3 Ingredient Dishwasher Tabs

I found this recipe on Pinterest and I wanted to try it out before I shared it. Just to make sure it works well and really cleans my dishes. After 4 months, I can truly say these work and are way more cost effective than store bought. Plus you know exactly what is going in them.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Citric Acid
  • 2 tablespoons Dish Soap

Mix the dry ingredients, then add the dish soap and squish it into the dry ingredients until you can form a ball with it and it stays together. I use my hands to mix so I can test out if it will hold its shape as I go, but you can use a spoon if you want. Then fill your mold with them and let them dry overnight. Pop them out and store them in a jar or whatever you have for storing! (Beware, if you have a cut on your finger, the Citric Acid will let you know. So wear gloves if you must)

I just throw one into the dishwasher before I start it. I do have hard water, so if I have vinegar on hand, I’ll put that in the rinse aid section of my machine to help, but it’s really not needed.

Easy Homemade Sandwich Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 2 Cups Warm water
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp oil or room temp. butter
  • 5.5 cups flour

Directions:

Mix yeast, warm water, and honey together in your mixer. Let sit until bubbly.

Add in oil/butter and salt. Then add the flour. Attach dough hook and turn mixer on low. Leave it to do its job. I normally take this time to do dishes or fold laundry. I kind of just keep checking back until it’s the right consistency. Once it pulls away from the sides, I let it knead for a bit. Until it looks like this.

Then I set it out to rest and rise for another round of laundry or dishes. Normally until it has doubled in size.

Before rising.
After rising.

Now I seperate the dough into 2 halves, punch them down, and form them into loaves. Then I set them in an oiled bread pan for the second rise.

They rise for about 30 minutes, or until they fill up the bread pan. Like this

Then bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. We make these every week. It’s super easy and super low maintenance. Plus I can adapt this recipe to make other breads.

A little to much rise this time, but it still tastes the same!

I got this recipe from The Hollar Homestead. It is my favorite bread recipe so far! Go check them out on YouTube!

Tuesday Homestead Update

Hey everyone! Not much to update this week, other than I’m ready for these baby chicks to be out of my house! Haha, no seriously. We change bedding and everything twice, sometimes three times a day. I need to get another tote to separate them because they are growing at a rapid rate and there isn’t much space in their original tote now.

Pretty crowded in there. Hopefully this weekend I can get them moved to the shed, if I can construct a safe durable place for them. Of course our winter finally arrived. For about two weeks at least. Well, except for tomorrow, itll be back to spring tomorrow. So I’m taking advantage of that and cleaning all the animal areas. Our chicken coop needs to be raked out and new bedding put in. I try to do this weekly.

The sawmill is officially up. Not running yet, but it is up! I’ll keep you updated on it when we begin to truly use it.

With all of God’s blessings,

Grace Revival Homestead

3 Ingredient Sugar Free Lemonade

I love lemonade! However my son’s body doesn’t love the sugar that comes along with it. So we make refreshing sugar free lemonade from home to enjoy on these nice spring days by the pool!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 cups lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar substitute
  • 7-8 cups water

So I squeezed enough lemons to make 1 1/4 cups, but I’m sure you could use the kind out of the container and it would work just fine too.

Then I mixed the cup of Splenda with a cup of water and heated it up on the stove until it dissolved.

Next came mixing the syrupy liquid with the lemon juice and adding water to taste. I would add 7 cups of water and taste it, then add more if you want.

Make sure you remove the seeds from the juice before mixing it with the syrup mixture. Also check whatever sugar substitute you are using, because the ratios may be different.

Yes I drink my fresh squeezed lemonade out of old honey mason jars! Doesn’t everyone? I added a few strawberries from our strawberry plants as garnish as well, they just make everything seem prettier!

The best thing about this lemonade is my son approves! He is a picky eater (and drinker) and he doesn’t like sour things. But this lemonade is the perfect amount of sweet with a hint of sour. If you make it, let me know what you think! Also if you have a sugar substitute that you prefer, with a low glycemic index, share that as well! We are always looking for healthier ways to cook for our son.

God Bless

Grace Revival Homestead