Archive for the 'Homemaking' Category

Free ECookbook: Sweets For Your Sweet

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Download a free eCookbook full of recipes to cook for the one you love:

Sweets for Your Sweet: 22 Cute Dessert Recipes for Valentine’s Day eCookbook –Whether you’re planning a romantic evening for two, or looking for a fun recipe to make with the kids, you will find it here. This free recipe ebook includes cake and pie recipes, mousses, cupcake recipes, drinks and other Valentine’s Day dessert recipes. We have everything from Chocolate Cherry Cake and Perfect Tiramisu to Flourless Chocolate Cake and Orange Scented Hot Chocolate, plus lots more.

Blessings and happy cooking,


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Free Ebook For Homemakers

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Lisa, at Homestead Originals, has a free ebook to help all of us “Keepers at Home”:

Homestead Simplicity: A Primer –Learn about natural cleaning, cooking from scratch, planning and stocking your pantry, and easy ways to provide loving care for your homestead and those in it.



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Free Recipes Ebook: 50 Gourmet Burgers

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Updated August 10, 2012

Here’s a free eCookbook for you and your children:

Red Robin 2011 Kids Cook-Off Cookbook (link fixed) –Includes 50 inventive gourmet burger recipes from kids around the country plus back to school safety tips from the national Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Pdf format. Note: The 2007-2010 Cookbooks are also available in the left sidebar.

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10 Free eCookbooks: Soups And Stews, Healthy Eating, Pasta Recipes And More -Updated August 7, 2012

Blessings and happy cooking,


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Free Recipe Ebook: Appetizers And Party Pleasers

Friday, February 5th, 2010

RecipeLion: Game Day Appetizers -39 Appetizer Recipes and Party Pleasers, featuring 60 pages of tasty appetizer recipes.
Perfect for your “Big Game” party.





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Free Ecookbook: Homemade Chicken and Dumplins

Friday, February 5th, 2010

From Homeschool Freebie of the Day and Penny Raine:

Creatively Simple: How to Make Homemade Chicken and Dumplins (PDF ebook) –We love living in the South and Southern Chicken and Dumplins are better than anywhere else. We add our own touches like adding in vegetables and it becomes a healthy nutritious meal that still has that great Southern flavor. It really isn’t hard but it does take some know how. Join my daughters and I in the kitchen as we are happy to share with you how to make the most incredible Chicken and Dumplins you ever had.





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Are You Ready For The Winter Storm?

Friday, January 29th, 2010

We’re still waiting on the big snow storm here next to the Smoky Mountains. The current forecast is calling for 4-9 inches total for Townsend and  6-14 inches in the Park –but you never know, it could be a lot less or a lot more.

Smoky Mountains Weather Forecast


Are you prepared if the power goes out?

Staying Warm

If you have a woodstove or fireplace, make sure you have enough wood to last a few days, and stack it somewhere out of the weather –it’s no fun digging out wood from under 3 feet of snow (did that during the blizzard of ‘93). Same thing if you use a kerosene heater -be sure you have a few days supply of fuel.

Here are some ideas to stay warm, if you don’t have an alternative heat source:

  • close off all but one room of your house
  • cover all your windows and doors with blankets
  • share body heat –dress warmly and pile up together under blankets
  • stay with a neighbor who does have heat


If you have a woodstove or fireplace, you should have no problem –just cook right on top of the woodstove or on the coals in the fireplace.  You can also heat food on top of a kerosene heater, depending on how hot it gets. Do you have a BBQ grill? You can cook on that, too (outside).

No way to cook? Just make sure you have plenty of food stocked up that you don’t have to cook.

Some examples:

  • cold cereals
  • canned tuna
  • crackers
  • peanut butter
  • bread
  • granola bars
  • fresh and canned fruit
  • Vienna sausages
  • Beanie weenies
  • lunchmeats –ham, bologna, turkey, etc.
  • cheese
  • salad vegetables –carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc.

(Be sure you have a manual can-opener)

And, if the power does go out, don’t worry about your refrigerated or frozen food –stick it outside in the snow!


Be prepared by jugging up some water, anywhere from 1-4 gallons per person per day for drinking, cooking, washing, and using the bathroom (and don’t flush the toilet each time you go). If you have pets, you’ll need water for them, too.

You can also melt snow (it takes a lot) or get water from a creek for your bathroom needs (8 drops of bleach per gallon will purify water for drinking –or boil it, which is best).

Be sure you have a big pot to heat water in (if you have a non-electric heat source).

Light And Communication

Be sure to have on hand:

Candles or oil lamps (and lamp oil)

Battery operated radio

Extra batteries

If you have a cell phone, be sure it’s completely charged (and have a car charger in case the battery runs down)


Above all, stay safe and don’t go anywhere unless it’s an emergency (life or death situation) –and don’t bother the police with trivialities.




