Homemade Fabreeze

Homemade Fabreeze



It was a beautiful breezy day so I wanted to freshen up my comforter.  I threw it over the deck railing but found I had no Fabreeze.  Off to Pinterest and in two minutes had a great recipe for homemade Fabreeze.  So easy and economical!  Works great!!  I didn’t have a large spray bottle.  I made the recipe in a large bowl and stored remaining in a mason jar.  I used 3 cups of hot water because the bottle is 27 ounces.

Homemade Fabreeze


1/8 cup of your favorite fabric softener 

2 Tablespoons of Baking Soda

Spray Bottle

Hot water

Using a funnel or steady hand pour fabric softener in bottle.  Add baking soda.  Fill bottle with hot water.    Shake well!!

 I also soaked a couple of dishrags in the solution and hung them to dry around the house.  It added a fresh scent to the rooms. 

Thanks to the blogger for her great tip!  http://www.cheryl-hill.com/2/post/2013/01/diy-make-your-own-fabreeze.html#.UaUhVbG9KK0

Have a wonderful day!!! 🙂

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Mississippi Roast so good!

Mississippi Roast so good!

I have found the best roast recipe!  Now I love my Italian Beef sandwiches but this roast is so good with mashed potatoes!  The gravy it makes is just so delicious!


So simple too!!!!


Chuck roast (I used an eye of the round roast for less fat)

Stick of butter


Pack of Ranch mix

Pack of Au Jus Gravy mix



Take roast in a put in crock pot.  

Sprinkle the Ranch pack over the roast.

Sprinkle the Au Jus Gravy pack over the roast.

Put a stick of butter on top of roast.

Put 5 Pepperconis on top of roast.  (I used some sliced ones too since my roast was smaller)

in cp


Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Shred and enjoy!


We ate on it for 3 days.  Second day we had sandwiches with melted cheese on top and the next with some BBQ sauce.  Such a tasty roast!  Will make again!! (SOON!)

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Thanks to the blogger for her tasty recipe!! http://bergecentral.blogspot.com/2011/01/mississippi-roast.html

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Keep Apples or Pears from browning …. will never buy prepackaged slices again!

Keep Apples or Pears from browning …. will never buy prepackaged slices again!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor day weekend!!  I have some great posts to share this week.   I couldn’t decide which one to share first but decided to go with this money saving tip.   Tomorrow I have a wonderful roast recipe to share so be on the lookout! 

I am one of those that if fruit and vegetables are already cut up, I am more likely to eat them.  So I just love that this pin worked and now can make my own snack bags!   So quick to do too!!!  


Keep Apples or Pears from browning:


All you need are apples of your choice and a bottle of 7 up or Sprite.  

We have loved our Pampered Chef Apple Corer for years and is so perfect for this …

cored apple


I then slice the pieces one more time …

sliced again


Soak in a bowl filled with Sprite or 7 up for 3-5 minutes.  (I did 5 min.)



Pour out soda and lay out on a paper towel to dry.  I turned mine over after a minute or two to dry both sides really well.  

dry apples


Put in baggies and get out as much air as possible … I used the Ziplock snack size baggies and made three bags out of two apples.



This blogger has 4 ways to keep apples and pears from browning.  Two of my sister in laws told me that lemon water works too so will try next.  Thanks to the blogger for her tip!!  http://www.theyummylife.com/prevent_apple_and_pear_slices_from_browning

4 days

4 days and still not a hint of brown on them!!


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Marinated veggies

Marinated veggies

more marinatedEating up all the fresh garden vegetables I can before summer leaves us.  I love cucumbers … love the smell and taste as it just screams summer to me.   I found another marinated veggie recipe to try on Pinterest.  This one is just as good as the other one … Tomato & Cucumber salad    (I do have more cucumber than anything in mine)


Marinated Veggies

Will need a large mason jar


Ripe tomato



1 Tbsp fresh dill or 1 tsp of dried dill

1/2 cup vinegar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp honey

2 Tbsp olive oil


Simple steps:

Dice up vegetables.

