Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pantry Miracles

I have found that there are a lot of "good" products on the shelf in the stores that do an OK job for things around the home.  But, I am finding that there are many simple...SIMPLE products at my finger tips that do the job as well, if not better. Here are a few of my recent favorites.

Carpet Stain Remover

Since we have rented out our home and are in our second city apartment, I have learned the carpet is just terrible.  It wears badly, stains easily, and is not easy to keep looking nice.  Throw in two little boys, one big boy, and no uncarpeted areas except for the small kitchen and baths -and you get the picture of the carpet battle I face daily.  Not to mention, the carpet is white.  White carpet seems insane in these apartments, to me.  But, it is what it is and there is nothing I can do to change it.  I went out and bought a spot remover heated carpet cleaner.  It does fine, but is it bulky and time consuming when you have an urgent spill.  I have resorted to a much more simple, instant method-white vinegar.  White vinegar and water mixed together and sprayed generously does a great job!  The tougher the stain, the more vinegar I use.  Sometimes, I saturate the stain and set a towel over with something heavy on top to help absorb.  For really tough stains, like red colored stains, I use the same solution but add a hot iron over the towel.  The steam really does wonders.  The vinegar smell can be strong, but it once the stain is out, it seems to disappear very quickly.  I have come to the conclusion that vinegar is just magical.  It cleans carpet and a bazillion other things, works well in a salad, and turns cucumbers into pickles!  I mean, seriously, the stuff is just magical!

Miracle Nectar

Oh. My. Goodness.  Do you even know the millions of things that honey is said to benefit and cure?  It seems endless.  Bug bites, burns, and anti-aging properties are just a few of the miracles this stuff is attributed with.  Honey is just unbelievably delicious.  (Michelle, if your reading...I need an update on your bee keeping!) Honey is not entirely cheap, but I think this product is worth it.  It is natural and seems to not be too hard on blood sugar levels either.  I dare you to search the information superhighway and discover the endless properties of honey.  Lately, I am drinking a tea made with three simple ingredients: honey, water, and cinnamon. This tea is said to battle colds, keep skin looking great, promote weight loss, and help settle stomachs.  Which leads me to my last pantry miracle for today, cinnamon. 


Cinnamon has blood sugar secret powers.  I am trying to get more of this in my husband.  We are always looking for ways to help control his type one diabetes.  Diabetes is a really difficult disease to manage.  It is unrelenting sometimes.  My husband was diagnosed very early in life.  He is not over-weight.  He is active and has always been healthy.  However, this disease can change things very quickly.  We are always learning the cause and effects of choices, nutrition, and exercise.  We  keep looking for ways to do battle with diabetes.  Cinnamon is a good pantry miracle. 

Here is the recipe I am using for my "miracle" tea:

One cup of boiling water
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon of honey

I use my Keurig machine, take out the coffee K-cup, and use the small cup setting.  I put the cinnamon in the cup first, let the hot water do it's magic by letting the two steep for several minutes.  I do about seven to ten minutes steeping.  Then, I stir in the honey.  It is suggested that you drink a cup in the morning about an hour before eating, and drink another before bed.  This tea is supposed to really help with colds, skin care, respiratory issues.  It even says that regular drinking will help shrink your waistline!

So, here's to having fun with your pantry today!  Please be sure to pass along any of your pantry miracles.  I would love to hear all about them!

B charmer

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