A patched together lifestyle of thrift and charm...

Jul 27, 2017

No Shampoo? A Thrifty Thursday Post...

My hair has its challenges.  Most recently... I'm just trying to keep it!   
I've been thinking that the parabens in regular shampoos are not 
doing me any favors.  And hypoallergenic or natural shampoo is
 pricier than I'd like.  So I've searched for recipes to make my own
 and have come across the 'no shampoo' method of washing hair.

Essentially it's just baking soda & water for the 'shampoo' 
and apple cider vinegar and water to rinse.  Here's what you do...

Measure 2 T baking soda into a pint jar and fill with water.  Shake.

Pour it over your wet head and 'shampoo' like normal.  Rinse out.  

Put 2 T apple cider vinegar into same jar and fill with water.  
Pour over head as a 'conditioner' and then rinse out again.

That's it!  
(2 T : 2 C water for long hair - or 1 T :1 C water for short hair)

My hair was easy to comb out and is quite silky today (my first day using this). 
I'll try to keep you posted on how it like it over time.

I figure it can't hurt.  And it sure is affordable! 
And I'll be really excited if my hair loss lessens. 
And in case you're wondering - I do not smell like vinegar! :)

Here's to accepting the changes that the years bring...
and growing with them.  ~Joyce

Jul 20, 2017

Grow Your Own Fruit - Thrifty Thursday...

Fruit can get pricey... but you can grow your own for cheap!  
And oh the delights you can make...

An easy fruit to grow is rhubarb...

Simply cut off the leaves when the stalks are red and ready...wash...

and cut or chop or cook or whatever your recipe calls for.

It's easy to freeze - just throw it in the containers and label!

I made My Love some rhubarb muffins and he's loving them.
(He's not one to often comment on baked goods.)

Of course you can also easily grow raspberries. Blueberries and
 fruit trees too - but may take a little more work.  
For now - we're enjoying our rhubarb.

Want to try the muffins?

Sugared Rhubarb Muffins

2 c. flour
1 c. sugar - (can use less!)
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 egg
1 c. milk
1/3 c. canola oil
1 c. chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb

Combine all ingredients except rhubarb just until moistened.  Fold in rhubarb.  Sprinkle w/ an additional 1/4 c. sugar (spread out among the muffins).  Bake @ 350 for 25-30 min.

Jul 17, 2017

100 Miles of Rural America, Wildlife and Yard Sales...

What a delightful weekend... the perfect mix for My Love and I. 
  Pennsylvania hosted their annual 100 mile yard sale over 2 days -
 traversing remote roads and villages with lots of wildlife sightings in between.   
This picture says it all - see those mountains?  They were a constant!  
See that yard sale - also a constant!   
(And this house has plans to be turned into a bed & breakfast
 within the next 6 months - yippee!) 

We were adventurous and took 'big bad black dog' along. 
She did great while we were 'on the road'... not so great at the campsite.  
(She doesn't 'play well with others' - just not a nice 'people' dog.)
  But we survived as campsite time was minimal this go-round.

The mountain regions in PA are just beautiful...

...with lots and lots of cabins and camps...

We supported the local firehouses along the way for lunch and snacks...

And were honored to get to some great properties...

 My love had the time of his life shooting wildlife.  
Can't wait to see his pics!  Can you tell what he's shooting here?

Did I mention the small, small villages?

And sweet mountain churches?

This is some of the goods - mostly smalls - that came home with us. 
That flower (dianthus) is real and I had been wanting one- so happy!

So was it worth the trip?  A thousand times yes!  Perhaps not in
 miles vs. goods.  But in sightings and experiences - many times over!  
For more pictures - visit my Quilted Nest Facebook page 
(and follow me - you'll make my day!)  ~Joyce


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