ladysbeans

Stay at home mom spilling the beans on everyday life!


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Food on my Face

I have terribly dry skin in the winter and terribly oily skin in the summer! I cant catch a break! Ha!
I’ve tried using all the expensive skin care treatments to help even out my moisture (Mostly I do this for my face, hands and legs.) I’ve bought toners and skin brighteners and anything else I could think of to try to even out my completion (acne,chicken pox scars and freckles.)
Actually I cant say everything because I refuse to buy a bunch of expensive makeup and just hide my face from the world. I realize that this is some people’s preference, its just not mine.

For my face twice a week I like to use a scrub I make at home. The honey and olive oil are very moisturizing while the brown sugar acts as the exfoliate. Honey is a good remedy for acne, this has natural antibacterial properties.
Raw Honey, Brown Sugar and Olive Oil.
I don’t have measurements, I just mix them until I come to a consistency I like.
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I also make a facial toner I use every night. Witch Hazels helps to even skin tone, and reduce redness and lemon juice helps to brighten skin. You can find a bottle of the witch hazel at Walmart with the rubbing alcohol and peroxide. It’s inexpensive as well. I think I may have paid $4 for mine.
1/2 C. water
1 C. witch hazel
Juice from one whole lemon.

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The skin on my legs is very sensitive, especially when I have to shave every other day in the summer so I don’t look like Chewbaca! Every other time I shave I use a scrub I made with coconut oil and Epsom salt. The coconut oil ads a good amount of moisture while the Epsom salt helps to decrease inflammation, redness and irritation. NOW Epsom salt is SALT. I use it after I’ve already shaved my legs and its… salty! It tingles and may be a little burny! You could use it before you shave, but then you run the risk of gunking up your razor.
I just use a couple tablespoons of coconut oil and sprinkle in the Epsom salt. Only enough that its slightly gritty in texture.
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Coop part 1

My husband has been so great during the last few days, haha. I was very insistent on building our own chicken coop. “$200 for that small thing isn’t worth it!” and “I certainly don’t want one that costs upwards of $600 either!!” Birthing the brilliant idea of building ours.

We scoped out some coops online and started drawing pictures of what we were looking for, from there we drew up a set a plans.
Including what kind of feeder and what kind of waterer we thought would be the most efficient, what kind of nesting boxes to use.. things of that nature..

We started out with the idea of a 4ftx4ft coop. 16sq ft. Then one day I came home from a petting zoo with another hen! haha! So now it is 4ftx5t. 20sq ft. I know, I know, it doesn’t sound big, but it is! There is also an attached 3ftx8ft run.

My husband and I used 2x2s and plywood to build the whole thing. We had only just bought this home less than a year ago, while Husband was cleaning out the shed he found vinyl flooring and extra roofing shingles. Both of which we used in the coop.

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Frame!

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The baby was helping..

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Two doors have been installed. One for cleaning, that it larger and one for collecting eggs. I made the nesting boxes out of 1ftx1ft particle board I found in the shed. I’m pretty sure that two boxes are enough for 4 hens! There is room for another if needed.

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Nesting boxes and a couple perches

This is what we have so far! I hope you like it, as the coop progresses I’ll post more pictures!! Hopefully I’ll be able to paint it this weekend with my mom.


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Waffle Sandwiches!

If you are craving a something sweet and over-the-top amazing for breakfast this is it! Cheap and easy this meal will surely impress your company for brunch…
I got the idea from a magazine, but after recipe over haul it better suits my Gotta-have-something sweet needs!

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The center of these sandwiches is so smooth and creamy satisfying. A perfect mixture of cream cheese, cottage cheese and confectioner sugar

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Fry them up on a little bit of butter and a med heat skillet

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Top with a little more confectioner sugar and VIOLA!

INGREDIENTS:
1/3 block of cream cheese, slightly warmed up or room temp
1/4 C. cottage cheese (I use the large curd)
2 T. confectioner sugar – plus more for dusting
2 T. butter – for the skillet
Jam of your choice
frozen waffles ( the original recipe calls for 4.. but with this recipe I made 4 sandwiches..)

