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...]

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...]