Essentials

 

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beautiful and Beloved Asiatic Black Bebies!

If you break down the word “essential,” the root word is essence.
According to www.Merriam-Webster.com

Definition of “ESSENCE”

  1. 1a :  the permanent as contrasted with the accidental element of being
    b :  the individual, real, or ultimate nature of a thing especially as opposed to its existence<a painting that captures the essence of the land>
    c :  the properties or attributes by means of which something can be placed in its proper class or identified as being what it is

  2. 2:  something that exists :  entity (*I wish they had given us an example of how it is used in this instance in a sentence because I don’t get it)

  3. 3a (1) :  a volatile substance or constituent (as of perfume) (2) :  a constituent or derivative possessing the special qualities (as of a plant or drug) in concentrated form; also :  a preparation of such an essence or a synthetic substitute
    b :  odor, perfume

  4. 4:  one that possesses or exhibits a quality in abundance as if in concentrated form <she was the essence of punctuality>

  5. 5:  the most significant element, quality, or aspect of a thing or person <the essence of the issue>

Just about every one of these definitions pertains to the topic of this blog. I want to list some things that I like to make sure I am never without. Some things I keep on me, like the olive oil and the spoon, others are good just to have in the house. (If you have one 🙂 )

The definition that stands out to me is 3a(2) : a constituent or derivative possessing the special qualities in concentrated form and 4: one that possesses these qualities in abundance and in concentrated form. These things embody the essence of my personality, in concentrated form, in my opinion.

Everyone of them embody an aspect of me. They are all sensual (sense is also a root of the word essential)

Definition of “SENSUAL”

  1. 1:  relating to or consisting in the gratification of the senses

  2. 2:  sensory

  3. 3a :  devoted to or preoccupied with the senses

They are all useful, healthy and overally (you know I make up words 😉 ) good for you. And I think any of these things could be used to represent me or any person in tune with themselves and the world around us.

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BAKING SODA

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OMG I would be lost without baking soda. The sense of smell is right up there on my list of most essential senses right after hearing and then sight and it is EXTREMELY important to me. I have a very sensitive sense of smell. I can walk in your house and tell you what type of oil you cooked your dinner in. Seriously.

If you want to keep your house smelling good, keep some baking soda hidden somewhere in every room. You already know to keep some in the fridge. I had some in my medicine cabinet because I use it to brush my teeth and mix it with olive oil for deodorant (NEVER USE ANTIPERSPIRANT – IT CAUSES BREAST CANCER BY PREVENTING YOUR SWEAT GLANDS FROM FUNCTIONING) and when the time came for me to move, I was packing it up and I smelled it and Oh My God, it smelled HEAVENLY! It absorbed my natural scent and I smell good! 😛

If you have a pet, you DEFINITELY need to keep baking soda in your house. Nothing is worse than pet odors. Nothing is worse than a bad odor period. Any bad odor. If you have a child who has trouble controlling his or her bladder, if you have foot odor, food odors, body odor, ANY TYPE OF ODOR, put some baking soda wherever the odor appears (bed, carpet, shoes, &c.), let it sit, and clean it up after the odor goes away. AND IT WILL GO AWAY.

You can keep a little bag in your purse, in your dresser or anywhere you want to be FRESH!!!

Baking soda is also good to remove stains, and when you mix it with vinegar, unclogging drains.

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OLIVE OIL

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I travel a lot and recommend it for anyone who does. Even if you just go alot of places around town as opposed to sitting in the house and only going out to run errands. If you like to take in the sights and sounds of your own city and see and do interesting and fun and exciting things on a regular basis, I recommend keeping a bottle of Olive Oil in your home or on your person.

As soon as I reach a new city, I like to thank Allah for my safe arrival, wash thoroughly (baths are my preference, you can put some olive oil in the water too) and then rub olive oil all over my body, focusing on my healthy feet and legs, which Allah Has Blessed Me to be able to travel with while I say prayers of thanksgiving.

