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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Podcast Episode #31 6 Ways to Preserve Food at Home

6 ways to preserve food at home. Love the time saving tips, what not to do, and the methods that aren't always talked about much.

Learning how to preserver your own food at home is a skill anyone can and should learn. Knowing how to use all 6 skills ensures a well stocked pantry.  Continue reading

Podcast Episode #18 Garden Planning in Winter

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Garden Planning in Winter Pioneering Today Podcast #18

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Simple Life Sunday Featuring DIY Lotion & Butchering Chickens

Some of you may have noticed the Homesteaders Hop has been absent the past couple of Sundays. That’s because we have a brand new hop in the works and I’m really excited about it for a couple of reasons. The first, this is a faith based hop, so you’ll be seeing links to devotionals, which is fitting for a Sunday, don’t ya think?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 Continue reading

Episode #16 4 Things You Should Do Now Before the Holidays

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The holiday’s can often be overwhelming and tempting to take short cuts in the kitchen for quick, unhealthy store bought processed foods. In today’s episode we’ll discuss:

  • Why you should get organized now
  • How to avoid last minutes trips to the store
  • Why you should fill your pantry now
  • How to keep cost down on spices and herbs
  • Which items to make ahead
  • How to freeze dough
  • Have fresh homemade cookies on hand all season long without spending hours in the kitchen or buying pre-made dough

Resources: Great-grandma’s flaky pastry crust in 15 minutes, best place for bulk organic non-GMO herbs and spices from our affiliate partner Mountain Rose Herbs, How to can apple pie filling, 5 tips to beat holiday stress in the kitchen, Molasses Sugar Cookie Recipe, Ginger Cream Cookie Recipe.


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Podcast Episode #15 Holiday Traditions

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Holiday traditions are an important part of our lives and celebrating, but sometimes they need to change. In this episode we’ll discuss:

  • The importance of having traditions
  • When traditions need to change
  • How to decide which traditions to keep
  • One new tradition everyone should start

Resources: Holiday Processed Replacements Podcast a new Christmas Recipe for those of you who a part of a cookie exchange tradition.

Red Pepper Garlic Jelly Recipe

There’s nothing like a bit of sweet heat and this homemade red pepper garlic jelly recipe delivers both. May through November is jam and jelly making season at our house. I can’t remember the last time I’ve purchased jam or jelly in the store, it’s been years for sure.

Around the holidays there is nothing better than pulling out jars of homemade goodness to share with guests. Plus, the work is already done so it makes for fast serving during a normally busy time of year.How to Make Red Pepper Garlic Jelly www.melissaknorris.com Pioneering Today

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Podcast Episode #14 Holiday Processed Replacements Part 3

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The holidays are filled with baking and many recipes use processed ingredients that contain chemicals or GMO ingredients. You don’t have to sacrifice your health, taste, or budget by purchasing these ingredients. Make them at home yourself. In this episode we’ll discuss:

  • Why you should make certain processed foods at home
  • How to make your candy recipes GMO free
  • Tips to keep holiday baking stress at bay
  • Corn syrup replacement
  • Regular and Dairy Free Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Homemade Wheat Thins
  • Hot Cocoa Mix
  • How to Make Your Own Extracts

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Resources: Processed Replacements Part #2, Podcast Processed Replacements Part #1, Corn Syrup Replacement, Dairy Free Sweetened Condensed Milk, Honey and Sugar Sweetened Condensed Milk, Homemade Wheat Thins, Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix, Non-alcoholic mint extract,

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Podcast #13 Processed Replacements Part 2

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On our journey to a healthier to an unprocessed simpler diet it can be hard to know where to start when replacing the processed pre-made ingredients in our kitchens. In today’s episode we’ll discuss:


  • How to make your transition to an unprocessed diet easier
  • What a whole foods diet means
  • #1 tip for eating healthier foods in your home
  • Chocolate Sauce/Syrup Recipe
  • Homemade Pancake Mix
  • Homemade Bisquick Mix
  • Homemade Brownie Mix
  • Homemade Eggnog Recipes and Variations
  • Homemade Crunchy Granola Bars

Resources: Podcast #12 Processed Replacements Part 1 Pioneering Today-A Homemade ChristmasHeather the Homesteading Hippy’s 30 Days from Scratch Series, Cultured Palate Homemade Bisquick Recipes, Common Sense Home Brownie Mix and Eggnog Recipes and Variations, Homemade Crunchy Granola Bars.