Thanks for being patient with me over this past week as I’ve taken time to piece my blog back together. That’s something I never want to have to go through again! All of the links should work correctly now, and all recipes that I’ve posted are back online!

I love to spend time in the kitchen documenting what I create. If you have an awesome recipe that you know I have to try, please contact me. I’d love to hear from you!

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So, yesterday I flubbed up. Big time. I deleted my entire blog. The. Entire. Blog. Posts. Pictures. Design. EVERYTHING. I was in near tears, and it was due to a dumb mistake on my part. But thanks to my IT guy, aka my husband, he was able to retrieve my posts and pictures back. However, I’m having to rebuild the overall design of the blog and none of the recipes are posted. So, be patient with me over the next few days as I start to piece things back together! It should be fully back up and running by next week.

On a much happier note, I’m so excited to now be on the creative team for The Creative Mama website!

Head on over there today to see my first post about the French Macaron. I’m in the kitchen with my friend Lauren and will show you how you, too, can be a pastry star by making these delectable cookies!

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I’ve taken a short break from blogging over the past month as we took a couple of quick end-of-summer trips, celebrated peanut’s 6 birthday and geared up for the new school year. Busy busy busy! Now that school is in full swing, things are starting to get back in routine and on schedule.

Like most families, our days are packed. Full day of school, piano, ballet, soccer, church, etc. during the week. Sometimes it can be hard for me to keep my head on straight!

So with the start of this new school year and after-school activities, I wanted to keep up with it all in one location. On the fridge. Because isn’t that the center of everyone’s house? I call it my “Week at a Glance”. There’s a space for each day where I can write school quizzes we need to prepare for and after-school activities, a space for meal plans, memory verses, and extra notes.  I’m a girl that likes to plan, so I know this will be a huge help! My husband calls me a dork for good reason ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I’m a happy dork, so that’s what matters, right?

You are welcome to download this free printable by clicking on this link. It is sized to print on standard 8.5×11 paper. Enjoy!


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So apparently I’m late on the train to making your own laundry detergent.
I realized that several of my friends had already been making their own detergent. And friends, you’ve got to let me in on these simply DIY secrets!

This is a super simple process to making your own detergent and will take all of 20 minutes.

You’ll need three ingredients: Borax, super washing soda, and a bar of laundry soap.  All of these items can be found at Wal-Mart for less than $10 total.
You’ll also need a large 5 gallon bucket and something to store your detergent in. I used a case of glass jars.

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 First, you’ll grate your bar of laundry soap. I went with Fels-Naptha.
And if your soap is yellow, you will have a plate of what looks like cheese!

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Anytime I grate cheese, the kiddos walk by and grab a pinch to eat.
So warn your kiddos before they try to eat this.
Or…. don’t. That could be pretty funny.

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Then put 4 cups of water in a medium-size sauce pot and heat until nearly boiling.
Add in your grated soap, a little at a time, and stir continually.

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Keep stirring until all of the soap is dissolved.

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Once all of the soap is dissolved, turn off the heat.

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Now you’ll add 3 gallons of warm water to your bucket. (I placed my bucket in the sink.)
And add 1 C of the washing soda + 1/2 C of the Borax and stir to mix.

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Well, hello pretty kitty. The windowsill above the kitchen sink is her favorite spot to hang out!


Then you’ll add in your soapy water and stir well.

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 That’s it! Put the lid on the bucket and let it sit overnight.

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The next morning you’ll open your bucket lid and see a gelatinous goop of mess.
It’s OK. Don’t panic and wonder if you did it wrong!
Just take a long spoon and stir it all up, or, you can do like I did and just stick your whole arm in to stir it around. It will feel like Jell-o that hasn’t quite set.

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I’m storing mine in glass jars. And for a high efficiency front loading washer like I have, you only need about 2 tablespoons for each load.

This was my first time making detergent. If you have been making your own detergent for awhile and have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

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  • Alyssa - How has the laundry soap held up? Do you still use it?ReplyCancel

    • JRutledge - It works great! I realized that it does get ‘gloppy’, like the consistency of Jell-o, after being stored in the glass jars for a while. I just shake the jar a little before I use the detergent. Our clothes are just as clean as when I use regular store-bought detergent.ReplyCancel

This is the best recipe for buttermilk pancakes and it has become a staple for breakfast at our house. “Moooooommmy, can you make pancakes for breakfast?” Instead of saying ‘No, we have cereal bars in the cabinet!’ I grab my bowl and whisk, because these only take about 5 minutes to prep. And they are so. so. good! It’s summer now and we have blueberries coming out of our ears thanks to my in-laws who have huge blueberry bushes in their backyard. So recently, we’ve had lots of blueberry pancakes. But chocolate chips are the kids’ favorite add-in!

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Buttermilk Pancakes
Delicious fluffy pancakes that are wonderful plain or with blueberry or chocolate chips!
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  1. 1 C all-purpose flour
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1 Tbl sugar
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 and 1/4C buttermilk
  8. 1/2 C melted butter, divided
  9. 1 C blueberries, optional
  10. 1/2 chocolate chips, optional
  1. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the liquid ingredients, included 1/4 C of the melted butter. Stir until just incorporated.
  2. Cook pancakes on a lightly greased pan. If adding blueberries or chocolate chips, distribute these evenly on the pancake directly after putting it on the pan.
  3. As you stack your cooked pancakes, brush the remaining melted butter on the top of each.
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