Simple Homemade Liquors

Absolutely delicious, inexpensive and simple to prepare, homemade cordials and liquors make ideal personalized gifts.

Easily made without any special equipment or expertise, homemade liquors can be crafted from a diverse array of fruits, flowers, and herbs. These sweet spirits can also be infused with spices, nuts, plant leaves and tree bark.

During medieval times, European monks fashioned liquors as a palatable way to ingest the medicinal properties contained in herbs, fruits, and other plants. Chartreuse and Benedictine are two liquors that are produced from the original recipes employed by the Benedictine monks.

Under United States federal laws you are allowed to make as many liquors and cordials as you wish. It is, however, against the law to sell your creations.
Take advantage of fresh fruit in season. Liquors capture the fresh fragrance and flavor of most any fruit or berry. There are hundreds of different recipes. However the majority contain only a few ingredients and simple preparation.

Supplies you will need:
• 1-gallon glass jar
• Fruit
• Sugar
• Alcohol
• Coffee filters
• Wooden spoon
• Strainer
• Funnel
• Corks
• Saucepan
• Glass jars with tight sealing, air-tight lids

Fruit Or Berry Based Liquors
A basic recipe for making liquors from berries or fruit contains alcohol, sugar, water and fruit.
I pound fruit or berries of your choice
1-1/2 cups of granulated white sugar
4 cups of 80-proof vodka
1 cup of water

Wash the fruit thoroughly, removing pits, seeds, and stems. Chop in small pieces. Place the chopped fruit in a gallon glass jar. Cover with vodka and cover with a tightly fitting lid. If you have too much fruit to cover with the allotted amount of vodka, add more vodka so that fruit is totally submerged in the alcohol. Store in a dark, cool place. Allow the alcohol to absorb the fruit flavors for 6 to 8 weeks.
After the alcohol and fruit mixture has aged, pour through a strainer or colander. Squeeze the fruit to release all of the liquid. Discard the fruit pulp. Set aside the fruit flavored alcohol based liquid.

Dissolve the sugar in water in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring well to dissolve sugar to create a simple syrup. Allow the mixture to cool. Add the simple syrup to the strained fruit flavored alcohol liquid. Stir gently with a wooden spoon. Pour the liquid into a glass container and cover with a tightly fitting lid. Allow aging for at least six months.

After the aging process is completed, filter the liquid to remove sediment from the liquor by pouring the mixture through a coffee filter. Pour the filtered liquor into an attractive glass decanter or jar and seal with an airtight lid, cork or stopper. Properly sealed, your liquor will be delicious and tasty for years.
Have fun and experiment with different fruit or berry combinations. Plums, pears, grapes, apples, guavas, kiwi, watermelon, peaches, apricots, strawberries, raspberries, huckleberries, cherries, blackberries and blueberries can be used to craft your signature liquor.

Herbal Liquors
Pick fresh herbs from the garden to flavor your liquors or buy fresh cut herbs at the farmers market. Many herbs such as Mullen, thyme, sage, lavender, lemon balm, contain properties that offer medicinal benefits.
Use the same basic recipe and methods for herbal liquors as you do for fruit and berry creations.

Rinse fresh herbs well and chop finely. You may use vodka, gin, rum or Everclear alcohol to prepare your liquor. Add cherry or orange blossoms, lemon slices and spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg to flavor your liquor. Slices of fresh ginger may also be added.

Experiment with brown sugar or honey in place of granulated sugars.
Prepare, age and process and preserve herbal liquors in the same manner as fruit or berry preparations.

How to Make Your Own Wood Floor Polish

Polishing a hardware floor can be a daunting task and most of the hardwood polish you may have been using is toxic, and not to mention expensive.  You can go natural and make your own polish at home.

Here are a few homemade wood floor polish recipes:

Recipe I

Ingredients:

1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil

1. Mix the ingredients well.

2. Rub on the floor, and buff with a clean, dry cloth.

Recipe II

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of grated beeswax
boiling water
1/4 cup of turpentine
fruit extract (if desired)

1. Put the beeswax into a bowl.

2. Put the bowl with the beeswax into a pan of boiling water until the beeswax has melted.

3. Add the turpentine into the beeswax and stir continuously until it all starts to cool.

4. If desired add fruit extract to give it a pleasant smell.

5. Apply the polish to a clean floor using a sponge, wipe off extra polish and leave the floor to dry itself for 12-24 hours.

 

Lighting

Life expectancy of LED lighting is the game changer. Replacing light bulbs is a full time job. It would be great if it was a harmonious moment of changing light bulbs, but no, random black outs, in random rooms is the basic game plan when it comes to lighting replacement. An LED light lasts 3x’s as long as a regular light bulb, talk about making a conscience effort to participate in the green effort of our planet. Think of the footprint.

Pricing is the next decision. Let’s not forget the life expectancy of the LED while standing in the isle trying to decide which light bulb to purchase. Our suggestion, go right to the LED section. The local warehouse most likely has the best pricing. Don’t forget Contractors come to this warehouse when they need to fill a new order. They fill numerous orders weekly, sometimes daily and they know what is needed for proper lighting. Your best bet would be to stop one of the contractors and tell them the basics of your lighting upgrade. Bet you receive a small education of LED lighting vs. the same old.

Lighting is the key to your home and happiness. Whether you know it or not, it is the item you need most- morning, noon and night. If you can make your life brighter, easier, and participate in the footprint of our planet, why wouldn’t you?

How to Fake a Clean House

One of the toughest tasks around the house is keeping it clean. So when you are busy with work, the kids, and short on time, this task is almost impossible.

