Thursday, December 29, 2011

Laundry Soap Update

 Back on October 29 I posted about the Laundry soap that I made from this recipe.  I originally started out with about 16 cups of Soap (the above container plus the below container.)

Today I still have the above container that I haven't touched, and this much(below) left of the original container!

When I added them together I have this much (below) left of my original batch that I made TWO MONTHS ago!

As you can see, I have been keeping track of the scoops I've used. (the black marks on the lid)

Conclusion After 2 Months of Use:
I have used a little over half of the soap and gotten 125 scoops out of it.  Which translates to 250 Tablespoons or 125 potential loads.  I say 125 "potential" because I sometimes used a scoop and a half for really dirty loads.
How did it work: I have not really noticed any difference in the way it cleans.  It seems to work great!  
What would I do differently next time: 1.I would cut up the soap much finer, because sometimes I still had chunks of undissolved soap when the load was finished.  2. I would use all-natural, unscented soap because of my sensitive skin.
Overall, I LOVE this soap and will continue to make it!  I spent less than $20 and it is going to last me over 3 months!  
Also, I have been using just White Vinegar instead of Fabric Softener, and it works great.  I never used scented softener anyway, because I have sensitive skin.  It comes out without any strong scent, just a fresh scent, and that is fine with me!  It is a cheap and natural alternative to softener! 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas at Our House

So, this is Christmas, Nolt-Style...

 Today Joanna "helped" me make some apple pies and then she had to sit and watch them bake (this only lasted a few minutes).  Her dolly and kitty had to watch too.
 Here is a sneak peak at our pies. 
 And here is a sneak peak at some Christmas decorations around the house...

 The banner above, was a pinterest idea, as was the front-door wreath...

 The primitive wood nativity, that i love(above) and the Little People nativity that joanna loves(below)

 Another pinterest idea (above)...chalkboard nametags...!
 Ritz PB Crackers!(above) and Puppy Chow(below)

 Monster Cookies (above) and Molasses Cookies (below) (Not pictured:Frosted Sugar and Andes mint) lol
 Oh, and these buttery Press Cookies!  MMMM
So, that is a little of Christmas with the Nolts....(Disclaimer: I could not have made all those cookies without Mom Nolt's help!!)  Can't wait to get together with Family and share all of these goodies!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Spirit

We were gone most of last week and weekend at a Prison Crusade.  We had 6 services and were left feeling emotionally and physically drained while feeling spiritually charged.  We got home Sunday nite and spent the next day and a half getting laundry done and preparing to leave again!
Tuesday afternoon my honey and I went on an excursion to St. Pete Beach, we found an awesome deal for a beachfront hotel on Priceline ($49!) We had a wonderful time relaxing in the 75 degree weather!  (This is why people flock to FL in the winter)  

That evening we went to see Celtic Woman in Clearwater (Ruth Eckerd Hall).  Brendan had bought me tickets for my birthday (in October).  They sang Christmas music and it was FABULOUS!  They had a complete orchestra with them and I thought everything was HEAVENLY!   They only have three ladies right now, plus the violinist but it was still lovely.


They also sang this one...  Probably my favorite!  

So, now I am home and feel ready to get into the Christmas season and spirit!  Let the Holidays commence!