Monday, December 12, 2011

Lets get this party started!

February 21st at 7:00pm
New year, with a new spin

The Traders Table is back! We are going to have a great night swapping what we cannot use for those items we can!

We will also have great ideas on how to up-cycle clothing and objects and give them new life. For example a tank top into a bag!

Get great ideas, get great stuff and visit with great sisters!

Tues, Feb 21st
7-8:30 pm
The church buildling-
6605 Southwest Garden Home Road Portland, OR 97223
What do I bring?
Anything you would like to donate, old clothing, housewares, electronics...
Let us know if you need help transporting you or your donations. =)

Soap for pennies!

We did it! We made our own hand and laundry soap! The Healthy Living Group is more DIY than we thought!

Next month join us for candle making!

Here are our soap recipes-

simple homemade laundry detergent

1 bar Fels Naptha, or other soap bar (castile, tallow, palm, or coconut oil base) (in laundry aisle)

3/4 C Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (Fred Meyers, Walmart)

3/4 C 20 Mule Team Borax (Most grocery stores)

2 Tb vegetable glycerin (online, pharmacy like Rite Aid or New Seasons)

Grate soap bar and melt in saucepan with 4 cups of simmering water. Stir constantly.

Fill 5 gallon bucket halfway with hot hot water.

Pour in melted soap. Whisk. 

Mix borax and washing soda together and mix in.  Add glycerin and whisk until completely dissolved.

Fill remainder of bucket with more hot water.

Put lid on and let it cool 12-24 hours.  Add drops of essential oil if desired. (Orange, lavender, etc, but Fels Naptha is a strong clean smell)

Will gel and may look crazy gel-like, just shake or stir before using. If the gel is not consistant reheat and stir again.

Use 3/4 C to 1C per laundry load.  1/4 C to 1/2 C for front loading machines.

Liquid Hand Soap
1 c soap flakes
10 c water
1 Tbs glycerin


    Cheese grater A large pot Measuring cup and spoons A spatula for stirring A soap container with a hand pump A container to hold excess soap Funnel


First, grate the soap. Get out your cheese grater, grab the soap, and get grating. I found this to be surprisingly easy, although the soap particles tend to float in the air as you grate. You can wear a mask to avoid breathing it in. When you’re done, the soap flakes look like grated Parmesan.
One bar of soap yielded a little over 1.5 cups of flakes. The recipe only uses one cup of soap flakes, so I put the remaining soap in a jar for later use.
In a large pot, combine 1 cup soap flakes, 10 cups water, and 1 Tbs glycerin. Turn on medium heat and stir until the soap dissolves. 
Let the soap cool completely, then pour into the containers using the funnel. That’s all there is to it!

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Giving Tree

Service group is going to take off in the holiday spirit. We are doing a ward Giving Tree. To help those who may need additional assistance this time of year.
We will start by combining with the craft group in making tags, and Christmas tree ornaments. Some will be used for the Giving Tree and some for us to share or use at home.
All sisters are invited to join us this Saturday, 11/26 at 10am at the church. Hot cider and pastries will be there to munch on.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Christmas is coming!!!

Ready for Christmas Enrichment

This month we will get our minds, houses and table ready for the Christmas holiday.

We have three great classes you get to take part in.

Keeping Christ the focus of Christmas~
We will decorate a book, for you to take home, with Christ focused stories and music for each day of Advent.

Company Ready Your Home~
Quick tips on keeping your house presentable

Easy Appetizer and Dessert Ideas~
Get to taste test and take home these great quick, yummy treat recipes!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What a great night!!!

What a beautiful night! Thank you to Jan for hosting in her amazing garden. It was stunning. Thank you to the 9 sisters that let me use flowers from their yards. Thank you to everyone who brought food, recipes are coming! There were requests for more than one! Thank you to everyone that helped clean-up, it was a great group effort!

Love you all!

Lavender Syrup

2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 Tbsp Culinary lavender

Bring to a boil. Let it steep (I usually let it sit overnight). Use cheese cloth to strain the lavender buds out. Keep in an airtight container. Refrigerate for long term.

I use it in lemonade, frosting, in cupcake batter etc. Any time I want the flavor of lavender.

Culinary Lavender links

Lavender Recipe links

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Garden Tea Party

Come for a relaxing evening of tea, talk and treats! Here is a peek of the beautiful evening we will have together!
Tuesday, Aug. 16th @ 6:30

Jan Zundel's Home
7795 SW 66th Ave.
Portland, OR

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Service Auction

June 21st at 7pm  New improved date!

June 28th at 7pm!

We are having our first service auction!

Here is the scoop!

This is a money free auction, you will be receiving points to bid with that night.
Everyone brings an item or service to auction off.

Here are a few ideas-
• Free babysitting while sister goes out or goes to the Temple
• Free haircut
• Free lessons in knitting or crochet
• Loaves of bread
• Fresh jam that were auctioned someone offered to teach you how to
• Flower arranging
• Free dinner to a family
• Baby blankets
• Cookies
• Computer lessons
• Quilting lessons
• Dance lessons
• Yard care services

You can request childcare and/or let me know what you are auctioning off here under comments.

It will be a great night of fun!