Vinegar ~ 4th House on the Right
  • Food

    Homemade Pickles

    Remember when I wrote about making sauces and condiments at home instead of store-bought?  Well, here I go adding to the list of things I won’t be buying at the grocery store again.  Pickles.  Pickled ANYthing. A while ago I made a mental note to make some quick pickles because I bought too many cucumbers and I remembered an episode of 30 Minute Meals where Rachel Ray made some pickled veggies.  Before that, I always thought it took weeks to make pickles, at least. Anyway, I never got around to making my own and could not eat enough salad fast enough to keep those cukes from going bad.  On my…

  • The Green Life

    Simplify your (green) cleaning

    Use these 2 green cleaning recipes for everything in your home and save time and money. You’ll never go back spending a mint on the chemical + water concoctions. Super Duty Cleanser (suitable for everything except wood; wood and alcohol are NOT friends) 1-2 capfuls drops of liquid castile soap 1/4 C alcohol 1/4 C hydrogen peroxide 5-10 drops of lemon or peppermint essential oil (optional) Pour the alcohol and peroxide into a large spray bottle and fill (almost to the fill line) with water. Add the castile soap last and shake it up (so you won’t get lots of bubbles). It’s ready to use on practically anything! Spot remover…

  • Food

    Healthy & Delicious Greek Meal

    On a recent lunch trip to Panera Bread, I disappointed in the very loose interpretation of a Greek salad.  You can’t just throw feta cheese on a bed of romaine and call it Greek.  Well, I guess technically you could since those items originate in Greece, but that’s just not the end of it.  I really like Panera, but this was my first time having their “Greek” salad and it left me wanting to eat a jar of kalamata olives.  That’s right, I said a JAR.  That’s because I love olives of all kinds and when I have a Greek or Mediterranean salad, I expect to have some. Fast forward…

  • The Green Life

    Mean Green Cleaning

    As promised, following are my tried and true Mean Green Clean “recipes”.  I have found a “green” substitute for everything but my dishes – I have not yet figured out or found a good “recipe” for dish washing liquid or dishwasher detergent.  Everything I have tried leaves some sort of residue on my dishes; but when I DO find something that works, I will definitely share. Everything you need for a Mean Green Clean. ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER Ingredients · 32 oz water · ½ cup alcohol · ½ cup vinegar Directions Mix ingredients in a trigger spray bottle and shake. Shake before each use. Use me to: < Clean and disinfect…