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It’s my Back to Basics series today and it’s all about how to organize your home. I must be on some mission to declutter my home because I keep looking for stuff I don’t need or use. I read an article or saw something on the television that prompted my current state of mind. There was a woman talking about “stuff”, whether it’s clothes, furniture, a picture, a knick-knack or whatever. She mentioned if something no longer gives you “JOY” let it go. I really liked what she said. LET.IT.GO. Before you know it I was offering to help declutter other homes besides my own. I don’t know if there is a song called, “Let it go” or not, but I soon found myself singing that phrase. Let it go, let it go, let it go. Simple words, but so empowering to me. I really want to simplify my life.

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My Back To Basics: How To Make A Portable Kitchen is part of my weekly series to help us all be prepared for the unexpected. I recently visited my daughter and her family for four wonderful fun filled weeks. I tried to give my very ambitious daughter a little break by making a few meals each day for her and the family. You know it’s funny how I assume everyone has a Danish whisk, or a hand mixer, or whatever. You know, like everyone even knows what a Danish whisk is. I had never heard of one until my friend, Melissa Richardson who wrote the book: “The Art of Baking Bread with Natural Yeast” introduced me to one. She has since written another natural yeast book, but she showed me how to use of one of these: Danish Dough Hand Whisk / Mixer 11″ or 14″  I prefer the 11-inch one because the metal whisk end will fit inside a wide mouth mason jar to make natural yeast, salad dressings or whatever. The large one is too large for the jar opening. The large one is great for cake batter, pancake batter or muffins, etc.

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It’s my back to basics: How to do your laundry series today. I started making my own dry laundry detergent about four years ago when my friend, Kendra showed me how easy and inexpensive it is to make. I decided not to make mine liquid because of how much storage space it would use in my small home. Kendra and I actually got the giggles a few times because we had laundry soap/detergent everywhere. I never do anything small, I make three five-gallon buckets worth of laundry soap at a time. I let the equipment cool down and go back and make a little more. I make it for Christmas gifts for all of my daughters. They love because it saves them lots of money, takes up a small amount of space and keeps their clothes really clean.

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Today it’s my Back To Basics: How To Clean Your House series. I am hoping this post will help families get organized, stay clutter free and have joy in their homes. If my house is clean and orderly I am one happy chick! I remember when my daughters were little and we had job charts. They each had different cleaning jobs that would be traded weekly so they would learn every job around the house. I was probably a little over the top in cleaning, that I regret now, but we all learn as young mothers, right? My grandkids come and I could care less about the hand prints on the windows. I actually cherish them. How life changes. I have learned to relax and enjoy life, spilled milk and handprints on the walls. Life is good. I also know we need to teach our children to work, need I say more?

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Today it’s Thursday, so it’s my Back To Basics: What you need in the kitchen series. I started this series a few weeks ago to teach the world and share tips from my readers to get back to the basics. Just so you know the picture above is NOT my kitchen, but I would LOVE that kitchen! I have a very tiny kitchen with limited counter space but it works. I think I am over the top with kitchen tools, utensils and equipment, I must confess. I buy the best “stuff” the first time so my kitchen items will last at least 20 years or more. Here’s the deal, today I am posting items I may or may not have. Some may be items that are on my wish list.

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Today’s topic I am sharing my Back To Basics: Make Bread It’s Easy with several of my no-fail bread recipes all in one place. Since I started my Back To Basics series it has been a huge success thanks to you, my readers! Here’s the deal, if you can make bread you can save money on groceries. If you can make bread you can survive most any situation. Last week I talked about filling your pantry slowly. The week before that I talked about making bread. Today I am sharing some of my recipes for bread, rolls, cinnamon rolls and many more. Remember we have to have fresh ingredients in order to be successful in making bread. Please remember bread making takes practice and a good recipe combined with fresh ingredients. You can make bread and the best rolls in the world if you follow those tips, I promise.

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