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'A Sense of Home is about making your house a private sanctuary ... a wonderful feel-good book that offers inspiring advice on creating a home that represents "you"' Sunday Times 'Homes should nurture and nourish us, be a private sanctuary, a deeply personal place where friends and family gather and celebrate. My hope is that this book can guide you to create the space you love - along with great tastes that make eating there a comfort and a pleasure.' Helen James From leading Irish designer and food blogger Helen James comes a beautiful book for all who enjoy making their house a home. Room by room, Helen shares her distinctive design sensibility inspired by the natural world, as she considers the spaces where we spend so much of our time - indoor and out - from a sensory perspective: taste, sight, scent, touch and sound. Combining over 60 delicious, homely recipes - from bedroom feasts to 'movie-night' suppers - with essential design principles, natural beauty products, gardening plans and more, A Sense of Home is stunningly illustrated throughout. A sumptuous journey that is as pleasurable to browse as it is to put into practice - and the ideal gift.
First published in 1916, A.L. Fowler's book of household tips is an indispensable guide to effortlessly becoming a domestic goddess. With long-forgotten tricks for tackling twenty-first-century tasks such as removing stains, rescuing over-salted food and keeping a fridge odour-free, A.L. Fowler is practical and to the point. This delightful volume also reveals the best way to rid yourself of annoying household pests including spiders, ants and flies, and provides tips on how to remove odours from your hands while advising on the use of natural products to clean floors, windows and cooking utensils. Fowler also shows the early twentieth-century housewife how to perform miracles in the kitchen, with classic tips on making pastry extra flaky, the quickest way to peel carrots and how best to remove burnt bits from an overdone cake.
With The Natural Home, you'll discover how to clean everything in your house the healthy way with just a few inexpensive, easy to find products using tried and true cleaning methods that have been around for centuries. Organized by product and location in the home, the book includes an in-depth explanation of natural products like vinegar, lemon, and baking soda which can be used to clean most areas in your home. There's a cleaning guide by room; tips for maintaining materials like marble, stainless steel, and wood; solutions for every stain; natural fragrances for your home; laundry tips; and natural products for pets. Also included recipes for cleaning products you can make on your own that will help disinfect, whiten, deodorize and remove even the toughest stains in bathrooms, kitchen, carpets and clothing. Beautifully designed with two-color interiors and filled with dozens of illustrations, The Natural Home is a charming gift book that shows you how to keep your home sparkling, green, and healthy.
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This new book explores the seemingly endless applications of these wondrous substances, looking at their fascinating properties, the vast range of types available and their uses as valued ingredients in recipes, medicinal treatments, household cleaners, beauty treatments and aromatherapy. The first half of the volume covers the history, folklore and science of vinegar, together with a comprehensive guide to its many varieties. Blend relishes and vinaigrettes and create classic salads and pasta dishes with 30 simple, straightforward recipes. Find out how to treat bruises, sore throats, insect stings and arthritis, as well as many other common ailments, then discover how to care for your skin and hair before learning how to mix your own natural pesticides, limescale removers and furniture restorers. The second half of the book takes a look at the long history and remarkable traditions surrounding oil and its production. After reading about over twenty types of oil, discover how it can act as a massage and aromatherapy aid, as well as protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer, treat dry skin and hair, polish furniture and fix creaky hinges. In the kitchen, find out how to make the best use of the many distinctive types of oil in a variety of culinary techniques and recipes. This beautifully photographed volume explores the properties and uses of both vinegar and oil in the home, combining in-depth advice with easy-to-follow recipes and instructions.
Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills--the kind employed by
our forefathers--and adapt them for a better life in the
twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently
useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to "Back to
Basics" for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before
power saws and fast food restaurants and rediscovering the
pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more
How many hours did you think you'd spend at the gym this week? How many hours did you actually spend at the gym this week? Use this book to record your life in diagrams with bar charts, line graphs, pie charts and Venn diagrams. Fill in the charts with information on your everyday life, whether it's how much you're snacking, how you rate the movies you go to, or which category your friends fall into. Once complete, you will have an at-a-glance summary of your life. Word count: 4,000
This title offers home cures, recipes, everyday hints and tips. It is a celebration of one of nature's most powerful ingredients and how to use it for health and in cooking. It includes a brief history of salt, its industrial uses and importance in customs, religions and rituals. It is a guide to the medicinal benefits of this essential mineral, such as taking salt baths, gargling salt and swimming in salt water. How to cook with salt while maintaining a well-balanced diet, with recipes for meat and fish, salt crusts, sauces, seasonings and bread, and preserving fruit and vegetables. We cannot do without salt - every living creature needs the essential sodium in salt. Historically, salt has been the cause of wars, uprising and revolutions. It has been used as money, and has been a powerful force in the economic rise and fall of civilizations. This book explores the history and uses of salt, proving that it is much more than just a white granular substance you sprinkle from a salt cellar on to your food. In Roman times, it was so highly valued that soldiers were paid in salt - which is where we get the word 'salary' from.Salt also has many important industrial uses, such as producing plastics, bleaching cotton and linen, disinfecting water, manufacturing glass, curing leather and making paper. Last but not least, salt is invaluable in cooking - when used in moderation - and the book contains a range of recipes for smoked and cured meat, cheeses, breads, preserved fruit and vegetables, and tasty sauces and seasonings. There is a guide to the salt content of processed foods, and an explanation of the problems that can be caused by eating too much salt.
