Friday, July 19, 2019

Fig and Cardamom Cast Iron Skillet Scones Recipe

This fig and cardamom scones are perfect for a dessert or with your afternoon coffee or tea.  They are baked in a cast iron skillet for even baking, but you can use any pan for this delicious recipe.

When I first saw a recipe for a fig and cardamom scone, I'll admit that I was intrigued.  I don't generally use figs in a lot of my cooking.  I also don't use a lot of cardamom.  But that needs to change now that I've made these delicious scones.

How to make a fig and cardamom scone recipe in a cast iron skillet (or other pan). This American scones recipe has buttermilk to make a soft, fluffy and moist dessert. Serve with coffee or tea for an afternoon treat or after dinner. This is the best scones recipe and is baked in the oven instead of fried. This makes a great treat for Christmas with the figs. #scones #fig #dessert #recipe

These scones have a grown up flavor, but my daughter loved them, too.  She was my kid that went past the free cookies at the bakery and went straight for the deli for her free slice of Swiss cheese, so do with that what you will.

The figs have a rich flavor that's brought out with the addition of cardamom.  Cardamom has a unique taste; it's a little citrus, a little mint, and a little spicy.  It's usually used with cinnamon, but it can stand alone like in this scone recipe.

These scones make a delicious dessert.  I've even served them right with dinner as a side dish.  I mean, figs are fruit, so they are basically healthy, right?

These make a great treat for afternoon tea of coffee.  If you need a unique dish to take to an afternoon gathering, this would be perfect.

FIG AND CARDAMOM CAST IRON SKILLED SCONES RECIPE


WHAT ARE SCONES?


How to make a fig and cardamom scone recipe in a cast iron skillet (or other pan). This American scones recipe has buttermilk to make a soft, fluffy and moist dessert. Serve with coffee or tea for an afternoon treat or after dinner. This is the best scones recipe and is baked in the oven instead of fried. This makes a great treat for Christmas with the figs. #scones #fig #dessert #recipe

Scones are very similar to biscuits.  Both are made with flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and a fat.  Scones, however, have eggs when biscuits do not.

Both are made similarly, too.  You mix the dry ingredients and cut in the fat, then add the liquid until it holds together.  Then knead a little and roll out or shape and bake.

By baking these scones in a cast iron skillet in one piece, you get a crispy outside and a tender inside busting with the flavor of figs and cardamom.

WHY USE CAST IRON?


I love my cast iron skillets.  They cook wonderfully, and I can use them as a decoration on my fireplace when they aren't in use.  They have dual purpose here.

When seasoned properly, cast iron skillets are nonstick.  This means you use less fat and you have less stress with a stuck on dessert.

How to make a fig and cardamom scone recipe in a cast iron skillet (or other pan). This American scones recipe has buttermilk to make a soft, fluffy and moist dessert. Serve with coffee or tea for an afternoon treat or after dinner. This is the best scones recipe and is baked in the oven instead of fried. This makes a great treat for Christmas with the figs. #scones #fig #dessert #recipe

They are naturally nonstick with no chemicals.  I used to love my nonstick pans, but I didn't like the chemicals touching my food.

Cast iron is also very easy to clean.  I sprinkle in salt and use a paper towel to wipe mine off.  I can have it cleaned and put back before my daughter has the dishwasher loaded after dinner.

Cast iron is slow to heat up, but once it is hot, it stays hot.  It really holds the heat, so it helps food bake more evenly.


INGREDIENTS



  • 3 cups flour, spooned and leveled
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground cardamom
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 tablespoons butter, cube then freeze for 15 minutes
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons figs, chopped into small pieces


DIRECTIONS

STEP #1


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

STEP #2


Use a seasoned cast iron skillet.  If you're using a different kind of pan, grease and flour the pan so the scones don't stick

STEP #3


In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cardamom, salt, baking soda, and baking
powder.


STEP #4


Cut butter into the flour mixture, leaving chunks of butter.


STEP #5


In a separate bowl, beat together the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla.


STEP #6


Pour buttermilk mixture into flour mixture, and stir until just combined.


STEP #7


Gently fold in figs.


