Citrus peels / Pelures d’agrumes

You have lemons, oranges peels and you do not know what to do with them?

Do not throw them away!

I have some ideas to reuse those essential oil packed rinds…

Household products:

  1. Macerate in vinegar for about 1 month. Filter and then dilute with water in proportion of 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 of water. Use to clean glass, bathroom, kitchen, etc.
  1. Use them directly, as is, to clean a cutting board, shine faucets, degrease a surface, etc.

In the kitchen:

  1. Orangettes or lemons Sweet treats.
  1. zest. Dried and crushed or finely chopped, serve in culinary preparations. As soon as a recipe calls for zest, you have it on hand!
  1. Digestive alcohol.

In any case, remove a maximum of white film under the skin.

  • For sweets, cook in a simple syrup 1h or more. Let cool and then dip in melted chocolate. Let it harden and impress your guests!
  • For zest, let dry for several days in a dry and dust-free place. Chop or add to the food processor to reduce a max. Keep in an airtight jar.
  • For the digestive drink, let macerate in alcohol, like vodka, 3-4 days. Filter. Add to a simple syrup and serve after dinner with the orangettes.

In the house:

  1. As decoration. Dry + Cut in nice and fun shapes.Hang, display as you wish.
  1. Home fragrance. Dry and leave in an open jar to perfume the room or in a perforated bag to perfume a drawer.

Tu as des pelures de citrons, d’oranges et tu ne sais pas quoi faire avec?

Ne les jette surtout pas!

J’ai quelques idées pour les réutiliser…

Produits ménagers:

  1. Les faire macérer dans du vinaigre environ 1 mois. Filtrer puis diluer avec de l’eau en proportion de 1/3 vinaigre pour 2/3 d’eau. Utiliser pour nettoyer vitre, salle de bains, cuisine, etc.
  1. Les utiliser directement, tel quel, pour nettoyer une planche à découper, faire briller les (fossets) robinets, dégraisser une surface, etc.

En cuisine :

  1. Orangettes ou citronnettes.
  1. zestes. Séchées et broyées ou hachées finement, servent dans les préparations culinaires. Dès qu’une recette demande du zeste, vous en avez sous la main!
  1. Alcool digestive.

Dans tous les cas, retirer un maximum de pellicule blanche sous la peau de l’agrume.

  • Pour les bonbons, faire cuire dans un sirop simple 1h ou plus. Laisse refroidir puis trempe dans du chocolat fondu. Laisse durcir et impressionne tes invités!
  • Pour le zeste, laisse sécher plusieurs jours dans un endroit sec et à l’abri de la poussière. Hacher ou passer au robot pour réduire un max. Conserve dans un bocal hermétique.
    Pour le digestif, laisser macérer dans de l’alcool, comme de la vodka, 3-4 jours. Filtrer. Ajouter à un sirop simple et servir come digestif.

Dans la maison :

  1. Comme décoration. Sécher + Découper des formes amusantes. Pendre, exposer comme tu le souhaites.
  1. Parfum de maison. Sécher. Laisser dans un bocal ouvert pour parfumer la pièce ou dans un sachet perforé pour parfumer un tiroir.

DIY Scrubbing Detergent / Crème à récurer

You clean your home with commercial scrubs? You’re putting toxins into your home environment instead of removing them.☠️

It’s simple to create a scrubbing detergent yourself and clean your bathroom or kitchen with it. You can even recreate the scents you love using essential oils. As added bonus, your home will smell much better while offering you therapeutic benefits at the same time. Plus, homemade nontoxic cleaners are money savers!

So let’s get going!

You need…

    250ml white clay
    30ml Black soft soap
    Essential oils, 10-15 drops

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until you get a paste.
  1. Transfer in an airtight container.
  1. Use on tiles, faucets, bathroom sink, bathtub, cooking hob, etc.

