Saturday, September 23, 2017

To Every Thing There is a Season...


"To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven..."
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

Dear reader, the time has come for me to step away for awhile. I don't know the length of my departure but I feel it is necessary at this time in my life. In order to practice what I preach (for I shrink at the thought of being a hyprocite!), I am going to take a rest from this keyboard. 

"a time to speak..." (Ecclesiastes 3:7)

Thank you for all the kind and encouraging words that you have shared with me over the recent years. I have really enjoyed the online fellowship and it was a balm for me during the past 5 years when a large change had come into my life. Another season is now brewing and my home needs 100% of my attention... As the late Jim Elliot had summoned up brilliantly, “Wherever you are, be all there!"

So for the present, it is "a time to keep silence"... (Ecclesiastes 3:7)


Until next time! -- Happy Homemaking!

With Love, JES


Monday, September 11, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Our Final LinkUp


Dear reader, Thank you for visiting with us and linking up with us each week these last few years! I have really enjoyed hosting this little get together and it makes me sad to end it for I dislike good-byes very much! Unfortunately, it is something I need to do at this season in my life... Thank you for understanding!
Love, JES 
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!

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!

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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


“In Heaven, it is always Autumn".”
~ John Donne

This is my most favorite of our crazy cake creations yet! The brown sugar sinks a bit to the bottom giving the cake a "layered" caramel apple taste of fall! And what better way to use up those mealy apples than in a seasonal surprise for your family! It is easy to make in 7 steps -- and don't forget that it is frugal, egg-free, butter-free, milk-free and can even be gluten-free (meaning you will most likely have all the ingredients in your basic pantry!).


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
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 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 apples

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

Measure out and mix 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 apples and carefully mix your ingredients until combined and smooth. 


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. Recipe can be doubled – just use a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.


You will find your free printable recipe HERE! Happy homemaking!

P.S. This post has been pre-scheduled as I am out of the country (visiting my precious far away family) until Septemberish. Though I won't be able to reply, I would still love to hear from you in the comment section if you care to share! Happy summer and/or winter (to those in the southern hemisphere)! Love, JES
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).

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 173


“Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can”
~ Louisa May Alcott, Rose in Bloom

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!

* I am sorry, no features this week, we are visiting far away family *


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! 

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Make Your Own Mix-in-a-Jar Kits ~ Prepare Your Own Pantry


"In the house of the wise are stores of choice food..."
~ Proverbs 21:20a

As we try to avoid processed, pre-packed foods, I noticed that our pantry was becoming more and more intimidating come meal time! Everything needed to be made from scratch and it was daunting on those exhausting days that every homemaker has. By preparing dozens and dozens of your favorite foods in jars, you now have a convenient inventory of goods to serve your family in seconds! Here are some of our favorite mix-in-a-jar recipes. They all include the printable recipe kit which makes it easy (jar labels + instruction labels).



















Just a little reminder... When making up pantry mixes, here are a few ways to avoid mess and waste:
  • Because you are using "dry" ingredients, simply wipe off the measuring spoons and measuring cups you used to make the mixes and immediately put them away. No need to add them to that pile of dirty dishes -- this makes clean up a breeze!
  • When printing out our recipe kits, in order to save on ink (you can also print using the "draft" version), just wipe out the jar when it is empty and place it right back in the original spot on the pantry shelf. When you use up your last mix, refill all the jars with fresh ingredients. This way you save on ink and the "cut and paste" time for each batch.
  • When making up the mixes, I timed myself on each jar (without rushing, I promise) and it came out to approx. 3-minutes per jar! That is quicker than driving to the store, waiting in line and purchasing a boxed mix (plus you are getting a superior product). Don't underestimate the savings and convenience of the make-your-own-mixes.


Happy pantry building!

P.S. This post has been pre-scheduled as I am out of the country (visiting my precious far away family) until Septemberish. Though I won't be able to reply, I would still love to hear from you in the comment section if you care to share! Happy summer and/or winter (to those in the southern hemisphere)! Love, JES
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Monday, August 28, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 172


“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
~ C.S. Lewis
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!

* I am sorry, no features this week, we are visiting far away family *


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! 

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work ~ Round Up


"For there is a great satisfaction in work well done,
the thrill of success in a task accomplished."
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder, On Wisdom & Virtues

Enclosed is a round up of articles on our series of  "The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work". I know that I am in constant need of reminders and inspiration and I hope some of these essays from our archives will be an encouragement to you! 


The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work ~ Part 1: The Sweet Satisfaction (Mental Well-Being)


The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work ~ Part 2:  The Sweat Satisfaction (Physical Well-Being)


The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work ~ Part 3: The Sweetness of $aving (Financial Well-Being)


The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work ~ Part 4: The Spiritual Strengthening (Spiritual Well-Being)


The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work ~ Part 5: Balancing the Blessings (Overall Well-Being)


"We have been, for so long, thinking of labor as a curse upon man that, because of our persistently thinking of it as such, it has very nearly become so.

There always has been a great deal of misplaced pity for Adam because of his sentence to hard labor for life when really that was all that saved him after he was deported from paradise, and is the only thing that has kept his descendants as safe and sane even as they are.

There is nothing wrong with God's plan that man should earn his bread by the seat of his brow. The wrong is in our own position only. In trying to shirk while we "let George do it," we bring upon ourselves our own punishment; for in the attitude we take toward our work, we make of it a burden instead of the blessing it might be.

Work is like other good things in that it should not be indulged in to excess, but a reasonable amount that is of value to one's self and to the world , as is any honest, well-directed labor, need never descend into drudgery.

It is a tonic and an inspiration and a reward unto itself. For the sweetness of life lies in usefulness like honey deep in the heart of a clover bloom."
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder, On Wisdom & Virtues

“Yes,” she said, hopefully, “I know you will succeed, for the best thing a man can have, is work with a purpose in it, and the will to do it heartily.”
~ Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Girl


“The LORD will open to you his good treasury,
the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season
and to bless all the work of your hands.”
~Deuteronomy 28:12
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Monday, August 21, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 171


"And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing."
~ 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
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!

* I am sorry, no features this week, we are visiting far away family *


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! 

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