I’m a stay-at-home father of two boys. When our first boy arrived, he’s adopted, we decided it was important for one of us to stay home. And since my wife makes, and can make even more than I ever could, it was decided it would be me. And I was all to happy to do it. But over the years, as the recession took its toll, I had to come up with ideas and recipes that cost less, were simple to do, and was good for our family.
And after several years of doing this and collecting plans, ideas, and recipes, I thought that there must be others out there who are living the same way. So the idea of a blog started rolling around in my head. I’ve talked to many about this. Many offered help. And slowly, step by step it came to life. And tonight I posted my first post. Now, that being said, this is going to change. I’ll learn to add images, videos, have links for sites and products I love and use. So please be patient, and please feel free to offer suggestions.
The other day we had stopped in a local Amish store and I picked up a cookbook called Amish Cooking, published by Pathway Publishers, but with no real authors. The forward says that all of the recipes come from many different places, by Mothers who have tested them in family kitchens. This is my new kitchen bible.
Here are a few Household Hints from Amish Cooking:
Vinegar in water with a dash of ammonia makes a good window spray cleaner.
Add a tablespoon of Epson salts to each of your medium washer loads and colored garments will neither fade or rum. I’d double it for a large load.
To remove blood stains, dampen the spot with cold water and rub with salt. Let is stand about a half hour, then rinse in cold water. Repeat if necessary. Remember that hot water will set a stain, so always do this in cold water.
If you get an oil stain, like cooking oil, butter, mayo, etc. Get that area wet and rub in a few drops of dish detergent and then wash as normal. This has worked for me every time.
How about a simple ice cream recipe?
To make a 5qt bucket of ice cream use 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk, a quart of heavy whipping cream, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix the heavy whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks, but be careful or you’ll get a lot of fresh butter. Mix in the 2 cans of sweetened milk and the vanilla. After all of that is well mixed you pour into the 5qt bucket and freeze for 24 hours. Before you freeze it you can stir in chocolate chips, or mini M&M’s, or fruit, or even a creamy peanut butter with mini marshmallows and mini chocolate chips to make a S’mores ice cream.
It’s getting late and we have a full day tomorrow. Check back often for more.