Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth: Finish of Fall/Early Wintry weather Batu Porcupine

Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth: End of Fall/Early Winter

Impressed from remaining yr’s “Fall Printable Homemaking Tick list”, I’ve baked some “apple and pumpkin treats” for autumn. This checklist is a gorgeous strategy to breathe creativity into your house. The recipe for the wholesome however scrumptious “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Desserts” can also be discovered HERE.

“However until we’re creators we aren’t absolutely alive. What do I imply via creators? No longer best artists, whose acts of introduction are the most obvious ones of operating with paint of clay or phrases. Creativity is a way of life lifestyles, regardless of our vocation or how we earn our residing. Creativity isn’t restricted to the humanities, or having some more or less necessary profession.” 

Creativity is popping a space into a house. Turning a pumpkin right into a pie. Turning a desk into an attractive panorama. Turning a basket of fruit into candy syrupy jam. Turning a bed room right into a retreat. Turning a lounge into a comfy nest. Turning a lifestyles into somewhat piece of luxurious via your tending, your talents, your love. 

Inventive residing brings good looks into the day-to-day rituals of lifestyles, helps to keep your thoughts and center busy on the good stuff and turns the house right into a productive and comfortable residing house. It’s by no means stagnant and is a gorgeous means for the homemaker to are living a wealthy and pleasant lifestyles of religion.

I’ve created a “Little cupboard at the prairie”… 

As soon as upon a time, when the homemaker wanted a transformation of tempo, she would take a walk alongside a gorgeous trail in a relaxed environment or hop within the automotive for somewhat time out. However in recent times these items have misplaced its luster. She doesn’t have the similar emotions of delight when she enters the out of doors global. 

And thus, she starts extra nesting within the inside of global… Her domestic.

For her new refreshment, she starts to brighten on a smaller scale to deliver just a little of caprice for all the ones in her care. After they open a definite cupboard or drawer, it’ll divulge somewhat wonder. Slightly lace in all probability, just a little of lovely paper, a show of group however all the time a healthy dose of comfy love.


I’ve adorned a small segment of our kitchen cupboard which shops our on a regular basis dishes (those I remodeled for fall right here). I’ve hung somewhat white curtain within the background the usage of a spring rod & tacked in a strip of old style lace. I’ve additionally integrated a small jar of decaf espresso within the nook. We frequently discuss (we’re bizarre) of the way the pioneers would come domestic to a overdue cup of espresso within the night & the way it sounded so comforting & comfy. Now we will be able to revel in that very same heat in our evening time ritual must we make a selection. I’ve additionally integrated our autumn serving dishes on this house as a reminder to make use of them in addition to a couple of pitchers & creamers in brown & gold for added desk allure. It took however a couple of delightful mins to create this house however my daughter says she smiles each and every time she opens the doorways. It should appear foolish to a few (to create this humble little house), however when you have only a tad of that nostalgic homemaking center, I believe you’ll perceive.

For some, to contemplate at the long term brings such sturdy emotions of dimness and darkness… however as I deliver those sizzling tacky loaves from the oven I’m reminded of the Lord’s Prayer.

This can be a prayer that teaches us to be obedient to the day. Sure we’re to pay attention to present occasions (however no longer obsessive about them), we’re to seek out energy from the Phrase and take into accout of the longer term (in the course of the revelations of the Scriptures). However we actually have a Christian legal responsibility to look the blessings of the day.

For nowadays we’re heat and neatly fed. Lately we’re relaxed and comfortable. Lately we’re secure and sound in our domestic candy domestic. 

It’s so simple to really feel crushed and distressed however we wish to take into account that we serve the God of the next day to come too. He’s there for us. We want best to be obedient to him in THIS second and be glad about the wonderful thing about NOW. If now we have our loaf at the desk, now we have a lot.

“On this way, due to this fact, pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your title.

Your kingdom come.

Your can be accomplished

On earth as it’s in heaven.

Give us nowadays our day-to-day bread.”

~ Matthew 6:11th of September

🧺 🥖 🕯 

This tacky garlic bread twist is an absolute favourite in our space. Use your favourite bread dough recipe to make this scrumptious loaf. The academic is featured HERE if you have an interest.

