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1-1/2 ounces Green Pepper
1/2 cup Romano Cheese-Grated
1-1/2 cups Pizza Sauce

Stain Remover

Goodbye to yellow armpit stains!

1 tsp. Dawn,
3-4 tsp. Hydrogen Peroxide,
2 tbsp. baking soda.

Mix together, rub in, and be amazed!

Also works for grease stains.

Winter Sore Throat "Tea"

2 lemons thoroughly cleaned and sliced
2 piece of ginger about inch thick sliced into thin pieces
Honey (about 1 cup-maybe more)

In a 12-16 oz. jar combine lemon slices and sliced ginger. Pour honey (organic is best) over it slowly.

This may take a little time to let the honey sink down and around the lemon and ginger slices.

Make sure when the honey has filled in all the voids, there is enough to cover the top of the lemon slices.

Close jar and put it in the fridge, it will form into a "jelly".

To serve: Spoon jelly into mug and pour boiling water over it.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

2 cups Borax
2 cups washing soda
4 packets of sugar free lemonade Kool-aid (or you can use citric acid)

Mix all ingredients together and keep in some kind of container. It could be a super cute old mason jar like mine :) or just an empty detergent box you have.

To use: Place 1 Tbs in the pre-wash (open cup) and 1 Tbs in the main wash (closed cup).

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 C. powdered milk
2/3 C. sugar
1/3 C. boiling water
3 T. margarine
2 T. white Karo® syrup

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
Makes 1 1/4 cups, the same as one can sweetened condensed milk.

Carpet Shampoo Solution:

1 cup oxiclean*
1 cup febreeze*
1 cup distilled white vinegar
*The homemade versions work fabulously!

Pour contents into shampooer tub and mix with hot water to fill tub completely.
This will not only clean your carpets it will also deodorize. It will smell slightly of vinegar until the carpet is dry.

Be sure to test spot with the solution just to be safe, however this should be safe for ALL carpets.

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Lemon Herb Seasoning

1/4 cup + 1 tbl. Dried basil, rumbled
1/4 cup dried oregano, crumbled
1 1/2 tablespoons pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons dried onion flakes, crumbled
1 1/2 tablespoons whole celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried grated lemon zest

In a small bowl, stir all ingredients until well blended.
Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid in a cool, dry, dark place for up to 6 months

Heloise's No-Salt Substitute

5 teaspoons onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed

Mix all ingredients and store in a tightly covered container in a cool, dark place.

Tip: Never store spices near the stove....they lose their zip!

You can double the amounts to make extra and store as stated above.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Cubes

1 C. Borax
1 C. Washing Soda
1/4 C. Epsom Salt
Lemon Juice

Mix all of the powders together. If your not sure about the borax you can omit it from the recipe. It won't harm the recipe at all.

Put 1 cup of the powder mixture into a bowl and pour oin a litlte bit of lemon juice.

For 1 Cup of powder I used 4 Tblsp. lemon juice. You don't want it to be dry, but not soaking wet either.
4 tblsp. lemon juice will make it a bit sticky which is what you want.

The lemon juice will foam up when it hits the powder..

PERGO floor cleaners

(came from a PERGO Distributor)

1/3 part white vinegar
1/3 part rubbing alcohol
1/3 part water
3 drops diswashing liquid
Mix this into a (recycled) spray bottle and you have the equivalent of the Pergo floor cleaner.
Just spray and mop; also great for
deodorizing a room and for a fast cleanup.
I also use this on my tile floors with great results

Bulk Brownie Mix

1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Flour
1/3 Cup Cocoa
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Baking Powder

Once you are ready to bake them add:

2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Bake @ 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Basic Cake Mix (Bulk Recipe)

8 C. Cake Flour
1/4 C. Baking Powder
2 1/2 C. Vegetable Shortening
6 C. Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Salt

In a large bowl, sift together cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Mix well With a pastry blender, cut in shortening until the mixture is as fine as cornmeal.
Put in a large airtight container.

Label as Basic Cake Mix and store in a cool dry place.

Use with 10 to 12 weeks.

Makes about 16 cups of mix.

Amaretto Coffee Creamer

3/4 cup non-dairy coffee creamer
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup confectioners sugar

Combine all ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid. Shake well to blend.
Store in airtight container and give creamer with the recipe for AmarettoCoffee.

Yields 12 servings.

Attach to the jar: Amaretto Coffee: In a mug, combine 2 tablespoons of creamer with 6 ounces of coffee.

Apple Pie Spice Blend

1/4 cup ground cinnamon
1 tbsp ground allspice
2 tsp ground nutmeg*
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cardamom (optional)

Combine all ingredients for desired mix and blend well. Store in a small, airtight container.
Feel free to experiment with amounts to get a blend that works for you.

*If using freshly ground nutmeg, you might want to cut back a little bit because the flavor can be quite strong. Since you’re going to be storing the
mix anyway, it is not crucial to use freshly ground here.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

1/4 cup ground cinnamon
2 tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg*
1/2 tsp ground cardamom (optional)

Combine all ingredients for desired mix and blend well. Store in a small, airtight container.
Feel free to experiment with amounts to get a blend that works for you.