Layer 1/2 of each in jar.

Repeat layers.

Make marinade by shaking up or whisking remaining ingredients in small mason jar or bowl.

Pour over vegetables.  Shake up jar to get marinade all over the veggies.

Sit in fridge for 2 hours or more.  The longer it sits the better!!


Thanks to the blogger for her recipe:  http://www.liftingrevolution.com/how-to-make-the-best-marinated-tomatoes-and-cucumbers-for-the-summer/


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Becoming a Nana after having the best grandma

Becoming a Nana after having the best grandma

In just a few weeks or basically any day now we will be grandparents for the first time!  I can’t express the emotions I am feeling of happiness waiting to meet her.  I can’t wait to see our son holding her … I know there will be lots of happy tears that day!!! 
I am lucky as a woman who wasn’t able to have children that I have stepkids to make me a nana.  The journey of infertility was a difficult road.  It took years to make peace with the fact.  Now I am past that point of wanting a baby at my age, lol.   Instead its such an incredible feeling to know there will be a grandbaby soon that we get to spoil!  Best part we get to take her home after spoiling her rotten.  🙂

Until the day our son got married, I had no desire to be a grandparent.  By the reception, I told his mom that by next year we would be grandmas,  it was obvious the love Eric & Amanda had for each other. I knew it was just a matter of time there would be a baby to show from that love.  I was right, lol.  Did I mention I also guessed she was pregnant before we were told?? 

papaw mamaw young
I had a wonderful role model on how to be a grandma.  I grew up loved so much by my mamaw Frances.  My maternal grandma died when I was four.  My mamaw is who comforted me during my grandma Bertha’s funeral.  That bonded me to her forever that my earliest sad moment she was there for me.  She would always tell me she was giving me extra love for grandma too. 

I seen my paternal grandparents at least four to six times a week.  They just lived a few acres behind us.  I was always called lil’ Frances for being so much like her.  I was the middle grandchild per se … I had 14 older cousins and 14 younger cousins but she’d make me feel like I was the only one when spending time with her.  She had that way to make you feel so special!  She didn’t have money to buy you gifts but you knew you were loved by her attention and time spent with you.

My mamaw would let me cook chocolate pudding and make no bake cheesecakes for my papaw.  She taught me how to sew and make quilts. (Sad to say I don’t do those things now.) I hated though when she’d make me slop the pig.  She apparently realized my moaning was not worth it and found me another chore, lol.  I would help her pick strawberries ….she would never yell when I would eat most of them. 

I have to be honest that I did learn a few bad habits from her too.  But my mamaw did the best she knew to be a wonderful grandmother to us.  She loved her family so much!  I also remember her giving me THE TALK as a teenager, too funny to hear my lil 4’11 grandma discuss such private matters.  Every Friday night I was at her house to watch Dallas.  I truly loved spending time at my grandparent’s home!

She fed us amazing meals.  My mamaw’s breakfasts rocked … Biscuits & gravy, fried apples, sausage patties, over medium eggs, and also had pork chops or bacon.  I don’t consider it a true breakfast unless you have all of these items, lol.  She made the most delicious fried apples pies and would sneak me an extra to take home.  (I was a picky eater and she knew this was my fav dish of hers.)  You never left her house hungry!

grandma and grandpa
I got my love of genealogy from her.  I promised her I would write a book about our family someday.  (I need to get on that project!)  I have inherited her love of flowers too.  My biggest regret is I didn’t have her teach me about flowers.  I was too busy growing up.
When I moved away, we’d talk for hours on the phone.  She loved my husband and kids and was so excited when we came to KY to visit.  She died when I was twenty-six and I still miss her tremendously.  She was a huge part of my childhood.  I wouldn’t trade those memories for gold!  I was truly blessed to grow up with a close relationship with my mamaw.

When Jessica Andrews released this song it reminded me of my life.  I grew up knowing I was a very loved child in a large part because I am ‘Frances’s granddaughter, spitting image of my father, and my momma is still my biggest fan.’
I pray I can show my grand daughter that same love ….

