Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Homemaking Inspiration ~ Gift Giving Ideas ~ Kelsey's Corner


I love to see the variety in ideas and style that blossom from another homemaker's ideas (which in turn creates more inspiration for the original sharer!). Today I wanted to include some homemaking inspiration from Kelsey. She used our tutorials to make some lovely gifts while implementing her own creative twists. The results are quite lovely. Commentary from Kelsey is also included for your viewing pleasure :)


"One picture shows the un-paper towels, which I am going to use for cleaning cloths. I cheated and sewed them wrong sides together and used pinking shears on the edges. Inspired by your latest bathroom post, I also made room spray and toilet cleaning fizzies for the bathroom and decorated them with the labels you provided."


"The other picture is of burp cloths I made for a friend's new baby following your tutorial! I love how they turned out, and with these in mind I stocked up when flannel was on sale so that I can make some to use with my baby :)"


"Here are a couple pictures of the wedding gift I made. I am so pleased with how it turned out and I had so much fun making and smelling everything! The newlywed couple plans on having a lot of blue throughout their home so I went with that. The things wrapped in white paper are the rubber gloves and sponges. I included instructions for using the products as well."


Thank you for sharing with us Kelsey! Your homemaking supplies and gifts are just lovely! Your wrapping is beautiful! You have left me with some great ideas and I think others will appreciate them too!

“Help one another is part of the religion of our sisterhood.”
~ Louisa May Alcott


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 (and so would Kelsey!) if you care to share! Happy summer and/or winter (to those in the southern hemisphere)! Love, JES
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Monday, July 24, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 167


"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands,
one for helping yourself, the other for helping others."
~ Audrey Hepburn
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, July 19, 2017

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


"The trouble is, you cannot grow just one zucchini. Minutes after you plant a single seed, hundreds of zucchini will barge out of the ground and sprawl around the garden, menacing the other vegetables. At night, you will be able to hear the ground quake as more and more zucchinis erupt."
~ David Barry, Comedian

(Note: I am not familiar with this comedian and hope he isn't an offensive one but his analysis of zucchini rings quite true!)

You didn't think I would let the summer go by without another zucchini recipe for your arsenal? I feel it is my divine homemaker's duty to pass one along each season. Ever since the year of the 38 plants, I have felt the need to stay prepared. As you already know the bonuses of the crazy cake by now (i.e., carrot crazy cake, banana crazy cake), I will simply leave you with this recipe entry for July. I suppose I could have named this "kermit" cake or "green" cake for all the environmentalists but being I am a traditionalist, let's just dub it zucchini crazy cake and call it a day! The printable version is found at the bottom of the post.



Dry Ingredients: 
  • 1 1/2 c. + 2 tbsp. flour  (all purpose or gluten-free flour blend)
  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda (use 1 1/2 tsp. is using gluten-free flour blend)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg 
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 zucchini

(1 - 2) 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.

(3) Make three wells in the baking pan (making sure one is large enough to contain the oil).

(4) Pour the oil into the largest well and the vinegar and vanilla separately into the other impressions. 

(5) Pour water over all the contents, add the shredded zucchini and carefully mix your ingredients until combined and smooth. 

(6) 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 our 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).
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Monday, July 17, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 166


"She was one of those persons who possess, as their exclusive patrimony, the gift of practical arrangement. It is a kind of natural magic that enables these favoured ones to bring out the hidden capabilities of things around them; and particularly to give a look of comfort and habitableness to any place which, for however brief a period, may happen to be their home."
~ Hawthorne
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! 

Please copy the button below (html code is in box below it) and share on your blog post or side-bar so others can come and join in the link up as well!


Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

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).
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