Pioneering Today-Faith and Home the Old Fashioned Way 

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Do you long for the simpler times of yesteryear?

Do you wish you had the time to offer your family home grown meals?

Does your heart silently cry for a quiet place in this fast paced life?

In Pioneering Today-Faith and Home the Old Fashioned Way, author Melissa K. Norris explains practical and easy methods to cook from scratch, garden, preserve your own food, and see God’s fingerprint in your everyday busy life. You’ll learn how to:

*Decrease your grocery and energy bill

*Improve your family’s health by cooking from scratch and over 40 delicious recipes

*Grow and preserve your own food

*Reduce your time in the kitchen without sacrificing taste and nutrition

*Expand your view of God in your daily activities

Whether you live in the middle of the asphalt jungle or on the side of a mountain, you can experience the pioneer lifestyle and start your own homesteading journey. When you surround yourself with things made from the hand of God, you can’t help but see Him.

There is never a perfect time to start living the life you’ve dreamed of, there’s only wasted time if you’re not following your heart. Read Pioneering Today and begin your simpler life now! Order your copy from our affiliate partner Amazon. This book is available in both print form at $9.99 and digital form at $4.99

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This book is not a “how to” necessarily. It is a look into a modern woman who pursues a more wholesome, simple, spiritual and relevant life. This book does more than tell you how to do something, it tells you how it feels to pursue this life. To write a book about Pioneering without including faith would be inaccurate. Faith played a huge part in the lives of those who explored and settled this country. Melissa also gives inside into how she has dealt with adversities in her own life. This is a perfect book for someone beginning to question the empty, hurried pace and fast food lifestyle many have developed.The book also contains as a bonus some wonderful recipes as well. Definitely a must read. Larry Littrell from Double L’s Garden

This has been one of the very best stories I have ever read. Please don’t let the ink dry, it’s time for another book. Dee

PioneeringToday-Faith and Home the Old Fashioned Way: Inspirational. Humorous. Personal and  practical. A potpourri of down-to-earth advice from author Melissa K. Norris, who has practiced what she preaches for years. Rather than merely relating the wisdom and joys of returning to a simpler, more healthful lifestyle, the author offers concrete examples, step-by-step directions, and time-tested, money-saving recipes for gardening, cooking, and living that are far easier to follow than one might suspect! Pioneering Today is not only unique, but the perfect gift for yourself and others. Colleen L. Reece, author of 150 “Books You Can Trust,” six million copies sold

Melissa’s book inspired me in so many ways! She has a tender heart for spiritual things and sees Jesus in the ordinary moments of her life.The recipes she shared encouraged me to start cooking from scratch more. I’m teaching my ten year old daughter many of the life skills she covers in her book, so it will become a part of our homeschool curriculum. We’ll try the pie crust first, just in time for holiday baking. Mindy from Prairie Momma  Journey Through the Prairie Primer


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Are you tired of the commercialism surrounding Christmas?

Do you struggle with finding gifts for everyone at an affordable price?

Do you want to simplify your Christmas season this year?

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In Pioneering Today-A Homemade Christmas, author Melissa K. Norris, shares how to get back to the true meaning of Christmas, tips for homemade baked goods when you’re stretched for time, homemade affordable gifts people will use and like, and how to give the gift of yourself to your loved ones with special planned activities. With over 36 recipes, homemade gift ideas and decor, you’ll experience a simple Christmas with the joy the season was intended.

You’ll learn how to:

*Prep for the busy baking season

*Bake from scratch dishes that are easy, delicious, and contain wholesome traditional ingredients

*Ideas to decorate your home with simple on hand items

*Homemade gifts people will love and use

*Ways to reconnect with your loved ones

*One special way to see Jesus working in your life all year long

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“Melissa K. Norris has penned a wonderful guide to approaching the Christmas season with a full heart, seeking out meaningful simplicity, and ways to create personalized gifts and traditions for everyone you’re wanting to bless this season.

The projects and recipes you’ll find here are sure to send you straight to your kitchen to whip up something delicious. Melissa’s heart to inspire others comes through on every page. This book is a steal; you’ll get more than your money’s worth, and, if you’re like me, you’re sure to re-visit the book many times for ideas.” Amanda




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  6. Just downloded your 1st non-fiction book, “Pioneering Today,” I read the blog from Frank Viola’s blog and was captured immediately!
    Sounds what I need these day’s to really get alone with God and hear His voice.
    Keep up this type of writing, you are clearly gifted to do so.

    P.S. You are also gorgeous!

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  12. Thank You.. I found out I won this book… So excited… My thoughts just from reading reviews I will have to read then share with my granddaughter Abigail, She will LOVE it… Why is the mail so slow… Merrry Christmas.. and a Blessed Year…

  13. Just received my free copy of PioneeringToday-Faith and Home the Old Fashioned Way: Yea!! I can’t wait to start reading… Thank you so much for the book…. Cathy PS. I might have to share with my Granddaughter Abigail..She loves to do things the old way.

    • Yea, Cathy! I’d love to have you share it with your granddaughter. I almost named my daughter, Abigail, such a beautiful old-fashioned name. I’d like to hear what you think of Pioneering Today after you’ve finished reading. Enjoy!

  14. My fiancee and I are planning on purchasing some property to expand our back to basics lifestyle that we are trying to achieve. I live in the Seattle area and would love to know if you ever take volunteers to help on your homestead, for some hands on training? I am a farm girl myself, however I have always bought my seeds and would love to see the process up close and personal, even help with the mucking and hoeing.

    • Cherilyn, congrats on your engagement and plans for property. Hello to another gal from the NW. I’m a good two hours away from Seattle. I’ve never had volunteers out, we’re a fairly small operation. I’ll be doing a giveaway of some of my seed on the blog here in March. One of the sources that has heirloom seed and is acclimated here to the NW is the Territorial Seed Company out of OR. When you’re ordering, just be sure it says (OP) next to it, those are the open-pollinated/heirloom seed.

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  58. Hi Melissa, I have an interesting story to share with you. Last week I won a giveaway from Harvest Your Health and the prize I chose was a book that looked interesting called Pioneering Today (perhaps you’ve heard of it! :D ). I had never heard of the author but like I said the description of the book spoke to me. I’ve been trying, rather unsuccessfully, to simplify my life. Anyway, today I was looking back through some older posts from Mom With a Prep and found a really interesting guest post and just had to subscribe to the guest’s blog. The post was Canning 101 Water-bath vs. Pressure Canning. Still not putting 2+2 together, I received 2 free books for subscribing to the blog and in one of the free books was a link taking me to, you guessed it, this page where I discovered the author of the book I chose as my prize last week. I have always said that the hand of God can be seen in everything we do. I’m not sure what the message is yet, but I do know now where I’m likely to find it. So glad I found your blog and thank you for taking the time to share with all of us.

  59. Hi Melissa, I received my copy of your book yesterday. The fact that you took the time to autograph it for me was a wonderful surprise. It was an amazing read. I love the recipes but mostly I love the fact that you were willing to share your struggles with everyday life and your faith in the Lord. We all struggle and fall short but thankfully Jesus accepts our failings and loves us unconditionally. We only have to accept. Thank you again for a wonderful book.

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  61. I just finished reading the first free chapter of Pioneering Today. You have done a wonderful job of incorporating useful gardening tips with storytelling and with wisdom about God’s love for us! thank you for sharing! From one author to another…You go, Girl! :)

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