When Kefir Soda Explodes

I would like to tell you about my day.

Let me preface this with: a lovely friend of mine hired house cleaners to come last week and thoroughly clean the house. It was wonderful. Best. Present. Ever.

And then this day came.

It had already been a stressful day. I hadn’t gotten much done for my daily routines and was feeling behind. The accountant needed more and more information. Self employment taxes are making me feel clueless. The kids have been rather “needy” this morning and the baby seems to be waking from his nap within minutes of me actually getting something accomplished.

Brian came home from lunch a little after noon and I proceeded to make us all quesadillas for lunch.

2 days earlier my first batch of water kefir was ready. I bottled it with grape juice to make a soda, because that sounded awesome. I googled “water kefir soda” since I knew it could be done, but needed direction. I came across Wellness Mama’s recipe. You can find it here.

I had purchased a couple large bottles similar to this one, but I think mine is around 30 ounces.

I mixed the water kefir with several ounces of grape juice, closed the top and let it sit on the counter. It says to leave it for 24 to 48 hours. The temperature in my house is pretty cool, so I decided to leave it for 48 hours, (make sure it’s good and carbonated, you know!)

The last quesadilla was almost done, so I figured I’d pop open the grape soda and we’d have a treat with our lunch.

I couldn’t open it. It fizzed a little, but I couldn’t pop the seal. I asked Brian to open it for me. He stepped over, grasped the bottle and popped the cap right off. But the cap didn’t just pop. It FLEW off. The beautiful grape soda became a spewing fountain of purple foam. Just like the mentos in diet coke trick. I grabbed a washcloth and stuffed it over the top of the bottle. But it was too late.

It could have been funny. It could have been freaking hilarious. But as I was standing there feeling the drips on my head and my arms, seeing the juice drip down all the walls like a purple water fall, trickling and dripping over every surface… I didn’t laugh. I cried. I sat down on the grape soda covered stool and cried into the bath towel that I had frantically grabbed in my attempt to save the white trim that was rapidly turning blue. kefir soda 3

The space on the ceiling was a good 2 foot circle. There was soda on top of the fridge and splatted all over the floor for about 10 feet in every direction. Remember, this is grape. GRAPE. Brian was trying to stifle a laugh. We were covered. 

I scrubbed the top of the fridge. The floor. Ceiling. Switch plates. Shelf. Walls. Counter. Sink. Brian removed the shelf for me, so I could scrub the walls.

About an hour later I sat down to eat my cold quesadillas and drink my 3 ounces of grape soda. I noticed I was still wearing sticky jeans.

On the up side: I’ve been thinking of repainting. I could just do it. Oh- and the kitchen smells like grape candy. That’s a good thing, right??

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How to Organize DVDs

Keeping the DVD and Blu Ray collection at bay can be a challenge in our entertainment driven society. Many of us have book cases full of our favorite movies, shows and video games.

Before purchasing any organization tools, evaluate whether or not these are items that you want to keep. Only keep ones that you truly enjoy and watch over and over. Let the others go. Even if you haven’t watched them yet. If you have any that belong to other people, make it a point to return them this week.

Next, pull out all the cases and sort them into the categories you want.

 BEFORE

BEFORE

 AFTER

AFTER

Example:

  • Action
  • Romance
  • Documentaries
  • Childrens
  • Games

Get one (or however many are needed) DVD Wallets. I got two of these 64 count. If you have less movies, get the smallest ones.

Put the children’s movies in their own case, so picking their own movie is easier. It’s good for them to be in charge of putting their movies back into the right case and keep in the habit of taking care of their own items.

Then start placing the discs in the order you prefer into each wallet. Discard all empty DVD and Blu Ray cases. Be sure to mark them on your Decluttering Chart!

Having space on shelves and in cupboards is such a calming sensation. And these DVD wallets make finding a movie to watch a complete breeze.

 

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Caramel Apple Pancake Sauce

Caramel Apple Pancakes

Weekends are a great time to come together as a family, take your time and create a delicious meal together. Breakfast is a perfect meal to prepare together, especially with little ones. Making pancakes, scrambling eggs and slicing fruit is simple and easy for kids to help with.

Our family loves having a big breakfast on Saturdays. We try to keep weekends open so we can take our time getting up and getting a fun breakfast on the table. Pancakes happens to be a favorite and everyone loves this caramel apple topping!

 

Caramel Apple Pancake Sauce

Ingredients:
2 apples, diced
1/2 cup butter
1 cup honey

Directions:
In 3 quart sauce pan or 10″ saute pan, melt butter and add apples. Stir and cook for 5 minutes over medium high heat. Stir in honey, bring to a boil and cook 3 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool a few minutes. Serve.

 

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Hand Me Downs: Are They Worth It? A Reader Question

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Question: 

I bought my oldest boy a new pair of jeans for Christmas.  He wore them a few times, we washed them, and now we realize they simply don’t fit.  Would you save them for the next brother (for a good 2-3 years) to keep costs down, or consign them to recoup the cost now and not have something ELSE to store?     Thanks! ~Amy W.

 P.S.  Our family passed the 700 mark today in our 2014 in 2014 challenge, and we love it!  My college roommate has already completed hers (and is inspired to do much more), and my sister-in-law and her good friend are on board now as well.  Love the challenge!!!  

 
My Answer:

 

Thanks Amy! I say consign them. Most of us plan on saving hand-me-downs from our older children to our younger children. But more often than not, they get stuffed into a closet and forgotten about and found only after they no longer fit. Life happens, we forget. To get the most bang for your buck, consign them and use the money to purchase what you currently need.

