Citrus Infused Vinegar

As we move into our new home I am unpacking our stuff that has been in storage for over a year. Since we were in the middle of a remodel at the time of our stuff being packed, a lot of our belongings have drywall dust all over it *YUCK*

I try to be green when I can so I bought some environmentally friendly natural cleaner from The Green Shop and Trader Joe’s. So after using it for two weeks I decided I wanted to make my own.

Tonight I bought some vinegar and oranges (we have a lemon tree at our house in the bay area that I picked a bunch of lemons from this past weekend so I didn’t have to buy lemons. Man I will miss that tree when we rent out our home but my mom has a lemon tree so I can still be cheap and get free lemons). So I peeled one lemon and one orange, put the peel in a mason jar and poured vinegar over it. Sealed the jar and stuck it in the cabinet. Will see how much the vinegar is infused in two weeks. I’m hoping it takes away the strong vinegar smell. Depending how it comes out I may add some essential oils.

*Update from original post*
The next day after I posted this I made two more jars that had grapefruit peels. Looking forward to trying it out next week.

On another note, I bought this new cleaning vinegar. It has 6% acidity versus 5%, but still natural. I know its weird, but I’m super excited to try out my new vinegar. You’ll never see me that excited to do laundry though:)
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WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS

  • Glass jar (any size you want depending on how much cleaner you want to make) that seals
  • Lemon peel
  • Orange peel
  • Distilled vinegar (whatever brand or acidity you choose)

    I just joined The Pintester Movement and since I just joined with only about two days left in the first challenge I’m going to cheat and use this post from last week. I won’t have results until next week, but I’ll make up for it next Pinterest test. I’ll make sure to post results on the scent as well as actual cleaning power.

    Want to joinThe Pintester Movement just click the link and join. It’s time to actually do some of the gazillion things that you post on Pinterest!

    ~ Today's Thoug,h,ts..,.

  • Yes I am Moving Back to Cali but Not the Bay

    Okay so quick post here since I ended up breaking this news on FB via a reply to a comment LOL Yes, I have been really bad about keeping in touch and also sharing news as well as receiving news. I’m already horrible at calling people back when I’m in the same time zone and now that I am a whole 12 hours ahead of EST and 15 hours of PST it is even worse with me actually talking to people or communicating.

    Any who…the hubby and I will be moving to good ol’ Bakersfield, CA in April for my job. Same company, similar role but different department and different location. I’m excited about the new role as I’ll be working in a part of the business that I’ve been wanting to work in for some time. I’m also looking forward to the move. Not the actual MOVING part but, being in a new place. It will be sad to leave my friends here in Manila as well as my friends in the bay area too. Luckily I can always drive to the bay as it is very close and I can make trips back to the Philippines as well in the future (funds permitting).

    So new things to come for the hubby and I. Can’t wait to see my family and friends that I haven’t seen, some in over a year, others about six moths. I am super excited to be able to see my dog again.

    Anyway, more to come in the future. For now I say goodbye as I’m off to Singapore since I’m trying to squeeze in my last bit of travel before I leave.

    ~Today’s Thoughts…

    “Slow Progress is Still Progress”

    Read this article on AskMen about staying in shape that I thought I would share. I was always chunky growing up. Well okay I was fat. I ended up losing weight when I was in college. I know, weird! Usually people pack on the freshman 15 and here I am shedding 60 pounds. Even though I lost a ton of weight my weight has always been a struggle for me. I never made it to my goal weight however, I have been pretty darn close. Any who…this article stresses the importance of moderation in exercise; something I have still yet to grow to love. Obviously more exercise is better but, when you are just starting out moderation is the key. Something I need to remember and not try and push myself too hard. Check out the article. It may just give you the motivation to hang in there.

    http://m.askmen.com/sports/bodybuilding/fat-loss-and-exercise.html

    *This post created via phone. Sorry if it’s not visually pleasing or has grammatical errors.

    Watch Out Ocean Critters! Newly Certified PADI Open Water Diver Here!

