Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter, 2014!

      Hope this post finds you all well and warm! Usually my thoughts wouldn't be about staying warm this time of year; however, snow is still falling in some areas and we are at a rainy, cool 55. Normally for this time of year the temps would be about 75. I am still wearing long sleeves and a jacket when I go outside! Except for a few days last week when it was in the 70's. I have managed to get some more seed in the ground along with some potato sets. It will be another year of experiments with the garden. If it wasn't raining at present, I'd be out there pulling weeds from the flower bed. I am hopefully going to get at least the front done before Sunday! 

      I have a lot to do in preparation for Easter Sunday! Tomorrow I will make deviled eggs, potato salad, broccoli salad, and carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. The next day, I will bake the ham, baked beans, and mac and cheese. I think it's doable! I hope to get those weeds pulled in between 'fixin stuff'.

      I have been trying to find a way to clean the bathtub without scrubbing my hands until they're stiff or putting holes in the rags. Yes, holes in the rags! I finally found something that works and smells really nice! AND it's all natural! Baking soda, dish soap, lemon essential oil and hydrogen peroxide. If you want the recipe, go to and look for all natural softscrub. Barkeepers friend is the only thing that would get out those stubborn stains in the tub, but would eat my rags while doing so. Plus I had to scrub for a long time and use lots of it! I doubled the recipe which is only good for one use and it was plenty! I also used homemade detergent to wash clothes today and am pleasantly surprised! Grate one bar of Fell's Naptha soap or homemade soap, one and a half cups washing soda, and one and a half cups Borax, plus one cup of oxygen cleaner. I used my regular fabric softener and the laundry came out clean and nice smelling. I used a couple of scoops of the laundry detergent per load. If you haven't tried any of the natural cleaning recipes, give these two a try and let me know what you think.

      The girls haven't been here in a couple of weekends, and I'm looking forward to seeing them Sunday. They will probably spend the night, so I'll get to take lots of photos. They love to hunt Easter eggs! I can hardly wait to see their smiling faces when they show me their baskets! I hope you and your family have a happy Easter and don't forget the real reason for the season! Blessings from Bama!

Bringing the boys to their new home. 

Here comes Java!

Randy made them a new trough.

Chicken chili in the crockpot. It turned out delicious!

Too cloudy and rainy to bake bread in the Sun Oven so I used this.

Delicious crustless sausage egg bake!

Egg bake served with homemade bread and strawberry freezer jam, yum!

Bridal wreath bush. A piece of the forsythia is curled in the photo.

Clematis in full bloom. There's a tiny birdnest in the top. I think it belongs to a humingbird.

Yellow iris blooming.

Peony buds.

A nice full hosta.

These just bloom out everywhere! They seem to grow wild.


  1. Oh your food looks so good. I can't wait for peonies. I've never made any homemade cleaning stuff. The soft scrub sounds interesting. We have hard well water and sometimes the stains are hard to remove. I will have to give it a try. Have a great Easter and enjoy your time with family.

    1. Oh yes, Jacky, I think this cleaner will get those stubborn stains out too! Thanks, we will! Blessings!

  2. I made the homade laundry soap once but didn't put the oxygen cleaner in. I didn't care of it because use cold water and it didn't dissolve well. I made up some concentrated creamy stuff and have been using that. It last me a long time as I use Dreft for the whites. I tried using the other but I was afraid they were getting dingy looking. Do you have a problem with your dry homade laundry soap dissolving? Have a wonderful Easter. I am thankful Jesus has risen and God is not dead! Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy! It seems to dissolve well and sometimes I use just cold water. It seems to clean better than my present detergent too! You wouldn't even need the dreft for the whites, I don't think. Good for you giving homemade laundry detergent a try! Yes, Nancy, I''m so glad He is risen too! God's Not Dead! Blessings!

  3. Hi Bama Girl!
    Happy, happy Easter! Looking forward to the pictures of all the kids hunting eggs!
    That was a great new trough for the "boys"! Well done!
    I opened your post this, at 6:00 p.m., I am finally responding...I got so sidetracked looking up your link to! It was so great with tons of downloadables! (is that a word???) Thank you for the reference!
    Hope your weather gives you a break and Spring can be fully enjoyed! Hope all is well with you and your dear family! Glen & I are doing great, too!
    Love, Cheeryshirley

    1. Hi Cheeryshirley!
      So glad you and Glen are well! Thanks! It is a great website! So glad you found it helpful! Thanks we are all so Blessed! Blessings to you!

  4. Your blooms are ahead of us again this year! And all looks quite beautiful. Your homemade food all looks (and sounds!) so delicious. Hope you and your family had a most wonderful Easter.

    1. Hi Lisa! Thank you! We did! Hope ya'll did too! Blessings!

  5. Food and flowers are always perfect to end blog posts with! I will have to try the tub cleaner recipe. Right now I use BonAmi, which I can buy at the grocery store. It's cheap, all natural, and has no bleach (which I try to avoid 'cuz of our septic system). My homemade laundry powder is similar to yours but I've never heard of adding the oxygen cleaner. Do you use a particular brand? Like Nancy, I had trouble getting it to dissolve until I started "grating" the Fels in my blender. That seems to make it finer and it works better.

    1. Hi Leigh! Thanks! I hadn't thought about not using bleach in the septic system! Ooops! I hope I haven't done the wrong thing! I don't use much anyway. I just bought the cheapest Walmart had, Sun oxygen cleaner. I haven't seen any traces of the soap not dissolving. I do use warm water on heavily soiled clothes and towels, however. Blessings!


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