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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fruit Infused Water {Staying Hydrated during Summer}

Naturally flavored fruit water infused with a variety of fresh fruit and herbs + Summer Vitamins. 

Texas summers are horrible! All that Texas heat and humidity drain my energy every year and have me dreaming about fall. I don't mind when the temps are in the 80's, but when the mercury pushes 100+ it can get unbearable pretty quick. When the temperature starts to skyrocket all I want to do is stay inside an air conditioned house sipping something cool. 

When it's hot outside, it's very important to keep hydrated and drink plenty of water. Personally, I have a hard time drinking plain water, so I don't consume as much as recommended. Recently I've found that the only way I can drink enough plain water is if I jazz it up a bit by adding fresh fruit and make Fruit Infused Water.  

By adding slices of lemons, limes, and other fruits it makes the water more appealing and I chug it right down. Fruit infused water also has a lot of nutritional benefits, because nutrients and vitamins are released out of the fruit and into the water. It's like making my own vitamin water, but without all the yucky ingredients, dyes, and additives. Lately I've become addicted to this stuff. 

Besides keeping hydrated my family has been also trying to include a multivitamin into our everyday life. This is especially important for my kids, because they don't consume enough fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. My youngest son is a very picky eater, so vitamins are a must for  him.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Improved Homemade Laundry Detergent {Powdered}

New and improved DIY Laundry Detergent with the addition of Laundry Booster Beads. 

Several years back I shared a recipe for Homemade Laundry Detergent. I love making my own laundry soap, because it's so much cheaper than store bought. With just one large batch recipe I roughly have enough laundry soap to last an entire year (depending on how many loads of laundry I do a week) for around $20.

Since sharing the original recipe I've found an improved version that I like even better. The current laundry soap I've been using cleans really well, but it doesn't leave much of a scent. Having laundry that smells like fresh daisies is the one thing that I miss when using store bought detergent.

I was poking around on Pinterest awhile back and found an improved version that I love! The only difference in the two recipes is the addition of laundry booster beads which is genius!!! I don't know why I didn't think of that. I also switched soaps from using Fels Naptha bar soap to using the new Zote's Laundry Flakes. 

By using the Zote flakes it eliminates grating any soap by hand which is a huge time saver, and it smells wonderful. Homemade laundry detergents are low sudsing, so you won’t see a whole lot of suds in the wash. No worries, this is normal and your clothes will still come out clean. You only need to use 3 -4 tablespoons of laundry soap per load, so roughly it comes out to about 1/8 cup. 

I just save the cap from the Purex crystals and use it to measure out the detergent. The cap has lines on the inside and the top line is just at 1/8 cups, so it works out perfectly. Making you own laundry detergent is a personal preference and some people think it's a big hassle, but the $avings is huge in my book.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

No Bake Lemon Cream Fruit Tarts

Mini fruit tarts filled with a no bake lemon cream mousse, topped with fresh peaches and berries from Walmart.  
Good morning everyone and happy Tuesday!!! Today I have another sweet treat to share with y'all. As the weather quickly warms up, I find myself focusing more on, cobblers, no bake desserts, and fruit treats.  Peaches and berries are in full swing this time of of year, so I love using them to make all sorts of fruit flavored treats.

Cobblers and crisps are always at the top of my summer dessert list, but sometimes I like to make a few light-flavored treats as well. These adorable No Bake Lemon Cream Fruit Tarts are easy to make as well as the perfect little sweet ending to any summer meal. 

These easy mini fruit tarts are perfect for entertaining, because you can mix up the fruit topping with a variety of fresh fruit to please everyone. I used store-bought mini graham cracker crusts as a time-saver as well as to keep this dessert as a no baked option.    

I found the mini ready graham crusts in the baking isle located by the regular graham cracker crusts. Each 6 count package is priced at $1.68, so you can easily purchase a dozen for $3.36! The filling is an easy light and fluffy no cook lemon mouse that accents the berries beautifully.