In health,

Chantal

Vous nettoyez votre maison avec des produits commerciaux? Vous ajoutez des toxines dans votre environnement au lieu de les enlever. ☠️

Il est simple de créer vous-même un détergent à récurer et de nettoyer votre salle de bain ou votre cuisine. Vous pouvez même recréer les parfums que vous aimez en utilisant des huiles essentielles. En prime, votre maison sentira bon tout en vous offrant des bienfaits thérapeutiques.

De plus, les nettoyants non toxiques faits maison sont économiques!

Alors allons-y! Tu as besoin de …

  • 250ml Argile blanche
  • 30ml Savon noir
  • Huiles essentielles, 10-15 gouttes

  1. Mélangez tous les ingrédients dans un bol jusqu’à obtenir une pâte.
  2. Transférer dans un contenant hermétique.
  3. Utiliser sur les tuiles céramiques, les robinets, les lavabos, les baignoires, les plaques de cuisson, etc.

Santé!

Chantal

Nut milk Bag / Sac pour lait végétal

Un peu plus bas pour la version française!

Why I haven’t thought of it before?

When I saw an advertisement selling a 100% cotton little bag for nut milk, I told myself, “wait, I don’t have a bag like that, I can make this myself and use it instead of a kitchen towel.”

It was so obvious that I rushed to my box of old unused clothing. I found one of my kids’ t-shirt and cut into it right away. I Sewed two straight line to close the bag on each side and Tada! I had a nut milk bag.

I rushed to soak almonds and this morning I made almond milk using my new little baggy! I’m so proud… I bet you can hear it!

Convenient. Useful. Reuse. Repurposing. Recycling. Fun. Simplicity. These are all words that to come to mind with this fulfilling idea!

I call it making good use of marketing and advertising influence 😜

Chantal


Pourquoi je n’y ai pas pensé avant?

Quand j’ai vu une publicité vendant un petit sac 100% coton pour faire du lait végétal , je me suis dit “attends, je n’ai pas de sac comme ça moi, je peux le faire moi-même et l’utiliser plutôt qu’un torchon de cuisine.”

C’était tellement évident que je me suis précipité dans ma boîte de vieux vêtements inutilisés. J’ai trouvé un des t-shirts des enfants et je l’ai coupé tout de suite. J’ai cousu deux lignes droites pour fermer le sac de chaque côté et Tada! J’ai un sac de lait végétal!

Je me suis dépêché à faire tremper des amandes et ce matin, j’ai fait du lait d’amande en utilisant mon nouveau petit sachet! Je suis si fier … Je parie que tu peux l’entendre!

Pratique. Utile. Réutiliser. Recycler. Fun. Simple. Ce sont tous les mots qui me viennent à l’esprit avec cette idée épanouissante!

J’appelle ça faire bon usage du marketing et de l’influence publicitaire 😜

Chantal

Christmas Recap (menu and stuff)

If you missed my posts, here is a recap of my suggestions for your holiday menu

Ideas for…

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and I’ll be back in January!

Take care

In health,

Chantal

Homemade Christmas Decorations Ideas

Create decorations with what you have in the kitchen or in your backyard.

Here are the ones I made this year…

Scented decoration : oranges with cloves. Looks vibrant and smells fantastic. Cut zest of the orange and make a pattern. Pin in cloves. Display as you like. The smaller the room, the more the smell is present.

Decorated candles : decorate with cinnamon sticks and tread. Make or buy a candle, display cinnamon sticks around it and make hold with a tread/rope. If you have ribbons, you can use them instead of the rope.

Center piece : water stems (rosemary, pine, holly). Pick stems from my backyard and add them to water and fresh cranberries. It makes a clean and trendy decoration!

Atmosphere Lighting : mason jar tealight covered fabric. Use an old bed sheet cut out the size I need to cover the jar. I use a rope to finish it and to make the fabric hold. I glue pieces of tree bark pre cut in christmassy shapes. The second one is covered with an old see through shiny fabric I found in my scrap box.

