Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Make Your Own Mix-in-a-Jar Kits ~ Prepare Your Own Pantry


"In the house of the wise are stores of choice food..."
~ Proverbs 21:20a

As we try to avoid processed, pre-packed foods, I noticed that our pantry was becoming more and more intimidating come meal time! Everything needed to be made from scratch and it was daunting on those exhausting days that every homemaker has. By preparing dozens and dozens of your favorite foods in jars, you now have a convenient inventory of goods to serve your family in seconds! Here are some of our favorite mix-in-a-jar recipes. They all include the printable recipe kit which makes it easy (jar labels + instruction labels).



















Just a little reminder... When making up pantry mixes, here are a few ways to avoid mess and waste:
  • Because you are using "dry" ingredients, simply wipe off the measuring spoons and measuring cups you used to make the mixes and immediately 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 (you can also print using the "draft" version), 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 the jars with fresh ingredients. This way you save on ink and the "cut and paste" time for each batch.
  • When making up the mixes, I timed myself on each jar (without rushing, I promise) and it came out to approx. 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.


Happy pantry building!

P.S. This post has been pre-scheduled as I am out of the country (visiting my precious far away family) until Septemberish. Though I won't be able to reply, I would still love to hear from you in the comment section if you care to share! Happy summer and/or winter (to those in the southern hemisphere)! Love, JES
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Monday, August 28, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 172


“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
~ C.S. Lewis
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!

* I am sorry, no features this week, we are visiting far away family *


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work ~ Round Up


"For there is a great satisfaction in work well done,
the thrill of success in a task accomplished."
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder, On Wisdom & Virtues

Enclosed is a round up of articles on our series of  "The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work". I know that I am in constant need of reminders and inspiration and I hope some of these essays from our archives will be an encouragement to you! 


The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work ~ Part 1: The Sweet Satisfaction (Mental Well-Being)


The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work ~ Part 2:  The Sweat Satisfaction (Physical Well-Being)


The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work ~ Part 3: The Sweetness of $aving (Financial Well-Being)


The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work ~ Part 4: The Spiritual Strengthening (Spiritual Well-Being)


The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work ~ Part 5: Balancing the Blessings (Overall Well-Being)


"We have been, for so long, thinking of labor as a curse upon man that, because of our persistently thinking of it as such, it has very nearly become so.

There always has been a great deal of misplaced pity for Adam because of his sentence to hard labor for life when really that was all that saved him after he was deported from paradise, and is the only thing that has kept his descendants as safe and sane even as they are.

There is nothing wrong with God's plan that man should earn his bread by the seat of his brow. The wrong is in our own position only. In trying to shirk while we "let George do it," we bring upon ourselves our own punishment; for in the attitude we take toward our work, we make of it a burden instead of the blessing it might be.

Work is like other good things in that it should not be indulged in to excess, but a reasonable amount that is of value to one's self and to the world , as is any honest, well-directed labor, need never descend into drudgery.

It is a tonic and an inspiration and a reward unto itself. For the sweetness of life lies in usefulness like honey deep in the heart of a clover bloom."
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder, On Wisdom & Virtues

“Yes,” she said, hopefully, “I know you will succeed, for the best thing a man can have, is work with a purpose in it, and the will to do it heartily.”
~ Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Girl


“The LORD will open to you his good treasury,
the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season
and to bless all the work of your hands.”
~Deuteronomy 28:12
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Monday, August 21, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 171


"And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing."
~ 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
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!

* I am sorry, no features this week, we are visiting far away family *


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Titus-2 Homemaking Encouragement Inspired by Louisa M. Alcott


"Mother went to see Uncle S. J. May, and I was house-keeper. Gave my mind to it so energetically that I dreamed dip-toast, talked apple-sauce, thought pies, and wept drop-cakes..."
~ Louisa May Alcott, Her Life, Letters, and Journals

Growing up in a home teaming with intellectual writers, philosophers, naturalists and poets, you may think that homemaking was the last thing on the mind of Louisa May Alcott. But "au contraire", her writing shows it was an important part of her life. Today we highlight five Titus-2 encouragements which are inspired by the nourishing novels of Ms. Alcott that will help you to love your home!


1. Be Serious About Homemaking

"Housekeeping ain't no joke..."
~ Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

I have heard some say, "I am just a housewife" but that is not so if we put our whole heart into it! If we are serious about homemaking, it becomes a noble career. Be interested in all the little details around you. One way to become a serious homemaker is to read books on the subject! My favorite "professional" homemaking book is Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House (Interestingly enough, it is written by a woman lawyer who had such a love for the nuts and bolts of homemaking that she wrote a thorough book on the subject! She too thought that "housekeeping ain't no joke!").

