This & That

It’s perfect for large barbecues and way less of mess than grilling. 
Ingredients:
Serves: 24 Yield 48 corn on the cobs
4 dozen corn on the cob
2 gallons boiling water
Directions:
1. Husk and clean all the corn. Place in the bottom of a squeaky-clean large insulated picnic cooler.
2 Pour the boiling water over the corn (2 quarts of boiling water per dozen ears of corn). Close the lid and let set for 30 minutes.
3 Drain the water out from the plug and keep the lid closed.
4 This will keep the corn warm for about 2 hours.
5. Season with butter and salt

via Favorite Recipes! – Sheila Pulanco Russell.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (Use a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin. Be careful not to inhale the powder). This makes a natural SPF of 20+ or more can be added.
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5)
  • Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference

Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives or other foods.
Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. 4. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.

Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup Sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender buds
  • 10 to 15 drops of lavender essential oil
  • a few drops of lavender soap colorant/a small pinch if using powdered ones (optional)

In a glass mixing bowl, gently stir all ingredients to combine. Transfer mixture to a glass, airtight container and let it rest for a couple of days. This will give the herbs and essential oil time to infuse the salts with their aroma.

To use as bath salt: Spoon about 4 to 6 tablespoons of Lavender Bath Salt under warm running bath water. Soak for 20 minutes and let the rich minerals absorb through the skin.

To use as an exfoliator: Mix 2 tablespoons of Lavender Bath Salt with a handful of your favorite body wash. Gently massage mixture onto skin to slough away dry patches, reveling a healthier looking complexion. .

To use as bath salts: Spoon about 4 to 6 tablespoons of Lavender Bath Salts under warm running bath water. Soak for 20 minutes and let the rich minerals absorb through the skin.

To use as an exfoliator: Mix 2 tablespoons of Lavender Bath Salts with a handful of your favorite body wash. Gently massage mixture onto skin to slough away dry patches, reveling a healthier looking complexion.

After you mixed up a batch, I recommend that you transfer the bath salts to a glass, airtight container and let it rest for a couple of days before use. This will give the herbs and essential oil time to infuse the salts with their aroma.

Regular washer fluid has harmful fumes and chemicals that come into your car when it’s sprayed try this natural alternative instead. You can make it “heavy duty” by increasing the soap and/or vinegar and you can make it freeze-proof by adding rubbing alcohol!

What you need:

  • Clean 1 gallon jug
  • 1 tablespoon dish soap
  • 1/2 cup vinegar

Combine soap and vinegar in the jug, fill with water, and mix.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon dish detergent
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 piece aluminum foil

 

Directions:

  1. Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.
  2. Cut a piece of aluminum foil that roughly covers the bottom of a small bowl (like a cereal bowl).
  3. Pour hot water into bowl. Place salt, soda, and dishwashing liquid into bowl. Place jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry jewelry completely with soft cloth. Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time.
  4. According to wire-sculpture.com, “this works well for gold-filled, brass, german (nickel) silver, and sterling silver. I have even cleaned jewelry with freshwater pearls, shell cameos and mother of pearl with no problem.”

Ingredients:

  • 1 Gallon Cucumbers – Sliced Thin
  • Pickling Brine
  • 2 C. Vinegar (White or Cider)
  • 4 Tbls. Salt
  • 2 Tbls. Powdered Alum
  • 2 Tbls. Mixed Pickling Spices
  • 6 C. Sugar

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Put Cucumbers in Gallon jug and mix the Pickling Brine and pour over Cucumbers. If the liquid doesn’t come up to the top, add more vinegar.
Shake every day for three (3) weeks then wash in clear water and return to the jug.
Add six (6) cups of Sugar. When the sugar has dissolved, put the jug in the refrigerator and let rest for two (2) weeks.

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