A Free Thanksgiving Planner For You!

I am giving away my Free Thanksgiving Planner to everyone who comes here to get it. Its 44 pages long and contains: tgplanner

Brief History of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Games
4-Week Thanksgiving Planner and Devotionals
Article: “The Danger of Unmet Expectations”
Devotional: “Renew My Strength, Lord”
Devotional: “Holy Living”
Sylvia’s Turkey Tips
Instructions for Brining a Turkey
Recipes ~ both Family Favorite Recipes and Whole Food, Allergy-Friendly Recipes
Harvest Crafts and Home Decor Ideas

Its free til the end of November. Next year I’ll have a new Planner with new recipes and info for you.

Here is the link:  Free Thanksgiving Planner

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Mammy’s Pumpkin Pie

Here is another recipe from the cookbook of my Great-grandmother. BTW, her name was Kate Dwyer. My oldest daughter is named after her; Kathryn.

This is her recipe for pumpkin pie. In my family, the regular kind of pumpkin pie (you know, the recipe on the side of the canned pumpkin tin?) is know as “Mud Pie” and is frowned upon when brought to family gatherings. At the least it is looked at with suspicion and disdain.

Anyway, this is our family recipe for pumpkin pie, and really it allows the pumpkin to shine through! I guess I should have posted this in the Autumn, but I was making Tea Cakes and found the recipe for the pie….

Mammy’s Pumpkin Pie

Its BEST to use fresh pumpkin for this pie. You can use home-canned, but you’ll get something less than what this pie is meant to be…..


1 pint HOME-canned pumpkin ( It is BEST to cut up and use a fresh pumpkin but by no means should you use store bought canned pumpkin!!)

OR, you can bake a small pie pumpkin at 350*F til its fork tender. Just place a cut pumpkin cut side down, with the seeds cleaned out of it, on a foil or parchment covered baking sheet. When the pumpkin is tender enough to push a fork through the shell, its done.

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 stick butter

If you baked your pumpkin, scoop out the cooked pulp and put it in a small sauce pan. Turn the heat on low and cook the pumpkin til its dry and then add the sugar.

Cook the home canned pumpkin on low as well til its dry then add sugar and cook until waxy.

Spread in a 9 inch pie crust. Slice butter and drop over the pie. Sprinkle sugar over top and add a dash of ground cinnamon. Cover with strips of crust if desired.

To make the pie look shiny you can paint the crust with milk, then sprinkle with sugar or sanding sugar.  Bake as directed.  To make it really shiny, use an egg wash to paint the crust before baking. 1 egg yolk beaten with about 2 tablespoons of water will work.

Bake in a 350* oven until brown. If desired cover the top of the pie with pecans before adding strips of crust, then proceed with baking.

Bake the pie in a 350*F oven til the crust is nicely browned, about 20 minutes. Cool before serving if you can.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing


My whole family loves this stuff.  Do your children eat Ranch on everything like mine do?  Then this is something you should think about making.

The Worcestershire sauce makes the dressing look kind of ivory in color, not pure white like bottled dressing but it sure does add to the flavor so don’t leave it out.

As soon as the chives and dill started growing I had to make some of this dressing.  It will keep in the frig about 1 week. Some recipes for Ranch have onion powder in them, I have found that the chives have just enough onion-y flavor.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

1 clove garlic – smashed, then rubbed on the cutting board with 1/4 teaspoon of coarse salt
1 cup real mayonnaise – you can use homemade!
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves, minced – don’t use the curly parsley, its just not the same.
2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Dash hot sauce
1/4 to 1/2 cup buttermilk (as needed for desired consistency)

Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour before serving or overnight. I store this dressing in a mason jar with a lid.

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New Article in Molly Green Magazine


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I’ve got a new article in Molly Green Magazine. Its an interview with homesteader and author Michael Bunker.

Here is a link where you can read Molly Green online, otherwise you can pick one up in a store near you!
Michael Bunker: His Plain Homestead

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Free eBook – Homekeeping Lists For The Chronically Ill and Disabled

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My Homekeeping Lists for the Chronically Ill and Disabled are now free! Please feel free to share the link to the ebooks with your friends.

Click here to download the eBook.

You’ll need a PDF Reader for viewing. For PC, two FREE PDF readers are: Foxit Reader and Adobe Reader. For Mac, use Preview to view the PDF.

If you have any trouble with the download, please use our contact form to let us know.

Copyright Notice: All content of the Homekeeping Lists for the Chronically Ill and Disabled is copyright protected by the Christian HomeKeeper Ministry ™. You may print one copy for your own personal use for reading; but you may not copy, reproduce or use the content in any form online, or offline, for any other purpose without express prior written permission from Christian HomeKeeper™ ministry.

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Spring Cleaning eBook

My Spring Cleaning eBook is just what you need to get busy cleaning your home.  springcleaningebookscrreenshot

Each year at CHK, we offer a comprehensive De-Cluttering and Organizing series including daily to-do lists for our annual Spring Cleaning Event. In 2009, we took all our Spring Cleaning posts and printables and combined them into an eBook… for you! We hope this eBook will help you accomplish your Spring Cleaning goals, no matter when you set out to do them. –Sylvia

The CHK Spring Cleaning eBook includes:

  • Instructions for detailed de-cluttering and cleaning of each major area in the house.
  • Spring Cleaning Printables to help you organize your thoughts and tasks.
  • Encouragement to help you get through the Spring Cleaning tasks.
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Spring Cleaning Posts


This is where I will list all our Spring Cleaning Posts so you can see at a glance where we are and what we have accomplished.


