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Friday, December 31, 2021

How to make Custard Bread Pudding in your pressure cooker!

I continue to see comments addressing the fear of using their new Instant Pot, on various social media groups. And honestly, not only do I understand, but I could have made that comment myself! It took a while, but the investment in learning to use my pressure cooker was priceless...want to know the two best secrets? 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Top 10 from 2021, thanks to all of you!

The year 2021 is winding down, and it is easy to see from the many comments on social media it has been a year of mixed emotions and accomplishments. But just as important is that we all took the time to learn more. We learned more about ourselves, took on learning new skills, and for many, we took on learning a new way of seeing and enjoying life. 

Monday, December 27, 2021

Death Row Chicken, a meal worthy of being your last!

This is one delicious chicken dinner! Granted the name is a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor, but this is so delicious and worthy of being your last meal on earth...Death Row Chicken!

Friday, December 24, 2021

Brown Rice Raisin Bread.

Calling all bread bakers! This Brown Rice Raisin Bread is moist, springy, and light-textured. Even when made with 100% whole wheat. Plus it is the perfect use for that last bit of leftover cooked brown rice or quinoa...

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Poached Rhubarb.

Do you love rhubarb? You will with this easy and delicious recipe for Poached Rhubarb made with fresh or frozen rhubarb. With this simple cooking technique, you get tender cooked rhubarb chunks and not a stringy sauce...

Monday, December 20, 2021

Lentil and Mushroom Soup with Kale and Bacon

With winter here, now is the time to make and enjoy a delicious pot of soup! Lentil and Mushroom Soup with Kale and Bacon will not only sustain you, but it will also warm you up, from the inside out! 

Friday, December 17, 2021

Host a Dessert and Coffee Open House, a lovely way to say Happy Holidays!

Finding time to entertain is often the hardest part of the holidays. But maybe it could be easier than that. Maybe you could offer your friends the opportunity to come over, relax, enjoy a bit of dessert and conversation without wearing you and everyone else out....take a look here!

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Casey's Blue Cheese Vinaigrette, a restaurant favorite, now made at home.

Casey's Blue Cheese Vinaigrette. The often choosen house dressing from a small family-run Italian cafe in California. Where they served pasta covered with their own fresh homemade red sauce, and always a salad of tossed greens. And this salad dressing...

Monday, December 13, 2021

Gifts from the Kitchen, tasty baskets of holiday cheer!

Gift baskets are fun to make, and fortunately, there is no right or wrong way to make one! We have provided suggestions for uniquely themed gift baskets for your consideration. And if you don't find exactly what you are looking for, I hope we have offered you some creative ideas to make one up using your own ideas! 

Friday, December 10, 2021

Old Fashion Egg Nog, for Christmas morning!

It would not be Christmas morning without our favorite Old Fashion Egg Nog! How do you celebrate Christmas morning? If it includes egg nog, I offer you our family's favorite recipe.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Winter Pea Salad Plate with Tomatoes and Cashews

Winter Pea Salad Plate with Tomatoes and Cashews is a fresh breath of air, for winter salads! This delicious salad calls for frozen peas, which is perfect, because good quality frozen peas are available year-round, but always a favorite in winter!

Monday, December 6, 2021

Applesauce and Spice Chocolate Chip Cake, whole grain delicious!

You will want to make this moist, delicious, spicy Whole Grain Applesauce and Spice Chocolate Chip Cake right away. It is perfect to share with family and friends, for holidays or any day!

Saturday, December 4, 2021

How to make a Hula Hoop Outdoor Wreath, from new or thrifted materials!

How to Make a Hula Hoop Outdoor Wreath in less than an hour and decorate your outdoor area! This wreath is easy to make, a fun group project, and can be made with thrifted/repurposed materials.  From the DIY Homemade Household side of the blog!

Friday, December 3, 2021

Granny Dorr's Easy Fruited Sauerkraut

Calling all sauerkraut lovers! I know you are out there, and you will love Granny Dorr's Easy Fruited Sauerkraut! Perfect with a pork roast for dinner with the family! 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The Perfect Cheesecake, two baking styles for two different cheesecakes!

This recipe for The Perfect Cheesecake offers a traditional style baked cheesecake and a softer creamier version. Which one will your family prefer? Or do what I do, bake both and please everyone at the table.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Quick Pickled Onions

If you are looking for a beautiful, deliciously fresh tasting condiment to add to your homemade pantry, there is no better recipe than this one for Quick Pickled Onions! Nothing is prettier than this jar of rose-colored bits of flavorful goodness looking back at you from a lighted refrigerator when you open the door!

