Monday, January 31, 2011

Giveaway Shaklee Basic H2 Sample Winners!

  This giveaway was for 10 winners to get a sample of Basic H2 (each sample makes 1 16 oz. window cleaner and 1 16 oz. all-purpose cleaner)

The winners are (drum roll please).....

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Carrie K said...
I follow Pembroke Lane on GFC Carrie K
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Deborah Wellenstein said...
I would also like to try the Fresh Laundry Concentrate HE Compatible liquid. dwellenstein at cox dot net
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JaideyBug said...
I bet I would start in the kitchen because I'm always looking for safe cleaning products to use around food in the kitchen. thanks for the giveaway! jacy468 at aim dot com
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Swtlilchick said...
I am following Corporal Porkchop (Charlene) CharlieGurl57(at)aol(dot)com 
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Our Village is a Little Different said...
I'd use it all over the house. Especially in the bathrooms and the kitchen.
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kmogilevski said...
I really want to try Scour Off kmogilevski at gmail dot com
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Anonymous said...
oops..above comment was mine, you can delete! forgot my email tattgiff at centurytel dot net
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Jennifer said...
I just voted for you.
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 Luvin My Lil Monkeys said...
I'd like to try the ProSant√©® Hair Care System!

Last day for Shaklee FREE Cinch Sampler Kit Special!

Today (January 31st) is the last day to get the Cinch Sampler Kit for FREE!  It is a $101.90 value and is FREE when you become a member and spend at least $70MN (member price).  

For example: 

Become a member ($19.95) 15% off any product for LIFE
Purchase 1 Get Clean Healthy Home Pack ($73.95: member savings of $12.95)
The Get Clean Healthy Home Pack contains:
  • Basic H2™ Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate, 16 oz. (1)
  • Basic H2™ Organic Super Cleaning Wipes, 35 Wipes (1)
  • Scour Off™ Heavy-Duty Paste, 9 oz. (1)
  • Dish Wash Concentrate, 16 oz. (1)
  • Fresh Laundry Concentrate HE Compatible, 32 oz. (Liquid) (1)
  • Soft Fabric Concentrate, 32 oz. (1)
  • Soft Fabric Dryer Sheets, 80 sheets (1)
  • Spray Bottles (3)
    • Windows and Mirrors (1)
    • All-Purpose (1)
    • Degreasing (1) - NEW!
  • Laundry Measuring Scoop
  • Super Microfiber Window Cloth
  • Dropper for measuring Basic H2™ (1)
 Get the Cinch Sampler Kit ($101.90 value) for FREE!

Pay a total of $93.90 (not including tax or shipping) and get a total product value of $208.75!

If you have purchased Shaklee products from me and would like a cleaning project featured please email me at

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Project Pembroke #2: Show Off Your Projects!

Show off your DIY projects at our Project Pembroke!  We are so happy to feature other people's DIY successes! It is such an uplifting moment that it spurs us on to continue our own projects. Each weekend we will be featuring projects done by YOU! The linky is set to stay open until Sunday evening.

Feel free to grab our button and link back to us. Our only rule is to place our button somewhere on your post or blog so others can find the great DIY projects. That's it!

Pembroke Lane

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Greasy Range Hood and Hard Water Bath Tub Stains NO MORE

We have a stainless steel range hood from Broan. It was an expensive one from Lowes we purchased a few years ago. We are now looking into getting a stainless steel microwave for the spot but until our budget affords it we must keep our other range hood looking nice.

I have NO idea what in the world causes this but the top gets this sticky, thick greasy looking dust that does not come off! This is after I ran a water covered cloth over it and look at what is still left. Disgusting!

I decided to break out the big guns and use my Scour Off! I love this stuff. It doesn't smell like toxic fumes and it works wonders. My oldest daughter stood on a step stool next to me to watch what I was doing and I wasn't scared once of what she was smelling. I even use my fingers to apply the scour off.

I let it sit for about 20 minutes. I ran off to work on the bathroom hard water stain while I was thinking about it. Here is the before.

No matter what we do the hard water drips out of our faucet in our master bath. It is SO gross to see.

I spread some Scour Off with my fingers and wrapped a wash cloth around the faucet so it wouldn't drip on the scour off. Then I worked on picture molding in the dining room for a few minutes and then OOPS remembered the Scour Off in the kitchen.