 

This helps you have:
1. Nothing to store.
2. Nothing to remember.
3. Only owning what you need.

 

Do you have an organizational challenge I can help you with?
 
Email me your questions: rachel@nourishingminimalism.com
Subject: Reader Question





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Valentine Cheese and Crackers

Cheese cut out into a heart shape is a perfect Valentine’s Day snack. I like to take these for toddler snack in their preschool class. It’s always good to serve fun foods that aren’t full of sugar and additives. Making “normal” food special makes it exciting, especially for the little people in our lives.

Valentine Cheese Slices

Ingredients:
Cheese of your choice
Heart shaped cookie cutters (I use these)

Directions:
Slice cheese. Cut out heart shapes. Serve with crackers and fruit for lunch or snack.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Marshmallow Bouquet

A beautifully unique table setting that doubles as dessert. Yes please! My family was thrilled to see this gracing our dinner table and everyone was quick to eat all their vegetables since there was dessert staring them in the face.
These homemade marshmallows are seriously the best I’ve ever had and since are made with this wonderful gelatin in them, it means are dessert is actually quite healthy for us. Not that we needed any excuse!

 Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Marshmallow Bouquet

For Marshmallows:
One batch homemade marshmallows


For Chocolate Covered Strawberries:
Ingredients:
1 pint strawberries
1/2 cup chocolate chips (Click here to buy)
1 teaspoon coconut oil (Click here to buy)
Wooden skewers (Click here to buy)

Directions:
Wash and dry strawberries. In small sauce pan, heat chocolate and oil on low. Stirring constantly until melted. Remove from heat. Dip strawberries in chocolate, place on parchment paper to dry. Cut marshmallows into squares. Fix marshmallows and strawberries onto wooden skewers and arrange in vase or jar.




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Melon Hearts, a Simple Valentine Treat

You know those days, when you want to add a touch of special to the meal? This is a beautifully simple answer.

Great for a Valentine’s breakfast or brunch and a snack that the kids can help create. These cute little hearts are a perfect replacement to the average sugary Valentine treats.

Melon Hearts

Ingredients:
Melons of your choice

Equiptment:
Small heart cookie cutter (Like this one)

Directions:
Cut the rind off the melons, cut in half and scoop out seeds. Slice in thin slices and then cut with cookie cutter.



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A Collection of Simple Valentine Treats

Valentine’s Day is my absolute favorite holiday. I love the simpleness, just showing love through thoughtful actions. And chocolate. Always chocolate.

Here are some simple treats to make your Valentine’s Day special:

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Hearts cut from melons! Great for a Valentine’s breakfast or brunch and a snack that the kids can help create. These cute little hearts are a perfect replacement to the average sugary Valentine treats.


Lacy chocolate hearts are a perfect edition to icecream or on top of a slice of cheesecake and makes everyone feel special.

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And if you want to occupy the kids with making goodies to enjoy, they can join you. It’s that easy!

A beautifully unique table setting that doubles as dessert. Yes please! My family was thrilled to see this gracing our dinner table and everyone was quick to eat all their vegetables since there was dessert staring them in the face.

And these homemade marshmallows are seriously the best I’ve ever had!

 chocolate covered strawberries
 

Simple treats are a great time to get the kids in the kitchen with you. They can help you measure, stir and then cut out the gummies (and eat the “extras!”).

Besides that, gelatin treats are good for everyone!

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EASY Chocolate Hearts, a Simple Valentine Treat

Want to astound everyone with your amazing-ness? That’s right. You are amazing and these gorgeous little lace chocolate hearts will prove it!

Lacy chocolate hearts are a perfect edition to ice cream or on top of a slice of cheesecake and makes everyone feel special.

And if you want to occupy the kids with making goodies to enjoy, they can join you. Just set them up, show them how to do it once and let the creativity flow. Letting kids help in the kitchen makes them feel needed and capable.

EASY Chocolate Hearts

Ingredients:
1/4 cup chocolate chips (Click here to buy)
1 teaspoon coconut oil (Click here to buy)

Directions:
In small sauce pan, heat chocolate and oil on low. Stirring constantly until melted. Pour into a ziplock bag and squish into one corner. Cut the very tip of the corner.
Squeeze the chocolate out onto parchment paper: draw the outline of a heart and then drizzle chocolate all over the inside, or make a pattern.
Place parchment on cookie sheet and stick in the freezer for 15 minutes, or until chocolate is firm. Remove from parchment and place on desired dessert.



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Pomegranate Gummies, a Simple Valentine Treat

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. The simplicity of the holiday makes it my absolute favorite! We do small thoughtful things for each other and that’s it.

Simple and fun.

Simple treats are a great time to get the kids in the kitchen with you. They can help you measure, stir and then cut out the gummies (and eat the “extras!”).

Besides that, gelatin treats are good for everyone! Did you know that gelatin provides you with a whole host of amino acids? Yes! Which means, we’ll feel better if we eat it. Be sure to get a good quality gelatin like this one.

Pomegranate Gummies

Ingredients:
1 cup pomegranate juice (Click here to buy)
3 tablespoons gelatin (Click here to buy)
1 tablespoon honey (Click here to buy)

Directions:
Combine all ingredients together. Pour into small sauce pan and heat on low until clear and liquid. Pour into glass 8″ x 8″ ungreased baking dish. Place in fridge and cool for about 30 minutes until firm. After it’s firm, you can cut it into little squares (which is what we normally do) or you can use a cookie cutter to cut them out into shapes. (We used this tiny one since it’s Valentine’s Day.)



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