Saturday, August 17, 2019

Saturday Morning

I don't know about you, but I'm definitely getting the pre-Autumn feelings.  I worked outside yesterday (pulling more weeds) and I could just feel it in the air.  Even though it was warm-ish and a bit humid (like summer is), the lighting is different now.  Everywhere I worked I was already planning on what to do with certain areas once Fall came (where to put pumpkins and Mums).   It's always so interesting that God has put within us a "knowing" of what to do when and how to prepare for the next thing.

Out of all the seasons, Fall is my very bestest : ) season.  I absolutely love everything about it - the leaves, the cool temperatures, the pulling out the sweaters, the fire nights, the everything pumpkin thing that goes on.  I only wish it lasted longer because we all know that it means winter is right around the corner.  But I do like all the different seasons and I am glad to experience them all in such great contrast.

It has been a good homemaking week.  I got my work done (and then some) and that is always a good feeling.  I was motivated to work in the kitchen for a few days - laying down some tile in bottom cupboards to make it look cleaner and then I painted inside a cupboard to freshen that up.  I've using things up in the fridge so that I can begin making even more products from scratch.  This week I tried a new French dressing recipe for our salads and we thought it was quite good, so I'll share the recipe with you as well.  My husband loves French dressing so I knew that I had to have this around.  While looking for a recipe, this particular one kept coming up from different people so I'm not sure to whom I should be giving the credit to!  But it was good and it's the creamy type of dressing which we enjoy.  Here is the recipe for you to try if you'd like:


1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 small yellow onion, chopped (at the time I made this, I only had white onions but I can see where the yellow WOULD be better because the white is quite strong)
1 tsp. paprika (I used a little less)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Place all the ingredients into a blender and puree till smooth.  Store in the fridge and enjoy!!!!!!

The mornings have been a little humid but they have also been nice and cool so, of course, I want the windows open.  But with humidity, sometimes I've noticed that our house can get a bit stale, so the other day I did this:

I've done this before and like the results, so I thought it was time to do it again.  You just put baking soda in a bowl (I used a plastic bowl so that I could throw it away afterwards) and then add several drops of essential oil (I used lavender) and stir with a plastic spoon (so you can toss that too) until combined thoroughly.  Then just sprinkle this all over your carpet/area rug and let it sit for about 1/2 hour or longer if you want.  Vacuum it up and you have a fresher smelling carpet and the scent stays for several days.  Just a couple of thoughts:

*test a small area of your carpet first so that you know it won't harm it in any way
*try a little essential oil at first - I have a problem with thinking that more is better so I can overdo it sometimes
*keep your pets and children off the rug until you're finished - this is safe but since it does have essential oil in it, it will get on paws (the pets, that is) and they will try to lick it off and that is not safe and you don't want the kids to track this all over the place

Well, I think that is about it - nothing too exciting.  : )  Now on to a brand new day with brand new possibilities.   A morning walk perhaps?  Another new recipe to try?  More weeds to pull?  Yes, always!  Sewing?  Crafting?  I hope you can enjoy this new day.  Thank you for your visit because I really do appreciate it when you do.  God bless.   : )


  1. Good Saturday to you, Mary!
    (Although it is now Sunday morning here :-)
    Yes, agree there was a definite autumn feel in the air this past week. It was perfect for making a batch of Lentil and Parsnip Soup!
    Autumn is my favourite time of the year too, although the UK is expected to have another warm spell next week.
    Fortunately, some of my flowers recovered from the heavy rains, although I did replace the ones that I had to throw out with Mums, so you and I are definitely thinking along the same lines.
    Love the baking soda and essential oil tip. Our old 125 year old home gets a bit musty from time to time too, since in the summer we do not have our central heating on. I am going to give this a try because not only will it be inexpensive, it will also mean not releasing any harsh chemicals into the house along with it.
    Have a lovely Sunday Mary..


    1. I must admit that I'm looking forward to the soup and casserole season!!!!! (Although I will miss all the wonderful summer fruits!)

      Glad to hear that some of your flowers pulled through - this year has been unusually rainy - good for the grass, not so much the flowers!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, Christine! Have a good upcoming week. : ) Mary