How to Make and Can Tomato Sauce- Waterbath and Pressure Canning

How to make and can tomato sauce. Both water bath and pressure canning instructions

If you're anything like me, any time you purchase something ready made from the store, you wonder if you can make it at home. (Can I get an amen I'm not the only one who has these thoughts?) So if you ever opened a jar of store bought tomato sauce and thought, "how can I make tomato sauce at home" then you're going to love today's post. And if you ever wondered how to make your own cream soups for recipes instead of the condensed chemical filled ones from the store, then you'll love my processed replacement make your own cream of soup replacement. Now that's a whole lotta foodie love happening. You might think organic tomato sauce isn't too expensive to purchase from the store, but all of the tomato sauce in my neck of the woods from store, even organic, is in metal cans. And we all know tomatoes are a bit acid, which means the bad chemicals in the metal cans is leached out at a higher rate than regular vegetables. You can read Why You Should Never Use Canned Tomatoes here. So … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Cream of Broccoli and Ham Soup-Frugal Supper

Slow cooker cream of broccoli and ham soup. Part of the frugal supper series.

Our food budget is one of the few areas I can really cut back on without sacrificing flavor, health, or taste. Being able to stretch a few dollars is important to most folks and if you're like me, I need recipes and meals that are quick to make, easy, frugal, and taste like they belong in the blue ribbon winners circle at a county fair. … [Read more...]

Honey Whole Wheat Buttermilk Sandwich Bread

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.

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? I thought so until one of the ladies from our church who works in his lunch room pulled me aside one Sunday. … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars Recipe Gluten Free Dessert

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars- Gluten Free recipe here

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I make a small commission, but it costs you no more. It helps me keep the cost of this website free for everyone. I'll always tell you when I use affiliate links, because I don't like dishonest people anymore than you do. Thank you! 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. … [Read more...]

Simple Life Sunday Featuring DIY Lotion & Butchering Chickens

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

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? … [Read more...]

Fried Apples-Healthy Snack or Paleo Dessert Recipe

Fried Apples Paleo Style Dessert recipe  #glutenfree #sugarfree and #dairyfree I almost ate the whole pan before my daughter caught me and made me share the last two. These are definitely a new staple at our house. And they're less than $1.00 per serving

Disclosure:Some of the links in this article are affiliate links, meaning if you make a purchase, I receive a commission. It helps me keep this site free and it costs you no more. Regardless, I only recommend products I personally have or use, because I don’t like dishonest people anymore than you do.  My husband and I are on a gluten, dairy, and sugar free (except the kind found naturally in fruit) 24 day diet right now. We're on day 10. And while I don't miss the gluten so much (at least right now), I really miss the sugar. We did this diet last spring and over the months, had slowly allowed our bad eating habits to sneak back in. Especially around the holidays. So while we don't plan on always following this strict Paleo diet all the time, we will be sticking closer to it, even after our 24 days are up. … [Read more...]

Pioneering Today-Homemade White Sauce Chicken Pizza

Homemade White Chicken Alfredo Pizza on the best crust ever

As you know, I'm all about homemade bread after discovering I could bake fresh bread for my family in less than 5 minutes a day. And I've always made my own pizza dough, but this week, I discovered the best pizza crust ever. Yes, you read that right, ever, via the Prairie Homesteader. I adjusted the herbs to what I had on hand, but you can see her version of the dough by clicking on the link. She's got other fun stuff, too. In fact, it's so good, I'm going to try making it into homemade bread sticks. So here's the recipe for both her pizza crust and my homemade white sauce chicken pizza. Pizza Crust 1 cup warm water 1 Tablespoon olive oil 2 teaspoons sugar 1 Tablespoon yeast 1 teaspoon Italian herb mix 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 2 3/4 cup flour Combine yeast and water in bowl until yeast is dissolved. Mix oil, sugar, and seasonings in small bowl. Add to yeast and water, mix, then add in flour. Knead for 8 minutes on lightly floured surface and allow … [Read more...]

Pioneering Today-Bake Your Own Bread In Less than 5 Minutes a Day

Dough before the rise

Our pioneer ancestors had to bake their own bread. Some used sourdough starter and often on the trail, biscuits were baked to save time. As a mother, writer, and part-time pharmacy technician, I need things that save me time. After looking up all the ingredients on the bread label, I decided I had to get back to baking my own, not to mention it's sooo much cheaper. Here's a great artisan bread recipe I found from the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and their website http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/ I modified it just a bit for a better tasting bread, in my husband's opinion. Due to questions from readers I made this video to help you on your bread making journey. You need a stretch of a few hours when you first start the dough for rise time, but you make enough to last for two weeks, depending on how much bread your family eats. My directions are slightly different from the websites, due to baking other breads. Whenever you bake bread or anything with yeast, make … [Read more...]