    Please, please you can stop clapping. Just kidding. The hubby and I got our Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Open Water Dive certification the first weekend in February in Anilao, Batangas, Philippines after:

    • Reading a 250 page manual and remember how not to get myself killed in the ocean
    • A few hours of classroom lecture
    • Four quizzes (10 questions on each quiz)
    • Final test (50 questions)
    • Float and/or tread water for 1o minutes
    • 30 laps in the pool
    • Four Confined water dives in the pool at Dive Buddies in Makati (consists of skills tests)
    • Four Ocean dives in Anilao (consists of skills tests)

    So after all of the above what does obtaining a PADI Open Water Dive Certification mean? Well it basically means we are certified to go scuba diving without an instructor up to 60 feet deep. The certification is recognized globally and is good for life.

    I never realized how AMAZING diving would be. It is literally like swimming in an aquarium. The beautiful fishes, coral, clams, ocean floor, etc. It’s hard to explain. You just have to experience it yourself. Check out some of the photos for a glimpse into how our experience was.

    The Manual and Dive Log

    The Manual and Dive Log

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    PADI

    Before our confined water dive

    Before our confined water dive

    The pool at Dive Buddies in Makati

    The pool at Dive Buddies in Makati

    I think the barb wire is used to keep people from jumping over the fence and using the pool in the middle of the night. I hope :)

    I think the barb wire is used to keep people from jumping over the fence and using the pool in the middle of the night. I hope:)

    Our gear

    Our gear

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    Just got on the boat that will take us to Dive & Trek

    Just got on the boat that will take us to Dive & Trek

    On the way to Dive & Trek

    On the way to Dive & Trek

    Dive & Trek - Anilao, Batangas, Philippines (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

    Dive & Trek – Anilao, Batangas, Philippines (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

    Dive & Trek - Anilao, Batangas, Philippines (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

    Dive & Trek – Anilao, Batangas, Philippines (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

    Dive & Trek - Anilao, Batangas, Philippines (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

    Dive & Trek – Anilao, Batangas, Philippines (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

    Dive & Trek - Anilao, Batangas, Philippines (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

    Dive & Trek – Anilao, Batangas, Philippines (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

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    (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

    Preparing for the ocean dive at Dive & Trek in Batangas, Philippines. (Photo Credi - Mich Calma)

    Preparing for the ocean dive at Dive & Trek in Batangas, Philippines. (Photo Credi – Mich Calma)

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    Exhaling so I won't float to the top (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

    Exhaling so I won’t float to the top (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

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    Me and the hubby (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

    Me and the hubby (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

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    The hubby and I diving together (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

    The hubby and I diving together (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

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    Parrot Fish Photo Bomb! (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

    Parrot Fish Photo Bomb! (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

    60 Feet Dive (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

    60 Feet Dive (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

    The hubbies ghetto wet suit with the hole (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

    The hubbies ghetto wet suit with the hole (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

    After the final dive on the way back to Dive & Trek (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

    After the final dive on the way back to Dive & Trek (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

    Me getting my temporary (it takes a few weeks to get the real one in the mail)  PADI Certification from my instructor Sean Calma (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

    Me getting my temporary (it takes a few weeks to get the real one in the mail) PADI Certification from my instructor Sean Calma (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

    The graduates!(Photo Credit: Mich Calma)

    The graduates!
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    Thanks to Sean Calma, our instructor, and his wife Mich Calma, the photographer. Check them out if you are either in the Philippines or will be at either their website http://divers.ph or Facebook page or their https://www.facebook.com/divers.ph Sean is really good at responding quickly if you have questions.

    To learn more about PADI and the different certifications you can visit their website:

    http://www.padi.com/scuba/

    ~Today’s Thoughts…

    Discovering Tikoy – Happy Chinese New Year!

    Niángāo, Year cake, or Tikoy as it is called here in the Philippines is a glutinous rice that is normally consumed during Chinese New Year. I’m not going to go into all that history smishtory stuff, but in general eating this sticky rice cake is supposed to bring me good luck. Hey I’m always down for some more luck.

