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Let’s Talk Sugar, Sugar Recipes!

Let's talk sugar,  brown sugar and powdered sugar recipes

White Sugar, Brown Sugar, Powdered Sugar  All the same!  With the holidays approaching and baking to be done.  I want to share a tip with you on how you can save some money with good ol’ plain white sugar.  I mean, why spend more when you don’t have too!  Right?  I am sharing recipes on how to make brown sugar and powdered sugar using regular white sugar.
Brown Sugar, Light or Dark
How many times have you checked the ingredients for a recipe that you plan to make and it call for a cup of brown sugar?  Don’t you just hate knowing that you have to pay $3.00 for a one pound bag of brown sugar?  You know the next time that you find a recipe to use with the rest of that brown sugar, the contents of that bag is going to be hard as a rock.  { Yes, they have fancy terra cotta stones that you can add to the bag to help draw the moisture out.  But, I have yet to find one that actually works! }
Instead of throwing your hard earned money away, try this trick instead.  { I promise it works and you won’t be able to tell the difference! }  The next time a recipe calls for brown sugar, make your own.  Listed below it an easy recipe and a cheaper alternative for you to use.  🙂

To replace light brown sugar in a recipe, use 1 cup of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of molasses.

To replace dark brown sugar in a recipe, use 1 cup of white sugar and 2 tablespoons of molasses.

{ Don’t worry a 16 ounce bottle of molasses is less than $2.00 and it is good forever. }

Powdered Sugar

Powdered Sugar is one of those ingredients that you really never need to buy again.  Seriously!  You can make it yourself, as simple as 1, 2, 3.  All powdered sugar is really, really, really fine sugar.  You don’t even need a recipe for powdered sugar, just a blender.  If you have a blender you can totally make it yourself.  Whatever amount the recipe calls measure it out and throw it in the blender and blend away!

Just do yourself a favor and make sure that the lid to the blender is on really good.  I made that mistake once.  Let’s just say that wasn’t an easy clean up.  Lol.


Just so you know, I kinda have a sweet tooth.  So if you are doing any serious baking this year, what time should I be over?  🙂




My DIY Dining Room Chairs


If your city has a Hotel Liquidator Store in it, I highly recommend you stop in for a visit.  I am lucky enough to live down the street from one.  I stopped in there one afternoon just to be noisy.  I am glad that I did.  The location that I was in was stocked with upscale hotel furniture, I am talking some really nice pieces.  Leather club chairs with ottomans from Mitchell + Gold and other great designers. (more…)

My What Score?

my what score?  Klout score

My What score?  My Klout score?  Starting and growing a blog has opened my eyes to many new things.  I am enjoying learning about new things.  But there are times that I question the things that I learn.  I know that everything is all about social media nowadays and that doesn’t seem to be going away!  Get used to it!  I am learning to take advantage of it and use it to benefit my life and my blog.

Everybody it seems has at least three forms of social media accounts, Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In.  To say the least; we are a connected world.  By being connected in social media, you are raising your Klout score.  The more friends and followers you have, the higher your score is.  Sadly, most people are unaware of what Klout is.  I, myself, was dumbfounded by it.  So, I did my research to find out more about this whole Klout thing. (more…)

Thrifty Tips to Try Out Tuesday- Hydrogen Peroxide

If you have followed along with my blog for a minute, you know by now, that I love vinegar.  But I must confess, I have another safe and non toxic cleaner to use as an everyday cleaner too.  I also use Hydrogen Peroxide for everyday cleaning in addition to my vinegar.  Sometimes, I use just the Hydrogen Peroxide to clean with, no offensive smell.  Plus, Hydrogen Peroxide is an all natural agent that can be used for many applications.  Here are a few uses that I have used it with. (more…)

Load Up the Washing Machine, Home Made Laundry Detergent Recipe

Sorry for taking the last few days off.  I have been dealing with two sick babies.  They both caught the stomach flu, yikes!  Needless to say I have had my hands full.  Who knew something so little could make such a big mess.  Times two!  Yikes!  My house is a mess and it reeks of the stench of bile.  Gross right?

I figured since today is Tuesday and Tuesday is Thrifty Tips to Try Out.  I should share my home made laundry detergent recipe.  I have A LOT of laundry to do, theirs and mine.  I may or may not have been a victim of a two years old bellyache.  There are definite advantages to making your own detergent, cost, time, environment factors, cost again.  To make four gallons of detergent costs me less than $20.  It will also last me a year or close to it.  I buy my ingredients in bulk from Costco, so I am able to stretch my $ mile high.

