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 – green, purple, red – 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”
Christmas Breads are a favorite holiday fare in nearly every culture, and we love them all from stollen to panettone! However, our favorite sweet bread recipe has got to be the classic tea ring. This is NOT a quick bread recipe, FYI. However, filled with wholesome ingredients like fresh eggs and dried fruits, this Christmas Tea Ring is a holiday classic! Continue reading “Sweet Bread Recipe: Tea Ring”
For a healthy twist on a homemade holiday favorite, here’s our version of a foodie’s Gingerbread House. If you get to the end of the instructions and decide you need something easier, don’t worry. We’ve included a busy-mom version that’s still healthy and fun. Continue reading “Homemade Healthy Gingerbread House 2 Ways”
I must admit I’m a sucker for historical, slow food and Colonial Thanksgiving recipes are super fun. Give me an old “receipt” as they were called and a handful of wholesome ingredients and I’m a happy kitchen girl. Here’s a family favorite for this time of year: Pumpkin Gingerbread Hasty Pudding. Continue reading “Colonial Thanksgiving Recipe”
Sometimes Christmas can come and go in a rushed blur of noise and flurry of activity. Here are three ways to help the time pass at an even pace, enjoy special time with family and friends and make Christmas more meaningful. Continue reading “3 Ways to Make Christmas More Meaningful”
Made from upcycled materials and items you have on hand already, create these simple mason jar lanterns with your family. You can craft them to celebrate the Martinmas festival. Or, give them as gifts or use them for holiday celebrations – the possibilities are endless! Continue reading “Mason Jar Lanterns”
If you’re a homemade applesauce fan, you have got to try this naturally caramel flavored applesauce for a tasty twist on a classic snack. Watch for the special ingredient that makes this applesauce taste like a caramel apple! This recipe is safe for canning so that you can enjoy it all year round!
Are you struggling to reconnect with your family? Wondering how to improve the family dinner hour and establish some good habits? Here are five ways to begin tonight! Continue reading “5 Ways to Improve the Family Dinner Hour”