Friday, June 29, 2012

Why I Love My (Imperfect) Home (and why you should love yours, too)


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Warning: this post is going to be long.  Much more wordy than my normal posts.  But my prayer is that if you ever struggle with ingratitude about your home, or maybe just need a little encouragement to keep being thankful for all you have, that you’ll read my story here and be blessed by it.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Use Naan Bread for Personal Pizzas (with recipe)

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Who doesn’t love Pizza?  No one in this house, that’s for sure.  We are all fans but as time goes buy I just become choosier and pickier about pizza and I have to be honest and say that none of the commercial frozen pizzas or ready-made pizza crusts are to my liking.  There are a few take-out places I like OK, but there is just nothing as good as a homemade pizza.

Tandoori Chicken Pizza on Naan Bread

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Warning: if you make this pizza, you are not going to want to share any of it.  So be sure to make enough for everyone, plus maybe a little more.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Roasted New Potatoes with Leeks and Tarragon

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If you didn’t know better you would think this was a food blog, not a homemaking blog, because so many of  my posts of late are about food.  But alas… the truth is I spend the bulk of my time cooking or cleaning, and while I occasionally have something interesting to say or show you about cleaning, usually the food is a bit more exciting than the scrubbed toilet.  So hopefully you readers enjoy a good recipe!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Homemade Ranch Dressing (made with yogurt)


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Now I need you Foodies out there to brace yourselves for what Im about to say:

I love Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing.

Toddler Meal Ideas

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My little girl is not a picky eater as I hear many parents describe their toddlers; she’s willing to try new things and eats a comparatively wide range of foods.  That being said, she still prefers rather simple foods, and prefers the contents of meals be separated instead of mixed together.  For instance, if we have pasta with meat sauce for dinner, she would probably rather have the noodles plain with the meat sauce in a little bowl on the side.  If we have pizza, she’ll pull the cheese and toppings off, eat those first, then go back to the bread.  You get the idea.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sweeten Your Iced Coffee with Maple Syrup

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Some of you may recall that I recently did a post reviewing the Pioneer Woman’s iced coffee recipe (which by the way has turned out to be one of my most popular posts!), in which I declared my fidelity to sweetened condensed milk as my method-of-choice for reaching the sweet, creamy consistency that everyone (or, most everyone) wants their coffee to reach.  But alas- times change and so do my taste buds and I have discovered a new favorite: Maple Syrup.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Walnuts and Feta (in a Maple Strawberry Vinaigrette)

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I suppose it says something good about my diet that one of the first things I thought of while picking my first batch of strawberries yesterday was making this salad.  Dont get me wrong- I love strawberry shortcake and jams of all kinds, but there’s something so delicious, fresh, and summery about a salad like this.  And talk about seasonal… if you live in the northeast and eat your berries locally (which we do) there are only a few weeks a year you can enjoy a treat like this.

Strawberry Maple Vinaigrette

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There is nothing more delicious and nutritious than a homemade salad dressing.  I confess we do still occasionally use bottled dressings (I cant kick my addiction to Hidden Valley Ranch as dip for my veggies, though finding a homemade buttermilk ranch dressing recipe IS on the agenda for the near future), but by and large I use only homemade dressings on my salad.  Once you get comfortable making them you discover they are so easy and you can have a lot of fun playing around with ingredients.
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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent (Updated for Bulk Recipe)

UPDATE: Im sad to say that this recipe might NOT be as super fantastic as I was origianally thinking it was. :(  It works just fine for me for the first few days, but now I am noticing that my glasses are looking filmy and a bit spotty.  All the other dishes are just fine, come out clean and great, but my tall clear glasses are coming out clean but murky.  I've been doing some research and I am wondering if I might need to do a vinegar rinse or something.  Ill keep at it and get back to you all but for now for the sake of honesty you might want to hold off on using this.  sorry if I led any of you astray!  I'll update again when I have some more answers. :)  Blessings!

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Im not sure Ive ever had such a quick and positive reaction to a facebook post as I did when I mentioned earlier this evening that I had discovered a simple and effective recipe for homemade dishwashing detergent.  Looks like this post could be helpful indeed! :)
I’ve been doing some research into homemade cleaning products as id like to slowly make the shift away from pre-packaged cleaners for a variety of reasons, and I was searching for some ideas for the dishwasher when I came upon this post with some suggestions.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Picking Strawberries

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I am a city girl: a townie, through and through.  I have never lived in the country, never worked on a farm, never even had a garden.  The smell of manure in the air still turns my stomach.  Get the picture? 

