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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**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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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ironing Inspiration ~ The Classic Homemaking Collection


"My second favorite household chore is ironing.
My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint."
  ~Erma Bombeck

Before we begin, I have a small confession to make. Ironing, sadly and truthfully, is the least of my favorite homemaking loves. In fact, every time I read the words (shared above) by the late Ms. Bombeck, I am in tears (the humorous kind)! Here is a compilation of ideas, old fashioned homemaking tips, diy's and encouragement that may help to inspire you (and I) to love those linens and iron! I think in a very few minutes, your mind may be transformed to see the beauty in this little task!


"Ironing gratifies the senses. The transformation of wrinkled, shapeless cloth into the smooth and gleaming folds of a familiar garment pleases the eye. The good scent of ironing is the most comfortable smell in the world. And the fingertips enjoy the changes in the fabrics from cold to warm, wet to dry, and rough to silky. There is nothing like keeping the hands busy with some familiar work to free the mind. You can learn Italian while you iron, as a friend of mine did, or you can simply think."


To begin, it helps to have a peaceful and clean environment to iron in. That is often difficult to do because the ironing board is usually the household item that gets stowed away and hidden. If you have a large laundry room, that would be ideal.


Decorating with old fashioned signs can also make it more enjoyable (you will find our printable set here). Our ironing board is kept in our back room and before ironing, I make sure the area is clear and clutter-free to make it a pleasant homemaking experience (such as the one described below).



Gentle Homemaking Inspiration

It is interesting to note that the artist Degas (who was famous for his impressionistic ballerina paintings), also took the time to capture women doing the daily duties of washing and ironing. 



Perhaps he saw the beauty in the ordinary homemaking arts! His work is depicted in all the paintings featured above this paragraph (except for the painting showcasing the "Gentle Homemaking Inspiration").


How to Clean Your Iron {Gleaned from Cleaning Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin}

The Sole Plate
  • Wipe the soleplate with a sudsy cloth or nylon-mesh pad (make sure your iron is unplugged and cool). If starchy buildup or corrosion is present, remove either with a cloth saturated in white vinegar or make a solution by heating equal parts of vinegar and salt (until it is dissolved). Do not use abrasive cleaners or metal scouring pads.
The Reservoir
  • If mineral deposits are coming through the holes of the soleplate, the reservoir needs a routine cleaning. To do so, fill the reservoir approximately one-quarter of the way up with white vinegar. Turn on the iron and steam-iron a clean rag or towel until the reservoir is empty. The fumes may be strong so keep a window open and a fan going if necessary. If problem persists, refill the reservoir with water and continue to steam iron the rag until empty once again. Do a final rinse on the reservoir by filling it with (distilled or purified) water and then emptying it out. To prevent future buildup in your iron, use only distilled water.
Routine Maintenance
  • Each time you use your iron, empty water from the reservoir while it is still hot so that it will dry out. This can be achieved by slowly and carefully tilting the pointed end of the iron down over a sink. For best results, always store your iron in an upright position.

A few do-it yourself ironing recipes can be made to create a sense of purpose in your ironing area. One of my personal favorites is this DIY Lavender Water. It makes for a lovely and aromatic ironing spray.



There is also an old fashioned spray starch recipe that can be made in minutes! Store these handcrafted goods in recycled glass bottles with attractive labels in order to foster a sense of delight in this homemaking task.


"You may also like to utilize the essential oils when ironing. You can either put 1 drop of essential oil in a plant mister and spray the clothes before ironing, or put a drop on a damp linen cloth and place that between the iron and the material. You could also put the essential oils directly into the water compartment of your steam iron, but essential oils are not water soluble and could leave a residue in the iron."


Is Ironing Still Relevant Today?

Perhaps you are thinking that the modern-day denim and knit clothing you own does not require such ironing and care. However, the clothes we wear to our Sabbath gathering should be considered. Are we dressing appropriately for the "House of God"? Do you remember the term "Sunday best"? Dressing up and ironing your clothing for worship shows its importance and seriousness. It shows something that our modern-day culture often neglects, it is called "reverence". Dear Moses met with the Creator in the dessert via a burning bush and learned this lesson. Our formal meetings in the church with the Almighty should be just as important. 

"Then He said, "Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet,
for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."
~ Exodus 3:5

"Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace,
whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
For our God is a consuming fire."
~ Hebrews 12:28-29


"I find it soothing to take something wrinkled and make it smooth.
It feels anticipatory. It's what I do before a celebration."

