Browse Category by Homemade Not Storebought

Why homemade? Because you know what’s in the recipe, there are generally no weird words included – and in many instances it’s much cheaper. This doesn’t mean I don’t have a bag of frozen popcorn chicken on hand. My goal is to balance a mostly homemade life with those days when you don’t have time to do anything but preheat the oven. I generally try to put a homemade meal on the table 80% of the time. Busy kids and a busy life mean the family dinner table is becoming extinct. I think it’s way to important to a healthy life – so we eat together every night. I’m flexible on time, but i’m not flexible on participation, if you’re home, you’re at the table.

Homemade Not Storebought, Recipes

Homemade GORP or Trail Mix

My kids are nuts….about nuts….

Well truthfully they like trail mix, but I was really tired of spending a ton of money and getting baggies of raisins back in their lunches.  I finally got smart, asked them what they LIKED in trail mix, and started making my own.

I dont even get the baggies back anymore…..

It’s pretty straight forward – the mixture above has M&Ms, chocolate chips, roasted & salted almonds, dried cranberries, salted cashew pieces and dry roasted peanuts.

Mix well, put in a jar, send in lunches……the end!

Crafts & Projects, Homemade Not Storebought

Napkin Tote Bag – Easy DIY Directions for Beginners

My mom is a thrift store junkie – you need something and dont want to pay retail?  Tell my mom and she’ll find it at a thrift store for a fraction of the price.  It might take her a few months, but she’ll find it – or something that will work.

I was at her house last week and she handed me 3 striped cotton napkins and said, “Make me a tote bag for my trip to Branson in May.”  Ummmmm ok….. I’ve stated before I am NOT very good at sewing – and my patience is a bit lacking – so this actually scared me a bit. Continue Reading