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I’m officially done with public school! :]
I will be homeschooling my senior year.
Now that I have more time on my hands (not to mention a lot less stress) I’d really like to get this blog up and going strong. I’ll admit I always have the hardest time keeping up with things like this.  Sometimes I wonder if I even have anything worth talking about! But I suppose I’ll never know until I really make a go at it.  When I first decided that I wanted to give this another shot, my first thought was that I need to first spend more time with God. If there’s anything worth talking about, it’s the Lord! :]

I’d like to make more personal post. Share some of the devotions and lessons that I’ve written. Actually share some of my poetry. I’d also like to post sermons, apologetic reads, and things that other ladies can use. Of course we can’t forget the recipes!

I hope you’ll follow along with me.
To God be the Glory!

:]

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Tub Cleaner:
 Baking soda & Dawn Dish soap.
Sprinkle soda on tub then the dish soap & scrub with a wet rag/spung.
Or, you can make a paste of sorts & then scrub. (I have used this and it works well, however, I must confess I do use a strong store bought cleaner for my tubs due to having such hard water here at my house. When I find a better for hard water stains homade cleaner then I’ll use that.)

Vinyl Floor Cleaner
1 Cup White Vinegar to a gallon of warm water, mix & use.
(I like this basic cleaner. I can even use this in my Bissel Steam Mop.)

All Purpose Cleaner
 2 Tbs Vinegar
1 Tsp Borax
Hot Water
A few drops of a mild Dish Detergent In a spray bottle
(such as an old commercial spray bottle)
Put the vinegar, borax, and hot water. Swish it around till all is dissolved. Finish filling up to top, then add the drops of dish detergent. You can use right away.

Disinfectant
2 to 3 drops of Bleach per cup of water. (I use a messuring cup for this. I found for my spray bottles it takes 4 cups to fill the bottle. I also make this a gallon at time useually too. There are 17 cups to a gallon.)

Window Cleaner
1/2 Tsp Mild Dish Detergent
3 Tbs Vinegar
2 cups Hot Water
Make in the spray bottle and then fill the rest of the way with water. (On a side note: I found to not add the dish soap till after all other ingrediants, including water, have been added.)

I found this here: http://www.homesteadblogger.com/mountianmomwannabe/ :]

Lasagna

Lasagna noodles (great time to try out some homemade pasta!)
2 pounds of hamburger
1 package shredded cheese
1 jar Ragu tomato sauce

Boil noodles. Brown ground beef and strain. Mix beef and Ragu. Spray bottom of cassarole dish. Put a bit of sauce in bottom. Layer noodles, sauce mix, and shredded cheese. Use small amounts of cheese in layering, saving most for the top. Cover entire dish with alum. foil.

Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Coffee Cake.

Taken from article in Family Circle.
Visit here for more recipes from them: http://www.parents.com/recipes/

2 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
6 tablespoon butter
1 egg  -beat
1/2 cup milk
1 and 1/2 tablespoon melted butter

Topping:
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Cut butter into dry ingredients with a fork. In seperate bowl combine egg with milk, add flour and mix. Stir until mixture is very well blended and smooth. Spoon into greased and floured 9 inch circle pan. Spread dough evenly. Brush top of dough with melted butter. Combine sugar, flour, and cinnamon and spread evenly over buttered dough.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup crisco
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 and 1/4 cups packed brown  sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 3/4 cup all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine peanut butter, crisco, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla. Beat at medium speed. Add egg, beat. Combine flour, salt, baking soda. Cream mixture and beat until just blended. Drop cookies 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheet. Use floured fork to gently flatten into crisscross patterns.

Bake at 375 for 7-8 minutes.
Makes around 3 dozen.

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
1 egg
2 and 1/2  cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup chopped raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix together shortening, brown sugar, applesauce, and egg until smooth. In seperate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves; stir into applesauce mixture.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheets. Top each with walnuts and raisins. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Sugar Cookies.

This is my Mom’s recipe.

2 and 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter -soft
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder, set aside. In large bowl, blend together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla, add dry ingredients. Roll rounded dough into balls, place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8-10 minutes, until golden.