Making butter is quite easy but for some reason I’ve always viewed it as wasteful and unpractical. I guess I just assumed making butter requires you to use raw milk in it’s entirety (and raw milk is quite the commodity!). Plus, only a small portion of butter results from the whole gallon of milk and […]
Kombucha: Digestions Friend & How You Can Grow Your Own Kombucha Starter.
Somewhere along the way we discovered kombucha at a natural food store, it was actually Nathan and his love of tea. He was surprised when he took his first drink because of how different it tasted. Very much fermented with a hint of vinegar. He had me try it too, I wasn’t a fan but […]
Making ladyfingers from scratch
Earlier in the week N wanted to make up a batch of ladyfingers. The goal was to make homemade Tiramisu, one of his favorite desserts but you need ladyfingers to make it. We searched high and low for ladyfingers in the stores last weekend, nobody sells them. Being the baker that I am I suggest that […]
Homemade holiday gifts are IN, what are you making?
My top search terms right now are homemade gift ideas. There is no doubt that the economy is impacting the way people are thinking about holiday shopping. People would rather make things to give as gifts because it saves money. I personally like creative homemade, do-it-yourself gifts because they are more from the heart than […]
Lookie what I got…
Just wanted to share the gorgeous soap I just got in the mail today from Maiden53. It is a bar of fresh and energizing tangerine soap, yum! I love handmade soap for a number of reasons. The main one is because homemade soap is usually more natural and it leaves my skin feeling so nice. […]
Getting in to the fall spirit…
On Sunday (when I found out I was pregnant and won my wedding dress on ebay) N and I also went to the Englebrecht Apple Orchard where we collected 2 10lb bags of apples and had some quality time. In October we love to pick our own apples and make all kinds of yummy stuff, […]
Snow in may, what is going on? and Mothers day weekend – part 1
Well, I awoke this morning to lots of fluffy white stuff falling and covering everything. We were foretasted for some thunderstorms last night and today. The possibility of snow was mentioned but no accumulation was expected. Here that means the snow melts as soon as it hits the ground. Doesn’t look like that is the […]
Save money on grocery bills by beefing up your kitchen skills!
The best way to save money on your grocery bills is to change your cooking/ eating habits. How many of your groceries are convenience items? Making items from scratch is an incredible way to save money and have more meal options. Did you know you can make your own alfredo sauce from cream cheese, milk […]
Counting calories to GAIN weight…
Get ready, I have joined the bloggy giveaway carnival and my giveaway launched this morning! If you want a chance at winning a Custom Gifts by Talina exclusive check the giveaway post. I also wanted to post an update on my calorie count & gaining weight saga. Counting your calories shows you lots about your […]
Making my own braided rug- Prairie Chic Craft Idea
Braided rugs (or rag rugs) are not only useful around the home but they are also a great way to recycle fabrics. You can make your own braided rug using old t-shirts, boxers, linen and even scrap fabric from sewing projects! These are sometimes referred to as “rag rugs” they have great character and are […]
Old-Fashioned Know How- Do it yourself remedies part 2
Good lord! The people have spoken and apparently old-Fashioned Know How- Do it yourself remedies are a favorite among my readers and fellow stumblers. A few days ago I shared a microwave cleaner I discovered and I also shared a home made recipe for spackle or wall hole patch and the comments/ hits went through […]
Make your own Alfredo Sauce
I discovered a really yummy alternative to buying ready made Alfredo sauce! All you need is cream cheese, milk and some other simple ingredients. I really like this recipe and was amazed at how easy it was.. Don’t think I’ll buy ready made Alfredo sauce ever again. I copied the recipe from all recipies.com for […]
Old-Fashioned Know How- Do it yourself remedies
I have always been interested in homemade remedies/ do it yourself remedies. Often times the remedies are cheaper, healthier and easier than conventional remedies plus they make you more self sufficient and they get you back to a simpler lifestyle. In earlier posts I talked about how to make simple yet helpful cleaning solutions with […]
Make it from scratch blog carnival – Feburary 5th 2008
Being able to say you made something is a great achievement and Make it From Scratch Carnival has so many great make it from scratch ideas that anyone can try! The most popular topic for this edition of make it from scratch is food, these ideas are mouthwatering and I can’t wait to try some […]
The Good Household Tip Meme- Garbage disposal cleaner
Okay I wasn’t tagged for this meme but I did see it on Witchypoo‘s blog and also on Teeni’s blog so I decided to take it upon myself to share my tip! Garbage disposal cleaner- You know how your garbage disposer gets that gross smell and sometimes a slimy film? Don’t but store bought cleaners […]
Finches leave the nest! Happy x-mas eve!
Yesterday I got a photo of two of my baby finches outside of the nest having a good time! My gray one and a cream colored one were hanging out on a perch together testing the waters! I am super excited and surprised that they are flying so early in their development! In other news […]
Christmas Preparation Frenzy- 4 ½ days till Xmas
I have been a busy bee making homemade goodies for the family and friends. My holiday shopping is done but my holiday crafting and baking is just getting started! Yesterday I made a batch of fudge, a sweater purse bath set and a few crocheted squares a baby blanket. Today I made a batch of […]
Remove sweat/ perspiration stains naturally!
I have been looking for some good home remedies for removing those nasty yellow sweat stains from clothing. Many people are embarrassed by these stains and don’t know how to remove them from clothing. After doing much research I have found that there are a number of remedies that are said to remove these stains. […]
Today is a snow day!! It's still snowing!
Well, school was canceled today! It’s a snow day because the roads are not clear.. They are very snow packed. It’s such a pretty sight! When we first move into this house (we are renting) we didn’t think we would be her for the holidays because we are renting on a month to month basis […]
Write for a blog carnival or read what others have written.
Occasionally I will post a compilation of several articles that touch on motivational living or on living more simply and naturally. I enjoy reading what others have written on these topics and want to share the articles with you also. You can read these compilation articles by selecting one of the two the categories that […]