Purely Homespun

Homemade from the heart

Cornmeal Cookies

1 cup flourCornmealCookies

2/3 cup yellow cornmeal

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup melted butter

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup icing sugar

Mix dry ingredients.  Combine wet ingredients.  Fold wet ingredients into dry.  Roll ingredients into a log in parchment paper and chill for an hour.  Remove from fridge and slice wedges from log.  Cook on ungreased cookie sheet for 25 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit


Hans Christian Anderson quotation

Helpful Hints – Personal

  • Put your favorite herbs (lavender, bail rose petals) in a small sachet and place in helpfulhintspersonalyour bath with epsom salts
  • Run cold water in the bath tub before adding hot water to prevent steam in your bathroom.
  • Unwrap soap before using and store in a dry place.  This makes them harder and they last longer in the bath.
  • To use up small pieces of soap slightly soften them in a microwave and mold them in a bar in plastic wrap.  Let sit to firm.  Unwrap and you have a new bar of soap.
  • Rub your hands with a little vinegar to remove food odors and remove fruit and vegetable stains from hands.
  • Use water and lemon juice to remove pain smells from hands.
  • Dip hands in lemon juice to whiten your fingernail tips.
  • Rub soap under nails before working in the garden.  This prevents dirt from getting in them.


Robert M Pirsig quotation


Mattie Stepanek Quotation

Zesty Lemon Muffins

3 cups flourzestylemonmuffin

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp salt

3 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup canola oil

1/4 cup almond milk

1 egg

1 cup frozen lemonade (thawed)

2 or 3 drops yellow food coloring

Mix dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl mix wet ingredients.  Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients.  Bake in lined muffin tins at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Laundry Helpful Hints

  • Turn pants inside out before washing. It will keep them lint free and the color will stay better.laundry
  • Soak bright colored clothes in cold, salt water before laundering to keep the colors brighter longer.
  • in socks in pairs before washing them so that they match up when they come out of the laundry.
  • If you have a sticky zipper rub it with a lead pencil.
  • Always hand wash silk garments in cool water.
  • Use vinegar to remove grass stains from clothing.
  • Always measure detergent using the scoops that came with the soap.
  • Use a cold water rinse cycle. Clothes retain their shape and color better.
  • Dishwasher detergent can be used to whiten sweat socks and white cottons.
  • To remove blood stains, soak the clothing in cold water for a day. Change the water occasionally.
  • Use a bit of toothpaste to remove ink from clothing.

Stormy Weather…

Mahatma Gandhi quotation

Chunky Freezer Spaghetti Sauce

13 cups tomatoesChunkyFreezerTomatoSauce

2 tbsp olive oil

1 Spanish onion (chunked)

2 tbsp garlic (diced)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 tbsp snipped fresh thyme

2 tbsp snipped  basil

Remove stem ends from tomatoes and cut a cross in the base of each tomato.  Place in boiling water for 30 seconds or until skin starts to loosen.  Drain and remove skins.   Place meat of tomatoes in a large pot.  Add salt, pepper, thyme and basil.  In another pan heat onion and garlic in olive oil. Cook until tender (about 4 minutes).  Put onion and garlic in with tomatoes.  Bring mixture to a booil and then reduce heat.  Simmer for 5 minutes.  Cool and transfer to freezer safe containers leaving at least a 1/2 inch space.  Seal, label and date.  Freeze for up to 1/2 a year.

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