Friday, November 26, 2021

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Sour Cream, Pickled Red Onions and Capers

Are you looking for a delicious brunch recipe to spoil family and friends with? Good because, Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Sour Cream, Pickled Red Onions, and Capers are exactly what you are looking for! And yes, you are right, that is a long name (but really really delicious!)!

How to make Homemade Soft Butter Spread.

How to make Homemade Soft Butter Spread. Yes, real food turned into a convenient soft butter spread! No more ripped holes in your bread or toast! Yep real butter, that is soft, made from real food, and nothing artificial...

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Thanksgiving Meal Suggestions from our house to yours!

Here at Scratch Made Food!, we are all about creating a memorable Thanksgiving meal. With easy preparation, while using ingredients already found in our pantry. Like you, we have our favorites looked forward to year after year. But if you find yourself needing suggestions for one or two new recipes to serve, take a look at some of these suggestions...
Friday, November 19, 2021

Easy and Delicious Beef and Vegetable Soup.

Don't forget dinner! Speaking for myself, I have, on busy days, and gosh that really throws a wrench into the end of the day. Easy and Delicious Beef and Vegetable Soup will help on the busy days ahead, with dinner for today, and a carton of soup to put in the freezer for the next busy day...

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Cranberry Liqueur, easy, festive and delicious!

Cranberry Liqueur, a beautiful yet easy-to-make liqueur to enjoy and gift to friends and family. You will want to make this right away to have it ready for the holidays! Don't forget to make enough for you, too!

Monday, November 15, 2021

Celery Root Carrot and Apple Slaw

Celery Root Carrot and Apple Slaw is easy, delicious! Fall is the perfect time to add a vegetable salad to your dinner table, and this one will become a new family favorite. We love this salad because it is delicious, and adding more vegetables to the table is always a good thing!

Friday, November 12, 2021

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp, with a surprising ingredient!

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp! Not the most exciting name for a dessert, is it? But this is one recipe you will want to try! Why? Because not only is this Slow Cooker Apple Crisp delicious, but it has a surprising ingredient that you should not leave out! And why would you want to, when it is part of that delicious topping?

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Rustic Chicken Medallions with Sipping Gravy, so good you won't leave any on your plate!

Rustic Chicken Medallions with Sipping Gravy is perfect to serve to guests and yet, it is another easy, delicious recipe calling for frugal and easy-to-find boneless, skinless chicken thighs! Making this another great chicken recipe the whole family will enjoy. 

Monday, November 8, 2021

Terrific Turkey Soup with Lima Beans and Barley, because turkey day is coming...

Terrific Turkey Soup with Lima Beans and Barley is our favorite after Thanksgiving soup! It is chock full of all the good things one needs on a cold winter's day. Rich bone broth, lots of veggies, and of course chunks of that delicious turkey from the day before...

Friday, November 5, 2021

Blackberry Cranberry and Pink Grapefruit Preserves

Cranberry harvests are in the process now. If fresh cranberries have not arrived at your market, they will very soon! And when they do, you will want to pick up a bag or two and turn them into Blackberry Cranberry and Pink Grapefruit Preserves.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

A Simple Nut Bread, naturally sweetened, whole grain delicious!

Looking to upscale your baked goods for more nutrition? Simple Nut Bread is naturally sweetened, whole grain, and delicious! If you love the taste of graham crackers, you will love Simple Nut Bread. Tender, delicious, and with no refined sugars.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Gratin of White Beans with Cream and Fresh Tomatoes

Gratin of White Beans with Cream and Fresh Tomatoes, a meatless bean dish that is creamy, richly textured, and delicious. Perfect for introducing beans to any and all non-bean eaters! Because this dish is milk, creamy and has a delicious crispy bread crumb topping. 

Friday, October 29, 2021

White Chocolate Peanut Butter

How to make White Chocolate Peanut Butter! This delicious treat is so, well delicious that you will want to make it for yourself and for others as well...

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Laurie Colwin's Broccoli Sauce for Pasta

Laurie Colwin's Broccoli Sauce for Pasta is the perfect side dish for just about main dish you serve it with! Fortunately, with frozen broccoli available year-round, this delicious offering will be a regular go-to. Let's see, broccoli along with pasta, and a sprinkle of cheese, who could ask for more?

Monday, October 25, 2021

Whole Wheat Cottage Cheese Yeast Buns

Whole Wheat Cottage Cheese Yeast Buns, are delicious, tender, and only require a bowl and a spoon for mixing.  This recipe is so easy, making it perfect to stir together with your favorite young helper by your side! And by the way, Whole Wheat Cottage Cheese Yeast Buns, make great sandwich buns too!

