Category: Homemaking

How we explain Easter to our children

Easter is filled with candy, colored eggs, food and a few toys but the real reason we celebrate Easter should never be forgotten. The Easter story can be disturbing,  but I found a way to make it fun and make the outcome something kids can remember.  This is how we explain Easter to our children.   We take twelve plastic eggs and fill each egg with a message and a small visual to help with the story.  We pass the basket of eggs around the room and each child opens one egg, in number order, they read the message, show...

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How To Dye Eggs Naturally

Dye Easter Eggs Naturally What happens when your eggs are all boiled, dried and ready to color and you have no egg dye?   You go all natural!  You can easily color your Easter eggs with dyes made with things found in your pantry, like fruits, vegetables and spices. Experiment with ingredients such as red cabbage, blackberries, coffee, tea, tumeric and even grape juice. I’m a huge advocate for simple and natural living!  And even though coloring eggs naturally takes a bit longer, knowing there’s nothing chemically added makes this girl happy! Want to know how to dye eggs naturally?...

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I Want to be a Housewife When I Grow Up

As a little girl, all I wanted to be was a housewife. What I dreamed of was being an old-fashion homemaker. I found comfort in programs like Little House on the Prairie and The Walton’s. I idealized June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver and Aunt Bea from The Andy Griffith Show. Even as an adult I still have an idealistic view of a woman whose primary job is to take care of their family. If I think back to my middle school years, I can honestly say I never had trouble getting good grades in Home Economics and...

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Which Organic Foods Should You Buy

I just read a study on which organic foods we should buy. I was shocked at the pesticides, additives, and hormones that are used to grow them.  The report listed the top foods that were affected and it just reinforced how important it is that we choose organic alternatives whenever we can. We grow many of our own vegetables, raise our own beef, pork, and chicken and buy raw milk, so I feel good about checking those items off the list.  However, many of the other foods on this list I buy organic fruits and vegetables when I can,...

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Old Fashion Laundry Detergent – Could you do it?

Could you live like your great grandmother did on wash day? I only have one memory of my great grandmother.  It was her standing in an upstairs window watching me play in the yard of my grandmother’s house.  I don’t remember talking to her, but I can still see her standing at that window.  As she was facing the last years of her life, I was a little girl full of life with no cares to what tomorrow would bring. I often wonder what she was thinking as she was watched me play.  Was she reminiscing about a time when...

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Tracy at Our Simple Homestead Hidden away in Central South Carolina is a little farm where we call home. Surrounded by pine trees, chicken farms, and lots of sandy soil we live a very simple lifestyle by the grace of God.

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