Chocolate Lava Cake


3 tbsp unsalted butter
2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
2 tbsp Grand Marnier
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 cups brown sugar, divided
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 ½ cups boiling wate


Preheat your Yoder Smokers YS640 to 375°F. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, 1 cup of the brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to break up any clumps. Whisk the buttermilk and Grand Marnier into the melted chocolate, then pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients, and stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips, then spread the batter into a greased Lodge Logic 12” cast iron skillet.

Combine the remaining (1 cup) brown sugar with the cocoa powder, and sprinkle the mixture evenly over the batter.

Carefully pour the boiling water over the top. Transfer to the cooker and bake for about 30-45 minutes until the center is firm to the touch.

Serve warm with ice cream, spooning the sauce from the pan over the cake.

Baking Soda Cures Urinary Tract Infections

Recently, I woke up with the dreaded pinching sensation and knew what I was coming down with immediately. In fact it was the worst Urinary Tract Infection that I had in a long time. With pain far worse than any migraine and surgery I’d ever experienced, I called my doctor who recommended I come in and get antibiotics-after having chronic fungal infections in the past from antibiotics, I vowed I would find another way.

What I found was a simple mixture of baking soda and water to cure my pain. Simply mix a tablespoon of baking soda with 8 oz. of water and drink up! Within 2 hours my pain was 85% better and by 10 hours later the bleeding subsided in my urine. I drank this mixture twice a day and made sure I didn’t eat any food 1 hour before or after I drank the mixture. Of course make sure that you’re drinking a lot of water to help flush the bacteria out.

I drank this mixture for 3 days. After the 3rd glass of baking soda my symptoms were gone.

Baking soda works by preventing the bacteria from sticking to your digestive track. This can also be used in conjunction with cranberries but always eat/drink 100% natural juice with no added sweeteners since sugars make the infection get worse.  

Why I make my own shampoo?

© 2013 Michelle Khoo

Now you might wonder why anyone would put in the time and effort to make their own shampoo when they can just buy one cheap.

I apologise if this sounds preachy, but I care. I care about what goes into my shampoo, I care about my scalp.

Ironically, now that I make my own shampoo, I find that I actually shampoo less often because my scalp stays clean longer and doesn’t need as much shampoo. Without further ado, let me introduce you to the ‘no poo method of hair washing. The name is actually a misnomer because the DIY-mixed formula still cleans your scalp, hence is a shampoo.

This is my formula for fluffy hair.

Mix 2 heaped tablespoons of baking soda with 600ml of water.

Step by step guide:

  1. Make the shampoo (see above recipe)
  2. Wet hair and scalp thoroughly
  3. Pour shampoo over head
  4. Massage scalp
  5. Rinse thoroughly

Additional notes:

  • Stir to dissolve the bicarb. You can boil it if you want. You can use distilled water if you want too. I just don’t see the point since it’s all going down my drain.

  • It is safe for pets. Since it’s basically food-grade baking soda. My Schnauzer’s coat stays less oily for longer. Although since this doesn’t have any perfume in it, your dog will still smell like a dog after a bath, just a clean dog smell.

  • I suppose you can add some essential oils but I don’t. Because I usually follow this up with homemade Apple Cider Vinegar conditioner. A capful of Bragg’s to 500ml of water works for me. Pour over wet clean just shampooed hair, massage it a bit, then rinse off. Hair dries really soft if you get the concentration right and slightly sticky if too much ACV to water.

  • If you have dandruff or an oilier scalp, just add more baking soda. This was a problem for my best friend, but we solved it together.

White teeth! My dentist actually told me about this. Use a little toothpaste, mix in one teaspoon baking soda plus one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide, half a teaspoon water. Thoroughly mix then brush your teeth for two minutes. Remember to do it once a week until you have reached the results you want. Once your teeth are good and white, limit yourself to using the whitening treatment once every month or two.

How to Use Baking Soda Around the House

These are tips many of us know, but, many do not! They come from , and are paraphrased from, “How to Sew a Button and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew” by Erin Bried. 

To Adsorb Odor

  1. Set a breathable box in the fridge, a trash can, dirty hamper, or sprinkle directly onto dirty laundry as it will be washed away soon anyhow. 
  2. Date the box so you know when to toss it out and replace, most of the time I leave for up to 3 months. Some boxes have a meter on them though and will straight up tell you it’s time to change!

