Simple Things and Recipes and a couple simple beauty basics!

by | Jul 6, 2011

It is a gorgeous day here even though it is considerably hot and humid!  You know the air was turned down too low over night when you have to open a window in the morning to get the temp up to a level that you aren’t shivering in a sweatshirt!  LOL  I have the urge today after having my devotions to bring some of the simple things in life that I enjoy back into my life.  Bill and I have a tendency to get too busy and we forget to relax and enjoy so today that is my goal. 

Here are a couple simple beauty tips I have learned over the years and from my years of cosmetology:

1)  Remember to change your Mascara once a month, not only does it start to dry up and not look right but you can get infections in your eyes using old Mascara.  Also be careful whose mascara you are using because infections and other viruses and diseases can be shared by using someone elses mascara.

2)  If you are looking for an inexpensive and yet affective make up remover that won’t burn your eyes and make them water buy a bottle of Baby shampoo or Wash that is “no more tears”.  It is gentle and will quickly and easily remove your makeup at a fraction of the cost of most makeup removers out there.

3)  Some shampoos and conditioners can create a heavy wax build up on your hair making chemical treatments less affective (perms, coloring etc) In fact some shampoos and conditioners can create so much of a build up of wax your hair can become brittle!  Try rinsing your hair with vinegar if you are having a problem with this before you do any chemical treatments on your hair. 

Sunny Orange Lemonade

Prep Time:  5 Min.    Cook Time:  15 Min  + Chilling


  • 4-1/4 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • 3/4 cup orange juice (about 3 oranges)
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slices, optional


  • In a small saucepan, bring 1-1/4 cups water and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes; cool.
  • Transfer to a pitcher; add lemon and orange juices and peels. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Stir in the remaining water. Serve over ice. Garnish with lemon if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Steak Burritos

Prep/Total Time:  30 Min



  • 4 ounces beef flank steak
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon canola oil
  • 2 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
  • 1/2 cup cold cooked rice
  • 1/2 medium ripe avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon salsa
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro


  • Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper. In a small skillet coated with cooking spray, cook steak in oil over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°).
  • Thinly slice steak across the grain; place down the center of each tortilla. Top with the rice, avocado, beans, sour cream, salsa, onion and cilantro. Roll up; serve immediately. Yield: 2 servings.


No Bake Cookies


  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1/4 C. Cocoa
  • 1/2 C. Milk
  • 1/2 C. Margarine or Butter
  • 1/2 C. Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 3 C. Quick Oats


Combine sugar, cocoa, milk and butter in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil and boil for 1 Min., stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients, mixing well.  Drop by Tablespoon onto wax paper.  Cool and enjoy! 

I hope your day is blessed beyond what you could have imagined!

God Bless,

Janet Scott


1 Comment

  1. Dinnaray

    Where is the homemade recipe for bug spray not sure where to look. Thank and God Bless.