Monday, February 29, 2016

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #94


“What is home? My favorite definition is "a safe place," a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It's a place where people share and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable.” 
~ Gladys M. Hunt, Honey for a Child's Heart
There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemakinghomeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up posts in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 (such as recipes, godly encouragement, DIY's, frugal living, child-raising, medicine making, preparedness, gardening, home decoration, school lessons, sewing, crafts, etc).~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!

* Please visit and leave some comment love
for a few of our features from last week's link up: *



1. Honey Bee Notebooking Pages by In All You Do ~ Annette shares 84 FREE note booking pages for your honey bee studies! She also has a free honey bee printable for pre-k children as well as honey bee coloring pages. These would make wonderful supplements for our unit study on bees!

2. Don't Let Perfect be the Enemy of Good by The Rural Economist ~ This is a really good article shedding light on the un-productivity that perfectionism can create. I could relate to this in many areas and was encouraged to forge ahead!

3. Mustard Plaster: Your Recipe for Congestion by Thyme to Embrace Herbs ~ I had always heard of this remedy but never knew how to do it! This will really come in handy for our family pharmacy!

4. Why Aren't My Chickens Laying?! by (Mis)Adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl ~ I think the title says it all. The hardest part about owning chickens is when you have to buy eggs! This was a very helpful article.

5. "Mind Your Beez Wax" by The Butt'ry and Book'ry ~ Linny shares a fun post on how to clean and remelt your homegrown beeswax into candles the old fashioned way!

6. Portrait of a Lady: Laura Ingalls Wilder by Sweetly Dreaming of the Past ~ I love reading about the life of Laura. She had gone through some very tough times yet managed to endure and encourage in her sweet stories to us! Do be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the English translation.


In other news, I have been working on making the switch for this blog's printables to Google Docs since so many had troubles with the last program. Our latest addition is the "The Ways of Her Household: A Modern Day Herbal". This is a binder of household wisdom which contains your favorite recipes and diy's for bath/body, food preservation, home decoration, housecleaning products, laundry room recipes, herbal medicines, pantry products and more. Enjoy putting this together to store all your homemaking how-to in one convenient place!

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Friday, February 26, 2016

About Rose Hips {Information, Recipes, DIY's} ~ Herbal Link Up


"Rose hips are the dried fruit of roses. They contain a good deal of vitamin C and vitamin C complex. Rose hips are especially good for stress and fighting infections. Rose hips also have bioflavonoid which affects the heart and circulatory system, particularly strengthening the capillaries..."
{Please note that this is a special edition link up we are running which is separate from our regular weekly link up, The Art of Home-Making Mondays.} Learning from other women about herbs is something that really interests me and here is the place where I would love for you to share!

For this next month, please link up all of your articles (past & present) which pertain to the herb:

~ ROSE HIPS {ROSA CANINA} ~

This can include herbal recipes and remedies, informative articles, how to grow them, forage for them or even cooking and preserving jams, jellies and syrups with rose hips. Our link up will be running until the end of March, 2016 in order to collect a sizable archive of rose hip information. {Please understand that all posts which do not pertain to  rose hips will be deleted in order to maintain the goal of this post.} Thank you for joining us!

This post is a part of our Create Your Own Home Pharmacy Series.

Don't know where to find rose hips, etc? I purchase my supplies here (these are affiliate links):

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

How to Make Your Old and Ugly Potholders Nice and New Again


Once upon a time, my potholders were nice and new and durable. Fast forward many years and they are no longer new. In fact, they are nowhere near nice (to be honest, they are quite gross looking). But, they are still very durable! What is a frugal and practical woman to do? She can not discard something with a good shelf life and yet the feminine side does like to see pretty! This is where our "born again" potholders come in. A renewal is a good thing, isn't it?


This would also make a nice project if you simply want to change the color scheme of your kitchen (goodbye blue and white friend from 15 years ago) or if someone accidentally bleaches your "prized possession" potholders which were of such good quality (sigh).


What you will need are your existing potholders (I told you they were disheartening), some fabric scraps and the ability to sew a straight line. That is all! If you can sew a square sachet, you can do this project! In essence, you are simply fashioning little slipcovers for your old and pathetic looking ones. 


I used scraps of the thicker home decor fabrics that my mother-in-law gave me for our potholders. You can even consider refurbishing them with cast off linens like random napkins, tea towels, etc.


To refresh your supply:

1. Measure your old potholders and create a pattern. When making the pattern, give yourself an extra inch around to allow for a seam allowance. If your potholder has a different shape, trace it on paper and add the extra inch around when preparing the pattern.