Spring Cleaning Printables
Suggested Cleaning List For You To Build On
Natural Cleaners and Disinfectants That You Can Make At Home
Spring Cleaning Lists For The Chronically Ill or  Disabled with links to the series

Spring Cleaning Instructions:

Spring Cleaning in The dining Room/Eating Area
De-Cluttering In The Kitchen
Spring Cleaning In The Kitchen
De-Cluttering and Organizing the Bathroom
Spring Cleaning The Bathroom
De-Cluttering the Master Bedroom
Spring Cleaning The Master Bedroom
De-Cluttering The Living Room
Spring Cleaning In The Living Room

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Spring Cleaning In The Bathroom


The master bath or family bath, children’s bath or guest bath….matters not to me. Which ever one needs your attention the most. We just have one so I guess that’s where I’ll be cleaning today!

My friend Linda coined the term “Bleach-Wear” in one of our Spring Cleaning discussions at CHK . So don your bleach wear and let’s get busy in the bathroom. At least wear some socks so you won’t track up the floor when you’re washing it.

This is one room where you will really use those natural cleaners you’ve been making!

First Things:
Pick up the room. Take out all dirty laundry and towels.

Take down the shower curtain. Put the plastic one in to wash.

Wash the cloth one if you have one. (Remember what I said earlier in the week about taking care to read your labels and only wash things that are supposed to be washed.)

Take down curtains. Prepare them to wash or just air them outside.

Take out the trash, fill the trash can with cleaner and water to soak of needed, if not give it a quick rinse and set it outside to air while you clean.

Second Things:
Get yourself a box or basket. Pick up all the nicnacs, soaps, lotions, etc that are sitting on the counter-top and tub, put them in the basket.

Sweep the floor, shake out rugs and take them to the laundry or air outside.

Use your natural cleaner and spray the tub and sink and commode to let it sit a while.

If you use commode cleaner of some kind, go ahead and put some in the commode to let it soak. A good natural cleaner for the commode is borax.

Pull everything out of the linen closet and under the sink area. Go through it carefully and throw away what is out of date or old or unused. Find yourself some storage containers like baskets or small plastic trays to keep your bathroom items in. Try using a medium sized basket to put blow-dryers, curling irons, etc, in.

Take everything out of the medicine cabinet too and go through it ruthlessly! Throw stuff away that is expired and truly useless.

Put your linens out on the dining room table while you work.

Make yourself a sink of hot soapy water or hot water with your cleaner of choice in it. Get your rags ready.

Now the Nitty Gritty Cleaning!

Wash the inside of the cabinets and shelves in the linen closet. This is a good time to line them! Don’t forget the floor of the closet. Refold the linens and replace them in the closet. Consider spraying them with some nice lavender water or other light scent.

Wash out the medicine cabinet.

Wash down walls and window frames, door frames and tile if you have it.

Take down blinds if they are dirty and soak them in the tub in warm water and dish soap while you clean.

Wash the ceiling if it needs it.

Wash the walls. Use caution if your walls are papered or painted, be gentle.

Wash the baseboards or the area where the floor and wall meet.

Scrub the tub if you’re not using it to soak the blinds. If you are, just wait on this. A scotch brite is great for cleaning the tub if your tub is not resurfaced porcelain.

Scrub the counter tops, commode tank and outside of the commode.

Scrub the floor.

Scrub the shower. Don’t forget the walls of the shower or tub area.

Change your wash water if needed.

Scrub your blinds with a brush, rinse them and take them outside to dry while you clean the tub, inside and out.

Wash the windows and mirrors using glass cleaner.

Wipe down shelves and inside cabinets, cabinet tops.

Wash the sink.

If you are going to disinfect, this is the time to do it. If you’ve been using a disinfectant cleaner, you can skip this part. If you have been using a cleaner that does not disinfect, you can use rubbing alcohol or one of the antibacterial sprays.

I periodically use bleach all over my floor because I have tile with grout that gets yellowed. I open the window and pour bleach over the grout, spread it with my sponge mop, close the door and let it sit for about 20 minutes.
Then I go in and mop it up with water and dry it with a towel.

Here is a tip about getting rid of mold from this web site:
The Good Human

“You can use Borax and white vinegar to make a spray that you can aim directly at the mold in the tub or shower. Once you spray it, leave it to sit for 30-60 minutes and then go back in and wipe it off. Presto, the mold will start coming off and you did not have to inhale toxic chemicals to do so. Just mix about 2 ounces of Borax and a cup of white vinegar and you are ready to go.

As a back up and a maintenance tip, you can also periodically spray the moldy “areas” with straight vinegar and just let it sit there and soak in. The vinegar will kill the mold that might be growing and it will halt the growth of new mold.”

Please be careful if you use bleach.. Don’t let me hear that you have mixed bleach with other household chemicals and cleaners!

Get your rugs washed and dried and back in the room.

Replace your nicnacs and notions, lotions, potions. Wash the bottles with a cleaning rag before putting them up.

Rehang the shower curtains, rehang window curtains.

Light a candle and just look at that clean bathroom!

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