There is nothing like knowledge to show you are serious about your "work". Learn the proper order of things, the right way to clean, how to wisely maintain what you have and so forth. Make out old fashioned ledgers and record your household budget. Prepare meal plans, seasonal homemaking lists and chore charts. Organize your household and do monthly maintenances if you have the time. Ask other women how they do things and see if you can fine-tune your household, your finances, your systems. Talk to your mother, grandmother or other older women in your life about what they have learned along the way and glean their wisdom. You will be taken seriously once you seriously love what you do and investing your time and energy is the best way to show your devotion. 

"That they (the aged women) may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home..."
~ Titus 2:4-5


2. Housekeeping is an Accomplishment

“Well, now there is a very excellent, necessary, and womanly accomplishment that my girl should not be without, for it is a help to rich and poor, and the comfort of families depends upon it. This fine talent is neglected nowadays and considered old-fashioned, which is a sad mistake and one that I don't mean to make in bringing up my girl. It should be part of every girl's eductation, and I know of a most accomplished lady who will teach you in the best and pleasantest manner."

"Oh, what is it?" cried Rose eagerly, charmed to be met in this helpful and cordial way.

"Housekeeping!" answered Dr. Alec.

“Is that an accomplishment?” asked Rose, while her face fell, for she had indulged in all sorts of vague, delightful dreams.

“Yes; it is one of the most beautiful as well as useful of all the arts a woman can learn. Not so romantic, perhaps, as singing, painting, writing, or teaching, even; but one that makes many happy and comfortable, and home the sweetest place in the world. Yes, you may open your big eyes; but it is a fact that I had rather see you a good housekeeper than the greatest belle in the city. It need not interfere with any talent you may possess, but it is a necessary part of your training.”

“Who is the lady?” asked Rose, rather impressed by her uncle’s earnest speech.

“Aunt Plenty.”

“Is she accomplished?” began Rose in a wondering tone, for this great-aunt of hers had seemed the least cultivated of them all.

“In the good old-fashioned way she is very accomplished, and has made this house a happy home to us all, ever since we can remember. She is not elegant, but genuinely good, and so beloved and respected that there will be universal mourning for her when her place is empty. No one can fill it, for the solid, homely virtues of the dear soul have gone out of fashion, as I say, and nothing new can be half so satisfactory, to me at least.”

Let her teach you how to be what she has been a skillful, frugal, cheerful housewife; the maker and the keeper of a happy home, and by and by you will see what a valuable lesson it is.”
~ Louisa May Alcott, Eight Cousins

I have met various women (many of whom were college graduates) that were taught many interesting things in their early education. Sadly, homemaking was not one of them and the poor souls struggle desperately to keep their household in order. Ironically, many of these same women are no longer in the professional work force and the one career they didn't train for was where they ended up -- in the home! The same women that can nurse patients in the sick ward, run the finances of a large corporation and teach multiple children in the classroom, may not know how to run an efficient home. What this shows is that housekeeping is certainly an accomplishment! Don't let anyone tell you different.

"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."
~ Proverbs 31:27-31


3. Housework is Healing

“Things worry me sometimes, but I just catch up a broom and sweep, or wash hard, or walk, or go at something with all my might, and I usually find that by the time I get through the worry is gone, or I’ve got courage enough to bear it without grumbling,” answered Polly, cutting the brown loaf energetically.

“I can’t do those things, you know; there’s no need of it, and I don’t think they’d cure my worrying,” said Fanny, languidly feeding Ashputtel, who sat decorously beside her, at the table, winking at the cream pot.

“A little poverty would do you good, Fan; just enough necessity to keep you busy till you find how good work is; and when you once learn that, you won’t complain of ennui any more,” returned Polly, who had taken kindly the hard lesson which twenty years of cheerful poverty had taught her."

~ Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Girl

“Go on with your work as usual, for work is a blessed solace.” 
~ Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Ever since the fall, mankind has been given the responsibility of work to the sweat of our brow. This can be viewed as a negative experience or a positive one if you choose it to be. When we are faced with excess anxiety and stress, we can be like loaded cannons! What better place to divert that negative energy than into some old fashioned labor. By the time the floors have been scrubbed, the dishes have been washed and the house is sparkling and tidy, you can reflect at that moment that you do feel just a bit better! The nerves have been spent on something positive. A smile is now most likely to be given to those in the household instead of bottled up anger or wrath. Keeping busy can help us to rule our emotions! Housework can be healing.

