Friday, August 26, 2011

Fun Fair Friday

Be sure and make it out to your local fair for an interesting time!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Breaded Zucchini

Drop your zucchini "sticks" into seasoned flour, then seasoned beaten egg (with a bit of milk), then into a seasoned mixture of panko and italian breadcrumbs.

Fry at 350 for about 3-5 minutes, or until deep golden brown.

We used a yellow zucchini, bought at our local Farmer's Market.  Serve with your favorite (homemade, of course!) marinara as a side, or appetizer.  Tonight, we had meatball subs. Pin It

Friday, August 12, 2011

DIY Furniture Polish


Back to the blog post. . .
I just recently ran out of my furniture polish; a bottle we've had for probably about 8-9 years.  Seriously.  Either I didn't do enough dusting up until now, or maybe it really was "a dab will do" type of product.  It smelled weird.  But my whole philosophy about going green includes not throwing away perfectly good products, just to go out and buy new ones, albeit eco-friendly ones.

I knew coconut oil was so fabulous for so many things, I thought, well, there's got to  be a way to shine this table up!  After searching very briefly, I was able to find a great collection of recipes from Joys of Lavender and make my own recipe up from there.

Lavender Furniture Polish

2 oz olive oil
2 oz coconut oil
2 oz beeswax
1/2 cup distilled water
8 drops lavender essential oil

Melt the olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax in a large glass bowl and microwave on medium for 30 second intervals.  Remove from oven and stir, until all the wax is melted.  Mine took about 90 seconds, but I also let it sit out on the counter for a bit.  The remaining heat in the bowl continues to melt the wax as it sits.  Stir in the lavender oil.  Using a hand mixer, gradually add in the water, a few drops at a time.  I was not able to incorporate all of the water before it chilled up on me and wouldn't take any more.  You'll end up with a creamy consistency.

Store in a sealable container and it's good for about 6 months.  I didn't use distilled water, so mine probably won't last as long.    To use, scoop a small amount onto a soft cloth and rub in.  Keep working vigorously until you cannot see any more of the white creamy texture.  Continue along the entire surface.  Follow up with a clean soft cloth and buff out.

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