To Polish Silver (I just used this for the good silver on X-Mas, and for things I get at Goodwill)

  1. Make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water
  2. Rub into silver with a soft cloth
  3. Rinse with water and dry

To Clean Your Countertops (use this every evening after the kitchen is shut for the night)

  1. Wipe away any crumbs or spills. I hold the trash along the edge of the counter tops and just wipe and dump crumbs right in, so easy.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth and scrub
  3. Rinse with a clean damp cloth or sponge

To Refresh Your Rugs

  1. Sprinkle baking soda directly on the rug/carpet. Let sit for 15 minutes or so.
  2. Vacuum Up

To De-crust Pots and Pans

  1. Sprinkle some baking soda on the gunk
  2. Fill pot/pan with hot water and let soak overnight
  3. Scrape off the gunk in the morning

To Freshen Up the Dog or Cat

  1. Sprinkle baking soda directly onto the fur
  2. Brush through, gently
  3. Sprinkle more lightly on their bed and in the cat litter box

To Clean Up Grease Spills

  1. Sprinkle directly onto the spill
  2. Scrub with a wet brush or rag

To Extinguish a Fire

  1. Sprinkle generously on flames, of any kind, grease, electrical, etc.
  2. Check for damage, take a deep breath, now you can freak out!

To Clean the Grill

  1. Sprinkle baking soda on the rack
  2. Remove the rack and soak in hot water a couple hours or overnight
  3. Scrub with a wire brush and replace to grill

To Spruce Up the Patio Furniture

  1. Mix ¼ cup baking soda to 1 quart warm water
  2. Using a soft rag, wipe down furniture with the solution
  3. Go over once more with a clean, damp rag. Or, as I do with the plastic stuff, gently spray down with the garden hose

All very simple quick solutions. I love to use baking soda around the house. You can also add a couple pinches to the wash to freshen laundry, a sprinkle on regular toothpaste for extra whitening, a dash in dirty/stinky sneakers, and a breathable box in my closet really helps with the wood-y odor the old thing gives my clothes sometimes!

baking-soda  asked:

i feel like i once knew the deal with lemon chicken but whats the deal with lemon chicken again. SORRY 4 FORGETTING MY FANDOM HISTORY. I'm ashamed of myself.

GURL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Lemon chicken fics are MY VERY FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD.

Before I get into explaining I need to tell u that in the history of my life on earth, I have only ever seen one episode of SGA, and it was an episode where Rodney McKay starts suffering mad brain damage and he and Sheppard drink beers 2gether on a dock before Sheppard takes him behind a waterfall so someone can do brain surgery on him.  


In an episode of SGA called TRINITY Rodney Mckay is a big overconfident dummy who doesn’t listen to a buncha warnings about some science he’s doing and accidentally blows up a planet. WHICH IS BAD.   That gifset I reblogged for Hannah is from his apology for blowing up the planet.

Fandom started this amazeballs trend where EVERYONE ON THE SHIP was real mad at Rodney for sucking so bad and they were REALLY MEAN to him and shunned the CRAP out of him, and secretly fed him LEMON CHICKEN which was a prob because he was allergic to citrus.  Rodney would suffer nobly bc he felt so bad about the planet thing, but eventually there would come a point in the fanfiction where the MEAN BEHAVIOR would climax in something awful, and everyone would realize how unfair they were being to Rodney and they’d have to apologize profusely.

My fav one is where someone mentions that Atlantis is low in food so Rodney starts PROSTITUTING himself for food so he can feed everyone and everyone’s SO MEAN TO HIM bc they don’t know he’s earning the food on his back and then i think something happens to his butt and everyone finds out and cries.  GOD THERE WAS SO MUCH CRYING.  Anyway if ur interested, there is a great rec list here.

BASICALLY IT’S THE SAME THOUGHT PROCESS as the fics where NO ONE APPRECIATES how hard Stiles works for the pack and PUSHES HIM OUT and he has to run away and suck dick under a bridge until everyone realizes how wonderful he is and goes and finds him.  I will read every single one of those stories.  I understand they are trash, and I am trash.  I do not care.  Give it to me.

baking-soda  asked:

if boromir lived and had gone to helm's deep and onward with aragorn et al, how awesome would it have been, scale of one to ten.

