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Recipes- Irish Soda Bread

9 Jul
I LOVE Soda Bread.  Today I had a hankering, but no buttermilk.  I googled a recipe sans buttermilk and found this beauty from an online forum:
“Irish Soda Bread–White Version


4 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1-3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Stir; it very quickly becomes dough. Form a round loaf. Place on greased baking sheet. Cut slits in top. Bake 40 minutes at 400° F.”

I tried it out, and at first it was very runny.  It’s been quite hot here and my kitchen was already scorching from dinner so I’m not sure if that made the dough a little different.  I kept adding a tiny bit of flour until it finally had some thickness to it.  I wasn’t really ever able to get it to form into a loaf, it kind of plopped out onto the baking pan.  I also only cooked mine for about 25 minutes since it became so flat.  It tastes pretty good, a little too floury though which is my own fault.  


8 Jul


Apple slices w/peanut butter and walnuts for extra protein!

BossyBritches Go-Green DIY Awesomeness: Homemade Shampoo

8 Jul


A few weeks ago, I stumbled across this post at regarding cleaning your hair WITHOUT shampoo.  I am slowly getting into the frugal/homesteading/living simple/organic movement, which fits me well as a frugal-minded lady.  One thing I am constantly battling is oily hair.  I was washing my hair every 2 days, and about to start washing it every day.  I hate the hassle of washing my hair, blow-drying it, etc.  and I have extremely fine and thin hair so it can get easily damaged looking.

Enter in the miracle substance: Baking Soda.

I bought some empty clear squeeze bottles from Amazon and immediately set to work.  I put in about 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda, filled the rest up with water, and went to town.  The general recommendation is 1 tbsp to 1 cup of water, but you may have to adjust depending on your hair type.  It takes some tweaking to find the sweet spot.

It’s definitely not as satisfying as lathering shampoo, since it’s mainly water its very runny and hard to get on.  From my understanding, some people use a paste as well, but I wanted to see if I could get used to the bottle.  Once I coated my hair it was kind of hard to get my hands through it, but once I rinsed off and rand a brush through and detangled it felt better. You don’t get the shiny look like shampoo, but it has a healthier, natural sheen to it that looks great.  I also miss the smooth sleekness of my shampoo hair, but it was weighed down and coated by so many chemicals for that.

The next day my hair felt WOW!  It had NATURAL body (it is always flat and sad-looking) and it felt soooo much healthier!  Even though the process wasn’t as easy as shampoo, the benefits have converted me so far to no-shampoo hair washing!

It’s only been about two and a half weeks, and oily hair-wise I wash every two-three days.  We have been swimming a lot in summer so I wash the chlorine out with my concoction.  My hair starts to look a little oily around day two – but a lot less gross than before.  I try to wait until the third day unless it starts to get bad.  Once your hair balances out and learns to produce it’s own oils and stops over-producing, some people only have to wash a few times a month!

I highly recommend going shampoo-free, my hair feels so healthy and full.  It’s a money-saver, and eventually a time saver!

Pepe the pepper

3 Jul


I’m going to beat procrastination…eventually sometime in the future…

2 Jul

The laundry is getting precariously stacked, and I’m pretty sure it’s been way too long since I cleaned the blinds.  I am too tired, cranky, hungry, etc. to get the task at hand accomplished.  It’s hard to work a customer service job as an introverted person, it drains every drop of energy out of me at the end of the day.  That’s no excuse though, I let it excuse my procrastination but I shouldn’t.  I will straighten myself out for a few weeks and try and get some things done around the house before I crash, after all it’s way easier to manage a household if you do little bits at a time.  I’ve been getting better and better, and maybe (hopefully) sometime soon I will kick this college mentality of procrastination.  I have so many things I want to work on to improve myself, it’s hard to keep track and follow them.  Exercise more, snack less, don’t wait for laundry to reach critical mass, stop pinning recipes on Pinterest without making them, spend less time on Pinterest, etc.


Baby steps.  I actually worked out every morning for over two months straight before I hit a plateau and got frustrated with myself.  That’s longer than all the times before that I bought a new sports bra and decided that it was time I had rock hard abs and a killer butt.   I resolved to walk at least a few days a week, unfortunately I got creeped out the first time walking through my apartment complex alone and then I never followed through with an alternate plan.


Dwelling on the negative doesn’t get you anywhere though.  “Should have, should have, should have” isn’t going to make me more motivated, instead it will just make me even more lazy and unmotivated.  Why bother? 


Some things I have done that I am crazy proud of myself with:

-Eating healthier.  It’s a work in progress, but I cut out frozen lunch items mostly and I pack my own lunch.  I try to make better purchases when buying food, not as much processed food and more fruits and veggies.  No more Pop-tarts in the morning, no matter how delicious the S’mores ones are.  Still definitely needs work, but so much better than I used to be!

-Starting a garden.  I never EVER would have even been interested in this last year, but I just suddenly decided I should try to grow some plants without killing them after a week.  So far the pepper plant is doing OKAY, had some bug issues but there are some little baby peppers starting to grow.  Tomato plant is flourishing, no tomatoes yet but the stalks are getting thick and healthy.  I killed my cilantro herbs, but the basil and oregano is doing good.  YAY.

Some things that have helped my procrastination a little are lists.  I don’t make good lists and tend to overwhelm myself, but I’m starting to break them up into daily, weekly, monthly.  Then I can take a step back and look at today, the rest of the week, and the rest of the month.   What are some methods that help you beat the procrastination bug?

Back to school.

15 Jun

It’s been a crazy week, I’ve had little time to myself or blogging.


Mister Man has decided to go back to school, so it’s been a crazy week of planning and scambling for paperwork.  He is a veteran of Iraq so we have to go to Veteran Affairs and get all that sorted.  It’s incredibly exciting for me, he will finally have regular hours instead of graveyard shift!  He will be working towards something and hopefully be in better spirits.  He won’t start until spring semester, so until then we are saving up as much as possible and picking up extra shifts or working overtime.  It’s going to be tough, but I’m excited!


2 Jun
Athens, Greece

Such a beautiful city.

After I graduated college in 2009, my best friend and I backpacked through Europe for two months.  It was incredible.  Our first stop was Athens, which was amazing.  We were there just before they had the rioting and such so we got lucky.  This was the view from right below the Parthenon.  Going back to Athens is definitely on my Bucket List.