Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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

Pretend there is no eggs, butter or milk but that mother has a pantry full of dried provisions and that old orange tree growing in the backyard... Why yes! She can still prepare a tasty cake for her family without those fresh (and often expensive ingredients)! She will serve it on grandmother’s old dish and ice it with a bit of confectioners sugar and some juice from her same seasonal oranges. Making do the old fashioned way...

You see, I am a collector of frugal, use it up, pantry-only, ingredient types of recipes. I keep them in a separate notebook (my preparedness notebook) as you never know when you would need something (using no butter, eggs or milk) for a crisis or you simply run out of eggs and company is on the way for tea (and yet another crisis)! A homemaker who learns from history can be prepared in all kinds of circumstances... she does not fear for the future (Proverbs 31:21). Hence the reason I am crazy for crazy cakes! I have had these citrus versions on my to-do list for some time and am just thrilled with the results! 

This is another crazy cake I adapted for the winter season based on the Depression-era recipe. Though it has no eggs, butter or milk, it is quite tasty! Like the lemon cakes before it, it is prepared with fresh juice and zest instead of the traditional crazy cake recipe which uses vinegar (and I used more orange juice than the vinegar called for). The result is a deliciously moist cake with subtle orange flavor and a brighter burst of orange in the icing.

This recipe is basically a hybrid... it’s a seasonal, use-it-up, frugal pantry specimen ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐ŸŠ

Please visit HERE for the printable recipe!

Happily homemaking,

๐Ÿงก JES

For other recipes featuring PANTRY ONLY/SEASONAL ingredients, you may also be interested in our Zucchini Crazy CakeChocolate Banana Crazy CakeBanana Crazy CakeCarrot Crazy CakeLemon Crazy CakeOld Fashioned Pie Crust and for more inspiration -- Frugal Homemaking Lessons from the Great Depression.


Monday, February 22, 2021

The "Art" of Home-Making Mondays ~ Inspiration #7

“I enjoy doing housework, ironing, washing, cooking, dishwashing. Whenever I get one of those questionaires and they ask what is your profession, I always put down housewife. It's an admirable profession, why apologize for it. You aren't stupid because you're a housewife. When you're stirring the jam you can read Shakespeare.”

Photographs of Tasha Tudor.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Depression Era Legacy ~ Lemon Cake Recipe ~ Frugal Pantry Ingredients

When going through difficult times, I often think of my great-grandmother who lived during the Great Depression. I think of the things she left behind that we still enjoy today. Hand-embroidered sheets, hand-crocheted curtains, lovely lace shawls, flowing floral skirts and a strong faith in God. Though she endured one of the most trying times in history, she didn't leave behind memories of bitterness... but an abundance of beauty. It is what I hope and pray my family inherits from me... that I may leave behind lovely legacies during any unprecedented time we may find ourselves in.

"The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places;
yea, I have a goodly heritage."
~ Psalm 16:6

I have baked up some lemon cupcakes which are adapted to magnify the beauty of the winter citrus season (and to use up the basket of homegrown lemons on my sink). The crazy cake recipes (also called wacky cakes) are passed down from our Depression-era ancestors and don't require the use of butter, milk or eggs. Surprisingly, they are a very moist and delicious cake! Perhaps my revised recipe using fresh lemon juice and zest (in lieu of the original version using vinegar) can be a humble little legacy I leave behind for my family... 

“Mother’s Loving Lemon Cakes” anyone? ☺️ ๐Ÿ’›

It is easy to make in seven steps -- and it is also quite frugal, egg-free, butter-free, milk-free and can even be made gluten-free. For a complete picture tutorial on the concept of preparing the crazy cakes (in case it is foreign to you), you will find step-by-step instructions here: Chocolate Banana Crazy CakeCarrot Crazy CakeBanana Crazy CakeZucchini Crazy Cake and Apple Crazy Cake.

For my printable recipe which can be placed in your recipe book, visit HERE! I hope you enjoy the idea of seasonal baking and using what you have in the cupboard at the same time! It's a matter of a fresh winter lemon and the ingredients in your larder and you are one step closer to being Ma Ingalls ๐Ÿ˜Š 

Happily homemaking,

P.S. The concept of the lemon peel rose is found in our Ebook ๐Ÿ’›

#vegan #dairy-free lemon cake #wacky cake

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

DIY Vanilla Rose Room/Linen Spray ~ Romantic Homemaking Series

“There is simply the rose;
it is perfect in every moment of its existence.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Scent is such a powerful tool in the home and the fragrance of vanilla and rose feels utterly romantic to me. To make a simple spray for freshening up the bedrooms or linens, please follow the basic guidelines in the tutorial below. This may be quite a desirable spray in the winter when the home can be a bit stale and a dash of deodorizer is always welcome.

This recipe is very flexible. Use what you have and as much as you'd like of each ingredient to get the desired aroma. I have also included variations using lavender and citrus essential oils (as these are more common oils that you may already own). I do suggest you maintain the witch hazel and/or vodka to water ratio as it is a preserver and helps disperse the essential oils in the recipe. 

Place the following ingredients in an appropriate sized spray bottle and shake well before each use.

-- 1/2 tsp. clear vanilla extract (or vanilla essential oil or regular vanilla extract but keep in mind the darker extract may stain linens -- but I think it'd be fine for a room mist)

-- 20 drops of rose absolute (or you can use rose essential oil if you have the luxury, Palmarosa essential oil or even try a few drops of Geranium essential oil -- please add in the drops cautiously and test the fragrance to your liking as you go -- see other variations below)

-- 1/4 c. witch hazel (or use plain vodka or a vodka/witch hazel mix)

-- 1/4 c. distilled water (or water that has been boiled and cooled down)

Yields: 1/2 c. (4 oz.)


I did one batch with the 1/2 tsp. clear vanilla extract, 20 drops of rose absolute and then I added in a few drops of Palmarosa and Geranium essential oil to the witch hazel and water mix. I really liked the depth they added. I encourage you to be creative with what you have!

If you'd like to make a romantic aroma mist for your home but lack the oils I mentioned above, you can make a lavender vanilla spray (just replace lavender essential oil with the rose). You can use the label here for embellishing the bottle.

You can also do a delightful citrus vanilla spray. Just replace the rose oil with lemon, orange or any other citrus essential oil. You can use the citrus bliss room spray label here to embellish your bottle.

Here is a PRINTABLE of the recipe to include in your Inspired Home "Junk" Journal (thank you to Little Birdie Blessings for the darling homemade washi tape I used to attach the recipe to the book). I have also added a large and small label to print out for your vanilla rose spray. To make them waterproof you can cover them with clear contact paper or thick clear mailing tape. 

I hope you have enjoyed this simple tutorial and spritzing your home with this romantic blend! May this sweet spray add a dash of loveliness into your domestic day!

Happily homemaking,

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