The Happy Homemaker

The Happy Homemaker, yup thats me! Well, getting there at least. Lately I've been really settling in to my role as a farmers wife and homemaker. After a year of living on the farm {today is my anniversary!} it is no longer a strange concept to consider myself the care taker of the home and family, I'm quite content with it actually and thats a pretty comfortable feeling to have! With that being said {and because its Friday} I thought I'd present to you two fun things/tips for being a happy homemaker.

First up a nice little gem of a cleaning tip I recently came across and tried. At this point in time I'm pretty sure my mom is a little shocked by this. You see, growing up I shared more of an affinity for cleaning as my new friend Hilda here demonstrates:

You see I have always enjoyed a tidy home. I revel in it. But cleaning? Umm, not really my thing. But, nevertheless, I've grown up and although I would rather cleaning take a back seat to something more fun like, say a dentist appointment..I have started to enjoy keeping things up around here and I know my hubby loves coming home to a nice smelling, clean environment after being out in a noisy, dirty field all day. With that being said, a little gem for making your faucets shine up like a new penny. I came across this tip from a book a bought a few years ago entitled,
To begin, wipe off whatever is easy to remove. Then liberally swab the fixtures with white vinegar
Soak a cloth or paper towel with vinegar and wrap it around the faucet. Go away for an hour and let sit
After an hour, remove the wrappings and give the fixtures a final rub with a fresh paper towel. And voila..its shiny and new again!
I did this the other day and I have to say it really worked! The faucets are still gleaming today and the smell of vinegar is nowhere in sight! Give it a try someday, you'll be happy you did!
And while you are waiting for that vinegar to do its thing, why not whip up a batch of homemade biscuits? They make the home smell divine and they are truly a delicious treat, hot out of the oven or even cooled on the countertop! My dad is famous for making these biscuits and I request them from him often, I can gobble quite a few up in one me, they are that good!!
Alright, you ready for some homemade goodness? Here is the recipe for the best homemade biscuits, ever {Recipe from Company's Coming Cookbook}
2 Cups flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Teaspoon salt
4 Teaspoons baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 Cup butter or 1/2 Cup margarine, cold
1 Cup cold milk
1. Put first 5 ingredients in a bowl, mix thoroughly
2. Cut in butter til crumbly
3. Pour in milk, stir quickly to combine. Dough should be soft
4. Turn out to a lightly floured surface
5. Knead gently 8-10 times
6. Roll out 1/2" to 3/4" thickness. Cut out biscuits with small round cookie cutter
7. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 450 for 12-15 minutes {mine started browning way faster so I recommend watching them by 8 minutes for browing}
8. Enjoy!!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Dawn,

    Love love this post and the previous one!! I'm not fond of cleaning either, vacuuming is my favorite chore of all though. I do lots of laundry everyday but hate folding and putting it away,lol
    Thanks for this tip and will let you know how it turns out on mine.

    Your little women are soooo cute, love these images of them!!

    I love clotheslines, they are so cool and feeling of "HOME" !!

    My hubby was talking this past weekend of when he retires and getting his own chickens, he loves to read about yours. So hopefully one day in the far future we will have some chickens also, learning a lot from you already and will apply them to ours.

    I walked around the garden today and took about 30 pictures, hoping to do a post on it next week. Hard to believe the garden is almost done and will be tilled over till next spring again. Hoping to get some sketches/paintings done from it first.
    Hope you are doing good! HUGS!! Way to go on your walking, I did mine today for the first time in a loooooong time!! Felt GREAT!!


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