Sunday, August 26, 2012

Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe No HFCS or Dyes

I have one child on the spectrum and one with Sensory Processing Disorder, so we avoid high fructose corn syrup and food dyes.  One will only drink milk with chocolate, and both like chocolate with their ice cream treat.  Even though they don't get it often, I wanted to make my own chocolate syrup recipe without any artificial ingredients.  It only takes a few minutes to prepare and only uses five ingredients!  The best part?  It tastes even better than store bought syrup!


  • 1/2 cup cocoa 
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1.  In medium to large saucepan, whisk cocoa powder and water.

It will clump at first.  Whisk until there are no lumps. 

2.  Heat over high heat and whisk until cocoa is completely dissolved.  
3.  Add sugar and keep whisking.
4.  Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 3 minutes.  Keep whisking.
See how it bubbled up?  That's why you need a big saucepan for 2 cups of syrup.  

5.  Remove from heat and add salt and vanilla.  Whisk again.
As soon as you remove it from the heat the bubbles die.  
(I filled the measuring spoon half way; the recipe is correct)

6.  Let cool completely.  Store in the refrigerator.   

I funnel the homemade chocolate syrup in a clean coffee creamer container, and it fits perfectly.  

Did I mention this tastes better than store bought?  Because it does!   Use it for chocolate milk, milkshakes or on ice cream.  Now my kids can have a little treat, and I don't have hyperactive, wild children an hour later.  Win-win.  

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Home Remedy For Bee Stings

Earlier this week, we discovered a rather large yellow jacket nest in the front flower bed.  We are on day 3, and there are still several hundred bees swarming around.  We put the first application of Sevin Dust on last night, and we expect that to kill quite a few today.

I thought I was safe to water my plants on the front porch this morning, but I got stung on the finger.  I used an old home remedy for bee stings that I read about on the Internet several years ago, but, fortunately, never had to try.  I'm happy to say that it stopped the pain immediately, and an hour later, I am still pain free!

a bee at work
What You Need
  • Ice
  • Baking soda
  • Meat tenderizer
  • Bowl
  • Water
  1. Put ice on the spot immediately to control swelling.  Mix equal parts baking soda and meat tenderizer in a bowl.  I used about a tablespoon of each.  This does not have to be exact.  Add enough water to make a thick paste.  
  2. Spread the paste all over the sting.
  3. Let dry before rinsing off.
  4. If you are still in pain, reapply.
The meat tenderizer breaks down proteins, which is what the bee injects in your skin.  By breaking it up, your pain and swelling disappear.  

This bee sting home remedy only took one application for me.  The pain is completely gone, and I never swelled at all.  The sting did make my heart race, so I'll be taking it easy for the day.  
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Monday, August 6, 2012

In This Home SVG File For SCAL or MTC

I bought a 12x12 tile about 3 years ago, and I've been waiting to find the perfect quote.  I saw this in a store and made my own SVG file to cut with my Cricut.  This is sized for a 12x12 tile, but you could break it apart and move around the words.

I would like to show the finished project, but me and the transfer tape, uh, got in a bit of a fight.  The transfer tape won.

In this home we do second chances.  We do grace.  We do real.  We do I'm sorrys.  We do mistakes.  We do hugs.  We do love.  We are family.

Download SVG
Download SCAL2 file for Sure Cuts a Lot

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