Friday, October 21, 2016

Epsom Salts Can Be My Friend

I have used Epsom Salts for a relaxing bath after body aches from yard work.   There are other good reasons to make a good friend of Epsom Salts.  Link here and here at Lifehack.

-- use with shampoo for hair washing to help strip some of the oils from your hair.  Rinse afterwards.

-- Foot Scrub.  Mix to make a Scrub with Salt, Olive Oil, Castile Soap. Scrub feet once or twice a week to remove dry skin

-- Wash Face Scrub,  adding Epsom Salts to Face Cream or  liquid soap,  Rinse clean afterwards.

-- Alleviate Headaches!   Taking an Epsom Salt bath has been touted as Headache Reliever, Having something to do with the Heat and Salt calming aggavated nerves.

-- Hangovers,  Bruises, Muscle Pains, Sleeping,  Remove a Splinter!,

-- Clean a Bathroom, Fertilize Fruits, Fortify Plants Get Rid of Garden Pests (Slugs!)

-- Weed Control, Greener Gras

Reasons to Save and Use Orange Peels

I want to give this a try, see if it does what it says it will do.  Read at Lifehacks this morning, and want to give this a try:

Whitens Teeth

Tinge on teeth, Orange Peels can remove it.  They contain compound called  d-limonene, which helps reduce teeth staining (even from smoking)   Here's how;

Rub inside of an orange peel (the white portion) over your teeth for 2-3 minutes, then rinse.  Do this twice a day until you've got those pearly whites!


Mix some orange peel powder and some water to make a past.  Add dried leaves for bonus points.  Ue this paste on toothbrush and brush teeth.  Repeat twice a day for a few weeks.

Russian Beet Salad (Vinegrette) 

from Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog

Although the Russian name for this salad is Vinegrette it shouldn't be confused with the salad dressings called Vinaigrette. This was a traditional salad that we enjoyed growing up. It could be our version of potato salad. I'm sharing an easier version using canned beets but you can also cook and julienne your own beets. The photo is my sister Lana's.

  • 2 cans (15oz.) julienne beets (partly drained)
  • 2 cans (15oz.) kidney beans (drained well)
  • 3/4 - 1 cup sauerkraut (drained and squeezed)
  • 3 boiled potatoes
  • 3 large kosher dill pickles, diced
  • 1/4 onion, grated
  • vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pickle juice from the jarred dill pickles

  1. Dice potatoes while warm then salt and coat with oil and chill.
  2. Once the potatoes are chilled add the remaining ingredients and toss to combine, add enough pickle juice to taste.
  3. Chill until ready to serve.
  4. Serves 8-16  

Our family prefers using the Clausen Dill Pickles found in the refrigerator section. You will find some versions of this Russian salad using carrots and not kidney beans. This is the version our family has always enjoyed.

My  Note to Self:  Short of the Beans, this looks to be Paleo ingredients, although I might prefer to use real beets.  Having canned goods on hand for power outages, ie, we had such for several days last winter, would be useful way to deal with food/cooking needs.  

Autumn Gems Button Scarf

Crocheted in a simple V stitch, it is easy and quick to work up too.  Two lovely buttons hold the scarf in place and it can be worn a variety of ways, making it very versatile.

Note *  See additional Free Patterns at Fiber Flux site.  Link

Note to self, projects from the free patterns that I might want to do this holiday season.  Several choices for flower, dishcloth, scarf, neck warmer projects.
-- Granny Gift Card Holder
-- Layered Ruffle Flower
-- One Round Flowers

Autumn Gems Button Scarf
By Jennifer Dickerson

  • 6.5 mm K crochet hook
  • 1 ball Lion Brand Landscapes in "Tropics" (147 yards)
  • 2 Buttons
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

  • 5 inches wide
  • 55 inches long

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:


Ch 18 

Row 1: Work a dc in the 4th chain from hook then ch 1. *Work a dc in the next ch. Skip a ch, and in the next chain, work (dc, ch 1) . Repeat from * to end.

Row 2: Ch 3 and turn. Work (dc, ch 1, dc) in each of the chain 1 spaces from the previous row (center of each "V"). At the end of the row, finish with a dc in the last space (turning chain space from previous row).

Repeat row 2 until scarf measures about 55 inches long (or desired length) and fasten off.

Finishing: Using a small piece of matching yarn and a tapestry needle, sew buttons to bottom edge of scarf equally spaced apart.  Weave in any ends that remain and you're finished!


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