STEP #8


Place the dough on a floured surface and gently knead it.  This is a dry dough, so be careful not to overdo it.  It should just stick together.


STEP #9


Shape the dough into a disc about an inch thick and place in the cast iron skillet.  You can cut it now or after it has cooled.


STEP #10


Bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees.  It is fully cooked when a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.

Let cool completely.


Yum!  These fig and cardamom scones won't disappoint.  Be warned though that if you bring these to a party or meeting, you'll get asked to bring them every time after that!

If there are leftovers, store them in the fridge.

How to make a fig and cardamom scone recipe in a cast iron skillet (or other pan). This American scones recipe has buttermilk to make a soft, fluffy and moist dessert. Serve with coffee or tea for an afternoon treat or after dinner. This is the best scones recipe and is baked in the oven instead of fried. This makes a great treat for Christmas with the figs. #scones #fig #dessert #recipe

scone, fig, dessert, cardamom
dessert
American
Yield: 8
Author:

Fig and Cardamom Scones

prep time: 30 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 50 M
These fig and cardamom scones are baked in a cast iron skillet. The fruit and spice complement each other well for a dessert or snack for tea time.

ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour, spooned and leveled
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground cardamom
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 tablespoons butter, cube then freeze for 15 minutes
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons figs, chopped into small pieces

instructions:

How to cook Fig and Cardamom Scones

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Use a seasoned cast iron skillet. If you're using a different kind of pan, grease and flour the pan so the scones don't stick
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cardamom, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.  Cut butter into the flour mixture, leaving chunks of butter.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla.  Pour buttermilk mixture into flour mixture, and stir until just combined. Gently fold in figs.
  4. Place the dough on a floured surface and gently knead it. This is a dry dough, so be careful not to overdo it. It should just stick together.
  5. Shape the dough into a disc about an inch thick and place in the cast iron skillet. You can cut it now or after it has cooled.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees. It is fully cooked when a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.  Let cool completely.
Calories
555.96
Fat (grams)
20.10
Sat. Fat (grams)
12.10
Carbs (grams)
72.05
Fiber (grams)
1.44
Net carbs
70.61
Sugar (grams)
35.66
Protein (grams)
21.82
Sodium (milligrams)
1465.65
Cholesterol (grams)
103.02
Nutrition information is approximate.
Created using The Recipes Generator

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How to make a fig and cardamom scone recipe in a cast iron skillet (or other pan). This American scones recipe has buttermilk to make a soft, fluffy and moist dessert. Serve with coffee or tea for an afternoon treat or after dinner. This is the best scones recipe and is baked in the oven instead of fried. This makes a great treat for Christmas with the figs. #scones #fig #dessert #recipe




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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Cleaning With Baking Soda: How and Why to Use This Natural Cleaner

How to do cleaning with baking soda.  This natural substance is a powerful degreaser and cleaner for your entire home.  Learn 25 uses for cleaning with baking soda and get cleaning tips, tricks, and hacks for a natural home.

Natural cleaning is a fairly new fad, but I've been doing it for almost 20 years.  I'm thankful for the Internet so I could learn more about cleaning with baking soda and other natural cleaners.

Part of why I used natural cleaners was necessity.  We didn't have a lot of money when we got married.  We also lived in a teeny little house, so I didn't have a lot of room.  Each cleaning product had to do double (or triple!) duty.

My son has asthma and had a lot of breathing problems as baby and toddler.  I has asthma as a kid and through to adulthood, but it was diagnosed until I was an adult.

One of the first thing the doctor suggested was to use natural cleaners and limit chemicals.  So I scoured the Internet for the limited information that was available and made notes and recipes.

Cleaning with baking soda. 25 ways to use baking soda to clean bathroom, sink, carpet, couch, stove,and kitchens. Use as a stain remover and to scrub while it cleanses. Sprinkle on surfaces to clean it. Life hacks for cleaning naturally. Use as an air freshener or oven cleaner. Add to washing machines for brighter clothes. Simple recipe and easy diy toturials for eco friendly cleaning. #natural #cleaning #bakingsoda

I always have baking soda and vinegar available for cleaning because I can clean just about anything with it.

