Family cloth – an alternative to Toilet Paper

What you need:

  • Old t-shirts, dish towels, or otherwise soft fabric.
  • Mediumish-sized storage container: Something like a 2 or 5 gallon bucket or small plastic garbage can. Preferablly something with a lid.
  • Empty liquid dish-soap bottle.
  • Empty re-usable baby wipe container (ie with a lid)


  1. Cut up fabric into 5-7 inch squares. Make enough depending on how often you want to wash them, how big your family is, etc.
  2. Fold the squares in half and stack in the baby wipe container.
  3. Fill the dish washing soap bottle with water.
  4. Keep the container and water bottle in a convenient location near toilet.


  1. You can do this different ways, but I always just dropped a little water (from the dish soap bottle) onto the stack of cloths in the baby wipe container. Then I just used all the cloths that were wet, one at a time. You can also just pull out one cloth at a time and use the dish soap bottle to wet each individually.
  2. Wipe. 🙂
  3. Drop wipe into the storage container.


  1. Empty storage container into washing machine.
  2. Do a cold rinse or cold quick wash without detergent.
  3. Wash with detergent in hot water. This step CAN be combined with regular laundry.
  4. Dry.
  5. Fold cloths and put back in baby wipe container.

When we first had kids- we were big into cloth diapers and saving money. We used family cloth until I think we had our fourth child. At that point it was just easier to go back to TP. But we used family cloth for about 5 years. It IS possible to live without TP.

Tasty, Instant Pot Chili

A favorite of ours, based on the the chili you can get from iconic “Real Chili” in Milwaukee, WI. It is less like “soup” and the meat has a thicker consistency (like Sloppy Joe meat). The ingredients are layered in.


  • 1 package spaghetti
  • 1 box of Wick Fowler’s 2-Alarm Chili mix
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 16-oz can Kidney Beans
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 lb Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  • 1 small onion (white or yellow)
  • 2 cups sour cream


  • Brown the ground beef. Drain
  • add the tomato sauce
  • Add the Chili mix
  • Boil the pasta (12 minutes)
  • Boil the kidney beans on low/medium heat

The Journey Begins

My main purpose for starting this blog is so that I can add our personal recipes to a page where they can get picked up by Yummly. So that I can do meal planning. I may post other things as I think of them. Maybe.

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. — Lau Tzu