Quick Budget Friendly Muffins

Pay day is today but shopping won’t happen until the weekend so I’m getting very creative with what’s left in the cupboards and refrigerator. I hate going to the store for only one or two things because I usually come home with two bags full of bargains I just couldn’t pass up. Nope, payday shopping requires a list that I usually can keep to without too many extra expenditures . . . usually! This one recipe looked good for either a fast breakfast treat or something to go with stew or soup for dinner.

Quick Budget Friendly Muffins
1 cup whole milk
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup softened butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a muffin pan with sprayed vegetable oil. This recipe should make 12 muffins.

Mix together milk, egg, and butter in a mixing bowl. In another bole, combine the dry ingredients. Lightly combine the dry and wet ingredients being careful to not
over beat the ingredients. Bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until raised and golden. Serve warm from the oven or at room temperature.

*King Arthur Flour came out with a cup-for-cup gluten-free flour which I’m anxious to try in place of the wheat flour used in this recipe. To date, I’ve been a huge fan of Better Batter but, according to King Arthur, you can substitute this gluten-free flour in your regular recipes.

The Truth About Liberalism

Another new, favorite book discovered today. I shared some of my favorite passages and only got to page seven! I’m thinking the whole book needs a highlighting marker as it keeps providing me with thoughts I want to remember. The book du jour for me is Liberalism is a Sin by Father Felix Sarda Y Salvany. If you find, as I certainly did, that these quotes are uncomfortably expressive of our failing world today . . . there is nothing new under the sun. The book was published in 1899. We just never learn, do we?

Liberalism is the root of heresy, the tree of evil in whose branches all the harpies of infidelity find ample shelter; it is today the evil of all evils.

Liberalism “is, therefore, the radical and universal denial of all divine truth and Christian dogma, the primal type of all heresy, and the supreme rebellion against the authority of God and His Church. As with Lucifer, its maxim is, ‘I will not serve.’”

“The theater, literature, public and private morals are all saturated with obscenity and impurity. The result is inevitable; a corrupt generation necessarily begets a revolutionary generation. Liberalism is the program of naturalism. Free thought begets free morals, or immorality. Restraint is thrown off and a free rein given to the passions. Whoever thinks what he pleases will do what he pleases. Liberalism in the intellectual order is license in the moral order. Disorder in the intellect begets disorder in the heart, and vice-versa. Thus does Liberalism propagate immorality, and immorality Liberalism.”

Liberalism, because modern man has lost the true Christian Faith (with its recognized distinction between the natural and the supernatural), can mouth its absurdities and find a hearing among ignorant, lazy, and/or unthinking people. But, as stated earlier, here on earth the ultimate fruit for man of Liberalism’s chaotic reasoning is chaos and anarchy in the social order. And that chaos is now upon us, so that people are now seriously asking, “What is wrong!”

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things – Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap

These are a few of my favorite things . . .

I’m always doing a lot of research before buying most anything. I usually read the one-star reviews, first, to see how serious the complaints actually are before reading the five-star rave reviews. One can usually ascertain between one and five the real value/use/benefit of any said product. There are also the times when someone will had me something with a, “Here, try this. You’ll love it!” Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t but I’m always up for the adventure.

Thought I’d share some of my current favorite things. Although since discontinued, Costco was selling Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap. I’m a huge fan of anything peppermint so it got my attention immediately. A quick search revealed that, as usual, Costco had the best price by far so I treated myself to a bottle of the liquid soap and wasn’t disappointed. Especially on those mornings where the California summer heat is already making itself known, it is a great shower scrub leaving your skin feeling cool for a while after the shower and smelling delicately nice. As I said, I like peppermint. In addition, Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap has a multitude of other uses. Such as:

1. I use this as a body and face wash. It only takes a small amount to get through a shower. It doesn’t dry out your skin and won’t interfere in any cologne you might add on later.

2. When you feel the hair spray and other hair products are weighing down your hair, this stuff is a great scalp shampoo and rinses clean. Followed up with your favorite cream rinse and you have manageable hair for the rest of the day. (Yes, Dr. Bronner sells a great stay-in cream for after your shampoo!)

3. It works well as a shaving cream without any burns or scrapes.

4. Combining ½ cup of the soap with a cup of baking soda really cleans and deodorizes your laundry.

5. Using ½ cup of soap in about three gallons of hot water makes a good floor mop. Also noticed that ants do not like this stuff so it seems to have kept any thirsty pests out of my kitchen this year.

6. It makes a good scrub for fruits and vegetables. Just a dash in a bowl of warm water and scrub with your hands to get off any dirt or residue. Rinse in cold water.

7. It is a good wash for your dog. Wet down the dog and use what you need (depends on size of dog) to wash down you dog, rinse.

8. A mixture of one tablespoon of peppermint soap in a quart of water makes a good anti-bug spray for your plants. Really have a problem, add a bit of cayenne pepper and/or cinnamon into the mix. Put in a spray bottle and rescue your plants, chase away the bugs, and make your house smell great in one process.

Since Costco no longer offers this product, the next best price I found was on Jet.com. Health stores sell it but it is usually a lot more expensive.