For a long time I have used a few simple items to clean with such as baking soda used as a soft scrub in the bathroom and lemon oil to polish wood furniture but I’ve never made an all-purpose cleaner. So, about a year ago I started searching online for a recipe and found an orange cleaner that I really like. Being a major fruit lover, I am all about the citrus; I love to eat it, smell it, wear the colors of it. The recipes I found call for soaking dried peels in vinegar for a week or so. I’ve been making it regularly and really like it.
Well, this past weekend I was cleaning out my laundry area and found a jar of orange peels that had been soaking for going on two months. Way past time to mix up some cleaner so after straining, I added essential oil to enhance the smell even more and added a couple of drops of dish detergent just to give it a bit of oomph. This stuff is really good! It cleaned up a greasy stove top easily and smelled nice to boot.
15 drops or so of Tangerine or other essential oil, optional
Save peels from oranges, lemons or citrus fruit of your choice. Dry in sunny place such as a window sill. Pack into a quart jar and top with white vinegar. Store in dark area such as a closet for at least a month. Strain, saving liquid. Pour into a clean spray bottle, add 2 squirts of dish detergent and about 15 drops of essential oil if desired. Shake to mix.
Back when I first moved out on my own I started copying recipes into notebooks. The copying turned almost into an obsession to the point where friends were hiding their cookbooks from me or I’d be in their homes until all hours of the night scribbling away like a madwoman. The stickler was that I barely knew how to cook and really didn’t want to. I just liked the art of handwriting.
As a kid, whenever we traveled I also use to look in the phone book of the city we were in for all the riding stables listed. Not that we were going to visit them but I just liked seeing what kind of information they had about the stables. I WAS a horse crazy kid but still…..okay, so I might have been a bit odd when I was younger but I have a great collection of recipes! All that copying turned into 7 notebooks of recipes. Some of the recipes I cut out of magazines and pasted into the books but most are hand-copied.
Below is a Notebook Recipe – Zippy Wing Sauce that we really enjoyed this weekend.
When I cook wings I break off and discard the wing joints, then separate the wing. I then salt and pepper them and bake in a 375 F. oven, flipping several times until they start turning brown. Baste with the sauce about 10 minutes on each side. The next time I make these I’ll cook the wings on a greased rack set in the pan so the drippings can fall through.
My job is in the city so I commute about an hour in the morning and afternoon. Because of this, I miss a lot of the farm happenings. This past Saturday morning found my husband out hunting so it was left to me to let out the chickens out from the Chicken Wagon and to let the sheep out into the big field. I was up and out the door just as the sun was topping the trees to take care of them. On the way out, I grabbed some bread that was on the south end of fresh and the cattle stick in case our ram, Rambo, decided to have a go at me and walked down to the farm. It was a beautiful morning.
Waking up in the Chicken Wagon
Having a whole flock of sheep that are happy to see you is a great way to start the day. We all made our way out to the big field where the Chicken Wagon is parked. I could see the chickens at the windows and were anxious to start their day. After scattering the bread around for them and the sheep, I opened the door and scooted around to the back of the chicken wagon so I would not get rooster attacked. Between the rooster and the ram, you really have to stay on your toes.
I love to hear happy chickens singing and clucking.