My birthday is tomorrow, but Monday is a better day for us...so out exploring early this morning we went! We headed out around 6:30 and ended up on the other side of Crosbyton at the Silver Falls Rest Area at sun up. This is a very nice rest area.
And here is the beautiful sunrise we found...
Such a beautiful morning! But oh soooo cold!! We explored awhile and took many amazing pictures. Wow were our hands froze by the time we finished taking pictures!
I found a recipe for dishwashing soap here. I want to do some changes on my next go round. I think I could do with less lemi shine since my town water isn't as hard.
Homemade Dishwashing Soap
1c Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1c Lemi Shine
1/2c Kosher Salt
This is what you need. It's a lot like the laundry soap, just a few extra things.
Stir all the ingredients together and this is what you get. Note...I halved the recipe I found so it would fit in my 1 quart jar. It has a tendency to harden, so you have to shake it often.
I have been searching for an HE washing machine recipe for laundry soap and finally did it! It was super easy and I was able to find everything I needed at Wal-mart.
I found the recipe here.
This is all the ingredients we purchased to make both the laundry soap and the dishwasher soap. It all added up to $16.79. Other than needing to buy more lemi-shine and fels naptha, we have plenty to make more of each.
Homemade Laundry Soap
1 Bar of Fels Naptha
1c Washing Soda
This is all you need to make your own laundry soap. We found it all at Wal-mart.
I started off using the hand grater...then a salad shooter...then after combining everything into a mason jar, I decided I wanted the fels naptha to blend better with the other ingredients, so we put it in the food processor and milled it. That worked better for us!
We made a funnel out of a few sheets of paper and poured the ingredients into a 1 quart mason jar.
Our first batch of homemade laundry soap for our HE washer. It worked great and you only use 1tbs per load!
Check back for our homemade dishwasher soap adventure soon!!
June 11, 2012- Camping trip at Buffalo Springs Lake!
July 7, 2012- We got to see fireworks after all! Because of excessive rain, Portales fireworks were moved. This made it possible for us to go. We enjoyed the fireworks with Mom and Dad and the Milnesand Fire Group.
July 9, 2012- New bike for my hubby. We went to pick it up in Amarillo and stopped by Palo Duro Canyon on the way home. It was a long day. Keeping the bikes upright was a chore.
July 11, 2012- We both have new bikes! Mine is a beautiful purple and M's is black. We will be taking lots of rides around the block now!
September 1, 2012- Plains Watermelon Roundup and Car Show. We went to the watermelon roundup with M's parents. It was a hot sunny day. We walked around, ate, and finally found the car show.
September 2, 2012- We missed seeing my brother and his family in Plains for his birthday, so we hung out with them today. We took some family pictures for them and grilled some good food. Happy Birthday Chad!
September 9, 2012- Wolfforth Balloon Festival!! We love this event. This is our 3rd year to attend and each year it gets better. This is the most balloons yet!
September 9, 2012- We went out to Apple Country for the 2nd day of the Apple Butter Festival after seeing the balloons at Wolfforth. There weren't many apples left. I think we will try for the 1st day this year.
September 10, 2012- Dillon and Carolina got married! They had a small wedding in Seminole. We were honored to take a few pictures of their special day.
September 11, 2012- Kastman Park 9-11 Tribute. This is an amazing site. We go every year and it never gets old. This year we went at sunrise. It was a beautiful morning!
September 25, 2012- Fishing with my love!
September 30, 2012- Texas Tech Soccer game! We went to a few soccer games this year. I'm ready for more!
October 6, 2012- Assiter Pumpkin Ranch. Out on a morning drive, we decided to go out to Assiter and see what was going on. It was cold! I love the pumpkin field we took pictures of. It was a fun day, but we didn't buy any pumpkins. We thought we would go back closer to Halloween, but we didn't make it back.
October 14, 2012- We were invited out to eat dinner with Mom, Dad, Dillon, and Carolina. We had some good mexican food and even got a little shooting in before heading home.
October 21, 2012- The Pumpkin Trail is one of my most looked forward to October events. It's free and so much fun seeing all the pumpkins along the trail. This year we went early and got pictures before dark and then went back through and got pictures after dark.
October 28, 2012- We go exploring often!! Here is one of my favorite picture taking mornings of 2012.
November 13, 2012- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
November 24-25, 2012- We were off Thanksgiving Day and spent it with M's parents. We went out to NM on the weekend to see my parents. We went through the wells with Dad and then into Portales to buy a Christmas tree. We found a tree and even got it home and decorated it.
December 1, 2012- We go to the Post Christmas Parade every year. We go early for Post Trade Days and then watch the parade and enjoy a great start to the Christmas season. I love the small town feel to it all. This year the parade seemed a lot smaller and shorter than past years. I hope this year is bigger and better!
December 3, 2012- The house all lit up for Christmas!
December 8, 2012- Texas Tech all lit up for Christmas.
