Natural Spider Repellent Recipe

Natural Spider Repellent

This Natural Spider Repellent recipe happened out of pure desperation.A few years ago after we had an ongoing amount of rain my little boy was bitten by a spider.

It was crazy we took him to the doctor had hi medicated and all the creams were prescribed but then my husband got bitten by a spider on his thigh. We were being INVADED!!!!! But wait then my little boy got another bite and then another bite.

By that time I had bought and used every Insect repellent (you’ve seen the back of those scary bottles its poison after poison we spraying into our homes eeeeeekkkk!)the stores had to offer.Nothing was helping,we even thought that perhaps my son was getting attacked by the spiders at school.I had to find a solution and quick.

I came across this oddly easy Spider Repellent online. It was Natural and it was easy to make.Could this be the solution?

I gave it a try and needless to say we’ve never had a spider visit since (well until..read below).When the rains come I get out my trusty bottle of Spider Repellent and spray along the window sills, the sliding doors , around the entrance door frames and all the dark nook and crannies in our home.

This December I had run out of oil and lo and behold my husband got a Spider Bite on his arm he had to have treated by the doctor it was that bad.I rushed out the same day and stocked up.

By now you asking ok ok you’ve told us how great it is but what is it?How do you make it?

Simple!

Natural Spider Repellent

YOu will need:
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Water
  • Spray Bottle (By now you have seen I like to buy those small bottles from the Travel aisle at Dischem)
To make:
  1. Pour Water into spray bottle
  2. Add 8-10 drops of Peppermint Oil
  3. Close Bottle and shake
  4. Use as and when needed

FYI:

My youngest is super paranoid about getting a Spider Bite, so before bed he sprays himself with the peppermint spray along with his duvet , as his bed is right against the wall where the window is.To date he has been bite free.

When my son was in the 2nd Grade their classroom was also being invaded by spiders, after the rains we had had. I made a bottle for the classroom , Im happy and relieved to say not a single child fell victim to spider bites.

Let me know if you try it out and if you as happy as I am using this Natural Spider Repellent.

Visit my Pinterest Board for more Homemade Natural Cleaners and Repellents

Enjoy!

Homemade Shower Cleaner

Homemade Shower Cleaner

This has to be my most favourite homemade cleaner I have made to date.Once I tried the homemade shower cleaner  I knew I’d found “the one”.

Its fantastic.We have clear shower doors and chrome fittings and every product I tried would either leave it streaky or smelt like it was about to melt your nostril hairs it was so strong.

This is inexpensive and it works.I now keep a sponge soap dispenser in the shower so after we shower we clean the inside of the shower door  and chrome accessories and every 3rd day I clean the outside of the shower door.Now it sparkles I can see inside and out perfectly and it just makes me smile.

What you going to need
  • White Spirit Vinegar
  • Dishwashing Liquid – I absolutely love this one (see photo from @woolworths, its cheaper than the popular brand every household uses and frankly i can stand the smell.
  • Spray bottle / Sponge soap Dispenser

homemade shower cleaner

What you need to do
  1. Heat up 250mls of vinegar in the microwave for one minute
  2. Pour it into the spray bottle
  3. Then pour in 250mls of dishwashing liquard
  4. Give it a good shake and thats it!!
  5. Use when needed

As you can see the ratios to vinegar and dishwashing liquid are = parts so it doesn’t have to be 250mls of each as you might have a bigger or smaller bottle than I have.

Homemade shower cleaner

If you do make this homemade shower cleaner I’d love to hear from you.Do you absolutely love it as much as I do?

 

Happy Cleaning

Christmas Pandoro with Apple Sauce

This Christmas Pandoro with Apple Sauce was inspired by blogger MammaPrada and its fab.I got a huge two thumbs up from the boys in my life (hubby and the two kids).

I’d made the apple sauce sometime ago when I was watching (in aggravation) the apples in the bowl being ignored.It made alot so there was a whole container full that I froze and I’m glad I did.

Its perfect for the busy mom who will be entertaining this festive season or ideal for the surprise guests dropping by.

