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Friday, July 23, 2021

Meatloaf from 72 Market Street Cafe

Let's talk about of the time-honored family favorites, that everyone enjoys. Plus you get great sandwiches the next day!

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Funtastic Friday # 342

Screened in Porch Updates for Summer, How to Declutter Your Bedroom, Apple Pie Shortbread Bars, How to Reupholster a Foot Stool, Stir Fried Red Cabbage With Ginger and Chives, and Oven Baked Ribs are this week's featured posts!

Encouraging Hearts and Home 07.22.2021

A Simple Summer Center Piece, Marbled Banana Bread, and No Yarn Bowl? Hack One! are this week's featured posts!  

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Graham Cracker Muffins with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter.

Did you love graham crackers as a kid? If so these muffins are perfect for breakfast, especially when you have guests. For some reason, I don't bake a lot of muffins ordinarily. But anytime there are guests at the table, muffins go in the oven! 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce

If you are looking for a Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce, to take the place of jarred sauce from your local grocery store,  take a look at this recipe. Made the easy way, in your slow cooker. 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Let's make a Root Beer Float Punchbowl! Perfect for your next get together...

Two or three ingredients come together for one of the most fun desserts ever! Let's make a Root Beer Float Punchbowl. No, it is not pretty, but gosh, so much fun and so delicious!

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Funtastic Friday #341

20 Easy Crockpot Summer Meals, Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Ring, S'mores Ice Cream Sandwiches, How to Make Kosher Dill Barrel Pickles, Mini Mason Jar Crafts, and  DIY Farmhouse Upcycle Pot Holder are this week's featured posts!

Encouraging Hearts and Home 07.15.2021

How to Make a Fabric Ball, Grilled Bacon Wrapped Steak, Wyatt's Dark Chocolate Brownies with Fudge Frosting and Chocolate Chips, and Air Fryer Steak Bites are this week's featured posts!

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Stir Fried Red Cabbage with Ginger and Chives

Fresh, different, and delicious! If you are looking for a new recipe to try that incorporates those qualities Stir-Fried Red Cabbage with Ginger and Chives is calling out to you! This beautifully bright, crisp-tender vegetable side dish is perfect with just about any main dish you serve. 

Monday, July 12, 2021

Three Household Tips to Make Life Easier, more Comfortable and Organized.

Another reuse, recycle or repurpose post! Today we are using shower curtain rings, an ear of corn holder, and pillowcases in new ways, for today's featured ideas...

Friday, July 9, 2021

Pears and Pecans in Orange Caramel Sauce

Fresh fruit for dessert is always a good choice, but sometimes a little bit more is desired! Pears and Pecans in Orange Caramel Sauce is the answer. Some fruit, some sauce and a little bit of cream...

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Funtastic Friday #340

Altered Cookbooks with Better Homes and Garden Binder, Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Peaches, A Laundry Mud Room Reveal, DIY Yogurt Jar Hanger, Modern Mountain RV Makeover, and Adorable Ocean Themed Oreos for all Ocean Lovers are this week's featured posts!

Encouraging Hearts and Home 07.08.2021

A Lilac and Brass Tablescape, Limoncello Gin Fizz, The 5 Best Homestead Meats to Raise, and Rhubarb and Custard Slice are this week's featured posts!  

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Fresh Oregano and Garlic Scape Pesto, enjoy it now, and freeze a batch for winter enjoyment!

It is garlic scape season! Did you know that the green shoot growing above the ground must be trimmed off, sending all the energy to the garlic bulb? That is where scapes come from, and they only hit the market one time each year!

Monday, July 5, 2021

Parsley Buttermilk and Parmesan Cheese Salad Dressing

Does your family crave creamy salad dressings over a tangy vinaigrette? If so Parsley Buttermilk and Parmesan Cheese Salad Dressing is calling out to you, so why not give it a try?

Friday, July 2, 2021

My real kitchen, here at Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household.

I LOVE kitchens, love them! The bigger the better, with as many kitchen gadgets as is possible. So why then do I have a kitchen with no running water and only a single burner hot plate? 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Funtastic Friday #339

How to Make BerryWorld Pimms and Lollies, How to Make Flags from Fabric Scraps, How to Make an Orzo Pasta Mason Jar Salad, Cream Cheese and Radish on Sourdough Toast, and Patriotic Rock Painting are this week's featured posts! 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Encouraging Hearts and Home 07.01.2021

Fresh Strawberry Cobbler, a DIY Light Up Pallet Flag, an Easy Peasy Doll Blanket, and how to Upcycle a Cereal Box into an Elegant Gift Bag are this week's featured posts!  

Everyday Vinaigrette!

Warm weather and a plethora of salad greens are right around the corner. So be prepared with your own homemade salad dressings! Everyday Vinaigrette is one we keep in constant rotation for delicious composed salads at a moment's notice. 

Monday, June 28, 2021

Whole Grain Banana Date Bread, all fruit and no refined sugar.

If you are looking for a loaf of banana bread so healthy you can eat it for breakfast, you have come to the right place! This Whole Grain Banana Date Bread is whole grain and all fruit-sweetened...

Friday, June 25, 2021

Garlic Scape Pesto, the brightest garlic-y pesto you will make this season!

