Monday, April 24, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 154


“That is one good thing about this world...
there are always sure to be more springs.” 
~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
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!


Please visit and leave some "comment love"
on a few of our features from last week's link up:


Beautiful Inexpensive Fabric (Repurposed) by The Bluebirds are Nesting

What beauty we can create with our own hands and some repurposed linens!



I love that she shopped from her own home for most of the "remodel" items!

And finally,


Give Your Kids the Best Things in Life by Telling Them No by Medium Sized Family

I think this is a must read for the latest "gimme" culture!

And yes, I am a "no" mom...

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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! 

**Please also note that the posts shared on this link up from other bloggers do not necessarily reflect my own personal views or opinions (meaning 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, April 19, 2017

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


"Vegetables are a must on a diet.
I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie."
~ Jim Davis

I hope you enjoy this first recipe I developed for a spring carrot cake for my pantry cookbook. It is inspired by the famous Great Depression "wacky" cake recipe and my desire to be able to cook strictly from basic food storage as a part of our preparedness series (remember I had challenged myself here)! This particular creation belongs to the "spring garden" pantry chapter as it includes ingredients exclusively from the pantry and garden. No refrigerated items required. It is so moist-- you will be amazed at how delicious an inexpensive recipe like this can be! Plus, there is less mess as this cake is made straight in the pan!

When would you make this recipe?

When you run out of eggs...
When you run out of butter...
When you run out of milk...
When you are serving a vegan, when you are serving someone with dairy allergies, when you need a no-fail and frugal dessert recipe, when all you have is what is in the pantry and garden, when you crave carrot cake...


Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 c. + 2 tbsp. flour  (all purpose or gluten-free flour blend)
  • 3/4 c. white sugar
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon *
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg *
  • 1 pinch of cloves *
  • 1 tsp. baking soda (use 1 1/2 tsp. is using gluten-free flour blend)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
Wet Ingredients:
  • 5 tbsp. vegetable oil (we use sunflower)
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar (use apple cider vinegar for gluten-free version)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded carrots
***Note: If you don't have the individual spices, try replacing the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves with 1 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8 by 8 inch square baking pan.

Measure out and stir all the dry ingredients together in your prepared baking pan.



Make three wells in the baking pan (making sure one is large enough to contain the oil).



Pour the oil into the largest well and the vinegar and vanilla separately into the other impressions. 



Pour water over all the contents, add the shredded carrots and carefully mix your ingredients until combined and smooth. Good thing we don't judge the taste of cakes by the looks of the batter for this will surely frighten you off! 



Bake for 35 - 40 minutes (it is finished when a toothpick inserted inside the center comes out clean).

Cool on wire rack. Once it is completely cooled, you may frost it. 



Cream cheese frosting is the classic choice for carrot cake. If we don't have cream cheese, we will use a plain vanilla buttercream frosting (but omit 1 cup of powdered sugar) for a nice and buttery topping that compliments the cake well. If you are trying to use what is in the pantry, prepare a plain icing* with powdered sugar, vanilla and water (or canned coconut milk, etc). This will seem more luxurious if you cut each piece of cake and drizzle the icing on separately, allowing it to overflow onto the sides.

* Mix 1 c. powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla and 1 - 2 tbsp. milk (or water), 1 tablespoon at a time, until drizzle-able (mixture will thicken slightly as it sets).


Future note: If you were to have me over for carrot cake, I prefer mine chilled and with a cup of coffee :)

Recipe can be doubled -- simply use a 9 by 13 inch pan.

You will find our printable recipe HERE.
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 MusingsGood Morning Mondays,  The Scoop, Tuesdays with a TwistRaising HomemakersWise Woman Link UpHomestead Blog Hop Wow Us Wednesdays,  Coffee and ConversationHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeOur Simple HomesteadAwesome Life Friday Link Up and Create, Bake, Grow & Gather. 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). Vegan, Dairy-Free Carrot Cake Recipe.

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 153

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!


Sorry, I wasn't able to prepare features this week...

But there is a special thank you to Little Birdie Blessings for the lovely
"Scripture Picture" which we shared today!

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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! 

**Please also note that the posts shared on this link up from other bloggers do not necessarily reflect my own personal views or opinions (meaning 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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Friday, April 14, 2017

The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan ~ Free Printable Gift Tags


'"Come in! and how do you do, my dear Duchess?" cried Ribby. "I hope I see you well?"

"Quite well, I thank you, and how do you do, my dear Ribby?" said Duchess. "I've brought you some flowers..."


It is fun to bring goodies to others! It needn't be anything excessive to show a bit of love! A few ribbons, a nice supply of cellphone bags, some sweet tags and you have yourself the makings of some adorable gift options! Duchess enjoyed giving bouquets of wildflowers. With a recycled jar and a touch of twine to fasten on one of these little cards, you have instant spring cheer!


Our free printable includes "Fresh from the Farm", "Sending Some Love", "Special Delivery" and simply "A Gift for You"


The illustration came from The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan by Beatrix Potter and is one of my favorites! The pastoral background reminds me of scenes in the Victorian Era novel (and movie), Cranford. Well, moving along from my weird musings... 



Some fun but inexpensive gift ideas for adults include a few bags of your favorite tea, a small jar of honey, a little book and/or a pretty tea-cup or mug (these can be found at thrift stores and stored away for these special purposes). If you raise your own chickens, the "Fresh from the Farm" tag pairs nicely with a gifted dozen of homegrown eggs. "Special Delivery" can include a pot of your homemade jam, muffins and/or scones and would be a nice treat for someone who is under the weather.


Children can be given a little bag with the matching coloring book (free printable here), a few colored pencils and some stickers.


No matter what you decide, these little spring packages are fun to make and give! You will find our free printable gift tags HERE!


This post was a part of our 2017 edition of Fun Friday with Beatrix Potter featuring The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-PanOther posts shared thus far in this series include a printable coloring book and quaint cottage homemaking musings and music. Have a lovely weekend!


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 MusingsGood Morning Mondays,  The Scoop, Tuesdays with a TwistRaising HomemakersWise Woman Link UpHomestead Blog Hop Wow Us Wednesdays,  Coffee and ConversationHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeOur Simple HomesteadAwesome Life Friday Link Up and Create, Bake, Grow & Gather. 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). 



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