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(This means “All Praise Is Due To Allah” in the Arabic language – the language of Allah and our righteous foreparents – the aboriginal Black People of the Earth)

I see a lot of crippled people or practically crippled people shuffling slowly, painfully and laboriously along with walkers, canes or in wheelchairs, and I always offer my help and silently thank Allah at that moment for my good health and ability to travel with ease.

I also thank Him by traveling. He Blessed me with the good health and the ability, so I want to show Him how much I appreciate His Blessings and travel often. I just got back in L.A. and I’m already thinking about when I’m going back to New Orleans.

It’s good to carry Olive Oil on your person because I am ALWAYS meeting someone with some type of ailment and I get to play Good Samaritan and share my olive oil so they can apply it to wherever they hurt.

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LEMONS

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Lemons, as well as baking soda, are a must have to remove stains and when I had my own place I was ruthless with stains. Especially raising a boy. I always say the difference between raising boys and girls is “grass stains” LOL

Lemons are also good to keep on deck because, when coupled with honey, you always have a healthy and sweet NATURAL beverage. It’s also good when heated up, if you have a cold.

Lemon water is good to drink if you just feel icky. You can feel it as it works, coursing through your body and eliminating it of any enemies (germs).

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HONEY

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I never use sugar. I keep a honey bear in my purse and take it everywhere I go. If I get a cup of coffee somewhere, I always have my own honey available.

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I don’t know about you, but I love ice cream and when I get that feeling, I need some frozen milk (cream) and honey healing. LOL And it’s always handy to have a REAL spoon in your bag. You don’t have to worry about finding one or when you do, having it be of inferior quality. I also hate those little coffee stirrer thingies. They never do the job. I always have a puddle of sugar at the bottom of the cup. That is until I started using honey and carrying my own spoon! 😉 And don’t get me started on those wooden “eights” they try to pass off as spoons. Ever got a splinter on your lip? :/

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A WHITE FACE TOWEL

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This is really for my homeless people, but it can’t hurt to be prepared. You never know when you may get caught stuck somewhere overnight and need to wash your face. It is good to keep a white face towel handy to wipe up any and everything from your face to little spills.

It’s better than carrying napkins or wipes or paper towels because it’s sturdier and can be reused. And it has to be white to make sure you stay REALLY clean.

I have carried wipes though. But I like to make my own and keep them at home. But you can get a little travel case of wipes. And oftentimes, wipes are disinfectant too. But if you want to wash your face, I wouldn’t recommend the disinfectant kind.

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WATER

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For cleaning or drinking. I prefer SPRING WATER. But beware, Brothers and Sisters, because the devil is putting water out there and calling it “spring” or “Artesian” water and it tastes like gutter water. LOL They are straight up liars! Stick to the brands you know (Arrowhead, Crystal Geyser, Sierra, Fiji) and don’t be trying to keep up with their new brands, lest you find yourself keeping up with them to the grave.

If you are just going to be using it for cleaning or putting it in your iron or something, then of course, it doesn’t matter. But I’ve heard distilled is best for electrical products like your car or iron.

I used to keep stacks of cases of water bottles in my house. You know, we Muslims, are always prepared in case of an emergency and I would highly recommend keeping water stored up. We are living in the last days and you never know when you might need it. Stock up when they go on sale.

Also, keep water in your car and in your bag or somewhere handy, just in case you have a coughing fit and can’t clear your lungs.

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CREOLE SEASONINGS

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I heard Method Man carries Seasoning Salt and I used to carry Garlic Salt until I went to New Orleans and got hip to the Creole Seasonings. Oh, and I think Bey and Michelle carry hot sauce. 😉

Whichever you prefer, but, there is nothing worse (except a bad odor 😛 ) than ordering a salmon steak and it’s flavourless. So, always keep your handy-dandy seasoning on deck.

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TEA TREE OIL

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When I go to the hospital, I make them give me Tea Tree Oil

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If you wanna upgrade from the baking soda…. Don’t even light it. Just carry it around. And whenever you give somebody something or let them see something in your bag, they’ll say, “Why does this smell so good?” 😉

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FRUIT

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Just makes you feel that way…

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SPRING MITTENS

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BISMILLAHI RAHMANI RAHIM

In the Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Most Merciful

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To see the mittens in greater detail click HERE

 As-Salaam-Alaikum Dearly Beloved Asiatic Sisters!

