Monday, May 22, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 158


"You always gave your husband a happy home. He had always a smiling wife to welcome him when he came from his teaching, and a room decked out as neat as a noble's, flowers in the window, and a nicely cooked dinner on a tablecloth white as snow..."
~ The Silver Keys by A.L.O.E. (1879, Ned Frank Series)
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!


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

DIY Easy Shabby Cottage Tea Napkins Using Flour Sack Towels ~ A Pie and the Patty-Pan Project


"Then she spread a very clean white table-cloth, and set out her best china tea-set, which she took out of a wall-cupboard near the fireplace. The tea-cups were white with a pattern of pink roses; and the dinner-plates were white and blue."


It is confession time... You see dear reader, Ribby and I have something in common! We are not very good nor very patient seamstresses. Yet she still needs the proper pieces to set a pretty tea table (and so do I for that matter)! She was after all, a respectable and feminine sort of feline! When she prepares a sewing project, it is always very simple (some samples are here). No measuring and no fuss is her mantra. And thus, we are brought to our tutorial today for an easy set of "shabby cottage style" tea napkins using a farmhouse classic -- flour sack towels! 


Simple Supply List:
  • flour sack towels (1 towel will make 4 tea napkins) (make sure they are square shaped)
  • lace (or other decorative edging such as ribbon, rick-rack, etc., mine came from grandmother)
  • scissors
  • sewing pins
  • sewing machine (or needle and thread)

Simple Step-by-Step Directions:

1. Fold flour sack towel in half. Snip at the half-way point.

2. Tear towel in half using the snip you made. Fold the remaining two pieces in half. Snip at half-way point and tear towel in half one more time. 

3. You should now have four square pieces of the same size.

4. Fold fabric down on the two raw sides (the same width as your lace) and press down with iron. Real seamstresses would miter the corners but we have already established that this isn't the case with Ribby and I. Do as you choose she says.


5. Fold the hems you made one more time over and iron down once again. Pin in place.

6. Place the lace along one side of the napkin and snip to size (making sure to allow a quarter-inch or so overage on each side). Tuck the lace into the hem or fold under itself to finish it neatly. Pin lace in place.

7. Sew the lace and the remaining hem down at the edges. I sewed down two lines on each side to keep it in place using a jagged-like design. 

8. Your napkin is finished! Just iron it for a final touch if you like.


What makes this little sewing project easy is that you don't need to measure. It is an "eye-ball it" project which allows for a few little flaws under the name of "shabby". Also, there are only two sides to hem on each napkin which is a time-saver. 


I really like the look of the flour sack towels. To me, they have a sort of shabby chic feeling to them. After the wash when they are a bit crumpled, it will just add to the style. 


Another nice feature to Ribby's tutorial is that 3 flour sack towels will make a dozen napkins. That isn't too "shabby" either...


Thank you for taking the time to call! Other posts shared thus far in the "patty-pan" spring series include a printable coloring bookprintable gift tagsprintable recipe sheets, a pie and the patty-pan pantry pie crust mix kit and quaint cottage homemaking musings and music. Have a lovely weekend!
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Monday, May 15, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 157


"O wondrous power! how little understood,
Intrusted to the mother's mind alone,
To fashion genius-to form the soul for good."
~ Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale (Editress of Godey's Magazine, 1788-1879)
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!

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for a few of our features this week:


Excellent Wife: Keeping Your Head Above Water by Finding Joy in the Everyday


How to Stabilize Whipped Cream by Olla-Podrida


Vintage Spoon Display Repurposed Herb Drying Rack by My Thrift Store Addiction

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Banana Crazy Cake (No Butter, Eggs, Milk or Mess) ~ Inspired by the Depression Era Recipe (aka Wacky Cake) w/ GF Option


"We make our own cakes, in a great measure, therefore let us look to it, my brethren, that they are mixed according to the best receipt, baked in a well regulated oven, and gratefully eaten with a temperate appetite.”
~ Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Girl

I am still on my mission and am here to share the second recipe developed for my personal "pantry cookbook" which I am including in my Proverbs 31 Preparedness Binder! No butter, eggs or milk is required in this easiest ever recipe. We also share the gluten-free alternative so you can have your cake and eat it too! It is inspired by the famous Great Depression "wacky" cake recipe. This cake is so moist and best of all, it is very frugal and a great way to use up aged bananas!


Ingredients:
  • 3 c. flour (or gluten-free flour blend)
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar (you may be able to get away with 1 1/4 c. if you want to reduce your sugar intake)
  • 2 tsp. baking soda (3 tsp. if using gluten-free flour blend)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Approx. 3 - 4 over-ripe bananas
  • 1/2 c. + 1 tbsp. oil (we use sunflower)
  • 1/2 c. cold water
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar (use apple cider vinegar for gluten-free cake)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in an "un-greased" 9 by 13 inch pan.

