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 Reasons 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 pretty awesome). 1. Honey is non-perishable. One of the items listed in my 8 Foods You Should Be Storing and How is honey because it will last forever. If it hardens or forms crystals, simply place the container in hot water. Once the honey is heated (at a low temp) you can stir it and the crystals will melt. 2. Honey replaces processed sugar. Yep, honey is great to replace processed sugar in your baking and canning. Here's an article on using honey in your canning recipes. Generally … [Read more...]

8 Tips to Keep Sane when Preserving the Bounty +Giveaway Bundle

Win this awesome Preserving the Bounty prize pack! I love our Food saver and am pining away for a stainless steel waterbath canner

Of all the things we do on our homestead, preserving the harvest is one of the most crucial parts to our self-sustainability and old-fashioned pioneer roots. It's also one of the ways we keep our food bill down. In the long run, it keeps our health bills down, too, because the food we put up at home is done at the peak of freshness and when grown by us, heirloom and organically. You might say I'm a little bit in love with preserving food at home. And my husband is totally okay with my other "love". In fact, he encourages and even helps... yea, he's pretty awesome that way. And I have to tell you, this Preserving the Bounty Giveway Bundle is totally awesome! … [Read more...]

Annual Heirloom Seed Giveaway!!

Heirloom Seed Giveaway win over 12 varieties of heirloom seeds to get your garden started

Disclaimer: Some of the below links may contain affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this website. This is one of my favorite days of the year. Heirloom seeds are one of my passions. They can be saved year to year, cutting seed costs to zero, making you self-reliant, no worries of GMO's, more flavor, more unique options, and the stories behind some of them are incredible.  Heirloom seeds are a living story or our ancestors and the God who made them. @MelissaKNorris http://ctt.ec/7fd86+ #giveaway #gardening Click to Tweet My grandparents moved from North Carolina to Washington state in 1941. They traveled with two other families on the back of flat-bed truck they converted to a camper with bunks. Can you imagine the cramped quarters? Packing space was limited to say the least. But my grandparents brought with them a packet of their pole green beans, October beans, and a cast iron skillet. We’ve always referred to them as tarheel green beans. When my husband and I were … [Read more...]

Homemade Refried Beans in 10 Minutes

Homemade Refried Beans in 10 Minutes www.melissaknorris.com

In my quest to eliminate processed foods, I'm learning how to make even more of my own food from scratch. Like many of you, I'm busy and some recipes take a lot of prepping or time. I canned up a bunch of our heirloom October beans this fall. I've used them in soups, chili, and casseroles, but decided to try them with tacos. Enter my homemade refried bean recipe, that get this, only takes 10 minutes to make! While I love our Tarheel Green Beans, the versatility of October beans make them a close second as my favorite. Like our Tarheel beans, this seed came from North Carolina. If you're just venturing into heirloom seeds, beans are the perfect intro as you don't have to worry about cross-pollination or fermenting when saving the seeds. … [Read more...]

Giveaway Week- A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days by Jonathan Bernis

Giveaway Week @MelissaKNorris Win this Book!

With spring feeling so far away, I decided we needed a little something to brighten our days before the sun comes out to play. (At least for those of who live in the Pacific Northwest, for those of you who already seeing sun, lucky people!) I've declared the first week of March giveaway week on MelissaKNorris.com … [Read more...]