Monday, February 11, 2013

Homemade at Home

Every Monday morning I get this newsletter in my inbox from Creative Homemaking.  It is a short email usually containing no more than 5 fantastic tips/articles on keeping a home.  Today's edition contained two do it yourself projects I couldn't resist sharing. 
Since being creative isn't one of my talents, projects that require much effort usually get overlooked...but, these two were easy, can save a few dollars and are things you can use.
DIY Vicks VapoRub
I remember as a child my mom rubbing VapoRub on my neck and chest when I had a cold.  Even today, if I go to bed stuffy, a little Vicks under my nose helps me breathe much better.  Two simple ingredients can produce a DI
1/2 c. coconut oil and 10 drops or so of eucalyptus oil in a half pint sized canning jar mixed  together.
Use just as you would Vick's VapoRub. It smells exactly like it!
DIY Homemade Ranch Dressing
I use the dry ranch mix in many things.  Those packets aren't cheap and I've even bought the mix in bulk.  But...when I saw this recipe, I decided to give it a try:
1 cup powdered buttermilk
6 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried dill weed
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
Mix all ingredients together. It will fit perfectly in a pint sized canning jar.

One tablespoon of mix is equal to one packet of dressing mix. To make ranch salad dressing, combine 1 tablespoon mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1/2 cup milk. Mix together with a wire whisk. You can also substitute sour cream or yogurt for the mayonnaise.
To make ranch dip, mix one tablespoon mix with one cup mayonnaise and one cup sour cream.

Visit Creative Homemaking for some great ideas, recipes and inspiration.

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