Fowler Family

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Window Cleaner


¼ tsp liquid dish soap
¼ cup vinegar
2 cups water
Mix in a spray bottle.

Shirley’s grand daughters don't like the smell of vinegar and she doesn’t either, so she made my own lavender vinegar. Lavender makes it smell fresh and hardly vinegar-y at all. She got the instructions from the Young Living Farms web site.

Lavender Vinegar Recipe
10-17 lavender sprigs
1 pint white vinegar (boil for 2-5 minutes)

Cut lavender sprigs to fit inside a glass bottle or jar. (Sterilize jar if using lavender vinegar for cooking.) Rinse flowers in cold water to remove dirt. Put lavender (flowers down, stems up) into jar and pour vinegar to the top of the bottle. Seal and let sit for 2-6 weeks before using. (Shirley let it sit 2 days)


Cooking (marinade for meats, dressing for salads, dipping oil for breads)
Cleaning (disinfecting floors, walls, mirrors)
Cosmetic (hair rinse, facial blemishes)

It costs practically nothing to make a year’s supply of window cleaner. Shirley got a bunch of lavender at Tai Pan, but it’s not necessary…just fun.

Brandon's Army Education

Just wanted to let everyone know how I'm coming along with my education. I've been scoring well on my tests. Most of the time I've been towards the top of my class. I start working with patients in a couple weeks. I will be at the VA hospital for a little while doing what I love, serving the elderly. This will afford me an opportunity to learn alot about the army history as well because they are all Veterans.

I'm also excited for our upcoming marriage. I'm excited to have a partner that shares the same zest for life that I do. I've been pretty lonely since my divorce, and Elysha has helped me overcome that. Thanks a bunch sweetie.

I love you all and can't wait to finish training and come home.

Brandon and Alysha

We are excited about Brandon and Alysha's upcoming marriage on March 29, 2010. 

Amber and Brad coming for a visit.

We are getting so exicted about Brad and Amber coming for a visit.  It seems like it is taking forever for the time to get here so we can visit and go through the Temple with them.  It has been 7 months since we were last with them.  It will be great to see them again.


Reacher with Uncle Brandon's cowboy hat. How cute is that!

Jade and Rosie

Rosie giving Seann a kiss!

Reacher with Elysha and her bird Rosie.

Jade up the canyon. Summer of 2009

Seann up at Tibble Fork Resivour

Sweet little Reacher up the cabin this past summer.

The conservative player.

Such a little fireball that girl is!

The Guitar Hero ring leader is showing us how to get down and dirty.

Oh yeah, Lynette rocks!

Crazy RS Ladies on an overnighter and Guitar Hero breaks out!

Powdered Laundry Soap

This is a powdered laundry soap that you can make for your family. It would be a good Saturday project that will end up saving you lots of money. I did it in the liquid form and liked it, except that it takes up a lot of storage space. The powdered obviously won't take up as much room.

Each batch will make about 4 cups of detergent and costs about $1.00 to make. You would use just 2 Tablespoons per load, which will yield about 32 loads per batch. When I do it, I make several batches at a time and store it in an air tight container. It should last a very long time.


2 Cups finely shredded bar soap -Ivory or Fel-Naphptha Soap (Fel-Nahptha can be found at Macey's)
1 Cup Arm and Hammer Washing or Super Washing Soda
1 Cup 20 Mule Team Borax
(just grate soap on a grater)

If you want you can use Essential Oils for fragrance. Just a few drops as you are mixing everything together.
This is one item that is inexpensive to do and will help build your long term storage.

Hi Family

I am very excited for us to start our family blog.  This will be a great way to keep everyone posted with fun info, pictures and help each other with preparedness ideas.