Egg Float Test

Our ladies are going through their first molt. So we're not getting nearly as many eggs as we were a few weeks ago which means our eggs sit on the counter longer than normal before we can accumulate a few dozen. So to make sure all of the eggs we give away and sell to friends are fresh, we do the "float test" when washing them.

Place eggs in a bowl or container of clean cold water. Eggs that float (white egg pictures) are no good – compost them or scramble them up (so long as they don't smell) and serve them to your chickens for a treat.

Eggs that turn on their side and sink to the bottom (brown egg pictured) are fresh. They will keep in the refrigerator for 4-6 weeks.

If the pointy top of your egg turns towards the bottom (green egg pictured), they're older eggs. Still good but if you don't eat them in the next couple weeks, they will spoil. These eggs are GREAT for boiling as there is more air inside the egg so the shell will peel away from the whites easily.

So a good idea would be to boil these and make pickled eggs or send boiled eggs to school with the kids for snack, etc. and keep your fresh eggs for breakfast and baking.

This is always a fun activity for Rue and I to do together. She loves finding the floating ones! Homeschooling families, this would be a fun science lesson!

Speaking of fun, go ahead and do the float test on your store bought or farmers' market eggs next time you get them just to see how "fresh" your eggs really are! You might be surprised by what you get and you might understand why that dozen of eggs was $0.79 at the grocery store!

Happy testing!

<3,

Laura

Fellow homesteaders, do you float test your eggs before giving them away? What do you do with the eggs that float?

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Mom Hack Monday: Turn Bar Soap Scraps into Liquid Hand Soap

We love making something out of nothing around here. This is one of my favorite mom hacks. 
Save your bar soap scraps and start making liquid hand soap out of them! 

So it’s one less thing to throw away and one less thing to buy. A total win-win. 

You don’t need to wait until you save a cup of soap scraps if you really want to make this liquid hand soap today. Just melt a whole bar of soap! It works just the same!!

Any soap you have on hand will work. I used scraps from my homemade coconut oil shampoo bars and some locally made goat’s milk soap. 

This would be a great use for that drawer of tiny bars of soap that you’ve acquired from hotels around the country. I know you have one of those drawers. ­čśë We all do. 

HERE’S WHAT I DO:



WATCH THE VIDEO TO SEE HOW IT’S DONE 

That’s it for today’s mom hack! 

We’re off to play in Rue’s Splash Pad. Ôś║´ŞĆ 


Happy Monday!! 

<3, 

Kanga ‘n Rue 


Adventures in Organic Gardening 


OMG. I started planting two weeks ago and we’re finally almost done for a while!┬áAll I have left to do is plant carrots and peas and then broccoli rabe, eggplant, and butternut squash once the spring crops are harvested. And build trellises for the zucchini, cucumbers, and peas.

I can’t wait to see how much money we save on our grocery bill!

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How to Make Almond Milk Lattes with Just Three Ingredients and a Blender 

I recently gave up drinking coffee. I made it a good month. Then one day I was so tired I absolutely could not get through work without some serious java assistance, so I stopped for a coconut milk latte on the way to work.

It certainly helped me get through the day but I live in the boondocks so I don’t have the option to buy lattes everyday. Plus, I hate spending money on stuff I can easily make at home for less.

Plus, making nut milk lattes at home is crazy easy. And you don’t need an espresso machine or a milk steamer.

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Mom Hack Monday: Natural Pink Eye Remedy


Rue woke up with her left eye completely crusted shut. It was red and inflamed and she kept rubbing it so I knew there was an infection.

Immediately, papa Rodriguez was freaking out, but I knew we could treat it if we acted fast. Tea tree and lavender are the two essential oils I always grab when there’s any kind of infection, cut, scrape, or burn because of their natural antibiotic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties.

We’re all out of tea tree right now but we never go without lavender and since it’s one of the most gentle oils, that’s what we used.

HERE’S WHAT WORKED FOR US:
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Mom Hack Monday: Non-toxic Swiffer Wet Jet Refills

Disclaimer: When you click on the affiliate links below, I will receive an itty bitty commission from Amazon.com.

I’m so happy to share this mom hack with you all because I love the convenience of using my Swiffer Wet Jet, but I hate using the toxic chemical cleaning solution┬áthat comes with it. Many conventional cleaning solutions contain dozens of lung-harming ingredients, carcinogens, formaldehyde, chloroform, and other hormone disrupting and cancer causing chemicals and fragrances. And there’s no sure fire way to know exactly which┬áchemicals┬áthese household cleaners contain because according to the Environmental Working Group, only 7% of cleaning products adequately disclose their contents!

SEVEN PERCENT.

These chemicals enter the blood stream once absorbed by the skin and inhaled through the lungs.

If you have kids, you know they basically live on the floor for the first 5 years of their lives. And they have a tendency to get into E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.┬áThat’s why I like to make sure that whatever we use to clean the entire house (floors included)┬áis safe enough to put on your skin or ingest.

Here’s Rue with the rag I was using to wipe down the counters. Good thing it’s just vingear and water on that rag!

While there are several healthier options on the market, I have found that homemade is safer, cheaper, and creates less waste. So we use our homemade vinegar all purpose cleaner for everything.

The cap on these Wet Jet cleaning solution bottles DO NOT twist off. I even tried using a screw driver to pry it off and it just wouldn’t come off. So I came up with an easy way to remove the cleaning solution that comes with the Wet Jet and replace it with my homemade vinegar all purpose cleaning solution.

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Mom Hack Monday

Rue got an awesome art easel for Christmas and it’s been her favorite toy ever since.

We didn’t have any dry erase markers when we got it so we started her on the chalkboard side since we had a lot of chalk.

One day I had the idea to let her paint on the white board side and since then, we’ve also used regular markers on it as well. Washable markers and kids paint both stick to the white board nicely and wash off easily with a wet rag so we never went out and bought dry erase markers!

I love that there’s no paper waste it also teaches her a new way to clean up.

So save your paper for actual crafts and let them get endless hours of creativity out this way!


Happy crafting!

<3,

Laura