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Using the Coconut Oil

Ah, Pinterest, you have struck my fancy again. A few days ago, I was perusing the pictures and came across a post that I, myself, have posted about in the past. See that post here. 52 Uses for Coconut Oil started out as a list with more uses for coconut oil than I thought I could ever use. As it turns out, readers have added 70+ more uses to her list. Glancing at this made me realize that I bought a jar of it quite a few months ago and had not used it yet. I decided it was time. I will preface this list with the fact that I’m not really a coconut person.  It’s growing on me.  The taste and smell of the oil are faint, so I can handle it.

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Here’s what I’ve done with it this week:
1. Facial moisturizer. After I washed my face, before going to bed, I slathered it on. It soaked right in. The next morning, I looked like a new person. My skin was very hydrated and more plump.

2. Additive to coffee.
From what I can see, others are consuming it in lots of ways. I thought I would try it in my coffee. I drink mine with only half & half. I added just a little amount of the oil, about half of a teaspoon, give or take. It added just a hint of flavor.

3. Cat food additive.
During these dry months, it’s important to keep pets hydrated so they aren’t scratching dry skin. You can lead a cat to water, you know. I melted just a little of the oil in the microwave and drizzled it over their food. They didn’t seem to mind at all and ate all of it. (Of course, cats can be finicky, so easy does it on the amount.)

4. Leather Moisturizer. I’ve got a pair of ropers (cowboy boots) that I’ve had for over ten years.  The toes were a little scuffed up and I couldn’t put my hands on my shoe polish at the time. So, I rubbed a little c. oil on it and it fixed them right up.  Not the same as a polish and buff, but definitely hydrated them and brought them to a better state.

5. Lip moisturizer.  Works just as well as it did on my face.

6. Scalp conditioner. With the air being dry lately, My scalp around my forehead  has been the same. In the morning before my shower, I rubbed some on my scalp and let it soak in for about ten minutes, then just washed as usual.  Worked like a charm.

What have you been doing with it?

Cheers, Olivia

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in 3 Ways, Food, House, Pets

 

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Baby Powder 3 Ways, Plus a Few More…

Baby powder is one of those products that has a ton of uses but many times is not thought of outside of its normal recommendations.  On an everyday basis, here are some ways I use it: We all know how brutal the humidity can be here in the South. (If you don’t, then just trust me.) There are plenty of days that I get out of a cool shower only to be sweating again a short time later before I’m even ready to go out the door.  Baby powder will certainly fix that. Merely applying a thin layer over your body will take the stickiness right away and the veil will stay with you for hours.  My favorite use is in my shoes.  Many days of the year in the South require going sans socks or stockings, again, due to the humidity.  Bare feet tend to stick to the insides of leather shoes or made fabric ones a bit stinky.  A little shake of baby powder inside your shoes or on your toes make all the difference.

After some research merely among some friends of mine, I found a gross excess of uses outside of use on the body.  Included here are more than the typical three ways, but they needed to be shared.

1. My friend Ronald W., a seasoned musician, uses b.p. on his hands when he plays his upright bass.  It helps to prevent his hands from slipping and sweating and makes playing generally easier.

2. A  similar use would be using it on your hands when playing pool.  It helps the cue glide easily through a player’s hand.

3. Dry shampoo for your pets. A few shakes onto your pet’s fur followed by a thorough brushing will eliminate odors, oily spots and probably make him feel better just as we would! (I just tried it on my two cats.  They didn’t mind at all! They are cleaner, dry (to their utter delight) and loved the brushing.)

4. Grease stain removal can be easily aided. Shake some powder on the stain, rub it in and let sit for a bit, then brush off. Repeat until the stain is eliminated.

5. My grandmother suggested cleaning your playing cards! Place the cards in a plastic bag with a couple of shakes of powder, then shake the bag. The cards come out refreshed and smooth to the touch.

6. Foil pests on flower bulbs! Who would have thought! Even as a Garden Club member, this is something I was totally unaware of.  Give the bulbs a dusting of medicated baby powder before planting and the pests will stay away from them.

7. Prevent underarm and collar stains by ironing on a coat of powder before you wear the garment. it makes a barrier between you and the fabric, preventing the oils from you body from absorbing into the fabric.

8. I was told also that b.p. will keep ants away.  This would be a good natural alternative to pesticides. Sprinkle the powder across the threshold of entry. Vacuum up then replace as needed until they have gone away.  I have not tried it, but there seem to be mixed reviews on the internet. It’s worth a shot, especially if you have small children around.

As there are multiple more uses for baby powder, I will end the list here.  Feel free to tell me and the rest of us what you are doing with it!

My baby powder of choice.
Picture courtesy of productreview.com

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in 3 Ways

 

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52 Uses for Coconut Oil

I wanted to put up a 3 Ways post today. After some time, and a mental block, I was perusing the net and then remembered this that I came across a couple of weeks ago. I am taking absolutely no credit for this one. Just passing along a very thorough and useful list of things to do with Coconut Oil!

http://www.deliciousobsessions.com/2012/01/52-uses-for-coconut-oil-the-simple-the-strange-and-the-downright-odd/

Currently, I do not use this for anything and never have. Looks like I need to! I will get some and try it. What are you doing with it?

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in 3 Ways, Food, Kitchen, Pets

 

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Crème Fraîche 3 Ways

Crème fraîche is a French cream product that has similarities to sour cream. cream cheese, and yogurt. It is thick, smooth and creamy, containing between 18 ad 36% fat.  The flavor is tangy, similar to sour cream and the texture is easily spreadable.  It lends itself to both sweet and savory dishes.

