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

Caffeine Content in Tea | Everything Home with Carol

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

Staying Hydrated in the Summer | Everything Home with Carol

  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

Get Rid of Flies | Everything Home with Carol

  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

learning with literature

  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

Fermenting in Mason Jars

How to Make Sauerkraut | Everything Home with Carol

  I absolutely adore making my own sauerkraut. I tried unsuccessfully for years, ending up with slimy, moldy science experiments that would gross out an 8-year-old boy. Then I learned about keeping the air out of the ferment. I learned about airlocks, and glass weights and using the right kind of salt. I succeeded. 🙂 The best part about making … Continue reading

5 Uses for Mason Jars

  I get a charge out of up-cycling, re-purposing, or otherwise finding a use for things that most folks send to the landfill. From old socks to appliance cords to twist ties, I can find a use for it. Even food scraps go into a soup or casserole, are fed to the animals, or added to the compost bin. At … Continue reading

My Favorite Herbal Resources

Favorite Herbal Resources | Everything Home with Carol

  Way back, when I was a spring chicken, I started studying herbal medicine. Perhaps you remember my dad’s scary story about his use of coltsfoot. I was serious about becoming a Certified Master Herbalist and enrolled in a course through, what was then, The Australasian College of Herbal Studies. As life happens, and babies come one right after the other, … Continue reading