Haha, “on a scale of one to ten.” I don’t recognize this scale when it comes to Boromir at Helm’s Deep. Try like idk a major pentatonic scale and on that scale, Boromir at Helm’s Deep would basically be a ten minute long Metallica scream.

By then Aragorn and Boromir would have been so tight. Aragorn’s chill but deeply appreciative acceptance of Boromir’s declaration of fealty would have only solidified Boromir’s massive respect for him and Aragorn would place so much value on Boromir’s court savvy, his hard-won loyalty, his leadership qualities and his bravery and you know, the way he slid across the slate and almost tumbled over the cliff himself, grabbing Aragorn’s arm at the last second and saving him from falling in that river, pulling him up with dat Boromir side grin. Let the tower guard take up the call, let the bass drop: the lords of Gondor have returned.

Boromir would be diplomatically repairing that relationship with Rohan. Boromir would be psyching up the troops on the wall with his incredibly motivating qualities of casual bro charm and steely experience in battle. Boromir would be quietly chatting with Eowyn by the hearth after everyone else falls asleep because they both understand what it means to be shackled to a role by tradition, to be helpless to protect your family as much as you want to, to put country and duty before your own needs. Boromir blastin full big bro super saiyan on Wormtongue.


The Natural Glow

Here is a remedy to glowy skin:

  • Take 3 portions of Baking Soda (or Baking Powder for sensitive skin) 
  • Add one teaspoon of olive oil 
  • Mix well and make a paste
  • Apply to skin and leave it on for 15-20 minutes
  • Message a little and rise off with cold water

Try this at least once a week and welcome the healthy glow on your face :) 
Also, remember to drink as much water as you can this makes your skin radiant and supple. 

I recently ran out of the powdered laundry detergent I buy in bulk at my local co-ops, so I decided to make my own. An internet search for homemade laundry detergent usually yields a wide variety of sources for a basic recipe that calls for washing soda, borax, and grated bar soap. But there’s also quite a debate raging online about the potential health risks of using borax for home and body care. Some sources adamantly claim that the median lethal dose of borax is no higher than the median lethal dose of table salt (about 3 grams per kilogram of weight), making it a perfectly safe laundry detergent ingredient. On the other side of the argument, studies indicate that borax powder is a skin, eye, and lung irritant and if ingested it could cause vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and lethargy. There is also concern that high or prolonged exposure to borax can lead to infertility and damage to an unborn child.

While wading through some of this information, attempting to sort out factors like the credibility of sources and the dates of each study, it occurred to me that perhaps I was barking up the wrong tree. At some point I realized that I’d rather err on the side of caution and I refocused my energy to try to find some recipes for homemade laundry detergent that didn’t include borax. As it turns out, there are indeed several borax-free recipes floating around on the web and many are just variations of a few basic elements. Baking soda, washing soda, grated bar soap, citric acid, epsom salt, table salt, and white vinegar were the ingredients I came across the most. I’ve begun experimenting to see what mix I like the best, based on what I’m able to acquire within the package-free parameters of my project. For this particular venture I’ve decided to make an exception for products packaged in paperboard or paper bags that are compostable. But to start I did manage to make a completely package-free batch of detergent from one cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), one cup washing soda (sodium carbonate), and one grated 4oz bar of unscented glycerin soap.

I was unable to find boxed washing soda on any local store shelf so I decided to make my own. In my research of each ingredient listed above, I discovered that it’s easy to make washing soda at home by simply heating baking soda in the oven. Baking soda’s chemical makeup is NaHCO3 (one sodium, one hydrogen, one carbon, and three oxygen molecules). Washing soda’s chemical makeup is Na2CO3 (two sodium, one carbon, and three oxygen molecules). When heated, the glistening, grainy baking soda gives off water and carbon dioxide, leaving dull, powdery washing soda behind.  I spread a thin layer of bulk-bought baking soda in a shallow pan and baked it at 400 degrees for one hour. I agitated it about a halfway through the bake time. I’ve only done a couple loads of laundry with my baking soda, washing soda, soap mix, but so far my clothes and linens have come out clean, odorless, and not too stiff. An there doesn’t seem to be any soapy residue left on my fabrics. I should mention that I’ve not yet tested this mix on any tough stains, though I’m sure it won’t be long before an opportunity arises.

