Friday, January 14, 2011

homemade laundry soap

We're in the process of praying through our Christmas cards.  I love how much the kids have gotten into it this year.  The other day when Miles saw Kim and Luke were on top of the pile, he asked if we could save them for dinner since he would be at school for lunch and didn't want to miss out praying for them.  

Included in the pile was our first Christmas card for next year from one who is working this year on being prompt :)  I have a lot to learn from this lady.  And so, two weeks later, here is the laundry soap recipe lovely Jules...

a healthier alternative to regular detergent,
a cheaper option than natural laundry soap,
AND its quick and easy.
I timed myself. It takes less than 15 minutes to make (and that includes taking 2 pics).

homemade laundry soap
2 c. grated bar soap (I use Dr. Bronner's all-natural soap.  Peppermint is our fave, but almond smells so good to be devoured, and lavendar would be a sweet gift for a new baby)
1 c. borax 
1 c. baking soda
1 c. washing soda
Mix well.  Use 1/8 cup per load.  

And, while I'm being so prompt, here's the french onion soup recipe you asked for, like 3 years ago...

soupe a la onion (pour le crockpot)
4-6 onions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 T. butter
1/4 c. red wine, optional
4 1/2 c. beef broth
1 1/2 t. worchestire sauce
freshly ground black pepper

Cook onions and garlic in melted butter 15 minutes over medium heat, covered, stirring occasionally.  (If using red wine, stir into onion mixture after 10 minutes and simmer on med-low).  Transfer to crockpot.  Add remaining ingredients.  Cook on low 5-8 hours or on high 2-3 hours.  
Serve with toasted french bread topped with melted cheese (mozzarella or swiss, or gruyere if you're fancy :)

A little gluten-free trick to replace the french bread is to make your own croutons from GF bread (Here, I cut up some some leftover GF naan bread I had made, drizzled with olive oil and salt and toasted until browned - GF sandwich bread works as well)  

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