Gently stir the dry ingredients inside the pan until they are somewhat blended.



Puree or finely mash together (in a separate bowl) the bananas and water (I used our Nutribullet for quick work).


Add the banana and water mixture, the oil and the vinegar to the pan. Stir the batter directly in the pan until combined. 


Make sure the batter is even and smooth across the top when you are finished mixing it.


Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 - 35 minutes (it is finished when a toothpick inserted inside the center comes out clean). 

The banana cake will be quite golden brown when finished but nice and moist on the inside!

Cool on a wire rack before serving and/or frosting. 



Now is the hard part! I immediately felt that banana cake required a cream cheese frosting (yes, I know, this no longer makes it dairy-free or frugal) while the frosting connoisseur (my daughter) was adamant that it required chocolate. Such tumult in the home! :) Because she offered to prepare the frosting, she won. And I must say she may be on to something... What do you think? If I had a choice, I would probably have a piece of each!

You will find our printable recipe HERE . 
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Monday, May 8, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 156


“Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea!” 
~ Agatha Christie

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!


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on a few of our features from last week's link up:


"The Love of Home" Free Stitchery Pattern by Jenny of Elefantz


From Old Frame to Decorative Tray by Find It, Fix It or Build It




Mocha Muffins by Courtney's Cookbook

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Old Fashioned Pantry Pie Crust Mix (No Butter, Eggs or Milk) ~ A Patty-Pan Printable Recipe Kit


"I am baking it in a pie-dish— a pie-dish with a pink rim.
You never tasted anything so good!"


Welcome to another edition of Fun Friday with Beatrix Potter featuring The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan! Today I wanted to share an old fashioned recipe from dear Ribby! It is an oil crust pastry which is made from ingredients found exclusively in the pantry. I believe she got it from her great-grandmother who used this easy, frugal recipe during the Depression Era. 


"But she thought a great deal about Ribby's pie,
and she read Ribby's letter over and over again."

Dear Ribby liked to make things convenient and places a few jars of make-ahead crust mixes in her pantry. She noticed that if half of the work was done (and it only took minutes!), it made the pie-making process so very simple and she was apt to make more of them for her loved ones! You can fill them up with so many different foods and you have an instant feast when served inside a pastry shell! For meal making inspiration, there is the classic chicken pot pies and quiches. For desserts, the sky is the limit with peaches, apples, pumpkins, you name it!
It is especially easy with Ribby's printable recipe kit which includes the directions, jar labels and instruction labels. This is such a fun way to fill your pantry shelves! She told me she enjoys preparing these little projects. What an industrious feline after my own heart!


"She peeped again into the bottom oven,
the pie had become a lovely brown,
and it was steaming hot."

To Make the Mix:

Place inside a pint-sized jar the following ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour *
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 1 tbsp. sugar (reduce the sugar by half when serving a savory dish)

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 following directions to the mix. In order to be an ink saver, when the mix is used up, simply wipe out the jar with a clean towel and place it back in the pantry until ready to refill again (so as not to disturb the labels).

* We have made this with a gluten-free flour blend but the dough is harder to handle and breaks easy. I end up pressing it directly into the pie plate once it is somewhat rolled out.


"When she came back, she peeped into the bottom oven;
the pie looked very comfortable."


"Such lovely pie-crust; and I put in a little tin patty-pan to hold up the crust;
and I made a hole in the middle with a fork to let out the steam..."

To Make the Pie:

1. Place the dry ingredients (or the mix-in-a-jar) in a mixing bowl and stir (Ribby prefers using a wooden spoon).

2. Add 1/2 c. oil. Mix again with the spoon until it looks almost mixed in (like fig. 2 above).

3. Add 1/4 c. water and knead until just blended in (Ribby uses her paws hands). Shape dough into disc. 

4. Roll out your dough into a circle shape by placing the disc between two sheets of plastic wrap.

5. Remove top plastic sheet, invert the dough into the pie pan (as pictured) and fit the crust snugly inside. Remove other top piece of plastic wrap and crimp your edges. Your pie is ready to fill!


This recipe works well with "baked and filled" pies such as apple, peach and pumpkin. If making it for cream pies or fresh fruit pies, since the dough is softer, it will puff up in the bottom if baking unfilled. However, you can remedy that somewhat by poking holes in the bottom of the crust with a fork prior to baking it and also by filling the shell with pie weights during the baking process.

Final Notes:

This recipe is for one crust.

To make a double crusted pie mix -- double the ingredients and place them in a quart jar.

Depending on the sugar amount you use in the mix, you may wish to write down either "savory" or "sweet" on the lid.

You will find the Patty-Pan Printable Recipe Kit HERE.


Thank you for taking the time to visit! Other posts shared thus far in the "patty-pan" spring series include a printable coloring bookprintable gift tags, printable recipe sheets and quaint cottage homemaking musings and music. Have a lovely weekend!
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