Monthly Archives: June 2012

Homemade Laundry Soap – Fels Naptha Soap


Tired of not having clean clothes, running out of detergent or spending too much on ever increasing costs to do laundry?   This is the recipe for making laundry soap.  It doesn’t sud but that’s okay because that’s not what cleans our clothes anyway.  I think that was just a marketing gimmick to make us feel like the detergent was really doing something.  Using the remainder of the bar as a spot cleaner works really well, too.   Happy clothes, happy family, happy laundry day or days and days as in my case.

Homemade Laundry Soap


1/3    Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated

1/2    Cup Washing Soda

1/2    Cup Borax Powder

Essential Oil is Optional for Fragrance

Jar with Lid or Bucket


Grate the Fels Naptha Soap and place in a sauce pan.  Add six cups tap water.  Heat until the soap melts.  Add Washing Soda and Borax stirring until dissolved.  Remove from heat.   Pour four cups hot water into the jar or bucket.  Add soap mixture and stir.  Add one gallon plus six cups of tap water and stir.  Let the soap sit for twenty-four hours to gel.  Use 1/2 cup per load.  Stir each laundry day.   This soap is not sudsy, but rest assured,  will clean your clothes.





A Father to His Son


Rudyard Kipling, born in India, schooled in England, lived in America, story teller, poet – wrote this poem to his then twelve year old son.   A definition of a man  from a father to his son.  Happy Father’s Day!

IF –

By:   Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
   And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Source: A Choice of Kipling’s Verse (1943)

Great Grilling


It’s that wonderful time of year when all the vegetables are coming ripe in the garden.  You can find me canning or grilling; also, feeding the vegetable hound.  In case you forgot about grilling inside here is a quick reminder or try the same ingredients outside.

Grilled Yellow Squash, Okra, New Potatoes and Shrimp


Garden Vegetables

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Stick of Butter Melted

Fresh Dill, Rosemary, Thyme

Course Salt



Cut potatoes in 1/4  inch slices or wedges whichever you prefer.  Boil in water, but not until done, just soften the potatoes, drain.  Melt a stick of butter along with olive oil and drizzle over potatoes.  Toss in your fresh herbs or use whatever dry seasoning you prefer.  Now,  grill inside on the stove or outside on the barbey.  Brown on each side.

For the shrimp:  Make sure you butterfly the shrimp.  In other words,  cut a little deeper slice along the top part or vein area.  I always buy deveined shrimp. This increases the flavor to me and makes for a better looking shrimp.  I added some spicy peppers and fresh pressed garlic to the same ingredients for vegetables.

Grilling on the gas cook top with a Caphalon Grill Pan looks like this: