Monday, July 28, 2014

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #11


"I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.... I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby."
~ Nancie J. Carmody

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. Homemaking, homeschooling 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, etc).~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!

*This week we are sharing OUR FAVORITE FIVE posts from last week *



Rita's Roses by Poppy (Poppy View)


Teaching Self Control by Jo (Finding Joy in the Every Day)


Sunflowers by Penny (Penny's Vintage Home)


Why We Homeschool by Laura (Harvest Lane Cottage)


* And the #1 VIEWED POST From Last Week*

Embroidered Cushion and Why I Love Being Home by Kelly-Anne (Beautiful Girlhood)


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! It would also be nice to leave an encouraging comment for at least one person who has linked up (tell them "hi" from me :)

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Friday, July 25, 2014

How to Make Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream {with Essential Oils}


"I have never tasted ice cream.
Diana tried to explain what it was like,
but I guess ice cream is one of those things that are beyond imagination."

This mint chocolate chip ice cream is tied for first place in the world of ice cream for our family (I will share our other favorite flavor on another day). It is so deliciously refreshing that it makes the perfect summer splurge! Allow me to share and keep in mind that good quality ingredients are essential...


Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
  • 2 large eggs (make sure they are fresh)
  • ¾ cup of sugar (we used organic)
  • 2 cups of heavy cream (or whipping cream)
  • 1 cup of milk (we prefer raw)
  • 3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil (we use doTERRA since it is safe to consume and not all essential oils are)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or 1/2 cup chopped semi-sweet/dark chocolate bar or 1/2 cup chopped mint dark chocolate bar (which is what we used) or 1/2 cup chopped Andes mints
Whisk eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, add in the sugar, a little at a time until completely blended in. Whisk another minute and add in your cream and milk. Stir these ingredients together until completely blended in. Transfer mixture to your ice cream maker and prepare according to manufacturers directions. Half way through the ice cream making process, very carefully add your peppermint essential oil (you only need about 3-4 drops per quart, according to taste). During the last five minutes of ice cream making, add in your chocolate of choice.


Yield: This makes approx. 1 quart of ice cream. You can safely double the recipe if you are using a 2 quart ice cream maker. In fact, I always recommend it!

"And we had ice cream.
Words fail me to described that ice cream.
Marilla, I assure you it was sublime."



Our printable recipe is shared below for your recipe book. Simply download from the menu link below, save and print (if you have any problems printing this, you can email me and I will send you a PDF file). You may also be interested in our Favorite {No Cook, Raw} Vanilla Ice Cream ~ 4 Variations Recipe.



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Make Your Own Lavender Infused Medicinal Oil


"An age-old remedy for calming and soothing the nerves, improving mood and relaxing muscles, beautifully scented lavender and its essential oil are commonly used for inducing a restful sleep, relieving depression and anxiety and for other disorders relating to a nervous or tense state..."

If you have lots of lavender, something useful, easy and fun to make is a medicinal oil. You can rub it into tense shoulders to relax those taxed nerves. You can massage it onto tired feet to sooth the "soul" after a long day. This lavender infused oil can also be used as a base for handmade lotions, creams, balms and salves.



Not only is the scent intoxicating, lavender is also very calming, stress-relieving, mood enhancing, is antibacterial, anti-fungal, an antiseptic, disinfectant, antispasmodic, pain reliever, burn healer and more. The Almighty packed a lot of healing power into lavender making it my all time favorite plant, herb and flower! 


To prepare your medicinal oil, simply gather your lavender flowers (fresh or dried) (if using fresh flowers, fresh-wilt them first as shared below) and place them in a clean jar. Cover flowers by at least 1-2 inches with olive oil (or coconut oil would be divine) and place lid on tightly. These oils were chosen for their longer shelf life and medicinal properties. Let mixture steep in a sunny spot for 2 - 3 weeks. This is called a solar infusion.

"When I make oils from fresh herbs, before adding the herbs to the oil, I usually freshwilt them: I place them on a basket or screen in a single layer, in a warm area out of direct sunlight, and let them wilt for several hours. They’re ready when they look limp. Fresh wilting allows some of the moisture to evaporate, so there’s less chance of spoilage."


When the time is up, strain the solids through a fine cheesecloth or a piece of thin cotton/muslin to remove all particles. Pour the finished product into a clean, dry jar or bottle (we just reused the brown glass bottle the olive oil came in) and label with the date. Store oil in a cool, dark area (like your pantry) for up to 12 months (or until oil seems "off").

Note: If you notice condensation on the inside of your lid, wipe with a clean and dry cloth immediately (your herbs may have had too much moisture in them when preparing this).


To make this infusion double strength, add another batch of lavender flowers to your finished oil and repeat the process one more time. Or, you can simply add 10 drops of lavender essential oil to every cup of your infused oil to give it a stronger potency (and a longer shelf life).


We will be sharing more ways to use this lavender infused oil in the future so be sure to follow along! In the meantime, here are some other ideas of what you can do with all your lavender; dry lavender (and how to use)lavender infused cleaning productslavender scented carpet deodorizerlavender bath salts and how to prepare free lavender plants using cuttings from your existing plants. For other herbal inspired projects, you may be interested in Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide which has been a wonderful resource for our family.


Our lavender label is shared above if you would like to use it. Simply right click on the image and save. You may also like to print a copy of this recipe to place in your herbal (printable shared below)!



Monday, July 21, 2014

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #10

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
~ 1 Corinthians 15:58

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. Homemaking, homeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up what is in your heart and home this week 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, etc).~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!

*This week we are sharing the Top 3 VIEWED posts from last week *

A Walk Through My Kitchen by Tracy at Our Simple Life




Style From God's Closet by Pamela at A Sheltering Tree


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! It would also be nice to leave an encouraging comment for at least one person who has linked up (tell them "hi" from me :)

Please copy the button below (html code is in box below it) and share on your blog post or side-bar so others can come and join in the link up as well!
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Seasons at Home Magazine ~ Scrumptious Summer Reading


“Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.”
~ Louisa May Alcott

When I was younger, I used to subscribe to at least ten magazines. I loved to flip through the pages during my 3 o'clock tea or at night to unwind before bed. We aren't a television family so magazines were such a treat. Unfortunately, I noticed that the content wasn't as acceptable to me as it used to be. My lifestyle was different, my budget was different, my goals were definitely different and I could no longer relate to the words that they printed. I unsubscribed to all of them. And then, a few years ago, a friend introduced me to Seasons at Home magazine and I was in love again.


These are magazines for the "keeper at home". They are beautiful, lovely, inspiring, creative and godly! Call me old fashioned, but I love to hold the glossy pages in my hands (that is something that the computer can never replace for me), to breathe in the subtle smell of ink and slowly savor every pretty picture.


Included are many simple sewing projects and handiwork crafts. They share tasty looking recipes (even desserts) that include whole grain flours. Each issue also features a wood-working project for fathers and sons and homemaking projects for mothers and daughters. It is truly a family friendly publication!


Seasons at Home also features homeschooling encouragement such as unit study ideas, themed tea party inspiration and many other fun activities to do with your children.

The best part about this printed magazine is that my family can safely peruse the pages without having to surf through potential filth on the internet. That is something the world wide web can never offer, completely clean content.


The sad part is that they won't be printing anymore issues! The good news is that you can still enjoy their back-issues while supplies last (currently on sale for $5 per magazine). I own them all and keep them in a safe spot as they are very dear to me. So, if you are a magazine gal like myself, I wanted to introduce Seasons at Home to you. You may even come across an article in the winter issue by an old-fashioned soul named JES...



Note: I do receive a small commission fee if anyone purchases through our Seasons at Home Magazine Subscription link (at no additional cost to you).


This post may be shared with some or all of the following link-ups: The Art of Home-Making MondaysModest Mom Monday'sHomestead Barn HopMonday's MusingsMarriage MondayTitus 2sdaysTitus 2 TuesdaysRaising HomemakersMake Bake CreateWise Woman Link UpChristian Homemaking, Wow Us Wednesdays, Wildcrafting WednesdayThe ScoopSo Much at HomeHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeHearts for Home ThursdaysGrowing in Grace ThursdaysHome Acre HopFrom the Farm Blog HopFarmgirl FridayFront Porch Friday Blog HopSimple Meals FridayCultivate Nourishing and Clever Chicks Blog Hop. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these.

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