Here’s any other little mission! This can be a thrifted curtain panel which I repurposed right into a prairie-style apron with some humble stitching talents… 

“The kitchen is your herbal environment as a girl and also you must glance stunning, no longer bedraggled, in it. Whether or not you move to paintings or paintings at home- or both- benefit from the chance the kitchen gives for expressing your wifely qualities in what you put on. Pinafores, organdies, and aprons glance superb, as do homosexual cotton wrap-arounds that slip on over your get dressed whilst you’re making breakfast. 

An excessive amount of consideration is paid to kitchen apparatus and decor; too little to what’s worn on this environment. Why appear to be Cinderella’s crotchety stepmother when you’ll be able to be a lyrical embodiment of all {that a} domestic and fireplace manner!” 

Each and every time I see rose-printed lace, I’m in love . Despite the fact that I had different plans in thoughts after I first discovered this piece, I stored imagining it as an attractive old style apron, one that can be decorative in nature however just a little symbolic. I’m hoping the overdue Ms. Fogarty would have authorized!

In a global this is tragically 😢 looking to re-define what a girl is, I believe this romantic apron is a candy testimony to standard biblical femininity.

I believe it says, “I’m being worn just because I’m lovely and mild and romantic however with a productive, hard-working spirit, identical to the delicate however sturdy girls that experience come ahead of me” and identical to I need day-to-day to be.

What about you, are you feeling that old style female spirit?


“She girdeth her loins with energy, and strengtheneth her fingers.”

~ Proverbs 31:17

I additionally made and advanced this recipe for an “autumn loopy cake”. You are going to to find this seasonal deal with HERE. The wonderful thing about this cake is that all of the components can be discovered on your pantry (there’s no butter, eggs or milk in it) and it’s deliciously wet!
I’ve been tackling my autumn stitching basket and couldn’t wait to herald my “new” fall selection of un-paper towels made with repurposed thrifted flannel. They’re very absorbent as they’re “double-ply” flannel and wash extraordinarily neatly. You’ll stay a stack in a basket underneath or at the kitchen sink for simple get right of entry to. When made with lovely cloth, they’re additionally sexy ornament and much more interesting than a roll of commercialized paper towels.

I haven’t bought paper towels in over 10 years and to think about the financial savings brings me immense pleasure! I’d estimate $1000 to this point (based totally off purchasing them in bulk 4 occasions a yr at $25 a pop – so $100 a yr via 10 years offers me $1000).

I made a contemporary batch for our domestic and a batch was once bundled up in remnant lace for my daughter’s hope chest. She loves a majority of these issues and can be all set with a cash saving mentality when she has a house of her personal.

That is the gorgeous a part of a God-honoring conventional marriage. The husband works tough to give you the manner to reinforce his circle of relatives and the spouse remains domestic and works tough to maintain it. 

“The guts of her husband safely trusts her;

So he’ll haven’t any loss of achieve.

She does him just right and no longer evil

All of the days of her lifestyles.”

~ Proverbs 31:11-12


A step by step educational is shared HERE if you have an interest in making your individual reusable paper towels. And naturally, you might be all the time welcome to simply reduce up a stack of absorbable cloth into squares and use them in the similar means with out stitching the rest. They simply received’t be as lovely however it’s going to nonetheless prevent cash (which is “lovely” in itself!).

Final October’s seek advice from to the Farmers Marketplace had me maintaining 25 kilos of native, natural apples. A real deal with! And such a lot of chocolates had been constructed from them!

The well-known painter Gustave Flaubert as soon as stated, “you don’t make artwork out of fine intentions”. And I’ll upload that you’ll be able to’t increase a pantry with them both… I’m reminded of this as I’ve ready 7 quart jars of natural apple pie filling… a real exertions of affection with washing, peeling, coring, reducing, blanching, simmering and after all, the completion, the instant of maintaining. But if I call to mind how I “midway ready” 7 pies (or turnovers, apple crisps, crumbles and cobblers!!!) for this cold comfy season, then I’m elated!

“In all exertions there may be benefit,

However idle chatter leads best to poverty.”

~ Proverbs 14:23

After all the very first thing one will have to make is a “shabby elegant” apple pie (I used this cookie cutter to make it). Despite the fact that it’s not easiest, I nonetheless suppose it lovely…

You spot, perfection isn’t all the time lovely. 