What you will need:

  • A Store bought Pandoro or Panattone
  • Filling of your choice
  • A good knife
  • Icing Sugar
  • Sieve

What you need to do:

Cut the Pandoro into sections.

 

Spread the filling in between each slice.

Place each slice in different angle to the bottom one in order to create the “peak” effect.Once constructed and all slices have completed the Pandoro ,dust with icing sugar and serve. (Click on pic to watch video)

 

 

 

CHATBOOKS – The App

This Chatbooks ad completely sold me, just watch, you be the judge. (Click above).

After researching and downloading the app on my phone I was ready to start it was just that easy, and I was so pleased that #chatbooks delivered to South Africa and at $10 what a bargain!

The app is super easy to use and since my 1st book I’ve actually created one ever month with ease.

The arrival of the book was like Christmas coming early.Its beautiful my photos look stunning , they great quality prints and the feel of the paper is amazing. A photoboook with top quality prints and paper without the expensive price tag thats for sure.Everyone I’ve shown the book to is totally hooked.

The only drawback from this whole exercise was not from Chatbooks but our South African Postal Service , because of the #aliexpress and #wish parcels it took a tad longer than expected to get my hands on it.The wait was worth it because they are truly the easiest photobooks I’ve made as well as the cheapest.

Click below to go directly to their website.

homepage

I’m thinking with all the wonderful list of “things-to-do” over the festive season I’m definitely going to need to create two volumes for December.

Visit the blog  and my Instagram account over the next few days to view what we will be up to and creating.

Happy Holidays, be safe , be blessed

xx

Easy Bread Sticks

I learnt  this easy way of making fresh bread at home in a matter of 30 minutes.Easy bread sticks are made using store bought bread dough.My Checkers always has stock in their fridges closest to the bakery and if you look at the pic below you will see how cheap it is.

Easy Bread Sticks

Plus there isnt much mess.Simply take out of the bag and divide dough in two.For a family of four half the dough is perfect. Dust your area with some flour and roll out into a  rectangle.

easy bread sticks

Place 3 – 4 tbs of butter or margarine in the microwave for 30 seconds and then add garlic powder and stir.Using a bastig brush cover your rolled out dough with the butter mixture.

 

Divide dough in the middle and begin to slice dough into long finger like bread sticks.Place in a preheated oven on 180C for 20-25 minutes.Remove from once they are done and brush them again with the butter mixture (Optional – add fresh or dried parsley to mixture before you brush it one).

Easy Bread Sticks

They best served warm but really they great anytime.

If you have been following my #soupseries you will know they ideal to accompany any soup instead of croutons.

Easy Bread Sticks

Bon Appétit

 

 

 

 

Soup Series – Prawn Soup

This is the ideal soup to serve when you hosting a Winter lunch or dinner , there’s  no word but divine when describing the last soup in my Soup Series.Its a pretty expensive soup to make seeing as I spent close to R 200.00 for 800g of prawns but like I said its well worth it.

  • 750g of Prawns ( I buy the already headless and peeled prawns)
  • 2 Onions (Med)
  • 4 Garlic Gloves
  • 1 Pkt of Carrots
  • 2 Turnips (Med)
  • 1 Tomato (Med)
  • ¼ Red Pepper
  • ¼ Green Pepper
  • ½ Chili
  • Sprinkle with Black Pepper to taste
  • Parsley
  • Olive Oil

Method:

Cook deveined prawns in water and salt for +/- 10 minutes, peel skins and cut into pieces (stock – you can make fish stock out of the skins and prawn heads)

Chop veggies into same size pieces in order to cook evenly.

Add a dab of olive oil to the bottom of your pot and fry the onions and garlic until transparent, add a little water and add the carrots, tomato, turnips and peppers until soft.

Liquidize all the vegetables once cooked. Then add the prawn stock (sieve leaving behind the skins and heads) and prawn pieces, bring to the boil and add the parsley. Allow to stand for a while.

Serve with toasted bread cut into small squares (croutons) or Woolworths Toasties.

