One thing I tried last week, was to make liquid hand soap. We go through liquid soap like crazy around here! And I wash my hands so much that the regular/cheap/chemical filled stuff from the store makes my hands really dry. But I've decided, the wonderful stuff I was buying is a bit too much with our financial readjustments.
So ... homemade liquid hand soap! This is a recipe that I have seen in several places online.
I started by grating a bar of our our wonderful, original scent homemade goat milk soap.
Then I put the grated soap in a pot with a gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of liquid [vegetable] glycerin. I set the stove top to medium high heat. I stirred the soap occasionally.
Once the soap was melted, I turned off the heat and left it in the pot overnight. This will help the soap thicken up some.
The next day, I used a hand blender to mix it all together. (Though thinking back, I am not sure this was necessary.) Then I poured it into a empty, clean jug I had.
We have two places in the house where using liquid hand soap works best for us. (In other places we use our homemade bar soap.) I just had to put the hand soap into dispensers that were pretty and interesting. So I got out two of my blue Ball pint sized mason jars and added in the dispenser part, which I got here for cheap off Ebay.
The soap smells great and works good. BUT ... it is not quite thick enough for our liking. Before I make another batch, I need to research online to see if I can find how to do this. (If you know how - please share your tips!)
Another money saving tip I wanted to share was, anytime you get ready to order something online and don't have a coupon code, go to retailmenot.com. I almost always find coupon codes there. Plus, I have noticed lately that there are often really good coupons that are exclusive to RetailMeNot.
In barnyard news, Sherlotta has suddenly developed a terrible case of wanderlust. Since last week, we have had at least three neighbors call us, worried that she'd be hit by a car. (Like her wandering mama Dixie was, earlier this year.) We decided that "The Bomb" (her nickname because she's got such explosive energy) needed a cooling off period behind bars. So - into the goat pen for her! (Which she actually LOVES.)
|"Bomblotta" - this picture even though blurry - captures her perfectly!|
Of our 17 guinea keets that hatched last month, sadly there is only 1 remaining. We named this tough little survivor "Tribulation." Here is Tribulation with his/her ever present parents, Leah Rose and Rayford:
The next time we find a pile of guinea eggs, we hope to incubate them. Then we should have a good success rate.
The biddies we bought this spring are really growing! They're still not full sized chickens yet though. I think this Gold Laced Wyandotte is so pretty. She looks like she's on a mission here:
Finally, here is a Solomon sandwich:
What a funny way to fall asleep at naptime. :)