I saw some recipes for soapless detergents, which call for baking and washing soda, epsom salts (magnesium sulfate), and table salt. Epsom salts are a natural surfactant—a wetting agent that reduces the surface tension of a liquid, allowing it to better penetrate solids. Today, surfactants made from a variety of petrochemicals (derived from petroleum) and/or oleochemicals (derived from fats and oils) are used in generic detergents to render water less likely to stick to itself and more likely to interact with greasy, organic soiling. Considered non-toxic, epsom salts are commonly used in homemade beauty treatments and cleaning solutions. Magnesium sulfate is also used in organic gardening and farming as a soil conditioner/fertilizer. Magnesium helps strengthen cell walls and improve plants’ uptake of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfer. And sulfer is critical to production of vitamins, amino acids (therefore protein), and enzymes. The other day while I was in the grocery store, I spotted some epsom salts in a paper carton and decided to purchase them. I transfered the salts to a glass jar, then shredded and composted the packaging. I’m looking forward to experimenting with them in my homemade detergent concoctions and I will post about my findings.

Kitchen Chemistry: Removing silver tarnish

It’s easy enough to go to the store and buy silver cleaner to remove tarnish from your jewelry, but here’s a way to do it using a few products you probably already have.  Line the bottom of a small pan with aluminum foil.  Put the piece of silver on top and cover with water.  Gently heat the water and add a few shakes of baking soda and stir.  Be sure the silver is in contact with the foil.  Now watch to see the tarnish disappear!  Remove the jewelry, rinse with water, and pat dry with a soft cloth.  Beautiful!  Shiny!  Magic?  Of course not – chemistry! 

In the previous post about tarnish, we learned it’s silver sulfide (Ag2S) that turns shiny silver jewelry yellow (and eventually black).  Lucky for us, the sulfur (S) in the compound is more attracted to the aluminum than silver.  The dissolved baking soda (NaHCO3) helps transport the sulfur to the aluminum forming aluminum sulfide (Al2S3) and leaving behind pure silver (Ag).  Below is the chemical reaction: 

3 Ag2S + 2 Al –> Al2S3 + 6 Ag

This method of cleaning allows the jewelry to retain all the silver it started with, whereas some cleaners or polishes remove some silver each time you use it.  Give it try!

Baking Soda Hair Mask

So this will be the last post of 2012. What i do to open the hair shafts is use a BAKING SODA hair mask. Low porosity hair needs the hair shafts to be open because they are tight. So heat, and alkalies are best, in moderation, to open the shafts. Steam is another option and doesn’t damage hair. Baking soda is a weak alkaline and I use it to wash and pre- co- wash my hair if that makes sense. Here is how to make it. It is really simple. All you will need is:

  • jojoba oil (oil of your choice)
  • baking soda
  • water 
  • a bowl

That is it!! Mix all of these together until you get a paste. Best way to apply this is to put your hair in 4-6 sections and apply the paste. Let it sit for 10 minutes NO HEAT. Wash out with HOT WATER and then use your favorite conditioner or whatever co-washing method you have. Your hair shaft will be open and you can get more moisture into your hair.


Have fun :]

Benefits of Baking Soda

-Mixing a small amount in a bottle and filling it with water and applying to your scalp along with your regular shampoo routine once a week gets rid of hair build up.

-Mixing in with your toothpaste and brushing for 3+ minutes will get your teeth pearly white over time.

-1 TBS of baking soda mixed with 1 Cup of hydrogen peroxide (you can also just use water) is a fantastic mouth rinse that will get rid of bad breath. 

-Making a paste with baking soda and water and applying it to the skin in circular motions is a great exfoliator (It also gets rid of acne!). This can also be used on other areas of the body (elbows, feet, etc) to smooth away rough/dry skin. 

-Applying a paste to a nail brush and using them on your fingernails and toenails cleanses and softens cuticles.

Care to share your baking soda beauty recipes?  


No poo!

