Welcome Friends!!!

I am a scientist at heart, and my kitchen often looks like a laboratory with all kinds of jars and containers fermenting and brewing on the counters. I love to share my recipes, my herbal remedies and health tips, and I really LOVE to save money! We have a large extended family....two sons, their wives, eleven grandkids (and often a friend or two), my sister, Lanny's brother, and my parents that come over every Tuesday night for dinner...kind of a family reunion, only weekly instead of yearly! That adds up to from 17 to 22 or more people here every week. So I have to cook big, and cook economically!

So here we go! For all my friends and family that have been encouraging me to put all my recipes and ideas in one place like this....if you don't see what you are looking for, and cannot find it by using the "Topics" or the search field below right, just let me know and I will be sure to post it as soon as I can.

Be sure to check out our African Mission Adventure - we traveled to Malawi in August 2014 and you will find photo's and stories about our trip! LanDebLewAfrica.blogspot.com!!!

Lanny and I also have started devotional blogspots that you might enjoy:

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Natural Homemade Carpet Freshener

I have hardwood floors, but for those of you with carpeting, here is a natural carpet freshener!

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 20-40 drops essential oil of choice
The baking soda is a natural carpet cleaner, and will help to remove any odors from your carpet.

The essential oils will not only leave a wonderful scent, but will also help to cleanse your carpet as well.

Pick essential oils that smell nice and have powerful cleansing properties. My two favorites for this are lavender and tea tree oil. I love the smell of both of them, and they both have potent antibacterial qualities.

To Make:
Mix baking soda and essential oils together, and put in a shaker container with holes in the lid (such as a large, empty spice container).

Let this mixture sit for 24 hours to allow the essential oil to permeate the baking soda.

To Use:
Sprinkle lightly over carpet. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and then vacuum as usual.

Your carpet will be clean, smell good, and you don't even have to use nasty chemicals. 

Celebrating A Birthday / Family Night, May 7, 2013

Celebrating the birthday of our Daughter-In-Law Holly (the wife of our oldest son Robbie). We are always celebrating SOMETHING around here! Daddy had oral surgery yesterday so he and Mom stayed home tonight. We sure missed them!