Podcast #33 Make Homemade Jams and Jellies Like a Pro

Learning how to make homemade jams and jellies like a pro is easy and great way to preserve your summer harvest of fruits, berries, and even peppers. Jams can be made both savory and sweet.Podcast on making homemade jams and jellies like a pro. Love the tips for using low sugar or honey and how to avoid using store bough pectin.  Love the test for making sure your jam will set once cooled. And knowing which berries to add acid too for shelf stable, priceless!

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How to Smoke Cheese at Home

Learning how to smoke cheese at home is a bit easier than I thought it would be. When something tastes so delicious I often think it’s way more complicated than it actually is. I love cheese, but when you add in the smokey goodness…. well, let’s just say I’ve been known to eat an entire wedge of smoked Gouda all by myself. In one sitting.How to smoke cheese at home

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Do Natural Insect Repellents Work? + a Recipe

Do natural insect repellents work? I used to wonder that same thing. We live in the lovely Pacific Northwest, and though we don’t have Alaska size mosquitoes, we’ve got our fair share.Do natural insect repellents work? I had no idea what was in the commercial stuff. This is the only spray we'll use from here on out. And it only costs $1.28 to make!

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Grandma’s Heavenly Chocolate Mayo Cupcakes & Caramel Frosting

My great-grandmother passed down many things in our family, and though I never knew her, I still think of the woman she was whenever I use her recipes or sieve when making applesauce, raspberry jelly, and blackberry syrup. I know she was a God fearing woman and an excellent baker. I wonder if she had any idea her legacy would live on in my home.Make this easy homemade chocolate may cake with no cook caramel frosting that's been passed down in our family for over 4 generations. No dairy and so moist you won't believe it doesn't have any dairy.

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Honey Whole Wheat Buttermilk Sandwich Bread

Are you ready for the best ever sandwich bread? Funny story, I’d been making homemade sourdough bread for my son’s lunches at school. Every night he came home with an empty lunch box, good sign, right?Honey Wheat Buttermilk Sandwich bread recipe. This melts in your mouth and is so light, you'd think it was made with regular white flour. My husband thanked me for making this bread it was soo good.

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Homemade Chocolate Caramel Covered Marshmallows with Sea Salt

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Just the name alone has me drooling. Chocolate…caramel…covered…marshmallows… and sea salt. Say it really slow with me. Your mouth is watering, isn’t it?

Homemade Chocolate Caramel  Covered Sea Salt Marshmallows Recipe here http://melissaknorris.com/2014/02/04/homemade-chocolate-caramel-covered-marshmallows-sea-salt/ These are so easy and best part gluten and gmo free! Perfect for the kids to help make.

I wanted to make something fun for the kids (okay, and me and my husband, too) for Valentine’s Day. Continue reading

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars Recipe Gluten Free Dessert

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I came up with this recipe when I was going through sugar and gluten withdrawals. Going without dairy didn’t phase me much, but the no sweets rule was killing me while my husband went on our strict detox diet.Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Gluten Free Bars These ooey gooey are the perfect thing for your chocolate fix with no guilt, because they're dairy free, gluten free, and processed sugar free! Recipe here  http://melissaknorris.com/?p=3354 Repin

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Simple Life Sunday #2 Featuring DIY Honey Lip Balm

Welcome to the Simple Life Sunday. I hope you enjoyed all of the great articles we featured last week. I truly wish I could highlight each one for you, but I promised to share my favorites with you and I couldn’t pick just one…. so I’m sharing two. Simple Life Sundays A Blog Hop Tons of articles devoted to homemaking, homesteading, recipes, livestock, DIY, devotions, and all aspects of living the simple life www.MelissaKNorris.com

One of the reasons I’m so excited for this hop is because it’s truly my hope and intention that my articles and writing inspire you closer to Jesus. Serving Him is my life’s goal and this is one of the ways I hope to serve you. Continue reading

Homemade Crackers-Versatile and Frugal Appetizer

The holidays often stretch budgets and one of the places most of us can stand to spend less is on our grocery bill. Last month, I put into place some new policies and I only spent $330 on groceries for a family of four (this is with toiletries), including a turkey and ham for Thanksgiving dinner. When I shared this on my Facebook page, many of you expressed interest in how I managed this.Versatile and frugal. Make a batch for less than $.50 Recipe at www.MelissaKNorris.com

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One of the ways I was able to accomplish this is by not buying processed pre-packaged snack food. Continue reading