Archive for September, 2011

A New Challenge

This month, I heard across Facebook an interesting challenge. This challenge is to go processed food free. My family has decided we are going to give it a go. This means, everything from scratch. If we purchase something, EVERY ingredient needs to be a basic, whole ingredient. For example: flour, sugar, water, you know, words you understand and ingredients you could actually purchase. The challenge is for an entire month. This means no running to Taco Bell on days I just don’t feel like it. It also means my crock pot is going to get a good work out.

For us, this will be completely worth it. Since we started eating more from scratch and removed almost all of our processed foods and dyes from out food we have all noticed we felt better. My kids are listening better, they’re feeling better, and frankly so are the adults.

Now the challenge is for an entire month. It was started here at Hopefully we’ll make it the entire month, but who knows. All I do know is that we’re going to try our best, and maybe I’ll come up with some more quick and easy meals or ideas for those days that I just can’t seem to get cooking.

Skip the nutritional labels, they mean nothing. Instead, look at the ingredient list and see what you’re actually putting into your body.

Yes you can make laundry soap!

3c Borax
2c Baking Soda
2c Washing Soda*
2c grated soap**

Combine all together, and to get a nice smooth texture, I have a cheap food processor I mix it all with in batches. If you add some grated soap with the other power it processes better, gets finer and doesn’t gum up.

*Washing Soda = sodium carbonate. You can get it at most grocery stores, or at pool supply stores.

**For Soap I’ve used Zote, and am currently using Fels Naptha. If you have extreme sensitivity you can use Dove.

If you want, you can add some essential oils for extra smell, but I generally don’t bother.

I’ve been using this for the past year and it works great. Funny enough, we were using dryer sheets for awhile and when we ran out we were honestly too lazy to get more. We haven’t needed them at all!!!

Now this is a small version of what I do in batches. It’s what I used when I first started out to try it out. I do this recipe times four now for ease.