Jessica Andrews … Who I am Video (Rosemary’s Granddaughter)


So when Ellie makes her arrival this Nana is prepared to love her to pieces!  I look forward to our days together.  I know that she and I are going to have so much fun as she experiences life.  I know that both of my grandmas will be watching us.  I  hope I can make them proud on being an awesome nana!


To Ellie … Nana can’t wait to meet you 🙂

I’ve traveled paths you’ve yet to walk
Learned lessons old and new 
And now this wisdom of my life 
I’m blessed to share with you 
Let kindness spread like sunshine 
Embrace those who are sad 
Respect their dignity, give them joy 
And leave them feeling glad 
Forgive those who might hurt you 
And though you have your pride 
Listen closely to their viewpoint 
Try to see the other side 
Walk softly when you’re angry 
Try not to take offense 
Invoke your sense of humor 
Laughter’s power is immense! 
Express what you are feeling 
Your beliefs you should uphold 
Don’t shy away from what is right 
Be courageous and be bold 
Keep hope right in your pocket 
It will guide you day by day 
Take it out when it is needed 
When it’s near, you’ll find a way 
Remember friends and family 
Of which you are a precious part 
Love deeply and love truly 
Give freely from your heart 
The world is far from perfect 
There’s conflict and there’s strife 
But you still can make a difference 
By how you live your life 
And so I’m very blessed to know 
The wonders you will do 
Because you are my granddaughter 
And I believe in you.

~ Becky Netherland for The Bradford Group, 2008


grandma as a kidMy grandma with her dad …


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Creamy Pineapple Dessert

Creamy Pineapple Dessert





It was another hot day here so made this easy dessert to go with our grilled pizza.  So easy and so good!   Next time I will add some chopped pecans.  


Creamy Pineapple Dessert 


Large box of Vanilla Instant pudding (6 1/2 cup size)

8 0z. Cool Whip slightly thawed (after 2 hours in fridge)

Large can of crushed pineapples including juice (I used tidbits but crushed would be better!)

Mix all ingredients together and chill until ready to serve.  

Thanks to the blogger for her recipe!    http://screamingsardine.net/2011/08/creamy-pineapple-dessert/

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Best Ever Chicken Salad

Best Ever Chicken Salad

cs sand

It is tooooooo hot to cook today so decided to make chicken salad.  Normally I would look for a new recipe to try but I really love this recipe.  So will pass it on to you.

I’m lazy  I use a large already cooked rotisserie chicken from deli that I usually let sit in fridge overnight. (I let it sit an hour at least.)  I then proceed with step 2. The using of both mayo and miracle whip give it such a great flavor so be sure to follow on that step.  Hubby hates miracle whip however he just loves the flavor of the two combined.

This is great served on King Hawaiian sandwich rolls and served with regular chips. This is the best recipe I’ve tried so far and one of the best chicken salad’s I’ve ever tasted!


Best Ever Chicken Salad

(serves 8-10)



2 large chicken breasts (four pieces split)

4 chicken thighs

OR a rotisserie chicken cut up


1 teaspoon rosemary crushed

1/2 cup chopped celery

3/4 cups grapes, white seedless cut in half

Juice of one lemon ..about one tablespoon

1/4 cup honey

1/2 cup may AND 1/2 cup miracle whip

1/2 teaspoon salt



1. Simmer chicken till done about 20 minutes, DO NOT BOIL, it will make the chicken touch. Allow the chicken to sit in hot water about 20 minutes. Test for doneness is to stick a fork in the chicken. If the liquid comes out clear, not bloody, the chicken is done. Cool completely. Chill in refrigerator for a few hours or overnight for easier cutting.

2. Dice cooled chicken into bite size pieces.

3. Add celery, grapes, honey, lemon juice, and rosemary

4. Toss with miracle whip/mayo combo till desired consistency. Add more mayo or miracle whip if too dry. (I don’t add all the mayo combo all at once …I add about 75% and then add more as needed so it doesn’t get too runny.)

c salad


I tried the sliced Hawaiian bread today … yummy!

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