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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Homemaker's Mentor CD Review


Wow!  What a treasure trove of information!  The Homemaker's Mentor CD is a whopping 110 pdf files!  This amazing resource contains household tips, recipes, how-tos, ebooks, and more.  


Somewhere along the way, "homemaking" has gotten lost.  So much of the information included in this CD used to be common knowledge in our grandmothers' time, but is all new to those of us who grew up with working moms and microwave dinners.  

As we come back to a more home-based life, it can be frustrating to not know how to be a good homemaker.  This CD not only gives the tools to learn some traditional skills, it also inspires you to try new things you hadn't even thought of trying before.  We will be using this CD for the rest of this school year (and likely as reference for years to come). 

One of the first things I checked out on the CD was the sewing section, of course.  One of the files was on recycling a dress into a skirt.  Well, it just so happened that I had a dress I was given that I'd never worn, as I didn't have just the right color tank to wear underneath it.  Thanks to the tutorial, I now have a new skirt!  


Most of the material made great projects for Brianna and I to do together, or for Brianna to do on her own.  Since Brianna is the official yarnie in our household, I had her do the Knitting With Frames project.  


While she's not finished with it yet, you can see it's turning into a nice scarf.  

As we've been trying to transition to a healthier, more natural life, I was very interested in the 2 lessons on making herbal remedies.  I had no idea that making infusions, decoctions, and even tinctures was so simple!  

It was interesting to read about the proper care of cast iron pots & pans.  Paul has always been a little obsessive about our iron pans, and this really explained the reasoning and procedures well.  



And while we're in the kitchen, let me just mention all the mouth watering recipes!  We have several new ingredients on this week's shopping list, as we get ready to try a couple.  I've been given permission to share this recipe we tried with you:

Best Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup [2 cups] shortening
1 cup [2 cups] white sugar
3/4 cup [1 1/2 cups] brown sugar
1 tsp. [2 tsp.] vanilla flavoring
1 dash [1/4 tsp.] salt
2 [4] eggs
1 cup [2 cups] peanut butter - chunky or creamy
2 cups [4 cups] unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup [2 cups] whole wheat flour
2 tsp. [4 tsp.] baking soda

Cream together all ingredients but the flour and soda. Then add in flour and soda and incorporate with a stiff spoon or clean hands until all ingredients are well combined. 

Form round balls from the cookie dough or use a scoop to make rounds on a lightly greased baking sheet. Press a table fork to make line indentions and to slightly flatten the cookies. Make sure there is at least 1” between cookies on the sheet to allow for spreading while baking. 

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. 

Remove from baking sheet after 10 minutes and cool on wire racks.

*Use the ingredient amounts in brackets if you want to double the recipe for lots and lots of cookies!  


I love that the recipe is simple enough for Brianna to make by herself.  Brianna was surprised when she saw wheat flour on the list.  We keep both wheat and white flours on hand, and are trying to use a combination whenever possible (although I've discovered I much prefer white waffles).  


You can get this amazing CD, which normally retails for $47 for only $37 with FREE shipping from now until October 18.  

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43 comments:

  1. What a great gift for my daughter!

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  2. Oh, I'd love to see a picture of your skirt! Thanks for a great review.

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    1. I thought about adding a picture of the skirt, but it needs to be ironed after coming out of the wash! LOL!

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  3. Thanks for the great giveaway. I'd love to win!

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    1. With us offering TWO copies of the CD, your chances are good! :)

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  4. We try new recipes all the time because I get bored! The latest one was acorn squash stuffed with turkey. Yum.

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    1. Interesting! My son asked me to make turkey for him next time he visits. :)

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  5. I tried a new pumpkin muffin recipe and added my own twist to it. Cranberries and cream cheese,, yumm

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  6. Hi shecki miss you! Keep on knitting Bri

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    1. You created a monster! She's a knitting fiend! :D

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  7. OH, you've just moved the knitting book up on my list. I've wanted to learn to knit and/or crochet for a while now, but haven't had a tutor to help... or time to learn it. Looks like I've got my mentor now! Thanks for posting!

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    1. I never learned to knit, but I can crochet. Brianna knits but doesn't crochet, LOL! :) Good luck learning!

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  8. I try new recipes all the time. The most recent was last week. I tried a homemade Pizza Hut Pan Pizza recipe. Everyone loved them.

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  9. I tried to make an Apple pie last month and m family loved it. My first attempt and it was perfectly executed!

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    1. That's impressive! Which reminds me... I pinned "apple pie bites" on pinterest. I should make those soon.

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  10. I am trying a new chicken recipe tomorrow, and just last week made a new dessert recipe for my mom's group- it was a big hit

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    1. How was that chicken? I'm doing a new chicken thing tonight; Wildtree Asian Chicken Skillet. Hope the kids like it!

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  11. I am trying a new re open tonight called cheeseburger casserole. I have a feeling my family will like it. We also tried a peanut butter cookie granola recipe that we all devour!

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    1. Peanut butter cookie granola? That sounds like something Jack Jack would love! He eats peanut butter straight from the jar.

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  12. I have picky eaters, but I tried a new couscous recipe a couple of weeks ago, and one of them actually liked it.

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    1. My kids call couscous "cuss cuss." It's not a favorite here. Maybe I should try your recipe!

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  13. I made a burrito casserole and my picky eaters loved it!

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  14. I tried this recipe for raspberry cheesecake cupcakes last week and they were a hit!

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    1. I can imagine! I love raspberries. :) Even as a scent for shampoos and such, it's one of my favorites.

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    1. Impressive! I've thought about trying that. I should save the bucket when we get through with this Costco batch.

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  16. I'm trying new recipes all the time because my sister loves to cook. I'm hoping she'll hand them to me one day. They always taste great. She is an amazing cook and baker.

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    1. My 13 year old is a better cook and baker than I am. Mostly because she actually does it, lol, and I avoid it as much as possible.

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  17. This last Sunday we tried a pumpkin pie cheesecake recipe. It was amazing.

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    1. I love autumn and leaves and pumpkins; I just don't eat them! Glad you liked the cheesecake.

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  18. I tried a new recipe for a shrimp dish that tasted like Spanish Rice with shrimp last Sunday. It was delicious and super easy:)
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    1. Oh, and my family liked it, but spouse said it wasn't very filling.

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    2. Somewhere I came across a recipe for Mexican Rice in a Rice Cooker. I need to dig that up and try it. Sounds easy and good!

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  19. Last new recipe I made was a lemon tilapia..it was wonderful! I'm going to make a candy shop trufle soon.

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    1. Both those sound good! I did a lemon tilapia recently, too. :)

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  20. I tried a new one last week because I had gotten biscuits almost free. I found a couple great recipes on Pinterest and tried them.

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    1. Have you done the pizza biscuits yet? YUM! It's a pepperoni, a dollop of sauce, a slice of cheese all pinched into a flattened biscuit and then stuck in a muffin tin.

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  21. I am going to try a crock pot lasagna.

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    1. Sounds like something Brianna would like! She's my Garfield. ;)

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