CLEANING WITH BAKING SODA


IS BAKING SODA GOOD FOR CLEANING?


Absolutely, yes!  It's my second most used natural cleaner behind vinegar.


Baking soda's actual name is sodium bicarbonate.  It's a salt, so it's formed by an ion with a positive charge and an ion with a negative charge.

It's slightly basic on the pH scale, which is why cleaning with baking soda works so well.

ABSORBING ODORS


One of the reasons I like baking soda so much is because it absorbs odors.  You can use it in the fridge, the freezer, or make a DIY baking soda air freshener to naturally make your home smell better.

ABRASIVE


I also use baking soda a lot because it's a mild abrasive.  It can really get into the little crevices to get them cleaned out.

It's great on textured surfaces, like a fridge handle.  I also use it on flat surfaces like my counter.  The abrasiveness will get off sticky food and other messes.

CARBON DIOXIDE


Baking soda releases carbon dioxide when it's heated to over 300 degrees Fahrenheit.  Normally, you wouldn't do this in your daily cleaning, but this does mean that it can be a natural fire extinguisher.

The carbon dioxide that it releases chokes the oxygen that the fire uses as fuel, so the fire goes out.


CAN YOU MIX BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR TO CLEAN?


Yes, but not all the time.  Baking soda is basic and vinegar is an acid.  When you combine them, they bubble up and cause a fun reaction, albeit a messy one.

For really tough messes, like the inside of the oven door, I'll sprinkle a baking soda and water paste and let it dry.  Then I'll spray with vinegar when it's time to clean.  This seems to work better than using either one alone.

This fizzing can also help unclog a drain naturally.

For most cleaning, though, you won't combine them.  Nothing bad will happen, but you'll have a mess to clean up.

WHAT STAINS DOES BAKING SODA REMOVE?


Baking soda is a great stain remover because it's abrasive and basic.

It works great on the following stains:

  • Odors
  • Blood
  • Sweat
  • Fruit
  • Vomit
  • Wine

WHAT DO YOU MIX WITH BAKING SODA TO CLEAN?


I usually just mix baking soda and water to make a paste and use it to scrub.  You can also mix it with vinegar as mentioned above.

I also mix it with dish soap to clean tough grime on my pots and pans.   (If you're looking for a natural dish soap, I really like Mrs. Meyer's Lemon Verbena.)

More natural cleaning ideas:



CLEANING WITH BAKING SODA


KITCHEN


STORAGE CONTAINERS


Plastic storage containers can absorb odors from food and the fridge.  Sprinkle baking soda inside the container and use a damp sponge to clean.

If the odor persists or there are heavy stains,  add 1 tablespoons of baking soda to a cup of water water and let it soak.

Eliminate odors and most stains by using glass storage containers.  If you're looking to eliminate or reduce plastic use, these glass food storage containers are a great deal.


FRIDGE


Food odors can penetrate the fridge and other foods.  There are few things worse than putting butter on your toast and realizing that it tastes like last Tuesday's tacos.

Set a bowl of baking soda in the fridge to absorb odors for fresher tasting foods.

REMOVE WAX FROM FOODS


If you buy produce that has a waxy coating, use baking soda and water to buff off the wax before eating.

COUNTERS


Sprinkle baking soda on your counters and use a damp sponge to scrub.  This works great for dried on foods.

I don't use it on my stainless appliances.  Be careful using baking soda if you have expensive countertops. I  do not, so I don't know what surfaces it can damage.

TRASH CAN


If your trash can smells funky, sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom to absorb odors.  Do this once a week to keep it fresh.

STOVE TOP


I have a flat top stove.  I use baking soda and water to remove grease and food to keep it looking new.

OVEN CLEANER


Sprinkle baking soda in your oven and wipe with a damp sponge.  Let it sit for 15 minutes.  Then spray vinegar on it and wipe up.

POLISH SILVERWARE


Combine 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon water to make a paste.  Use a microfiber cloth to rub silverware.  Rinse well.

POTS AND PANS


If you have grease or stuck on food, sprinkle baking soda on your pots and pans and then scrub.  Sometimes I let it soak to get more grime off.

