35 Must Have Resources for Making Your Own Homemade Cleaners

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This month at Bulk Herb Store is all about cleaning your house naturally. We are going to be sharing tips and recipes for how to keep your house clean without the harsh toxic chemicals. Instead you will learn how to use simple everyday incidents as well as God’s herbs and oils! That’s right, herbs are not just for medicinal use, you can use them to clean your house as well!

Over at BHS I am sharing 25 Resources for making your own homemade cleaners! You probably have most of these around your house. Some of them may surprise you, like ground up egg shells. Yes, egg shells, did you know that you can clean your toilet bowl with them? 

Join me at Bulk Herb Store to get started on stocking your own natural cleaning supplies! If you want to learn other ways to use egg shells check out these posts, The Amazing Uses for Egg Shells, Part 1 and Part 2. 

Don’t forget to enter in the giveaway to win some of the books and herbs on this list!

 

 

Gluten-Free Chinese Chicken Noodle Salad

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American Chinese food. There is nothing like it, definitely not in China anyways. It is it’s own delightful cuisine that I have been in love with since I started on solid foods, or rather since the first time I went to a Chinese restaurant. Almost every single birthday until I moved to Mexico was celebrated with Chinese food. 

Chinese restaurant dates were always a special treat whenever we saw my mom’s mom. Grandpa didn’t like it but when we got together “the ladies” would always go out for Chinese food. There is this one place in town, King Tsin that makes the best Chinese chicken noodle salad ever! If has been a favorite in my family for the past 25 years.

There really is nothing like it. Crispy fried chicken and noodles served with crunchy veggies and a savory sweet dressing. There was a time when they added tomatoes to the salad, they were always pale pink and firm. My dad alway commented on it when we got the salad. Well one day Grandma came to town so naturally we had to go to eat Chinese food, just Grandma, Mom and Me. (Sounds like a Little Critter Book.) Naturally we got the Chinese Chicken Noodle Salad because how could we not. Low and behold but what was on the salad, bright red, juicy tomatoes. I remember being tickled pink (or red in this case), I couldn’t wait to tell my dad what we got. 

This salad is light and refreshing and full of flavor. If you are only serving two it can be a meal in itself but it’s even better paired with Mushu Chicken and Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup. Sadly I have yet to find the secret to recreating those. This salad on the other hand is almost spot on and it so much better for you since the oil for deep-frying is coconut oil ( palm shortening works great too). Another healthy swap was using Napa cabbage in place of the original ice burg lettuce. An add bonus is that it is gluten-free!

 

Gluten-Free Chinese Chicken Noodle Salad

Serving Size: 2-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breast or thighs
  • 1 package mung bean noodles
  • 1 large head napa cabbage, thinly sliced and core removed
  • 1 large carrot, cut into circles 1/8 inch thick
  • 2 green onions, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 recipe dressing
  • 4 cups coconut (for frying)

Instructions

  1. Prep the cabbage, carrots and green onions.
  2. Cut the chicken into tiny pieces.
  3. Heat your oil over high heat. Drop one noodle in the oil. If it puffs un instantly you will know that your oil is ready. Preced to fry the noodle until all are cooked. Set aside on a cloth to drain.
  4. Once the noodles are cooked add the chicken pieces to the oil, fry till crispy. This should take only a couple minutes.
  5. Divide the noodles evenly on each plate. Top with the chicken, carrots, cabbage and green onions.
  6. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and drizzle with desired amount of dressing.
  7. Enjoy!
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Gluten-Free Chinese Chicken Noodle Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup palm sugar paste
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Blend or whisk together until smooth.
  2. Store in a glass jar in the fridge. It should save for at least one month.
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What is your favorite Americanized Chinese food?

Simple Meals Friday #80

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Welcome to Simple Meals Friday!

There is nothing like having a collection of simple meals to throw together in a slow cooker first thing in the morning or in a skillet as a last minute dinner. What are your favorite slow cooker, rice cooker, skillet meals and salads?
 
We want to know your easy to make meals. It’s great learn and be inspired by others. When you link up on any of our sites the links will show up on all the blogs.
 

