Category: Be Magnolia Green

Follow this Mississippi heroine as she embarks on transforming her day to day life of consumption to becoming more environmentally aware.

How to Make Distilled Water

I use distilled water to dilute my homemade cleaners and in my humidifier . It costs under 90 cents per gallon. I use roughly a gallon every two weeks. The cost isn’t much, but I would like to stop buying water in plastic jugs. Thankfully, I stumbled across instructions on how to make distilled water…

May Recipes!

This May I plan to share recipes from my favorite cookbooks or online sources as well as a few originals created by me! Here is a sneak peak of the topics I’ll cover this month: In the Laundry Room – Recipes for detergent, stain removal and fabric softeners Under the Kitchen Sink – Recipes for…

Is Going Green Worth It?

I love Seventh Generation products and I follow their blog. On my temporarily green journey I can certainly relate to this blog post and felt I couldn’t have said it better myself. Check it out. http://www.seventhgeneration.com/learn/blog/are-all-my-natural-efforts-worth-it?utm_source=bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Are+All+of+My+Natural+Efforts+Worth+It%3F&utm_content=emilyadamshester%40gmail.com&utm_campaign=7Gen+-+March+28%2C+2013 Here are my favorite products by Seventh Generation: Free & Clear Dishwashing Soap and Free & Clear Fabric Softener…

Roasted Chicken

I pull the bird out of my zipper plastic bag and set it on the counter. There are dark shards sticking out of it’s skin. After closer inspection I realize they were residual feathers from plucking. Oh fun, my husband is going to love this. He is extremely particular about his poultry. He won’t even…

My Week Cooking From Scratch

Spring Break in the Hester household was a week of trial and error. I began the week off with a plan to be processed food free. I avoided buying toaster tarts, crackers, bread, lunch meat, chips, etc and prepared homemade versions instead. Here’s how the week’s menu turned out. We did take a 2 day…

Personal Care Products

Alright, I think I’m ready to discuss my personal care habits and the toiletries I use daily. Being a homemaker affords me the privilege of daily dressing comfortably, wearing no makeup, with my hair in a ponytail and a pair of flip flops on my feet. (And I only wear a bra just in case…

This Will Make Great French Toast!

“This will make great French Toast! ” is a response I’ve received from my husband often over the past few weeks. I’ve been on a making homemade bread kick. I’ve tried Challah, French, Banana, 100 % Whole Wheat, and numerous other bread recipes from my bread maker’s manual. At least three times a week I…

Pickin’ A Chicken

As I mentioned in my previous entry, I also picked up a roasting chicken at the Farmer’s Market. When I arrived at the market, I felt uneasy for some reason. I’m not sure I know how to shop without pushing a shopping cart and selecting prepackaged food. I brought along my soon to have a…

Recycle, Reuse, and Refuse Update

My recycle, reuse, and refuse adventures have been a learning experience. Here are a few pros and cons I’ve experienced so far. Pros 1. Less at curbside! My family is down to only two 13 gallon bags of trash a week to set out at the curb for garbage pick up. This is a great…

Sowing Seeds and GMOs

Let me say, I love, love sowing seeds. It is so rewarding to plant a little seed, water it and watch it spring up and grow almost in front of my eyes. It’s amazing. Not only do I enjoy seeing growth in plants, I also enjoy seeing it in people. I know I may embarrass…