The white grout in our powder room was starting to look a little dingy so I went on a search for a recipe for grout cleaner. There are plenty out there, but this one met my number one criteria–I had all the ingredients already in my house. It worked great at shining my floors right up!
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 3 tbsp. baking soda
- a large bowl
- scrub brush and/or old toothbrush
- spray bottle
After using the Homemade Grout Cleaner
I mixed up the vinegar, water, and baking soda in a large bowl. You could also put it in a spray bottle but I didn’t have one handy. I poured some on the floor and set to work scrubbing. It also helps to have a couple of old towels handy to wipe up any excess. Happy Spring cleaning!
Spring Cleaning has just been made easier and less expensive…….
Here is a great recipe for a Go Green (and Cheap) Window Cleaner that is sure to let in all of the spring sunshine.
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 squirt of dish detergent
Mix ingredients in an empty spray bottle and spray onto window pane. Use paper towels (or if you really want to go green, you can use old newspapers) to wipe the surface clean.
This earth friendly mixture can also be used for counter tops and appliances. I have also used it to clean every surface in my bathrooms as well as deodorize the concrete floor in the unfinished part of my basement.Voila!!
This delicious lemon pie is super simple and sure to impress. For a yummy twist, substitute fresh squeezed key lime juice for the lemon juice.
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- prepared graham cracker crust
- 8 oz. Cool Whip
Preheat oven to 325*. Beat yolks with a mixer. Add sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice, and mix until thoroughly combined. Pour into crust. Bake for 30 minutes (until pie is set). Cool completely, then top with Cool Whip. Chill. Enjoy!
Give your Easter eggs their own scuba gear with this adorable idea. Ingredients:
- hard boiled eggs (or you can use plastic eggs and skip the dyeing)
- egg dye (not needed if you are using plastic eggs)
- “bendy” straws
- rubber bands
- water bottle caps
- 3/4″ round label stickers
- hot glue gun
Dye the lower half of the egg desired color (if you are using plastic eggs, mix the tops and bottoms for a better look). Using the foam, cut out silly feet shapes for each egg. Place rubber band at the top of the dyed part of the egg. Cut bendy straws to desired length. Place label on the cap and add eyes. Hot glue the straw to the side of the egg. Hot glue the feet to the bottom and finally hot glue the cap to the front. Now your egg is ready for diving. Cute right?!
My daughter read the book, Oz the Great and Powerful and wanted to see the movie. She decided that a themed 10th birthday party would be a great time to debut the film at our house. My goal? – Throw a party my daughter enjoyed AND keep everything under $50.
I borrowed this sign from my cousin and hung it on the door to greet our guests.The table was set as the Emerald City with Dollar Store paper goods. A basket adorned with balloons made a nice “hot-air balloon ride” centerpiece.
Emily wanted the food to go from black and white to technicolor and I made a banner with the phrase, “You are capable of more than you know.” -OzWith the use of a stem of fake flowers from Walmart, I turned ordinary cupcakes into a field of poppies.The bulk of the party was spent watching the movie in our basement. I had recorded it on DVR, but it got deleted. So, despite that fact that I had to buy it for $14, the party was still put on for less than $50. Emily enjoyed her party and all the little efforts made to carry out the feel of Oz.
This salad is so perfect it can charm the crowd as an ideal side dish or steal the show as the main course.
- 6 oz raw spinach
- 1/2 pound strawberries, rinsed, drained and sliced
- 1/2 cup candied walnuts
- 4 oz of blue cheese or Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
Dressing Ingredients (mix and refrigerate overnight)
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp paprika
Toss the salad ingredients together in a large bowl. Drizzle dressing as desired and toss. It is likely that you will have dressing leftover. Enjoy!
These tiny biscuits are a unique texture combination of both creamy AND flaky. I served them recently with a hearty soup and they were gone in a flash. With the addition of sliced ham these little babies also make delectable mini sandwiches for a brunch or luncheon.Ingredients:(makes 24 mini-biscuits)
- 1 package of cream cheese (8oz), softened
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all ingredients until blended. Drop dough into UNGREASED mini-muffin cups and bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!
Wreaths like this retail for $30-$40. I made mine for less than $10!!
- 1 styrofoam wreath
- hot glue gun
- approx. 72 plastic eggs
- paper Easter basket grass
- decorative ribbon
Fire up that glue gun and start hot-gluing on those eggs. The key is to keep them as close together as possible. After your first layer, go back and add eggs to cover up the holes. Repeat the process until the majority of the wreath is not visible from the front. Where small gaps still exists, add a dollop of glue and attach a few strands of paper grass to add a bit more whimsy. Hang and enjoy!
I have seen cute wreaths like this one, and I have thought, “I could make that”. So I did!
- 2 different sized grapevine wreaths (size depends on how big you want your bunny)
- grapevine garland
- white and pink beaded garland
- wide ribbon
- floral wire, rubber bands, or other fasteners
I started by wiring my white beaded garland to my grapevine wreaths. You could fasten the wreaths together first though.
Then I cut 2 (18 inch) lengths of grapevine garland and bent them into ear shapes. I fastened them with large rubber bands, but you could also use wire.
Then I attached the pink beaded garland to the ear shapes. I have seen this done in all white, but I thought the pink was cute for the ears. Next I wired the two wreaths together and then attached the ears to the top of the smaller wreath with wire. Lastly, I made a bow for my bunny and used wire to affix it on his “neck”.