It might probably impede the gratefulness and thankfulness in a single’s lifestyles… as a result of issues are by no means going to be “easiest” in this earth. If we look ahead to that second to be “satisfied” then we is also ready perpetually to enjoy pleasure.

If we will be able to see, like this little apple pie, that even supposing it isn’t easiest in each and every means, it’s nonetheless stunning in its personal proper… It’ll nonetheless be simply as stress-free to consume regardless of its shortcomings. 

It’s the similar in our lives… not anything in this earth or in our circle of relatives or in {our relationships} will ever be image easiest (till the approaching kingdom) however we will be able to be content material and revel in what we do have – for there may be some good looks in it if there may be LOVE.

A thankful center creates a contented domestic. 

“be grateful.”

~ Colossians 3:15b

“The unthankful center discovers no mercies;

however the grateful center will to find,

in each and every hour, some heavenly blessings.” 

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Dehydrating has transform a favourite strategy to maintain as a result of it’s somewhat helpful (it’s merely shrunken meals!), house environment friendly and calls for little effort. I’ve ready 5 trays of those apple rings for my autumn pantry and am extremely joyful!

I envision a cold fall night…accumulated cozily on our couches, with our coffee-table weighted down with baskets of all my dried end result, a large bowl of salty, buttery popcorn and a cup of sizzling chocolate in each and every hand.

So no… the homemaker doesn’t simply keep domestic, she complements the house.

She is a lifestyles enhancer.

Just like the One that made her, she too, makes “each and every factor stunning in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

– Proficient persimmons were sliced and dehydrated as an autumn deal with for us (nature’s model of “sweet corn”). I’ve additionally learn that after completely dried, they are able to be floor right into a herbal sugar!

– Apple peels leftover from my pie filling had been dehydrated and crumbled and blended with unfastened black tea to make a seasonal artisan tea mix. Those are dear to shop for however easy to make and could be a gorgeous present when wrapped attractively.

– The rest of the dried apple peels can be floor right into a do-it-yourself fiber powder for smoothies, added to cinnamon oatmeal and eaten as “chips” (extra concepts using fruit peels are present in our ebook- 100+ DIY Tasks to Make with Fruit Scraps).

“Laura felt a heat inside of her. It was once very small, however it was once sturdy. It was once secure, like a tiny gentle at the hours of darkness, and it burned very low however no winds may just make it flicker as a result of it could no longer surrender.” 

That is the way in which I believe towards our domestic and all who inhabit it. Despite the fact that it may be difficult, taking a lot effort, quite a lot of prayer, blended with many tears and is requisite of a steadfast, enduring spirit, “no winds may just make it flicker as a result of it could no longer surrender…”

“And the rain descended, and the floods got here,

and the winds blew, and beat upon that space;

and it fell no longer: for it was once based upon a rock.”

~ Matthew 7:25

It’s the sort of heat and comfortable feeling.


Pictured: Apple syrup made with the remainder apple scraps I gathered all the way through autumn from all of those initiatives after which iced over for this very mission. I proportion this recipe thought HERE.
And after all, although I’m completed homeschooling, I’ve been pondering of you who nonetheless are otherwise you who’ve simply begun. In case you are suffering and feeling unfruitful, please seek advice from this antique submit of mine to look how one wacky match modified my complete viewpoint and taught me my time wasn’t spent in useless and that nor is yours! This little autumn scene on this image guide jogged my memory of it.

And now enters WINTER…

Wintry weather 🤍  hibernation…

I’ve accumulated all my homemaking chocolates in whites, reds, browns and vegetables.  I can infuse those colours into my domestic to make my very own model of a iciness wonderland. It’s slightly somewhat easy however brings a gorgeous trade which helps to keep the seasons particular. Plus, the arena isn’t that attention-grabbing of a spot for me at this time, I plan to hibernate a lot at domestic! I can be inviting all my family members to enroll in me. It’s going to be a comfy iciness right here as a result of I’m made up our minds to create one. Homemakers are environment-makers!

– I’ll be the usage of my thrift-store selection of white ironstone plates and tea cups. I like the iciness white glance.

– I additionally thrifted a couple of eating place genre mugs (.50) with a broadcast purple pine design. Those can be for our night sizzling goodies.

– The snowy schoolhouse scene will change the fall cottage plate I’ve placing at the wall. This will likely deliver a comfy quietness into the kitchen. I’ve shared the replace image under. 

