Category Archives: Recipes

Ina Garten’s Honey White Bread

I have some major oven confusion.  During the cold weather, my oven sits neglected.  Now that we’re reaching 100 degree days, I’ve decided to bake a couple loaves of bread a week.  Makes tons of sense, right?  Nonetheless, this Barefoot Contessa recipe makes the best loaf of white bread, ever.  I don’t know if I’d consider it a ‘honey’ white, since you can’t taste even a hint of honey, but it makes a nice brown crust, a soft flaky center and is super easy to cut into slices.

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Homemade Dish Soap

As I was running a sink full of hot water, I realized that we’re fresh out of our Green Works dish soap.  Now that I’ve made this soap recipe and seen how well it works (and how great it smells) I don’t think we’ll be going back.  Reuse your plastic bottle by refilling it with your new soap solution.

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The Scary Truth About Shampoo

As gross as it sounds, I haven’t used shampoo in about 2 months.  I recently read a story about using baking soda and vinegar in lieu of shampoo and conditioner and decided to try it out.  It’s true, it works — but you have to be one tough cookie not to miss the soapy lather and sweet smell of store bought hair products.  So for the past few months, I’ve been trying out different versions of shampoo and conditioner recipes.  I’ve had some really greasy days, some dry scalp from hell days and some unconquerable knots.  But the search has now ended — I’ve found the perfect shampoo and conditioner recipes and I’m going to share! Continue reading

Weekly Menu, 8/2-8/8

It is so hot here in New Orleans.  So hot, in fact, that I actually feel sorry for my air conditioner.  Despite the heat, I’m baking a fresh loaf of bread today and using it for a couple of my meals this week.  I’m trying to stand over a hot stove as little as possible, so I’m hoping to plan my meals so that the leftovers can be used again.  These are my weekly recipes, Saturday is out to eat and Sunday is left-overs. Continue reading

15 Reasons Why Vinegar Is My BFF

When I first started to make my own stuff, I was surprised at how often my ingredient list called for vinegar. From cooking to cleaning to beauty products, vinegar is used in nearly every item that I make myself. Here are my 15 favorite uses of vinegar: Continue reading

The end of deadly deodorants

When I first read this article at the website of the National Cancer Institute (, I was stunned.  I’m sure everyone heard the rumors that anti-perspirants were linked to breast cancer, but I assumed that if this was true the FDA would take these products off the market.  Unfortunately, I was wrong.

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Homemade Teething Cookies

My 11-month old, Mia, is in the process of cutting her second tooth.  I used to buy Earth’s Best Organic Teething Biscuits, but figured I’d try to make some on my own.  After browsing bunches of recipes, I came up with this one.  They were cheap, easy & she loves them!

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