Sunday, June 30, 2013

Gluten Free Banana Nut Bread

Today has been a rare day for June, going into July. This morning was 60 degrees! The high is only supposed to get up to 78 today, and it has been a wonderfully gorgeous day! I woke up feeling the need to bake. This really only happens in the Fall, when the cooler air is flowing, and the house is filled with a crisp scent of Autumn. If I hadn't known that it was June 30, I would have thought that Fall was on its way!

So, this morning, for my wonderful husband's birthday, I decided that I would make some Banana bread. We had some bananas that had been given to us, by my parents, that were really mushy and only good in breads. After looking at some recipes, I decided to make my own Gluten free version, from scratch. The results were amazing and it turned out so moist and delicious! Here's the recipe!
Gluten Free Banana Nut Bread
1/2 C. of real butter, softened
1. C of sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3 Tbsp. milk
1 C. mashed bananas
1 tsp. baking powder
2 C. of Gluten free all purpose mix. (I like the Gluten Free Cafe brand. You can see a picture HERE
1/2 C. of crushed nuts
Cream butter; add sugar and beaten egg. Combine baking soda, milk, and banana pulp. Add to butter mix.
Add the baking powder and Gluten free all purpose flour mix to bowl and beat until all ingreadients are mixed. Do not overbeat. Add crushed nuts to bread. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 min. After cooling for awhile in the bread pan, let cool completely on wire racks then store in the refrigerator until ready to eat with real butter.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Planet Reuse

I wanted to tell my readers about an amazing store here in the Kansas City metro area. The store is called Planet Reuse and is an incredibly cool place to buy things for your home- and it's extremely cheap!

The cool thing about Planet Reuse is that it's sole purpose is to sell building materials at a fraction of the cost, simply to keep it out of landfills. I love that! They test every appliance that comes in, making sure that it's up to code and works well. My family and I went there the other day, looking for a mountable microwave oven. The one we have now stays in the house we're living in, and I love it to much to not get another one. But as we were pricing them, brand new, we found out that they can start at $150 and go up from there! Just a bit to much money for my liking. One of my husband's co-workers told him about Planet Reuse and as luck would have it, they had a mountable microwave!

Here's a breakdown of everything that we got for the new house, and their prices.

Mountable Microwave, including hardware- $40 (It's a Maytag and works like brand new!)
Delta bathroom faucet set- $10 (needed some cleaning, but looks brand new once I was done with it!)
2 sets of door knobs, without locks, brand new in sealed box- $5 each
2 sets of locking door knobs brand new in sealed box -$7.50 each

So, if you're running a total, we spent $75 for everything in the picture! What an amazing find this place was! And they have everything that you could need to redo your home: from doors, to sinks, to dog houses! Next time you're in need of replacing something in your home, consider finding a Habitat for Humanity store that sells things like this. Not only will you get some great pieces for your home, you're also keeping these things out of the landfill.

Until Next Time,

Sunday, June 2, 2013

How to Restore a Bathtub Faucet Set Using 1 Ingredient

So, I've told you how we closed on a house this past Friday. The very next day we started on painting and cleaning our new house. The previous owner had been living there barely. He and his wife lived farther west of the house, and he spent maybe a few hours there, tops. And boy did it show! The house is dirty! Lucky for my family, I can clean anything, and make it look great. Today I want to share how I restored the most disgusting bathtub faucet set using 1 ingredient, and it's 1 ingredient found in every house across the United States! Don't believe me? Let the picture speak for itself!

I swear to you, this is the exact same set, and I cleaned it using 1 thing, and NO scrubbing at all. That 1 ingredient?

Distilled Vinegar.

Yep, you read right, I just used distilled vinegar! My loving husband took apart the entire faucet on the tub and broke everything down into pieces for me so that everything could get nice and clean. I then put the pieces into bowls and covered it with straight vinegar. DO NOT dilute it! Vinegar breaks up the hard water stains and the mold that was growing in the plastic knob.

Before I soaked them. Notice the dull grey color and the mold growing in the plastic knob?

Soaking in the straight vinegar
 I left the hardware soaking for about 2 hours, while my husband and I worked on more painting.
My husband painting the dining room wall.
After about 2 hours I took the pieces out of the bowls and washed them with a soft brush and warm water. The hard water just washed right off. I dried them with a microfiber cloth, and for good measure sprayed a bit of bath oil on them and rubbed it in. You don't have to do this step, at all, it just helps the water stains to stay away longer.
So much better! The hard water is gone, and the set looks brand new!
So much better, huh? I saw the bathtub faucet set, and my husband thought that we would just have to replace it. I'm glad to say that we won't have to replace anything for awhile, even if the style isn't what I want. It works for now, and looks fantastic! Right now I have the bathroom sink's faucet soaking in vinegar, so I expect that it will look just as fabulous here in a few hours! Look for other great cleaning tips soon!

Until Next Time,

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