2. Cut out your pattern. I did four pieces at once for a set of potholders to make it easier and quicker.

3. Sew your two pieces of fabric together around the whole perimeter but leave one half of one side open (this is where you will insert the old potholder inside). Make sure the right sides are facing each other, using an approx. 1/4" seam allowance when you sew.


4. Turn the potholder cover inside out and you will be left with a nice pocket to insert your old potholder.

5. Sew new matching tabs onto the corner of your old potholder (make sure to clip off the old tabs so they don't interfere). Ribbon can be used to make it easy or you can create a strip with the fabric of your choice.

6. Insert your old potholder into the slipcover (making sure that the new tab is now peaking out) and carefully pin close the remaining seam.


7. Hand sew the final seam closed. I am sure there are tricks to make the seam look invisible but I am a basic seamstress (if you can even call me that!) so I just placed a few even stitches in there to finish off the potholder.

8. To keep the original potholder in place inside the slipcover, I stitched an "x" in the middle (through all the layers). You may even want to do all four corners with an "x" to keep it in place during your routine washing.

9. You are finished! Now you have some nice and new potholders for pennies!



Why bother?

The average price for a new set of potholders is $14 and these are for a very basic looking, no-frills model. That is $7 per item plus tax! We have refurbished six so far which means a savings of at least $42 plus we have an attractive set to make homemaking more enjoyable! We intend on redoing four others which will give us a grand total of approx. $70 worth of savings. And this only took up one hour in an afternoon.


Also, I have found that to buy a potholder inexpensively at a dollar store (for example) can sometimes be quite dangerous! A friend of mine burnt her hand using a brand new one because the padding was sorely lacking. Frugality mustn't be compared to "cheap". There is a difference, especially when choosing important and functional kitchen tools. This is a thrifty project but by no means a compromising one!


"The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."
~ Thomas Moore



The beautiful thing about a homemaker is her constant creativity. One who realizes that her calling is important attempts to flourish in all departments. She sees a need and not only desires to fill it, but to bring beauty to her home at the same time. Pretty and practical, she makes a difference to the family budget with her resourcefulness and creates a cozy environment with her homemaking prowess. And to the striving Proverbs 31 woman, it is a very satisfying place to be!


"Before" and Happily Ever "After"...




Monday, February 22, 2016

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #93


“And there are my children!
My darling, precious children!
For their sakes I am continually constrained
to seek after an amended, a sanctified life;
what I want them to become
I must become myself”.
~ Elizabeth Prentiss, Stepping Heavenward
There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemakinghomeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up posts in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 (such as recipes, godly encouragement, DIY's, frugal living, child-raising, medicine making, preparedness, gardening, home decoration, school lessons, sewing, crafts, etc).~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!

* Please visit and leave some comment love
for a few of our features from last week's link up: *


1. Free From the Love of Money by Teach the Younger Women ~ Shirley shares a stirring sentiment on appreciating the common things in our lives (the things that really bless!). The pictures alone will inspire you. I was very much in love with this article!

2. No Bake Double Chocolate Cheesecake ~ by Motherhood ~ Ruckus and Rubies ~ This sugar-free dessert looked amazing and easy. I don't do the THM plan, but I can certainly appreciate these kinds of recipes!

3. Purple Puffs and Pearls Necklace ~ Crochet Pattern by Little Treasures ~ Although I don't wear jewelry anymore (besides my wedding ring that is), I am in love with this handmade necklace. It is exquisite, feminine and very vintage! Just lovely!

4. Simple Mason Spice Jars by Simplified Life ~ Victoria shares a practical but pretty way to store her spices. Of course, anything involving a mason jar has my attention! :)

5. Easy Black Bean Dip by A Chat Over Coffee ~ Any time I can add a new recipe to our bean menu, I am happy to do it. This one is very easy and healthy!


In other news, I have been working on making the switch for my printables to Google Docs since so many had troubles with the last program. Our latest addition is the The Peter Rabbit Collection featuring: Peter Rabbit Gift Tags, Peter Rabbit Bookmarks, Peter Rabbit's "Bedtime Blend" Room Spray Recipe, Peter Rabbit's Seed Packets and Peter Rabbit's Tummy Tincture Recipe. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Oatmeal Muffin Mix-in-a-Jar ~ Free Printable Recipe Kit


'"How fast Duchess is eating!" thought Ribby to herself,
as she buttered her fifth muffin."

Welcome to our Saturday morning staple, hot coffee and warm muffins! These golden treats are quite addictive, especially when you know there isn't an ounce of white flour or sugar in them (since you know they are healthy, you may find yourself eating more ~ ahem). They are sweetened with honey and taste deliciously moist!


