Posts Tagged: “homemade”

  • All-Natural Basic Cheese Sauce

    Basic Cheese Sauce for Broccoli (with NO Velveeta!) {Freezer Meal}

    Wow. Just wow. This real cheese sauce is made from all known ingredients (see ya processed cheese block), is absolutely delicious, and is even freezable! My kids beg for this stuff. So far I’ve served it with broccoli (of course), but also drizzled over wild rice and pasta and even as a dipping sauce for Oven …Read More

  • How to Make Vanilla Extract at Home

    When you go to the store to buy vanilla you are faced with a dilemma: do you buy the smaller, more expensive bottle of REAL vanilla or the larger, cheaper bottle of imitation vanilla? It’s a battle of values, right? Save money or eat real foods (and pay a bit more for it). Even though …Read More

  • Zucchini Pizza Crust: Seriously, it's good! What a great way to sneak in veggies to your dinner too.

    Zucchini Pizza Crust

    I was skeptical. I know you are too. “Zucchini pizza crust? Seriously, Polly? You’ve gone too far.” My sister sent me this recipe a while back and since I still have frozen zucchini stocked up in the deep freeze, I figured this might be a good way to use it up. I must say, it …Read More

  • homemade whole wheat egg noodles

    Homemade Whole Wheat Egg Noodles

    My 5-year-old daughter and I threw these together one afternoon in about 15 minutes. I know it looks fancy or difficult, but I ASSURE you that you can do this. These homemade whole wheat egg noodles are cheap, healthy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. All my favorites in one recipe! My kids took several helpings of the …Read More

  • Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe (+ FREE Printable Recipe Card)

    A printable recipe for playdough is available at the bottom of this post! I have such fond memories of making playdough with my mom and siblings. We’d watch in anticipation as my mom stirred up the mixture with our chosen colors. After it was done we would take turns tossing it around like a hot …Read More

  • Taco Seasoning Mix

    This house LOVES mexican food. Even my two year old will scarf down a whole bowl of spicy mexican soup without any protest. When I sit down to menu plan for the week, it seems like there is almost always something with a mexican flare on it. Most of the recipes I make call for some …Read More

  • How to Make Homemade Freezer Jam

    How to Make Homemade Freezer Jam {Freezer Meal}

    By Jessica Ellingsworth, Contributing Writer Summer is arguably the best time for savoring seasonal foods, especially perfectly ripened fresh berries. As a child, the berries our family didn’t eat right away either got frozen for the long winter or made into freezer jam. If you’ve made freezer jam, you probably know what I mean when …Read More

  • Pizza Sauce Recipe {Freezer Meal}

    Just like marinara sauce, pizza sauce is faily easy to make at home. I have used this pizza sauce recipe every time that we have made our homemade pizza. (You could also use it for Pizza Stromboli or Pizza Pockets.) We have tons leftover to freeze and use for later too. I like to use mason …Read More

  • DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner (or How to Get Poop and Puke Out of Carpet)

    Homemade All-Natural Carpet Cleaner

    Important Update as of 4/11/14: It has been over a year since using this on my carpet. The stains are still mostly gone, but my carpet is now lighter in those areas. I have old carpet so I much prefer this to the dark stains, but I want to give you fair warning that this …Read More

  • Asian Slaw Salad Recipe

    Asian Slaw Recipe: No MSG Included!

    You know that delicious slaw salad made from Oriental Ramen Noodles? You know…the one full of processed ingredients and MSG? Well, my friend Carla took a stab at making a homemade (read: real food) version of that dressing and I tweaked the whole recipe just a bit recently. Now the Asian Slaw recipe below is …Read More

  • homemade laundry detergent ingredients

    How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

    Guest post by Jess from Twenty-Something and Not Counting I’ve been making homemade laundry detergent for about 4 years now. Though I was a little nervous it might not work well or might take too long, I decided to give it a whirl. I made it once and never looked back! Seriously! I originally found …Read More

  • healthy pumpkin muffin

    Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

    It’s the time of year when everyone wants a little pumpkin in their life. These healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins are moist, sweet, and delicious…and easily freezable.  We make them every other week and pull them out of the freezer for snacks or breakfast. Enjoy! Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins   Save Print Prep time 20 …Read More

  • Whole Grain Pancake Mix

    Homemade Whole Grain Pancake Mix {Freezer Meal}

    Our family loves pancakes, like Seriously Sweet Potato Pancakes and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes.  But, sometimes I don’t have time to make those and I just want a quick dry mix on hand.  Unfortunately, the pancake mixes at the grocery store have a ton of unrecognizable and highly processed ingredients. Enter this Homemade Whole-Grain Pancake …Read More

  • Homemade Disinfectant Recipe

    In an attempt to reduce toxins in our homes and save money, we’ve  become official wannabe hippie pioneer women.  Well, at least I like to think I am.  Polly, have you been converted yet? Below is my homemade disinfectant recipe, which I found here.  I use this on my kitchen counters and bathrooms.  I just …Read More

  • Pizza Pockets {Freezer Meal}

    Pizza Pockets, Pizza Stromboli, A Better Mac and Cheese, and more recipes like these are frequenting my blog. Can you tell what my kids like? Yep, pizza and pasta. What red-blooded American kid (or adult) doesn’t like some form of them? Pizza Pockets turned out to be a fun recipe for several reasons. First of …Read More