BATHROOM


SOAP SCUM


Baking soda is an excellent soap scum remover.  Sprinkle on the tub or sink and use a microfiber cloth to wipe.

GROUT CLEANER


You can also sprinkle it on grout to clean it.  Use a toothbrush to scrub the small lines.

BRUSH CLEANER


Oils from your hair and products can build up on your brushes and combs.  Soak them in 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 cup of water overnight.  Rinse well.


GENERAL CLEANING



FLOORS


Add 1/2 cup baking soda to a gallon of hot water to mop your floors.  I sometimes add a squirt of dish soap too.

UNCLOG DRAINS


If your drain is slow, pour a cup of vinegar down the drain.  Then pour a cup of vinegar in and wait for about 10 minutes.  Flush with hot water for several minutes.

REFRESH CARPETS AND FURNITURE


Sprinkle baking soda on furniture or carpets.  Let sit at least 15 minutes.  I generally let it sit for hours or even overnight for best results.  Vacuum the baking soda off of the fabric or carpet.

I like these ecofriendly cardboard containers to get a more even application.


SPOT CLEAN WALLS


If there are fingerprints, grime, or even crayon marks, sprinkle baking soda on a sponge and carefully scrub.

LAUNDRY BOOSTER


Add baking soda to laundry to brighten colors and whites.  Add a cup to a load with the liquid detergent.  I put it on the bottom of the drum in my front loader.


STINKY SHOES



If your shoes stink, sprinkle baking soda in them and let them sit overnight.  Tap the baking soda out and into the trash.


OUTDOORS



PATIO FURNITURE


Clean your patio furniture with baking soda water.  Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda per cup of water and use a sponge to clean them.

OIL STAINS


If you get an oil stain on your driveway or garage floor, sprinkle baking soda on the oil and let it dry.  Sweep up with a stiff broom.

GRILL


Clean your grill by sprinkling baking soda on it and scrubbing with a brush.  Rinse well.

CHROME


Clean chrome with a paste of water and baking soda.  Use a microfiber cloth to clean.  Rinse well.

PETS


DRY SHAMPOO


If your dog smells but you don't want to give him or her a bath, sprinkle baking soda on them and work in with your fingers.  Brush out the baking soda.

LITTER BOX


Add baking soda to the litter box to absorb odors.

PET BEDS


If your pet has a bed, sprinkle baking soda on it and let sit for 15 minutes.  Vacuum off the baking soda.

Do you do any cleaning with baking soda?  What's your favorite way to use it?


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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Gift Guide for Men + Coupon Code for My Gift Stop

Thank you to My Gift Stop for sponsoring this post.  As always, all opinions are my own.

I can't be the only woman who is clueless on what to gift the man in her life, right?  Unless he gives me gives me a list, I am lost.  To be honest, I'm even lost with his list because he puts obscure things on them that I can't find.

Here's a gift guide for men with several options on it for the different men in your life, be it your boyfriend, husband, boss, or father.  They are all from My Gift Stop to make life easier shopping in one place. 

What is My Gift Stop?


My Gift Stop is a online shopping site with luxury goods for both men and women.  They have a great selection of watches, sunglasses, shoes, handbags, and more.

In addition to their great prices, they also donate 5 percent of each sale!  Each time you shop, you're supporting a medical relief nonprofit called Direct Relief.

Gift Guide for Men



William L. 1985 Men's Chronographs  Watch - This stately watch will look great on any man in your life.  It's definitely a statement piece for his wardrobe.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses Sunglasses are a great gift because who can't use sunglasses?  My husband used to get cheap pairs, but I've turned him on to designer sunglasses because they work better and feel better.
Skullcandy Wireless Ear Buds He can definitely use these as he works around the farm or while mowing.

Klymit Sleeping Pad This is a must for all of the camping the guys do all year.
Zippo Lighter  These are a must for anyone who spends time outside camping or hiking because they are windproof.

