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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value

4  Cups – hot tap water
1  Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup –
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax

– Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

*Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!

about 9lbs boneless country style ribs

3 cups ketsup

1 1/2 cups red wine vinegar

1 1/2 cups worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 1/2 T ground minced garlic cloves (about 14)

1 1/2 T dry mustard

1 1/2 t black pepper

Divide meat among 3 gallon size freezer bags

mix together rest of  ingredients and divide among 3 quart size freezer bags.

Freeze together up to 3 months

Defrost in fridge

dump into crock pot and cook all day (meat and sauce)


1 lb sausage browned

1 lb diced hash brown potatoes, cooked (you can cook these in the oven or stove top)

12 eggs scrambled and cooked(you may add some milk if you prefer)

any veggies you may wish to add (green pepper, red peppers, onion, mushrooms  etc.) cooked till tender

Mix together with 1-2 cups cheddar cheese, and 1/2 cup or more ( to taste) of salsa

Stuff into tortilla shells and roll , closing up both ends.

place in gallon size freezer bag or wrap individually.

freeze up to 3 months

reheat in microwave or oven

serve with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream

6 slices of cinnamon swirl bread, cubed

8 oz cream cheese, cubed

1 (21oz) can blueberry pie filling (or homemade)

6 large eggs

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 cup milk

1/2 t cinnamon

Butter 8 x 8 pan

spread half the bread cubes on bottom of pan

scatter cream cheese cubes over bread

top with half the pie filling

top with remaining bread cubes

mix eggs, syrup, and milk and pour over top

cover with the rest of the pie filling and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Cover and freeze up to 3 months

defrost in fridge and bake covered 30 min, uncover and bake another 30 min.

Serve with syrup if desired

Recipe makes 24 servings~ This one is so easy and great for company.

24 boneless skinless chicken breasts

salt & pepper

season chicken with salt and pepper and place in baking pan that has been sprayed with pam

1 pound bacon

Cook bacon and crumble it

sprinkle it evenly over chicken breasts

In a bowl mix together:

3/4 cup dijon mustard

3/4 cup honey

6T corn syrup

6T mayo

Combine and divide evenly among pans, pouring over chicken

3 cups cheddar cheese

Divide evenly among pans, sprinkling on chicken

Cover and Freeze up to 3 months

Defrost in fridge and bake loosley covered at 350 for about  30-45min or until chicken is done


This is my favorite pulled beef barbecue.

1 (4lb) eye of round roast

1t salt

salt the roast and place in gallon size freezer bag

then mix together:

3 (8oz) cans tomato sauce

1 bottle chili sauce

1 med onion

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup butter softened

1/4 cup lemon juice

2T worcestershire sauce

1/2 t dry mustard

1/2 t chili powder

1/2 t paprika

pour over meat and freeze up to 3 months

defrost in fridge, place in crock pot  and cook on low all day (8-10 hours)

shred meat with 2 forks and serve on buns

This is a great twist on the burger, you can even make the sauce ahead of time and freeze.  Just make sure you have buns or pita on hand for serving

serves 5 ( of course I always make a huge batch though)

Aioli sauce:

1/2 cup feta crumbled

2T mayo

2T plain yogurt

1/4 t black pepper

1 garlic clove minced

mix together and place in small freezer bag.  When you thaw it and are ready to serve, just cut off the corner of the bag and squeeze sauce on to the burger!


1lb ground beef

2/3 cup breadcrumbs

1/3 chopped jarred roasted red peppers

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1t oregano

1/4 t salt

1/4 t black pepper

1 (10 oz) pk frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed and drained

1 egg

2 cloves minced garlic

Mix together and form into patties, freeze for up to 3 months.

defrost in fridge, grill and serve with sauce on a bun or pita

This is a great one if you buy the large pack of tenderloin and make a bunch at once

this recipe serves 4

Combine in food processor:

2 cups chopped green onions

1/2 cup chopped onion

2T white vinegar

1T soy sauce

1T canola oil

2t kosher salt

2t thyme sprigs

2t brown sugar

2t ginger

1t allspice

1/4 t nutmeg

1/4 t black pepper

1/8 t cinnamon

2 garlic cloves ninced

1-4 scotch bonnet or habanero peppers chopped

blend to a puree and pour over 1 (1 1/2 lb) pork tenderloin in gallon size freezer bag

freeze up to 3 months

defrost in fridge, and grill 8 min on each side or till meat thermometer reads 160 (slightly pink)

This is my favorite way to eat sweet potatoes, and the recipe calls for regular potatoes as well, which makes my hubby happy!

You can make a huge batch, fill your grill, then fill your freezer!

2t paprika

1t kosher salt

1t black pepper

1/2 t garlic powder

1/2 t onion powder

1/2 t chili powder

1 t olive oil

mix together and toss over

2 baking potatoes washed and cut into wedges

2 sweet potatoes washed and cut into wedges

grill potatoes about 18 min till sweet potatoes are tender, remove sweet potatoes, and continue cooking potatoes 6 more min. or till tender

Cool and freeze in freezer bag

defrost in fridge and reheat in oven at 350 till hot

I know, it may sound strange, but believe me, folks will lick their plates!

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

mix together:

1t salt

1t onion powder

1t garlic powder

1t paprika

1t chipolte chile powder (found at meijer)

Rub over chicken and place in gallon size freezer bag

Sauce: (you can make this in advance and freeze it,or make it about 1 hour before serving..warning, the longer the flavors are together, the hotter they get!)

1/2 cup mayo (you may use light if you wish)

1/3 cup whilte vinegar

1T coarsely ground black pepper

1/2 t red pepper flakes ( or ground red pepper if you like it hotter)

1 1/2 t fresh lemon juice

dash of salt

place in freezer for up to 3 months

defrost chicken in fridge, grill and serve with sauce