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Homemade Mondays, Week 9

Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle.  We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that.  Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things unnatural, or a rookie who is starting out by cutting out junk food, we’d love to hear from you! Link up with your favorite recipes, projects, crafts, or rants and raves.

The Hosts

Sarah of Being Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity
Aubrey of Homegrown & Healthy 
How to
Homemade Mondays will open every Monday. You have until Thursday to make your submissions. We will share our favorite posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and shout it from the rooftops.
  • Link up. Use the submission form below to add your blog posts to our gallery below. You can add as many links as you’d like, as long as they’re on topic. What’s eligible? Recipes, crafts, DIY projects, gardening, fitness, green ideas or just plain old advice. We’re pretty open.
  • Tell us about yourselves. Leave a comment telling us a little about your site and what you’ve shared. Of course this isn’t mandatory, but it’s a good way to stand out.
  • Link back. Share the love by adding a link back to this party with your readers so they can see all of these great ideas as well.

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2 comments on “Homemade Mondays, Week 9”

  1. I just love your blog, and I about died when I saw the Jessie Spano on caffeine pills! Hilarious! =)

  2. I love your blog. It has inspired me–especially the inclusion of fart jokes! I, too, have the sense of humor of a twelve year old boy. This week we have made yogurt in the crockpot (best ever!), used a 1/8 bushel of apples that were all old and wrinkly to make applesauce and then used the cores and peels to make juice that we’re going to turn into apple jelly. I got those recipes from Our Eventual Homestead, but I never would have googled “what to do with old apples” without the inspiration. Those old apples that we were going to throw away made 80 ounces of the best applesauce ever, plus 80 ounces of juice! I’m never letting my kids throw another apple core away. I’m adding an apple core bag in my freezer next to the “vegetable trash for stock” bag. (Between my step-mom and I we’ve collected four sets of turkey bones and two sets of chicken bones to make stock.)

    Yesterday I recruited both of my big boys (11 1/2 and almost 13) and my husband to help make breakfast and lunch foods. We made nine batches of muffins, 64 hot pockets, and seven quart bags of burrito mixes. I wore out before we got to finish the granola bars, pancakes, and waffles. I homeschool, and those big boys already eat like teenagers, so we need lots of food for the breakfasts and lunches, and I like not having to cook every meal. They are a little dismayed that I have decided to buy no more cold breakfast cereal. Especially the little one. He is four, and completely addicted to hot dogs and cold cereal. We finally decided that we can’t even have them in the house if we even hope to get him to eat real food.

    I’m breaking them all in gradually to wheat flour. Everything except the hotpocket bread was half wheat and half white, used applesauce in place of the oil in the muffins, and added rolled oats to most of the recipes. It’s a small start, but at least it is a start.

    My husband brews beer, wine, and mead, and is adding some vanilla beans to his next order, so I can make vanilla extract. He also makes sausages (all jokes aside on that one. :P) and is going to try to make and smoke hot dogs for the Sprout.

    The hotpockets were made with my mom’s dinner yeast roll recipe, two double batches, and filled with either ham (that my husband smoked for Christmas) chopped up finely and cheddar cheese, or pepperoni, mozzarella, and pizza sauce. Divided the dough into batches and each batch into four pieces, rolled them out and cut into fourths, filled, pinched the dough closed over the fillings and baked.

    Oh! and we are starting this recipe today to use up some older grapefruits that someone gave us. Vintage 3 Citrus Marmalade

    Also, tried the crockpot rotisserie chicken recipe, which was a big hit! And in the process of making laundry detergent by your recipe. The Dr. Bronner’s (or any brand of castille soap) is hard to find in this area, but decided that the lack of petroleum products in it would be worth it. I even found smoked paprika for the hummus recipe. It totally does kick regular paprika’s ass!

    Just one more thing, I bought an immersion blender Saturday. I needed a new blender after mine met a tragic end at the hands of my older children, and I love to blend things up, but HATE the cleanup that comes with a regular blender. After trying the new immersion blender out,I think that thing paid for itself yesterday. We got the one that has a small food processor bowl attachment, and it worked great chopping up onions and bell peppers for the freezer, and the clean-up is so easy it is actually enjoyable, and I hate washing dishes. I had never heard of an immersion blender before reading about it here. Thank you.