Handmade Gift Bags & Tags from the Great Depression Era

Need free gift tags? These Depression Era gift tags are free and re-use items normally tossed out. I love this idea and they are the most beautiful bags and tags I've seen. Read this tutorial to get all of your gifts wrapped and tagged frugally and homemade.

You know all those Christmas cards you get and after Christmas is over you throw them out, anyone else feel a little bit guilty about that? You'll be asking your neighbor for their cards after today's post! I've been staring adoringly at these pictures for a month now. Ever since Andrea sent them to me I've decided they're the prettiest gift bags and tags I've seen. What makes them even more special is they're homemade and I love her story behind them. I think the story of how her family has … [Read more...]

Podcast #46 10 Frugal Healthier Ingredient Swaps

Looking to eat healthier and more frugal, but don't want to give up your favorite family recipes? Try these 10 easy frugal and healthy ingredient swaps to use in your kitchen. I love the tip on the liquids and the fat swaps. I can't believe the cost difference on some of these. Read now, just in time for all your holiday baking and pocket book.

Want to make your recipes healthier and more frugal? These 10 frugal and healthier ingredient swaps to your¬†existing recipes will come in handy and are just as tasty, if not more. We're gearing up for holiday baking. I love to bake. If I had to pick between cooking dinner and baking, I hands down pick baking. Probably due to my sweet tooth... There's a lot of Christmas recipes I only bake during the holidays. Not sure why, I should pull them out all through the year to bake and enjoy. But, … [Read more...]

DIY No-Knead Bread Mix in a Jar Recipe

Need a quick frugal gift? This no-knead bread recipe is perfect for busy families who love homemade bread. It would pair great with some homemade jams and jellies or even flavored butters. Grab it now to put together to have on hand for yourself and for gifts.

Ever want homemade bread but seriously don't have the time? This is the perfect gift for busy folks wanting super yummy homemade bread. Because honestly, who doesn't like homemade bread? Maria is up today with a fun DIY No-Knead Bread Mix in a jar. This no-knead bread mix would be perfect paired with a jar of homemade jam and jelly (go to the bottom of the page for all of my canning jam/jelly recipes) or some flavored butters. (Hint: some awesome knock your boots off flavored butter recipes … [Read more...]

Podcast #45 Great Depression Era Money Saving Tips w/ Potatoes

Tired of the rising cost of groceries? The Great Depression Era frugal tips and recipes show how to use potatoes to stretch your food dollars, including how to use potato water in place of milk in your baking. I love the 1920's recipes and learning how to increase my independence from the grocery stores! Read this now if you need new ways to save money in the kitchen. I can't wait to the try pie, I'd have never thought you could use potatoes that way.

Tired of the rising cost of groceries? These frugal tips and recipes from the Great Depression Era will help you stretch your food dollars, increase your food storage, and give you some fun new ideas in the kitchen. I adore old-fashioned recipes and the pie recipe may be my favorite ever. Who would have thought you could use potatoes in a chocolate pie! Potatoes are often an overlooked frugal meal. They have a bad rap as being just a starchy food, while they are a starch vegetable, it's not … [Read more...]

Homemade Peppermint Salve for Dry Skin

Got dry winter skin? The store bought lotions never really moisturize, plus they have chemicals.. This Homemade Peppermint Salve has natural herbs and ingredients and smells like Christmas! Can't wait to put this in a few stockings... my own, too.

Anyone else have hands that feel like sand paper? Seriously, I've contemplated just sticking both hands into my bottle of olive oil if only the opening was large enough. Thankfully, Sarah is sharing her awesome recipe with us today for a homemade peppermint salve for our poor dried out skin. I can't wait to try this out!¬†Welcome to our fourth week in the Homemade Christmas Series. If you missed any of the previous fun posts in our Homemade Christmas Series go here to get caught up and be sure … [Read more...]

Homemade Vintage Star Ornament

I love this easy homemade vintage star ornament tutorial! Pictures so even those not so crafty folks like me can follow along and free pattern. Stars are on of my favorite things, I think you could even leave these up all year. Oh, they'd be cute as a gift tag or tied to a present, too. Grab this now to get the supply list and pattern to make yours

I'm so excited for this tutorial on how to make a homemade vintage star ornament. Am I the only one who gets a little crazy for stars? I've got them all over my home. Not only do I keep most of them up year round, but they remind of the star over Bethlehem on the night my Savior Jesus Christ was born. Any pioneer girl needs some sewing skills... and most need more than I have. I can stitch a hem, mend a tear, and make very simple curtains, and do a ruffle or two by hand, but if clothing my … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Melt & Pour Goat’s Milk Soap


Welcome to our second week of a Homemade Christmas series!! I've been really excited for this post from our guest and my personal good friend Tammy of TrayerWilderness.com Tammy is a sister in Christ, real true homesteader, and has the heart of a giver. I asked her for this post because I've never made homemade soap before and I wanted a non-scary way to ease into full on soap making. She even made us a video you guys! Introducing my girl, Tammy, and her easy to make homemade melt and pour … [Read more...]

How to Make Mint Extract + 6 homemade extract recipes

How to make homemade mint extract

Making homemade mint extract was one of the very first extract recipes I ever attempted... and I've never went back. Have you seen the price of extract in the store? It can be rather spendy for the real stuff, but the imitation extracts often have caramel coloring and other not so lovely ingredients. What's a pioneering today person to do? Make your own mint extract... or vanilla, stevia, lemon, almond, orange, chocolate mint-okay, you get the picture. If it can be bought in the store, it can … [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...]

11 Ways to Cook Off-Grid Without Power

11 ways to cook off-grid without power. Learn which is best for you before the winter storms hit so you won't be caught without a way to cook for your family.  If you don't know how to cook without power you need to read this immediately.

One of my favorite things about the pioneer days is their ability to accomplish so much without electricity. It's amazing when one looks at how they lived and what they did. Many of us would be hard pressed to make it a few days, let alone years, without our electricity and stores. … [Read more...]