Are you trying to make handmade gifts this year? Would you rather use green, organic materials that are practically begging to be turned into natural crafts? Here’s a collection of upcycled gifts from the garden for your homemade Christmas this year. Bonus: we’ve included a video and text tutorial of how to make your own grape vine garland, or swag, for gifting or decorating your own porch or hearth this holiday season.
The homestead family works long hours together every day but it’s important to not forget the fun! Here are some simple natural crafts for autumn that are enjoyable for the whole family. Did you know we have several fall holidays coming up? Use them to plan your natural crafts for kids and grown ups alike! Continue reading “Natural Crafts for Autumn”
If you have an abundance of grapes this season, delight your kids with back-to-school grape coffee cake recipe with crumble topping. Any color grape you have on hand will work since this is the absolute best coffee cake recipe, with an even better 2-part crumble topping. Plus, at the end please leave us a comment with your own favorite back to school traditions – I’m making a list! Continue reading “Grape Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping”
You’ve just started your blackberry jam and you open the cupboard to discover you’ve run out of pectin. The stores are closed, the kids are in bed, you’ve already taken off your bra – no way you’re going to the store! No worries, grab a few apples and you can finish that tasty batch of blackberry jam with this shredded apple pectin replacement. Continue reading “Substitute for Pectin: Blackberry Jam with Shredded Apple”
You’ve heard of Once a Month Meals, right? Well, here’s a schedule for Once a Month Meals – the Home Canning version! Here are twelve store-bought items you will water-bath and pressure can at home this year. One food each month. No stress, a modest time investment, lots of healthy meal planning at home. Continue reading “Once a Month Meals: Home Canning Schedule”
Are you growing or foraging mulberries and need a great mulberry jam recipe? Well, here you go! This mulberry jam recipe mixes fresh mulberries with dark cherries (or any berry you have on hand) for a rich flavor and unique splash on your morning toast.
Every summer my kitchen turns into a canning kitchen. I have five children. It’s become an imperative to learn how to keep my kids safe in the mess of my seasonal canning kitchen. Join me for these three simple tips to keep your own kids safe in the canning kitchen each year.
Are you in love with dandelions this time of year just like me? Use some of your foraged dandelion stash to make this dandelion candy with wholesome honey, lemon and herbs.
Any fiber geek loves their natural dyes, but have you ever thought you might be helping the planet with them? Learn how to reduce food waste with these vegetable dyes made right from your compost bin. No special materials, no expensive ingredients – just rummage around your kitchen to make these natural dyes. Plus, read our review of Natural Color by Sasha Duerr and be inspired to make even more vegetable dyes!
Do you like the idea of making cheese at home but are a bit intimidated to start? Try this easy homemade cheese: maple yogurt cheese. Using homemade or store bought yogurt, you can enjoy homemade cheese today! Continue reading “Easy Homemade Cheese: Maple Yogurt Cheese”