Allen Edmonds Dress Shoes When a man dresses up, he needs nice shoes.  
Timberland Boots He works hard, and he plays hard.  He needs these for playing.
Ralph Lauren Cologne Okay, this just might be for me more than it is for him!
What do you think of my gift guide for men?  I included some things that he wants, things that he needs, and some nicer versions of things that he uses often.  

See something you like at My Gift Stop?  Use code INFkotibeth to save $10 off a $100 order or $20 off a $200 first order!


What you getting the man in your life this year?
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Monday, November 20, 2017

How to Increase Your Chances of Quitting Smoking

This post is intended for an audience of adults age 18 and older. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #QuitWithSupport #CollectiveBias

My husband smokes.  He has never tried to end his addiction with tobacco, but he thinks that he is ready now.  As he's getting older, he can see the effect that it's having on his health.  We have three kids, and he wants to be around to watch them grow up, get married, and start their own families someday.  


Ending the addiction to cigarettes won't be easy for him, but I'm ready to support him.  I'm a planner and researcher, so I started looking for ways to help him be successful.  He doesn't have to quit smoking alone; there are ways for him to get support.




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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Finding The Right Car

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There are few things I hate shopping for more than a new(er) car.  I'd rather try on jeans and swimming suits than try out cars.  I should have a few years left with my beloved car, but I have no idea what kind of car I'll want to buy next.  Honestly, it's overwhelming for me.  I need to narrow it down, but where do I start?  Here's how I'll be finding the right car for me.


1.  What do you need?


To start narrowing down all of the possible vehicles, think about your needs. 


  • How many passengers will you have?
  • How far is your commute?
  • Do you have to factor in ice and snow?
  • Do you need to tow anything?
  • How much cargo space do you need?
  • Will you be using a car seat?
Ideally, you'll want to carry your entire family.  Do you often have people with you?  Then you may want an extra seat or two for grandparents or your kids' teammates.  

If you have a long commute, you may want a fuel efficient vehicle.

If you have kids in car seats, you'll need extra room.  Cars.com conducts car seat checks so you're prepared when you research your next car. 

2.  What's your budget?


Are you paying cash or financing?  How much of a payment can you afford?  Generally, your car payment should be 20 percent of your take home pay.  

3.  Research vehicles.


Now that you have it narrowed down to one or two types of vehicles and know your budget, start looking for vehicles in that price range.  Cars.com makes it easy to search by style and then narrow down your choices by manufacturer, price, gas mileage, and more.

4.  Test drive.


After you have it narrowed down to a few models, take them for a test drive to see how you like them.  If you have kids, install their car seats and have the kids climb into their seats to make sure there's enough room.  

Hopefully, you'll have found the perfect car for you!  


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

It's My Thing: Fruit Shoot and Martial Arts



While most parents are at the soccer field or at the baseball field, we are at a dojo.  Even though our sport lasts all year, we do enjoy the comfort of a climate controlled building at which to watch our children in their sport.  Between our three kids, two take karate and all three take ju jitsu.  My husband and I both take tai chi, so I guess we are a martial arts family.  It's our thing.



I love having my kids in martial arts because it's great exercise.  They are also learning self-discipline and pushing themselves to do their best.  They do compete sometimes, but it's mostly a competition against themselves, and they have to push themselves to do their best to earn their next rank.  My two kids in karate have already moved up two belts and a few stripes and one belt in ju jitsu.

None of their friends take martial arts, so it's kind of their thing.  They like doing something different, especially my daughter.  


They love martial arts because they are learning something that's fun for them.  They also get to see their friends during class, which is important since they are homeschooled.  I'm not going to lie.  I also love that I get to sit inside to watch them practice instead of outside in the heat, cold, or even rain.

Karate isn't an easy sport, but ju jitsu really wears them out.  They always take a drink with them.  Their gis are really thick and heavy so they don't tear, and they get hot in the dojo.


I get them Fruit Shoot® to take with them.  They love the flavor.  I love that it's in a bottle and not a pouch.  It has a resealable cap, so they can get a drink during their break and then recap it until the next break.  This also means that I'm not stuck holding their drink so it doesn't spill.  Since it doesn't have a straw, there's less spillage.  This is obviously important when your kid is wearing a white gi!