The Miracle of Honey is a compact yet comprehensive and authoritative guide to honey, with helpful information on every possible way to use this wonderful product of nature - not only in cooking but also for health and well-being. The book opens with the history of honey and its popularity around the world over the millennia. The author discusses whether honey is a miracle medicine, a valuable natural remedy or just a useful part of a healthy diet. The first part of the book outlines the varieties of honey and how they differ. A digest of the contents of honey and how they affect health is followed by guidance on how to choose, use and store honey. The second part offers guidance on making honey-containing beauty products. There is also a comprehensive A-Z of ailments that may benefit from honey, practical instructions on how to use honey or honey-associated products such as beeswax to keep your home sparkling and sweet-smelling, and a variety of recipes for honey-containing dishes. The final section looks at bee-keeping and the vital subject of bee health and survival.
Lemons are cheap, eco-friendly and multi-talented as well as deliciously flavoured and aromatic. If you are fed up with using detergents that are less than kind to your skin, then take a look at this all-natural, safe alternative. Packed full of tips and suggestions for how to put the humble lemon to good use, this chunky, attractively illustrated, essential guide shows you how to clean around the home, polish, deodorize, deter pests, protect pets, take care of your skin, improve your health and cook tasty dishes.
Shortlisted as the Best Irish-Published Book of the Year at the 2013 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards
The members of the Irish Countrywomen's Association have a saying: 'Nil aon tintean mar do thintean fein' (there's no hearth like your own hearth) and when all is said and done what is more important than home and family?
In their fantastic new book, hundreds of Irish women from the ICA share their practical tips, short-cuts, and precious first-hand experience on how to make a house a home.
Whether you are looking for a tip to remove a stain from your dress, or a quiet word of wisdom on marital harmony; a how-to for the garden, or inspiration for a home-made gift: you know you can trust the ICA's advice to be practical, down-to-earth and achievable.
Running a home is an important job. It demands the organisational skills of a project manager, the budgeting of an accountant, a myriad of cooking and cleaning skills - together with that little bit of magic which mothers always add. If you've ever wished you'd written down the clever tricks, special touches or pearls of wisdom that seemed to come naturally to your mother and grandmother, then don't reinvent the wheel: let the women of the ICA guide you through home management from beginning to end.
Aphra Behn is usually described as England's first professional woman writer, but her contemporary Hannah Woolley (Wooley or Wolley) ran her close, though recipes not bodice-rippers were her speciality (mixed with some judicious teaching, housekeeping and medical marketing). It seems amazing, therefore, that apart from a slight compendium, nothing of hers is available today - when women's studies have so strong a following. Her output is confusing and disputed, even the portrait in this second edition of her book is not of her but one Sarah Gilly, but all is made clearer by the long introduction by Caterina Albano, who has studied women's domestic literature for this period, and who urged us to produce this new, unabridged setting of the book (it is not a facsimile). The Companion is a conduct- as well as cookery-book (the recipes are mainly derived from her earlier works). It also contains an autobiography of the author. In truth it is a rank, but captivating, miscellany, including recipes, medical prescriptions, advice to servants and governesses, hints on upbringing, cosmetics and education, rules of social comportment and conduct, instructions and model letters for correspondence (mainly for young ladies), and 'Pleasant Discourses and Witty Dialogues' between gentlemen and ladies. Great bedtime reading. The editor puts it all in long perspective.
Entertaining and packed full of time-saving tips, Outwitting Housework is an essential guide to making your house gleam without breaking a sweat. Household expert Barty Phillips shares her clever tips for avoiding chores wherever possible, revealing her sanity-saving shortcuts and creative advice for keeping those boring tasks to a minimum. Discover what basic tools of the trade you need and how to use them to bring sparkle, shine and a sense of calm to your home. Learn how to do effective minimal tidying, train errant family members and engage technology to help save you even more effort. Armed with these cunning and creative stratagems, you'll soon be drying off those rubber gloves and doing something much more fun instead.
