Wednesday, July 27, 2016

DIY Projects Based on Books ~ Gentle Summer Schooling and Bonding


"Furthermore, most children will find greater satisfaction and demonstrate greater learning from things they make and do with their parents or other people than from elaborate toys or learning materials."
~ Raymond S. Moore, School Can Wait

Here is another ode to a no television summer. With so many books to read and memories to be had cuddled and huddled around the couch, I wanted to encourage a lifestyle of reading and doing. Here are some books to be enjoyed and some fun and useful projects and ideas to accompany them. I would like to think that there is a little of something for everyone here!



Sense and Sensibility 


Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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Winnie-the-Pooh


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The Tales of Peter Rabbit

                


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The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse by Beatrix Potter

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“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children
is not a good children's story in the slightest.”
~ C.S. Lewis

Note: I have always found useful projects made together for the home to be wonderful employment. As time is often a factor, I noticed I found more of "it" to craft together when I knew the things we created would actually be used. For example, children will enjoy making labels or cutting them out for a "Raggedy Ann Room Spray". They would enjoy counting out the drops into the spray bottle and smelling each scent. They would enjoy exclaiming how delicious or strong each fragrance is. They would appreciate spraying the aroma and knowing they made something productive! And as they do prepare it, explain the "little things" to them along the way (that the peppermint oil is made from the peppermint plant, that it has many medicinal properties to kill germs, that they must never ingest the potent oils and so forth). They will associate that little spray with those moments of reading together. Your books will come alive! This is the type of home education and bonding that blesses everyone involved.
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Monday, July 25, 2016

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 115


“‎What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and work flow.” 
~ Martin Luther
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!


* Presenting our potpourri of monthly features
from the last month's worth of link ups.
Please visit a few of these posts and leave some comment love! *



1. Twelve Ways to Make the First Day of School Special by Cornerstone Confessions ~ There was some cute ideas here and I particularly got a smile from her idea of driving her homeschooled children to school!

2. Can't Beat 'Em? Eat 'Em! 9 Weeds You Can Eat by Healthy Green Savvy ~ I find this kind of information invaluable. You never know the future and this type of knowledge could be a blessing one day!

3. Grocery Shopping on a Budget: How to Save Money on Groceries by Medium Sized Family ~ There is some helpful advice here. For instance, I always considered the less trips to the store, the better for your budget, but Jamie brings up some good points to counteract that.

4. Farm Fresh Lasagna: Slow Cooker Recipe by Stone Cottage Adventures ~ Marci shares a delicious looking recipe for lasagna using your garden goods and a crock pot! This looks really tasty!

5. June Visual Tea/Garden Journal by The Charm of Home ~ I am absolutely smitten with this idea! If you have ever read The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady and wanted to do something similar but don't have the time or drawing skills, then you will want to visit this post to create a different but still beautiful garden journal! 


6. The Art Work of Pulling Weeds by Floyd Family Homestead ~ Some things need to be done whether or not we enjoy them. This article helps to increase inspiration for that dreaded gardening chore! 

7. How to Choose Toys that Will Change Your Child's Life by Sheep Among Wolves ~ These are exactly the types of "toys" we have in our home and I couldn't agree more with this article (especially with all the cheap and flashy items they are trying to sell to our children these days!).

8. Are You a Good Listener? by A New Lens ~ Pam shares a challenging post on our listening skills and I walked away determined to improve mine! Excellent food for thought here!

9. Simplify and Bloom Where You are Planted by Quaker Hill Farm ~ I love these kinds of reminders! Sometimes our homes become a cluttered environment or sometimes we are waiting for "this" and "that" to really make a home. Here is some sweet encouragement to "simplify and bloom where you are planted"!

10. Tea Room from Old Windows and Doors by Penny's Vintage Home ~ What a charming place Penny and her husband created! I would love to do something like this when we are empty nesters (but I would have to call ours a coffee room)! :)

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Savory Herb Butter Dinner "Roll" Muffin Mix-in-a-Jar ~ Free Printable Recipe Kit {with GF Option}


Bread, butter, herbs and a splash of cheese. I think that says it all. It does for our family! As our daughter has needed to remove gluten from her diet, my bread making had lost its luster (I find it easier to just cook the same for everyone). And then one fine day, "these" were born (which can be made successfully with regular flour or gluten-free flour)! Our herbed butter muffins can be used in lieu of a dinner roll and would also be a wonderful breakfast/brunch addition when you want that savory taste. They are perfect with soups to round out the menu or consider setting out a basket of these hot "rolls" at your next BBQ!



