Sunday, June 25, 2017

Easy Homemade Liquid Hand Soap


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Over the last few years I've been trying to eliminate chemicals from the products that my family uses. This is no easy task, and quite frankly I haven't been able to find a replacement for all things yet.  I'm happy with many of the changes that I have made for my family thus far and look forward to sharing some of these ways with all of my readers.

One of the easiest products to change over has been our liquid hand soap. Not only does this recipe leave out nasty chemicals, but it is cheaper than buying the store bought counterpart. A couple members of my family have VERY dry skin, and using this hand soap has greatly improved their skin. That makes my mom/wife heart happy knowing that by switching just this one product has made a difference in their health.

This recipe is incredibly simple to make and takes very little hands on time. You can use Mrs. Meyers Bar Soap (any scent you choose is fine) or a cheaper brand such as Ivory soap. If I use Ivory soap, I like to add in some essential oils to give it a nice scent. In the fall and winter I like to use peppermint and in the spring and summer I like to use a combination of grapefruit and lemon essential oils. They make the soaps smell fantastic!

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Here's what you need to make the soap:

  • (1) bar of soap, any brand of your choosing
  • grater
  • a large pot that can hold more than 1 gallon of water
  • 1 gallon of water
  • containers to hold the soap once it is made - I have 4 pump containers and a pitcher to hold the rest
  • essential oils, optional
  • kitchen funnel, optional


How to make the soap:
  1. Bring 1 gallon (16 cups) of water to a full rolling boil.
  2. While the water is coming to a boil, grate your soap onto a cutting board or plate.
  3. Once the water has come to a boil, add the soap, turn off the heat and start stirring immediately.
  4. Continue stirring until all the soap has melted and dissolved into the water.
  5. Remove from the burner completely and let it sit. Stir the soap every 10-15 minutes for the next hour.
  6. Let the soap cool completely. It will start to become more gelatinous. If you'd like to add essential oils, this is the time to add them.
  7.  Divide the soap into containers. I have found that using a kitchen funnel makes this much easier.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Meal Plan Monday: 6/19-6/25/17



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Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook book. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" meals20 Meatless THM Meals25 Bean Recipes30 Side Dishes38 THM Salads and Dressings35 THM BBQ ideasTHM Slow Cooker Recipesmy 20 favorite THM soupsmy 20 favorite shakessmoothies and cold drinks and my 30 THM snack ideasAlso, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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Printable Shopping List

Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S)
L -  large salad with (1) hard boiled egg, cheddar cheese and Ranch dressing with water to drink (S)
S - handful of almonds and strawberries with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Egg Roll in a Bowl with water to drink (S)

Tuesday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs and 1/2 of a Dannon 000 Greek Yogurt with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with fresh veggies on the side with Cider Pop to drink (S) pg. 112 in the THM Cookbook
S - 1/2  c. 1 % cottage cheese with 1/4 c. of blueberries on the side with water to drink (FP)
D - Taco Salad topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream and salsa with Cherry Cola Zevia to drink (S)

Wednesday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs and 1/2 a Dannon 000 Greek Yogurt with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - Waldorf Cottage Cheese Salad with Cider Pop to drink (E) pg. 190 in the THM Cookbook
S - 1 oz. cheddar cheese with some strawberries and water to drink (S)
D - Lentil Soup for the Soul with water to drink (E)

Thursday:
B - Green Smoothie (E) ***Omit the banana
L - leftover Lentil Soup for the Soul with water to drink (E)
S - 1/2 c. of 0% Plain Greek Yogurt with 2 T. of peanut butter and 1 t. of Pyure mixed in with water to drink (S)
D - Grilled chicken breasts over 3/4 c. of quinoa with steamed broccoli on the side with water to drink (E) ***I'm having my husband cook up an extra chicken breast to use for lunch tomorrow. Also, I'm using frozen broccoli.

Friday:
B -  Thin Mint Shake (S)
L - large salad with chicken breast and Ranch dressing with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - handful of almonds and strawberries with water to drink (S)
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies on the side and Cherry Cola Zevia to drink (S) pg. 327 in the old THM book

Saturday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs with green peppers, onions and cheddar cheese mixed in with water to drink (S)
L - out
S - Grapefruit Slushy (E) pg. 372 in the THM Cookbook
D - Fajita Marinated Flank Steak with green peppers and onions served over lettuce and topped with sour cream and cheddar cheese with water to drink (S)

Sunday:
B - 1/2 c. 0% Plain Greek Yogurt with 2 T. peanut butter and 1 t of Pyure mixed in with water to drink (S)
L - leftover Fajita Steak over lettuce, topped with sour cream and cheddar cheese with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - Strawberry Grapefruit Smoothie (E)
D - Mexican Stuffed Peppers with lettuce on the side and water to drink (E) ***I'm making a whole batch of the "stuffing", but only using half of the peppers recommended. My kids won't eat it in the pepper, so they just eat it without.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Meal Plan: 6/5-6/11/17


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Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook book. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" meals20 Meatless THM Meals25 Bean Recipes30 Side Dishes38 THM Salads and Dressings35 THM BBQ ideasTHM Slow Cooker Recipesmy 20 favorite THM soupsmy 20 favorite shakessmoothies and cold drinks and my 30 THM snack ideasAlso, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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***My meal plans are always FREE and available to print at anytime. All breakfasts, lunches and snacks are portioned for one unless otherwise noted. All dinners are portioned for 6.***

Printable Meal Plan
Printable Shopping List

Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - (2) eggs scrambled in butter and strawberries with water to drink (S)
L - Big salad with half a chicken breast and Ranch dressing with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP)  pg. 374 in the THM Cookbook ***I'm making a double batch and putting the other half in the freezer for snack tomorrow.
D - Taco Salad with cheese and enchilada sauce on top with water to drink (S) ***Use this taco seasoning in place of store bought.

