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08-02-2010 09:06 AM
trghig I am so proud of myself! Yesterday, I made my first thing of homemade bread! I made 4 small loaves of french bread (It was suppose to be 2 large loaves but I didn't have a pan large enough.)

I also tackled my mending pile of DS1 pjs. I swear the boy somehow managed to put a hole in the foot of each pair of pjs. But, I got them all mended and they look good as new
07-27-2010 05:15 PM
swd12422 Highlandmum - glad I'm not alone!
Hteb83 - Me too! I'm currently shirking my cleaning and laundry so I can plan my garden b/c I really want to start growing some of our food. I've been reading up on canning and am so excited!
07-27-2010 04:00 PM
hteb83 I love this thread! Just wish I had a bigger garden and could can/preserve something!
07-27-2010 03:58 PM
highlandmum
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Originally Posted by swd12422 View Post
I'm so glad this thread got bumped up! I'm a terrible housekeeper who is trying to improve her skills and turn staying home into homemaking. Of course, I just spent two days' worth of "free" time reading this thread and bookmarking links from it instead of, you know, cleaning the house and getting organized! lol
lol-- that is totally me!!!
07-25-2010 07:40 PM
justmama Anyone make soap? My mom and I just went to a workshop last weekend about soap making and are really interested in learning more. Where do you get your supplies? any beginner's tips and tricks you can share?
07-24-2010 11:13 PM
trghig Wanted to add what sort of homemaker stuff I do and a little bit about me

I am Tiffany, mommy to 2 little boys (P-2yrs, T- 5 months) and proud wife to my airman M. I am a young mommy and that sometimes makes it hard to find friends my age, who are doing similar things as I am.

I cook and bake mostly from scratch. The newest thing I'd like to learn how to do in that realm is make bread. (It scares me, which is why I haven't tackled it yet!) I am a pretty self taught cook and very appreciative of DH, who is normally willing to try whatever I try my hand at. I grew up eating boxed foods like hamburger helper.

I sew- I am a beginner but getting better with each new project I do. DH bought me a sewing machine a couple Christmas ago and I love it I made almost all homemade gifts for people last year using it

I paint and make homemade gifts using a variety of different craft techiniques.

I am really big on organization and currently I am working on trying to get re-organized after our last move. We moved this past october when I was 5.5 months pregnant. It was a difficult move and getting settled has been hard to say the least because of a difficult pregnancy, health problems after the baby was born and ppd. However, things are finally getting back on track

I've dabbled in soap making and would like to get back into that. I make all my own cleaners, minus dish soap and laundry soap. Until, we moved here I dried everything outside almost all year. However, our current location is so humid I find it almost impossible to dry anything outside most days.
07-24-2010 09:29 AM
trghig I think this is a great thread I've always loved the idea of being a homemaker. I've found for me the 2 biggest challenges have been 1- keeping organized move after move. We are military and move fairly often. In the 3 years DH and I have been married we have moved 4 times and it shows...lol there are boxes that don't ever really get unpacked and I am drawning in baby/toddler clothes. The second challenge I've had since baby number 2 was born in feb is time. We've spent so much time at doctors due to a number of health issues that its really cut into my time at home.

I look forward to reading the old post over the next few days. I am currently working on Christmas.
07-21-2010 11:06 PM
swd12422 I'm so glad this thread got bumped up! I'm a terrible housekeeper who is trying to improve her skills and turn staying home into homemaking. Of course, I just spent two days' worth of "free" time reading this thread and bookmarking links from it instead of, you know, cleaning the house and getting organized! lol

I am really looking forward to learning some new skills (like maybe even sewing) and just getting my stuff together. Thanks for starting this thread!
07-21-2010 02:35 PM
Pariah Yay, I love this thread! I don't always have things to contribute, but I've learned a lot.

I've made soap and candles, and I want to start it up again. Just need supplies...I got rid of them in a frantic "Leaving my abusive husband and I can only take essentials" packing and moving out a year and a half ago. I lost so much great stuff that just wasn't essential and I only had a car to move everything in.

