Category Archives: Thing-A-Day

Thing-A-Day Catchup: Projects 2 & 3

DIY lavender linen spray (and clothing stink remover!)Project 2: Lavender Linen Spray and Deodorizer

I’m playing catch-up and cheating a little, as I actually made this on January 31 but really wanted to share it. It’s a lavender linen spray, made from rubbing alcohol, water and lavender oil. We recently bought a natural latex mattress topper, to try and extend the life of our not-so-old-but-really-sagging mattress, but despite several days of airing and being on the bed it still smelled a little like memory foam. The Mr. wasn’t keen on it. So I made this linen spray. The downside of it is that you have to spray it with at least 5 minutes of drying time–otherwise you can really smell the rubbing alcohol. Other recipes call for vodka, which might solve that problem. I didn’t have vodka, though, and this being a state with endless blue laws, couldn’t get any on the Sunday I planned to make it.

Another handy use of this stuff is as a deodorizer. I tried making a deodorizer a couple of weeks ago–websites swore that spritzing white vinegar on the armpits of old sweaters, for example, was a cure-all since the vinegar dries odorless and/or could be washed out. My experience ran contrary, though, as one of my favorite coats now smells vaguely like salad dressing and one of my old sweaters still stinks a little. But yesterday I wondered if this lavender/alcohol mix would do the job–the alcohol, like the vinegar, kills bacteria, which often causes smells-and I sprayed it on the pits of my workout jacket, which is made of nylon track-suit material. Lo, it worked! They’re in the wash now and smell better than they have in a looong time.

Basic recipe here:

Total cost, including bottle of essential oil and spray bottle, about $10–but I can make many more rounds of the stuff!
Rigatoni and cauliflowerProject 3: Rigatoni with Cauliflower

This is one of our favorite vegetarian mains: rigatoni with pan-roasted cauliflower, tomatoes, and topped with buttered, toasted bread crumbs.  It’s one of those dishes I have to walk away from, lest I eat all of it myself.  It’s easy and pretty quick.  The recipe is from Serious Eats, which got it from a cookbook called Salt to Taste.  Totally worth making.  Here’s the link to the recipe:


Thing a Day 1: Banana Cinnamon Muffins

Banana Cinnamon Whole Wheat MuffinsMy friend Laura asked me to join Thing-A-Day with her–it’s a website where people daily post something they made, for the whole month of February.

Unsurprisingly, I am already behind.  I made these muffins yesterday but being me, I didn’t post until today.  I blame my tardiness, though, on the cabin fever that sent me heading for the hills yesterday (or, the pizza shop last night).

I haven’t yet made anything today.  I planned on sewing, but spent the day reworking syllabi (third time’s the charm? Stupid snow), playing with our neighbor, and wandering aimlessly around the house.  I am making dinner, though, so maybe I’ll claim that as my ‘thing.’

Here’s my thing-a-day link:

Laura’s has been accidentally deleted.  Oops.

And here’s the recipe for these muffins.

Preheat oven to 375*.

In a bowl, mix 1 1/2 c whole wheat flour, 1 tsp EACH baking powder and soda, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon.

In another, mash up three bananas.  Add an egg, beat in.  Add 1/2 tsp vanilla, about 1/3 c of plain yogurt, 1/2 c brown sugar.  Mix, mix.  Add dry.  If too dry, add a couple tablespoons of milk.  Mix, mix.  Spoon into a greased muffin tin.  I made 10 reasonably-sized muffins, and they took about 18 minutes to bake.