Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How to Keep Warm in Winter - Vintage Book Graphic

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Plan It Don't Panic Meal Planning Resource

This is a new meal planning resource from Stephanie Langford called - Plan It, Don't Panic: Everything You Need to Successfully Create and Use a Meal Plan. This is the kindle ebook edition and it is only 4.99 . It has great reviews of 4.9 out of 5 stars.

You also get with the book:
*4 weeks of real, whole food meal plans, complete with breakfast/lunch/dinner and recipe links
*11 printable planning pages including 3 different weekly planners, 3 monthly planners, a seasonal menu planner, grocery shopping checklist, pantry and freezer inventories, and a freezer cooking/baking day planning page.

Plan It, Don't Panic: Everything You Need to Successfully Create and Use a Meal Plan

Watch the video where she talks about the book.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

8 Free Samples from List Plan It for Organizing

ListPlanIt is offering 8 sample pages free for your personal use. Just click on Trial at the top of the page when you get to the website and they are free to download and print. If you are list crazy you will love this website.

The free list samples are:
  • Weekly Cleaning Checklist
  • Grocery List by Aisle
  • Bucket list
  • Daily Activity
  • Packing List B
  • Medical Quick List
  • One on One Journal
  • Gifts Fund Worksheet
My favorites are the Weekly Cleaning Checklist and the Grocery List by Aisle.

Organization Lists to Put Your World in Order

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Make your Home Smell Good

 Facebook Q and A from Thrifty Homemaker fan page

Q: How do you make your home smell good?

  • Essential Oils
  • Simmering Oil Burner
  • Febreeze Wooden Wick Candles
  • Party Lite Candles
  • Scarborough Lane Melts
  • Pine sol
  • Scentsy
  • Simmer cinnamon and apple on really low heat
  • Essential oils in spray bottle of water
  • Simmer cinnamon sticks on the stove
  • Make homemade apple sauce
  • Put on a good pot of sauce
  • Febreeze
  • Clorox
  • Swiffer wet jet with Febreeze
  • Fresh Air  - open the windows
  • Soy candles
  • Make spray with peppermint and tea tree oil
  • Place a few drops of vanilla on a light bulb and then turn it on. Make sure bulb is turned off and cold.
  • Bake bread
  • Orange or lemon

You might find more ways to make your home smell good in How to Remove Odors and Make Your House Smell Good

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Cold Weather Meals

I have started asking questions on the facebook page and will be putting the  questions and answers here to give you some ideas. Please answer in the comments if you have anything to add.

Q. What is your favorite cold weather meal to fix?

  • Soup (This was the overall favorite meal to fix)
  • Corn Chowder and Biscuits
  • Smoked Salmon Chowder
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Chuck Wagon Stew and Cornbread
  • Meatloaf and Homemade Mashed Potatoes
  • Chili
  • Broccoli and Cheese Soup
  • Chicken and Dumplings
  • Beef Stew

You might find more cold weather recipes in The Ski House Cookbook: Warm Winter Dishes for Cold Weather Fun

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Friday, January 6, 2012

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Fruit Salad Dressing - Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking

I like  old vintage cook books and homemaking books and you can find them in public archives so that means I can share some of them with you. To start each Friday I will be sharing a recipe from Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking - Traditional Dutch Dishes. I found it on Project Gutenberg and you can find the whole book here if you don't want to wait for me to post the recipes.

Fruit Salad Dressing

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ tblsp. flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup whipped cream
Combine the fruit juices and stir slowly into the flour and sugar. Cook. Stirring constantly, until it thickens. (or cook in double boiler) Add the beaten eggs and cook for another minute. Let cool and fold in the whipped cream.

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Free Jiffy Mix Cookbook

You can fill out a form to receive this free Jiffy Mix cookbook through the mail or you can read it online. I received a copy through the mail a couple of years ago.

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Blog Series for Homemakers

I love to find and share homemaking goodies with my readers and I come across so many great ideas and especially blog series that would be helpful to us all. I have rounded up a few that are going on now or will be starting up soon so you can follow along with them if they interest you.

I shared this one on facebook this morning but also want to share it here. It is from Sweeter Than Honey - home sweet homemaking and is called Honey from the Hive and will be helpful to us to be a blessing in our homes.

Next is a series started at Teaching Good Things called How to Grow, Preserve and Enjoy Good Food. You will also find several series here including How to Build a Family Economy. The blog is a great one to spend some time on.

17 Days of Natural Cleaning series will begin on Monday the 16th of January.

The Gentleness Challenge at Women Living Well is each Monday in January.

Do you have or know of a series or challenge going on that would be helpful to the readers? If so please leave it in the comments or email it to me.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

January Calendars and Checklists

Welcome to January 2012. I have put a list together of some calendars and things to use each day to get your month in order.

1. January 2012 Holidays, Special Days and Events - Pick some special days to plan fun activities or food for your family.

2. Once a Month Mom has freezer cooking menu plans for traditional, whole foods, gluten free and  dairy free, diet, vegetarian and baby food these are free and come with menu plan, grocery list, recipes, etc.  You can also get the Survive Before 5: Toddler Meals for Your Busy Days ebook at a low price.

3. You can also get a free menu plan at Confessions of a Homeschooler

4. The Outdoor Hour Challenge Newsletter for January 2012 - to get this all you have to do is subscribe to the blog feed and the link is at the bottom of the feeds.

5. Join the January Family Challenge and Build a Snowman. Visit them to see some great ideas for building snowment even if you don't live in a place that gets snow.

6. Homeschool Share has a January Calendar with ideas and links for each day.

7. Monthly organizing checklist for January

8. I have put together a list of free printable 2012 calendars for you here.

9. Join Frugally Sustainable in the Frugal Living Challenge.

10. Print this list off to remind you of the Free National Park Days in 2012.

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Sunday, January 1, 2012