Saturday, February 23, 2013

A Squeaky Clean Toilet (without the Unnatural Goo)

"Cleaning the toilet is my favorite job!" - said no one ever.

But it is a job that has got to be done! And it's one of the few jobs that I have been doing the non-natural way for a long time, mostly because I hadn't figured out how to do it the natural way. So scrub after scrub I continued to clean the toilet with the thick blue gunk that just couldn't be good for my gal pal, Mother Earth. Until I tried this...

I clean just about everything with vinegar...the counters, the windows, the bathtub, you name it, I probably clean it with vinegar. I also use baking soda for many things...carpet cleaner, to unclog sinks, the to clean the stove...anyway...another thing I now use these two wonder products for is...

All Natural Toilet Cleaner!

1. Empty the toilet of all water. To do this, turn off the water line and pour a large bucket of water (I use a 5 gallon bucket I use for mopping) in the toilet. This causes the toilet to clear, without filling up again.

2. Sprinkle baking soda around the inside of the toilet. Be sure to coat the entire area including the upper rim.

3. Using a spray bottle, spray the entire toilet with vinegar. Allow to sit for about 15 minutes. Clean with toilet brush, turn water back on and flush.

Happy Cleaning!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

We're Joining a CSA, Y'all!

We are bursting at the seems in excitement for our CSA to begin in April. I have been wanting to join one since my senior year of college...oh, I might have gotten ahead of myself, you don't know what a CSA is? Let me fill you in :)

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Community Supported Agriculture is a way for community members to pledge to support one (or more) local farms. The members share in the risks of the growers while receiving the benefits of their food production. Members subscribe for a season, receiving a share each week containing varying amounts fruits and vegetables. Many CSA's also have shares with herbs, flowers, eggs, meat and value added products (honey, jam, bread, etc.) CSA's create a community between consumers and producers and support the environment, local economy, and eating healthy and local foods.

So back on track...We decided to join the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative. We chose this mostly because of it being in county, most of the CSA's we found were about 45 minutes away (defeats the local draw, huh?) Starting in April we will be getting a box of produce each week. Something to consider if you are thinking about joining a CSA is that you do not get to choose what you get, you get in season, local produce. "You get what you get, and you don't throw a fit," as my second graders would let you know. If you are a picky eater and you don't like to cook, it might not be for you. But I, for the most part, love love love vegetables and love cooking and trying new recipes (and sharing them, too!) So that being said, we are eagerly awaiting our first pick up in April.

The adventure begins in 68 days...we can't wait!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

What you waiting for?

So in honor of the amazing fact that we have somehow had over 500 pageviews we are asking you a very important question...

Remember that song by Gwen Steffani? It was rumored it was about Britney Spears...but really who can argue it wasn't? But I can't help to have that song in my head while I ask you all, "What you waiting for?" Why haven't you decided to follow us yet? You obviously like (love, even?) what we are doing because you keep showing up! So follow us for more homemade cleaners, yummy recipes, fun tips, hiking, babbling, meditation, mishaps, and more. We promise you it will be fun.

Go on, go click "Join this Site!"