Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Party Mix

3 cups Corn Crisp (or Chex™) cereal
3 cups Rice Crisp (or Chex™) cereal
3 cups Wheat Crisp (or Chex™) cereal
1 cup mixed nuts
2 cup bite-size pretzels
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Monday, May 11, 2015

Some in Congress says, Don't Make Homemade Soap

There are actually some in Congress that think the real danger out there is those of us who make (or have made homemade soap. That's right folks, the recipe I have posted over the years, now could get my wife and I locked up, or at least heavily fined. 
Here's the skinny:

People who are trying to do good for their families and the planet by living a simple life based on traditional skills are facing yet another assault. Artisanal soap makers say new regulations, proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), will put them out of business. The view of Sen. Feinstein and her corporate backers (listed below) is that the Personal Care Products Safety Act (Senate Bill S.1014) will make the world a safer place by scrutinizing “everything from shampoo and hair dye to deodorant and lotion.” She says the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act should be more progressive like laws in Europe rather than antiquated US regulations in effect since the 1930s. If the industries that back this law are really so concerned about safety, why don’t they voluntarily make healthy products, like the small time producers already do?
- FDA to Crackdown on Homebased Soap Makers
According to the articles that I have been reading, and listed as my sources below, these companies that support this bill are as follows:
  1. Estee Lauder
  2. Johnson & Johnson
  3. L'Oreeal
  4. Procter & Gamble
  5. Unilever 
  6. Revlon
So why are these companies so scared of homemade soaps?  As the above quoted article stated above, why don't they make their own healthy products.
Federal regulations on cosmetics have not been updated in 75 years, the senators say. Everything You Need To Know To Become A Self-Sufficient Homeowner “From shampoo to lotion, the use of personal care products is widespread, however, there are very few protections in place to ensure their safety,” Feinstein said. “Europe has a robust system, which includes consumer protections like product registration and ingredient reviews.
- Before It's News
Yeah, Yeah Diane, you aren't happy unless you have your hooks into everyone and everything they do.  What is so unsafe with honey as
sources:soap or lavender or any other of the natural items (ie: not man made)?

1. FDA to Crackdown on Homebased Soap Makers  - Health Impact News
2.What Does Diane Feinstein Want to Ban Now? - AgainstCronyCapitalism.0rg
3. Congress to Crack Down on Homemade Soap - Before It's News
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