Tuesday:
B - Omelet cooked in butter filled with green peppers, onion and zucchini and water to drink (S)
L - leftover Taco Salad with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP)
D - Bacon Chicken Caesar Casserole and steamed broccoli with Cider Pop to drink (S)

Wednesday:
B - (2) eggs scrambled in butter and strawberries with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - leftover Bacon Chicken Caesar Casserole with small side salad with water to drink (S)
S - Oikos Triple Zero Greek Strawberry Yogurt with handful of almonds with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Cowboy Grub with water to drink (E) pg. 59 in the THM Cookbook

Thursday:
B - Oikos Triple Zero Greek Vanilla yogurt mixed with a diced apple and cinnamon with water to drink (E)
L - leftover Cowboy Grub with water to drink (E)
S - Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
D - Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole with lettuce and salsa on the side with Cider Pop to drink (S) 

Friday:
B - Peanut Butter Milk Shake (S)
L - leftover Jalapeno Popper Casserole with water to drink (S)
S - 1/2 c. 2% cottage cheese with strawberries and raspberries on the side with water to drink (FP)
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies and Black Cherry Bai Bubbles to drink (S)  pg. 327 in the old THM book

Saturday:
B -  Refreshing Fruity Shake (E)
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with fresh veggies on the side with water to drink (S) pg. 212 in the THM Cookbook
S - 1/2 of an avocado with 1/2 c. of 2% cottage cheese with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - out

Sunday:
B - Omelet cooked in butter with onion, green pepper and zucchini with water to drink (S) 
L - Colorful Lentil Salad with a can of black beans mixed in and water to drink (E) ***If you are using canned beans, make sure you rinse them before adding them to the salad.
S - Oikos Triple Zero Greek Strawberry Yogurt with handful of almonds with water to drink (S)
D - Quinoa, Kale & White Bean Soup with water to drink (E)

Have a great week!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Meal Plan Monday: 5/22-5/28/17



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Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook book. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" meals20 Meatless THM Meals25 Bean Recipes30 Side Dishes38 THM Salads and Dressings35 THM BBQ ideasTHM Slow Cooker Recipesmy 20 favorite THM soupsmy 20 favorite shakessmoothies and cold drinks and my 30 THM snack ideasAlso, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

Don't have time to read it all now? Pin it for later.


***My meal plans are always FREE and available to print at anytime. All breakfasts, lunches and snacks are portioned for one unless otherwise noted. All dinners are portioned for 6.***

Printable Meal Plan
Printable Shopping List

Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - (2) eggs scrambled in butter and strawberries with water to drink (S)
L - Big salad with half a chicken breast, cheddar cheese and Ranch dressing with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP) ***I'm making a double batch and putting the other half in the freezer for snack tomorrow.
D - Taco Salad with cheese, sour cream and enchilada sauce on top with water to drink (S) ***Use this taco seasoning in place of store bought.

Tuesday:
B - 1/2 c. 0% Plain Greek Yogurt mixed with 2 T. peanut butter and 1 t. Pyure Sweetener with water to drink (S)
L - leftover Taco Salad with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP)
D - Sweet & Spicy Stir-fry with Cider Pop to drink (E) ***I'm using frozen broccoli and peas

Wednesday:
B - (2) eggs scrambled in butter and strawberries with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with fresh veggies and water to drink (S) pg. 112 in the THM Cookbook
S - 1/2 c. % Plain Greek Yogurt mixed with diced strawberries, 1 t. Pyure Sweetener and almonds with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - White Chicken Lasagna and side salad dressed with oil and red wine vinegar with water to drink (S)

Thursday:
B - 1/2 c. 0% Plain Greek Yogurt mixed with a diced apple, cinnamon and 1 t. Pyure Sweetener with water to drink (E) pg. 250
L - leftover White Chicken Lasagna with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - Avocado Dip with green bell peppers and celery with water to drink (S) ***I'm sharing this dip with my kids. You can have 1/2 an avocado in a S setting
D - Spicy Bean Soup and small side salad topped with Red Wine Vinegar with water to drink (E) ***I'm omitting the chicken from the soup and making this a meatless meal.

Friday:
B - 1/2 c. 0% Plain Greek yogurt mixed with 2 T. peanut butter and 1 t. Pyure Sweetener with water to drink (S)
L - leftover Spicy Bean Soup with water to drink (E)
S - 1/2 of an avocado with 1/2 c. of 1% cottage cheese with water to drink (S) 
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies and Lemon Lime Zevia to drink (S)  pg. 327 in the Old THM book

Saturday:
B - Cheddar, Bacon & Veggie Frittata with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S) ***I've been making this up the night before and then baking it off in the morning and it comes out beautifully. This will feed my whole family.
L - out
S - 1/2 of an avocado with 1/2 c. of 1% cottage cheese with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Cheeseburger Pie with steamed broccoli (I'm using frozen) on the side and water to drink (S) pg. 149 in the THM Cookbook

Sunday:
B - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S)
L - Simply Delicious Grilled Steakroasted vegetables and green beans (I'm using frozen) with butter and Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - 1/2 c, 0% Plain Greek Yogurt mixed with a diced apple, cinnamon and 1 t. Pyure Sweetener with water to drink (E)
D - leftover Cheeseburger Pie with small side salad dressed with Ranch and water to drink (S)

Have a great week!