Rural Ramblings of a Modern Woman

Sharing how I merge rural life with modern society…on a budget!

An affordable summer treat

There’s one thing that always makes me think of summer – rhubarb. So many of us grow it in the back yard and if you don’t, like me, you can often get some from a friend or very inexpensively from the local farmers’ market.

This morning I chopped up the bag of rhubarb that my dad gave me about a week ago now. Did I mention how busy I have been lately?

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It looks so innocent with the cover on, doesn’t it? I barely got it all in!

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I had more than enough to fill my pot!

The only cost for this delicious pot of stewed rhubarb is the sugar needed to make it tasty. Get a bag when it is on sale and you can enjoy a true summer treat for only pennies a bowl!

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Busy, busy, busy

I knew this would happen. I got busy and didn’t post anything on my beloved blog. Sorry! As a Brownie Leader, I was busy preparing for a Mother’s Day tea in our unit, as a Sunday school teacher I was trying to stay on top of lesson plans and activities. As a mom and wife I’ve had housework and all of that fun stuff to keep me occupied. I also read a good book, my first novel in awhile called A Discovery of Witches. Yesterday I finally finished planting everything in my garden and I also finished crocheting my first useful adult-sized bag. Thanks to Crochet Dynamite for sharing her pattern for this awesome Dynamite Market Bag! Image

I will happily take orders to make this bag for anyone who wants one. Just visit my crochet site, The Needful Nook, and contact me there.

Oh, and did I mention that I’ve been using my own homemade laundry detergent for a couple of weeks now and so far I don’t have a single complaint? 🙂

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The next money saving plan.

I’ve heard about it. I’ve thought about it. I’m pretty sure I’m going to do it.

What am I talking about? I’m soon going to embark on the adventure of making my own laundry detergent! I was a little skeptical about the efficacy of homemade laundry detergent. However, I recently spoke to a few of my friends who have been making their own for awhile now and they seem pretty happy with it. Maybe even more than pretty happy. The stuff works – and it’s much less costly than the quality brands from the grocery store.They have kindly shared their recipes with me so that I can share them with you. I hope you’ll try the homemade laundry detergent experiment along with me and let me know if you like it.

Okay, here’s the recipe I plan to try. My friend Miranda shared this with me.  http://mengalings.blogspot.ca/2011/08/goin-crunchy-homemade-laundry-detergent.html

After reading other homemade detergent websites, recipes and comments I think I might add some Oxy-Clean to help with my husband’s greasy work clothes. Or some scent beads like Downy Unstopables for wonderful smelling towels and bedding.

My friend Tabatha has a great recipe for a homemade liquid detergent.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

Ingredients:

4 Cups – hot tap water
1 ivory soap bar
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax

Directions:

-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)

Tabatha’s Comments: It works great, I have an HE washer and it leaves clothes smelling fresh and clean (I don’t always stick to Ivory as I like stronger smelling scents!)

Don’t forget that a great way to reduce the cost of doing laundry is to use cold water in the wash. I actually unhooked the hot water hose on my machine so I have no excuse but to use cold water!

As you may have guessed, I like to share a good thing. In my search for a good homemade detergent recipe, I came across a great idea for creating beautiful jars for giving a sample of detergent to your friends and family. Check out this great blog post from How Does She?

Okay, I’m ready to save money. Are you?

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