Normally a homemaking post here on Growing In His Grace demonstrates an actual skill that I use to take care of or provide for my family. However, in our quest to keep Christ the center of this season–I though I’d share with you one small way to keep Him the center of our homemaking. How do I keep Christ the center of my homemaking? My laundry? My cooking? My washing dishes? My folding diapers?
Just when you think you’ve got this cooking thing down for you and your husband, a child comes along that changes everything. I have been glad to have some of these skills as I’ve added to my brood, and earnestly wishing I had had others before the motherhood journey began.
In my years of marriage, there are some definite cooking skills I was glad I brought to the relationship. However, there are also some I wish I’d conquered (or even known about) before I was married. If you’re single, then heed my advice and work on these while you’ve still got time.
I normally don’t make dishwasher tablets this time of the year, but I’m plumb out! I was hoping to get into the winter before having to make tablets. So, we’re off our harvesting streak… But since I had to make them, I figured I’d share them with you all. If done correctly, they are pretty darn economical. A large tub that I buy on-line or at Costco can cost $30 or more. These don’t cost nearly that much.
We don’t celebrate Halloween at our house, so my kids pretty much get to dress up anytime they have free play time and for little-people parties. We’re getting low on princess dresses right now, and it’s time for a change… If you’ve been with me awhile, then you recall that this is the third month I’ve said I was going to make a peacock outfit for one of my littles. I finally did it, and we’ve already had one peacock party!
When you’re a homesteader, you stockpile. Survivalists stockpile, couponers stockpile, and hoarders stockpile. Some people can’t imagine not stockpiling. Other people just plain don’t understand why anyone would ever stockpile. How about us? How about you?
Well, it’s past time for me to be training one of the wee ones in the art of using the potty. He does pretty well by himself already and has for awhile, so it’s really just training me and getting him into the habit of using the potty all the time.
Here’s one of my mommy hacks that saves me a ton of money. I make a lot of my own cleaning products, and this is one I make one or twice every week–my own foaming hand soap. I have paid $2.50-$3.00 per bottle of soap. So, that means I’m saving about $25.00 a month on just this one item. Foaming hand soap–made with just three items:
Last week in Make Sundays Easier Part I, I told you how our family doesn’t work, cook, or clean on Sundays. Here in Part II, we’ll talk about how I prepare for that.
Got a question about bread machines after I posted the bread recipe. I’ll admit, I didn’t want to use a bread machine and had no interest in one EVER until a friend asked me if I’d ever tried one. You see, I’ve always made my own bread. Daily when needed. When you do it all the time, it’s second nature. BUT, when I moved into a house with no air-conditioning (and at the time no windows that could open), it became very uncomfortable to be baking in the summer months. Something had to change. What wound up changing was our menu. Because a good loaf of bread is right around $3. That adds up fast. I was very frustrated. Apparently I complained about it, because a friend suggested a bread machine.