Category: Kitchen

Liquid Dish Soap from Scratch

If you’ve ever wanted to give a homemade dish soap recipe a try, this is your chance. I’ve been using this recipe for over 6 months and it has worked great for me and my family. I hope it will for yours too! Ingredients: • 1 cup boiled water or herbal water • optional: 3…

GE versus GMO – What’s the difference?

I read an interesting article titled EWG’s 2014 Shopper’s Guide To Avoiding GE Food. I have to admit I am confused about the difference between GE and GMO, so I decided to do a little research on the matter. Click here to check out EWG’s Genetically Engineered Food Guide. Why should I care if the…

Rosemary Citrus Dishwasher Gel

I’ve been using this dishwasher gel recipe for over a month and am very happy with the results. I do rinse most of my dirty dishes before I load my dishwasher; therefore, my dishes are coming out clean. Here is my recipe and I hope it works out well for you. Rosemary Citrus Dishwasher Gel…

Favorite Household Cleaners

My all time favorite household cleaners….(drum roll please)……are…..White Vinegar and Baking Soda! Not only do they make an excellent sink scrub, you can wash your hair with it, use them for fabric softener, and lastly make that volcano spew for your kid’s science project!  

Dishwasher Cubes

If you’ve ever wanted to try a homemade dishwasher recipe, here’s your chance. I probably will still use my favorite store brand products but this recipe comes in handy when I run out. I usually have most of these ingredients on hand for my household cleaning. Feel free to comment and let me know how…

Fresh Herb Salad Dressings

I love walking out to my garden and picking fresh lettuce for a spring salad and whipping up a fresh dressing to accompany it. Here are three of my favorite salad dressing. The first recipe is a ranch dressing made with fresh herbs and milk instead of mayo. Buttermilk Ranch Dressing with Fresh Herbs   …

Chicken Stock Basic Recipe

Homemade chicken stock is an essential in my house. You can use it in about anything savory you are cooking. It works great in soups, stews, cooked grains, boiled vegetables, and all by itself. Here’s the recipe: Take a whole chicken fryer and cut the breasts and leg quarters and freeze for later use. Take…

French Toast

  French toast is a favorite in my family. I usually prepare this without measuring anything, so in this recipe I’ll be estimating the measurements. But seriously, I don’t think anyone can go wrong with French toast.    I use day old French bread, but any kind will do and portion out two slices per person. …

My Week Cooking From Scratch

Spring Break in the Hester household was a week of trial and error. I began the week off with a plan to be processed food free. I avoided buying toaster tarts, crackers, bread, lunch meat, chips, etc and prepared homemade versions instead. Here’s how the week’s menu turned out. We did take a 2 day…