Went back and used a wet paper towel to wash off the scour off. Here is a during picture.

Then I took my Basic H2 (degrease formula) and sprayed and then wiped with a clean towel.


The gunk is gone!

Now back to the bathroom. I washed off the scour off with my wash cloth (that was wet from the dripping faucet) and ...

It is also gone! Yeah!

To order your own Get Clean Starter Kit you can visit my website HERE.  The starter kit is $99.00 for members (membership is $15.00) or $115.32 retail price.

NEW! Get Clean® Starter Kit

w/ Fresh Laundry Concentrate HE Regular Scent

You'd have to spend more than $3,400 to get the same amount of clean found in the Get Clean Starter Kit!*
And, when you purchase the Get Clean Starter Kit you also make a positive impact on the planet:

Keep 108 pounds of packaging waste from landfills.
Eliminate 248 pounds of greenhouse gas.

* Based on comparing number of uses as set forth on product labels of conventional, ready-to-use cleaners.

Also spend $70 MN (member price) through January 31st (Monday) and get the Cinch Inch Loss Sampler Pack (a $101 value) for FREE!

You don't have to purchase the entire kit if that doesn't fit your budget. You can also purchase items individually through the website HERE. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Grandfather's83rd Birthday, His Bible Cake and a Home Made Fondant Recipe

I have been making "fancy" cakes for about 2 years. I like to make my own buttercream and fondant and experiment with recipes. I have made my daughters' birthday cakes and a few for my brother and husband. I made two cakes for my uncle's birthday back in August and my aunt asked me if I would make my grandfather's cake. He just turned 83 January 25th. We had his birthday dinner at my mom's after church this past Sunday.

When I make a cake I use various recipes. For this cake I made two batches of a basic white cake but added some fresh shredded coconut and almond extract to the batter. I made two square cakes and then trimmed them to look like 1/2 of a book.  I then put them together. I then freeze the cakes overnight so they are easier to carve/ butter cream.

The cross is made from gum paste (which I have not yet mastered) so I purchased it white at our local cake supply store.

The butter cream recipe stays the same each time. 5 sticks of butter

The last step is to leave as plain butter cream or flavor it. I flavor it most of the time. This time I added a whole can of chocolate frosting (pre-made). I don't like coming up with my own chocolate to add to it, it always tastes funny. I make the butter cream from scratch but just add in extra chocolate frosting for the flavoring.

I put a smear of buttercream on the cake board to act as glue. Then I unwrapped both cakes and placed them in the center of the board. I put another layer of coconut on top of the cake and then covered the whole cake in the chocolate buttercream. A lot of it!

 I cut the edges of the "book" at a slant to mimic the pages being laid down with a slight angle. I also billowed the buttercream to show the crease in the center of the book and the pages lying out from the center binding.

It was then covered in a white buttercream that I hand made.

Mini marshmallows (454 grams)
2 Tablespoons water

1. Microwave those two ingredients for one minute. Take out and stir with a wooden spoon covered in Crisco.
2. Microwave again for 1 minute stir. This time all the marshmallows should be melted and the mixture should resemble marshmallow cream.
3. Add 5-6 cups of confectioner's sugar one cup at a time. After each cup use the spoon to stir it in. The confectioner's sugar makes the mixture hard to mix and eventually after all of it is put in, not sticky.
4. Simply roll out the mixture with Crisco covered rolling pin onto a confectioner's sugar covered board or counter top.
5. Let the decorating begin!

After I covered my cake with fondant, I used gel colors and mixed in a little water to make "paint".  I then used my fondant tools to smooth out the cake and create lines in the side to make pages.

 I used a thin mixture of ivory gel and water to create an "antique" look to the pages. I then used a thin tip of my tool to "write" the words of the Bible verse onto the left. I filled in the creases the tool made with blue gel mixed with water.
I then cut out leaves from fondant with a leaf punch, used my tools to create a veining effect and painted them with a mixture of green and brown gel and water. I then used a little water to "glue" them to the cake. I used a gold gel writer to write the gold lettering on the cake. I finished it off by "dusting" the entire cake with edible glitter. I accidentally smeared two spots because it wasn't fully dry. :( but I tried to cover it up as best as I could.  Here is the final product.

 My youngest decided to help Grandpa blow out his candles. We even relit one for her so she could blow it out.


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