Come along for some Rainy Day Homemaking inspiration. I will make comfort food, clean the floors and share a great soup recipe.
It is a cold rainy day. The house feels dark and the flickering of the candles makes it feel cozy.
I love the rain and the way it makes everything feel. It’s been raining here all week. So I have been enjoying the indoors more than usual. Staying tucked away inside, I am able to get more housework done.
But before I get into the day’s work, let’s make some coffee.
I have been enjoying this little press I got a few weeks back. It makes a bold cup of coffee. I add just a bit of whole milk too. It’s the perfect cup of coffee.
You know those days when you can see your children are having a rough time? This morning was one of those for me. It was nothing particularly bad just lots of frustration and a rushed morning. So much so that my daughter didn’t have time to tidy her room. Something I know is bothering her. So today, I am going to do it for her. Just to lighten up the day.
I was recently asked to write an article for a magazine, giving some wisdom to other homemakers. It has made me think back and reflect on my entire journey. Something hard to do in just a few words. However, one bit of wisdom stands out.
Remember that most things won’t look significant in ordinary living at first glance. Our children grow quickly when we look back but slowly when we measure the day-to-day. Try not to get lost in the mundane of repeated work. Because each laundry pile you stack, floor you clean and meal you make all contribute to a sense of well-being within our children’s hearts. Something quite powerful.
For lunch, I am going to share my daughter’s favorite meal with you. It’s a Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese that she likes me to add ground beef to. It’s the perfect comfort meal for when she gets home.
Weekly Cleaning Routine
As the rain continues outside, I am going to finally start on the cleaning. I like to do my floors once a week. We have wood floors throughout most of our house that I stained a dark walnut color. The darkness of the floors tends to show dust easily. I like to give them a good sweep and follow it up with either a steam mop or a Swiffer-style mop.
I am going to make a quick natural cleaner for the floor. It’s about 1/4 cup of white vinegar and water with a few drops of essential oil. Usually, I use lemon but today I am going to use grapefruit.
I happened to find this spray mop that I have been enjoying. I like being able to make my own cleaner for it and the washable pads flip over so you can use both sides as your mopping.
After mopping, I went and picked up my daughter from her center class so now its time for lunch. I am going quickly cook the ground beef with just salt and pepper then add it to the macaroni.
With all the school work done, the house tidied and the floors finally cleaned, it is now time to prep dinner. Tonight we are going to be having Butternut Squash Soup.
I have several butternut squashes from my mother’s garden. I only need one for the soup so I am going to get it peeled and cubed.
The soup is creamy and smooth. Perfect for the rainy day we are having. I add a couple of potatoes to the baking sheet as well which gives the soup a nice flavor. I season everything with sea salt, cracked black pepper, and olive oil. Then roast until soft.
The recipe calls for some shaved carrot which adds a nice touch of sweetness along with diced onions that I cook in the pot first. To create a smooth soup we will need to blend it. This hand blender works well but you can also use a regular blender if you don’t have one.
I finish the soup off with some heavy cream and a pat of butter.
It’s time to set the table and serve.
I like to garnish the soup with toasted almonds and more cream. It makes a lovely presentation and some texture to the soup.
Thank you so much for joining me in today’s Rainy Day Homemaking post and video. I hope you have enjoyed following along. Have a wonderful week ahead.
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