Homemade Granola {no. 23}

A few nice Homemade images I found:

Homemade Granola {no. 23}
Image by Marcy Leigh
#23 for 115 pictures in 2015 "homemade". I love homemade granola, especially when it's still warm from the oven. Perfect for a cold January day!

Homemade Maple Syrup
Image by Chiot's Run
This is some of our finished maple syrup, you can see the two different colors from two batches of syrup. We ended up with a little over a gallon of home produced maple syrup. I think the sugaring season is over, with daytime temps in the 60's and the nights not even dipping close to freezing this week, the trees will bud out soon. I'm glad we started early this year, hopefully next year we'll have a longer season so we can get more syrup.


Homemade Toothpaste
Image by Earthworm
I've been making my own toothpaste since May when I learned the recipe from the Compact group. Only hard-to-find ingredient is glycerin. Tim, who buys glycerin to stretch his pricey lube, thinks that it's because glycerin is an ingredient of bombs. Well you can still get it at Whole Foods in the toothpaste section. Here's the recipe:

6 teaspoons baking soda
1/3 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons glycerin
15 drops peppermint or wintergreen extract

UPDATE: I now make 3 x this amount so I don't have to make it as often
6 table spoons baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 table spoons glycerin
1/4 tsp peppermint

Mix together into a paste and store in a container you can get a toothbrush into. It's very fresh tasting, though a little salty. I gave three friends samples and they all complained about the salty taste, but I like it because it makes my teeth feel like they've just been polished. My dental hygienist said she would prefer I use something with flouride in it, but that my teeth were so well cleaned she wouldn't want to change anything.

Here's an article on the benefits of these ingredients as a toothpaste. www.mizar5.com/keyes.html