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Home made sunscreen

There are loads of diy sunscreen recipes on the internet (see some links which contain further reading below).  The reasons for making our own are to create an organic nano-particle free product that’s cheaper than buying it.  After reading all these recipes I combined a few things and came up with the recipe below.  Proof would always be in the application for me – I burn if I just think about the sun and I didn’t suffer one burn with this.  The downside – without preservatives it needs to be kept in the fridge, it’s not overly water resistant and even after rubbing it in you can still see it a bit on the skin.

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Liquid laundry detergent

Here are a couple of recipes to make your own liquid laundry detergent.  We all vaguely know it’s cheaper and better for our waterways but will they actually clean clothes and can I be bothered?  These recipes are easy once you’ve bought what you need and have cleaned the kitchen bench off to make some room.

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Mushroom Risotto

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Ingredients – serves 2

  • IMG_76111TB butter, ghee or oil
  • 1 medium onion – diced
  • 1TB diced thyme (or 2TB fresh) or similar herb of your preference eg sage
  • ½ c risotto rice
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 portabello mushrooms or 4 or so button mushrooms – roughly diced
  • 6 or so oyster mushrooms – roughly diced
  • grated parmesan
  • spring or welsh bunching onions – diced

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