Archive for January, 2009

Crisco Soap Recipe

hot process soap
cold process soap


Easy Crisco Soap Recipe – Cold Process

3 lbs. Crisco (1 can)
6 oz. lye
12 oz. water

Melt/heat the Crisco in a enamel pan and place on stove to melt and heat.

Place cold water in a glass bowl and slowly add lye while stirring with a wooden. Stir until water is clear if you can.

When the Crisco and lye are warm to the touch, pour lye into Crisco while stirring. Keep stirring until you get trace.

Trace is when it thickens to the point where you can drop some of the mix back in to itself and it leaves a trail. At this point use any herbs, scent, or coloring and stir and pour mold(s). This recipe fits nicely in an 8×8 inch container, but other containers, such as pringles cans or specialty soap molds work just fine, too.

Put molds in a warm, insulated place, let set 24 hours and then cut. Place on to rack and let cure for 2-3 weeks.

Juice Recipies for Health


Juice Recipes

Juice fasting is a great way to restore your system to health and to lose weight at the same time.

Often your body tells you it is hungry when you really just need to drink some water, so drink one of these juices every time you feel hungry. This way you’re staying healthy and not engaging in unnecessary binge eating.

I just list the ingredients below – all you need to do is throw them in the blender and add some water! Feel free to change the ingredients, the most important thing is to find recipes that suit you and that you are comfortable drinking.

Vegetable Super Juice

1 whole cucumber
4 sticks of celery
2-4 handfuls of spinach
8 lettuce leaves
Optional boosters: parsley and fresh alfalfa sprouts

Healing Juice
3-4 Carrots
125g Fresh Spinach
Handful of Flat Leaf Parsley
2-3 Sticks of Celery

Blood Builder (Iron-enriched)
cleansing lemons
2 bunches Grapes
6 Oranges
8 Lemons peeled
1/4 cup Honey

Ginger/Lemon Cleanse
1-inch slice Fresh Ginger Root
1 Fresh Lemon
6 Carrots with tops

cleansing strawberries
Stomach Cleanser
1 bunch Grapes
1 basket Strawberries
3 Apples
4 sprigs Fresh Mint

Constipation Cure
1 firm Papaya
1/4-inch slice Ginger Root
1 Pear

cleansing cucumber Skin Cleanse
1 Cucumber with skin
1/2 bunch Fresh Parsley
1 4-oz. tub Alfalfa Sprouts
4 Sprigs Fresh Mint

Colon Health (I’m always concerned about it):

Foods good for a healthy colon include a fruit salad along with fresh oatmeal for breakfast. Natural fruit juice along with that breakfast is not a bad idea either although it lacks the required amount of fiber and is recommended to be supplemented with some amount of water too.

For lunch salad with loads of dark green leafy vegetables can be classified under food good for a healthy colon. Increasing the quantity of romaine lettuce and spinach in the diet is a plus. Other good foods for a healthy colon are:

Companion Planting

I got this from a blog who got it from another blog, etc.etc.

– plant basil by the tomatoes

– Artemisias-(known as mugwort or wormwood)plant near cabbages to deter cabbage butterflies

– Horseradish-plant near potatoes for more disease resistant tubers. Use roots in dishes.

– Chamomile-acts as a tonic to ailing plants. Good as tea.

– Calendula or Marigold-attracts hoverflies (good bug) which eat aphids. Good as tea or for cracked skin and chapped lips. (You can eat the marigolds – I prefer the flavor of Aztec Type II.)

– Planting garlic with roses makes the roses more aromatic.

– Nasturtiums are a slug and snail trap, making it easy to find and remove them (and you can eat both the leaves and the flowers. I prefer the flavor of Alaskan).

– Many harmful insects don’t like smelly herbs

– Tomatoes and carrots thrive together.

– Celery repels white cabbage butterflies if planted near cauliflower.

– Onions and leeks repel carrot flies.

– Tomatoes don’t like potatoes or fennel. Garlic planted with tomatoes will repel red spider mites, and does well with chives, onion, parsley, marigold, nasturtium and carrots. Tomatoes will protect roses from black spot. Don’t plant tomatoes near corn or young apricot trees.

– Cabbage (and the cabbage family) does poorly if planted with tomatoes, strawberries or pole beans.

– Sweet peppers do well with basil and okra.

– Broccoli does well with potatoes, beets, onions, and other members of the cabbage family.

– Potatoes do well with peas, beans, cabbage, corn, or strawberries. They’re especially helped by peas. They don’t like cucumbers or tomatoes.

– Carrots don’t like potatoes, but they do well with chives, peas, leaf lettuce, onions, red radishes, and tomatoes.

Bread Machine Pizza Crust

* 1-1/4 cups water (plus 1 or 2 more tablespoons if necessary)
* 3 tablespoons olive or other vegetable oil
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 4 cups bread flour or all purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Measure the ingredients into the bread pan in the order listed. Make a well in the flour and sprinkle the yeast into it. Set the machine to it’s Dough Cycle. After the dough has mixed a few minutes add a spoonful or two of water if the dough seems very dry. The dough will be risen and puffy in the bread pan when it is done kneading and rising. Punch it down (with out hurting your fist on the paddle); and remove it from the pan. Knead it a few times to get it deflated properly. Divide the dough in half. Let the dough halves rest for about 10 minutes to relax the gluten, making it easier to roll out. Press the dough into 2 – 14″ or 16″ pizza pans. Oil the pans a little first.

Top the dough with your favorite sauce and pizza toppings. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes. Cut each pan into 12 slices of pizza. Serve hot.

Raisin Bran Cookies


2 c. Kellogg’s Raisin Bran cereal, crushed to 1 1/2 c.
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 c. butter, softened
2/3 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs

Stir together cereal, flours, and soda; set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat well. Stir in cereal mixture, thoroughly combining. Drop by scant 1/4 cup measure onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes or until lightly browned.