Country Traditions

September 30, 2010

Seasonal Crafts: Apple Heads

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Indian crafts

The Native American art of making apple heads is both easy and fun. Follow these instructions for acreative fall craft.

  • Choose a big apple and start by peeling it.
  • Then, with a sharp knife, form the nose, make eye sockets, and cut a line for the mouth.
  • Carve around the mouth to accentuate the cheeks, and make some lines around the eyes and on the forehead.
  • Soak the head in lemon juice for about 1/2 hour (so it doesn’t turn brown) before hanging it to dry.
  • When the head is almost dry, add peppercorn or bean eyes. Use your imagination to make some hair and a body to go with the head.

September 17, 2010

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

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Old-Fashioned Lemonade

6 cups water, divided
Zest of one lemon
1 cup sugar
2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 8 – 10 lemons)
Lemon slices, optional

In saucepan, bring two cups water, lemon zest, and sugar to boil. Boil five minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into large pitcher. Add four cups cold water and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Chill in refrigerator two hours. Pour into glasses and garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

Honey Lemonade

½ cup water
1 ½ cup fresh lemon juice (about 5 – 7 lemons)
2/3 cup honey
Zest of one lemon
6 cups water
Lemon slices, optional

In saucepan, heat ½ cup water, lemon juice, honey, and lemon zest. Keeping mixture just under a boil, stir constantly until honey is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Add 6 cups of water and refrigerate 3 hours until chilled. Pour into glasses and garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

Ginger Lemonade

6 cups water, divided
3 inches fresh ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup sugar
2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 8 – 10 lemons)

In saucepan, bring two cups water, ginger root, and sugar to boil. Boil five minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice, cover pan, and let steep fifteen minutes. Strain mixture. Add to large pitcher with remaining four cups water. Refrigerate two hours or until chilled.

Uses for Lemons

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Two lemons, one whole and one sliced in half

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Home uses for lemons.

  • For a sore throat or bad breath, gargle with some lemon juice.
  • Clean discolored utensils with a cloth dipped in lemon juice. Rinse with warm water.
  • Toss used lemons into your garbage disposal to help keep it clean and smelling fresh.
  • Use one part lemon juice and two parts salt to scour chinaware to its original luster.
  • A few drops of lemon juice in outdoor house-paint will keep insects away while you are painting and until the paint dries.
  • Remove scratches on furniture by mixing equal parts of lemon juice and salad oil and rubbing it on the scratches with a soft cloth.
  • To make furniture polish, mix one part lemon juice and two parts olive oil.
  • To clean the surface of white marble or ivory (such as piano keys), rub with a half a lemon, or make a lemon juice and salt paste. Wipe with a clean, wet cloth.
  • To renew hardened paintbrushes, dip into boiling lemon juice. Lower the heat and leave the brush for 15 minutes, then wash it in soapy water.
  • To remove dried paint from glass, apply hot lemon juice with a soft cloth. Leave until nearly dry, and then wipe off.
  • Rub kitchen and bathroom faucets with lemon peel. Wash and dry with a soft cloth to shine and remove spots.
  • Fresh lemon juice in rinse water removes soap film from interiors of ovens and refrigerators.
  • Create your own air freshener: Slice some lemons, cover with water, and let simmer in a pot for about an hour. (This will also clean your aluminum pots!)
  • Fish or onion odor on your hands can be removed by rubbing them with fresh lemons.
  • To get odors out of wooden rolling pins, bowls, or cutting boards, rub with a piece of lemon. Don’t rinse: The wood will absorb the lemon juice.
  • Save lemon and orange rinds to deter squirrels and cats from digging in the garden. Store rinds in the freezer during the winter, and then bury them just under the surface of the garden periodically throughout the spring and summer.
  • After a shampoo, rinse your hair with lemon juice to make it shine. Mix the strained juice of a lemon in an eight-ounce glass of warm water.
  • Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with two tablespoons of salt to make a rust-removing scrub.
  • Before you start to vacuum, put a few drops of lemon juice in the dust bag. It will make the house smell fresh.
  • Get grimy white cotton socks white again by boiling them in water with a slice of lemon.
  • Clean copper pots by cutting a lemon in half and rubbing the cut side with alt until the salt sticks. Rub the lemon onto the metal, rinse with hot water, and polish dry.
  • Suck on a lemon to settle an upset stomach.

September 16, 2010

Making Buttermilk

Filed under: Churning butter, farming, making cheese, recipes, Vinegar — Tags: , , , , , — dmacc502 @ 4:46 pm

How to make buttermilk with easy instructions and some recipes for homemade buttermilk.

Buttermilk is a by-product that you get when learning how to make butter. However, when you examine it carefully, it is nowhere near the thick white buttermilk that you can buy from the local store. This is because this buttermilk has had a culture added to it, and it is much thicker than what is left behind after making butter.

However, once you start making your own buttermilk at home, you will realize that what you have made is nothing like the store-bought product either! Instead you will have a far better product that is rich in taste and far superior to what you can buy.


Take your whole milk out that you have bought from the store, or, if you are lucky enough, your own raw milk, and let it sit on the counter in your kitchen for an hour or two. This will bring the milk to room temperature, before the next stage.


Take 1 cup of the milk and add either 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, or 1 tablespoon of white vinegar,or 2 tablespoons cream of tarter. Stir through well and leave for 15 minutes or so, until the milk starts to curdle.


Either use straightaway, stirring before drinking, or bottle and place in the fridge. Your buttermilk will keep for a week.

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