Monthly Archives: May 2009

Homemade Flour Tortillas Using a Stand Mixer

Say goodbye to your tortilla press and use your stand mixer for fast(er) tortilla-making at home. For these instructions, you would need the pasta roller attachment (not just for pasta making)! Here’s how I make 32 tortillas in under 30 minutes (not including dough resting time or extra little helpers): Ingredients: 4 cups flour, all-purpose […]

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Sew Your Own UV Protective Clothing and Rash Guard

Your first line of sun protection should not be sunscreen. It should be protective clothing. In recent years, we have seen an explosion of expensive high UPF rated sunwear. If you have minimum sewing skills, you can easily make your own rash guard. Rash guard UV protective shirts are simply regular t-shirts or activewear clothing […]

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Emulsifying Wax vs Stearic Acid

Emulsifying wax and stearic acid are very common emulsifying agents in hydrating moisturizers. In my experience, you can use e-wax without stearic acid but not the other way around. Even when you add other emulsifying and thickening agents like xanthan gum, it is difficult to achieve the emulsion you get with emulsifying wax. Substituting a […]

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Easy Creamy Fruit Shakes

Here’s a healthy shake for the kids. It’s easy enough for them to make it themselves too. It’s just fruit and milk. Cut up fruits into blender friendly size. Freeze. This is also a good way to make good use of over-ripen fruits. Blend frozen fruits with milk. You can pretty much use any kind: […]

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Onion Harvest and French Onion Soup Recipe

I just pulled out all of our onions this week. It is our first big harvest for this year. Onions are very easy to grow in Central Texas. We plant the onion sets very close together and use the thinned out ones as green onions. The ones I just pulled are from our edible garden […]

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Zinc Oxide Sunscreen and Diaper Rash Ointment

Another common question from the perceptive readers… So what’s the difference between a zinc oxide based sunscreen and diaper rash ointment? Not much! Just marketed differently. The main difference is in the base. Diaper rash ointments have little to no water content and sunscreen base usually has water listed as the first ingredient. If it’s […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Wishing all the mothers a wonderful day! I’m not doing anything special today…Just going about my regular day but free of ALL kid responsibilities!

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Coming Soon – Must Read Sunscreen Report

Okay, I’ve received a ton of questions, both online and offline regarding sun protection. I thought I’d let you in on my latest project: my e-report on the cheapest and safest sunscreen. Yes, you can find the basics if you dig through my old posts. But in this upcoming report, I will answer all your […]

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Website Redesign Launched

As you may have noticed, I’ve redesigned the website to reflect what it really is: two parts, a shop and a blog. Actually, the blog portion shouldn’t look too much different. I’m still working on the shop part and will be adding more categories in the near future. So bear with me if there are […]

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Basic Sugar Syrup Recipe

Ingredients 2 cups sugar 1 cup water Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan on low heat. Stir until dissolved. Store in an easy to pour bottle preferably in the refrigerator. This recipe barely fits a 16 fl oz container.

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