Category Archives: DIY Recipes/Cookbooks

Instant Pot Petite Pork Shoulder Roast





I purchased an Instant Pot from Amazon during their huge sale and I felt I must post this excellent recipe. I cooked this for supper tonight, and it was terrific.

1. 3 lb petite pork shoulder roast
2. 1/4 to 1/3 cup of onion
3. 1/4 cup of garlic
4. 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth
5. 1 big carrot
6. cornstarch to thicken the gravy

Cut roast in half, rub with a piece of garlic; then salt and pepper

1. I seared both parts of the roast on all four sides then removed roast, place in a dish/bowl or plate.
2. Seared onions & carrot and then add diced garlic; cooking garlic for about a minute
3. Added the chicken broth into Instant Pot
4. Put the roast into IP (instant pot) along with any juice in the dish/bowl or plate.
5. Set to pressure cook for 45 minutes.
6. NPR (natural pressure release) for 20 minutes and then quick release
7. Thickened gravy with cornstarch and water and served

It was fantastic and we have leftovers for tomorrow.

My hubby doesn’t like a lot of spice such as rosemary, thyme, or garlic, so I have to cheat a little and add small amounts. It still makes the food better, and he can’t tell it’s in there. Oh, and he hates carrots, so the carrot was for me, and it also added extra flavor to the gravy.

I must admit I seared the roast on my stove as I seared a long time in the instant pot and was getting nowhere. The instant pot said hot, but it was taking forever to sear. However, I seared the onions and garlic in the Instant Pot.

I hope you enjoy this roast as much as we did.


I leave for California next week. However, I have posts which are scheduled to publish as usual.



The Foodsaver Sous-Vide Cookbook By Isabelle Dauphin



The Foodsaver Sous-Vide Cookbook By Isabelle Dauphin
The Foodsaver Sous-Vide Cookbook By Isabelle Dauphin


Please take Notice: This review will appear in a different format than reviews for novels.


Contents of The Foodsaver Sous-Vide Cookbook

In The Foodsaver Sous-Vide Cookbook, Isabelle Dauphin, creates an informative book of cooking with the Foodsaver and Sous-Vide system.

As well as explaining why you need the Foodsaver Sous-Vide in your kitchen, she includes many tips for the home cook. Dauphin unlocks the potential of your Foodsaver and provides pro-tips for professional results. Dauphin’s industry tested tips are geared towards making your life easier using her system.

Emphasizing this cookbook is the only Foodsaver Sous-Vide Cookbook you will need, she then proceeds to tell you what Sous Vide means. I will clarify, Sous vide is French for “under vacuum”. This system is


My Presto Pressure Canner Cookbook By Skip Plemmons



My Presto Pressure Canner Cookbook










NOTE:  The format for My Presto Pressure Cooker Cookbook review will be different than the reviews on standard romance/mystery/fiction novels.   Author Skip Plemmons, gives a wonderful outline of his association with pressure canning.   Valuable information to aide in your adventure is contained in the preface.  Consequently, please read the preface in its entirety.


I am a long time owner of a Presto Canner Pressurer Cooker.  I found this book a wonderful addition to my kitchen.  Meanwhile, I found myself licking my lips as I read these recipes.  Had I obtained this book when I purchased my presto pressure canner, I would have had many recipes to try and more canned items in my pantry.  As


How to Make Lavender Powdered Deodorizer

As you know I can not use any manufactured produced due to a medical condition.  I have found a way to make the sheets and pillows on my bed smell wonderful.  I use lavender powder and below I have described the steps I take.





  • Good quality lavender flowers or buds.  Only buy good quality from a reliable source.
  • Small shaker bottle.  I use clean and sterilized spice bottles with the shaker top. (tops with smaller hole work the best)
  • Baking Soda
  • Inexpensive electric coffee bean grinder.


How To “Not Use” Harmful Dryer Sheets



I think we have been brained washed by the industry to believe you must use a dryer sheet loaded with chemicals to have clothes that smell good.  I have found this is not true.  When I became ill with multiple chemical sensitivity I had to find alternative solutions.  Very little information was available at that time, I improvised and found things that worked.  Cheap easy solutions.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is so simple and easy you will think, why haven’t I already done this?




