Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Diaper Detergent

I have been asked the question a lot about what I wash my cloth diapers with. When I tell them that I make my own detergent a lot of people ask for the recipe. I got the recipe off the Internet, I can't remember where, so forgive me if you are the one who posted this and I didn't give you the credit.

Washing diapers is easy if you only breastfeed your baby then you do not need to rinse of the breast milk poo in the toilet, it is water soluble and therefore, will dissolve in the washing machine. If your little one is on solids then rinse off the poo in the toilet and then wash.

I do a cold rinse first with 2 TBSP of detergent then a hot wash with a second rinse.

This makes a very large batch, but there will be no leftovers (I make mine in a leftover cat litter tub with a lid.

3 boxes (55 oz each) of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (I use the Pure Baking Soda because it is less harsh)
2 boxes (76 oz each) of 20 Mule Team Borax
1 Large (96 oz) tub of Oxiclean

I also use this detergent to wash my clothes.

What do you wash your diapers with?

Cloth Diapers

When I told my family I was going to cloth diaper my daughter they thought it was pretty cool, that was until I told them I was going to wash the diapers myself and not use a diaper service. You see, like most people who wrinkle their noses at cloth diapering, they automatically thought diaper cloths, pins, and covers. They had no idea about the many different styles and colors that are available today. They not only save money in the long run but they are so cute and easy to coordinate with different outfits.

Right now my diaper stash is made up of a variety of fitteds, One Size pockets, Sized pockets, and AIO. Each of them I like for different reasons.

My husbands favorite type and I would have to agree with him are the pockets or AIO's with snaps, they seem to fit our "Skinny Minnie" the best.

If you are confused by some of they diapering lingo a great website to check out is Jillian Drawers . Feel free to ask any questions if you have any.

What is your favorite diaper in your stash?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pulled Pork

So, a couple weeks ago my husband brought home an EIGHT pound pork shoulder butt. I looked at him and said "What the heck and I supposed to do with that, feed an army?" So in my freezer it sat. So, finally last week I got online in hope of finding some kind of recipe that I could use and hopefully freeze. That is when I found I could make Pulled Pork with this monsterous hunk of meat.

You have to understand I am very picky when it comes to my Pulled Pork, and pork in general.
My husband loved my Pulled Pork so much he went back for thirds, and even said it is his favorite. So here it is, I took a few different recipes and and adapted them together so that I could cook the pork in my oven and not on the grill (it was over 100 degrees that day) and not in the crockpot (it was not big enough).

First you make the rub. (Mind you this is for 8 lbs, just meaurements in half for a smaller piece)

3 tablespoons Kosher salt
3 tablespoons black pepper
3 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chile powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Heat an ovensafe pan on the stovetop with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium heat. After you cover the pork in the rub place in the pan and brown all sides.

When sides are brown cover the pan with lid or foil and place in oven. Cook for about 45 minutes per pound. You will know it is done when the meat falls off easily when you run a fork over the meat.

If you try this recipe and like it please let me know.


So I have always looked at cooking as a chore. I hated the idea of having to plan out a meal take time to cook it to only have everyone eat it up with in 10 minutes and then leave you the mess to clean up. That was until recently. I have actually begun to enjoy cooking since my daughter was born.

I am making her baby food from scratch, which also saves a ton of money. I have also learned that if plan right you only have to cook a couple meals a week because you can eat the leftovers, which by the way are sometimes better then the first.

I will try to post any recipes that my husband really enjoys (he is picky), and some that I really enjoy. We have different tastes in food, he is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, and I like things on the lighter side.


I am a wife and a new mother. I hope this blog not only helps family and friends keep up with us but helps others who are first time mothers.

My husband and I are first and foremost Christians. We pray that God helps us raise our daughter in a Christian environment. We both are close to our parents and are very blessed that they get along and enjoy getting together for family time.

Some of the things I hope to begin to blog about are: my family cloth diapering (which I love), cooking/recipes, reading, and great deals that I find.

Please, bear with me as I learn about blogging, and thank you for taking the time to read.