Podcast #56 Preserving Rhubarb & Spring Canning

3 Ways to Preserve Rhubarb at Home

Preserving rhubarb is one of my favorite spring canning forays. In today's podcast we'll talk spring canning recipes and three ways to preserve rhubarb.  I post new episodes every Friday morning. You can subscribe via RSS and receive every episode for free. Or subscribe via Itunes  Learning to live more frugally and more self-sustainable includes using and eating season foods. It's a bonus if you grow it all yourself, but it's almost impossible to grow everything and there's no reason to … [Read more...]

Historical Recipes: Honey Date Squares

1940's Honey Date Squares Recipe

Honey Date Square Recipe, straight from the 1940's and Andrea's great-grandmother's recipes collection. Are you swooning with me? There is nothing I love more than sharing recipes with a history, except when someone is sharing a new one with me. Confession: I am a recipe addict. Show me a reliable, tastes amazing, and uses only whole food ingredient recipe and I'm hooked! That's why we're about to become best friends, right? Too soon, okay, how about good friends with room for growth. … [Read more...]

How to Make Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Need a finger licking good supper? Learn how to make sweet and sour meatballs from scratch with this recipe. I love that the sauce can be made with different jellies for a slightly different flavor. and the gluten free options.

I've never met a meatball I didn't like. It's like baby meatloaf bathed in finger-licking-good sauce. And when you add in sweet and sour, I get a little giddy. Are you ready to learn how to make sweet and sour meatballs? This sweet and sour meatball recipe from Maria is fun because it's from scratch and I love to pair meatballs with jars of our homemade fruit jellies or jams. Grape is a particular favorite, but Maria's got some other tasty options as well. Maria: It's spring!!! Which (for … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Mozzarella in 30 Minutes

Ever wanted to make homemade cheese but don't want to wait for months for it to age? Learn how to make homemade mozzarella in minutes with this easy step by step tutorial.

Ever wanted to learn how to make homemade mozzarella? Score! Me, too. Learning how to make my own from scratch food instead of relying on the grocery store is a huge plus for me and homemade mozzarella in less than 30 minutes, oh my goodness. Not to mention, it's an easy introduction to cheese making. But I've never made it, so I asked my friend Maria to walk us through making homemade mozzarella. Because homesteading folks love to share their knowledge and teach others. Maria- I love, … [Read more...]

How to Make Yogurt at Home

Want an easy and healthy yogurt with more live cultures than the store? This old-fashioned homemade yogurt only uses 2 ingredients, no yogurt maker required, and no straining method for thick creamy yogurt. Best part, it's less than half of the cost of store bought yogurt with more live cultures! Read now and never purchase store bought yogurt again.

Does anyone else get a little bit excited twirl around the kitchen and do a double fist pump when they learn how to make something from scratch at home instead of purchasing it from the store? Whew, glad it's not just me. I spun around and may have knocked over a dish or two when I learned how to make yogurt at home without a yogurt maker or any new appliance. Because really, I hate appliances that only serve one purpose. I'm a multi-tasking girl and expect just about everything in my house to … [Read more...]

DIY Herbal Bentonite Clay Face Mask and Scrub

Want an easy natural face scrub and mask? This quick herbal recipe can be used as a scrub or mask. I was hooked after one use. Whips up in minutes and no icky chemicals lurking. Read this now to make your own!

DIY Herbal Bentonite Clay Face Mask and Scrub Am I the only one who probably has more skin issues now than I did as a teenager? I thought that was supposed to go away once I graduated high school... I have the lovely combination of both oily and acne prone, but also dry splotches, a little of both worlds you could say. Like so many things on our homestead, I've really started looking at the ingredients in my skin care and make-up. Because as much of a pioneer woman as I am, I like my lip … [Read more...]

Top 15 Pioneering Today Posts of 2014

Want to live a more frugal and simple this year? These top 15 Pioneering Today posts will help you from food storage, from scratch cooking, canning, off-grid cooking, and tips and recipes from the Great Depression Era. Great resource of articles. I can't decide which one is my favorite! Read this now  for some great inspiration and frugal tips.

Here are our top 15 Pioneering Today Posts of 2014. Can I just say it's been an incredible year and my father was so right when he told me the older you get the faster time goes. Wasn't is just January like two months ago? I think an important part of moving forward is to look at where we've been. It's pretty apparent you all love the history and frugal aspect of the Great Depression Era tips series. Me, too! I'm looking forward to some awesome things in this coming year, one of being the … [Read more...]

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 DIY no-knead bread mix in a jar recipe 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 recipe. 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 … [Read more...]