Question: What 100+ year old natural cleaner can be used for laundry, but also for preserving flowers, making candle wicks, and cleaning your garbage disposal?
Answer: 20 Mule Team Borax. For more ideas on how to use this wonder cleaner, check out the tips on the Borax website here.
Somebody's faking it...
So I’m working at one of my favorite coffee shops and I just saw this piece for sale. I had to laugh a little, because my husband and I had friends over last weekend. To prepare, we ran around like crazy people ALL day Saturday trying to get the house in order. What would they think if they came to the Original Moxie Girl’s house and it wasn’t perfect?!?!
After a couple glasses of wine, though, I took everyone on the tour of the whole house. While our closet may have made people a little self-concious (That is one of the areas that my husband and I are
Our flawed wall
both super-OCD about keeping organized), it was our upstairs that has been half-painted for almost a year that made people feel at home.
The truth is, none of us are perfect, and pretending to be is stressful and exhausting. People want to see the flawed parts of our lives because they can relate. I’m not saying to bring your friends into your house when it is a disaster (no one is comfortable looking at your dirty laudry and trash while having dinner), but relax and let them see your flaws. After all, if they don’t like you just because your baseboards are dusty, you might want to reconsider your friendship.
Making homemade ravioli, and a mess
This weekend I was feeling adventurous in the kitchen. I wanted to make homemade ravioli, but didn’t want to take the time to make the pasta dough from scratch. Instead, I grabbed a box of pie crust mix that had been in our pantry for longer than I would like to admit, and mixed it up. I rolled it out super thin, cut circles, and filled them with a homemade pumpkin and ricotta filling. All was going well until I tried to cook them.
This was when I discovered that, if you put pie dough in boiling water, it will not cook – It will completely disintegrate. When I realized that the mushy, foamy blobs would not be edible, I thought maybe baking them would be the answer. This created something closer to an empanada than ravioli. I probably should have stopped while I was ahead and announced we were having these “appetizers” as dinner, but I was determined to have made ravioli, so I smothered them in marinara sauce.
It was not pretty, and it certainly didn’t tasted good, but it did help me learn a couple lessons. First, it’s important to know your dough. Second, it’s ok to improvise and even better to quit while you are ahead if your plans take a nasty turn. Finally, I have the best husband ever because (bless his heart), he ate an entire plateful, and with a pained look on his face, even told me they “weren’t that bad.”
Here is the worksheet I use every week to plan our meals and plan my grocery shopping.
Family Dinner Worksheet
Please enjoy and share with your friends.