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Friday, November 27, 2020

Beef Stew from Provence, a pressure cooker recipe

This Beef Stew from Provence is delicious. Rich with flavors from red wine, bay leaves, and thyme. While Beef Stew from Provence does require a rest in the red wine marinade, feel free to start this dish one day and cook it the next! The orange zest and black olives round out the flavors and compliment each other. 


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Funtastic Friday #308

25 Homemade Gifts, a DIY Wall Mount Gift Wrap Organizer, Christmas Gift Bag Wall Art, Fall Dried Fruit Potpurri, An Acorn Tablescape, and a DIY Dollar Tree Candle Stand (made from skewers!) are this week's featured posts! 

Hello and Welcome!

Encouraging Hearts and Home 11.26.2020

How to Make a Clothespin Bag, 12 Books on Yoga that will Inspire, Sausage and Root Vegetables Sheet Pan Dinner are this week's featured posts. 

Hello and Welcome!

Happy Thanksgiving from Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving Day!  Thank you for your visits here at Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household, we appreciate it more thank you know!  
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Kale Apple and Carrot Slaw

Kale Apple and Carrot Slaw, the perfect way to introduce a raw kale salad to the family! Plus this salad is so good, you don't need to be worried about anyone NOT liking it! Kale Apple and Carrot Slaw, not too sweet, and everyone I know loves it...my guess is, so will you.

I am not shy about my frugal beliefs and ways to manage creatively, and this salad is proof that frugal can also be delicious. The act of frugal food management is preparing and enjoying food while using what you already have on hand, in a timely manner. This may include a bit of a trial and (possible) error. But I will tell you right now, this is also a fun and delicious way to let your creative juices flow! 

Just a few ingredients needed for Kale Apple and Carrot Slaw.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Whole Wheat Jam Crumble Bars

Bar cookies are a baker's best friend! These Whole Wheat Jam Crumble Bars will become your new best friend because they are quick to assemble, delicious and whole grain...plus they can be made in any flavor (thanks to the jam part!) you prefer. 

A pan of Whole Wheat Jam Crumble Bars makes a great snack for after school as well as a fun dessert to enjoy after dinner. It is also the kind of dessert you can whip up at a moment's notice if you want because, including the jam, there are only five ingredients! Yep, only 5 ingredients...


Friday, November 20, 2020

Sugar and Spice Snickerdoodle Bars, whole grain delicious!

Sugar and Spice Snickerdoodle Bars. Delicious made from whole wheat and a spicy treat the whole family will love. Bring healthy and delicious back to the table, enjoy Sugar and Spice Snickerdoodle Bars today!

Sugar and Spice Snickerdoodle Bars, whole grain and delicious!
Sugar and Spice Snickerdoodle Bars
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Funtastic Friday #307

Chocolate Rolled Oat Cookies, a Vintage Turkey Collection, a Christmas Garland from a repurposed sweater, Mini Burlap Trees, a Paint by Number Craft, and a Pie Take-Home Container with Tag are this week's featured posts!

Welcome to this week's Funtastic Friday link-up! 

Thank you for joining us, and sharing your wonderful ideas!



The Life of Bread, from Sea Level to 4000 feet!, updated.

Imagine my surprise when all the perfect loaves of bread we enjoyed while living at the beach, were now nothing more than bricks! That was my our sad reality, as we settled into our Montana home...only one thing to do, it was time to back to school! And learn to bake bread at this altitude...

Encouraging Hearts and Home 11.19.2020

Amazing Cranberry Apple Pie, Honey Whipped Cream, Gingerbread Pear Muffins, and Keto Chicken Broccoli Casserole are this week's featured posts. 

Hello and Welcome!

While I am feeling better (about 50%) this cold is still in charge...I have managed to get a few of the highlighted recipes from the last two weeks, up and running, with posting dates scheduled. With a couple of the recipes still waiting to be written up. Since I am running behind in recipe writing, I thought I would share a bit about this fun topic.

Are you a Yellowstone fan? Where we live in Montana, the Yellowstone television series is filmed in and around the valley. My husband and I want to (someday) watch it, hoping we can identify all the different places used in the filming process. Currently, we do not subscribe to Paramount Network. But I did get to be involved with Yellowstone at my seasonal job...

My employer ABC Acres partnered with Yellowstone Productions to make RIP'S Huckleberry Heat. And I got to be part of the cooking process! You can see the ABC Acres Facebook post here. But I thought I would share some of the photos also...those peppers are beautiful and hot! And yes, the huckleberries do grow wild around here. 