I was thinking with the advent of Spring, I wouldn’t be crocheting any warm weather attire, but it’s been unseasonably cold the last couple of days and we even had rain a couple nights ago! So, I’ve been bundling up with my crocheted hats and scarves and whatnot, but I have yet to replace my gloves.

I decided to crochet some mittens and these are very simple so I thought I would share the tut with my Beloved Readers! I was going to make them without the bumps, but they are a part of the pattern so I kept them. And they ended up being the most fun part!

I used a smaller hook and crocheted the stitches tighter so my pattern is a bit different. I also crocheted more bumps.

Anyway, if you have the wherewithal to create these wonderful mittens, comment and post a picture. Share your talent! 😀

As-Salaam-Alaikum!

 

PATTERN

Chain 10
One Returning Chain
Row 1 – Ten Single Crochet in Backloop
One Returning Chain
Complete 24 more rows
Connect edges
Remove hook and turn inside out
Row 1 – 42 Single crochet across top
Row 2 – Bump, 5sc (single crochet), bump, 5sc, bump sc to the end of the round
*Bump* – insert hook into backloop, yarn over, insert hook into next backloop, yarn over, insert hook into next backloop, yarn over, pull through first loop on hook, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, pull through last two loops on hook, insert hook into last stitch, yarn over, pull through loops on hook
Row 3 – sc entire round
Row 4 – sc entire round
Row 5 – Five sc, bump, five sc bump, sc, bump, sc to the end of the round
Row 6 – sc entire round
Row 7 – sc entire round
Row 8 – Bump, 5sc (single crochet), bump, 5sc, bump sc to the end of the round
Row 9 – sc entire round
Row 10 – sc until 9 loops from first bump, chain 9, insert hook 9 loops from chain,  sc to the end of the round

Repeat pattern until desired length then decrease

*Decrease* Insert hook into backloop, yarn over, pull through, insert hook into next backloop, yarn over pull through, yarn over pull through all three loops

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HOW TO HARVEST YOUR OWN WHEAT

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Dearly Beloved Sisters & Brothers 😉

Growing up, I used to always get hurt and annoyed by those little brown things that would get stuck in my socks and stick me on my ankles. Well, I recently found out that those annoying little buggers are wheat granules! Wheat grows wild like crazy out here in L.A.

Growing our own food, canning and other means of becoming self-sufficient are areas in which we should be masters, so I checked out a book from the library a while back and it illustrated the means of harvesting wheat and it is very simple.

Our Beloved Messenger (PBUH) taught us that whole wheat makes the best bread. So, I thought I would share this tut from YT with my Beloved Asiatic Family. You can use a coffee grinder to grind the wheat into flour. Enjoy! And, leave a comment and let me know how you went about the process and how well it turned out for you! 😀

As-Salaam-Alaikum!

DIY ELECTRIC CAR

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Black Sisters,

I found out about this do-it-yourself electric car and I think it would be an excellent alternative to petrol-fueled cars. The only think is I’m not sure if they are street legal in the U.S. This would be an excellent project for your sons. And an economical way to get around town. I sent a message to the company for more information. I will update as soon as possible.

HERE IS A LINK TO THEIR WEBSITE.

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ICE CREAM W/O AN ICE CREAM MAKER

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BANANA ICE CREAM

As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Sweet Asiatic Black Sisters!!!

Whenever you see another Black woman, you are looking at your Sister.
Greet Her!

Guess what I found out quite by accident? You don’t have to have an ice cream maker to make your own ice cream!

My Wali brought me some bananas after I asked him what kind of ice cream he wanted. I had never even considered making banana ice cream before so, needless to say, I was very excited!

Any homemade ice cream made from fruit has pretty much the same recipe.

2 cups sweetened fruit
2 cups heavy whipping cream

Fresh fruit is always better. I use 1/2 cup of honey and 1 3/4 cups fruit. If you want more than a quart, just increase your measurements equally.