Here are some tips on how to have your home appear to be clean all the times:

-While you are walking around the house think about how you can declutter. As you pass through rooms pick up toys, mail, bags and shoes. Before you leave the living room on your way to the kitchen, look to see what items can be picked up along the way.

-Utilize decorative baskets to organize books, catalogs, mail and magazines.

-Reduce odor in the kitchen by simmering nutmeg, cloves, or cinnamon with orange peels in a saucepan on the stove.

-Use candlelight, a home always looks better and cleaner by candlelight.

-Create an instant centerpiece with a bowl full of fruit.

-Use baskets or containers in the bathroom to store cosmetics and lotions.

-Refresh the guest hand towels frequently. Humidity in the bathroom makes towels look droopy.

-Place your pajamas under the pillow. This way, they’re off the floor and ready for bedtime.

-Pile clean, unfolded laundry in baskets on top of the washing machine to be sorted later.

-If you have dirty clothes, but no time to wash them, store them inside the machine.

Could Your Bedroom Be Keeping You Up At Night?

The one thing that your busy lifestyle cannot afford could be happening right now. You may be struggling to get a good, restful night of sleep. Caffeine, sugar right before bed, energy drinks and stress could be the culprits. Your bedroom, the place where you go to rest, could also be keeping you up at night.

Why your bedroom could be costing you sleep

At the top of the list of why your bedroom could be keeping you up at night is your actual bed. A bed should be firm, but not hard. It also shouldn’t be spongy, causing you to lose support while you sleep. Being uncomfortable in bed could cause you to rest on the same side each night, creating sore hips and shoulders. Lay on your back at night and you may snore. People who develop sleep apnea have been known to be back sleepers.

As tempting as it is, sleeping with the TV on is not a good idea, especially if you are noise sensitive. Lay in bed watching game shows, sporting events and other programs that maintain your attention and you could start to become more alert and awakened rather than drowsy and sleepy. Try turning the TV off fifteen to twenty minutes before you are ready to go to sleep. Avoid reading and planning.Relax.

Do you ever feel like you sweated all night when you wake? Or do you ever feel cold? If your bedroom is too hot or too cold, those extreme temperatures could be keeping you from enjoying deeper sleep. Do a little exploring and try turning the heat up or turning on a fan or the air condition just before you go to bed.Notice if you sleep better. Another trick is to wear socks to bed on cold nights or a thin pajama set when it’s warmer outside. Taking a shower just before you go to bed when it’s hot outside can also help to cool you off.

More ways to start gaining a good night of sleep

Early morning light can serve as a natural alarm clock. Too much light streaming through your bedroom window could find you waking every one to two hours. It could also keep you from going into a deep sleep. Workarounds include hanging darker curtains, blinds or drapes or sleeping with an eye mask on. You could also try moving your bed further away from the window or positioning your bed in your bedroom so that the head of your bed is away from outside lights.

Noise is another element that could keep you up at night. Squeaking floors, music playing in the background and noise coming into your bedroom from outside could keep you alert. So too could barking pets. You could install insulated window treatments to reduce noise and train pets to rest at night instead of staying up and barking at every sound they hear.

Drinking warm teas and relaxing for thirty to sixty minutes before you head to bed can also help you to rest better. Finishing projects, paying bills on weekends instead of on weekday evenings, eating a healthy diet and exercising, are other ways that you could set yourself up for a good night of sleep.

What’s Next After Moving Into A New Home?

After you have dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s to purchase a new home, you may have a million things running through your head. You probably want to buy new furniture and throw a house warming party, but there’s a few more pertinent things that you need to address just as you turn the key to enter your new home. The first thing that you should do when you move into a new house is create a checklist using the information in this blog post. 

Inspect Your Stuff

Moving can cause some damage to your furniture and boxed up things. You’ll want to take a look at everything that’s been moved into the house and make sure that it’s completely in tact. If anything is damaged, you’ll need to file a complaint with your moving company or replace any items that were broken by the move if you were responsible.


Turn On Your Utilities


There’s a process in getting your utilities up and running. You’ll need to either have them turned on completely or just transfer their operations from the old owners to your name. 

Unpack

It’s important to unpack all of the essential things that you’ll need at your new home. These items include sheets, pillows, blankets, kitchen items and coffee makers.

Organize

Moving into a home is a clean slate for you and your organizational skills. This is the time for you to get organized and put everything in a proper place. No one wants to move into a new home and immediately have a giant mess to clean up! Take your time and put everything in the right place. If you need to purchase shelving or other organizational tools, do so at this time to help you get off on the right foot.  

Inspect The House

It’s important to check out your house from top to bottom one more time shortly after moving in. If there are any problems that weren’t there during the home inspection or any major issues that weren’t revealed, you’ll need to address them at this time.

Check For Pests

If there are any pests like mice or bugs in your home as you first move in, you’ll need to take care of this ASAP. You don’t want to have an infestation on your hands just as you move into your new home. You can either take on the problem yourself or call an exterminator for professional help.  

Secure The Home

From door locks to window safety, you’ll want to check all around to ensure that your new home is safe and secure for you and your family. There’s nothing more important the the health and safety of those you love, so you want to be sure that they are indeed protected from accidents and crime.           

Enjoy Your New Life!

Moving into a new home is very exciting. You’ll want to take the time to enjoy your new neighborhood and new surroundings. This also means taking care of your own well-being and your financial well-being as well. Make a budget so that all of your monthly payments are made promptly. Now that you have “taken care of business,” you can enjoy life!     

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