Azure Standard Day

Yesterday was our Azure Standard delivery day at the drop point we use.  My friend and I take turns picking it up and it always feels a little like Christmas.  We always seem to stop at Burgerville, so it is good we don’t pick it up every time. 🙂 We happened to be out of a lot of our bulk items, and I decided to get bigger 25lb bags of oats and beans this time. I also ordered more hard white and soft white wheat berries. I use the wheat berries in my grain mill to make fresh ground flour (it is healthier and makes homemade stuff taste even better).  Hard white is a good average whole wheat (not too dark), and soft white replaces white flour nicely in recipies for pie crusts, cakes, etc.

Here is a list of what I got. Notice that some items did not come.  That is one of the only things about Azure that is a bummer. Sometimes they are out of your stuff and you have to just order it again next time.  They do have a system now that tells you how many of the item is remaining at the time you add the item.  It still catches me by surprise because I often add items to my cart over time and don’t know they are running low on an item. This picture does not include our favorite steel cut oats.  We already cracked into them and forgot to put them in the picture.

CE227 Azure Farm Steel Cut Oats (whole grain), Organic 5 lbs. 1 1 $5.35 $5.35
SW137 Wholesome Sweeteners Brown Sugar, Dark, Organic, Fair Trade 24 ozs. 2 2 $3.95 $7.90
NF595 Tubtrugs LLC Containers, Flexible, 6.5 Gallon Medium, Pistachio 1 unit 1 1 $7.80 $7.80
SN431 Late July Bite Size Cheddar Crackers, Organic 5 ozs. 1 1 $2.40 $2.40
NS920 Eclectic Institute Elderberry Instant Immune POW-der 2.1 ozs. 1 1 $10.75 $10.75
JC117 Crofter’s @North American Superfruit Spread, Organic 11 ozs. 1 1 $3.30 $3.30
NF225 Biokleen Produce Wash 16 ozs. 1 1 $3.60 $3.60
GR064 Azure Farm Wheat Berries, Soft White, Organic 25 lbs. 1 1 $10.50 $10.50
BE006 Bulk Black Beans, Organic (split with a friend) 25 lbs. 1 1 $34.30 $34.30
SE202 Nutiva Chia Seeds, Organic 3 lbs. 1 0 $16.25 $0.00
EO078 Nature’s Alchemy Tea Tree 0.5 oz. 1 1 $4.70 $4.70
EO067 Nature’s Alchemy Eucalyptus 0.5 oz. 1 1 $3.40 $3.40
BE051 Azure Farm White Beans, Small, Navy, Organic 5 lbs. 1 0 $7.45 $0.00
GR111 Bulk Hard White Wheat, Organic 25 lbs. 1 1 $17.25 $17.25
CE134 Bulk Quick Oats, Organic 25 lbs. 1 1 $18.75 $18.75
CE231 Bulk Steel Cut Oats (whole grain), Organic 25 lbs. 1 0 $18.35 $0.00

My sweet helper always wants to pose with the groceries.  She probably thinks all moms line up and take pictures of their groceries. And yes, she does like to wear multiple dresses in the same day.  Usually I encourage her to keep the same outfit on, today I let her live it up. Love that girl.

After I refilled my jars I had to figure what to do with all the extras.  I wrote the dates on the bags so I can get an idea for how long it takes me to go through them.  I will also clip the corners shut with clamps and put them in plastic totes for the time being.  I hope to get them into well sealed 5 gallon buckets when we get our hands on some more.  I love the Gamma Seal lids on the two that I have.  Who knew I would get excited about fancy bucket lids?

Here is a post I wrote about getting started with Azure Standard. You can also find some of my past shopping trips by searching “azure” in the search box.

I am looking out on at least 5 inches of fresh snow and praying everyone is safe driving today. After all the snow we have gotten this year I am starting to feel like I live in an area where snow is a common occurrence.  Shout out to my dad and hubby for picking me and my van up late last night after I was having trouble just making it out of the neighborhood I was in.

