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TAG : Homemade

Craft your Own Soap

Kids often grumble and protest when they’re told to wash their hands or take a bath. But if they’re using soaps they’ve made themselves, bath time turns from a struggle to a treat. They may even look forward to their daily bath.Displaying and using soaps you’ve made yourself adds a ...

Craft a Rustic Rug

Handmade rugs have been around for a long time. For example, Oriental rugs have existed for centuries. These gorgeous silk rugs are dyed, knotted, and clipped to perfection in the most intricate patterns, and are often high-priced, sought-after items that become family heirlooms. Another ...

A Homemade Tortilla Press

I had a hankering for homemade tortillas one day recently, but my personal experience making them has not been, shall we say, highly successful. They always turned out too thick, too chewy and oddly shaped. I got my inspiration from the lovely Indian women in Mexico near San Cristobal de la ...

Homemade Face Wash And Exfoliant

I haven’t purchased facial was in well over a year. Even after a hard days work outside, I can wash the grit and grime right off and my skin feels soft and moisturized with these easy recipes. By using these ingredients, your skin will not get stripped of the natural oils it contains and it ...

I Made Sauerkraut Today

You could say it's in my blood. Or not. It depends on what side of the family you're viewing me from. If you look from the French side of my family you would say, well, if you're from the Alsace-Lorraine area of France I might give you that. If you look at me from the German side you'd say ...

How to Make Homemade Kefir

Kefir is like buttermilk. That is to say, it tastes like buttermilk. It also has the consistency of buttermilk although the batch I made recently was a little thicker than ordinary cultured buttermilk you find in the grocery store. If you like buttermilk, you will love kefir!The early ...

How to Make a Simple Apron Without a Pattern

I love aprons. They’re something my grammy wore every day (except to church, of course!). Aprons helped keep her dresses clean. She didn’t have many dresses because she didn’t have a lot of extra money for new ones. She had to keep the ones she had as clean as she could. She usually made ...

WOW! Christmas Already

WOW, it's three days until Christmas, and I have only just realized.Things have been so crazy around here lately, I am so glad I finished my Christmas gift organization back in October. If I hadn't, I would be in trouble. Winter is normally a quieter time around my house. The cold and I do not ...

Making Hot Pads For Presents

Dear Friends,Doesn’t the word, homemade, make you think of a creative, resourceful person? I have always wanted to be that person who could make Christmas presents that were actually practical and appreciated, but the truth is, you need to start way ahead of time or it most likely won’t ...

How to Make Danish Sourdough Rye Bread

Dedicated to my good friend Roberta who once told me that sourdough is the healthiest kind of bread.Some researchers and health practitioners say that fermented food products are very good for you. We’ve all heard of the benefits of pro-biotics. Let’s just state for the record that I’m ...

Scrumptious and Easy Hamburger Buns

Bread brought me to Capper’s Farmer. There I was standing in the check-out line at Tractor Supply and, as most of us do, I was browsing the magazines on the rack. My eyes landed on a copy of GRIT Country Series – Guide to Homemade Bread. I had to have it! I confess that I’m a bread ...

Needle Felting Is a Great Craft

I attended a recent arts and crafts faire near our home where there were a lot of local ladies selling their home made crafts. I had my little framed art doodles and I was happy to sell a couple. Across the aisle from me was a young mom, Tracy Whitney, who had a table full of the most charming ...

Indian Tacos Are My Favorite Indulgence

I first heard about Indian Tacos while driving up through the Owens Valley of California one hot windy day. The eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada was on one side and the western flank of the White Mountains was on the other. We were traveling north on our way from Walt’s Point back to ...

Backyard Olive Oil: Part Two

In most parts of olive country the olive trees are just about ready to bloom. This is the time to prepare for making your own olive oil if you decide you want to try this most rewarding process. It’s similar to sitting in the dead of winter reading seed catalogs. Eventually the weather will ...

Homemade Olive Oil: Part One

“The olive tree is assuredly the richest gift of heaven.” – Thomas Jefferson We live in olive country in Northern California. Our ranch itself has eight mature Mission olive trees. Every year I think about making my own olive oil or curing my own olives. I’d cure some in a heartbeat if ...

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