Your Favorite Recipes and How-tos

Happy Monday! The stats have spoken, and you all have your favorite posts here at Balance and Blueberries. It was fun to take a peak at what you like the most. If you’re curious, here’s a roundup!

Homemade Noodles–no special equipment needed!

Black Bean Chocolate Cake–it’s gluten free, and you’d never know beans were the secret ingredient. This is the only chocolate cake I ever make because it’s oh-so-moist.

How to Cook a Whole Chicken–this one is so easy! Don’t be scared at all, and give it a try.

Cinnamon Rolls–this recipe is based on The Pioneer Woman’s. You will use so much butter and sugar in this recipe, but it’s OK. Just go with it.

Mini Blueberry Pies–just in time for blueberry season. These are a bit labor intensive, but super adorable for a special event or party.

Zucchini Banana Bread–find some zucchini at the farmer’s market, and try this quick bread. The best of both worlds: zucchini bread and banana bread.

DIY Cleaning Products–rid your house of chemicals and clean out your under-the-sink cupboards once and for all with just a few (cheap) ingredients.

What else would you like to see here? More recipes? More travel? More DIY? 

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Clean Drains and Sparkling Showers

Least favored household chore: the bathroom. Least favored bathroom chore: the shower.

Why do I hate it so? 1. It’s just gross. 2. Our shower drain is constantly getting clogged, mostly thanks to my long hair. 3. Hard water causes really gross build up on the shower walls.

The good news is this: there is a natural and affordable solution to the latter two issues!

You’ll need:

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Water

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To clean a clogged drain:

1. Pour a pot of boiling water down your drain.

2. Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of water. Pour it down the drain.

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2. Mix 1 cup hot water with 1 cup vinegar.

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3. Pour down the drain. You will immediately see fizz–that’s the vinegar reacting to the baking soda hanging out in your drain. It’s that fizzing that will break through all the gunk down there and clear the drain. Keep as much of the reaction inside the drain as possible–pour slowly!

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4. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. It’s working its magic.

5. Flush with another pot of boiling water.

Depending on how bad your drain was clogged, you might have to do this 1-2 more times. Our shower drain usually requires at least 2.

To get rid of mineral build up and make your shower sparkle:

1. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup water to make a paste.

2. Use this paste and a sponge to clean your shower walls.

3. After you’ve scrubbed, wipe the walls down with a wet rag or spray them with your shower head to rinse the baking soda off.

The texture of the baking soda acts as an abrasive, and it’s completely natural. Not to mention cheap! If you have hard water and the sponge isn’t cutting it, use a Brillo pad or steel wool instead, and the hard water build up will come right off!

Happy bathroom cleaning!