Fruit Shoot® doesn't have any artificial dyes or high fructose corn syrup either, so its a great flavored drink for kids.




Robinsons, the company that makes Fruit Shoot®, has been around for over 100 years in the U.K.  It got its start with a chemist making a soft drink and later evolved to a drink for tennis players to rehydrate.  In 2008, Robinsons came to the United States, and Fruit Shoot® was born in 2012.  Fruit Shoot ® is available in several flavors, and they just introduced the fruit punch.

Fruit Shoot® is available in select stores all over the United States.  Be sure to use the store locator to see where you can find it near you.





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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Autism Awareness Gift Guide

April is autism awareness month.  For my family, every month is autism awareness month.  We raise autism awareness where ever we go!  Even with so called professionals.  Being an autism mom can be overwhelming, but every time I meet another autism mom, I feel like there's an instant connection and we both breathe a little easier knowing we aren't alone.  I spent many years feeling like we were the only ones dealing with autism, so now I do my best to help other families.  I've been hosting a monthly support group for parents of children with autism to try to reach members of the community.  I also work closely with several non profit agencies in my county to get the word out about autism and what help is available.  That's why I proudly wear my autism awareness shirts and jewelry.  My car isn't decorated yet, but it's definitely on my to do list!  Here are some au-some autism awareness items for April and every month.




Autism Awareness T-shirt Captain Autism T-shirt - Male XL - Royal Blue

Mens Official: autism awareness 2017 shirt- accept-understand-Lv 2XL Black

Awkward Styles Womens Love Puzzles Autism Awareness Graphic T shirt Tops Autistic Support Blue L

Womens Someone With Autism Has Taught Me Love Needs No Words Shirt Medium Royal Blue

Mens Autism Shirt in Shape of Heart made from Puzzle Pieces Tee XL Navy

Mens Autism Owl Tshirt Autism Awareness make up words Medium Royal Blue

Womens Love Autism Love Shirt Autism Awareness T-Shirt Gift Large Royal Blue

10 Autism Awareness Wristbands - Colorful Puzzle Pieces Silicone Bracelets

Autism Awareness Bracelet - Autism Jewelry, Adjustable Autism Bracelet- Hope Charm Bracelet- Puzzle Piece Bracelet- Perfect Gift!!!

Until All the Pieces Fit™ Autism Awareness Ribbon Bracelet

Silvertone Iced Out Puzzle Piece Pendant with an 15 Inch Snake Chain Necklace

PinMarts Autism Awarness Multi Color Puzzle Piece Enamel Lapel Pin 1"H x 34"W

Red Lion Puzzle Autism Awareness Socks White Multi - Medium

NI284 Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece Car Decal Sticker | Premium Quality Vinyl Sticker | 5-Inches X 5-Inches

Red Autism Awareness Flat Breakaway Lanyard With Swivel Hook by Specialist ID, Sold Individually

Autism Awareness Heart Puzzle Car Window Vinyl Decal Sticker 4" Wide Color: White

Graphics and More Blank Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece Pattern License Plate Frame

BreezeArt Autism Awareness Garden Flag 31354

Womens Autism Awareness Elephant T Shirt Small Royal Blue

Womens Give A Hoot Autism Awareness Shirt Owl Autism Shirt Medium Navy
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Best Beauty and the Beast Toys for Kids and Adults

Can I just say how excited I am for the new Beauty and the Beast movie?  The original Disney classic was one of my favorite movies growing up, and it's hands down my favorite Disney movie.  My daughter and I are so excited to see the movie when it comes out next month.   I've seen some clips, and they just keep the excitement building.

When I was little, I identified with Belle because she always had a book in her hand and she's independent.  She's also a brunette like I am.  Back then, there weren't nearly as many fun Beauty and the Beast toys for me to play with.  My daughter is so lucky because there are so many fun toys now.  We spent a good half an hour just looking at the new toys at the store the other day.  Of course, she wants them all!  Here are my top 20 picks for Beauty and the Beast toys for kids and adults.  I included some cute tops and jewelry for the moms too, but there's nothing stopping us from playing with the other toys with our daughters!