How To Make Laundry Smell Delightful


I have a fondness for lavender.  It is a restful peaceful smell and I love it.  It can be strong so in any recipe, please so lightly and increase as you need.




Laundry can smell gross.  Hey, all that dirt, grease, grime, and body stuff, YUCK!  I can’t use the softeners off the shelf due to the chemicals in the product.  I had to find something different to use.







  • high quality lavender 100% pure essential oil or whatever 100% pure essential oil is your favorite
  • a glass dropper


How To Make Laundry Detergent Powder

As you are aware, I make my household and personal products.  Laundry detergent is another product I make.  I found my first recipes years ago; they were long and complicated.  The internet age has advanced the process to almost nothing.  There are hundreds, if not thousands, of sites with laundry powder recipes.  This is the one I use.  Not only is it a good detergent, it is very inexpensive to produce.





How to Make Foaming Hand-Soap

I make my foaming hand-soap for pennies rather than $3-4.00 per container.  The foaming hand-soap dispenser is available on-line for $1.19 each at Specialty Bottle Co.  These bottles are reusable.  I have three I have used for over 2 yrs.  I brought a well-done expensive name brand


How To Reuse Plastic Grocery Bags

If you are like me, I have tons of plastic grocery bags.  I can’t seem to remember to return them to the recycle bin at the grocery story as often as I should.  I found ways to use them around the house until I could recycle.

So little mighty bag instead of waiting in the closet for recycling, I have found you a purpose.




How To Use Your Empty Plastic Vinegar Jugs

The Humble But Noble Empty Vinegar Jug

If you are like me, you have many empty gallon vinegar jugs at your house.  Either we throw them away or we find a use for them.

I always try to find ways to use things and these jugs are marvelous.  They have many uses after empty:  clean thoroughly and sterilize.


How To Make Fine Mist Room Deodorizer

I love for my house to smell as if I just baked a pie, a bowl of fruit is on the table, Christmas is just around the corner,  or a fir-tree is sitting in the den.  I can’t use commercial room deodorizers due to a medical homemade-pain-relieving-salvecondition known as multiple chemical sensitivity.  Which means if the product has a petro chemical I will become very ill.  I had to find an alternative.

There are thousands of recipes on-line for DIY room deodorizers.  I am going to tell how I create my deodorizer.





How to Make Crock Pot Room Scent/Deodorizer

I can’t use commercial products to make my house smell good;  I had to find an alternative.  I found many recipes on-line and adjusted to suite my sense of smell.

I purchased a small inexpensive crock pot familiar to the one at the bottom of the page.




How To Make Hair Spray From Oranges




How to Use The Mighty Orange For Hair Spray


I posted a recipe for DIY hairspray some time ago.  I wanted to give you an update.  I always made this spray with lemons for light hair as my hair is grey.  Two weeks ago I needed hair spray, all I had was a huge orange; I mean a HUGE orange.  I decided to use this BIG boy for my spray.

I cut in rounds, added two cups of filtered water to pot and simmered down to 1 cup total.  After it cooled, I


DIY Bleach

I finally got the photo from computer-land of what you will need to make recipe.  It only took 24 hr for computer-land to spit it out.

Today we are going to make our own bleach.  That’s right, you can make your own for a lot less  than the stuff you buy in town and this recipe will not make you cough and hack.

It is an easy, quick recipe and works great.  I found this on the internet several years ago.  I can’t remember the site.  If anyone knows, please let me know I will give them credit. By the way, there are hundreds of recipes for bleach on the internet, this is the one I use.


3 cups of hydrogen peroxide (big box store has      this cheap)

3 cups of water

3 Tablespoons of citric acid.  (I use food grade because that is what I have on hand)

Mix all together, place in a DARK BOTTLE, MUST BE DARK, as hydrogen peroxide losses its strength when exposed to light. Use as you would bleach. Just as you would with manufactured Clorox, Do Not mix anything with product( such as ammonia),  I don’t know what chemical reaction it would produce.

