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Pin It Maybe you’re like the Damsel was before she saw the light. Maybe you think there is something magical that makes peanuts into peanut butter–some special process taking elaborate equipment and people in white overalls. And that “natural” peanut butter, costing approximately $123456789, is something even more complicated to make. Gather close, dear students, […]

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Pin ItHomemade ricotta? Really? That smooth, beautiful layer of yum in lasagna? Yes, dear students, it’s possible. And it’s as easy as kindergarten. The Damsel suspects you have everything you need, at this moment, in your kitchen. You could be five minutes away from ravishing ricotta. (Technically, this is called paneer. Ricotta is properly made […]

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Pin ItThe Damsel would like to introduce today’s substitute teacher–the beautiful Amy lady from Progressive Pioneer. This is a blog that ought to be required reading for Old School students who want to do things the natural way. Know anyone who struggles with dairy? Try this: Almond Milk My mother-in-law, who eats nearly a 100% […]

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Pin ItCaramel popcorn is an old school treat indeed. But is there a way to put a new twist on it? After all, the Damsel doesn’t scorn newfangled ways. That is not her objective. She loves it when she can put a new twist on an old trick. She thinks you’ll find this easy and […]

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Pin ItOatmeal–is there a more old fashioned breakfast? The Damsel adores it. Yummy, warm, filling. A true basic food, where YOU control how much (or how little) and what kind of sweetener, milk, raisins, or whatever you want. The three main types of oatmeal available in the typical market are: old-fashioned (rolled), quick and instant. […]

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making herb vinegars

Pin ItAh! This is the Damsel’s kind of project. Easy, quick, big payoff. Making herbal vinegar is as easy as kindergarten. It’s up to you which kind of herbs to use. What herbs do you love? Start there. The Damsel loves sage, and has a boatload of it, so there you have it. Take fresh, […]

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homemade tomato sauce

Pin ItThe Damsel would like to introduce today’s substitute teacher: Maria Rainier. Now sit up and pay attention, because being rude to subs is not tolerated at the Old School. **cough** Just kidding. The Damsel knows you are all model students. Plus, Maria’s going to teach us how to do something perfectly wonderful. I never […]

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Pin ItThis time of year, squash is plentiful and frugal. And while October seems to be all about pumpkins, the other squashes are also there, waiting for a turn to be noticed. Squash…a good thing to fall in love with. Grandma would have approved. After all, they are cheap, easy to grow, they store well, […]

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Pin ItThe Damsel wishes she could say she created this severely burned-on mess so she could post about it. In other words, on purpose. Sadly, that is not the case. The Damsel’s crockpot insert is now completely, utterly, physically and emotionally encrusted with a deep layer of concrete food. How can a person clean something […]

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homemade gnocchi

Pin ItThe Damsel would like to introduce you to today’s substitute teacher (guest poster): The Lovely Jennifer. aka The Jennifer Who Can Do Everything Like Totally. Hi! I’m Jennifer. I’m a homeschooling mom of 5. I love to be domestic and learn old-school ways of doing things–that’s why I love the Damsel’s blog! I’m happy […]

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