"The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute."
~ Proverbs 12:24


4.  Housework is "Good"

"She smiled, said nothing, and with Hannah's help did their neglected work, keeping home pleasant and the domestic machinery running smoothly. It was astonishing what a peculiar and uncomfortable state of things was produced by the `resting and reveling' process. The days kept getting longer and longer, the weather was unusually variable and so were tempers, and unsettled feeling possessed everyone, and Satan found plenty of mischief for the idle hands to do."
~ Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

As the old adage goes, "idle time is the devil's workshop". With the modern day lifestyle, we are all set up for this ungodly craft. Though we stay at home, we can still keep busy in the laziest of ways. Social networking can be the biggest web to catch its prey. Instead of "keeping the home", we can spend our time tearing it down by focusing on the latest "news", learning gossip on you-know-who's FB page and/or browsing blogs of carefree lifestyles and wishing ours wasn't so burdened. Scripture warns us of slothful behavior. It all leads down a dark and dreary path. Old fashioned housework in the home cultivates a clean temple. When spending the time to love and raise our children, make healthy and nourishing meals, keep the house clean for when hubby enters at the end of a long day or when we decorate our little cottages with delight, we will be less likely to cause that spiritual mischief! Yes dear ladies, housework is a good thing.

"And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully."
~ 1 Timothy 5:13-14


5. Homemaking Can Make You Happy

"Very busy and very happy were Rose’s days now, for in the morning she went about the house with Aunt Plenty attending to linen-closets and store-rooms, pickling and preserving, exploring garret and cellar to see that all was right, and learning, in the good old-fashioned manner, to look well after the ways of the household. In the afternoon, after her walk or drive, she sat with Aunt Peace plying her needle, while Aunt Plenty, whose eyes were failing, knitted and chatted briskly, telling many a pleasant story of old times, till the three were moved to laugh and cry together, for the busy needles were embroidering all sorts of bright patterns on the lives of the workers, though they seemed to be only stitching cotton and darning hose. It was a pretty sight to see the rosy-faced little maid sitting between the two old ladies, listening dutifully to their instructions, and cheering the lessons with her lively chatter and blithe laugh."
~ Louisa May Alcott, Eight Cousins

There is something so nourishing and noble in the making of a home! All of our senses are occupied in the matter when we truly love to follow the inspired urging to "keep the home". Here our creativity flourishes and our talents are magnified. There is such a variety in our life! The Almighty was generous to make seasons so each part of our lifestyle has a monthly rhythm. In the spring, we are preparing the earth and planting, airing out the linens, cleaning up the cobwebs. In the summer, we are harvesting, preserving and enjoying the warm days with BBQs and ice cream! In the autumn, we have a slower pace but a beautiful canvas to enjoy of falling leaves and plenty of apple and pumpkin treats. In the winter, we hibernate in our cozy homes like little cubs. We light the fireplace, bring out hot mugs of chocolate and read nourishing novels together. In between it all, we can be our best. If you love numbers, you are coordinating your finances, if you love art, you are embellishing your home, if you love nesting, you are building up your pantry and preparing all sorts of projects to make your home run smoothly. There is delight for all parts of us in the home and it can make you very happy if you realize you have much to offer it!

"Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls."
~ Jeremiah 6:16


Thank you for joining us in the homemaking world of Louisa May Alcott! If you enjoyed this article, you may also be interested in Titus 2 Homemaking Lessons Inspired by Jane Austen and Frugal Homemaking Lessons from The Great Depression Inspired by Janette Oke. We will be sharing more in this inspirational literary series shortly. In the meantime, I leave you with a few more encouraging words by Ms. Alcott...


"The homeliest tasks get beautiful if loving hands do them."
~ Louisa May Alcott

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Monday, August 14, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 170


"Much of the character of everyman may be read in his house."
~ John Ruskin
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!

* I am sorry, no features this week, we are visiting far away family *


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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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

About Peppermint {Information, Recipes, DIY's} ~ Herbal Link Up


"This easy-to-grow plant is excellent to keep on hand not just for its ability to soothe an upset stomach, but also for its usefulness in relieving sinus, nasal, and chest congestion during cold and flu season. When applied externally, say in a poultice, compress, or herbal bath, it’s fabulous for soothing sore or tired post-workout muscles and relieving pain from minor sprains and strains. Buy it in everything from seed to tea to essential oil."
**Please note that this is a special edition link up we are running which is separate from our regular weekly link up, The Art of Home-Making Mondays.** Learning from other women about herbs is something that really interests me and here is the place where I would love for you to share!

This summer, please link up all of your articles (past & present) which pertain to the herb:

~ PEPPERMINT {MENTHA PIPERITA} ~

This can include herbal recipes and remedies, informative articles, how to grow peppermint, bath and body recipes, culinary recipes and preserving with peppermint. Our link up will be running until the end of September - 2017 in order to collect a sizable archive of peppermint information. {Please understand that all posts which do not pertain to the peppermint plant will be deleted in order to maintain the goal of this post.} Thank you for joining us!

This post is a part of our Create Your Own Home Pharmacy Series.

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