Yes, it will bleach out color in color clothes. I have spots on a pair of jeans.


Now for the legal stuff:  This recipe has not been approved by any gov agency, FDA, scientist, etc.  Make and use at your own risk.

Update on orange cleaner made of orange peels and vinegar

Remember I told you about an orange cleaner recipe I was going to make and if it worked I would post the orangerecipe.  I used the recipe and I love it.  I cleaned my frig, counter tops, bathroom toilet, sinks, cutting board, and stove; it worked great.

I originally found this recipe on the following site:

She has beautiful photos of the product as well as a description.  Take a look at her site.

I am going to tell you what I did.

You will need


Castile Soap Shampoo And Hair Rinse DIY Recipes

Castile Soap Shampoo And Hair Rinse DIY Recipes

I have used both DIY products for years and love them.  It does take some adjustment as these are not commercial products that are full of stuff you that is not good for your body or hair. There are thousands of recipes on-line for shampoo for hair rinse, these are simple and effective. These are the recipes I use.



OK, I confess, I don’t measure this recipe anymore, but I have made it a long time and can eye-ball the amounts to use.


Recipe for DIY Grass and Weed Killer(really anything it is sprayed on)

Actually this will kill anything you spray it on, so be CAREFUL not to let the spray hit something you do not want to kill.

You will need:


1 gal of white vinegar

2 cups of Epson Salt

1/4 cup of Dawn Blue Original Dish Soap

I heat the vinegar in the microwave, then pour in the epson salt and stir until melted.  The original recipe did not say to do this, but I found the epson salt plugged up my sprayer if I didn’t melt the salt. It is a little hard to dissolve, get the vinegar hot and it melts well.  Pour vinegar salt mixture into sprayer, lastly pour in dish soap to keep the bubbles down.

I have found this is a good alternate to roundup and so much cheaper.  You can find the epson salt on amazon cheaper than buying the small boxes/bags in town, the vinegar is really inexpensive at Sams Club.  I buy 4-6 two packs at a time we use so much vinegar at our house.

I don’t know where this recipe came from originally, but if anyone knows the original site, please let me know and I will give credit to the original poster.  I think everyone desires credit for their work and will be glad to do so.  The photo is from the University of California.




How to Make Favored Water Recipe For Pennies

Since it is so HOT,  I thought I would post an excellent drink you can make and it taste go good. I will also be reviewing about 13 books in the coming weeks from different genre.oranges-1117498_640


1.  1 glass jug or whatever you have that can hold at least 1/2 to 1 gal of liquid. I use glass because of my chemical sensitivity.

2.  1 orange ( I use Naval Oranges from the box store, they were huge).  You do not have to use the entire orange, I use about 4-5 slices of a large naval orange. Store rest in refrigerator for use later.  Use organic if available for all the fruit in the recipe as they are better for you.

3.  1-2 lemons (it really depends on how much lemon you like or leave out if you like)

4.  l medium to large sprig of mint(doesn’t matter which flavor, just whatever you like, personally,  I grow


How To Make DIY Hairspray with lemons or oranges



As I promised:

following is my do it yourself (DIY) hairspray.  No, it’s not commercial hairspray that is full of bad stuff for your hair and it wont hold a Mack truck in place.  It is an alternative spray. I love it.  I use the lemons in my recipe as I have grey hair, if you have dark hair use oranges. There are many recipes on the internet for DIY hairspray. I found this one on This site has many wonderful recipes you can make and I have found their recipes are reliable and their information is accurate.

Recipe for Hairspray from

You will need:

1 orange for dark hair or lemon for light hair(organic if possible)

2 cups distilled or filtered water

2-3 tablespoons of high-proof vodka or a clear gain alcohol(the first time I went to the ABC Store I almost crawled in and out of the store, I had never been in an ABC Store. I felt as if everyone in my community was watching me)  🙂 🙂

6-8 drops of lavender essential oil(100% essential not fragrance oils) I do use the any oils in my spray as I have multiple chemical sensitivity and any highly scented product will induce an asthma attack. THIS IS OPTIONAL



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