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...]

8 Weeks to a Homemade Christmas


Are you TIRED of the commercialized Christmas season? I don't know about you, but Christmas should not be paying off the gifts for 12 months afterwards, running around so stressed you develop an ulcer, dread is the first thing that hits you when you see the decorations, and you just want to bury your heads under the covers until it's all over. We made the decision about five years ago to stop all the crazy. When I look back on my most treasured gifts, they're the ones made with love and … [Read more...]

Win an All American Sun Oven!


Ever wanted to cook your supper without heating up the house, using electricity, or keeping a watch on coals or wood? Wondered how in the world you could do that without the food being raw? Enter the All American Sun Oven. This is the ultimate solar appliance. You can cook your food and sterilize water from just the power of the sun. And here's your chance to win one, because the only thing cooler than buying one is winning it, right? Win An All American Sun Oven in this … [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...]

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...]

3 Reasons You Should Use Honey + a Giveaway!

3 Reasons You Should be Using Honey. Great tips on using honey in baking, food storage,and medicinally.

3┬áReasons I love honey and so should you. Honey is one of those foods every home should have. I'm not talking about the kind in the little bear bottle from the grocery store. Read those labels and it might not even by real honey... But real honey is one of the items every home should have. Did you know honey has different flavors depending upon where the bees gathered their pollen? I've found blueberry blossom honey is my favorite (no, it doesn't taste like blueberries, but that would be … [Read more...]

Podcast #41 6 Fall Canning Recipes

6 Fall canning recipes. Perfect for putting up the fall harvest. Now is the time to get the best deals on the produce so if you're trying to lower your food cost, read this to learn how to preserve these foods at home while the costs are low.

  Getting produce in season and preserving it for the following year is the most frugal way to cut your food budget and increase your pantry. These 6 fall canning recipes are what we're putting up on our homestead right now and the perfect time for you to do so as well, before prices rise and winter sets in. … [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...]