Meet Your Hosts

 

  1. Katie of Nourishing Simplicity
  2. Amanda of Natural Living Mamma
  3. Katie of Simple Foody

 Please Read and Follow these Simple Meals Friday Rules

  • Keep the foods “nourishing”, such as homemade chicken stocks, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats (lard, coconut oil, butter, olive oil, tallow), unrefined sugars, flours and salts and meats.
  • Please don’t include recipes using processed oils such as soy and canola oil, msg laden bouillon and other highly processed foods. If I notice a recipe using these ingredients it will be deleted. Try to incorporate traditional methods of preparing foods like, sprouting, soaking, sourdough and lacto-fermentation.
  • Link back to this blog hop, it is a common linking courtesy. It helps to build a stronger blogging community. That way we can all learn and share with each other.

We enjoyed reading all your submissions. The hosts will pick a favorite post to feature on next week’s Simple Meals Friday. If you want to be featured please be sure to link back to this blog hop. Our favorites will be featured on facebook and pintrest!

Featured Simple Meals

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1. 25 Healthy Breakfast Smoothies from Little House Living

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2. Nettle and Ramps Pesto (Dairy Free) from Almost Bananas

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3. 4 Cheese Spinach Dip from Simple Life Mom

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How to Make a Simple Arnica Tincture

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I have a well stocked herbal medicine cabinet. Echinacea, elder flowers and plantain are some of my go to herbs. Another staple is arnica. 

Arnica is know for it’s ability to promote healing for bruises and sprains. It is also used on the skin to sooth and heal after trauma to the body. Arnica however is not safe to use internally unless it is a homeopathic blend such as Boiron, I have personally taken it to reduce swelling due to sciatica. 

Last spring I made a quart of arnica tincture, now I am almost out. We have used it on numerous bruises, sprains and back pains. Thankfully I made a new batch a few weeks ago that is ready to go. 

To use, dip pour a small amount on a cloth or cotton ball and rub over the effected area. Repeat every few hours as necessary.

How to Make a Simple Arnica Tincture

Ingredients

  • 1 quart jar
  • 3 cups dried arnica
  • 1 bottle of rubbing alchohol

Instructions

  1. Pack the jar with the dried arnica flowers, until 3/4 of the way full, add more if three cups is not enough.
  2. Fill the jar with rubbing alcohol leaving 1 inch open at the top.
  3. Screw on the lid and store in a dark place for at least two weeks. Shake once or twice a day.
  4. After two weeks strain the tincture through a cheese cloth or t-shirt. Discard the flowers and store the tincture in a glass jar.
  5. Dab a small amount on bruises and sore muscles with a cloth or cotton ball.
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Simple Meals Friday #79

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Welcome to Simple Meals Friday!

There is nothing like having a collection of simple meals to throw together in a slow cooker first thing in the morning or in a skillet as a last minute dinner. What are your favorite slow cooker, rice cooker, skillet meals and salads?
 
We want to know your easy to make meals. It’s great learn and be inspired by others. When you link up on any of our sites the links will show up on all the blogs.
 

Meet Your Hosts

 

  1. Katie of Nourishing Simplicity
  2. Amanda of Natural Living Mamma
  3. Katie of Simple Foody

 Please Read and Follow these Simple Meals Friday Rules

  • Keep the foods “nourishing”, such as homemade chicken stocks, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats (lard, coconut oil, butter, olive oil, tallow), unrefined sugars, flours and salts and meats.
  • Please don’t include recipes using processed oils such as soy and canola oil, msg laden bouillon and other highly processed foods. If I notice a recipe using these ingredients it will be deleted. Try to incorporate traditional methods of preparing foods like, sprouting, soaking, sourdough and lacto-fermentation.
  • Link back to this blog hop, it is a common linking courtesy. It helps to build a stronger blogging community. That way we can all learn and share with each other.

We enjoyed reading all your submissions. The hosts will pick a favorite post to feature on next week’s Simple Meals Friday. If you want to be featured please be sure to link back to this blog hop. Our favorites will be featured on facebook and pintrest!

Featured Simple Meals

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1. Coconut Gee from Creating Silver Linings

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2. Gee Rooibos Green Chai from Almost Bannanas

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3. Char Sui Pork from Tessa the Domestic Diva

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