used a mixture of strawberries and garden fresh raspberries.

Fill the jar up with water, to about 1 inch head space (canner talk for 1 inch from the top rim). There are no special directions for temperature of the water, as the sun will heat the water all on its own.

Place cap on securely. Then place jar in direct, full sun for 4-6 hours.

Enjoy your sun tea over ice or place jar in refrigerator to cool.

Drink as soon as possible, after all this was made with fresh fruit. Refrigerate and drink within 2 days.

Enjoy your cup of summer!
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. - Psalm 113:3