My Top 5 Favorite Recipes (Laundry, Cooking, Essential Oils)

These are some of my favorite and completely random recipes! I cherish the opportunities I have to be a homemaker and create community through these recipes. These recipes truly do enrich my life. My mom taught me most of these so all credit goes to her. She made my childhood amazing by having us do chores and always pushing us to learn how to make things when we could.

  • Homemade Laundry Detergent. This laundry detergent recipe is inexpensive, effective, and simplistic. Ive been using this recipe for years. It is easy to make and goes a long way! This detergent paired with the fresh, crisp breeze when you hang it out on the line is to die for. I wrote down this recipe in my teens while watching an episode of the Duggars: 19 kids and Counting. Classic.

You Need: Borax, fels naptha, washing soda, lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil (the oils are optional) and a 5 gallon bucket with a lid. 

Instructions: dissolve 1 cup of the washing soda and 1/4 cup of the borax into the bucket and stir it up. You can let it sit for an hour or overnight and then stick your hands in it and stir it up well again. Then it is ready for use! You can add in essential oils as you please and to the desired scent that you want. This is the only part that can get costly. My family doesn’t use any and it just smells clean. 

Usage: Use one cup of the liquid for a large load of laundry and pour directly on the laundry. You can store it in gallon sized mason jars as well, for your convenience. 

Here is a video of how to make it!

  • Zucchini Bread Recipe. This is my mamma’s recipe and the one I grew up eating. When my mom made this the kids gathered and we spread butter on the warm bread fresh out of the oven. (Makes two loaves).

Great story opportunity.  One time my older brother made me laugh so hard at the breakfast table that water came out my nose all over my moms fresh loaf of zucchini bread. You better believe my mom made me eat every. single. bite.

You Need: 3 eggs, 1 cup oil, 2 cups sugar, 2 cups puled grated zucchini, 3 teaspoons vanilla, 3 cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 3 teaspoons cinnamon, and 1 cup chopped nuts (optional).

Instructions: Mix all of this together besides the Zucchini, then add it in. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-60 minutes.

  • Mint Tea. Growing or picking some wild mint leaves and making tea is incredible. Mint tea is known for soothing upset stomachs, aiding in digestion, reducing stress and fevers, improving focus, and it even promotes healthy skin and hair. You can buy mint tea and brew it as instructed, but fresh mint is always better and healthier!

Another great story, growing up my family took a vacation and we stayed in this big amish house and there was mint growing outside. So at the age of ten I picked some and boiled it over the stove inside. I felt like a mix between Laura from Little House on the Prairie and Anne from Anne of Green Gables. I was living the dream.

You need: Fresh mint leaves

Instructions: Rinse the leaves well. Put 4 cups of water in a pot on the stove. Put your mint leaves in the water  (I recommend 20 leaves but it depends on how potent you want it) and bring it to a boil for about four minutes.

Drink it up sis!

  • Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe. My husband and I LOVE eating this dish. It is fairly simple to make and inexpensive, but I cannot claim any health benefits with this one. It is just yummy. This is my recipe, although I’m sure there are dozens just like it across the web.

You Need: 1 Brick of cheddar cheese, 2 cups of milk, a few spoonfuls of flour, 6-8 potatoes, 1 stick of butter, an onion or onion powder, garlic or garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Instructions: Thinly slice your potatoes. Butter your 9′ by 13′ pan and lay them in it. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Put a pot on the stove and add your milk, butter, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper (do this to taste). Chop your cheese thinly so that it melts and add it to the mix. Whisk it all together and add flour to thicken. Pour your mixed sauce over your potatoes and cover your dish with tin foil. Put this in the oven to cook for 50-60 minutes.

Then eat it up! Just typing this up is making my mouth water.

  • Essential Oil Blend for Headaches. I have a chronic illness and get migraines and headaches quite often. This blend is so helpful when it gets painful! It is a way to naturally help while avoiding medicine if possible.

You need: Lavender essential oil, Peppermint essential oil, almond oil (or a carrier oil of your choice), and an empty dripper bottle.

Instructions: Fill your bottle with your almond oil and then add 30 drops of peppermint and 15 drops of Lavender. Shake it up and there you go! You can always add more essential oils to make it more potent.

Application: Apply a few drops of this essential oil mix to your temples, neck, and feet (soles and under big toes) to assist when you have headaches or trouble focusing.

This was such a fun post to write and brought up SO many nostalgic moments from my childhood. Let me know if you try any of these in the comments below! I would love to hear from you. Give this post a like if you enjoyed it and follow me if you would like to see more content pertaining to being a godly wife, homemaker, and Christian. 

Have a beautiful day ❤


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