Monday, January 16, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 140


“Books are like people: fascinating, inspiring, thought-provoking, some laugh, some meditate, others ache with old age, but still have wisdom: some are disease-ridden, some deceitful; but others are a delight to behold, and many travel to foreign lands; some cry, some teach, others are lots of fun, they are excellent companions and all have individuality - Books are friends. What person has too many friends?” 
~ Gladys M. Hunt
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!


** Today we are sharing a special book-bundle download offer! **


This download package is brought to you by Jennifer and Bill Osuch, the lead team members over at the Back To Basics Living Bundle. They are responsible for encouraging me to write my Ebook this year! You might know them from their website Self Reliant School where they teach gardening, real food cooking and preserving skills. They’re good, country folk :)
Our Ebook, 100+ DIY Projects to Make with Fruit Scraps is also included in the Bundle!

They have put together an outstanding eBook and eCourse bundle this year. You might have seen last year’s bundle? The quality of resources, the step by step getting started guide, the seamless and incredibly easy to use download area, their unprecedented customer service, and all the bonuses included in the bundle are wonderful.

Since many of you are interested in natural healing, cooking from scratch, preparedness, simple living, DIYs, and so forth, I think you’re going to love this year’s collection! But it’s only going to be available for a short time -- one week only starting today!

This year’s bundle includes over 70 resources (including our Ebook) to help you get back to the basics and will encourage you to:
  • Cook from scratch using nourishing real food
  • Plant, harvest and preserve your own vegetables
  • Learn what it means to live a simpler life without stress
  • Create a wholesome, healthy food storage
  • Learn how to create and use natural remedies and body products
  • Plus learn how to live a more frugal life, do more things yourself, manage a small homestead, and much much more!
  • It also includes printable organization charts, preserving printables, therapeutic coloring books, printable planting calendars, homeschool unit studies, preparedness guides, simple living inspiration, etc!
If you were to buy each of these resources separately you’d pay over $800, but for this short sale it’s 96% off! Like buying in bulk, there’s a ton of goods and it can be overwhelming. That’s why they have created a getting started guide that will help you utilize the most relevant information to you so you can begin getting back to the basics immediately.

The book categories are:
  • cooking from scratch
  • do it yourself (with e-courses in soapmaking and sourdough breadmaking)
  • food storage
  • frugal living
  • gardening
  • homesteading
  • natural parenting
  • natural remedies
  • preparedness
  • simple living
The bundle is only available for a few days: January 16-22!  I will be sharing some tutorials, tips and other goodies this week from the wonderful resources that I think you will appreciate!
Click HERE to find out more (all purchases from this link help to support our website)!
Happy living and learning!
Love,
JES


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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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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Welcome Home {Random Thoughts on My "Return"}


Dear reader, these last three months had been busy as I published a few blog articles in advance, prepared for house-guests and spent time with my out-of-the-country family. It was such a blessing to see my loved ones again!


In the meantime, one of our major and one of our minor appliances gave up the ghost, both of our computers crashed and we have a fridge that is on life support! :) Yet, life goes on... And I am happy to have this one computer repaired and running which gives me this opportunity to update you all.


It was heart-wrenching to embrace family and be forced to let them go. Everything bottled up inside that you never realized you held so strongly, it overflows into the heart, and aching tears spill in abundance. When all the good-byes have been said, it leaves you with a sense of loneliness and longing.


But I am grateful. I am grateful for the piles of  laundry that need attention. I am grateful for the appliances that need tending. I am grateful for the messes in the corner that had been neglected during our visit. 


For this is where the homemaker will find solace -- in the home. She will embrace those daily rituals, beautify them and invest her time and energy into what is standing before her. She will receive strength from this calling because of He that has called her to it. Whatever has left you hanging last year or whatever remains unfinished this year, I encourage you to "welcome home" as a healer. It is the pleasantest of distractions.

"Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
~ Nehemiah 8:10


Epilogue: With that being said, I will be diving back into the blog next week as I share about the Back to Basics Living Bundle. This is the opportunity that encouraged me to write our Ebook in the first place and I am excited to be a part of it. I will be sharing some tutorials, tips and other goodies next week from the wonderful resources that I think you will appreciate! There are so many fun and useful parts of homemaking and I hope these upcoming posts will inspire you to enjoy being home!

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 MusingsMake Your Home Sing MondayGood Morning Mondays,  The ScoopTitus 2 TuesdaysTuesdays with a TwistRaising HomemakersThe Homesteader HopWise Woman Link UpHomestead Blog Hop Wow Us Wednesdays,  Coffee and ConversationHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeOur Simple HomesteadAwesome Life Friday Link UpFive Star Frou Frou Friday, and Shabbilicious Friday. 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). 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

5 Wonderful Winter Canning Projects for Your Pantry


"The pantry door stood wide open,
giving the sight and smell of goodies on the shelves..."
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods

My favorite time to can is in the winter when the kitchen needs the heat of the simmering pots and steamy, boiling canning equipment! Winter also gives you a slower canning pace without the rush of the summer harvest at your heels. Here are five of our favorite seasonal canning projects to fill your pantry shelves:




I don't think I need to share the convenience of having cooked beans in your pantry and dried beans are ready to can year round! These are as versatile as it comes. Visit here for 14 meals to make with pinto beans and I hope it inspires you to stock your cupboards! We also like to process black beans and white beans. You will find our tips for canning beans here.




Simmering soups, stews and a variety of rices are all the more beautiful if you have a supply of stock and/or broths to infuse nutrition and flavor into your meals. These can be made with leftover vegetable scraps, meaty bones or a mix of the two and make a wonderful addition to the pantry! Visit our tutorial here.



Lemons are now in season and falling off trees! Canning the juice is very simple and is very handy to have in the pantry! We use ours in homemade meat marinades, jams and everything else you need a splash of lemon juice (such as these ideas here). 


Marmalades


Marmalades are fun to make and add a splash of color to a cold winter day! You can read my sentimental musings in the article above and see why I enjoy this pantry project.



This recipe above is for the traditional marmalade which features sugar. Ladle some onto scones, stir into hot and cold teas or smear over cream cheese and crackers for a fun treat.


And once you are finished with canning that lemon juice or anything else you make with lemons, prepare a batch of our frugal "French inspired" lemon syrup. With a glass of sparkling water, you can look forward to enjoying some refreshing drinks in the summer! Happy winter preserving ladies!


"...study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing."
~ 1 Thessalonians 4:11-1
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Greetings, dear ladies! For the new few months, I will be sharing a few pre-scheduled posts (and round-ups) as I prepare for and enjoy a wonderful extended visit with out-of-town family. With that being said, I will not be able to do much online "visiting" and commenting but would still love to hear from you in the comments should you desire to share. Thank you for understanding and have a lovely week!
Love, JES

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 139



“I wonder if you know just what it means to be pious?"

"Goin' to church, and readin' the Bible, and sayin' prayers and hymns, ain't it?"

"Those things are a part of it; but being kind and cheerful, doing one's duty, helping others, and loving God, is the best way to show that we are pious in the true sense of the word.”
~ Louisa May Alcott, Under the Lilacs
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!

Greetings, dear ladies! For the new few months, I will be taking a break from the features as I prepare for and enjoy a wonderful extended visit with out-of-town family. I will continue hosting the link up but am sorry that I will not be able to do much online "visiting". Thank you for understanding and have a lovely week!
Love, JES

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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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