December 10, 2012- We painted some ornaments and it snowed a little! I love how our hand painted ornaments turned out!
December 18, 2012- We made our own wrapping paper! We used stamps, comic paper, and even duck tape and bottle caps. It was so much fun!
December 19, 2012- The sky was beautiful this morning! The rest of the day was so nasty. There wwere 60+ mph wind and lots of dirt blowing. I guess the saying is true...red sky by morning sailors take warning.
December 22, 2012- We had a spread at work tonight. There was so much food! Plasma did a gift exchange. It was good to hang out with my area outside of the fab. I came away with a leatherman that my hubby loves!
December 23, 2012- We missed Christmas on Dad's side last night, so we headed to Seminole this morning to visit with those still around and then went over to Mom's side to visit and eat.
December 24, 2012- Christmas Eve with M's family! Nick, Aubrey, Elora, Sianna, and Rowan were here this year! It was so good to see them.
December 25, 2012- Christmas in NM with my parents. We cooked stuffed french toast covered in strawberries, eggs, and ham for Christmas morning breakfast. Then Mom made us chicken potato squash casserole. We headed home before dark to find snow in Lubbock!
December 29-30, 2012- We cooked for my parents on the 29th and had M's parents over the 30th. We ended the year with our family!
December 31, 2012- New Years Eve with the love of my life! We drove out to Ransom Canyon and looked at the lights one last time and got brick oven pizza at Joes.
Wow! What a year we have had!! It was humbling looking back at our 2012. We are so blessed!
Happy New Year!!
I was asking my handsome husband what his favorite memory of 2012 was last night when we both realized that the years have gotten all jumbled together. What a great reason to go through all the pictures of 2012 and reminisce about the wonderful year of 2012! Happy New Year!
January 2012- Geocaching! We love exploring new places and geocaching while we are at it. We have discovered so many places that we never would have found if not for a geocache.
January 22, 2012- We celebrated mine and Mom's birthdays at Joe's Crab Shack.
January 24, 2012- We went out to NM for my birthday. We helped Mom and Dad do some things for the new house. I also go to shoot my Papaw's SKS that he gave me for a wedding gift. Great birthday present to finally get to shoot it!
February 2012- It snowed!
February 14, 2012- Valentines Day! My sweetie got me a prim rose and we made a cake. The strawberry syrup ran, but it's a great memory.
March 5, 2012- Dad's Birthday! We tried to make him a cake, but I forgot to grease the pan. Opps! It looks horrible...but it was very good tasting!
March 2012- We went to LCU and Texas Tech Baseball games. I'm ready for more baseball in 2013!
March 17, 2012- Green Pancakes for St. Patty's Day at The Pancake House!
March 20, 2012- We went out to Apple Country to see the apple blossoms. This was our first time to see the blossoms. They are gorgeous! They have a Cascading Weeping Peach tree (the pink blooms on the left). It is a beautiful tree that I want to plant at our house.
You can find out about festival dates and other happenings at the orchard by clicking here.
March 20, 2012- We visited the Wind and Power Center to see all the generations of different wind power. It is free to walk around outside. They have a museum that you can go through. Admission is $5. I've been in once before. I remember it to be a barn full of windmill history.
You can check them out by clicking here.
March 23-26, 2012- Austin! My hubby saw the XDM he had been looking at on sale at Cabelas. We asked off and headed to Austin after getting off work. It was a super long day. Amy got a surprise text and they let us stay with them. It was a great trip. We got the gun, visited the capital, and did some site seeing with Amy. On the way home we stopped in Fredericksburg where I found my new cowboy hat. We also went threw the Lyndon B. Johnson National Park on our way homeward.
April 3, 2012- Trying out the XDM gun we went to Austin to get. Sadly, this was the last time we would get to shoot at Rustic Range...they closed it shortly after this. :( The XDM was amazing though! My love is very happy with his purchase.
April 2012- We got so many beautiful pictures and videos! The Texas sky is amazing!
May 1, 2012- Our One Year Anniversary! <3
May 4, 2012- Instead of going somewhere for our anniversary, we painted the house!
May 5, 2012- We saw the Super Moon!
May 20, 2012- We got to watch the Solar Eclipse. It started out super bright and we didn't even realize it had started. Then my brother got his welding helmet out and it was indeed something other than just a bright bright sun. It finally got to a point where you could see the eclipse and even photograph it without the welding helmet. It was a beautiful site. Photos go in order from left to right going down. Look how big it still is as it disappears on the horizon!
My hubby made a video of the eclipse that you can watch by clicking here.
May 23, 2012- I got my first stunt kite and finally got the hang of it. It did some crazy nose dives with me behind the wheel! My love coached me and I got it going for awhile.
May 26-28, 2012- My loves birthday is May 25. We were originally just going to Amarillo, but we ended up going on to Santa Fe. Wow! Santa Fe is beautiful! We stayed at The Lodge of Santa Fe. I would love to go back in 2013!!