Yogurt is one of those staple foods in my house. So buying overpriced, highly-processed yogurt is kinda something I’m not willing to mess around with. I’d rather make my own, and luckily it’s super easy. Everyone in my family prefers homemade plain yogurt over store-bought yogurt and yogurt has become one of those things that we look forward to each morning and afternoon. What I love about yogurt is that you can serve on the side of just about everything, use it in baked goods, and mix it with fruit and freeze to make yogurt pops. Despite its versatility, I used to be afraid of making my own yogurt. It always seemed so hard and not worth the effort, but I can assure you that making your own yogurt is a lot easier than you might think.
Since starting my journey to a healthy lifestyle, I’ve been trying more and more things that I would have never even thought to try out. For example, only a few months ago, I had no idea what a chia seed was, let alone what I was missing out on. And now, I don’t know what I would do without chia seeds. The same goes for coconut oil. The only oil I used to use was canola oil from Walmart, and as you can imagine, I wasn’t exactly living the healthy lifestyle that I’m trying to live currently. But when I started using coconut oil, I was having a hard time finding quality, organic coconut oil that was at a reasonable price and that I knew I could trust. I had to lower my standards and convince myself that the coconut oil that I was buying was “good enough.” but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s to never accept something as good enough and to always seek out improvement.
Some like it hot. Some like it cold. Some like it in a pot nine days old. When it comes to tea, none of these options are for me. I like mine warm yet drinkable. This perfect temperature lasts for a fleeting moment. Letting it cool often leads to a palatable, yet very cold beverage. The next best option is—ugh—flavorless ice cubes. I could concoct some delicious tea-flavored ice cube and keep them on hand, but that sounds like a lot of work.
My family loves popcorn. We love it so much that we have it three or four times a week. Sometimes we eat it plain, sometimes we top it with salt and pepper, other times we dip it in hot sauce…
But most of the time, we flavor the popcorn with our own seasonings. We prefer it this way. Usually, we just use the Nacho Cheese homemade seasoning, but recently, my mom suggested that we try to find a recipe for a Cool Ranch flavor, which I’m guessing she’s been craving for a while. But heck, I told her we’d try it, so we did indeed try it. Well folks, lemme let you in on a little secret. This Cool Ranch flavored popcorn is sooooo darn good. I could eat it all day every day if there wasn’t such a thing as a conscience. And a scale. I would if I could, but I can’t so I shan’t. Or, at least, that’s what my mama used to tell me. But I can learn to appreciate the amount of Cool Ranch flavored popcorn that I am allowed to eat without consequences.
If you turn around the box or bottle of laundry detergent you have sitting in your laundry room, what kind of ingredients are you looking at? Are you reading ingredients like Nonanoyloxybenzenesulfonate? If so, I highly recommend dropping the commercial detergents and opting for a homemade alternative. Making your own laundry detergent is less dangerous, less expensive, and still gets your laundry clean every time.
I know that some people may be intimidated by even the thought of making their own laundry detergent, because I was too before I made the switch to homemade, but I promise you that it’s not that hard. This homemade laundry detergent uses only 3 ingredients, takes only 10 minutes to make, and is a great way to start ridding your home of toxic chemicals.
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