Thursday, March 21, 2013

New License and New Market!!

Now that we have moved kitchens I am required to have yet another license!  Since we are 'outside' city limits I wasn't required to have a 'city' of Columbia business license and now I am required to have one.  Once we were done signing all the paperwork with the new kitchen today, I went to the City of Columbia and within 30 minutes, I had my shiny new license in hand!  What does this mean?

There is a 'market' downtown I have been trying to get into and now I can!  It happens every Saturday.  Although I work many Saturdays at least I'll be able to start going every other Saturday!  It is called 'SodaCitySC'!  I am downloading the application as we speak!  Things are getting bigger and better!  And very soon the farmer's market's will be opening as well!  On to bigger and better things!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Commercial Kitchen!!

Effective this Thursday, the 21st I will be signing up with a new Commercial Kitchen!!  It is pretty close to my office downtown where I work (about 2 miles) and is much friendlier and less expensive to use!!  The last couple of months I have had absolutely no luck in reaching the owner of the other kitchen.  Thankfully, I had plenty of 'stock' of my spices and dip mixes that I didn't have to worry about orders - until now.  I am about out of bottled supplies!  I have plenty of supplies to make things, but must use a commercial kitchen to actually 'make them'.  It is SC Law that we have to use a commercial kitchen to bottle our spices and dip mixes.

I am very excited about this as it will help me get things done much quicker being so close to my office.  They have a secure area, I can use THEIR address even, and I can store my supplies there!!  My insurance policy lists them as my 'business' site as well.  The insurance was the biggest obstacle in overcoming.  But, we are ready!!  They even have a 'keypad' entry that will keep track of coming in and out which will help with budgeting, etc.  On to bigger and better ventures!!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Update on Laundry Detergent!!

Okay, I did the original post on February 8th so that makes it roughly 5 weeks ago.  I only did a 'half' batch of detergent (1 gallon)!  I just made another half batch!  So, one gallon makes enough to do 16 loads!

Wow, we go through a lot of laundry!  Our usual detergent is about $5.00 a bottle (we shop the military commissary) and only does 20 loads per bottle.  At a commercial store, that same detergent is roughly $8.00 a bottle.  That means it would take about 1 1/4 bottles of detergent to cover that one gallon that I made (roughly $6.25/$10.00 [commissary vs commercial store].

So, how does this break down per year?  16 loads per 5 weeks is equivalent to 167 loads per year (give or take and that is just my husband and I not our girls). We certainly won't run out of detergent any time soon! LOL!   It cost me about $0.015 per load to make the detergent and supplies were bought commercially and not at the commissary!!  The supplies that I bought has enough to make detergent to wash nearly 600 loads and cost me $8.00 total.  

1 gallon = 16 loads x $0.015 = $0.21 per gallon
167 loads x 0.015 = $2.51 (10 1/2 gallons roughly)

8.35 bottles of commercial detergent (equivalent to 10 1/2 gallons of homemade) x $6.25/$10.00 = $52.19/$83.50.  I think I like that we will onlyt go through $2.51 of detergent in a year!  How's that for frugality?

As for the yarn balls, we are still using them and they work great!  Fabric Laundry Sheets cost $6.97/200 (Snuggle at  They will be used over and over!  I will never buy laundry sheets again so the investment is definitely worth the $14.00 I spent on the wool.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Amazing Gluten Free Paleo Friendly Cheese Bread/Toast!!

Being gluten free and trying to follow a Paleo diet doesn't necessarily mean giving up 'everything' including bread!  I have found one of the BEST gluten free mixes on the market!  Chebe Bread!!  It took some doing but I even got our new Whole Foods in Columbia, SC to stock this mix for me!  Now to get them to stock the Focaccia mix!!  They got in the All Purpose Mix and the Cheese Bread mix's so far.  When I started this tonight my youngest daughter was 'helping' and accidentally grabbed the wrong box so we made this batch with the All Purpose Mix.  I saw recently a couple of different posts about people 'trying' different things to their mixes so I thought I would take my stab at it!  What I made ended up turning out FANTASTIC!!  Very 'sourdoughy' and with a great texture like 'regular' wheat bread!!  It's been so long since I've had a really GREAT bread!!

Amazing GF Paleo Friendly Cheese Bread

2 pkgs All Purpose Chebe Bread Mix (or Cheese bread mix or Focaccia)
2 tsp Baking Powder
4 organic Cage Free Large Eggs
4 tbsp Almond Oil (or Olive - I'm allergic to olives)
½ cup Plain Organic Greek Yogurt
2 tbsp Organic Milk
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1.       Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F.
2.       Blend bread mix, baking powder, eggs, oil, yogurt, and milk in mixer.  It can get very ‘doughy’ so watch closely!
3.       Put into a stoneware loaf pan.
4.       Cover with Parmesan shredded cheese.
5.       Bake for 40 minutes in preheated oven.
6.       Allow to cool completely.

Slice into slices and top with organic butter and more shredded cheese of choice and ‘toast’ for ‘cheese toast’!  Yum!!

Doesn't the texture just look amazing!!


Jalapeno Cheese Bread

Add 4 small chopped jalapeno peppers to the dough and use cheddar cheese instead!  Cook the same way.

Cheddar Cheese Bread

Just substitute Cheddar Cheese for the Parmesan cheese and cook the same way!