Blood Stains ~ Out Darn Spot!

Getting rid of blood stains has always stumped me.  

They’d almost come out, but there would always be that rusty spot staring at me.  

Photo - NHF Get out Blood Stains - “Crime Scenario” with blood by Simon Howden at FreeDigitalPhotos dot net

Photo: “Crime Scenario” Simon Howden at FreeDigitalPhotos dot net

Hi, All!  How is your Summer going?  We’ve been having a wonderful time!

This Summer, we’ve gotten about!  Visiting friends and family.  Having grandchildren visit us for extended overnights.  Keeping busy with normal business, get-togethers with best buds, and daily living.  Pleased with each other’s company.

There are some ways we continue to enjoy our state of Empty Nestiness!

The house is the same when we walk in the door as when we left it.

There’s less wear and tear on all appliances.

Especially on the washing machine and refrigerator!

Our water bills have lowered noticeably.

So have the electric bills!

Bathrooms are easier to clean.  And they stay clean!

Yet, we make enough of our own dirt that we still find cleaning tricks to be handy.

I discovered this cheat when Mr. Nest scratched the tip of his ear and left blood on his pillow case.

Photo - Getting Rid of Blood Stains by Nest Half Full - Photo by Simon Howden at FreeDigitalPhotos dot netDid you know that straight vinegar is the bomb for getting blood stains out of fabric?  I didn’t either, but it is!

We’re talking plain ol’ household white vinegar that you can find at your grocery store.

Simply, place the affected garment or stained section in a large bowl or blocked sink …

Pour white vinegar directly over the stain.  Let sit for a couple of hours or overnight .  Rinse and take a look.  If there’s a little stain left, repeat the process.

Now toss that article into the next load of like colors and you’re good to go!

Voila! Blood stain is GONE!

The trick is to get to the stain as quickly as possible!  If you can’t hop on it right away, keep the material wet/damp and then come back to it as soon as possible.

If you’re working with blood stains on colored material …

do a test batch, let dry and see if it fades the color.  If there’s no fade or color change, proceed.

If there are blood stains on something that cannot be finished by tossing in the washing machine …

do a color test somewhere inconspicuous (just in case). If it looks good on the test spot, then spray the stain with vinegar, and blot with damp, white washcloth.  Check the washcloth to make sure fabric color is not being removed.  Repeat until you’ve gotten the stain out.

That’s it!  Blood gone and no nasty, artificial chemicals!

Photo Credits:
 “Crime Scenario” Simon Howden at FreeDigitalPhotos dotnet
 “Blood Splatters” Simon Howden at FreeDigitalPhotos dotnet

Pecan Bread ~ Deliciously Gluten-Free Dairy-Free

Let’s make a gorgeous loaf of Pecan Bread!

With weather getting warmer in the Northern Hemisphere, not everyone would think first thing of baking.  However, I believe there’s never a bad time for Pecan Bread!  It’s delicious and I make ours in a bread machine!  Not a hot job!  . . .

Photo - Pecan Bread - NHF Homemade Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

It’s Spring!  YAY!!!

While I earnestly believe that change can start at anytime (see my return article,  Time to Jump Back In!), Spring is the perfect time to ramp oneself back up, again.

Fresh air!  Birds singing!  Daffodils blooming!  Spring always gives me a fresh burst of energy.

The last couple of years have been a crazy run of one medical problem after another – actually all tied together. The whole thing seriously wore me down.

What this ordeal taught us is that most of our medical ills, including my lifelong struggle with Crohn’s Disease, have been caused by, or, at the very least, kerfuffled by diet.

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Foods We’re Eating These Days (and not)

Mr. Nest and I have become increasingly aware of what we’re eating these days.  We’ve learned first hand how the foods we eat hold power over the quality of our daily lives and health.

It’s been a gradual transition, and sometimes it has taken a bit of ingenuity.  Happily, every good choice has become another piece in the puzzle of a healthier, better, perhaps longer life.  And we’re loving the new decisions we’re making!

We  now live with less aches and pains, no bloat or fuzzy-headedness.  We’re more comfortable, slimmer and sharper.

“GLUTEN-FREE” FIRST SHOWED UP ON OUR RADAR a few Photo - Wheat - Image courtesy of dan at FreeDigitalPhotos dot net
years ago, but we were hesitant to try something so drastic. After all, who wants to sacrifice any of life’s great pleasures – like french toast, fried oysters (the breading) and the rare, deliriously enjoyed, apple cinnamon doughnut?

But, it wasn’t easy to stay away from the idea. Articles and recipes were popping up everywhere!  Information and questions percolated in the back of my mind.

We started out timidly.  Our first step was to put gluten-free to the test. Continue reading “Foods We’re Eating These Days (and not)”

Homemade Sausage – As Easy as Meatloaf!

This post is brought to you thanks to Monsieur Nest.

The other day, I commented in passing to my husband  “Making sausage without casings is so ridiculously easy, I don’t know why more people don’t just make it themselves.  It’s as easy as creating a good meatloaf!”  This wasn’t the non sequitur it seems.  I was cooking at the time, making Sausage, Peppers and Onion (homemade sausage!).

His reply, “So, you’re going to write about it, right?”

Uuuuuhh. Okaaay.

PHoto - Homemade Sausage by Nest Half Full
Homemade Sausage in action – Homemade Sausage – As Easy as Meatloaf! by NestHalfFull.com

As I  worked in the kitchen earlier in the day, I wasn’t thinking about taking pictures or writing anything up. I was just lovin’ making my own sausage.  Partly because it’s such a nifty thing to do.  Partly because I love experimenting with flavor palettes.  But mostly because it is impossible to know everything that’s been churned into most ready-made sausages. As delicious as they are, many (most?) of the things on the label (not to mention the details they leave off!) are not all that great for you.

Here’s the quick and easy on how to make your own sausage.  No grinder.  No casings. It really is as easy as EASIER than throwing together a good meatloaf!
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Sausage Peppers and Onion (homemade sausage!)

I had not planned to share this dish with anyone. It’s very basic and, quite honestly, I don’t have any good photos of it.

But, Mr. Nest urged me to share Homemade Sausage – As Easy as Meatloaf! with you. Naturally, that meant sharing the dish I was making at the time. This one pot meal is really yummy whether you use ready-made sausages or make your own!

Photo - Sausage Peppers and Onion ~ Nest Half Full
Sorry for this awful photo. Sausage, Peppers and Onion is much yummier than the pictures let on!

When I’m tired, and don’t feel like cooking, and feel even less like going out to eat, I’ll often throw together this one-pot meal of Sausage Peppers and Onion.  It’s simple, satisfying and tasty.
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