Watch out for the next post when I show you how easy it is to make bread sticks (see above photos). or Click on the this link – Bread Sticks

Bon Appetite!

Soup Series – Roasted Garlic & Pea Soup

You will love the bright colour this soup has,just looking at it brightens you up on a gloomy Winters day and the wonderful aroma and taste well it’s divine.

Plan ahead when making this soup as you going to have a whole head of garlic in your oven for about 40min to and hour.Slice off the top of the head of garlic place in centre of a well oiled Pyrex dish or do what I do (I use those foil mini pie dishes that can be thrown away when I’m done with them)and drizzle with olive oil and place in the centre of your oven and bake at 180C.

in a pot with salted water place 400g of frozen peas and cook until the water starts to boil.Remove from heat and drain the peas and liquidize them until smooth (I go an extra step further and sieve it into my pot).

By this time the awesome aroma permeating from your kitchen is amazing,remove the garlic head from the oven and allow to cool before you squeeze all that awesomeness onto the peas.Add 2tbsp of butter , 2 tbsp of hard cheese such as Parmesan or any other hard cheese you prefer, make 500mls of watered stock and slowly add the stock to the pea puree until you have the soupy consistency you like and the taste is to your liking, do this over medium heat and stir occasionally.

You can definitely add pouring cream before serving.

Accompany your soup with a divine slice of bread.

bon appétit

 

 

 

Soup Series – Alphabet Chicken Soup

Continuing with our Soup Series , by far the staple and most favourite of favourites is the good old fashioned Alphabet Chicken Soup anytime , it’s not just when we sick that this bowl of comfort food is served.

I make ours with one free range chicken breast,carrots and an onion and the favourite ingredient is definitely the Alphabet Pasta that’s used in the soup.This soup is always made when one of us is not feeling to great, my little boys expect it without fail but it’s also a any-day-of-the-week kind of soup, I either make it for afterschool lunch or a starter soup before supper.

I remember as a child lifting my spoon and scanning through the letters trying to scramble them to form a word before it went into my mouth.Oddly I still find myself doing this even now.My little boy eats his and try’s to scramble the names of everyone in our family before the spoon goes into his mouth.

I have gotten a little more adventurous and grated rainbow carrots just to add a little more fun and colour to our soup, but then without thinking I liquidized the whole thing 🙁 .

Once again soups are pretty easy to make.

I use one free range chicken breasr (with the skin).Boil chicken pieces in salty water (water and one tsp salt) until well cooked along with one large onion and a tablespoon of crushed garlic , add one large carrot sliced or grated (optional).Once the chicken breast  is cooked remove from the broth onto a soup plate and let it stand.Add a cube of Knoor Chicken Stock to the broth and simmer,stirring every now and again.This is the time to add the tiny pasta such as the ABC pasta or the little stars – up to you but it has to be the small pastas.Cook until the pasta is soft.In the mean time shred the chicken and add to the soup.

Thats it!Serve hot and enjoy.

bon appétit

 

 

Soup Series – Roasted Butternut Soup

Organic Butternut soup just shouts “hello winter”! It’s by far the easiest Soup to make because all the veggies get tossed into a baking tray with a dribble of olive oil and plenty of garlic.This Roasted Butternut Soup is the easiest in the Soup Series but then again any soup is pretty easy to make and it’s a healthy meal.

I love the crispy bacon I serve it with as its the perfect marriage between the sweet roasted butternut and the saltiness of the bacon.Clean one or two butternuts depending on size.For my family I nice organic sized butternut is ideal for my family of 4.Remove the seeds and chop it up nicely, place this in a Pyrex along with one chopped onion an two tbs of crushed garlic.Season with salt and pepper along and drizzle olive oil all over.Place in a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes.Oven to be at 180 degrees Celsius.

Once all is soft and cooked remove from oven and place in a pot along with your liquid stock of choice.Mine is usually the organic chicken stock.

Liquidize the soup and cook for another 10-15 minutes on a medium heat.Add boiled water if you feel it is too thick.

Fry diced bacon and drain on a paper towel.Serve with soup.

bon appétit