8 Weeks to a Homemade Christmas


Are you TIRED of the commercialized Christmas season? I don't know about you, but Christmas should not be paying off the gifts for 12 months afterwards, running around so stressed you develop an ulcer, dread is the first thing that hits you when you see the decorations, and you just want to bury your heads under the covers until it's all over. We made the decision about five years ago to stop all the crazy. When I look back on my most treasured gifts, they're the ones made with love and time. I believe Christmas should be about faith in Jesus Christ, investing in relationships with those we love instead of investing in superficial things we'll be tossing out later, giving things people will use in every day life and treasure, and enjoying from scratch homemade goodies. Because at heart, I'm a total foodie. During this 8 Week Homemade Christmas series we will have: 2 homemade old-fashioned vintage ornaments with full on tutorials on DIY instructions A Depression Era tip and … [Read more...]

Win an All American Sun Oven!


Ever wanted to cook your supper without heating up the house, using electricity, or keeping a watch on coals or wood? Wondered how in the world you could do that without the food being raw? Enter the All American Sun Oven. This is the ultimate solar appliance. You can cook your food and sterilize water from just the power of the sun. And here's your chance to win one, because the only thing cooler than buying one is winning it, right? Win An All American Sun Oven in this Giveaway!   The folks at the All American Sun Oven company have teamed up with a large group of bloggers and we are giving away a deluxe Sun Oven! The retail price of this set is $399! But that is only the start of the reasons why you should enter to try and win this oven.   Using a sun oven can help you be more frugal by cutting your utility bills. Wouldn't it be great to have that bill lowered. Cooking in a sun oven is just as easy as using a conventional oven and really only takes a few … [Read more...]

Podcast #42 Grinding Your Own Flour + 6 Fresh Flour Baking Tips

Grinding your own flour plus fresh flour baking tips. It took me 5 weeks to figure out how to use fresh flour. Excellent tips for altering your regular recipes to using fresh flour and which kinds of wheat berries are best for baking and where to get them. If you've ever wanted to grind and use your own flour, you need to read this now!

Grinding my own flour at home makes me feel like a real pioneer woman. However, the first few weeks of baking with my fresh ground flour left me more than a little frustrated with dense breads and spread out pancake cookies. I've now been grinding my own flour and using fresh flour in all of our baking for almost two years and I've learned some tips to save you some time. … [Read more...]

7 Frugal Fall Recipes for Real Food Kitchens

7 Fall frugal recipes every real food kitchen should be making. Seriously, I can't believe I never thought of some of these. If you grew winter squash, you can make the roasted butternut bisque soup for a $1.00, for the whole pot! Read this now for new recipes and stretching the grocery budget during the holidays.

With the chilly fall weather I'm pushing even more to stretch our dollar and save money for the coming Christmas season. Our garden is basically done, so I'm also mourning the loss of free fresh vegetable shopping from the back yard. I've put up a lot of our produce on the pantry shelves or freezer which does help. Disclosure: Some of the below links may contain affiliates. Thank you for supporting this website. We're still harvesting some of our fall crops. Butternut squash, apples, carrots, beets, and pumpkin to name a few. Due to our off-grid greenhouse, I've also got tomatoes still ripening. I love our green house, like totally swoon every time I come home and see it snuggled up in the back yard. Sigh. Okay, enough gushing. Back to the frugal foodie goodies. Beings I had butternut squash sitting on our back deck, I decided to try out a new soup recipe. This is my first fall with a Blendtec and I was flat out itching to try some hot blended soups. I used it a ton this … [Read more...]

3 Reasons You Should Use Honey + a Giveaway!

3 Reasons You Should be Using Honey. Great tips on using honey in baking, food storage,and medicinally.

3 Reasons I love honey and so should you. Honey is one of those foods every home should have. I'm not talking about the kind in the little bear bottle from the grocery store. Read those labels and it might not even by real honey... But real honey is one of the items every home should have. Did you know honey has different flavors depending upon where the bees gathered their pollen? I've found blueberry blossom honey is my favorite (no, it doesn't taste like blueberries, but that would be pretty awesome). 1. Honey is non-perishable. One of the items listed in my 8 Foods You Should Be Storing and How is honey because it will last forever. If it hardens or forms crystals, simply place the container in hot water. Once the honey is heated (at a low temp) you can stir it and the crystals will melt. 2. Honey replaces processed sugar. Yep, honey is great to replace processed sugar in your baking and canning. Here's an article on using honey in your canning recipes. Generally … [Read more...]

Podcast #41 6 Fall Canning Recipes

6 Fall canning recipes. Perfect for putting up the fall harvest. Now is the time to get the best deals on the produce so if you're trying to lower your food cost, read this to learn how to preserve these foods at home while the costs are low.

  Getting produce in season and preserving it for the following year is the most frugal way to cut your food budget and increase your pantry. These 6 fall canning recipes are what we're putting up on our homestead right now and the perfect time for you to do so as well, before prices rise and winter sets in. … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Indian Fry Bread

Homemade Indian Fry Bread recipe, oh my goodness. This is our favorite new go to recipe, for both dessert and savory tacos. Grab this recipe for both kinds, there's even a dairy free option.

Do you ever get a hankering for something different, something yummy, something simple, but oh so good you'll immediately eat the first batch and then whip another? Oh, and it absolutely must be frugal, real food ingredients, easy, and be so scrumptious your picky eaters will ask for second. You do? Awesome, because I've got just that very recipe on how to make homemade Indian fry bread. Be warned, you may want to make two batches at once or double the recipe. … [Read more...]

9 Ways to Preserve Apples at Home

9 Ways to preserve apples at home. Frugal and easy ways to preserve apples for year round use and healthy homemade recipes, plus food storage. Read now to take advantage of the low apple prices and get your fall food storage in shape.

We've all heard the saying an apple day keeps the doctor away, but my apples don't grow all year round. Our goal is to put up as much food as possible when it's in season to keep our food bill down and increase our food storage. It's apple season ya'll. (When I get excited a little bit of southern kicks in, it's just how I roll) … [Read more...]

5 Preparedness Tips You Need to Do Now

Being prepared is something a lot of folks think about after the fact, or when you watch a news clip about a disaster somewhere else. Preparedness is a lifestyle for us, and not because we're getting ready for some type of Doomsday disaster. I believe in being prepared for more likely events, like long power outages (we went almost 2 weeks a few years back), extreme weather, financial hardships, or being unable to get to grocery stores. Plus, I enjoy learning traditional skills and merging my modern life with that of the pioneers. In honor of this amazing giveaway we have going on, like I want  half of  okay, everything listed. Here's my 5 preparedness tips you need to implement now. … [Read more...]