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Vintage Red Cake Carrier and Antique Books

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Hey ladies!  It’s laundry day around here but Im stopping in for a quit post anyway.  I’ve been sitting on these super cute thrift store finds I bought on vacation weeks ago and havent carved out the time to share them with you.  So this is going to be a super simple post, mostly photos, but hope you enjoy!

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Gingery Fried Rice with Almonds and Coconut

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Hmm… another recipe with coconuts and almonds are we starting to see a theme?  Well, if the theme is “coconuts and almonds are delicious and nutritious and versatile” then yes! :)

I was doing a refrigerator/freezer cleanout the other night for dinner as I had been cleaning all day and needed to keep dinner simple.  I had about two cups of cooked jasmine rice in the fridge, and a couple of servings of red lentil curry (recipe coming soon) in an easily- defrostable bag in the freezer, and some samosas waiting to be eaten (no I didnt make those… not that savvy yet :) ).

Saturday, June 9, 2012

How I Study the Bible

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So often on this blog I talk about the practical, day to day aspects of being a wife, a mother, and a homemaker, focusing on cooking, cleaning, organizing, and the like.  But the truth is that the very reason I have a heart to be a homemaker, and what keeps me going when I feel overwhelmed at the tasks I am honestly not all that qualified for, is my faith in the Lord.  Jesus took an angry young totally-secularized feminist(in the man-hating way, not the equal-rights-for-all way) and turned her into a God-fearing woman whose sole career aim was to be the best homemaker, wife, and mom she could be.  Talk about transformation.  Praise the Lord!
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Friday, June 8, 2012

How I Organize My Recipes

gettin organizedJust popping in for a quick post this evening on how I organize my recipes.  As some of you may have seen me mention on facebook, I am now limiting my blogging time (both writing and reading) to evenings after my daughter is in bed and all my other “stuff” is done.  This will likely mean shorter and perhaps less frequent posts, but I must put first things first.  I cant blog about being an old-fashioned housewife if Im not actually doing the thing! :)
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Coconut Almond Muffin Topping

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I may or may not have shared with you great bloggy friends that I hold a stay at home moms group in my home on Tuesday mornings.  Its a great time for us ladies to get together, spend a little time in the word or in fellowship (or both!), and let the kiddos play.  One of these days Ill do a post on it, its a great thing to do and if you’re a stay at home mom and feeling at all isolated, starting a moms group in your home is a wonderful way to connect with other moms and do the journey of homemaking and raising a family in community.

Vintage Housewife Ads

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Hello ladies!  I had the privilege of doing a guest post today over at Have a Daily Cup with Mrs. Olson.  If you remember, Mrs. Olson graced us with a lovely post earlier in the week , and now she is allowing me to return the favour.

You know I love me some vintage ads, and you know I love to capture them and use them for this blog.  So I did a whole post on them for Jann’s blog, this time highlighting the gorgeous refrigerator ads from my 1947/48 women’s magazines.  I hope you’ll click here or on the photo above and mozey over to enjoy a fun, beautiful trip down memory lane.

I am excited to be linking up with Rednesday and Vintage Thingies Thursday this week. 

God bless, ladies!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Put Your Dish Soap in a Hand Soap Dispenser

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If I were a with-it sort of a person, I might call this tip a “life hack”, but as Im not entirely sure Im using that term correctly because Im old and out of touch, lets just stick with “tip” for now.  :)  I got this tip from my grandmother, who has been doing this for years.  She buys one kind of liquid dish soap and uses it in all of the hand soap dispensers in her home, including the one she keeps at her kitchen sink. 
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Lord Will Not Forget You

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Can a woman forget her nursing child

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that she should have no compassion on the daughter of her womb?

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Even these may forget,

yet I will never forget you.

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Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;

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Your walls are ever before me.

–Isaiah 49:15-16

 

This is the second post in my new series Scripture Sundays. 

May the Lord bless you and yours this week.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Homemade Peanut Butter Frosting

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My parents came to visit this past week and I wanted to make some special treats for their visit.   I do not usually make a lot of baked goods because they are my favourite food to eat and thus i have a very hard time eating them in that “moderation” that the Canada Food Guide is always going on about, so I tend to keep them out of the house.  But my parent visiting was certainly a worthy exception.
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