Sunday, August 28, 2011

Citrus Cleaner & Springs New Buds

There have been so many of you that have e-mailed to say that you have started your own jar of citrus cleaner.  I am so pleased that you are all willing to give it a go.  Mine has been brewing for 2 weeks so it is time to get it ready to use.  Remove all of the peel from the jar.  Can you see the citrus oil in the picture above?  And the smell is delicious !!

The peel has a kind of grey look to it once it is removed.  Just put it in your compost or throw it away.

Next decant it into a spray bottle.  I couldn't find a funnel so made one from a soft drink bottle.

Make a nice label for it and then it is ready to use. 

Saturday mornings is my big bathroom clean day.  The sprays I usually use always give me a headache because they are being used in such a confined space.  I sprayed everything down with the citrus spray including the glass in the shower which always has soap build up.  Next I used a wet cloth to clean all of the areas.

And voila - Look at that shine !!  The glass also came up wonderfully !  No soap scum....  To say that I am impressed is an understatement.  Everything smelt lovely and fresh and had a lovely sparkle.  I have no idea how long this brew will keep but I only have enough left for another big major clean so I will start off a new brew this week.

I have been very concious of wasteage lately and on Thursday night the fruit in the basket was looking a bit tired (Friday's are shopping days in this house).  All I had left was apples and pears so I peeled them and diced them all up and put them in a pot with a little water and sugar to stew.

I kept all of the peels and cores for the hens - They love peelings.

It is a lovely feeling to use up all that you have.

Half of the stew mix was used in the belly of a Berry & Apple (a Pear) Slice.

I always keep frozen berries in the freezer to add to cakes and desserts.

This is the first time that I have made this particular slice.

And it was heavenly.  I will be sharing the recipe in my next newsletter so if you haven't signed up for it you can do so at the top right corner of my blog.  It's free.

 The remainder of the stew mix was used in a fruit crumble with some frozen berries.

 Very simple to make but delicious !!

And even nicer served with a scoop of icecream.  We were lucky enough to have enough for 2 nights of desserts.

And here is the fruit basket this week - I wonder what I will have left to play with this week?  Do you have any great ideas for left over fruit?

My garden is currently bursting with spring colour.

So what is a girl to do but pick some for some sweet spring fragrance in the house.

In my next blog post I will show you all of my August finishes and will write up my September list.  Did you have a very productive month? 

I am off now to sew and get some more finished.

Hugs - Fee XX


Melody said...

Hi Fiona,
What a fabulous post. I've got my citrus cleaner brewing away. I can't wait to give it a try. The recipes look delicious and the flowers a delight.
Hope you have a wonderful week, I'm off to sign up for your newsletter now.

willywagtail said...

I wish there were some oranges in the bowl because I would be off to do this immediately. Sounds wonderful. Cherrrie

Anonymous said...

great post Fee and i will have a go at the citrus cleaner and love your gardens blooms,have an awesome day

Allie said...

I MUST try that citrus cleaner - btw, I love your sink and faucet! Your desserts look incredibly delish, and your flowers are gorgeous!

Maddy said...

I will try your citrus cleaner, but don't put your citrus peel or onion in the compost as the worms do not like. Great post love the flowers, delicious recipes and fantastic ideas.

rosie said...

Hi Fee,
I have had my citrus brewing in so many jars for awhile, just waiting for some bottles to save it into.. I found the recipe on someone else's blog before you posted.. Just great to see how well your's worked..

Dawn said...

OH Fee, bought some oranges today so I am starting my cleaner too this week... Love the leftover fruit to try to do that more often as deserts are my favorite...
Hugs Dawn x x

Vanilla said...

Can't wait for you to post your recipe of the pear slice. It looks heavenly!!!!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

I can't wait till my brew is ready, thanks the look of that slice....

Jo in TAS said...

Would you believe I only got one banana out of that bunch I bought! Some monkey swiped them all!!

Jan Gartlan said...

Great idea about the citrus cleaner. I'll give it a whirl! Thanks for sharing.

KaHolly said...

I'm glad for the reminder!! I meant to put oranges on my grocery list. It will be a real treat, because fruit is extremely expensive here and big bowls of fruit no longer adorn my table!

Barb said...

I am going to have to find your post on the cleaner....looks fantastic and you are right....the smell.

thanks for encouraging no waste concept.

Mrs Shepo said...

The citrus cleaner looks amazing, can't wait untill I can try mine, always love your recipes, and your home looks to be blooming again. Cheers Pat.

Teresa said...

I LOVE your blog Fee... It's always so inspirational. I have started my bottle of citrus cleaner too and I can't wait to try it. Your fruit desert goodies look divine. I always have frozen berries in the freezer too.... so good to eat with a dob of yoghurt in summer! I don't even wait for them to thaw out he he!! xx

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

It feels good to recycle and go natural for cleaning. I can just imagine that fresh citrus scent around your bathroom.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Kathy said...

Would love to see you garden Fee - mine is only just beginning to give way to spring.

I love the look, taste and smell of lemon - I have my lemon cleaner brewing and just waiting to give it a whirl (this makes I sound like I can't wait to do housework...which is not really what I meant!)

I had a moment of lemon inspiration on the weekend - I made lemon cordial.
Recipe on Sew-Happy House, if you're interested:)

Roseanne said...

Love what you have done with all the fruit I hate wast, With DH out of work I like to use up every think.

Liz said...

Mine is brewing.Your ap and sink looks great so hopefully mine will soon. Love citrus smell. We usually use it to start our fire.The fruit desserts look greatI hate waste!!!Use fruit instead of sugar for my sweets. Look forward to your next thought/

Sue said...

Yum Yum those desserts look fabulous Fiona! I am going to sign up for your Newsletter! How clever are you to just work out the recipe - I wish I was a better cook. Oh, and I just love the pretty tiles you have in your bathroom. Great ideas on your blog, just love it! Hugs n Blessings from Sue xx