Super Soft Hands

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So, K and I have a friend who is always going on about how wonderful this hand scrub stuff is that she gets from Avon or Mary Kay or one of those companies. I tried it and it works really well. I just don’t want to pay for something like that. So I decided to make my own.

It is fantastic. I love how soft my hands feel. I can’t stop rubbing my hands together. K even commented on their softness and he doesn’t normally notice that stuff. Super easy to make and you already have the two ingredients on hand.

Here’s the recipe so you can pamper yourself a little bit.

Homemade Hand Scrub

1/2 cup brown sugar
enough oil to make a paste (I prefer olive oil but if you don’t like the smell you can use baby or almond oil.

Mix ingredients together in a small bowl. Apply to hands and rub all over hands like you are washing them. Rub for about a minute. Wash off with a mild soap and lukewarm water.

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Homemade Bread

I am trying to learn to make homemade bread to save us some money. The bread is turning out very tasty but I can’t slice it worth a darn. I have some that are the size of normal store-bought slices and others that are like Texas toast. Then there are the weirdos that start out thin on the top and slowly get thicker and thicker towards the bottom. It looks like a kindergartner sliced them.

I really want to purchase one of these but I don’t know if I can justify the $60 price tag. I will probably save up for it.

I’m hoping someday to switch to making whole wheat bread but it was hard enough switching my family over to homemade white bread.

I’ve put my recipe below. I combined a few recipes and adjusted the directions so I could mix it in my KitchenAid mixer.

Homemade White Bread

Ingredients

3 cups warm water
2 Tbsps yeast
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp salt
9 cups flour

Directions

I use a KitchenAid mixer to make the dough. Rinse mixer bowl with hot water. Place 3 cups warm water in mixer bowl. I gauge the temperature with my wrist. It should feel a bit warmer than a baby’s bathwater.

Sprinkle yeast and sugar in water. Wait 5 minutes. The yeast should be foamy and bubbly. Add oil and salt and give it a quick mix. Add flour.

Using dough hook, let mixer knead dough for 7 to 10 minutes on 1st speed. When done kneading, cover bowl with clean cloth and let rise for about 1 hour.

When done rising, use dough hook to punch down and knead for a few minutes to get air bubbles out.

Cut dough into 3 parts and shape into loaves. Place into greased loaf pans and let rise for 1/2 an hour.

When dough is almost done rising, preheat oven to 350*.

Bake loaves for 30 to 35 minutes. They should make a hollow sound when you tap on them.

Enjoy!