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TAG : Homemaking

Housekeeping 1915-style

I recently borrowed my mother-in-law’s Household Hand Book: Containing reliable hints and suggestions for the household, by Lily Haxworth Wallace. It was published by the makers of Runford Baking Powder in 1915. As you can imagine, many gems lie inside that worn cover.I’ve never been more ...

Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Pie

Our rhubarb patch has plants from three sources: my mom and two of our neighbors. After just a couple of years the plants have taken hold and we harvest enough for several pies, muffins, rhubarb wine and jam. Rhubarb is delicious and loaded with vitamin C and vitamin K. It pretty much grows ...

Make Your Own Soap From Scratch

My grandmother made her own soap, using rendered fats. I don’t remember much about it other than it didn’t smell all that good and it was cut into odd shapes. I’m not sure what prompted me to make my first batch of soap, but I don’t think it was the memory of those yellow bricks!That ...

Slow-Cooker Granola

Store-bought granola is pricey and you can’t control what’s in it. When you make your own you can make it to suit your own tastes and budget. Ingredients like pumpkin seeds and pecans are pretty pricey, but I have found sunflower seeds (far cheaper) taste almost as good. Next year maybe ...

Use Your Pumpkin Harvest for a Pumpkin Face Mask

Anybody still have pumpkin left in your freezer? We’re down to three quarts after harvesting more than 150 pounds last fall.We’ve eaten pumpkin every which-way, from waffles to soup to pizza. Here’s another fun way to use up your pumpkin harvest. As much as I enjoy clomping around the ...

Bake Your Own Rolls in the Bread Maker

Baking rolls and pizza dough, like bread, is not difficult, but it takes time. To help make it easier I use the shortcut of the bread maker. Rolls have to be shaped, so it’s not put it in and forget it, but close…This is the recipe I use for homemade hamburger/hotdog buns. I think once you ...

An Old-fashioned Date Nut Bread

The Meredith Inn burned down more than 60 years ago but its recipes live on. This particular recipe originally appeared in Adventures in Good Cooking, published in 1939. Grandma had a very similar recipe (she called it a receipt) for “Date and Nut Bread.” The only real difference is the ...

Winter Break on the Homestead

In December our weekends are free for the first time since March. Spring, summer and fall find us working to grow and preserve our own food and further our self-reliance. Since Jim and I both still work full-time, gardening occupies our free time nine months of the year: from starting plants ...

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