Homemade Butter

Oh, how I wish we had a dairy cow. But I’d probably spend ALL my time in the kitchen then. As if I don’t spend enough time in here already. 🙂 Well, somebody’s got to do it!

Start with heavy whipping cream

Beat and beat and beat. You will see it turn into whipping cream, then a frosting like texture as pictured here.

A few minutes more and it’s turned into butter

Drain the buttermilk and save for bread, salad dressing or drinking
Fresh Butter

Creamed Grains for Breakfast

I love Cream of Wheat for breakfast. But our budget just doesn’t justify me buying it and I prefer homemade things over boxed or canned foods.

This is a combination of wheat, rye, rice, oats and barley that I put through our Grain Mill.

I mixed it with a little water and lots of milk. Cooked on the stove for 10 minutes and it was the best hot cereal I’ve had in my life.

Leah’s Little Outfit

I was eyeing my fleece the other day and thought how comfortable for Leah and convenient for me to make her this little outfit.

I made this as an extra long nightie so I could change her diaper easy.

And fold it up on her as a blanket

Of course I had to take lots of pictures then…

Little Smiles

Bright Eyes

Pretty Little Leah

The Buckeye Pottery Company

I found this old jug on www.2good2toss.com the other day. She was selling it for only $2.00. I looked up the brand name and history on this little find and this is what I found:

“The Buckeye Pottery Company of Macomb, IL — The old pottery company was in business from the late 1800s to the 1930s at which time the Buckeye Pottery buildings were purchased by the Haeger Company for the manufacture of floral artware. Joseph Pech, a native of Bohemia born in 1827, emigrated to America in 1852, living first in Wisconsin, then in Ohio, and ultimately in Macomb, IL, where he founded Joseph Pech & Sons in 1882, which later became known as The Buckeye Pottery Company. An old historical record from Macomb (ca. 1885) states: �Among the other industrial institutions of Macomb is the Buckeye, which is located on Carroll street, near the railroad track. This was established by the present proprietors, Joseph Pech & Sons, in 1882, they erecting the necessary buildings at that time. They have a capital of $20,000 invested here, and afford employment to some 20 hands. Most of their ware, which is of a superior quality, is made from clay found within the limits of the county and sent to Nebraska, Iowa, and other western states.� (source: an online collector’s site) I found several examples of this pottery’s utilitarian items on Worthopedia’s database of auction house records.”

I just think it looks nice on the dusty bookcase in our living room.


Here is our little Hannah. She is getting so very pretty. I made her a denim skirt the other day and found these tunic tops at Penney’s for $2.50. I bought two each for the girls, blue and white.

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Casserole Bread

Okay, I am having too much fun with different containers to cook my bread in. The other day I tried my ole casserole dish. Here is how it turned out. I have used it since and will probably cook bread in it regularly.

Blessings in Tea

I have a friend who lives in Maine that sent me some samples of her teas she sells. They are not only fragrant and delicious, they are beautiful to the eyes as well. Here is her Mama’s Milk Tea.

Is that some hearty looking tea or what?

She also sent me some Blessed Thistle and Mama’s Pregnancy Tea (I liked your little “just in case” there Neysha). : )

If you would like to order some of this wonderful tea, please visit her blog here: http://mylittleblessingsfarm.blogspot.com/
She is a wonderful lady. Thank you again my friend!

Officially Starting Homeschool – A little here, a little there.

We are officially starting home school today. Wow, I’m excited! What a journey we have before us. We’ve actually started long before today with writing letters on the Magnadoodle and Elisabeth identifying them. She can identify all the letters, uppercase and lowercase. She recognizes numbers up to 100 (yes, she can tell us what page we are on in a book – like 47). Matthew worked with her on these large numbers. She also can identify 1000. So, she’s off to a great start. We haven’t worked with her everyday and have just done it “a little here, a little there”. I believe that’s how it’s going to go with all of them until they are 15 or so and ready to take the GED test. Here is a couple of pictures that I scanned in from some free homeschooling material I received last year off of Freecycle (and I received a LOT). I scan it in and print it out and show Elisabeth how to draw from the arrow to the object on the other side. She’s done a few pages and is having a blast! A little here, a little there.