Friday, October 22, 2021

Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

This is the Broccoli and Cheddar Soup recipe to keep handy for the colder weather that is slowly coming to every home in your neighborhood! No matter where your neighborhood might be...this soup is easy to make, delicious and made with pantry ingredients. 

Monday, October 18, 2021

One Pan Pork Chops and Scalloped Potatoes

One Pan Pork Chops and Scalloped Potatoes, just like Mom doesn't get much better than this! Food made with love served with love and loved by all who enjoy time around your table. That's a pan of One Pan Pork Chops and Scalloped Potatoes!

Friday, October 15, 2021

Sweet Potato Gratin with Fresh Sage

Sweet Potato Gratin with Fresh Sage is one of those dishes that need to be in your family's meal plan rotation! It is that good! Sweet potatoes are not only delicious but good for you too. This easy to assemble dish is one you will make again, and again! Sweet potatoes and fresh sage never tasted so good!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Sweet and Salty Cashew Blondies, only 3 ingredients for delicious bar cookies!

Fall weather usually calls for more calories, with outdoor sports and extra chores. These Sweet and Salty Cashew Blondies are exactly what you will want to make. So convenient made with Whole Wheat Self-Rising Flour, you can have these in the oven in about five minutes... 

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Funtastic Friday #353

Welcome to Funtastic Friday #353! It has been my pleasure to be a part of this wonderful group of bloggers as we share wonderful content from other creative bloggers! Sadly this will be my last post for Funtastic Friday, and I encourage you to hop onto another hostess's blog and enjoy the weekly link-up. 

Thank you one and all for your continued visits, and I sure hope you return again and again for new and delicious recipes and household tips, tricks and neat ideas! And now on with the show!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Currently at our house...

Dear Reader, thank you so much for continuing to visit Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household these past two months. I have been so ill with the community virus currently riding rough shod through our little community, and yes, I have been ill for these past two months! I would have never guess when I first got ill, that it would be a two month battle to get well again!

Now that I am on the mend, I would like to thank you for your continued visits and let you know that I have scaled back on some of my other blogging responsibilities and will now focus on cooking and sharing all the tasty recipes we enjoy in this house. 

I hope the end of summer found you well and ready to enjoy all that life has in store for all the fall and winter festivities that we all enjoy so much! Again, thank you and I look forward to additional visits as I share new (and delicious!) recipes with you all. 

Kind regards, 


Thursday, September 30, 2021

Funtastic Friday #352

A Quilt Like Ottoman, Soft Homemade Sandwich Bread, How to Paint Buffalo Plaid Pumpkins, How to Make a Sourdough Starter, Pumpkins with Flowers, and How to Make Velvet Pumpkins are this week's featured posts!

Encouraging Hearts and Home 09.30.2021


Hello and Welcome!

And now, it's time for this week's Encouraging Hearts & Home Blog Hop!

   Come and see what's new this week at Encouraging Hearts and Home, at Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household.
Introducing our team of Co-hosts! 
You may learn more about our team, right here
Thanks for joining in, we appreciate your visits, contributions, and comments!

Linda @ Apron Strings and other things.

Amy @ A Nest in the Rockies.

Jennifer @ Faithful Homestead.

Joanne @ Slices of Life.

Destiny @ Some Call it Destiny, and

Melynda @ Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household. 

Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's all shine a positive light!


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Maple Walnut Loaf with Maple Glaze, from Little Frugal Homestead.

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Monday, September 27, 2021

Kale Apple and Carrot Slaw

Kale Apple and Carrot Slaw, is the perfect salad to introduce a raw kale 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, is not too sweet, and everyone I know loves guess is, so will you.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Oven Roasted Tomatoes for Sauce or Freezer Storage.

How to make Oven Roasted Tomatoes for Sauce or Freezer Storage , for Sauce and Freezer Storage. These delicious roasted tomatoes are another recipe for your "freezer pantry". Oven Roasted Tomatoes for Sauce or Freezer Storage are perfect for the home gardener, who is harvesting more than can be eaten fresh, but not enough for production line canning and preserving.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Funtastic Friday #351

Faux Pumpkin Pies, Ham Bone Soup with White Beans Kale and Sweet Potatoes, DIY Industrial Coffee Table, 8 Lovely Fall Free Printables, Time for a Make-Over, and Tinted Mason Jars are this week's featured posts!

Encouraging Hearts and Homes 09.23.2021

Our Fall Bucket List, Fall Tasks that Soothe, Street Art of Eugene, and Let's Talk About Mental Health are this week's featured posts!