All Posts byAndrea Sabean

About the Author

Andrea is an artisan and teacher trying to live a handmade and homemade lifestyle with her husband in Eastern Canada. She is passionate about growing her own food, cooking healthy meals, using herbs for healing, nurturing creativity, and finding joy and blessings in the every-day moments of life. She writes about all of this, plus her adventures in sewing, crafting, and pattern design at

Apr 04

Easy Hot Cross Buns – Vintage Recipe from 1950

By Andrea Sabean | Recipes

Easy Hot Cross Buns Recipe from Great-Grandma with no processed sugar

Hot cross buns-these are among my earliest memories of Easter. While other families ate chocolate bunnies, mine devoured these sweet rolls with their signature white crosses on top. Although the tradition of hot cross buns for Easter seems to have begun in the 12th century, the recipe  I found among my great-grandmother’s collection was dated […]

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Jan 06

Vintage Recipe: Grandmother’s Date Bread Recipe

By Andrea Sabean | Recipes

Grandma’s date bread recipe was born during war rationing, when sugar was scarce, inventive homemakers looked for other ways to sweeten baked goods. Honey, corn syrup, molasses, and maple syrup were often used as sweeteners, as well as dried fruits such as raisins and dates. This date bread recipe comes right from my grandmother’s recipe […]

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Dec 18

Traditional Christmas Pudding Recipe

By Andrea Sabean | Recipes

The making of Christmas Pudding is a British tradition that goes back hundreds of years. In my own house growing up, Christmas dinner would not have been complete without a bowl of steamy hot pudding to finish the meal. There are several types of Christmas puddings. Rich plum puddings are full of dried fruit, but […]

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Nov 11

6 DIY Re-Purposed Sweater Projects

By Andrea Sabean | How to articles

These are 6 DIY frugal re-purposed sweater projects you have to make! I’m always skeptical of trying these things I see online or Pinterest, because usually they don’t turn out quite as cute for me. Anyone else? However, these turned out so stinking cute I have to go hunt up more sweaters, because I’m keeping […]

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Sep 30

Vintage Recipe: Honey Banana Cake

By Andrea Sabean | Pioneering Today

My grandmother didn’t have much of a sweet tooth, but she loved to make banana cake.  Quite often when we went to visit she would have a pan of banana cake, slathered in maple frosting, waiting in the kitchen. Then I discovered this handwritten recipe for banana cake among my great-grandmother’s recipes.  It seems a […]

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