Protein Bars

I can honestly say I have never been in a Adult Bar; we frequently sit in the bar section of a restaurant while on dates, but have never been to the “local bar.”  However, my husband used to work for the lottery which is mainly located in adult bar’s.  Our son used to get so mad when my husband would talk about work and which bar he had been to the night before.  To him a bar was a protein bar, granola bar, or the best a candy bar.  Being a kid had no idea what an adult bar was but thought dad was off enjoying bars without him.  We got so many laughs about this subject.

His favorite thing to eat was bars.  A staple in his diet from the early ages.  No surprise that his younger brother took a liking to them too.  Problem was that him and big sister could not have the store bought kind.  Sister was allergic to soy…good luck finding one without.  Baby brother was allergic to the preservatives and unnecessary ingredients.

I was left to find an alternative that would make us all happy.  Just like my home made crackers the bars don’t stick around long, other than that they are great!!

Protein Bars

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup granola or rolled oats
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup milk (we use rice or almond milk because of milk allergies)
  • Optional: Chocolate chips or Craisins

Make a flour powder using the dry blade of a Vitamix combining the almonds, granola, and cashews.

In large mixing bowl mix all dry ingredients.  Slowly add in milk to create a dough.

Roll dough flat on pastry sheet and cut apart or for rounded edges make about a 1 inch snake and flatten with a rolling pin and slice into desired bar length.

Bake in oven 350° for 6-10 or until golden on edges.

Enjoy!  When cooled of course.

Homemade Deodorant

Yes I know it sounds crazy.  I hate using my old deodorant now.  Last weekend we went camping and all I had was the old stick.

I was sold on the Coconut Deodorant after about a week.  I think your body needs time to adjust to the no chemical version.  My first batch was awesome!  Second batch not so great I was frustrated with the oils I kept getting on my shirts and the stains.  Remake of the second batch has been great.

As you will read on other blogs remember it is a deodorant not an antiperspirant and must be reapplied accordingly.

My first attempt link is here.  What I found was that it really depends on your skin and your body on what ratios you need.  To much baking soda burns the skin.  To much oil and a messy liquid as coconut oil is liquid at body temperature.


  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 3 tsp. Corn Starch
  • 5-10 drops of essential oil (I use lavender)

Melt the coconut oil, mix in other ingredients, essential oil last.  Pour into washed and dried deodorant container and place in freezer until solid. 



Dishwasher Detergent

So I have not ran out of hand wash dish soap so I have not tried it yet but plan to use my body wash recipe with the Lemon Castle soap for my future dish soap making.  That is how I kinda pace myself when I run out of the chemical version that is when I learn to make new.

I have not mastered this recipe so I am sure there will be future updates but here is where it is today.

Dishwasher Detergent

  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Washing Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Salt
  • Vinegar in the rinse aid slot (I’m still using Jet Dry…it has not ran out yet)

Just like the laundry I use 1 Tbsp powder per wash.

I will just say I replaced Borax with the Baking Soda on the recipe I found.  The first batch I made I used the Borax and then thought to myself…we use that to kill ants.  Hum… I don’t think it needs to be in there.  The toxic levels are so high I don’t think it can be worse that what is in the store bought soaps.  BTW…What is in those soaps ever notice you can’t find the ingredients for any of them?  But if I am gonna bother making my own soap why put things I don’t want in it.

Laundry Soap

My first experience with homemade laundry soap was at a MOPS meeting.  As our craft we made the traditional recipe that you find everywhere for homemade laundry soap.  I tried it as I was prepping to do cloth diapers and it was recommended as safe for your diapers.  I hated it!  I felt my clothes still stank after being washed.  Through that idea out the window and went back to my Tide Free and Gentle.

I used Planet laundry soap for my cloth diapers and still do it just seems to work great for the diapers but I hated it for my clothes too.  It seemed to leave the socks with a crunchy feeling.

Now about 3 1/2 years later I decided to give it another try.  I think part of the problem was the size of the shredded soap I had used the first time.  I use a fine shred for my soap making now so I thought that would help.  I started looking at recipes on Pinterest and everyone uses the Fels Naptha.  My reasons for making soap was not financial but because I am trying to eliminate the chemicals exposed to my family.  Reading the ingredients of the Fels Naptha I did not feel like I was doing any better.

One night I had a though.  Why can’t I use my regular soap the one for washing my body?  It even comes with pleasant scents.  The next morning I searched Pinterest for Dr Bronner’s Laundry Soap and I was not the only one that had thought of this and it had good reviews!!

Lavender Laundry

1 Bar Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castle Soap

1 Cup Baking Soda

1 Cup Washing Soda

1 Cup Borax

It is so easy to make!  Fine shred the soap and mix all the ingredients up.  I use a glass jar with a lid to store it and keep moisture out.  I use 1 Tbsp per wash load with my front loader.

I love it!  No crunchy socks, and it smells like lavender!!!


Crackers are an all time favorite of mine.  In fact the one thing I really miss with my families new organic chemical free diet is crackers.  We make our own but they DON’T LAST!!

This fall we realized that preservatives and phosphates in bread type items were a bother to our son.  We had kinda wondered about gluten as that is the big talk but as best as we can tell it really is not the gluten but what is put in those foods to preserve and keep them fresh.  If you look up what else sodium phosphate is used for you will realize why we don’t really need it in our bread.  I wont share this here…it would take away from the recipe.

I love Pinterest for researching recipes for my homemade stuff!  This one I have not really changed the basic recipe… I found it to work just great.  Simple with great taste and the ability to create a wonderful cracker!!

Basic Cracker Recipe

“2 ½ cups flour
3 teaspoons dried herbs/seasonings
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil
¾ cup cold water”


So just follow the link above to get the recipe that is so easy.  What I have done is add to it.  I have messed with the flour and used: almond flour, cashew flour, gluten free flour, or any other flour type you like.  For the spices I always add garlic salt and usually Italian seasoning (they are my favorite) but sometimes add: cheese, flaxseed, baking soda to make thicker.  Bottom line they Always taste great!

Homemade Liquid Soap

I have had many people asking for my recipes that have changed our ways and our health.  My youngest son was showing signs of Autism and had so many allergies and sensitivities.  We have changed so many things and everyday the response is better and better.

The first big allergy was found in his soaps and baby wipes.  I’m still not sure what brought on the whole thing but in the end we found iodopropynyl butylcarbamate as our enemy and the companies that provided his baby soap included this in their products unlisted on the ingredients.  I decided after the months of suffering that we would slowly eliminate chemicals as we could learn to find something better to replace.

So the first was his body wash.  I will just say first of all I rarely use soap as his dermatologist taught me most of the time water does just fine.  As mom’s we all know there are time’s that do in fact need soap so hear is what we use.

Homemade Liquid Soap

1/3 cup shredded Castle Soap (We love Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint)

1/3 cup liquid Castle Soap ( I added this because it helps get the bubbles most of us are use to for that clean feeling.)

3 cup water

Most would probably recommend distilled water but we use it up quickly so I don’t worry about it.  I start by bringing the water to boil and let it boil for 10 mins.  Measure out the 3 cups and add the shredded soap.  Mix Well.  When it cools off a little bit I add the liquid soap.  It is very runny but works just fine with a bath poof.  For my foaming hand soap I use half the soap with half hot water.

My favorite part of this soap is how cheap it is to make so when my boys dump the whole bottle in the bath it is not a $4.00 plus bottle down the drain.  We were wasting so much money having to buy expensive soap that boys have the tendency to over use!!