– I’ve gathered a couple of 2nd hand baking dishes at thrift shops in browns which I used for fall. I can nonetheless be the usage of those to serve our foods. One is a antique Pyrex & the opposite is a brown glass dish which got here in it’s personal candy custom-sized wicker serving basket! I finished up discovering any other a kind of so now I’ve two.

– I’ve introduced out my fancy Eu candlestick holders to revel in as soon as once more (those had been a present from a far flung pal and I cherish them very much). The sparkle of a candle is so soothing.

– I’ve foraged some pinecones with my daughter which can make for some pretty seasonal ornament. As we discover extra herbal parts we can deliver them in.

– I’ve pulled out my package deal of domestic dried purple roses. I like the way in which they appear in vases when there isn’t any contemporary vegetation rising in our backyard.

– I additionally introduced out my dried citrus slices from remaining yr to make use of up as they make lovely and aromatic shows as neatly.

– And finally, I positioned all my iciness impressed (thrifted) materials in a basket with a view to get ready some initiatives for the house. This can be my new seasonal stitching basket.

Here’s the brand new iciness kitchen scene (as described in my “hibernation” checklist above).

I’ve additionally repurposed a few of that thrifted cloth into a suite of “iciness prairie” napkins (with out stitching) from my “iciness stitching basket”. I’m nonetheless in love with this “snip-and-rip” procedure! I’ve made a suite for summer season and autumn and feature used them repeatedly. Because the financial savings continue to grow each and every month I put in force fabric as a substitute of paper (10 years+), how may just I deny iciness her time within the limelight? 

This set of napkins took me 5 mins to measure and rip-to-size at the side of a sluggish night spent pulling off extra threads. 

HERE is the hyperlink to my step by step educational in case you’re . Wouldn’t a suite of those make a candy present?

There’s something so pleasant to make one thing usable and wonderful for your house. Particularly when it’s so economical! It’s those little issues that make day-to-day homemaking an absolute pleasure.


“Whether or not it manner generating a work of artwork, writing a brief tale, or just bringing good looks into our domestic or into the lives of others, believe for a second that we each and every have the capability to be inventive. The masterpiece, then, isn’t one thing we create to hold on our wall however one thing in ourselves as we satisfy our God-given doable, using the abilities He gave us.” 

Here’s the up to date model of my “little cupboard at the prairie” for iciness… I’ve re-decorated the small segment of our kitchen cupboard with the dishes I accumulated for my “iciness hibernation” shared above. I’ve additionally got rid of the lace and tacked in a strip of old style cloth ribbon for cheerful good looks. It took however a couple of mins to prepare this house however I to find it amusing to please within the little issues.


“No matter your hand unearths to do, do it together with your would possibly..”

~ Ecclesiastes 9:10

“I’m starting to be informed that it’s the candy, easy issues of lifestyles

that are the true ones in any case.” 

~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

We got a bag of natural pomegranates from a chum’s tree. They yielded 7 jars of scrumptious Pom jelly. It’s certainly the “candy, easy issues of lifestyles” which deliver the homemaker delicate moments of pleasure. Different pretty issues come with waking as much as a blank kitchen, brewing espresso anytime you please and putting your do-it-yourself preserves upon the pantry cabinets.

Are you able to call to mind extra?

I will call to mind 1,000,000 extra.

“The true issues have not modified. It’s nonetheless best possible to be fair and fair; to profit from what now we have; to be proud of easy pleasures; and feature braveness when issues move mistaken.” 

~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

I additionally drive canned 7 quart jars of rooster inventory for the iciness pantry (and iced over many extra)… really a “easy excitement“ as this can be a wonderful means “to profit from what you’ll be able to” via the usage of up vegetable scraps, bones and unsavory cuts of meat. Bone broth in itself is a “actual factor” which gently heals and nourishes the frame. 

Because the homemaker prepares such sustenance for her family members, she could also be functioning as the rustic physician (apothecary), herbalist and/or nutritionist… Similar to our ancestors ahead of us who understood the duty of caring for the ones of their domestic. The extra we will be able to do in our 4 partitions, the simpler. 

The old school techniques are nonetheless probably the most stunning.

“Science validates what our grandmothers knew. Wealthy do-it-yourself rooster broths lend a hand treatment colds. Inventory incorporates minerals in a kind the frame can take in simply—no longer simply calcium but in addition magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and hint minerals. It incorporates the damaged down subject material from cartilage and tendons–stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now offered as dear dietary supplements for arthritis and joint ache.”

