Friday, April 17, 2015

Stain Remover Spray {DIY} ~ A Tiggy-winkle Tutorial

"Then she took something else off a clothes-horse— "That isn't my pinny?" said Lucie. "Oh no, if you please'm; that's a damask table-cloth belonging to Jenny Wren; look how it's stained with currant wine!
 It's very bad to wash!" said Mrs. Tiggy-winkle."
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-winkle by Beatrix Potter

Ah, the sorrow of stains in the laundry! No one understands that better than our dear washer-woman, Mrs. Tiggy-winkle. However, she does not fret my friends, for she knows how to make her own frugal stain remover!

If you please'm, all you need is some water, dish soap, liquid glycerin and essential oils (the essential oils are optional but helpful). Liquid glycerin can often be found in the health/body care aisle in most markets or it can be purchased online.

Either lemon or eucalyptus oils are chosen specifically for this easy project because of their stain removing abilities. I often use lemon in our household recipes when acceptable because it is a less expensive oil.

Simply mix together 1/4 cup of dish soap, 1/4 cup of liquid glycerin, 1 1/2 cups of water and pour into a spray bottle. Optional: add 8 drops of lemon or eucalyptus essential oil to the final product. Use like you would any stain remover spray. This recipe was adapted from Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen Logan.

Here is also a printable stain remover chart that may be helpful to have on hand (per Mrs. Tiggy-winkle of course).

"If at all possible, it's best to treat spills and stains on washable garments immediately --while the stains are fresh and before they dry. The more quickly you treat a stain, the less likely it is to set... Blot liquid stains with a clean white, lint-free cloth or paper towel. Gently scrape or brush off excess solids, if there are any. Avoid excessive rubbing, as it may spread the stain or damage delicate fabrics... After pretreating and washing a stained item, always check to make sure the stain has been removed before putting the item in the dryer. Dryer heat can permanently set some stains. If the stain remains, pretreat and wash again."
~ Donna Smallin, Cleaning Plain and Simple

"Lily-white and clean, oh!
With little frills between, oh!
Smooth and hot—red rusty spot
Never here be seen, oh!"
Mrs. Tiggy-winkle's Wash Day Song by Beatrix Potter


We are also sharing our label for the stain remover spray (feel free to copy). If you enjoyed this tutorial, you may be interested in making Mrs. Tiggy-winkle's spray starch or her handkerchief tutorial. For more Beatrix Potter inspired projects, visit here (if you please 'm)! Thank you for joining us for another week of "Fun Friday" this spring! Have a lovely day.


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 2sdaysTitus 2 TuesdaysRoses of InspirationTuesdays with a TwistRaising HomemakersWise Woman Link UpHomestead Blog Hop Wow Us Wednesdays, Wildcrafting WednesdayCoffee and ConversationSo Much at HomeHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeHearts for Home ThursdaysHome Acre HopGrowing in Grace ThursdaysFrom the Farm Blog HopFarmgirl FridayFront Porch Friday Blog HopAwesome Life Friday Link UpSimply Natural Saturdays and Clever Chicks Blog Hop. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. Illustrations are by Beatrix Potter.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Laundry {Life} Lessons for Wives with Abigail Adams

“Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee…”
 ~ Proverbs 2:11

Did you know that Abigail Adams used the "unfinished" East Room of the White House to hang her husband’s freshly washed clothes? As President, she felt his laundry shouldn’t be exposed for everyone to see. This showed a deep respect for her husband and a lot about her discerning and devoted character. She once said of her spouse, “When he is wounded, I bleed.” What love, what affection, what passion!

Abigail Adams and granddaughter Susanna watch as a servant hangs laundry in the East Room– by Gordon Phillips
In a society where many women share intimate information about their marital relationships via the internet and telephone, etc., I think our foremothers would be greatly distressed. In modern language, we call it being “transparent” or "venting" but the old fashioned upbringing of Abigail Adams might insist that we are “airing out the laundry”!

“… remember that you are accountable to your Maker for all your words and actions.”
~ Abigail Adams: Her Letters

The Bible teaches to confess our sins one to another and to pray for one another (James 5:16). However, it doesn’t write that we should be confessing other people’s sins, one to another, especially not our husband’s! Irritations and bad habits are also uncomely subjects to share. A godly wife will seek to preserve the character of her beloved (Ephesians 5:33).

“As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.”
~ Proverbs 11:22

There are instances when a woman does need to speak up (domestic violence, danger to children, etc.). This is where church elders and civil authorities should be turned to for support and guidance. However, in other circumstances, to share with the world all his defects will only create a heart of distrust. This is the exact opposite of what a Proverbs 31 wife would desire to do, for a wise woman builds up her home (Proverbs 14:1)!

