Monday, January 30, 2012

Homemade Face Wash

A few years ago I started making my own olive oil face wash/cleanser.  I’ve tweaked the original recipe a few times and now find it almost perfect.  :)

Here’s why I LOVE it:

1.  It’s very cheap frugal.  You most likely already have the ingredients on hand.  If not, it should cost less than $7.00 to make 6-9 months worth of cleanser. 

2.  It removes makeup.  The olive oil naturally removes makeup, even stubborn eye makeup, and you won’t have to buy expensive makeup remover anymore!

3.  It’s moisturizing.  Traditional cleansers and face washes are formulated to strip skin of its natural oils, leaving your face tight and dry (and requiring you to purchase ample amounts of their moisturizer products).

4.  Only 4 ingredients and it’s really easy to make!



1.  Olive oil.  I’ve been asked if you could use another oil or even coconut oil.  I have never tried anything other than olive oil, but if you’d like to experiment, other vegetable oils should work just fine.  Coconut oil would make more of a cleansing cream consistency.  

2.  Glycerin.  Glycerin is a humectant, which means it attracts moisture to your skin.  It is a natural by-product of the soap making process.  (Manufacturers actually remove the glycerin from their soaps, to be used in their more profitable lotions and creams).

3.  Liquid face soap.  Because I use it to remove eye makeup, I like to use a “tear-free” product such as baby body wash, but you can use any liquid soap that works for your skin. 

4.  Water. 


2 teaspoons liquid face soap or baby wash
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons glycerin
1/2 cup olive oil
Clean, empty pump bottle

Pour ingredients into a food processor or blender.  Mix until thickened, smooth and creamy. 


Use a funnel to pour your face wash into a pump bottle.  Isn’t it creamy and rich?!


I quadruple the recipe, to make enough to last at least 6 months.  Store any extra face wash in the empty olive oil bottle.  It keeps for up to a year. 


TO USE:  Pump a quarter-size amount of cleanser into your hand.  Gently massage into your neck area, face, eyelids and eyelashes for about one minute.  Remove with a warm washcloth.  Rinse washcloth in warm water and gently remove any remaining dirt or makeup off your face. 

EnJoY your smooth and moisturized skin!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

compassionate and humble


live in harmony with one another,

be sympathetic,

love as brothers,

be compassionate and humble.
1 Peter 3:7-9

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cooking (and freezing) dried beans at high altitude

We live at 6,222 feet elevation.
Almost 1,000 feet HIGHER than the famous “mile-high city” about 100 miles down the road.