So, soap, candles, and I want to do canning really bad. And get a food dehydrator so we can make dried fruit and we can start trying raw food recipes!
07-21-2010 02:13 PM
MamaLocs I'm thinking of canning cherries too. My first ever foray into canning! I'm glad this thread is back too. I've decided through a long process to live up to my title of Homemaker!
07-20-2010 11:53 PM
goldingoddess I'll join.

I just got all of my supplies for canning this weekend. Our cherry trees are ripening and I'm going to can a ton of it to keep us in jam. Tonight I made a sour cherry pie and it was amazing!!!!!!
07-20-2010 08:45 PM
highlandmum bringing this thread out of retirement.... been thinking about this a lot, and thinking about how pretty soon, we might need a lot of these skills.

I for one would like to learn candlemaking just 'cause
03-23-2009 10:45 PM
mommathea I need to get spring cleaning going, but with a brood of chickens living their 'dust' all over the place, it's going to have to wait till dh gets done with the new chicken coop. It doesn't help that we're having 40mph winds on his only afternoon off this week. Not getting the coop built in this wind.
03-22-2009 11:26 PM
kimiij Laurel Plum has a great list for Spring Cleaning:

http://laurelplumonline.com/organizi...r-preparation/

She also has lists for fall and winter I believe...
03-22-2009 11:16 PM
Carlyn
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Originally Posted by marimara View Post
I am in the middle of my spring cleaning right now. basically I take out everything of a room except the big furniture and clean top to bottom . I take off the bed linens, wash them, open the windows for a day or so. Put up fresh springish linens on the beds and then, vaccuum and put the room back together. That includes emptying the closet too. Declutter and get rid of everything I no longer want.
Wow, I've never really done spring cleaning, but I think it would be so great to start things fresh once we can have the windows open again. And soon before it gets a bit more uncomfortable to do the lifting and cleaning. We live in a rural area where spring cleaning is totally normal and expected. My friend even does a spring and fall cleaning, right down to taking everything out of all the closets and cleaning every nook and cranny.

The trouble is that I get overwhelmed by the huge tasks (we have a big old stone farm house) and then I hardly know where to start or what to do. I'm thinking that I should get a checklist from realsimple.com or somewhere like that, and just plug away at it steadily. It doesn't matter if it doesn't happen all at one time, just a gradual spring clean-up would be okay, right?

Another idea I have had, but haven't worked on yet, is to see if a friend would like to do it with me, and we could swap working at each others' places. That way we'd be working together, which is more fun for me and for the kids. And it wouldn't seem so overwhelming to do it all myself. I'll see if that actually happens.

Today I had a busy day in the kitchen, cooking for a church potluck supper. It all turned out great, and all the food I brought was gone. I wouldn't have minded having some leftovers, but it was good to see that people wanted to eat what I made! The kitchen was a big mess when I left, but I quick did all the dishes and tidied up as soon as we got home while my husband did bedtime with the kids. So I'll start the week off with a clean kitchen.

Oops - Sorry for rambling!
03-22-2009 02:39 PM
marimara I am in the middle of my spring cleaning right now. basically I take out everything of a room except the big furniture and clean top to bottom . I take off the bed linens, wash them, open the windows for a day or so. Put up fresh springish linens on the beds and then, vaccuum and put the room back together. That includes emptying the closet too. Declutter and get rid of everything I no longer want.
03-22-2009 01:57 PM
sofysmommy do you have a routine for Spring cleaning? if I had lots of linens and things this would be the time to get them out. I do have a really pretty shower curtain that I want to put up today.
03-07-2009 04:06 PM
rhiandmoi Last night I went to borders to get "Artisan Bread in 5 Mins a Day". So far I have not made any of the dough, but I am very intrigued by the idea of having dough just hanging out in the fridge waiting to become bread. And it seems much simpler than keeping my starter alive.
03-07-2009 11:27 AM
Christine&men Sadly neglected by myself. Thanks for the bump! Didn't even get to make my own batch of dryer sheets yet, despite triumphant announcement to do so some time ago... What can I say, kids!
03-07-2009 01:09 AM
AngelBee Bump
02-28-2009 10:00 AM
woodchick
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Originally Posted by rhiandmoi View Post
What kind of crusts are you getting on you bread? DH really likes the soft almost non-existent crust of store bread, and I've been doing all kinds of things to try to get that. The bread itself is coming out fine, but the crust is too tough. I've tried steam, butter, and a dry oven. I don't know what else to do.
*I use a bread machine* Just FYI.

