Friday Find

So I’m in a bit of a tizzy today because my bushel of pears has arrived at an Amish farm and is waiting for me to come and pick it up. My kitchen island is overflowing with empty canning jars that will soon be full.

But anyway.
The Friday Find.

I found the best cleaner for that crusty stuff that gets stuck to the bottom of pots and pans. Borax. The same powder that makes great laundry soap and household cleaners. Sprinkle it into your crusty pan and scrub with a damp cloth. The Borax pull up all the crust without ruining your pots and pans.

the finds

I’ve found that my $6 32-oz. jar of coconut oil at Wal-mart isn’t as healthy as the organic, sweet smelling oil found at health food stores. But its healthier than the shortening I had been using for baking. So its a good find for us.

I’ve found that unbleached all-purpose flour makes fluffier, better rising bread. Its not the fine ground whole wheat I’d been mixing with my freshly ground wheat but it tastes better to my family. And it still has to be healthier than the store bought wheat bread. So its a good find for us.

I’ve found that filing complaints really is worth the time and effort. After a very bad experience with a customer service agent, I complained to the company and the Better business Bureau. The company gave me a $50 gift certificate and a $50 credit on my debit card. What did I use all this free money on, you ask? A 3-in-1 printer. With the $50 gift card, it was $20 (with free shipping). I have a new printer on the way that we really needed and I still have $30 for the time ( a lot of time) I spent on the phone with customer service people. Now that is a good find!

I’ve found that the best deals on curriculum can be found on message boards and Yahoo groups. That’s where you find parents who are just like you, trying to make some money back from their used curriculum but not looking to rip anyone off. Good find.

Friday Finds

The best snack ever? Zucchini muffins. Put regular zucchini bread batter into muffin tins, bake for around 20-22 minutes. Little zucchini perfection.


Okay the real Friday find – good biscuits complete any meal, right? Here are two recipes that work well every time. First a recipe for baking powder biscuits that has never failed me. I use it for breakfasts, for quick hamburger rolls and for pot pie crust. Second, a recipe for refrigerator rolls that is perfect for a holiday meal or dinner party. Flaky, golden yeast rolls that take so little time to prepare.

Baking Soda Biscuits

2 c. flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

— Mix these together in a large bowl.

2/3 c. milk, water, etc. I’ve used chicken broth when these biscuits are going to top chicken pot pie.
1/3 c. oil (Use coconut oil for the absolute best results.)

— Make a well in the center of the flour mix and add liquid. Stir until it is just pulling together. Dump out onto floured surface and knead a few times until soft and not sticky, adding flour as needed. Pat or roll to desired thickness, cut into circles, bake at 375* for 10-15 minutes.

Refrigerator Rolls

2 packages of yeast
2 c. warm water
1/2 c. sugar
1 teaspoons salt
6 c. flour
1 egg
4 teaspoons shortening

The night Before:
Combine yeast and water, add sugar salt and 2 c. flour. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Add egg and shortening, mix well. Stir in enough remaining flour to for soft dough. Do NOT knead. Place in greased bowl, cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.

The next day:
Punch dough down, turn onto floured surface and divide into 24 equal pieces. Shape into balls, placed on greased baking sheet 2 inches apart (I used muffin tins instead). Let rise for 2 hours. Bake at 350* for 12-15 minutes.


The Friday Find

Rather than choosing something specific for a weekly feature, I went generic. Each Friday I’ll post a recipe (either for food or a cleaner), a product, a household tip, etc.

This week’s find:

Homemade, germ killing All-Purpose Cleaner.

Start with a clean spray bottle. Fill it 3/4 of the way with HOT water. Then add slowly:

1 teaspoon Borax
1 teaspoon Washing Soda
1 Tablespoon Liquid Castile Soap (I’m using regular liquid soap until I can find castile)
1/2 cup white vinegar

Shake well.

The Washing soda cuts grease and disinfects.
Borax is a good substitute for people who don’t like bleach (like me!). It deodorizes and will prevent mold and odors.

The best part?

Its super cheap!!