Homemaking

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

In our house, it just isn’t the Christmas season without a marathon baking day with all the sisters and as many grandkids as we can gather–with our favorite holiday music providing the atmosphere, of course. Most of the cookies are set aside for about 14 plates for the neighbors, but […]

Holiday of the Month Club -- Everyday Homemaking

Holiday of the Month Club

Want to give a special child a gift that says, “You’re special and I want you to celebrate life!” all throughout the year? Give him a “Holiday of the Month” gift box. Using Silvana Clark’s great resource, Every Day a Holiday, as the basis, select a holiday (or two or […]

Oatmeal -- Everyday Homemaking

Oh-so-good Oatmeal

On a chilly morning like this, I like a warm, satisfying bowl of oatmeal — and what better way to start than with fresh oats! Just a bit under 1/3 cup oat groats yields a generous 1/3+ cup of rolled oats, so I start my water to boil while I […]

Homemade Tortillas -- Everyday Homemaking

Homemade Tortillas

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup warm water ¼ cup olive oil 2-3 cups fresh flour (we mill our own for maximum nutrition/freshness – I usually use soft wheat or hard white, with a bit of barley) 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp baking powder Add spice/garlic if desired – I use McCormick’s (Original, […]

Kitchen Tips – How to Prep 13 Meat Meals in an Hour

Vicki’s Kitchen Tips How to start 13+ meals in one night: Last week, I bought 15 pounds of very lean hamburger from Sam’s Club (by the case with some friends at a significantly reduced price per pound – Sam’s sells many meats like this if you ask). When I got […]

Chicken Quesadillas

We love these for a quick, simple, nutritious supper! I keep cooked, chopped chicken in the freezer and almost always have either store-bought or homemade tortillas on hand for these. Preheat the skillet to medium high so you don’t burn the tortilla right away — you can see that in […]

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Getting Kids to Help at Home (part one)

Laying a Foundation (Part One) (excerpted from The Everyday Family Chore System)   Child training is the first step to successful home management training. The purposes of implementing a family chore system are (1) to train your children to be responsible members of a family and to diligently serve one […]

Set Up a Command Center

(Adapted from Home Education 101: A Mentor’s Manual © 2003 by Vicki Bentley) Set up a command center. Remember The Bridge on “Star Trek”? This should be an area close to your family’s activities in the house, not totally isolated – you want to actually use it! This is where […]

Pizza with Less Mess

Here you can follow the process from dough to pizza box. I am not a professional baker; I’m a mom with a mill and a mixer and a desire to provide yummy, wholesome bread for her babies. Hopefully, seeing some of the process “in action” will be helpful as you […]

Artisan Bread -- Everyday Homemaking

Crusty, No-Knead Bread

Read this post for the basics, then check out the update here!   Just five minutes before I head to bed, then a few moments’ prep in the morning, and we have a yummy loaf with a crisy, crackly crust and a very tender crumb. And only FOUR ingredients–but lots […]