Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Great things come in small containers

I enjoy using linen water when guests stay over night. I love the aroma you get when you turn turn down the bed. Upscale shops are selling bottles of lavender linen water at very high prices. I just add to the laundry rinse water or spritz on sheets or curtains to refresh them.

Mix 100 drops (5 ml) of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of
peppermint essential oil with ¼ cup vodka. (Use the good stuff. You can buy 50 ml "nip" bottle of high test at the liquor store. It will be enough.) Stir into 3 cups of distilled, spring or well water. It will turn cloudy, but it won't stain cloth. Store in a glass container and shake before using. Add a quarter cup to rinse water with your bed linens for a comforting scent that will soothe you to sleep.
Here's a highly effective cleaner for floors, appliances, porcelain, dishes and hands. It has a clean fresh scent, won't peel the skin from your hands and is mildly bug proofing. Just remember you can't use it on windows.
This makes a fancy gift for any occasion; purchase a pretty bottle add a sprig of lavender and tie ribbon with directions for use.

I thought I would share this great tip my grandmother told me. She always said" If your house smelled clean it probably was!" What smells cleaner and fresher then eucalyptus and mint? It sounds like a lot of work but my grandmothers house always smelled wonderful.

Disinfecting Soft Soap for Kitchen and Bath
Use this mild yet effective soap for dishes, floors, stoves, refrigerators, sinks, and hands. The eucalyptus and mint are disinfectants and provide a fresh scent. Any areas washed with this soap will be inhospitable to crawling insects and flies.
5 cups grated castile soap
6 cups hot peppermint tea, made with 6 tablespoons fresh peppermint or with 6 to 12 tea bags
1/2 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon borax
1 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil
Place the soap in a 3-quart stainless steel saucepan and stir in the tea. Simmer for 15 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in the baking soda, borax, and eucalyptus oil. Store in a labeled plastic jug or squirt bottle. Shake before using. Use full strength for tough cleaning jobs or dilute 3 tablespoons in a quart of water for general cleaning.

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Easy Chicken Pasta

Easy Chicken Pasta

What's For Supper Ya'll?

White Beans, Pasta and Chicken
8 ounces dried cavatappi, fusilli, rotini, ditaloni, or other short pasta tubes
1 15- to 19-ounce can cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
12 ounces cooked chicken, shredded
1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional - I usually skip it)
Olive oil (optional - but I recommend at least a little for moisture)
1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; drain well and set aside.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine 3/4 cup of the beans and the chicken broth. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Place bean puree in pan used for cooking the pasta; bring to boiling. Return pasta to pan.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook garlic in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining beans, shredded chicken, snipped parsley, pepper and salt. Heat through.
4. Add the tomato mixture to hot pasta; toss to cost. Top with parsley sprigs and additional olive oil. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
Posted by Stacy Nelson, Easy Dinner

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