Monday, August 10, 2015

Homemade Cold Cuts for Lunch

What's Cookin'?

Homemade Lunch Meat.  Ingredients:   Meat.

I know, almost too simplistic to post, right??  I sliced this today and thought I'd go ahead and post in case it helps someone think outside of the deli-meat-in-a-package box.  When I looked at the price of the roast (and balked at it!) and then thought of the price and yield of the packaged deli meat, the roast won cost-wise compared to nitrate/nitrite-free lunch meat.

I used a drier cut of roast for this and cut it after it had hardened in the fridge for a day.  There are over 20 slices although I may use the smaller pieces to make a sandwich spread if I have time before it is eaten.



Saturday, August 1, 2015

Necessities for the "Salt Life"

What's Summerin'?

As we head out to the beach for the day I snapped a shot of our homemade sunscreen/bug repellant and homemade version of "Swim Ear."  We named it "Surf Ear" since we mainly play in the surf... Definite necessities for a Salt Life!  We are off to spend some family time between hospital/nursing home visits before we all go separate ways.  Why do children have to grow up and go to college or leave home??? Sorry to say, it doesn't get easier for me to let them go!  I know, I know, it's the natural order of things and it is as it should be... The kids have been great with all of the stress but we all could use some distraction, togetherness, and fun :).

For the "Surf Ear" I just use 1/2 white distilled vinegar and 1/2 alcohol.  Works great for us.  This formula was given to me by my MD a long time ago.

Who knew how much carrot seed oil stinks??? I found out during our annual week beach vacation in June (during a MASSIVE mosquito outbreak)  that mosquitos don't like it either - yeah!  They would actually fly into my leg and swerve away!  The sunscreen works great.  I just used shea butter, almond oil, beeswax, and carrot seed oil.  No coconut oil.