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 be made at home, usually much more frugally and healthier. It also makes a pretty amazing gift and speaking of gifts, you did know Christmas was right around the corner, right? Consider this your official invite and bonus post for my Homemade Christmas series. If you're ready for an old-fashioned homemade Christmas, you'll want to get yourself signed up for all the fun free tutorials! Making homemade extract is the perfect gift for any baker on your list, including yourself... what, I'm … [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, succulent meats, and fluffy breads. Are ya hungry yet? Oh, good. Because I've got some fun cast iron skillet recipes and some new Dutch oven recipes. Because really, half the fun of cast iron is being able to cook on a wood stove (how to cook on a wood stove) or outdoors with coals. You now, true pioneer stuff. Am I the only Mom who loves only dirtying up one pan and having supper ready? Here are over 25 Cast Iron One Skillet or Dutch Oven Recipes... P.S. and a 5 Piece Lodge Cast Iron … [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, carrots, beets, and pumpkin to name a few. Due to our off-grid greenhouse, I've also got tomatoes still ripening. I love our green house, like totally swoon every time I come home and see it snuggled up in the back yard. Sigh. Okay, enough gushing. Back to the frugal foodie goodies. Beings I had butternut squash sitting on our back deck, I decided to try out a new soup recipe. This is my first fall with a Blendtec and I was flat out itching to try some hot blended soups. I used it a ton this … [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 processed replacement make your own cream of soup replacement. Now that's a whole lotta foodie love happening. You might think organic tomato sauce isn't too expensive to purchase from the store, but all of the tomato sauce in my neck of the woods from store, even organic, is in metal cans. And we all know tomatoes are a bit acid, which means the bad chemicals in the metal cans is leached out at a higher rate than regular vegetables. You can read Why You Should Never Use Canned Tomatoes here. So … [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...]

10+ Easy Home Canning Recipes

low sugar no pectin strawberry jam tutorial and recipe

Am I the only one always on the hunt for awesome canning recipes? I've rounded up my favorite 10+ easy home canning recipes for you. I have a love affair with canning. Seriously, wholesome food, ready to go meals with just a pop of the lid, food storage in case of emergency or financial crisis, frugal (as in most of the time free except for the cost of the lid with our garden), and fun. What's not to love? … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Cream of Broccoli and Ham Soup-Frugal Supper

Slow cooker cream of broccoli and ham soup. Part of the frugal supper series.

Our food budget is one of the few areas I can really cut back on without sacrificing flavor, health, or taste. Being able to stretch a few dollars is important to most folks and if you're like me, I need recipes and meals that are quick to make, easy, frugal, and taste like they belong in the blue ribbon winners circle at a county fair. … [Read more...]