"He trusts in her conduct, that she will speak in all companies, and act in all affairs, with prudence and discretion, so as not to occasion him either damage or reproach."
~ Matthew Henry's Commentary

“A gracious woman retaineth honor .” ~ Proverbs 11:16a

If you feel a situation that personally happened in your marriage may be a help to others, be gracious and ask your husband for his consent prior to sharing. The “golden rule” is always the best policy in any relationship. Trust in your spouse is very important! He should feel secure in your love, your presence and even in your absence knowing that “you will do him good and not evil all the days of his life” (Proverbs 31:12). Dear reader, may we all endeavor to walk in the noble path of the Proverbs 31 Woman.

"A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband:
but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones."
~ Proverbs 12:4

“Are there little frictions or grievances in the wedded life? Has her husband fault which annoys her or causes her pain? Does he fail in this duty or that? Do differences arise which threaten the peace of the home? In the feeling of disappointment and pain, smarting under a sense of injury, a wife may be strongly tempted to seek sympathy by telling her trials to some intimate friends. Nothing could be more fatal to her own truest interest and to the hope of restored happiness and peace in her home. Grievances complained of outside remain unhealed sores. The wise wife will share her secret of unhappiness with none but her Master, while she strives in every way that patient love can suggest to remove the causes of discord or trouble.”

This post may be shared with some or all of the following link-ups: The Art of Home-Making Mondays, Soul SurvivalModest Mom Monday'sMonday's MusingsMake Your Home Sing MondayGood Morning Mondays,  The ScoopTitus 2sdaysTitus 2 TuesdaysRoses of InspirationTuesdays with a TwistRaising HomemakersWise Woman Link UpHomestead Blog Hop Wow Us Wednesdays, Wildcrafting WednesdayCoffee and ConversationSo Much at HomeHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeHearts for Home ThursdaysHome Acre HopGrowing in Grace ThursdaysFrom the Farm Blog HopFarmgirl FridayFront Porch Friday Blog HopAwesome Life Friday Link UpSimply Natural Saturdays and Clever Chicks Blog Hop. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. Originally shared (though slightly modified) as a guest post for Deep Roots at Home.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #48

"Six things are requisite to create a happy home. Integrity must be the architect, and tidiness the upholsterer. It must be warmed by affection, and lightened up with cheerfulness, and industry must be the ventilator, renewing the atmosphere and bringing in fresh salubrity day by day; while over all, as a protecting canopy and glory, nothing will suffice except the blessings of God."
~Rev. Dr. Hamilton, 1878, A Happy Home Defined
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!

* Today we are featuring our #1 VIEWED POST from Last Week
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Room by Room Series: The Living Room by Finding Joy in the Everyday


Our Calendula Collection ~ Herbal Link Up

In other news, we are currently hosting an herbal link up on the calendula flower (pot marigold). This lovely plant offers so much medicinal and topical blessings!

Take a visit over for some great ideas or we would love for you to link up your own calendula related posts. Link up will be running until the end of the month (April 2015). Visit here for inspiration and/or to see the newest additions!


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! 

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Make Your Own Handkerchiefs {DIY} ~ A Tiggy-winkle Tutorial

"Once upon a time there was a little girl called Lucie, who lived at a farm called Little-town. She was a good little girl—only she was always losing her pocket-handkerchiefs!"

Poor Little Lucie! Always in the habit of losing her precious handkerchiefs! What was to be done if they were not recovered? Mrs. Tiggy-winkle suggests that she should learn to make her own. What a resourceful little hedgehog homemaker she is!

Small handiwork projects are wonderful for the young ladies in your life (and you!). My daughter likes to keep something in her energetic hands as I do our homeschool read-alouds. Making up these little hankies are a fun way to prepare something productive while learning new skills (she made the one in the picture, though not perfect, she is getting better each time).

To begin, it helps to have a pattern book for transfers. I like the Dover Transfer Little Books since they have smaller designs that are perfect for small projects like handkerchiefs or decorative table runners. They are only a few dollars and you get quite a bit of designs. Just iron them to your fabric and the little hands are ready to work with the needle! For this project, we used the Small Flowers book.

The other supplies you will need are a square piece of cotton (ours was a generous 14 by 14 inches) which you will need to hem. You will also need an embroidery hoop, embroidery floss and embroidery needles (these can all be found at your local craft store). The simple stem stitch is really all that is necessary for a beginner project to outline a flower (directions for this stitch is shared below). For convenience, you can also use a plain handkerchief, iron on your design and begin embroidering.

"The first stitch which is taught to a beginner is the “stem stitch”. It is most useful in work done in the hand, and especially in outlines of flowers, unshaded leaves, and arabesque, and all conventional designs.


