Back in the old days, people raised their own food. They grew vegetables and raised animals. You wanted chicken and green beans for dinner, you went out and picked the beans and cleaned them and put them in a pot to boil. Then you would walk out to the chicken coop, pick out a chicken, kill it, gut it, pluck it, and voila, you had your chicken to cook for dinner.
Red velvet cake is one of my favorite. We never had it much growing up, as my dad was a bit uncomfortable with the color, so when we did, it was a real treat. The recipe is one that is handed down from my grandma, so it has some rather old fashioned ingredients you don't see in many cakes today, (like buttermilk and vinegar) but don't let that scare you, this cake is heavenly!
I am also including the recipe for my mom's butter cream frosting that is the best frosting you will ever have in your mouth, guaranteed. You can color it red or pink for Valentine's day, but in it's basic form, it is a beautiful snowy white. Make sure to save this frosting recipe, it is the one you will be using for the rest of your life. :)
I've had a few people tell me that how my Grandma did things was all well and good, in her time, but it would not work today. There were referring to my last post entitled 10 Things Your Grandparents Didn't Do. While there are some things that Grandma did that would not be practical today, like let your kids walk two miles alone to the store. I think that there are lots of ways we can simplify our live and do things the way they used to be done, even if you live in a condo, apartment or subdivision.
That We Do All The Time
There are things that we do today as a matter of course, meaning we do them without thinking. It is just how things are done.
But it is not how things were done in the past. The way my grandparents did things is very different than how most people do them today. Below are ten things that my grandparents did not do......that most people do all the time now.
Think carefully if these things have improved our lives or made things worse.
Everyone loves tie dye, but hates the mess it takes to make it. Buying and handling the dye, buckets of dye that splatter and stain the floor and rugs. All the wringing and soaking and hanging. It's a pain! However, there is an easier way! You can get a similar effect as tie dye from using colored permanent markers. You can use them on just about anything cotton or poly/cotton; a t shirt, beater, canvas shoes, cotton skirt, denim, scarf, gloves, hat, anything goes. The technique is simple, this is how you do it......
Say you want to dye a t shirt. You will need:
I hope everyone had wonderful holidays! I feel refreshed and recharged and ready for the new year. I have some great plans for this blog and things I want to include in it in the coming months. I hope you all sign up to get all my posts!
Today I want to talk about an easy homemade cleaner that you can easily make yourself that will do a great job cleaning just about everything in your home and costs virtually pennies per bottle. It also smells great and is safe for kids and pets. I just call it Orange Cleaner!
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