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Old Southern Recipes: Pot Likker And Cornmeal Dodgers

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010


Into 3 quarts of cold water, put a 1/2-pound piece of salt pork and place on fire to boil for 45 minutes. Wash young turnip greens in several waters and clean them well. Put them into the pot along with the pork and let boil for another hour. Drain the water from the greens and meat; chop the greens rather fine and season well with salt and pepper. Place the greens on a hot dish and on top arrange slices of the pork; pour over the greens and meat about 1 1/2 cups of the water in which the greens were cooked (pot likker). Cornmeal dodgers are frequently served along with this dish and are arranged around the greens.



1/2 pint white corn meal

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons melted butter or other shortening

cold water

Add salt to corn meal and stir in the melted butter. Add sufficient cold water so dough will hold shape. Mould dough into biscuit size pieces and drop into boiling pot likker. Cook in closely covered pot for twenty minutes. Serve garnished with the greens from the "pot likker".

From: Southern Cookbook -322 Old Dixie Recipes (1935)




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10 Free eCookbooks: Soups And Stews, Healthy Eating, Pasta Recipes And More

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Updated August 7, 2012

For those cold winter days and nights:

Betty Crocker Soups Stews And Chilies –Includes 28 slow cooker recipes and quick-to-fix breads, from General Mills. Read online or downloadable as an executable (.exe) or zip file, offline version is 33 mb.

Quick and healthy dinners:

20 Fresh, Light & Quick Dinners (PDF) –Recipes for pasta, burgers, chicken, fish and more.

Make a three course meal for a special occasion:

Impress Your Friends with a Three Course Meal (PDF) –Cream of squash soup, herbed pork tenderloin with buttered vegetables in cherry pineapple sauce and drunken mangoes with vanilla ice cream.

Grilled Panini recipes:

10 Best Panini Mini Cookbook (PDF) –Recipes and grilling tips from Only available through January 31, 2010; subscribe by email, rss or become a fan on Facebook to get the free download. This offer is expired but there are a ton of recipes in the recipe index at Panini Happy.

Free eBook from

Simply Zesty (PDF) –A free ecookbook of the best recipes from ZestyCook and other talented food bloggers. Included are recipes for Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Pump It Up Muffins, Fired Up Chicken Chili, Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip, White Chocolate Almond Brownies and many more –22 in all! Subscription required (free).

Kids in the kitchen:

Kitchen Kids (PDF) –Downloadable recipe booklet from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. Contains 12 recipes using Wisconsin cheese plus tips on age-appropriate cooking activities, kitchen safety and preparation methods.

Make “secret” restaurant recipes at home:

31 Top Secret Restaurant Recipes (link fixed) (PDF) –Eat out at home! Includes copycat recipes for Olive Garden, Macaroni Grill and P.F. Chang’s dishes.

27 Secret Restaurant Copycat Recipes (link fixed) (PDF) –Included in this ecookbook are recipes similar to ones served at Cracker Barrel, Cheesecake Factory, Applebee’s, TGI Fridays, KFC, McDonalds, Chili’s and Panda Express.

Fresh pasta recipes:

Latina Fresh eCookbooks Volume 1 and Volume 2 (link fixed) (PDF) –2 free ecookbooks full of recipes using Latina Fresh Pasta from General Mills International. (I’ve never seen Latina Fresh pasta here in the United States but I suppose you could substitute another brand or make your own.) Click on the download link for each ebook.

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Free Ebooks: All Kinds Of Craft Projects

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

FaveCrafts has a new ebook out:

25 Sewing Crafts from Bloggers eBook (PDF format) –65 pages of sewing patterns, including; a girl’s tiered skirt, easy appliqué flowers, heating pillow with buckwheat, camping or sleepover bag and many more.

Here’s another ebook, from CraftyPod Publishing:

Crafts for The Knittn’ Kitten (PDF format) –22 pages containing 9 different projects, such as; Crocheted Ribbon & Bead Necklace, Knit & Stitch Zipper Pouch and Jersey Doily Scarf.

Like to quilt? Check out this ebook from Quilting Arts:

Seven Quilted Bag Patterns: Handmade Quilt Bags from Quilting Arts (PDF format) –Patterns for small handbags to totebags are in this lovely little gem –you can’t have too many bags! 18 pages, requires registration (free)


Blessings and happy crafting,


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Recipes From The Past: A Harvest Drink

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

A Harvest Drink

Mix with 5 gallons good cool water, 1/2 gallon of molasses, 1 quart vinegar and 2 ounces powdered ginger.

From: Colonial Recipes by Maude A. Bomberger





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