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I am not a huge fan of going without deodorant. I don’t like smelling either. I don’t think that the commercially available “all natural” stuff works very well. I stock pile deodorant and toothpaste just like I do food and water, but just as I mentioned in my post about going without shampoo… Its a good idea to understand the basics of doing it an alternative all natural way with products that you will have on hand anyhow. Right?

I cant remember where I found this recipe. I have tried the recipe, and used it. It worked all right. I think that I have friends who are really much more into the Granola side of things than I am and I know that this along with a few other homemade things would be an awesome gift for them, especially if you knew what scents they really liked. This is really cheap probably $2-3 a batch.

The recipe I have used is

3 tbs Shea butter

3 tbs baking soda

2 tbs cocoa butter

2 tbs corn starch

1/4 tsp vitamin e oil (or you can puncture and drain 2 or 3 gal caps of the same)

1/4 – 1/2 tsp essential oils (Whatever scents you like)

You CAN add 1-2 tbs of vegetable glycerin or bees wax to make it softer if you’d like.

Microwave the Shea butter and cocoa butter until melted, mix in the cornstarch and baking soda, mix until smooth and then stir in the vitamin  e oil and the essential oils.

Once you’ve completely combined, place in a 4 ounce jar, which is perfect for this recipe. Put the contents into the fridge and let it set for 24 hours. If you make more than one, leave the one you will not be using daily in the fridge.

The deodorant should be melted by rubbing the amount of a pea in your hands to soften and then wiping onto your under arms. If its a warmer day they mix will already be somewhat softer but if you chose not to add the bees wax or glycerin it may be a little harder (it will still soften it you warm it up thought.

It worked for me, though I couldn’t trust it on a sleeveless black shirt. I noticed that it left a noticeable residue, but it doesn’t stain.

Sorry I didnt take any pictures of this, but you can find them if you do a search online I think, I have seen them.

It looks milky and off white, kind of like a light colored cocoa butter.

Even though this isn’t my cup of tea, it worked rather well and I would rely on it if need be. Its always good to be prepared with alternatives.

since I decided to start taking pictures, I thought I would photograph some of the things I make a bunch but never take pictures of.

I’ve started making bread pretty regularly. I only buy bread now occasionally out of convenience or from the bakery, pastries and such that I don’t want to bake or hotdog/hamburger buns which never taste right when I bake them. (always to heavy)

The recipe that I am using today:

(Sorry the picture isnt perfect) Its on page 75 in “The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook”

I did adjust the recipe slightly and I will talk about the small changes I made and why…

Hopefully you can read the recipe above or have the book, the recipe I used was:

1 1/8 cup water

2 eggs

5tbs butter

4 cups flour

1 tbs wheat gluten

1tbs dough enhancer

1tbs sugar

2 1/4 tsp yeast

2 tsp salt

This is for the 2 pound loaf.

This is my bread maker.

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So yesterday I picked up the netted bag I’d purchased the day before of peaches from the “Fresh and Easy” market down the road from where I live. I totally love shopping at that store. But I think, because of the heat the peaches were angry because overnight they got so soft, and some of them had spots on them.

Now granted, they were relatively small and werent hard to begin with, but they went south fast. So I parboiled them, and peeled them, mashed them up and made jam with them.

the recipe I used, is as follows:

Sweet Peach Jam

Juice of 1 medium lemon

3 cups mashed peaches (about 2-2 1/2 pounds)

3/4 cup peach Schnapps

1 pouch liquid pectin (3 ounces)

7 cups sugar

I was afraid it wouldn’t gel with so much liquid but it did. It doesnt taste anything like alcohol and I boiled it for 7 minutes or so, so I am sure there isnt any actual alcohol left in it. But it really really does give a lot of peach flavor.

I processed it, in 15, 4oz Kerr Jars. I decided to make it in smaller jars because I wasnt sure what I would use it for (other than making thumbprint cookies and maybe adding to a chicken marinade for some dish.)

A while ago, someone suggested smaller jars for smaller batches so that I could kind of test of flavors and recipes, and be able to give them out and let more people try them while not spending more incase they didnt like them. Also I think that being able to make several flavors in the small jars will be awesome because then I can give 3 or 4 jars away at a time in sampler sets. which may be awesome for Christmas.

D has a huge family and they always do a Christmas thing, no need to remind me, I am still away that I am a Jew, but I do give gifts to my children for Christmas, its about family and fun for us, not religion.

So, its super yummy, amazing really. But even D asked me what the heck I was doing making Jam on SUCH a hot day. I told him, its either today or not at all tomorrow the peaches will be dust. (Ok maybe not that bad, but gross enough to not want to make them into something else.)