Okay, so I’ve jumped on the “no-poo” bandwagon. I just want to try it out for a while because I’ve heard GREAT things about it. Basically it means you go without shampooing and conditioning your hair. Shampoos and conditioners are usually loaded with harsh chemicals anyway. I’d rather not put that stuff in my hair. It would make sense that I will have healthier hair once I stop putting chemicals in it, right?

I still want to wash my hair, so I decided to do the baking soda and apple cider vinegar wash. It’s pretty easy to make and use.

First, mix 1 part baking soda and 3 parts water. I just eyed it and filled up an old shampoo bottle.

Next, I mixed 1 part apple cider vinegar and 3 parts water. I did the same thing with this one, just eyed it. 

I tried it for the first time today, and I was worried about not being able to get all of the baking soda out and smelling like vinegar. Neither of those happened!

I just poured a little of the baking soda in my hair and scrubbed for a minute and rinsed. Then I poured enough vinegar mixture to cover my hair. I let it sit for a minute and then rinsed. Once my hair started to dry I could really tell how soft and shiny it looked. I’m definitely going to keep doing this. 

I read that a lot of people have really oily hair for the first week or so when trying this because your hair has to get used to not using shampoo, but I haven’t noticed any greasiness. This really is a great alternative to shampooing. 

If you’re still skeptical, there is tons of information floating around on google.


Easy, cheap home remedy for teeth whitening:

This isn’t anywhere near professional teeth whitening on scale, but it works (for me, anyway…it may not work for everyone of course)

All you need:

- About a tablespoon of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda for my Aussie followers)

- Lemon and/or lime. Simply cut it in half and squeeze some of the juice out of it…I always use natural lemons and limes just because it seems like it’d heighten the effect. Not sure if the ones that come in little bottles work or not. 

There should not be more lemon juice than baking soda because this will make it too watery. It needs to be pasty so you can get it on your toothbrush. If you do accidentally add too much juice, simply add more baking soda! No biggie.

Also to protect your enamel, limit to using this only once a week. 
And you should see results within a month :) 

Washing Yarn Twists: My Experience.

So, I washed my twists with baking soda for the first time (first time washing since installing and first time washing my hair with baking soda) and I have to say it worked pretty well. I wasn’t sure of how much baking soda to use so I just put in like ~1.5somethings of baking soda out of 8somethings (my applicator bottle has 8 markers on it, idk what the unit of measurement is). anyway it was really easy and I just did it in all in the shower. the only thing that was a problem was that i almost ran out of the mix so next time i might want to use a water bottle or something. I just used my hands to rub my scalp and clean the ends of the braids. I didn’t really rub the parts of the twists with my real hair since i didnt want to make it fuzzier or tangled. I did rub the ends of the twists that were just yarn against each other.

One thing I did notice was that it was really heavy, so I tried to wash one side of my head at a time and squeezed out the twists as I went along so they weren’t as heavy. Then I rocked princess leia buns until I got out and put a towel on everything.

All in all I would say it went pretty well. The only complaint I really have is that when the yarn gets wet it smells really…yarn-y. And you might not know what I mean but if you wash with something like baking soda that is unscented you’ll smell it. I did a test wash beforehand on an old yarn twists that I had removed (I cut it and washed it first with only baking soda, then with lemon terresentials, and lavender terresentials). I washed it with the terresentials because of the yarny smell that I really didn’t like, but as it turns out, I really couldnt smell anything after it dried so thats why I decided to use just the baking soda and not waste my terresentials. So, don’t worry if your hair (the yarn) smells weird when it’s wet, mine went away as it was drying.

Anyway, that’s my experience. I’ll summarize since I know I just ranted.


-wash one side of your hair at a time so that it’s not as heavy. 
- really be careful to wring out your front edges well so that there’s not as much water pulling on them.
-wring out the twists as you’re washing, and before bunning.
-bun your hair into two sections after washing both sides, because chances are if youre anything like me you will get water on the side youre not washing and it’s really hard to wring out a bun.
-baking soda > terresentials. it’s cheaper, and when the yarn dries you really won’t be able to smell the terresentials afterwards so it makes more sense financially to just use baking soda.
-use the pads of your finger tips to wash your scalp.