On top of the the whole thin air/less oxygen thing, it is a pain learning to cook and/or bake “up” here.
Brief scientific explanation:  At high altitudes, the atmospheric pressure is decreased, making water boil at a lower temperature.  This lower boiling point means foods cooked in water will require more time to cook.  (Like dried beans).
And don’t even get me started on candy making.
Or baking.
cooking (and freezing) dried beans at high altitude | the Prairie Cottage
OK.  Back to the beans:  Getting them soft enough for human consumption is a challenge.  I once soaked black beans for 12 hours, drained and simmered them in a crockpot for 24 HOURS. . . and they were still CRUNCHY after 36 hours of cooking!!
Tried some tips I found on the internet for cooking beans, including using fresh beans (old beans have a harder seed coat) and not adding ANY salt, seasonings, meats or vegetables to the cooking water until they are soft (they make the seed coat harder to penetrate). 
Aaand. . . yeah.  Still had crunchy beans.  Even though they are a healthy and cheap food that can be used in many dishes, I did, in fact, almost give up on cooking dried beans.  
Until I read these 2 revelations somewhere awhile ago: YOU DON'T HAVE TO SOAK dried beans and BAKING SODA WILL HELP SOFTEN THEM.
And it WORKED!  Seems plain old baking soda softens the seed coats and cooks them right up! 
It’s really easy!
High Altitude Dried Beans (with freezing directions)
1.  Put any amount of dried beans in a Dutch oven or stockpot (no soaking necessary).  Cover with double the water.  Add 1/2 – 1 teaspoon baking soda (depending on how many beans you are cooking).
2.  Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower heat to keep beans at a simmer for about 1 hour to an hour and 15 minutes.  Taste test to see if they are done to your liking, they should be soft enough to eat, but relatively firm - don't let them get too soft at this point.
3.  Pour them into a colander and give them a quick rinse.
4.  Now you can add the remaining ingredients from your recipe and continue cooking.
5.  OR:  To freeze for later use:  Measure and place 1.5 cups into into each freezer container or Ziploc freezer bag.  You definitely can freeze in smaller or larger amounts.  I prefer 1.5 bags/containers, as they are equal to one 15 ounce can from the grocery store  :)
4.  Add a little cold, fresh water.  Just enough to prevent drying.  There should still be 1 to 2 inches space to allow for expansion in the freezer.
5.  Label, date and freeze until ready to use. Easy as that!
One pound of dry beans will yield about 6 cups of cooked beans, equal to 4 cans from the supermarket.  (There are about 1.5 cups of beans per can when you drain the liquid).
Red beans and rice | cooking and freezing dried beans at high altitude {thePrairieCottage}Red beans and rice.
Even if you don’t live at high altitude, cooking and freezing beans at home is less than HALF the cost of canned beans.  Plus, you can freeze a much broader variety than what is available in cans. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

mercy and compassion



“This is what the LORD Almighty says:

‘Administer true justice;

show mercy and compassion to one another.

Zechariah 7:8-10

Friday, January 20, 2012

Yarn wrapped Valentine hearts



I am really in love with anything yarn-wrapped lately.  A fast and easy way to use up leftover yarn. . . what’s not to love?!

Hearts are the latest thing I’ve subjected to the yarn wrap.  You could make them any size, but I made some smallish ones to use as bowl and vase fillers. 

Start by drawing hearts onto cardboard.  I traced around a cookie cutter onto a box leftover from Christmas morning. 

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Cut them out.  Don’t worry if they’re not perfect!  The yarn will cover up any uneven edges or stray pen marks.  Begin wrapping around the heart.  You can secure the first strand of yarn with a piece of tape or just hold it for a few wraps, until it’s covered. 

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Switch directions while continuing to wrap the heart.  Make sure as you wrap that you are covering the heart evenly and hiding the cardboard, so it doesn’t peek through at all. 

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Once you’ve completely covered the heart, tuck the end under a few strands of yarn and add a dab of hot glue. 

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Use as filler in bowls, vases, centerpieces.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

It’s Pinteresting



These are some photos I’ve added to my Pinterest boards lately.  I am needing to make myself a new duvet and another for the guest room.  There is no shortage of inspiration on Pinterest! :)

Source: via Prairie on Pinterest



Lots of bright, pretty colors!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New stuff

godEmbroidered John 3:16 Valentine

Hello all!
I’ve been updating the shops since it's the new year.  I always try to keep up on the things that have been popular in the past, but there are a few new designs in there too.  Click on the pictures to visit my shops. . .  Hope you find something you like!


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Granny Heart Garlands


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New elf hat colors


Monkey earflap hats

Saturday, January 14, 2012

great love



Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,

for his compassions never fail.

Lamentations 3:21-23

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Compassionate and gracious


The LORD is compassionate and gracious,

slow to anger,

abounding in love.

Psalm 103:7-9

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lamp Makeover

Found this shade-less lamp at a local thrift store and gave it a little makeover. . .


Taped off everything I didn’t want painted and gave it a good sanding, then painted it with chestnut brown spray paint.

Since it came with no shade, so I used a lamp-less red shade I’d saved from a broken lamp.

You may have seen it in this recent photo:

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It looks sooo much better and I love it!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!


Wishing you a year filled with abundant blessings and joy!

Happy New Year


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