And life, my dear homemaker, is a celebration!

If you enjoyed this article, you may also be interested in:
Gentle Homemaking Inspiration
The Housecleaning Inspiration Collection
Wash Day Collection of Inspiration

All the fine print. This post may be shared with some or all of the following link-ups: The Art of Home-Making MondaysModest Mom Monday'sMonday's MusingsMake Your Home Sing MondayGood Morning Mondays,  The ScoopTitus 2 TuesdaysTuesdays with a TwistRaising HomemakersWise Woman Link UpHomestead Blog Hop Wow Us Wednesdays,  Coffee and ConversationHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeOur Simple HomesteadFrom the Farm Blog HopAwesome Life Friday Link UpFive Star Frou Frou FridayShabbilicious FridaySimply Natural Saturdays and Clever Chicks Blog Hop. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. This post may contain affiliate links (which are merchant links that help to support this site at no additional cost to you if you purchase an item through them).

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 113


"Let me say first that modesty doesn’t begin with our clothing. It starts in the heart. When we’re right with God—walking in purity and humility before Him—it will be reflected in a modest appearance.

The problem with the pharasees was that their relationship with God was all physical and outward. The heart and soul wasn't affected by their faith. Sadly, women today use this same excuse when it comes to modest dressing. They claim their heart is pure and that is what is most important.

However, that is not the complete picture. If our heart is full of God, it will overflow into everything we think, say and do. It will overflow into our clothing as well. The complete picture of modesty is finally spoken out loud through your dress. It says:
"I am a follower of Christ. I understand that I was bought at a price. I understand that my adornment affects many around me. I can keep a pure environment by my proper conduct. I can keep thoughts focused on Him, rather than myself."
Let us love Him from the inside out! Let us be overfilled, overflowed and live in His abundance, in every way of our lives."
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!

* This week I thought it would be nice to highlight some of the modesty posts which have been shared in our recent link ups along with some of my favorite inspirational quotes on the subject. Though I don't write on these types of topics, they are still very important to me as a God-fearing woman. *

Please visit a few of these posts and leave some comment love!


Modern Modesty by Finding Joy in the Everyday

"When a woman veils her body in modest clothing, she is not hiding herself from men. On the contrary, she is revealing her dignity to them."
~ Unknown



This Year's Modest Swimsuit by Artful Homemaking


“One of the first evidences of a real lady, is that she should be modest. By modesty we mean that she shall not say, do, nor wear anything that would cause her to appear gaudy, ill-bred, or unchaste. There should be nothing about her to attract unfavorable attention, nothing in her dress or manner that would give a man an excuse for vulgar comment. When we dress contrary to the rule of modesty we give excuse for unwholesome thoughts in the mind of those who look upon us, and every girl who oversteps these bounds makes herself liable to misunderstanding and insult, though she may be innocent of any such intention.”
~ Elizabeth Gaskell, Excerpt from North & South



Modesty Matters by Children are a Blessing

"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel…"
~ 1 Timothy 2:9a



Nicole also shared her new book: Meant to Be Modest: A Call for Women to Return to Modesty

“A woman who focuses on worshiping God will consider carefully how she is dressed, because her heart will dictate her wardrobe and appearance. ”


Though I have not read Nicole's book, Keeper at the Homestead shared an honest review on our link up.

"You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty."
~ Louisa May Alcott, Excerpt from Little Women



Modest Mondays {A Series} by Beauty for Ashes

"Every young woman should dress well, that is, neatly, tastefully, modestly, whether she be rich or poor. Conspicuous dressing is vulgar. True refinement avoids anything showy and flashy: it never dresses better than it can afford, and yet it is always well dressed, even in simple muslin or plain calico."
~ J.R. Miller



The History of Swimsuits - From Bathing Gowns to Bikinis by Reflections of the Heart


"So we cannot look around at others for examples. We must have a conscience toward God ourselves, and answer these questions before Him in our own hearts.  As for myself I cannot wear what I know is not becomingly modest for a Christian to wear."
~ by Mabel Hale, Excerpt from Beautiful Girlhood, Revised by Karen Andreola



Feminine Fridays {A Series} by Reflections of the Heart

"Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price."
~ 1 Peter 3:3-4

Thank you ladies for sharing your hearts with us!


"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
~ Romans 12:1-2

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