How Many Meals are in A Ham?

This afternoon my youngest, now 13, asked me about wages. He wanted to know what a good wage was to support oneself and a family. It was quite a discussion. I told him that I didn’t know anyone, even my own adult, married children, who could support a family on what my husband and I have. In over 30 years … Continue reading

Menu Planning Made Simple

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  With 30 years as a homemaker under my belt, I’ve tried many different ways to plan our family’s meals—from strict, three-meals-a-day menus to totally winging it. Since I’m not a very scheduled and disciplined sort of person, the strict menus didn’t work. And for any homemaker, winging it doesn’t work. I revisited the idea of menu planning after trying a menu … Continue reading

Gifts for Grandma Pt. 2–How to make placemats

  This is the second post in the “Gifts for Grandma” series. See part one here. This gift idea has always been a hit for our grandmas, especially those that do not live close enough to see the children regularly. With just a few supplies and an hour in the afternoon, your children will enjoy learning how to make placemats. … Continue reading

Gifts for Grandma, pt. 1

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  For many years I have made homemade gifts with my children for their grandmothers. I always wanted the gifts to be something that went with their home décor and that they would use and cherish–not your typical ice-cream stick picture frame or soup can pencil cup. Here are a few gift ideas that even the youngest child can make … Continue reading

Shop Ethically Bundle

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  Do you like FREE books? My friends at ShopEthically have put together an amazing bundle of ethical books, courses, and other goodies from honest and authentic creators around the globe. Unlike other mixed media bundles though, this one is completely FREE!   Most of the books and courses in this bundle are things that I think you would be … Continue reading

You Can Do Anything for 15 Minutes

  I woke up discouraged this morning. My daughter and I spent Monday cleaning. Yesterday we had company for a short time. And this morning, the house looked like we never touched it. Why? Shoes and socks strewn all over the place, phone books left out, breakfast dishes on the table, little boy craft supplies on the table, laptop and … Continue reading

Canning Soup

  What do you do when you pick more green beans than you need for a meal but not enough to fill the canner? What about when the tomatoes are over-running the kitchen counter but there are not enough to fill the canner? Have a bunch of veggies, but not a canner full of any one thing? Then can soup! … Continue reading

Canning Peaches

  I love canning peaches. I don’t do it every year because some years, when we have a late frost or hail that kills the blooms, the price per bushel is just more than I can bear. But considering what peaches cost in the grocery, I think it is always worth the effort. From this bushel we got 14 quarts … Continue reading

Caffeine Content in Tea

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June is National Iced Tea Month! Would you like to know how iced tea became the drink of the South? In 1904, at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, Richard Blechynden, tea commissioner of India, could not give away samples of hot, black tea because of the heat. His solution? Pour it over ice. Iced tea was an instant hit … Continue reading

Natural Ways for Staying Hydrated in the Summer Heat

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  When a small boy, my nephew complained of constant headaches. He was an active child at school and at home, played sports, and generally got good grades in his classes. As his headaches worsened, he would come home from school to lie down in a darkened room, and on occasion, vomit. Since migraines run in our family, my sister grew … Continue reading

Five Ways to Get Rid of Flies

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  Homesteading definitely has its drawbacks. One of those drawbacks is the flies attracted to the goats and chickens, the flies attracted to the compost pile and the flies attracted to the wonderful smell of wholesome food cooking in the kitchen. No one likes flies–me included. I believe the best method to get rid of flies in the house is … Continue reading

All-Natural Thirst Quenchers

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  Did you know that one 12-ounce can of Coke contains 10 teaspoons of sugar, and that the same amount of apple juice has even more? Wanting to do without all that sugar, many parents turn to diet alternatives; but diet drinks have artificial sweeteners proven to cause neurological disorders. So much for the alternative. Similarly, Kool-Aid, Gatorade, and even … Continue reading

Learning with Literature–Creating Your Own Literature Study Guides

  I want to share with you a technique I use with my children that has worked wonders for our family. I call it Learning with Literature. There are literature study guides out there that will help you with this, but I do not use them (I’m a confirmed tightwad). All kids love read-aloud time with mom or dad. This … Continue reading