My “faux” pioneer pantry has grown over the past 3 months! I name it my “faux pantry” as I imagined myself to be a pioneering girl making ready for the iciness as I crammed it. It impressed me to do this further bit of labor. Despite the fact that I’m recently surrounded via the ease of grocery shops, I don’t need to lose sight of the outdated techniques of offering for our circle of relatives.

As I took stock over our do-it-yourself provisions for the iciness, I’m in awe that almost all preserves had been both created with produce which was once homegrown, talented from buddies or foraged. This made it somewhat the economical enterprise! Each and every time a bag of fruit got here alongside, I considered Ma Ingalls and made one thing from it. I dehydrated bits of greens for savory soups, canned our extra lawn tomatoes for seasonal stews and made jams from the rest candy that got here our means. I strung up peppers to dry or even used the fruity peels in more than a few initiatives. For an additional little bit of nostalgia, I positioned my home made candles inside of at the side of our seasonal dishes and linens. It has made for an stress-free little homemaking passion.

And in any case that onerous paintings, I sit up for taking part in the end result of our exertions this iciness! I’m pondering of using most of the dried end result and jellies to arrange a few of the ones stunning charcuterie forums I’m seeing available in the market. Methinks I’ll be beginning a brand new Sunday evening meals custom.


“The little space was once quite bursting with just right meals saved away for the lengthy iciness. The pantry and the shed and the cellar had been complete, and so was once the attic.”

I have additionally put to make use of the candy tangerines rising in my brother’s yard. I made two of those darlings. One for my circle of relatives now and one for my “hospitality pantry”. The recipe to this buttery, citrusy “tangerine drizzle cake” can be discovered HERE.

Homemakers be able to make each and every second a birthday party. To deliver a burst of light to a dreary day. To bake a grin onto everybody’s faces, fashioning little testimonies of affection together with her two prepared palms.


“… stay cheerful in addition to busy, for you’re the sunshine-maker of the circle of relatives,

and in case you get dismal there’s no truthful climate.”

Cranberry Vanilla Granola on a wet day… Some for you and a few for me!

I make a big 28-cup batch at a time because it’s an attractive addition to the pantry and makes a gorgeous hostess present. You should definitely decant it when it’s utterly cool and shop it in an hermetic container. It’ll stay for as much as 6 months (if it lasts that lengthy). A portion will also be frozen for the longer term previous to baking it (must you favor an excellent longer shelf lifestyles).

My recipe may be very flexible. This time I used dried cranberries in lieu of raisins (for a seasonal deal with). I extensively utilized coconut sugar as a substitute of honey for a decrease glycemic model. Make a selection your favourite oil (I used coconut oil). Upload on your favourite nuts, unsweetened coconut, sunflower seeds, flax-meal (or wheat germ), chia seeds and/or sesame seeds in case you like.

That is a lot more more healthy than the (sugar-loaded) shop purchased variations, extra tastier and a lot more economical.

Plus it’s stunning in jars 🤓

I like to look the glass vessels all covered up, glistening and filled with hearty and wholesome provisions tucked away for our circle of relatives to revel in. The aroma of this scrumptious deal with is solely an added excitement.


“The artwork of being satisfied lies within the energy of extracting happiness from commonplace issues.”

~ Henry ward Beecher

I had additionally made this female floral salve… shared right here.

What are you growing at this time? Muffins, bakes, quilts, gardens, preserves, pies, or are you within the younger circle of relatives degree of constructing recollections, students or young children? All of it counts as stunning Titus-2 holding of the house!

Vanilla cranberry orange loaves… this more healthy recipe is shared right here.

And alas…

Breakfast desserts, loaves and granola were ready. Cookies were baked via the handfuls. Rooster inventory is preserved in jars making the way in which for decent nourishing soups. Candles are considerable and lit extravagantly. Delicate song is enjoying within the background.

This mama endure is really able to hibernate together with her family members.

“Such hours are stunning to are living, however tough to explain, so I can depart it to the creativeness of my readers, simply pronouncing that the home was once filled with authentic happiness.” 

“The Lord has accomplished good stuff for us,

And we’re satisfied.”

~ Psalm 126:3

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