And, as you all know, I love make-ahead mixes for their convenience! Therefore, I prepared these for the pantry (because they are very much worth it-- especially for an impromptu meal!). They are also quickly made while you have out all the ingredients. It is especially simple with our printable recipe kit which includes the directions, a set of 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. 

Note to GF households: The gf flour that I use for our baking is this Better Than Cup for Cup Blend. I make 30 cups at one time (there is an Excel spreadsheet at the website and you can customize the amount you want to make) and keep it in a large pantry jar. This makes for quite a convenient and thriftier mix when you make your own. To purchase small bags is just too expensive.


To Make the Mix ~

Place inside a quart-sized jar the following ingredients:
  • 3 c. all purpose flour (or GF flour blend which includes xanthum gum)
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. herb seasoning (i.e. BraggsMrs. Dash, or my favorite -- Tinderbox Herbal Sprinkle*)
  • 1 tsp. dried chives
  • 1/3 c. sugar
* Note: Tinderbox Herbal Sprinkle is an Australian product that a friend of mine gave me and I am addicted! I have no idea if these are sold in the United States but do give it a try should you find it! Freshly chopped herbs from the garden would also work wonderfully, up the amount to 1 tbsp., if you do so!



Once the first five ingredients are measured into the jar, carefully stir contents inside with a butter knife to distribute the baking powder, salt and spices (this will also allow more room for the sugar as it will compact the mixture down). 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 the directions to the muffin mix (found on our printable below).


To Prepare the Herb Dinner "Roll" Muffins  ~

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (you may want to try 375 if using GF flour blend).

Mix together in a medium mixing bowl:
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • Add prepared muffin mix and stir until just combined (batter will be thick).
  • Add 1/4 c. parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese or your favorite cheese blend and stir until just combined. Do not over stir as it will result in tougher muffins.



  • Divide batter evenly into 12 lined/greased muffin cups and bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown (and/or toothpick inserted inside comes out clean).
The gluten-free flour blend I use gives them a nice rustic appearance. The regular flour will resemble more of a smooth muffin.



Like I have mentioned before, the nice thing about making your own mixes is that you can control the quality of ingredients. Instead of iodized table salt, we can use sea salt or the Himalayan pink salt. Instead of baking powder laden with cancer causing aluminum, we can choose the "clean" version. The best part is that our mixes don't include artificial anything!


This is a wonderful way to stock your pantry! In fact, you may also be interested in our Cornbread Mix-in-a-Jar and our favorite Oatmeal Muffins Mix-in-a-Jar recipe kits. 


When making up pantry mixes, here are a few ways to avoid mess and waste:
  • Being that the ingredients you are using are dry, simply wipe off spoons and measuring cups immediately and put them away. No need to add them to that pile of dirty dishes! This makes clean up a breeze!
  • When printing out our recipe kits, in order to save on ink, just wipe out the jar when it is empty and place it right back in the original spot on the pantry shelf. When you use up your last mix, refill all your jars with the ingredients. This way you save on ink and pasting each time.
  • When making up the mixes, I timed myself on each jar (without rushing, I promise) and it came out to only 3-minutes per jar! That is quicker than driving to the store, waiting in line and purchasing a boxed mix (plus you are getting a superior product). Don't underestimate the savings and convenience of the make-your-own-mixes.


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! 

"Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy...
for God now accepteth thy works."
~ Ecclesiastes 9:7
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Monday, July 18, 2016

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 114


"She smelled sweet-- the familiar and delightful mixture of dried rose leaves and geranium and lavender..."
~ Loula Grace Erdman, Excerpt from "The Wide Horizon"
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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!


~~ Features will be shared at the end-of-the-month link up. ~~


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 additions are from our "lavender collection" of posts! First is the "Make Your Own Lavender Water" which includes some pretty printable labels!


Second, there is our "Make Your Own Lavender Infused Medicinal Oil" which also includes some printable labels.


Thirdly, our "Make Your Own Lavender Scented Carpet Deodorizer" with printable instructions and label.


We are not done yet! There is also our "DIY {No Sew} Lavender Sachets". These make lovely gifts to tuck into drawers and an old fashioned letter!


And finally, though we shared this link before, I will include our "Lavender Cleaning Product Collection" which shares a nice sheet of printable labels for your homemade lavender goods.

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On to this week! For the sake of our readers, please link up appropriate and wholesome home-related articles and leave out any giveaways, advertisements, etc. Thank you for understanding! I can't wait to see what you all have to share! 

**Please also note that the posts shared on this link up from other bloggers do not necessarily reflect my own personal views or opinions. I do not condone every article that may appear here. Like all literature, please discern everything you read with the Holy Scriptures as your lens.**

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