*If using freshly ground nutmeg, you might want to cut back a little bit because the flavor can be quite strong. Since you’re going to be storing the
mix anyway, it is not crucial to use freshly ground here

Homemade Zote Laundry Detergent with Fabric Softener

1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap (or Fels Naptha)
1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax
1-2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener (optional)
1-(3 lb) Container of OxyClean-(optional)

Mix all ingredients together, well.

Use 1-2 Tblsp. per load.
for whites or clothes that heavily soiled you can presoak the clothes for 15-30 minutes (or overnight) before washing. Wash and dry as usual.

How to Make Pastry Flour

If you've ever come across a recipe calling for pastry flour, but cannot find it locally, pastry flour can be attained by mixing equal parts cake flour and all-purpose flour.

Window Cleaner

¼-½ tsp liquid soap
3 tbsp white vinegar
2 cups water
Mix in a spray bottle

Will keep indefinitely.
Presenting this recipe does not imply that regular window cleaner contains dangerous compounds, but that this is simply a known safe alternative.

How to Make Butter in Under 5 minutes

16 ounces of heavy cream, chilled
1/2 teaspoon salt

Pour cream and salt into bowl of stand mixer and mix on high. In essence,
you'll be making whipped cream....only you're going to whip the cream
beyond this point. About 3 minutes.
Soon it will deflate and start to look like scrambled eggs.

Keep beating a few more seconds. You'll notice water start to separated from the butter.
This is actually buttermilk and can be saved for future use.

Once buttermilk forms, remove bowl from stand mixer and fill bowl with cold, running water.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

1 tsp parsley
1 tsp basil
1 tsp dill
1 tsp chives
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
Optional: 1 jalapeno chopped

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until mixed well.
For a spicy jalapeno ranch, add the chopped jalapeno and blend.

Store in a glass jar in the fridge until ready to use.


1 pkg. Jello
1 pkg. Kool-Aid
2/3 C. sugar
2 C. boiling water
4 C. cold water

Dissolve Jello, Kool-Aid and sugar in boiling water. Add the cold water and freeze.
May use 3 ounce Dixie cups and put popsicle sticks in each.

Hot Chocolate Mix

1 8 qt. pkg powdered milk
1 1 lb. can Quik (choc. mix)
1 C. Powdered sugar
1 6 oz. jar dry non-dairy
Coffee Creamer

Combine all ingredients, being sure to mix thoroughly. Store in air-tight container until ready to use.

For a cup of hot chocolate, use about 1/3 cup of the mix per mug and add very hot water. Use more or less mix according to your taste.
This dry recipe makes about 1 gallon of dry mix.

Hot Cocoa Mix

2 C. Nonfat dry milk powder
3/4 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Hershey's Cocoa or Hershey's European Style Cocoa
1/2 C. Powdered non-dairy creamer
dash Salt

In large bowl, combine all ingredients; blend well. Store in tightly covered container. 3-3/4 cups mix (About fifteen 6-ounce servings).
Single Serving: Place 1/4 cup mix in heatproof cup or mug; add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir to blend.
Serve hot, topped with marshmallow, if desired.

Hershey's is a registered trademark of Hershey Foods Corporation. Recipe may be reprinted courtesy of the Hershey Kitchens.

Hot Cocoa

1/2 C. Sugar
1/4 C. Hershey's Cocoa
dash Salt
1/3 C. Hot water
4 C. (1 qt.) milk
3/4 tsp. Vanilla extract

Miniature marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream (optional)
In medium saucepan, stir together sugar, cocoa and salt; stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk; stirring
constantly, heat to serving temperature. Do Not Boil. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy.

Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired. Five 8-oz. servings.

Home Made Oxiclean

1 C. Water
1/2 C. Peroxide
1/2 C. Baking Soda

Mix together and soak laundry in it for 20 Minutes to overnight,
Wash as usual.

Swimming pool hair care - to keep blonde/highlighted hair from turning green

2 TBSP baking soda
1/4 C. lemon juice
1 tsp mild shampoo

Mix together all ingredients until well blended.
Wet hair and massage mixture well into hair and scalp, making sure hair ends are coated.
Cover hair with plastic bag or shower cap and leave on 30 minutes.

Rinse hair well and shampoo as usual

Raisin Oatmeal Mix (Instant Bulk Mix)

6 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup of raisins
1/2 cup chopped dried apples or dried banana chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts (almonds, pecans etc)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 teaspons of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of salt
additional ingredient when preparing..
3/4 cup water or milk

In a bowl combine first 8 ingredients Divide into 2 batches. Store in air tight containers in a cool dry place for up to 1 month

Yeilds 7 cups of mix!

Self Rising Flour

1-1/2 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder

Mix well.

Store in an airtight container.

Homemade Biscuit Mix

Homemade Biscuit Mix

10 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking powder
2 tablespoons white sugar2 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

1.Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
Add oil and mix with a fork or pastry blender; you should have small lumps throughout the mixture.
2.Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to three months

Witch Hazel Skin Clarifier

3/4 C. witch hazel
1/4 C. rubbing alcohol

Mix the ingredients and store in a tightly capped, sterilized glass bottle.
To use, moisten a clean cotton ball and clean your face with this solution after washing and before applying moisturizer.
Your skin should feel tingly while using this clarifier.