    This Tikoy was given to me by my co-worker. I wasn’t sure what it was and my other co-worker had to teach me how to cook it. For all my friends and family out there they know I don’t cook. But this was simple just like cooking eggs, which is one thing that I can cook oh and is one of my favorite foods by the way. Just in case you wanted to know:)

    The cake is very sweet but super yummy. Soon as it hits your tongue it reminds me of french toast but when you take a bite it is anything but. Definitely will be eating this again!

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    HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

    ~Today’s Thoughts…

    Vietnam Part 5 – Mekong Delta (Part 2 of 2)

    Our second part of our tour was the boat ride on the Mekong Delta.  It was crazy to go through the delta with these long stalks of bamboo surrounding you. I couldn’t even imagine how it was back in the Vietnam war. I loved the fact that the woman driving, rowing, sticking (whatever you call it) our boat had no shoes on. She just rowed silently through the stalks. Amazing to experience.

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    After our boat ride we went to a coconut factory. They showed us how the coconut was ground up and made into candy and other food products including coconut wine. I was waiting for our coconut wine tasting, but that never happened😦 When they were making the coconut candy there were tons of flies landing on the candy and they would just wrap it up. Kinda gross, but I’m sure I’ve eaten worse before.

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    After the coconut factory we took a horse and buggy ride in the pouring rain to lunch that was also on the Mekong. Our tour came with a meal, but if you wanted to you could purchase other fine entrees like snake, rabbit or squirrel. Um no thank you.

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    After lunch we had the option of taking a bike ride by ourselves in the local village. So we hopped on the rickety bikes and rode off. Of course the hubby tries to pop a wheelie on these old rusted bikes and his chain comes off. He put it back on, but it came off again, and again, and again, until it finally wouldn’t go on anymore. He basically busted the bike and got his hands all greasy from trying to fix it. He had to carry his bike all the way back to the restaurant. My hubby has the worst luck. Ah, but it was pretty hilarious I have to say:)

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    Our bike ride was the end of our tour and then we high tailed it back the 2 1/2 hours back to our hotel after some quick shopping at the port.

    ~Today’s Thoughts…

    Vietnam Part 4 – Mekong Delta Tour (Part 1 of 2)

    On our second day in Vietnam we booked a tour to the Mekong Delta through our hotel. It was in an air-conditioned van and included lunch for about $15 USD. We rode the van for about two 1/2 hours to our destination. We came across the normal sights of Vietnam traffic with tons of motorcycles! Our first stop was at the bee farm and then we were entertained by some local musicians and singers while we enjoyed our fruit.

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    Dean smiling for once.

    Dean smiling for once.

    Breakfast Vietnamese style. Sitting on the street in mini stools eating Pho and drinking Vietnamese coffee.

    Breakfast Vietnamese style. Sitting on the street in mini stools eating Pho and drinking Vietnamese coffee.

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    Some trainees I assume running holding guns. I hope they aren’t loaded.

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    Motorcycle Mayhem!

    More Motorcycles

    More Motorcycles

    Banh Mi cart. I didn't eat at this one, but my mouth was watering.

    Banh Mi cart. I didn’t eat at this one, but my mouth was watering.

    A market on the way to the Mekong

    A market on the way to the Mekong

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    Mekong!

    Mekong!

    Can Tho Bridge

    Can Tho Bridge

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    The Mekong Delta

    The Bees

    The Bees

    The unhappy beek keeper holding the bees

    The unhappy bee keeper holding the bees

    The Unhappy Bee Keeper
    The Unhappy Bee Keeper. Oh see those green rope things hanging on the fence in the back of the Unhappy Bee Keeper. Those are hammocks. They are all over Vietnam. At little coffee shops and restaurants on the side of the road there are tons of hammocks. we bought one for our house back in Cali:)

    Tea and Honey

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    Vietnamese Painter

    Our Fruit Snack

    Our Fruit Snack

    ~Today’s Thoughts…