Orzo with Grilled Vegetables

orzo with grilled vegetables

This is one of my go-to recipes. It’s so easy and versatile, and healthy! If you’re a carnivore and want to add protein, chicken sausage pairs nicely.

Orzo with Grilled Vegetables
3 cups chopped bell peppers (I used half of each of a red, yellow and orange, love the color)
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup olive oil or grapeseed oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 lb orzo pasta
4 scallions, minced
1/2 lb colby or monterey jack cheese, cubed

Dressing:
2 lemons
1/4 cup olive oil or grapeseed oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper {read more}

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DIY Laundry Soap Recipe

Making your own laundry soap is SO incredibly easy. I was sold at the first use. AND, it’s way cheaper than the store brand variety.

I have tried a few recipes and this one is my favorite. Funny story about the Fels Naptha. When my sisters and I were little, my mom would threaten to wash our mouth out with the yellow bar of soap if we used bad language. I only remember this happening once to me, and I think it was more of a two second bite than an actual washing…but still.

DIY Laundry Soap Recipe
1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup Oxiclean
1 bar Fels Naptha laundry soap bar {read more}

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DIY Granite Cleaner Recipe

DIY granite cleaner recipe

Granite looks so great when it’s clean. But it hardly ever is around our house. I refuse to go through a bottle a week of the special, expensive granite cleaner. So, I did some research and came up with a DIY Granite Cleaner Recipe that I make at home and it turns out it works better than the store-bought stuff. Easy peasy.

DIY Granite Cleaner
1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol or cheap vodka
5-10 drops of Dawn or other dish soap
Water
10 drops essential oil or tea tree oil (optional)

Put the rubbing alcohol or vodka into a 16oz squirt bottle. (I don’t know why you would waste vodka on cleaning but apparently some people do.) Add the dish soap, essential oil and fill up the rest of the bottle with water. Give it a few shakes and you’re good to go. I always add essential oil or tea tree oil because it takes over the alcohol smell. And lavender essential oil and tea tree oil just happen to be naturally antibacterial so that’s a nice bonus. I just got a new essential oil called “Blues Buster” that is a combo of tangerine, grapefruit and geranium. Heavenly! {read more}

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What you need to know about cloth diapers

I know. The whole cloth diaper thing causes most of us to wrinkle up our nose. More laundry, stinky poopy laundry. I get it. I really do. That’s what I used to think before I learned more about them.

Here’s the deal – I will preface this post saying if you have no interest in cloth diapering, DO NOT DO IT. Being a parent keeps us busy enough and the last thing you need is someone trying to convince you that will be a better parent if you do cloth diapers. You won’t. But, if you are even the slightest bit curious, keep reading. I made the switch from disposables to cloth after educating myself, and they work wonderfully for us. {read more}

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Honey Lime Enchiladas Recipe

Enchiladas are a staple in our house. Thank God my husband isn’t a picky eater and doesn’t seem to mind having them quite often. I found a recipe for honey lime enchiladas and had to make them that night when my mouth started watering at the idea. These are so delish. Sweet, spicy and tangy all at once and so easy.

I tweaked the recipe to my liking. The one I tried had a pound of cheese. A POUND. I personally think pretty much anything is better with cheese, but not that much. Instead of using sour cream or half and half, I substituted greek yogurt which cut down the calories but kept them creamy and rich. {read more}

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