Purely Homespun

Homemade from the heart

…what is impossible…

Robert Schuller quote


4 cups flour


1 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 cup sugar

1 cup shortening

2 cups sour milk

Mix flour, baking powder, soda and salt.  Combine sugar and shortening.  Mix shortening into flour mixture .  Add sour milk.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes in a 9 x 13 pan.  Cool.  Serve with chopped fruit and frozen youghurt.

Lime Cookies

Dry Ingredientslimecookies

2 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

Wet ingredients

3/4 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 tbsp lime juice

1 tsp green food coloring


3/4 cup icing sugar

2 tbsp lime juice

Mix dry ingredients.  Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs, lime juice and food coloring.  Mix well.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.  In parchment roll dough into a cylinder and chill overnight in the refrigerator.  Remove from refrigerator and cut in 1/4 inch slices.  Bake in 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 12-14 minutes.  Cool.  Prepare glaze and drizzle over top of cookies.

Thinking Spring…

Oscar Wilde quotation

Chocolate Carrot Cake

2 cups flour

Chocolate Carrot Cake

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup shredded coconut

Mix dry ingredients together

2 cups shredded carrots

1 cup oil (Canola or vegetable)

1/2 cup orange juice

1 tsp vanilla

4 eggs

Mix wet ingredients.  Incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit in a greased and floured bundt pan for 50 to 55 minutes.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes for cupcakes.

Orange Tea Cookies

Cream together –orangeteacookies

1/2 cup butter or shortening

1/2 cup sugar

yolk of 1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/3 tsp salt

rind of 1 orange or 1 lemon

Add in 1 cup of flour

Roll in balls, place on cookie sheet and flatten with a fork.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.


Refrigerator Bran Muffins

2 cups bran flakes cerealRefrigeratorbranmuffins

1 cup boiling water

Soak bran in boiling water while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

2/3 cup melted butter

1 cup white sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

3 eggs

3 cups milk

Mix butter, sugars, eggs and milk together in a large bowl. Blend in cereal mixture.

3 2/3 cups flour

1 1/2 tbsp baking soda

1/2 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

Combine dry ingredients into wet just until mixed.  Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

Mixture may be stored in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks before baking.



Helpful Hints


  • Clean narrow necked bottles with vinegar and water.  Add rice.  Cap and shake to scour the bottle.
  • To remove water scale form drinking glasses fill with vinegar and let sit until clear.
  • In cool weather, when washing windows, wet your cloth with car windshield washer solution.  Wipe and dry.
  • Clean woodwork with cold tea.
  • Mix 1 tbsp salt with a cup of vinegar.  Add to flour vases to clean the grimy residue.
  • Polish scratches on glassware with toothpaste.
  • Rub peanut butter on price-tag glue to remove it.
  • Prevent vases from scratching furniture by putting self-stick pads on the bottoms.
  • Clean up broken eggs by sprinkling with salt and letting stand a short time.  Wipe clean with a paper towel.

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