Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Egg Substitutions ~ Free Printable List ~ Proverbs 31 Preparedness Series


"Be sure to gather the eggs every night..."
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farmer Boy

Do you know that with over 40 hens, we sometimes find ourselves without eggs! Most of the time it is in the autumn during molting season but it is still upsetting. We actually take a stand and refuse to buy eggs when this occurs for if we were to do so, they would be doubly expensive because we are still paying for chicken feed at the same time (I just can't make myself do it). So, when we don't have eggs, we use egg substitutions. I only knew a few of them until Vicky (a sweet reader and dare I say "friend") emailed me her excellent list! This is also handy information to include in your Proverbs 31 Preparedness Binder as emergencies come in many forms! Sometimes you are simply in the middle of baking a cake when you realize you have no eggs! Yes, preparedness comes in many forms too... 

Keep in mind that some of these may not result in the same "light and fluffy" result as when using real eggs but they should work in a pinch! 

  • 2 TB. cornstarch = 1 egg
  • 2 TB. arrowroot flour = 1 egg
  • 2 TB. potato starch = 1 egg
  • 1 heaping TB. soy powder + 2 TB. water = 1 egg 
  • 1 banana = 1 egg in cakes
  • 1 TB. milled flax seed + 3TB. water = 1 egg (makes light and fluffy cakes according to Vicky)
  • 1 TB. ground chia seed + 3 TB. water = 1 egg (let mixture sit 5 minutes or so to gel)

Do you have any more egg substitutions to add to this list?

You will find our printable "Proverbs 31 Preparedness" sheet for egg substitutions HERE!

Your homework for the week:
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Monday, April 24, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 154


“That is one good thing about this world...
there are always sure to be more springs.” 
~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
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!


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on a few of our features from last week's link up:


Beautiful Inexpensive Fabric (Repurposed) by The Bluebirds are Nesting

What beauty we can create with our own hands and some repurposed linens!



I love that she shopped from her own home for most of the "remodel" items!

And finally,


Give Your Kids the Best Things in Life by Telling Them No by Medium Sized Family

I think this is a must read for the latest "gimme" culture!

And yes, I am a "no" mom...

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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


"Vegetables are a must on a diet.
I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie."
~ Jim Davis

I hope you enjoy this first recipe I developed for a spring carrot cake for my pantry cookbook. It is inspired by the famous Great Depression "wacky" cake recipe and my desire to be able to cook strictly from basic food storage as a part of our preparedness series (remember I had challenged myself here)! This particular creation belongs to the "spring garden" pantry chapter as it includes ingredients exclusively from the pantry and garden. No refrigerated items required. It is so moist-- you will be amazed at how delicious an inexpensive recipe like this can be! Plus, there is less mess as this cake is made straight in the pan!

When would you make this recipe?

When you run out of eggs...
When you run out of butter...
When you run out of milk...
When you are serving a vegan, when you are serving someone with dairy allergies, when you need a no-fail and frugal dessert recipe, when all you have is what is in the pantry and garden, when you crave carrot cake...


Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 c. + 2 tbsp. flour  (all purpose or gluten-free flour blend)
  • 3/4 c. white sugar
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon *
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg *
  • 1 pinch of cloves *
  • 1 tsp. baking soda (use 1 1/2 tsp. is using gluten-free flour blend)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
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 carrots
***Note: If you don't have the individual spices, try replacing the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves with 1 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8 by 8 inch square baking pan.

Measure out and stir all the dry ingredients together in your prepared baking pan.



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



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



Pour water over all the contents, add the shredded carrots and carefully mix your ingredients until combined and smooth. Good thing we don't judge the taste of cakes by the looks of the batter for this will surely frighten you off! 



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. 



Cream cheese frosting is the classic choice for carrot cake. If we don't have cream cheese, we will use a plain vanilla buttercream frosting (but omit 1 cup of powdered sugar) for a nice and buttery topping that compliments the cake well. If you are trying to use what is in the pantry, prepare a plain icing* with powdered sugar, vanilla and water (or canned coconut milk, etc). This will seem more luxurious if you cut each piece of cake and drizzle the icing on separately, allowing it to overflow onto the sides.

* Mix 1 c. powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla and 1 - 2 tbsp. milk (or water), 1 tablespoon at a time, until drizzle-able (mixture will thicken slightly as it sets).


Future note: If you were to have me over for carrot cake, I prefer mine chilled and with a cup of coffee :)

Recipe can be doubled -- simply use a 9 by 13 inch pan.

You will find our printable recipe HERE.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 153

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!


Sorry, I wasn't able to prepare features this week...

But there is a special thank you to Little Birdie Blessings for the lovely
"Scripture Picture" which we shared today!

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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 also note that the posts shared on this link up from other bloggers do not necessarily reflect my own personal views or opinions (meaning I do not condone every article that may appear here). Like all literature, please discern everything you read with the Holy Scriptures as your lens.**

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