One of the projects I did this month involved my first aid books. During a conversation at the dinner table, I asked my family which "emergencies" they felt were a concern for our household the most. I thought I might flag them for convenience (yes, this is the way my brain works when I get involved in projects 🙈).
As I was reading all the horrific scenarios, it became apparent that ALL of the "first response" section should be tabbed (just a normal dinner conversation in our home 🙈).
And so I used different colors to have the separate sections stand out. This is not a professional job in the least but it is finished and will be included in my medical preparedness section. Here is my little humble sheet of tabs in case you want to print some out for your books. It's nothing fancy but will save you a few minutes of typing and thought.
I've also been trying out some new recipes and thought I would share a few of our favorites. This one is loaded sweet potato fries. We all really enjoyed it but my husband didn't care for the so-called "cheese sauce" so I drizzled a mayo sriracha sauce atop his. I also replaced the bacon for seasoned ground beef. You will find this recipe here from The Paleo Running Momma.
Then there are these beef taco bowls which were also quite tasty! You arrange salad greens in a medium sized bowl for each family member, top with sliced cherry tomatoes, ground beef (which has been seasoned with taco seasoning), cubed avocado which has been mixed with diced red onions, freshly squeezed lime juice and salt and pepper. Sprinkle salad with snippets of green onion. I drizzled my homemade Italian dressing (the recipe for the mix is found here) along with more lime juice squeezed over the top of the salad. Sprinkle the bowl with freshly chopped cilantro and garnish with tortilla chips. Simple and tasty! The neat part is that citrus is in season, the avocado was from my folk's tree, the green onion is from my indoor garden and the cilantro is from our potted garden.
I also somehow got caught up in a month of making my own hamburger buns (and my freezer is full for future meals)! It was one of those things that I just never made but it truly elevates a simple hamburger sandwich to have freshly baked buns!
Then there was a day of slicing, zesting, infusing, drying, juicing and preserving… It’s good, clean and honest work. And because the Good Lord has instructed us to “keep the home” and “work with your own hands”, I do consider it “holy” work.
"For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread."
~2 Thessalonians 3:10-12
Some may think they need to have a high profile ministry to successfully serve Him (and they put aside the home for it) when all that is required is simple obedience to God which revolves around the home (Titus 2:4-5). This is your holy work. This is your high profile ministry!
Produced for our home that day:
- 2 ice cube trays lemon juice (measuring out 2 Tbsp. per cube)
- 3 dehydrator trays lemon slices (to be used in tea, potpourri, and garnish) (more ideas here)
- 2 dehydrator trays dried zest (for cooking, baking and handcrafted body products) (more ideas here)
- 6 half-pint jars of lemon drop jelly (recipe here)
- Huge jug of the lemon scraps infusing in vinegar to be used for:
- Fabric softener/laundry freshener/whitener
- Rinse aid in dishwasher
- Cleaning solution (recipes here)
I have found that placing the peels in a dispenser jar makes for easy decanting on larger projects! We have had a lot of citrus this year and this little system has been a lifesaver.
Here is the final contents of my "February Preserving Shelf":
- lemon drop jelly (6 half-pint jars)
- dried lemon slices (half-gallon jar)
- dried lemon zest (half-pint jar)
- small pitcher of roses (dried last year for winter decoration)
- rosebud garland (dried last year for winter decoration)
While waiting for spring’s gentle arrival, I’ve also been doing some home “maintenancing” (not technically a word but it should be 💁🏻♀️). It’s a mix of organization and some “light” deep cleaning.
Here is my master bedroom list:
Organize drawers ✔️
Organize closet ✔️
Wash dust ruffle ✔️
Wipe ceiling fan ✔️
Dust wooden blinds ✔️
If you keep clutter and what you own to a minimum, then this shouldn’t take too long. After living in a small farmhouse, I’ve learned to be intentional with what I own. If this task seems overwhelming, then “your stuff” may own you… a day of purging and donating will remedy that. I try and do this maintenance quarterly (though ideally it’s done monthly). I have a little printable “list” HERE should you like to try out this Victorian system. It was suggested by the Beecher sisters in the 1800’s and I have modified it a bit for modern day usage. It's a bit of old fashioned domesticity!