Wish cards holder : rope and small clothespins. I made braided rope with a coton rope that was left from last year. Made it stick on the wall with gum and added small Christmas clothespins bought many year ago.

Have fun!

In health,

Chantal

Unwind while doing something practical

You know when everyone has the same wine glass and, at some point, you don’t know which is yours anymore ? Well, this is a fun and very easy DIY project that solves that kind of mixup. Plus it is the kind of project that enables you to relax and be mindful.

Cutting cardboard and styling your handwriting allows you to focus thoughts on what you do and suddenly, you become mindful and you can relax!

Ready to unwind?

To make wine glasses name tags you will need cardboard. The colour is your choice. Here, I chose black so I can use them again in a different contexts. If you want to make them more christmassy, you can choose red or green cardboard. Whatever you prefer.

Then, take a wine or champagne glass, put it on the cardboard and circle its base with a pencil. Do that step as much has you have guests. Draw a second circle in the middle approximately the size of your glasses stand. I used a small coin to contour, so it can be a perfect circle.

Choose either your guests names or words that you find appropriate. I chose words (in French because my family speaks french) that are also wishes; like Health, Joy, Happiness, Love, Peace and Hope.

Choose either marker or crayon of a bright colour, that contrasts with the colour of your cardboard. It will be easier to read. Write the names / words down in the circles you’ve drawn, limiting them inside. Leave a blank space. Use your best handwriting.

Then, cut along the circle lines as best as you can. Take your time and constantly turn the cardboard so you cut evenly.

Cut a straight line towards the center of each circle. Cut the inner circle using the technique mentioned above.

They are ready to use! Aren’t you relaxed yet?

Decluttering and Giving

In this holiday season, we especially think of families in need. Unfortunately, there are still many.

We live in abundance and it is good for the soul to distribute around us.

It is in this spirit that today we have decluttered kids stuff and donated them.

The children participated in sorting out their clothes, their toys, their books.

We took advantage of the fact that friends and family visited us to suggest things they might need or want.

All that remains (what you see in the photo). we will give to a child welfare center. They redistribute to poor families.

What a feeling of well-being, of satisfaction not only to declutter but to donate. And with that donation knowing that we contribute just a little bit to their needs and happiness.

In addition, we enjoyed good times with friends and family over several cups of tea! This was a day about sharing and giving. It gave me a lot of happiness.

And you? How do you give back to the community, to others?

This for sure should not be a thing we do only during holidays, but year round. We do our best!

In health,

Chantal

Cleaning Products

Multicleaner

Savon noir, water, essential oils

This cleaner is great for almost all surfaces and all kind of uses. Counters, shelves, floors, wood, tiles. It is a simple cleaning soap!

Windows and glass cleaner

Vinegar, water, essential oils

This simple mixture is great for glass, windows, mirrors but also for any other place you need to disinfect and degrease. Like kitchen tiles, toilet seat, water stains on faucets…

Special Scrubbing Paste

Savon noir, argile, essential oils

This paste is amazing on faucets, tiles, and induction hub surface (oven top). Every where you need to scrub a little more!

Where I live, water stains (limy calcareous sediments) are hard to remove. But with this scrubbing paste, the shinny effect comes back easily.

Bowl covers

Not using any plastic is a hard thing to do but with these things in hand, it’s easier!

Instead of using plastic wrap over my bowls of leftovers, I use either linen covers or wax paper.

I made two size of covers in a 100% linen fabric. Small and large.

They are easily resizable that fits all the different sizes of my bowls.

They are machine washable. Endless use!

Wax Wrapping Paper

To cover my leftovers, wrap sandwiches or

Wax wrapping paper are the best alternative to plastic wrap

I made those myself with tissues that I covered with beeswax.

Simple, ecological and endless use.

Washable with soap and water.

When the beeswax gets thinner, I can reapply beeswax.