Soapmaking–a useful skill in a dirty world, plus an easy recipe

Lately I keep running into people who want to learn how to make their own soap.  Soapmaking can be an art form, most definitely, but it should also be a basic skill.  After all, up until the last hundred years or so, nearly all housewives knew how to make the soap for their families’ needs.  Even though…

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Growing Garden Huckleberries (and a pie filling recipe)

 The problem with growing your own fruit is that you often have to wait years after planting the trees and bushes to get a decent-sized harvest.  Enter the garden huckleberry.  Garden huckleberries are unique because they are annual plants. The berries are firm, shiny, black, and grow in clusters on bushes approximately the size of a tomato…

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The Stress of a “Perfect Diet”

…we women should seek first the kingdom of righteousness in making ourselves efficient users of those things around us, things we can be bountifully supplied with at all times, before we aspire to become users of articles that come from distant parts and are not always easy to get.  -1905 Healthy food blogs nowadays have…

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How I Plan out My Weekly Work

It’s been a tradition among housewives to keep a general work schedule for the home. Chances are good that you’ve read about the classic housekeeping schedule that went like this: Monday-washing (laundry) Tuesday-ironing Wednesday-mending Thursday-marketing/churning/brewing Friday-cleaning Saturday-baking Sunday-rest It’s incredible to think of how many women used that same basic housework schedule for centuries, even…

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