Tuesday, May 3, 2011

DIY (Do it your self) home made chocolate starting from cocoa powder

I love chocolate and I always include in most deserts I make at home. Yesterday, as I was preparing for my daughter's birthday party I discovered we're out of chocolate. I always keep some in fridge but I forgot that I've used it all, then I remembered that granny used to make chocolate at home and I\ve never really tasted chocolate like what she made for us, I think this woman had her own magic secrets.

I started my search, and finally I could find a recipe that contains similar ingredients, as the one she was using. I've tried it and it was good but after doing some corrections, and the result was really good. The funniest thing is I had my own brand chocolate :)

Home made chcolate recipe

You need

  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup of butter "at room temperature"
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup full cream milk
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp dried milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. In a pyrex bowl put butter and cocoa.
  2. Use a hand mixer to mix chocolate  and butter untill they are totally mixed forming a smooth paste.
  3. Put a little amount of water in a cooking tray " and put on high heat and bring to boil then reduce heat and keep filling as water evaporates and it's level goes down.
  4. Put the bowl into the hot water bath till it becomes hot.
  5. remove away from heat "Avoid leaving the mixture to cook"
  6. Add all other ingredients and keep mixing.
  7. Pour in ice cube mold or use special mold.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

You'll use fruits in all recipes here . Do you like to enjoy eating fruit? You can get more taste out of fruit!

DIY (Do it your self) Liquid soap for washing dishes

You can use a natural bar of soap to make a huge amount of liquid soap. It's actually easy to make. Just needs you to get 1 gallon of distelled water, a bar of your favorite natural soap bar and some empty clean bottles "recycled".

Here is the recipe

2 oz natural soap "Grated"
1 gallon distilled water
you have 2 choices: to buy a Water Distiller if you're going to prepare many productsor to get a gallon of distilled water


  1. In a clean large pan put water and bring it to boil then reduce heat.
  2. Put grated soap and leave it to melt "stir frequently"
  3. When it is completely molten blend using a hand mixer.
  4. Leave it overnight.
  5. Next day you'll get a wonderful soapy liquid "you might to mix it once more"
  6. You can add  colour or scent if you want or leave it as it is.
  7. Pour into clean bottles and store.

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DIY (Do it your self) Dishwashing detergent

You can find many online recipes for dishwasher detergent, some suite soft water and others suit hard water. But this recipe works for both to get clean dishes and sparkling glasses. You only need to increase the amount of washing soda a bit if you're using hard water. You might buy ingredients of the same price as the ready detergent you buy, but you'll get double the amount so you're saving about 50% "Not bad" besides you'll get free of commercial advertisements for products, and you'll get green friendly products. Have fun

The recipe is

1 cup Borax (Boric acid salt; such as: sodium borate)
1 cup Soda ash "Washing soda"
1/2 a cup kosher salt
                                 1/2 a cup of citric acid "You need to add a whole cup for hard water"
You can prepare your own washing soda by baking baking soda at 350F for 15-20 minutes. Flatten baking soda in a baking tray lined with baking paper.

 Mix all the powders together and use  tbsp for every load. For rinzing, use white vinegar or lemon juice.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

DIY (Do it your self) All Green Parfume!

Who said that havig a prfume needs a budget, if you can make your own parfume at home. It's not a must to have  a hundred ingredients, you can make perfumes with simple combinations of essential oils, but a delicate water-based perfume with a floral scent is easier and nicer and can be a good gift for the one you love.

 Making your own perfume enables you to eliminate harmful chemicals or preservatives that are often found in synthetic fragrances, such as phthalates, which might cause health problems. A homemade, all-natural, water-based perfume is the best Green, Earth-friendly perfume. But keep in mind that you have to select flowers of hig fragrant. You can use jasmine,  honeysuckle, lavender, or different coloured tea roses.

All you need

  • Clean cloth made of cotton
  • 2 cups of chopped flowers (of one kind)
  • 3 cups distilled water
  • A little dark bottle with a lid or a stopper


1. Wash flowers' petals from dirt and sediment with tap water.
2. Tie flowers in the cloth and soak inside a bowl in distelled . Cover the bowl with the lid and let the flowers soak all overnight.
3. Next day, remove the lid and gently lift the flower pouch out of water. Squeeze the pouch over a small saucepan, extracting the flower-scented water. Simmer over low heat until you have about a teaspoon of liquid.
4. Pour the cooled water into the bottle and cap it.
N.B. The scent of this perfume will only remain for a month if stored in a cool, dark place. But you'll enjoy a green parfume for a month :)
You might want to try mixing a perfume with essential oils , or mix different scented water to get a new scent.

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