This is such a low maintenance breakfast, especially when you prepare a batch as pre-made pantry mixes. This is quickly made while you have out all the ingredients! It is especially simple with our recipe kit which includes the directions, jar labels and instruction labels. I like to prepare 6 jars at a time but larger families may want to make a dozen of them. What is also nice is that if time is really critical, you can just dump the batter into an 8 by 8 pan for less labor. 


To Make the Mix ~

Place inside a quart-sized jar the following ingredients:

• 3 c. oatmeal

• 2 tsp. baking powder

• 1 tsp. sea salt

• 1/2 tsp. cinnamon


Place lid firmly back on jar and give it a good shake for a final blend. The mix is now complete. Simply label and attach directions to the oatmeal mix (our short cut direction labels are found on the printable). 


To Prepare the Muffins and/or Baked Oatmeal Dish ~

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix together in a medium mixing bowl:
  •  ½ c. oil (we like to use sunflower oil or coconut oil)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ c. honey 
  • 1 c. milk 
  • oatmeal muffin mix
Stir ingredients together until combined.


~~ Divide mixture into 12 lined/greased muffin cups and bake for 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden around sides.

OR

~~ If in a hurry, pour mixture into greased 8 by 8 dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and set.


The nice thing about making your own mixes is that you can control the quality of ingredients. Instead of iodized table salt, we were able to use the healthy Himalayan pink salt. Instead of baking powder laden with cancer causing aluminum, we can choose the "clean" version. Instead of sugar in the recipe, we are able to use honey this time. It is a win-win and a wonderful way to stock your pantry!



My husband loves to take them out on the tractor with him as they keep him feeling full and satisfied in the early morning. Delicious and nutritious! HERE is our printable recipe kit that you may want to add to your recipe book. Happy pantry building, ladies! P.S. Please do let me know if any of you download this kit, I am curious how many enjoy these types of pantry projects! :)

"She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household..."
~ Proberb 31:15

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Monday, February 15, 2016

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #92


“In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce.
The trick is to find and continue to find grounds for marriage.” 
~ Robert Anderson (1841 - 1919)
There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemakinghomeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up posts in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 (such as recipes, godly encouragement, DIY's, frugal living, child-raising, medicine making, preparedness, gardening, home decoration, school lessons, sewing, crafts, etc).~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!

* Please visit and leave some comment love
for a few of our features from last week's link up: *


1. Staying Organized with Planners by The Country Blossom ~ I love the artistic and loving way that Katy puts her planner together. Such a fun and creative way to organize your time!

2. How to Watch {Edited to Your Standards} Movies for Only $1 by Morning Motivated Mom ~ I included the italicized/bold information myself in the title because that is what appealed to me! The fact that you can rent a movie and choose to filter out the inappropriate content is excellent! Quoth Emily, "It’s great to be able to filter out what you don’t want to see or hear. The filter list is pretty specific, so you can cater it to how much or how little you want taken out."

3. Skinny Chocolate Truffles by The Sunny Patch ~ If you can put skinny and chocolate in the same sentence then I am interested! :)

4. Dominican Rice and Beans by Living Intentionally Simple ~ I am always on the lookout for a new bean and rice recipe and this one looks delicious and easy!

5. Alphabet and Number Playdough Mats by A Bountiful Love ~ What a fun way to teach letter recognition and enhance motor skills for young children at the same time. A brilliant pre-school and kindergarten playtime activity!

6. A Tisket, A Tasket -- Little Crocheted Baskets by Beatrice Euphemie ~ Karen shared the sweetest crochet project! The possibilities are endless for these little baskets and her photos are very lovely.



In other news, I have been working on making the switch for my printables to Google Docs since so many had troubles with the last program. Our latest additions are the Kate Greenaway Collection featuring: Monthly To-Do Lists That Can Be ColoredMonthly Shopping Lists That Can Be Colored,  "The Calendar" Coloring Book with Cursive/Printing Penmanship Practice and "The Months" Copywork/Coloring Booklet for Children. Enjoy!

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Friday, February 12, 2016

On Matters of Marriage


"Life is the flower for which love is the honey."
~ Victor Hugo

Love is in the air... The regal red hue is waving its banner, there is a sprinkling of hearts wherever one looks, there are mounds of exotic chocolate recipes waiting to be made and the crowning glory, an abundance of romantic roses. Basically, many ideas to bless a union. May I add my own sentiments on the matters of marriage?



{Or, the blessings of the long-haul love.}



{Or, setting the mood.}



{Or, please don't take your husband for granted.}



{Or, a bit about discretion in marriage.}


And finally, for a bit of fun, you may be interested in learning "How to Preserve a Husband" as well as a list of our favorite Period Movies for the Romantic Hearted and Sentimental Soul

"Love is energy of life."
~ Robert Browning


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