Unfortunately, I was so excited about the bananas that I went overboard. I put in cocoa (thinking chocolate covered bananas :/ ), vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg.

It was too much.

I also used a little milk because the recipes that came with my ice cream maker all said to use a little milk – about 1 1/2 cups cream and 1/2 cup milk. But I knew from experience that it always comes out better when I used nothing but cream.

Anyway, the power went out while I was making the ice cream. And I had to just put it in the freezer. It came alright. It had little ice chips in it because of the milk though. :/

So, anyway, yesterday, my Wali took me to the market and chose some more bananas. I used to buy them for my son, but I stopped liking them several years ago – after years of growing up with a Chiquita sticker always on my forehead. 😉

THIS TIME, I missed it with the cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, and just used 3 bananas, about 3/4 cup of honey and filled my quart measuring cup with cream. Past the marker. Almost to the rim.

As I was preparing to hook up my ice cream maker Allah Said, “Don’t use it. Just put it in the freezer.”

I disagreed and hesitated. Astaghfirullah But did it anyway.

ALLAHU AKBAR!!!

It came out so fresh and creamy! No ice chips or anything. I couldn’t believe it!

Anybody can make homemade ice cream! All you need are the ingredients, a bowl and a freezer.

Stop buying that ready-made ice cream and giving the manufacturers your money for something you can make yourself. Don’t be lazy.

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PREPARATIONS FOR THE CHANGE OF SEASONS

/بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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AS-SALAAMU ‘ALAIKUM!

I used to think that, “How was your Summer?” was the saddest combination of words in the English Language, I LOVED SUMMER SO MUCH, I never realized when it was over after I stopped attending school. Until one fateful day when someone casually asked me that dreadful question.

Now that I have accepted my own and can be myself, I love the change of seasons just like I love everything else in life. I love everyday. The surprise in never knowing what to expect! The promise of Allah’s Blessings make every day an adventure. I wake up optimistic and Allah Never Fails to Deliver on His Promises of MONEY, A GOOD HOME AND FRIENDSHIPS IN ALL WALKS OF LIFE (Upon our submission to Him).

Al Hamdulillah! All Praise Is Due To Allah!

Being an M.G.T. (Muslim Girls’ Training) has made my life so wonderful, I can’t even find the words to express my joy. It is indescribable finally being yourself after growing up mentally dead. I was reared Christian. And in a way I am glad. Because I know both religions so I can contrast them as one who is informed. I ALWAYS LOVED GOD. But like every other Christian, I just didn’t know Who He Is. 😦

How could I know who God is, when I didn’t even know who I was?

But All Praise is Due to Allah for The Honorable Elijah Muhammad (May the Peace and the Blessings of Allah Forever Be Upon Him) for Teaching us the Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding that would give us the Power, Light and Life that we have wanted to know all of our lives.

I am doing my BEST to share with you, my Black Sisters, the things we need to know to be successful. But before you can even attempt to be yourself, you have to know whom yourself is. change of seasons treeALL BLACK PEOPLE ARE CREATED MUSLIM. WE ARE MUSLIMS WHEN WE ARE BORN.

THE SLAVEMASTERS TAUGHT OUR FOREPARENTS CHRISTIANITY AND THEY PASSED IT DOWN TO US. WE ARE BORN MUSLIMS. ISLAM IS THE NATURE IN WHICH WE WERE CREATED. BY CLAIMING TO BE CHRISTIANS, WE ARE ACCEPTING A RELIGION THAT IS OTHER THAN OURSELVES, WHICH IS WHY WE ARE NOT SUCCESSFUL. CHRISTIANITY IS A WHITEMAN’S RELIGION. THEY ORGANIZED IT TO MAKE SLAVES OF BLACKMANKIND AND WE HAVE SWALLOWED IT HOOK, LINE AND SINKER, TO THE POINT WHERE WE THINK WE ARE MORE CHRISTIAN THAN THE DEVILS WHO MADE IT UP.

When Allah (God) Created the Black Nation, He Gave Us ISLAM As A WAY OF LIFE. Islam is the way of life that Allah Gave Us When He Created Us. Do you think he would create us and not teach us HOW To Live And Serve Him???

