Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Hope Chest

 Many young ladies today don't even know what a hope chest is. 

 For those that don't know, a hope chest is a piece of furniture, basically a chest, that contains household linen, clothing, or anything a young lady might need to set up her household, in preparation for her marriage. 

Women would generally get their hope chest between courting a man and an engagement. 

Other names for hope chest in the USA are dowry chest, trousseau chest or cedar chest.

 In the United Kingdom they referred to it as a "bottom drawer", they put aside the bottom drawer in their chest of drawers for their collection.

 Women in Australia refer to it as a "glory box".

This was a customary gift in the Amish community  and they refer to it as a wedding chest. It would be given to the bride & groom.

Because  brides leave home when  they marry, the hope chest was made to be portable.

What sort of items would go into the home chest? 

  • Young ladies would do needlework or other artwork and place it in the box for wall hanging in their future homes.
  • Clothing, such as a pretty/special dress, 
  • Table and bed linens, quilts, blankets, dishware, bake-ware, kitchen items, or a pretty apron.

I think a hope chest is a perfect gift for a young lady approaching a marriageable age. 

Product Details
particularly like this Coaster Bench Wood Storage Bench. It has a dual purpose. Not only can the young lady store her dowry items but she will now have a seating area in her new home.  

Here is a link for some hope chest showing you what they look like. There is a large variety of styles and colors to chose from.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Snappy Pumpkin Cheesecake

This recipe came out of the Taste of Home magazine Aug/Sept 2008 issue, pg 33. Lisa M. who submitted the recipe said she won 1st place in a pumpkin baking contest with this dessert. The judges gave high-marks to the gingersnap-pecan crust and the filling that was creamy and marbled.
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies (apox 30 cookies)
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • Two 8 oz pkg of cream cheese
  • ½ cup + ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 lightly beaten eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp nutmeg
  • Garnish (both are optional)
  • Whipped topping
  • Ginger bread cookies, cut into wedges
  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Place a 9" spring-form pan on an 18" square piece of heavy duty alum foil.
  3. Wrap the foil around the pan and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the pecan and cookie crumbs. Stir in the butter.
  5. Press in the bottom and 1" up along the sides.
  6. Bake for 9-11 minutes (or until it is set)
  7. Allow to cool in a wire rack.
  8. In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and ½ cup of the sugar until smooth
  9. Add vanilla and the eggs.
  10. Place 1 cup of the filling in a small bowl and stir in the pumpking, spices
  11. and remaining sugar.
  12. Set aside ¾ cup of this pumpkin filling.
  13. Pour the remaining pumpkin filling into the crust.
  14. Top with the plain filling.
  15. Drop the reserved pumpkin filling by spoonfuls onto the top, using a knife,
  16. cut into and give it a swirled appearance.
  17. Place the spring-form pan into a large baking pan, add 1" of hot water to
  18. the large pan.
  19. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until set.
  20. Remove the spring-form pan from the water-bath. Allow to cool on a wire rack
  21. for 10 minutes.
  22. Run a knife around the edge to loosen. Allow to cool an additional hour.
  23. Refrigerate overnight.
  24. Remove from pan and garnish before serving.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

How To Clean Your Blender

Fill your blender halfway full with some water. Add a few drops of dish soap and pulse a few times.

This is all it takes!

Image courtesy of John Kasawa  at

How To Clean Your Microwave Without Harsh Chemicals

Looking For A Non-Toxic Way To Clean Your Microwave?

Grab yourself a microwave-safe mug...
Cut a lemon in half, chop it in large chunks, rind and all. Toss them in the mug.
Add water to the mug.
Microwave for 5 minutes on high.
Remove mug.
Grab your self and cleaning rag or sponge. Wipe out the microwave.

Why does this work? The steam loosens the foods stuck on the walls, the lemon juice has a dual purpose: It leaves behind a clean refreshing scent but most importantly it cuts the grease.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

When Is The Best Time To Wash Your Windows?

The best time to wash them is early in the day before the sun comes up or after the sun goes down.

Why? When it is sunny, the liquid dries too quickly which results in streaks.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Get Cash For Your Books

Do you have books that are still in good condition?

You may be able to get cash for them.

Go to this website type in the book's IBSN number. 

This number is usually located  on the copyright page in the front of the book or perhaps on the back cover.

This can be done on-line and you can print their pre-paid label right from your computer at home.

The average amount of time it takes for you to get paid is about 13 days. The money will be deposited into a PayPal acct or you will receive a check in the mail.
They also pay for the PayPal fees so that you get the full amount of cash!

This service is free. It will not cost you a thing. They have a 5-star rating for their outstanding customer service. You can verify that here. is a family-owned business . They have an online used book buying service that is owned and operated by They are located in Hillsboro, Oregon.

They are a reliable and trusted buyer of quality used books since 2004.
The company has purchased over 1.7 million books from 250,000 customers.
We offer their services to college students selling college textbooks, and to everyday people selling hardcover/paperback fiction and non-fiction.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Snicker Doodle Sandwiches

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
2-3/4 cup flour
Coarse decorating sugar (color of your choice) in a small bowl

6 oz cream cheese
1 cup marshmallow cream (fluff)

Preheat oven to 400
In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, shortening, sugars, eggs, cream of tartar, cinnamon, baking soda and vanilla until creamy
Add flour. Mix well.
Using a tbsp, shape dough into 48 equal size balls.
Dip the top of each ball into the coarse colored sugar.
Place the sugar-side up on a ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 8 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack.

Beat the filling ingredients until light and flufffy.
Spread 1 tbs of filling onto the bottom of cookie; press another cookie on top

Servings: 24

204 calories
3 grams protein
10 grams fat
3.3 mg chol
92 mg sod

This recipe came out of the Sept 2009 issue of Woman's Day, page 128