Tuesday, May 9, 2017

THE ANTS GO MARCHING ONE BY ONE (PESKY PESTS HOUSEHOLD SPRAY)

*This was originally published last March (2016) but it has been one of my most requested posts, so here it is again!  And just in time, because the ants are once again taking over my bathroom.  I believe it's because of all the rain that we are experiencing here in Central Illinois.  EVERYONE is battling them around here. UGH!

Did you ever sing that song growing up, "The Ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah?"  Well, I have been singing this lately....as I count the teeny, tiny buggers crawling on my wall.  Where are they coming from, I do not know. 

But, I do know this....they are driving me crazy!!

This morning, as I saw them crawling on my bathroom wall, I frantically reached for my essential oil books, flipped one open, and found this recipe in. Essential Living. Thank You, Andrea Butje!!  This is a great recipe!!

I mixed it up, sprayed my walls, baseboards, counter tops, every other surface that I could spray and left the room.  Every so often today I would go back in and spray again (if I saw more). By nighttime, now, the ant activity is almost gone.  I will use this every day until all ant activity has ceased. 

*And, on a positive note, my bathroom smells Great!! *  :)

ESSENTIAL OIL HOUSEHOLD INSECT SPRAY
The original recipe didn't call for castile soap, but now I add  1/2 tsp.  The soap acts as the emulsifier.  

























The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah!
The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah!
I spray my spray along the wall and then I watch them as they fall,
and they all go running, down, to the ground, and where they go, I do not know.  

LOL!!!  






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Sunday, April 23, 2017

SPECIAL OLYMPICS AND DANDELIONS

What a weekend!!  Our daughter competed in Special Olympics yesterday (Sunday) and what a day that was!  She got Gold in the softball throw and talk about being excited....She was Over the Moon excited!


Spring Olympics Spring 2016
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Dandelion for Infusion

On Saturday, I took the dandelions that I had gathered in the country (on unsprayed land) and decided to make an oil infusion with them. I picked them a few days ago and let dry on a screen. I wanted to make sure that most of the moisture was out of the blossoms as water and oil don't mix.

 It is best to pick on a nice sunny day or at least wait until the morning dew has evaporated off of the plants and gather the full, non-damaged healthiest looking blossoms. I always pick 1 for every 3 blossoms that I find.  Insects depend on these lovely yellow beauties for food....I always want to be respectful and mindful of that!   


I then filled a sterilized jar half full of the wilted blossoms, making sure not to pack them in too tightly, and covered them in olive oil.  Taking a wooden skewer, I ran it around the sides of the jar to get rid of any air bubbles.  You want to do this a couple of times, as the presence of air can cause your oil to spoil.  Getting all of the air out can take some time, so just be patient.  :)
Dandelion Infused Olive Oil

Dandelion Infused Olive Oil

The last step involved taking a square of paper toweling and laying it on top of the jar then screwing on a canning lid.  You could also use cheesecloth in place of the paper towel.  I've read where people use a paper coffee filter. Place your jar in an area that this neither too warm or too cool for at least 2 weeks or up to 6 weeks max.  I have found that a spot on my cupboard that is out of the way works perfectly for me.  
Dandelion Infused Olive Oil

Now my little yellow beauties will just sit and rest for awhile, infusing the olive oil with all of their goodness.  I cannot WAIT for the end result!  More to come later on......

Have a good Monday, everyone!  


You can also read about my first attempt at making plantain-infused olive oil HERE!