Beth Greer had been living what she considered a healthy lifestyle when a medical crisis prompted her to re-evaluate everything - from the food she ate to the personal-care products she used and the environment she lived in. Now, in "Super Natural Home", she shows the alarming extent of the dangerous chemicals we unwittingly expose ourselves to every day. As she did in her own life, she invites readers to put their lives under a microscope - to scrutinize what people put in and on their bodies and bring into their homes - and to make personal choices that will enable them to 'live clean' in a toxic world.The straightforward, solutions - based approach of "Super Natural Home" - complete with quizzes to help identify and correct potential toxic hot zones - speaks directly to what environment - conscious consumers really need: ultra-practical advice on what they can do right now to limit exposure to the poisons that are endangering them and their children. At a time when impeccable scientific research points to an alarming correlation between common chemical compounds and cancers, allergies, psychiatric disorders, and birth defects, among other serious health concerns, "Super Natural Home" gives consumers the tools to start protecting themselves and their families.
Clean smarter, not harder! That's Donna Smallin's cleaning motto,
and now she shows readers how to do it in just minutes a day. "The
One-Minute Cleaner Plain & Simple" is the perfect handbook for
busy people who might never find the time for a top-to-bottom
household scrub, but do want to keep their living areas clean,
sanitary, and clutter-free.
Foreword by Richard Carlson, Ph.D. A new Don't Sweat guidebook, based on the bestselling Don't Sweat series by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
Keeping your house in order can become overwhelming when you have a million other things on your to-do list. These simple strategies will help you get organized, set priorities, and learn to live with little imperfections.
The Queen of Clean
really spells things out for you:
It's a foolproof sorting system for even the most devoted packrat: Question the best possible use of a room, a closet, a drawer...Unpack all of your clutter to get a sense of what you have (and what you need to do with it)...Evaluate each and every item you own...Eliminate unwanted possessions without guilt or regrets...and Neaten up your belongings in their newly decluttered space. You'll find your home and your life organized like never before as you conquer clutter in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, attic, basement -- even the garage!
The key, says the Queen, is to start small...and soon you'll be revved up and ready to straighten out every nook and cranny of your home. Her down-to-earth clutter-busting advice is built for speed; in a flash she sorts through and tidies up wallets, purses, drawers, closets, pantries, clothes, shoes, cosmetics, junk mail, linens, toys, books, videos, photos, collectibles, and much, much more!
The Queen makes even the most dreaded organizing tasks a breeze with hundreds of easy and practical tips! Find out how good it feels to be a savvy manager of all that threatens to invade your orderly domain with these simple and effective strategies from America's #1 housekeeping expert, the Queen of CleanŽ.
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.
Do you wish you could be more organized? That you could save time
doing household chores? That you could save money by maintaining
your home yourself--before professional repairmen need to be
Today's environmental concerns have led to a new generation of
high-tech stoves, designed to burn cleaner and more efficiently
than ever before.
"Bonnie's Household Organizer" is an essential handbook for anyone - mothers, fathers, students, roomates, or working singles - who wants to get organized at home. more than a collection of helpful hints or cleaning techniques, this remarkable book offers workable systems of organization. It begins by showing how to apply proven principles of time management to the home, moves through work habits, shelving suggestions, methods for training children to work, and ways to save money (especially on food), to the basic problem-solving process as it applies to home problems. Each chapter ends with practical suggestions for applying the ideas and techniques to your particular circumstances.
Whether you live in a twelve-room home or a studio apartment, have seven children, or a roomate who never cleans up, you'll find immediate help and direction in Bonnie's clear, practical, enthusiastic advice.
Imagine having your house clean in eight minutes flat. Yes, it is possible! Courtenay Hartford is all about working smarter, not harder. She shows readers how to get their homes that kind of sparkly clean that they've only dreamed about and do it with time leftover for all the real life-living that you want to do. Courtenay's tips and tricks help readers make their lives easier with clever shortcuts and daily, monthly and super- mega all-inclusive deep cleaning checklists. These tips help with actual real-life cleaning situations that you face everyday like how to rescue a messy house in 8 minutes flat (hint: there are only a few surfaces in your house that really matter here!) as well as which steps in your laundry routine you really can skip to make tackling Mount : Dirtyclothes so much speedier and that you really don't need most of the cleaning products in your cupboard. Tackle your toughest cleaning jobs in some of the dirtiest rooms in your home with quick, helpful, realistic tips with this fun, easy-to-read guide.
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