DIRECTIONS:
1. place cream cheese, cottage cheese and 2 T. conf. sugar in a bowl and mix well.
2. heat skillet to med heat ( not too hot so you don’t burn the waffle before it cooks all the way through) add butter.
3. spread jam on one waffle and top with cream cheese mixture, top with other waffle. About 3 minutes each side on the skillet.
4. Once done dust with conf. sugar!
ENJOY!


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Buttermilk Pancakes

My oldest daughter LOVES buttermilk pancakes, and after recipe after recipe I’ve finally found the perfect pancakes!!
These are fluffy, moist and extremely delicious 🙂

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The batter is slightly thicker than your usual pancake mix, and doesn’t spread out a whole lot on the skillet.
I heated my skillet to 325 degrees and waited for the edges to dry and little bubbles to rise.

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Nice and golden brown!

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Perfection! Look at that fluffiness ENJOY!

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 C. AP flour
3 heaping T. sugar
1t baking powder
3/4t baking soda
1/8t salt
1 LG egg
4T melted butter
1 1/2 C. Buttermilk. (After experimenting with the buttermilk, I have come to the conclusion that REAL buttermilk should be used. Not the homemade milk and vinegar)

DIRECTIONS:
mix the dry ingredients together with a whisk
in another bowl whisk the wet ingredients
combine the wet with the dry ingredients (the batter will be on the thicker side and will have a few lumps, that’s OK)
spoon batter onto hot skillet, wait for the edges to dry a bit and bubbles to rise in the pancake, then flip!
This recipe will yield about 12 medium sized pancakes
Enjoy!


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Babies and Chickens

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It’s so hard to believe that the chicks and the ducks are getting so BIG already! The ducks have stopped peeping and are now full blown quackers!
I was told by a lady at Tractor Supply that if I wanted the chickens and the ducks to be more docile in around me and the kids, that we had to “force” ourselves on them. I must say that every one did a superb job! The babies were picking up and holding the chicken and the chickens were very calm and very nice 🙂
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My handsome son! The babies were telling me how much they love their chickens, it warms my heart. They are so sweet and this is going to be a fantastic learning experience for them.
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Our youngest daughter decided that we should name this leghorn StarFire. I’m not sure why, I think that it may be from a TV show. But StarFire it is! Although I am still on the fence as to whether this one is a male or female. I have gotten really attached, so I hope that we can keep it.
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Soft Pretzels

These soft pretzels are quick, easy and a crowd pleaser! I even had everything already in my pantry.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 c. warm water
2 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
3 3/4 c. – 4 1/4 c. AP flour
1 large egg, beaten
1 Tbs sugar
course sea salt for sprinkling

Directions:

1. preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Dissolve yeast in warm water, add salt and sugar.
3. Slowly add flour one cup at a time. Mix with a wooden spoon until dough is thick, add 3/4c more until dough is no longer sticky. Knead dough for 3 minutes.
4. In a small bowl beat egg and add 1Tbs water, making an egg wash.
5. cut dough into strips. I prefer to make pretzel sticks, but you can make whatever shape you please. Lay pretzels on a foil lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with Pam. Brush with egg wash.
6. Bake for 10 minutes, turning half way through. then turn your oven up to Broil for 3 minutes, watch so it doesn’t burn.
*optional* at the end of baking I like to brush my pretzels with melted butter and top with coarse sea salt!
ENJOY!

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Dough bounces back when no longer sticky!
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Ready to bake!
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Delicious served with brown mustard!!


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Serving God by Serving Others

I have recently felt a calling to serve others.
Luke 6:38 it is said “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
I have had a pull on my heart to help the homeless. What better way to give to God than by giving to those in need? I’m currently proposing ideas to my church to get involved in these organizations while researching to see what I can do in the name of the LORD. By serving people I feel that I can spread the word of God, helping them in their situations but also introducing them to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. There isn’t a greater joy than to praise Him, and to tell all of His love and boundless mercy.
Mathew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”
Hebrews 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
1 John 3:17-18 “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”