Happy Spring!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

Not sure why I picked today to make homemade laundry soap and natural hand soap (I will blog about that project soon). Sweet Baby has been sick and the last 4 nights have been some of the worst sleep in recent history.  I think I needed to feel like I was accomplishing something outside of soothing a sick baby. I also think the 5 swallows of leftover Starbucks coffee this normally non-coffee drinker had might have been to blame.

Ingredients

Half of a bar of Fels-Naptha

1 cup-Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda (not baking soda)

1 cup-20 Mule Team Borax

2 gallons of water

 

Odds and Ends

Big pot OR small pot and bucket

Cheese grater

Big spoon for mixing

Funnel (if putting finished product in something with a small opening)

Old laundry soap containers, clean bucket with lid, jar, etc. Something that is shakeable would be easiest since this tends to separate.

Steps

1) Cut bar of Fels-Naptha in half and grate. You can put other half in a zipper bag for later. Looks an awful lot like cheese…keep kids out of it!

2) Melt Fels-Naptha in a pot with 6 cups of warm water. Use low-medium heat and stir almost constantly.

3) Remove from heat. Add 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of washing soda. Mix in and then add about 6 more cups of water. Mix again.

4) At this point you can poor laundry soap mixture into a big bucket if you have one and add remaining water totaling 2 gallons.  If you already used 12 cups total you can add 4 more cups (16 cups in a gallon), and then another gallon of water.  I used an old vinegar jug to measure my gallons and store some of my finished laundry soap.  However you do it just make sure to mix or shake in your remaining water so that it all gets mixed.

Here is a shot of the mixing and melting of the ingredients before adding more water.

Hubs helped me funnel it into the big jug (old 1.5 gallon Costco laundry soap bottle) while I chowed part of a sandwich and took pics.

Ta DA! Over 2 gallons of laundry soap for super cheap!

Here is a rough idea of the cost to get started. I spent about $9 on the 3 materials and only used a small fraction of the Borax and washing soda.  I have half of bar of Fels left to use next time and then I will need to buy more. It is only about $1.50 a bar.

I took a picture of the prices at the store on my camera and it is GONE.  Sweet Baby might have had something to do with that.  I saved the receipt, but the twins might have ripped it in half after carefully lifting it from the bag with their sweaty little toes. It is now on the floor in the back of the van.  How is that for blog sabotage?  When I care enough to dig it out of the van and do the math you will be the first to know.

I wanted to make an all natural batch, but could not find a recipe that got great reviews.  I heard that using the castile soap might cause your clothes to fade and did not work well for some people.  Let me know if you have found one you liked!

Now off to do some laundry and see how this stuff works! Thanks to my friend Vi for the sample of her batch and the encouragement to try it.

Have you ever made you own? Give it a try! It is super easy!

 

Because I love y’all -I have extra coupons! (Updated)

Anybody planning a wedding, working on a project, needing cosmetics, things for the home, gifts, shoes or clothes for the kids or yourself? I have some extra coupons I would love to share for anybody who is local and would like to come pick them up.  If I see you regularly I would be happy to bring them along (just keep in mind many of them expire pretty soon)!

Here is what I have:

Updated morning of 3/7

Ulta– $3.50 off any purchase of $10 or more. (Some exclusions including fancy makeup lines.) (8 available)

Michaels 40% off one regular price item. Good through March 10th. (8 available)

Craft Warehouse (this coupon is pretty rare) 40% off any one reg. price item. Good through March 12th. ) (5 available)

Cost Plus World Market take an additional 10% off your purchase. Good through March 11th. (10 available)

Fred Meyer scratch off coupons-extra mystery % off your purchase on apparel, shoes, and accessories for men, women, and children.  I have (5) 15% off coupons.

*Remember most stores will only let you use one coupon per shopping trip.

This is not a contest! Just leave a comment on THIS post letting me know what you would like and when to have them ready. 

Would you consider adding me as a Google Friend? It would make my day…and might increase the chances of more real giveaways around here.

Happy Tuesday!