Here are three things to try:

  1. Use it as a substitute for yogurt, sour cream, or even mayonnaise in most recipes.  Give it a shot!
  2. A very simple (and healthy) dessert or snack idea is to add a dollop on top of some fresh berries and drizzle with honey.
  3. Potato Gratin with Gruyère and Crème Fraîche

A fact about crème fraîche that is good to know is that it can be cooked or reheated without curdling.  This makes for easier use and a creamier outcome.

If you are unable to find it or would like to make your own, it is vary simple.  Here’s the recipe:

2 cups heavy cream
2 Tablespoons buttermilk

Stir the buttermilk into heavy cream in a glass container that has a lid (quart canning jar would be perfect).

Leave the container partially covered, and let it sit at room temperature until it’s at your preferred thickness, about 8 – 24 hours.

Stir the contents and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

There are lots of varieties to this recipe.  Some cook for a short period, some use yogurt, some vary the amounts of buttermilk ratio.  I imagine that all will produce a similar product.

Have you ever tried making it?

Cheers, Olivia

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2012 in 3 Ways, Food

 

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Leftover Salmon 3 Ways

Yep, I said it.  Leftover salmon.  Why would I write on that topic, you ask? Well, I had a huge portion of salmon leftover from dinner a few days ago and something had to be done with it.  Here are the three meals I made:

1. Salmon BLT.  This was a dish served at Murphy’s in the Virginia Highlands in Atlanta.  When I worked there, it was one of my favorite dishes.  I recreate it on occasion.  Mine’s a little different, but it is merely a BLT with a filet of salmon added right on top. Yum Yum Yum.

2.  Omelette.  I flaked off some of the fish and chopped up the asparagus that was with and tossed it in with scrambled eggs.  Instant omelette.  Man, it was good!

3.  Today’s lunch was campanelle pasta with salmon.  I cooked the pasta, and before it was done, I added some frozen green peas.  After a couple of minutes, drained and returned to heat.  Add a tiny bit of butter, some half & half, parmesan, the salmon, garlic and some dill (plus a teaspoon of flour to help thicken the mix a little).  A little salt and pepper to top it off.  Fast and filling!

What are you throwing together with your leftover salmon?

Cheers, Olivia

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in 3 Ways, Food

 

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Corks 3 Ways

Merry Christmas from the Myers household!

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Wreath of corks

This new wreath is adorning my front door.  It’s made of corks! Corks are an item that we obtain all year long.  There’s always a jar sitting around being filled, but what does everyone do with them?  The big jar is a great decorator item, so nothing wrong with that; it is a divine thing to look at and a good conversation piece. Other things that are commonly made with them are trivets and bulletin boards. I’ve got three ways to use them that you might not know about yet.

1. Starting above with the wreath, it’s my latest project.  I started with a straw wreath base and hot glued them on all the way around.  About 150 corks later, I added a bow that I made and hung it with fishing line.  It looks charming!

2. Table Leveler.  This is an old trick I learned from years in the restaurant business. Cut a cork lengthwise on the diagonal,  Then wedge under the rocking leg of the table and there you have it! Level table again! It is soft and stays in place.  Works like a charm.

3.  Felt Pad Substitute. If you use felt pads on the bottom of your furniture legs, cabinet doors,etc, corks are an ideal substitute.  Slice the end off with a sharp knife and use an adhesive appropriate for the material it is being attached to, and you are ready to go.  I used them on the bottom of this ceramic dish that I made.  The dish had a couple of tiny rough spots that I was having trouble filing down.  After getting one scratch on top of my liquor cabinet (where this sits) I decided to fix it.  I just used hot glue.  It will not effect the pottery if I decide to remove it.

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Side view. Very thin slice.

Let me know your ideas or uses.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2011 in 3 Ways

 

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Baking Soda 3 Ways (for summer)

This weekend I had a request for baking soda 3 ways.  There are probably about 75 ways to use baking soda, so how do I narrow it down to just three??  Here’s a good starting point.  Summer uses for baking soda. 

1.  Body scrub.  I’m sure you are out in this beautiful summer sun and soaking it all up.  Oops! You got too much sun and now you’re skin is peeling.  Baking soda to the rescue.  When you get in the shower, sprinkle some soda on your wash cloth and gently rub your skin.  It will help to exfoliate all the dead skin off the surface. 

2.  Jellyfish sting aid. As a child, my friend and I got stung all over our legs by jellyfish.  I still remember the pain being helped the most by basking soda paste.  My mother mixed a little bit of water in some baking soda to make a spreadable paste.  She spread it all over our legs and then allowed it to dry.  You can brush it off and reapply as much as you like.  There’s not really any measurement to it.  Just pour some soda in a bowl and add water a few drops at a time, mix, and you will get a pasty consistency.

3.  Laundry booster.  With all the outdoor activity of summer, clothes seem to get more dingy with dirt, sweat, sunscreen, etc. Baking soda can help clean it all away.  Add 1/2 cup of soda to a load of laundry.  It will balance the pH and make the detergent work much better.  Your clothes will be fresher and brighter. 

Here’s a bonus use! When in the shower, sprinkle a small amount (a teaspoon or two) in your hand with your shampoo.  Wash your hair as normal.  It will help to get rid of any built up reside you have from activity or hair products. 

More to follow.  Let me know how baking soda is working for you!

 

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2011 in 3 Ways

 

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