Christianity did not come until 451 years ago. Why would God give people a religion so late in the game? Wouldn’t He know the future? Why not give us a religion from the beginning that will last forever? What kind of God has to change His religion? :/ Allah Has NEVER changed His religion. He Gave Us Islam in the beginning of the Universe and He Wants us to Practice ISLAM today. Our devil slavemasters did not and DO NOT want us to practice Islam. So, they did not and will NEVER teach us The Truth of It. They killed our parents, who were Muslims when they were brought here in chains, after they birthed their first babies, so that they could not teach their children their way of life.

This left the slavemasters free to teach us whatever they wanted to – a religion that would make us harmless slaves known as Christianity. Christianity is not your religion, nor was it the religion of your righteous foreparents, Sisters. Give it back to your slavemaster along with his name and ACCEPT YOUR OWN –

Your Own Name – A HOLY NAME OF ALLAH THAT WILL LIVE FOREVER

Your Own Religion – ISLAM

Your Own God – ALLAH

And Your Own People – THE BLACK PEOPLE OF THE EARTH.

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Unless you accept Islam, you will NEVER be successful. You can go through the motions but eventually (when the FIRE comes) none of it will matter unless you are a Muslim.

So, before I go any further, if you haven’t already, click HERE and READ MESSAGE TO THE BLACKMAN IN AMERICA. BELIEVE IT AND PRACTICE IT and then you can come back to the blog. THAT SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST PRIORITY.

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The world changed in the fifties and the sixties. This tumultuous decade brought about the Black Power Movement, wherein Black People united to protest against their second-class citizenship. The devil used this opportunity to utilize his sure-fire, time-tested tactic of divide and conquer to disrupt what little Black unity we had and, just as Our Beloved Messenger (PBUH) warned us he would do, used his woman as his last weapon.

All of a sudden, the devil woman is no longer content with being a housewife, she wants to go out and work like her husband. The Blackwoman, naturally attracted to her (opposite) enemy, follows suit, abandons the Black man and along with the infiltration of COINTELPRO, brings about an abrupt end to The Black Power Movement.

With integration came intermarriage and away went the days of decorum and traditional values. No one wanted to dress nice anymore. Jeans, t-shirts and tennis shoes became acceptable attire whereas before it was suits and ties and laced-up dress shoes. No one cared about wearing colors that were in harmony with the time of year anymore. No one cared about too much of anything anymore. White men began to let their hair grow like they did when they were in the caves. And their loyal slaves followed suit. Once again the influence of Islam was taken in the wrong direction, with Black women wearing their hair natural but sticking out all over their head (Afro).

By the arrival of the Seventies, suits and ties, hats and gloves could only be seen on Sundays among the regular working class (poor). Casual had become the uniform. Women were competing with men in the workplace and the children were/are running amok.

ISLAM CIVILIZES YOU.

ISLAM CLEANS YOU UP.

ISLAM MAKES YOU RESPECTED BY THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH.

CHRISTIANITY MAKES YOU A SLAVE.

THERE IS NO SALVATION IN THE WHITE RACE’S CHRISTIANITY.

Once you accept your own (Islam), you can be yourself and return to your nature, Sisters. Islam proves to you that the traditional ways of living are correct. Some people think that in order to be traditional you cannot utilize the current forms of technology like the Internet and even cell phones. That is just plain foolish. Once, I asked my Great-Grandmother (who was born in 1901) what she thought about the technological changes (she remembered a time before indoor electricity) and she said, “Things just got better.” 

Technology (Internet and cell phones) allows us to communicate and gather information easier and much more efficiently. Lifestyle is the manner in which we live, such as the clothes we wear, the attainment, choices and preparation of the foods we eat, the decorating and maintenance of the homes we live in, and the manner in which we carry ourselves, including our language. THESE are the areas in which we need to return to tradition.