I used to get really tough crusts...until I started using filtered water instead of just tap water. Once I switched the bread started rising much better and the crust thinned right out.
02-28-2009 05:50 AM
Krisis I sewed!!! For the first time EVER. I made a T-shirt quilt for DS out of some of my favorite shirts he wore during his first year of life. You can definitely tell it's my first attempt at sewing, it's pretty rough... but I'm so proud of it!

That was my homemaker moment for the day :
02-27-2009 08:37 PM
lil_miss_understood Could be:
Too much salt
Too high of heat
Using water instead of milk
or
Too long of rising time
02-27-2009 08:33 PM
Shenjall My sil makes that kind of wonderful no-crust bread. I love it! She says she uses xtra butter and milk instead of water. It never works for me, so I keep going to her for my homemade bread fix.
02-27-2009 07:57 PM
rhiandmoi What kind of crusts are you getting on you bread? DH really likes the soft almost non-existent crust of store bread, and I've been doing all kinds of things to try to get that. The bread itself is coming out fine, but the crust is too tough. I've tried steam, butter, and a dry oven. I don't know what else to do.
02-27-2009 06:27 PM
holyhelianthus This thread is still alive?! :

Off to read up on what I have missed...
02-21-2009 02:27 PM
marimara
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Originally Posted by Christine&men View Post
Care to share that recipe? Mine is with yeast. The result is great, but of course there is some timing involved...
I use yeast too but only let rise 5-10 min. Let me see if I can remember the recipe
Foccacia Pizza Crust, quick and easy


2.5 cups flour
1 packet yeast
2 tblsps olive oil
1 cup warm water
1 tblsp honey
1 tsp garlic powder
1tsp onion powder
rosemary optional (I do this and throw in a few pinches of dried rosemary)
1tblsp corn meal optional

Mix yeast in water, let sit till foamy.

Mix in large bowl, honey, oil, herbs, garlic and onion powder

After yeast water is foamy (by the time you get everything else mixed up), mix all ingredients together, place in bowl, cover with towel and let rise 5-10 minutes. (If the house is not warm enough, while I am mixing the ingredients I turn the oven on slightly (about 90 deg) and set bowl inside to rise w/door cocked open.

After risen, take out of oven, preheat oven to spread flat onto baking sheet sprinkled w/cornmeal or greased w/olive oil (either is good, but greased makes a more moist foccacia like crust)

Bake for 9-11 min (11 min in my electric oven). Take out, sprinkle on tomato sauce and cheese and toppings. Bake for another 7-10 min until cheese is melted and almost browning on edges. Voila!
02-21-2009 02:13 PM
LeighB
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Originally Posted by tumblingstar View Post
I fear that we've been neglecting this thread lately. I've been in on the skills of a 100 years ago and admit that a lot of the THM mamas here on this thread do a lot of that already. I recently began making homemade pizza dough. I whipped up a homemade pizza yesterday (sauce was jarrred but frozen from last time) in less than 30 minutes from kneading to mouth My hubby loves it!!!!! It's almost faster than ordering pizza delivery and boy does it taste better as well as better for us.
I have started doing this once a week. It's sooo cheap and easy. I usually make the sauce and then use it to make meatball subs the next day. I use the crust recipe from the Better Homes and Garden cookbook. I've been really happy with it.
02-21-2009 01:13 PM
Christine&men
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Originally Posted by tumblingstar View Post
I whipped up a homemade pizza yesterday (sauce was jarrred but frozen from last time) in less than 30 minutes from kneading to mouth My hubby loves it!!!!! It's almost faster than ordering pizza delivery and boy does it taste better as well as better for us.
Care to share that recipe? Mine is with yeast. The result is great, but of course there is some timing involved...
02-20-2009 04:04 PM
woodchick We've given up on delivery as well! I make spaghetti sauce and meatballs about once a month and freeze it. Several containers get sauce and meatballs and there's always sauce left over. So I label it "pizza sauce" and no one is the wiser
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