"It may be best described as a long stitch forward on the surface, and a shorter one backward on the under side of the fabric, the stitches following each other almost in line from left to right... A leaf worked in outline should be begun at the lower or stalk end, and worked round the right side to the top, taking care that the needle is to the left of the thread as it is drawn out. When the point of the leaf is reached, it is best to reverse the operation in working down the left side towards the stalk again, so as to keep the needle to the right of the thread instead of to the left, as in going up."

Handiwork and handkerchiefs are both becoming a lost art and it is something I wish to preserve in our home. I think they also make a wonderful handmade gift! These can easily be sent with an encouraging letter in the mail. We use our decorative hankies to cover our ferments for a prettier look in the kitchen. We also use them as dresser scarfs and doilies to place under vases of flower and such. Of course, the traditional use of the hankie is also appreciated. Do you utilize handkerchiefs in your home? What do you use them for? You may also be interested in making your own spray starch (another Tiggy-winkle Tutorial). For more Beatrix Potter inspired projects, visit here.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

How to Make Your Own Lunch Meat {Deli Meat, Like Salami}

"She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household,
and a portion to her maidens."
~ Proverbs 31:15

Because we butchered our Hereford last winter, we are blessed with a freezer full of home-grown, grass fed beef. One of our favorite recipes to make with our ground beef is this lunch meat! I love to have this on hand for family road trips, field trips and last minute lunches.

This is so easy to make! Simply add to your mixer, the following ingredients:
  • 4 pounds of ground beef (I am sure you can substitute other meats. We have also tried ground goat meat and that worked well too.)
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. mustard seed
  • 5 tbsp curing salt (see below for more information on the salt for this project)
  • 4 tsp. sugar
  • 3 tsp. Liquid Smoke

Mix for 5 minutes on speed one.

Almost done!

Next, shape into 4 rolls/logs on individual foil sheets. You can also insert a piece of parchment paper between the foil and the meat if you would like (this is healthier to avoid the aluminum but I didn't have any on hand at the time).

Make sure that the shiny side of the foil is "touching" the meat if you are not using the parchment paper.

Seal up the meat in the foil and punch holes on the bottom side of each log with a fork – about 5 fork punches. Place lunch meat logs on a cooling rack and place it on top of a cookie sheet (with the fork holes facing down). Refrigerate for 24 hours.  

Once the proper time has elapsed, bake on the aforementioned rack with the cookie sheet underneath for 1 ½ hours at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  The reason for this is to allow the fat to drip out from the meat and into the tray while baking. Let cool and enjoy! These also freeze very well.

Enjoy on sandwiches or with a cracker and cheese!

I realize some people have a concern for using sodium nitrate (curing salt) but with the amount of deli meat we consume (about 8 pounds a year for our family), this isn't something I worry about. However, you may want to visit this post for more information. I have also seen some recipes using Himalayan pink salt. As I am not trained in the science behind the salts, I am sharing the tried and true recipe that has been passed down to me in my family. If you have more information on the safety of switching to a different preserving agent on a recipe like this, I would love for you to comment!

***Update*** After I posted this article, I decided to email Carole Cancler (who has a BS in Food Science and Nutrition), author of the Home Preserving Bible (a favorite resource of mine), for her insight on this topic. She was so very helpful (thank you Carole!)! Please read her response below regarding the usage of different salts in a recipe like ours.

"Even though this recipe uses curing salt, this recipe isn’t a preserving method, rather a flavoring method. Therefore, you can substitute any salt you like (or no salt or a salt substitute product). However, non-curing salt, i.e. salt without nitrates/nitrites will produce a very different product. It will be like meatloaf or sausage (or rather it will *be* meatloaf or sausage), with a gray/brown color and “meat” flavor. If what you truly desire is the sweet flavor and pink color of “cured” meat, you may be disappointed if you substitute the curing salt with another non-curing salt.

When we talk about curing meats today, there are two basic processes. There is an explanation at the beginning of Chapter 5, which I’ll summarize here.

The modern method is a flavoring, rather than a preserving method. Modern cured meat products create a product that still requires refrigeration and is relatively perishable…perhaps lasting only a few days in the refrigerator after the package is opened. But it does have the pink color and flavor changes associated with traditionally cured meats.

Traditional curing produces a dried meat product that uses “cure” (nitrates/nitrites) to control spoilage during the preserving process. Traditionally cured meats go through a much longer (several weeks) and very carefully controlled (temperature and humidity) process that removes the moisture from the meat and produces a shelf stable meat product—some examples include Virginia ham, Italian Prosciutto di Parma and dry-cured sausages, and Chinese “lap cheong”. Some of these products use nitrites and some do not. In the ones that do not use nitrites, similar color and flavor changes occur due to the long, slow, controlled aging process. Hope this helps!"

~ Carole Cancler, Author of The Home Preserving Bible

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