Sunday, January 30, 2011

Frozen Pancakes?

There was a time in my life when I didn't know how to make a pancake, out of a package or otherwise.   So I don't know why it surprised me when my friends kept asking me how I froze my pancakes.  So I thought, maybe some people in blog world don't realize how easy it is either.

Step One: 
Make your pancakes.  I used Krusteaz pancake mix.  But it makes absolutely no difference.  Whatever you are used to making.  Just mix it up.

Step Two:
Let them cool off completely and then place them in freezer bags.
Step Three:
Literally, throw the bags in the freezer.
When you're ready to eat them, take them out of the baggies and put them on a plate.  For one pancake I microwave for 30 seconds and add 15 seconds for each additional pancake.  If you warm them too long I think it makes them a bit rubbery.  But this method has always worked for me.  I realize that pancakes are not the healthiest breakfast food, but who doesn't love them every now and then??  So what I usually do is make extra when I'm fixing pancakes for breakfast and throw them in the freezer.  Even my 6 year old can grab them out of there on Saturday morning and fix himself a tasty breakfast!

My mother used to do this same thing for my brother and I when we were in middle school.  Only she made sausage & bacon biscuits.  That is perhaps a healthier option.  Atleast with those you are getting in your morning protein:)

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Who hates spending all that money on laundry detergent besides me???  For the past couple of years I have been couponing and it has saved me at least 50% on detergent and fabric softener.  BUT, I still hate to pay that much.  So, when a friend of mine posted this recipe on facebook, I couldn't help but try it.  And the best thing........(drum roll here)........$1.67 per 5 gallon bucket (and the crowd goes wild)!!!!!
Here are the ingredients:
1 Bar Fels Naptha Soap
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda

Now, if you're like me, you've never heard or seen of these products.  So I took a picture so you'll know what you're looking for.  At my local Walmart they have the Borax & Baking soda.  (Which brings me to the fact that apparently washing soda & baking soda are different, but no one I've talked to can find washing soda.)  At the Kroger in town, I found the Fels Naptha soap and borax, but couldn't find the big box of washing soda.  I know that this is dependant on where you live because of what others have been telling me. 

Step ONE: 
Grate the Fels-Naptha soap as small as you can get it.  Believe me, the smaller the better.  You will thank me for this advice later.

Step TWO:
Fill 5 gallon bucket 1/4 full of the hottest tap water you can get & dissolve Fels-Naptha soap.

Add 1 cup of Baking Soda & 1 cup of Borax.

Step FOUR:
Fill the bucket up the rest of the way with the hottest tap water possible and stir.

Step FIVE:
Let sit until bubbles subside & funnel into milk jugs or other container of choice.  Use 1/2 cup per load of clothing.

I just got done washing my first load and all seems well!  Let me know how it goes for you, or if you have a different recipe that has worked for you.  I think the next thing I'm going to try is homemade household cleaner.  While I was funneling into the jugs I spilled some on the baseboard and floor in the bathroom & voila... it came sparkling clean:)

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