I have enjoyed my time at ABC Acres, learning a lot along the way. Proof that no matter how long you have been cooking, there is always something new to learn!
My brush with Yellowstone fame! I made RIP'S Huckleberry Heat!
In the kitchen at ABC Acres, busy making RIP'S Huckleberry Heat, hot sauce!

#yellowstonetvshow
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Simple Baked Cabbage

Simple Baked Cabbage, if you are a cabbage fan, you will love this baked cabbage dish. Cabbage has become one of my favorite vegetables! It stores well and can be used in a huge array of various cooked and raw preparations. 


Classic coleslaw was never my favorite in previous times. With the traditional mayonnaise-based dressing. And then one day my daughter made coleslaw with a light oil and vinegar dressing and the addition of dried blueberries and chopped almonds...I was hooked on coleslaw from that day. 


But cooked cabbage, now that was always been a cabbage of another kind. I have enjoyed eating cooked cabbage in so many ways and so many times through the years! This recipe for Simple Baked Cabbage is the perfect way to get more vegetables into the family meals and can be made with standard cabbage and the textured Savoy style. 
Thursday, November 12, 2020

Funtastic Friday #306

Repurposed Alarm Clock (so cute!), What's your favorite Halloween candy?, Wood Burned Chargers,  How to make Tartan Trees, and DIY Leather Ornaments are this week's featured posts! 

Hello and Welcome!


  It's time for Funtastic Friday 
Link Party#306

But first, let's welcome Melynda from 
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Encouraging Hearts and Home 11.12.2020

Three Ingredient Nutella BrowniesClassic Pumpkin Bread, Easy Tabletop Turkeys, and Preparing and Using Chicken Feet are this week's featured posts!

Hello and Welcome!

Yesterday I had no choice but to realize that while I thought I was getting away with avoiding the cold that has been sweeping our shared home, I did not. You know you have lost when that familiar scratchy spot begins growing at the upper part of your throat. 

Later when I did a check-in with friends, they too were getting a cold...so I called into work and for a couple of days it will be rest, tea, and healing for me. Of course, with all that there is to do, I would like instant healing, but alas I will have to be satisfied with the regular old fashioned kind, done in due course...

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili with Charred Beef

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili with Charred Beef is a favorite around here! It is not only delicious but spiced just right, not too hot, and not too boring! Perfect for anytime you want delicious food, made fresh, and served with love...


Thursday, November 5, 2020

Easy Oven Baked Whole Wheat Pancakes

If you want the whole family to sit down to breakfast at the same time, these Easy Oven Baked Whole Wheat Pancakes are for you. Start the day right with breakfast with those you love!

We often have pancakes for breakfast because they are a favorite of my husband's. But even with just the two of us, I was at the stove while he ate breakfast...not horrible, but definitely not a shared meal.

Then one day while we were volunteering as National Park Service support staff, I got the idea to pour the batter into a small pan and give it a quick bake in the oven. As it turned out, it was just the technique we were looking for! We each got to enjoy fresh hot pancakes, together

Encouraging Hearts and Home 11.05.2020

A day in the Life of Virtual Learning, Paper Christmas Trees, Ultimate Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes and Easy Quote Art using Maps are this weeks featured posts!

Hello and Welcome!

With work slowing down a bit, it is time to think about cooking more for my own family! I am excited to get back to it and here is a sample of the recipes that we will be enjoying again and of course shared, right here for others to enjoy! We have enjoyed these dishes multiple times through the years and while I love finding new dishes to try, we enjoy old favorites like these time and time again...

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili with Charred Beef, new recipe coming soon!

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili with Charred Beef. I do not make chili often, but this one is delicious and that touch of sweet potatoes is perfect!
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Blackberry Cranberry and Pink Grapefruit Preserves

Cranberry harvests are happening now! Soon the garnet-colored berries will be in the markets, and when they arrive do pick up a bag or three so you can make these delicious Blackberry Cranberry and Pink Grapefruit Preserves.

 Winter jam making has its own rewards. The kitchen is not already hot from the summer heat. The overall sense of hurry hurry hurry, there is more to do, is absent. And this recipe actually calls for frozen and thawed blackberries along with their juices. This means no berry picking to fit into your day...

Cranberries have a high pectin content, naturally. So no packages or packets of pectin are needed. Blackberry Cranberry and Pink Grapefruit Preserves have four simple ingredients that come together for a uniquely delicious flavor. and a jar of this tucked into a gift basket will give you a new best friend for life!