CategoryHomemaking

Dish gloves

Does anyone else use dish gloves and absolutely just love them? For the longest time, I thought dish gloves were worthless. Why would anybody bother with them? Every winter, my hands get extremely dry and chapped. They get so dry at times that just making a fist makes my knuckles crack and bleed. Putting lotion on helped a little, but not enough to really stop the problem. Then I tried dish gloves. What an improvement! I couldn’t believe how much […]

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Homemade body butter

Lately I’ve been experimenting with beeswax to find a good recipe for body butter. So far, I’ve made a type of balm that is wonderful for dry skin. I like it for my skin, but it also works well as a diaper rash cream. Saturday afternoon, I made up another batch since we were almost out. It smells faintly of honey, which I absolutely love. It also dissolves into the skin pretty quickly, without a greasy feel. The only thing […]

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Bobbin winder

I mentioned yesterday that I was considering getting a bobbin winder since the one on my machine decided to quit working. Last night I was able to pick one up at Hobby Lobby. The 40% off coupon they had was a nice help! The bobbin winder was a wonderful purchase – it’s so much faster than either of my machines ever were. I’m thankful I got it!

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Price Books

I’m going to interrupt my coupon series here to blog a little about a price book. It’s not absolutely vital to couponing, but it is such a HUGE help that I wanted to include it at this point. A price book is valuable whether or not you use coupons though – so hopefully this post will be a help to someone. A price book is some sort of document or book that contains current prices for items that you normally […]

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Lessons in brownie making

I learned something about making brownies today. It helps if you have eggs in the house. Except we ate the last of the eggs for breakfast this morning. Oops. But thankfully, we have chickens. S and I headed outside to see if there were at least 2 eggs so we could finish making our brownies for tonight. There were 10. I had to carry them all with my skirt – I didn’t even think to bring the egg bucket down […]

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It smells good in here

There’s a huge pot of apples on the stove right now, and they smell SO good! We’re going to borrow my mother-in-law’s apple peeler, but some of the apple were so small they wouldn’t have been worth the work. So. . .we washed and quartered them and threw them into the pot. We’ll strain them once they’re cooked enough. It’s my first time making applesauce this way so I’m really curious how it will turn out. I’m also wanting to […]

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Canning and other busyness

The beans finally started producing last week. I had been kind of frustrated about getting them in so late, but the timing ended up being fantastic. The beans started right after the squash died off. In the end, we canned 30 quarts of squash. We LOVE squash casserole so that should make for some good eating this fall and winter. There’s still a pile of fresh squash in the house but there’s not enough to can. Maybe I should freeze […]

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Octopus and seaweed

We got a little creative with dinner tonight. We had octopus, seaweed, and drank seawater. Obviously my mustard-drawing skills leave something to be desired. . . Just a couple drops of food coloring made everything so much more fun. I’m not a big fan of ramen noodles because they’re so high in sodium, but we had three cups of them. What I ended up doing was opening the cups into a mesh colander to sift out the powdered boullion. Then […]

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Squash: day fiveish

I think it’s day 5. Guess that’s about right. We’ve picked squash four times. So far that’s been 31 squash we’ve picked. We borrowed my mother in law’s pressure canner, and I canned five quarts of squash today. That’s not counting what we’ve eaten and given away. It was the first time I’d ever canned using a pressure canner. It went well – but we’ll open a jar of squash soon to see how we like it that way before […]

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New to me homemaking tool

Recently Stephen got a new PDA for work and gave me his old one. We had talked about getting me one before that, but I was hesitant to buy one in case I didn’t like it or it wasn’t useful for me as a homemaker. They’re expensive enough that I didn’t want to waste the money. Oh wow – they’re so cool! Mine is old – a Handspring Visor – but it has quickly become indispensable. I love it! The […]

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