Beauty and the Beast Toys

Beauty and the Beast Toys 


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Disney Beauty & The Beast Live Action Enchanted Rose Jewelry Box Toy

Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition - BD+DVD+DIGITAL HD [Blu-ray]

Beauty and the Beast Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Art of Coloring: Beauty and the Beast: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity

Funko POP Disney: Beauty & The Beast-Winter Beast Action Figure

Disney Beauty And The Beast Adult Bootie House Slippers with Classic Fairy Tale Image L

Disneys Beauty and The Beast Silvertone Metal Charm Bracelet

Funko POP Disney: Beauty & The Beast Yellow Gown Belle Toy Figure

Loungefly Disney Beauty And The Beast Tattoo All Over Print Zip Around Wallet

Beauty and the Beast: Belles Library: A collection of literary quotes and inspirational musings Disney Beauty and the Beast

Rose in Glass Dome Bronze Vintage Locket Wish Photo Pendant Necklace Beauty and Beast Childhood Dream Princess Disney,best Gift

Disney Beauty & The Beast Live Action Enchanted Tea Set Playset

Beauty and the Beast Disney Beauty and the Beast Little Golden Book

Beauty and the Beast Stained Glass Womens Graphic Scoop Neck

Disney Beauty and the Beast Singing Tea Set

Melissa & Doug Disney Belle Magnetic Dress-Up Wooden Doll Pretend Play Set 30+ pcs

DISNEY STORE BELLE 12" CLASSIC DOLL WITH CHIP

Disney Collection Beauty and the Beast Figurine Playset

Disney Animators Collection Belle Micro Play Set

Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Belle & Friends

Disney Beauty and The Beast Live Action Baby Belle Doll
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Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Guide to Borax and How to Use It

Borax is one of those products that I always have on hand because it has so many uses.  Borax is also known as sodium tetraborate.  It's white, soft crystals and dissolves easily in water, making it easy to use for cleaning.

I use a cup of it in my homemade laundry detergent, and I use it for cleaning.  I add a few tablespoons to my mop bucket to clean and deodorize my floors when I mop.  Whether you're new to using Borax or have been using it, I found some great recipes for you to try.  I haven't tried the dishwashing tabs, but I want to soon.  I use Borax to clean my dishwasher because it does such a great job!


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Monday, December 26, 2016

DIY Cat Scratcher or Bed

Neither of my cats are declawed.  While they will scratch sometimes, it hasn't been an issue on our furniture.  Chloe, my son's cat, does like to scratch more than Carly does.  Our homeschool room is in the basement, and Chloe likes to hang out down there with the kids during the day.  I made her this DIY cat scratcher so she has something to scratch on and sleep on while she's downstairs.  Even though it's not soft and padded, she doesn't seem to mind it.

diy cat scratcher or bed




DIY Cat Scratcher

We inherited a large--I'm talking 5 feet long and 3 feet high--roll of corrugated cardboard.  I used it for shipping when I sell on eBay or Etsy, but I don't think I will use it up in my lifetime.  I used that for this scratcher bed, and it worked perfectly!  You could also use strips of cardboard from shipping boxes.


None of my cats are declawed, so they like to use cat scratchers to scratch their claws on.  I made this one big enough for them to lay on, and sometimes they use it as a bed instead of a toy.  


To make a cat scratcher, you'll need:
  • 4" strips of cardboard (I used corrugated cardboard)
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Yardstick
  • Glue gun

I marked off 4" inch lines and used the ruler and marker to make long cut lines on the cardboard.  I cut about 8 strips that were about 4 feet long.  

Then just start rolling.  I used hot glue to keep the cardboard from unraveling.  I didn't glue the entire thing; I just spread some glue every 8-10 inches to give it a little support.  



When you finish with one strip of cardboard, glue the next one to the roll and keep going.  And going.  And going.  When it's the size that you want it to be, just glue the end in place and hold securely until the glue sets up.  

Your strips of cardboard will never be perfectly straight, so just keep one side as straight as you can while you're rolling it.  The other side will be bumpy, but it will rest on the floor okay.  

I painted stripes in purple paint because I have to paint everything, and Chloe likes purple. 


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