We must have a complete reversal in our way of thinking. First, comes Islam. Then everything else will fall into place. When you accept The NEW Islam and you can only receive that From The LAST and GREATEST Messenger of Allah – The Honorable and Humble Elijah Muhammad (May the Peace and the Blessings of Allah Forever Be Upon Him), you begin to recognize that this world is completely upside down. It is to the point where what is right is considered as wrong and what is wrong is accepted as right. “The devil [Caucasian] makes evil fair-seeming,” according to the Holy Qur-an.

I am at the point now, where my perspective is that, “If America likes it, I hate it. And if America hates it, I love it.”

It makes everything much simpler for me.

One of the first things I learned about The Nation of Islam is that the color of the Sisters’ Holy Garments corresponds with the Seasons of the Year. I remembered reading books and learning things like “You don’t wear white after Labor Day.” I thought that was cool, but didn’t really know anybody who subscribed to that Law. I knew there was something known as “Winter White” which I assumed was the acceptable white to be worn after Labor Day. But I didn’t know anybody who cared about such social conventions. The following is a list of some of the things we should do around the house as the Seasons Change.

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*DO A THOROUGH “SPRING” CLEANING

*REARRANGE FURNITURE

*CHANGE LINEN (BEDSPREAD, CURTAINS, BATHROOM TOWELS, RUGS AND SHOWER CURTAIN) TO COORDINATE WITH THE SEASON (SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN, WINTER)

*PACK UP SUMMER OR WINTER CLOTHES

*BREAK OUT AUTUMN OR SPRING CLOTHES

AUTUMN IS THE BEST TIME TO RE-STOCK PAPER AND OFFICE PRODUCTS (BACK TO SCHOOL)

*RINSE OFF YOUR HOUSE

*MAKE SURE TO KEEP FRESH FLOWERS IN THE KITCHEN, DINING ROOM AND LIVING ROOM

***REMEMBER JUST BECAUSE THE WEATHER WARMS UP DOES NOT MEAN YOUR CLOTHES COME OFF!!! WEAR COOL FABRICS LIKE LINEN AND OTHER BREATHABLE FABRICS IN WARMER WEATHER AND NO SANDALS!***

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beautiful and Beloved, PREVENTATIVE, Asiatic Black Sisters!

Every year, my kitchen is infiltrated by ants. I hate it. Especially, if I’m in the middle of cooking and an ant materializes, seemingly out of thin air. I HATE IT! I have to kill it and wash my hands and go back to cooking feeling contaminated. Last Summer, I started baking cookies to sell and this year I started baking pies too, so I could not go through worrying about ants showing up and contaminating my treats.

So, a while ago, my neighbor had roaches, and the manager came and put down some type of professional exterminator pellets, that the roaches would take back to their nest and it would kill the ones who had not even shown up in my bathroom. It worked beautifully. So, instead of waiting for the ants to show up, I decided to try a preventative solution, so I wouldn’t even have to worry about trying to kill them while I’m cooking. I’ll kill them before they even make it into the kitchen!

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I looked online for some professional bug killer and found something similar to what he had but it was $30! I was not expecting to spend that kind of money on bug killer. So, I kept looking but they were all about the same price. I concluded that I would have to come up with a Plan B.

My father is an apartment owner and he told me along time ago that Borax works for roaches, so I thought it might work on ants too. I looked online and found that it does, but you have to add some sort of sweetener to entice the ants to the Borax. I tried honey at first mixed with a little Borax and spread it across the bottom of my back door entrance into my kitchen where the ants usually enter. Put it wherever you need to. But if it is somewhere accessible to children, or somewhere difficult to reach, I would recommend using a small container.

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It worked like a charm, but when the weather warmed up, the honey liquified and separated from the Borax. I just looked online and saw that if you use honey, put it in a little container. Next I tried sugar, that worked too. Next time, I’m going to add water to make a syrup. I think they might like that better.

After a few weeks I would see one or two ants in the kitchen, so I just cleaned up the Borax and put down a fresh dose. I used 50/50 Borax and Sugar. And that worked fine.

I got my Borax from the hardware store for $10 a can. I didn’t even think about using Laundry Borax. It works just as well (from what I’ve read) and costs much less.

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