I make my batch of detergent in a five gallon bucket, you know the Homer one from Home Depot.  I dump a whole bag of Borax and Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.  I take four bars of peppermint castille soap by Dr. Bronners, chop them up in a food processor.  Think little as possible pellets.  Very small size chunks.  Toss that all into the five gallon bucket with the other two ingredients and put the lid on and shake.  Shake, shake, shake your booty.  Keep shaking.  It needs to be mixed really well.  Please make sure that the lid is on tight, you do not want to be inhaling baking soda.  It is not pleasant, trust me!

Once you feel that your arms are going to fall off from shaking the detergent.  You should probably stop shaking.  Transfer some of the batch to a one gallon bucket or some cutesy jug and presto you are ready to do some laundry.  And if the off chance you don’t have any laundry to wash, come on over.  I have tons!  : )

This is the piece de resistance of knowledge that you should know about your new detergent.  You only need a tablespoon per load.  That’s right, one tablespoon (tbsp) per load.  That is why it will last you so long!  Many of the pre made detergents that you buy from the stores are loaded with salt in their ingredients.  What does salt clean?

To wrap it, because I have acquired a lot of dirty laundry these last few days.

Get an equal size bag of Borax and Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.  Dump them into a bucket slowly, trust me on this one.  And you can use which ever body soap works best for your skin type.  I prefer the smell of Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castille Soap.  Shake the mix up really well.  When it is time to wash some clothes, add the soap to the washing machine first and turn it on and fills with water, then add your clothes.  This will help to make sure you don’t get a powder reside on your clothes.  (It has been known to happen, lol.)

There are many benefits for your skin to using this recipe as well as your wallet.  My husbands white socks were stained from his shoes, after the third wash they are completely white again.  They almost look like new socks.  Bonus!  And arm pit stains are washed away, no more yellow pits.  Gross!  As for your skin, you aren’t exposing your body to chemicals that you cannot pronounce.  Purer and fewer ingredients are better for you!

FYI:  You can also use this detergent to clean your carpets!  Those pesky spots come right out and it is pet and child friendly.  I am not saying that they can eat it, but there are far less chemicals than the carpet spot cleaner you buy at a store.

If you have any questions regarding my recipe, feel free to contact me.  I may or may not be a little delirious from the last two tiring long stinky days.  Lol.



Thrifty Tips to Try Out Tuesday! Uber Magic Cleaner Recipe

Uber Magic Cleaner

Afternoon Denveristas! Are you ready for Thrifty Tips to Try Out Tuesday? Here is my recipe for My Uber Magic Cleaner Spray.  As I have said before, I use vinegar to clean everything. The smell doesn’t bother me and I like knowing that I am not polluting my house with a bunch of chemicals that I can not pronounce.

My Uber Magic Cleaner Spray works on everything that my kids throw at me, lol, spots on the carpet, my kitchen, my bathroom, toys, and all those Colorado dustbunnies that appear every few days. I have even used it in my car.
Vinegar is a good de-icer for those chilly mornings. When you try it, you can use it for so many things around the inside and outside your house. Plus, it doesn’t cost that much to make. I think the final costs ranges around $0.75 to $1.25, depends on how much a gallon of vinegar costs at your store.

Uber Magic Spray Recipe (There are no specific measurements, here, just eyeball it!)
Take an empty squirt bottle
Fill it 3/4 with vinegar
Then add a hefty squirt of liquid dish soap, I use blue Dawn
If you have any, you can add some essential oils to help mask the vinegar smell.
Shake to mix
That is it! Easy peasy! Let me know if you tried and what you think! I hope you like it!



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Tomorrow, is “Thrifty Tips to Try Out”.  Do you have any tips handed down to you by your grandmother?  Mine used baking soda for everything.  And, I mean EVERYTHING!  I am guilty for over using vinegar.  My husband hates the smell, so I add some DoTerra essential oils to make the vinegar smell a little better. I use it to clean everything in my house.

I have two little babies under two in my house, so I don’t want to clean with a lot of chemicals.  My house is almost 100% chemical free.  I still have to buy my cascade dishwashing detergent.  And bubble bath, we go through a lot of bubble bath in this house.  Anybody have any thrifty tips on how to make homemade bubble bath?  That tip would be greatly appreciated.