How to Make Flavored Butter 4 Easy Recipes

Need a quick and frugal gift or treat? These 4 easy flavored butter recipes whip up in less than a minute. Plus, I get to use a Mason jar. A fun and delicious gift for the foodies in your life.

It's pretty hard to make real butter any better, but seriously, I may never look at butter the same after trying out these flavored butters. Perfect for a holiday treat, to make every day food a little more special, and making your foodie friends cheer. Plus, I get to use my Mason jars, which always makes me happy. Here are 4 flavored butter recipes that whip up in literally a minute or less. I know, that's my kind of cooking when I'm busy. If you missed any of the previous fun posts in … [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...]

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...]

25+ Cast Iron & Dutch Oven Recipes

25+ One dish cast iron skillet and Dutch oven recipes. These are perfect for using indoors, as well as outdoor cooking and on the wood stove for when the power is out, being prepared or saving money on  your electric bill. These are some great recipes, broken down by main dish and dessert. I can't wait to try some of these.

25+ one dish cast iron skillet and Dutch oven recipes for easy indoor, outdoor and wood stove cooking. Cast iron is the number one cookware in my kitchen. Our grandmothers knew the wonder of cast iron and there are some old-fashioned things, okay a lot of old-fashioned things, we'd do best to go back to and leave the newer stuff in the stores. Teflon is not allowed in our home but despite it's questionable health issues, cast iron is much more efficient at turning out luscious desserts, … [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, … [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...]

How to Make and Can Tomato Sauce- Waterbath and Pressure Canning

How to make and can tomato sauce. Both water bath and pressure canning instructions

If you're anything like me, any time you purchase something ready made from the store, you wonder if you can make it at home. (Can I get an amen I'm not the only one who has these thoughts?) So if you ever opened a jar of store bought tomato sauce and thought, "how can I make tomato sauce at home" then you're going to love today's post. And if you ever wondered how to make your own cream soups for recipes instead of the condensed chemical filled ones from the store, then you'll love my … [Read more...]

Low Sugar No Pectin Blueberry Jam

Pureeing blueberries for low sugar no pectin blueberry jam

This low sugar no pectin homemade blueberry jam might just be the best jam I've ever inhaled  tasted. I don't make this claim lightly. The hint of lime makes this sing on your taste buds, dare I call it, sublime. (Yea, I'm kind of dorky that way) … [Read more...]