It's happening right now! Garlic scapes are coming on strong in CSA boxes and at your local Farmers Market! Beautiful, curly green shoots of delicious garlic flavor. But what do you do with them? Start with this easy, garlic-y Garlic Scape Pesto... 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Funtastic Friday #338

Patriotic Fife and Drum Display, Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix, Wine Gift Bag, Taco Grilled Cheese, How to Make A Felt Cactus Bookmark, and How to Make a Patriotic Wreath in 10 Minutes are this week's featured posts!

Encouraging Hearts and Home 06.24.2021

Taco Corn Bread Bake, Wine Gift Bag, 15 Summer Mocktails, and Haylee Hand Towel are this week's featured posts!


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Chocolate Cheesecake, a simple yet elegant offering.

Chocolate Cheesecake. After those two words, not much is needed to get one's attention! This easy to make dessert looks quite impressive and your guests will love it. Chocolate Cheesecake, it is the go-to dessert for the chocolate lovers in your family...

Monday, June 21, 2021

Cabbage Salsa, crunchy delicious and perfect with tortilla chips!

This is not your usual tomato-based salsa, no this is crispy, delicious Cabbage Salsa and it is perfect with tortilla chips! If you thought salsas were just made with tomatoes, take a look right here at this tasty treat!

Friday, June 18, 2021

Sweet Lime and Curry Chicken Thighs, dinner # 3 from frugal chicken thighs!

You know those times when you want (and need!) a quick and easy dinner that doesn't taste like the last quick and easy dinner? Yes, they happen here too! Try another of our favorites, Sweet Lime and Curry Chicken Thighs. Another great recipe made with skinless boneless chicken thighs to the rescue...

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Funtastic Friday #337

MAKE YOUR OWN TWINE AND SCISSOR HOLDER by Fresh Vintage, REVERSE CANVAS BATHROOM SIGNS by Blessings by Me, PLACES TO VISIT IN OREGON IN SUMMER by PhotoJeepers, COASTAL FRONT PORCH by My Home of All Seasons, UPCYCLED DENIM BEAN BAG GAME by Sum of Their Stories, and AN OCTOPUS TABLESCAPE FOR SUMMER by Whispers of the Heart are this week's featured posts!                       

Encouraging Hearts and Home 06.17.2021

Better than the Bakery Blueberry Muffins, A Magazine Wreath, The Key to Trust and How to sew the Ladder Stich are this week's featured posts!  

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Avocado Caprese Salad, beautiful, delicious and refreshing.

Are you looking for a beautiful salad that is easy to assemble and tastes like you spent hours making it? If so, Avocado Caprese Salad is exactly what you are looking for!

Monday, June 14, 2021

Creamy Butterscotch Meringue Pie, easy and delicious just like Grandmother made!

Looking for a delicious dessert that calls for pantry ingredients that the whole family will love? I have four words for you. Creamy Butterscotch Meringue Pie! No hard to find ingredients and ready in just a few minutes...

Friday, June 11, 2021

How to Make Ground Bay Leaves, and why you might want to!

How to Make Ground Bay Leaves, so easy to make, and very convenient to use. Plus you won't have to fish the cooked bay leaf out of your finished dish ever again if you don't want to! 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Funtastic Friday #336

Last Week at the Thrift Shop, Patriotic Snacks, How to Use Aluminum Cans to Make a Wall Hanging, a Reclaimed Wood Flag, Oreo Cookie Patriotic Treats, and Patriotic Farmhouse Stars are this week's featured posts!

Funtastic Friday #336!

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Encouraging Hearts and Home 06.10.2021

Cowboy Caviar, How to Make Your Homemade Marshmallows, DIY Rustic Wooden Stars, and Cowboy Caviar a second time (most viewed and my personal favorite!) are this week's featured posts!

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Fresh Fruit Platter with Lemon Creme Syrup, fruit so delicious we call it dessert!

Warmer weather calls for meals with fresh flavors. Lighter meals are also appreciated in hot weather. This Fresh Fruit Platter with Lemon Creme Syrup is a perfect example! It is beautiful to look at, tons of flavor, and is essentially fresh fruit in dessert disguise...the best part is this fruit platter can be made with what you have on hand! 

Monday, June 7, 2021

A Big List of Twelve Non-lettuce Salads to Serve the Family!

Salads! Everyone eats them. But maybe, just maybe you could get more fruits and vegetables in your meal plans by serving more salads. We're not talking just tossed greens here! We are talking about delicious non-lettuce salads the whole family will love. And double bonus, you will automatically be getting more of all the good stuff on the table, for your family to enjoy...
Friday, June 4, 2021

Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette, zesty, just a bit different, and delicious!

Do you love salads for the vegetables or for the delicious salad dressings that bring it all together? I could say it was the greens, but really for us, it is the dressing...and this one is delicious!

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Funtastic Friday #335

Adventures in Thrifting, Patriotic Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, How to Upcycle One Pair of Old Jeans, Shiney Bright Wreath, Red White, and Blue, Patriotic Vinette, and Make a Simple Rag Bow are this week's featured posts. 

Encouraging Hearts and Home 06.03.2021

20 Facts for Our 20 Year Anniversary, X Shaped DIY Wooden Magazine Rack, Grapefruit Asian Pork Tacos, and Homemade Plant Food are this week's featured posts!  

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Buttermilk Chocolate Cake, the best whole wheat cake ever!

A delicious whole wheat cake is in fact a reality! This tender whole wheat buttermilk cake is exactly the cake to begin the transition to whole grain baking, because yes, it is true, this whole wheat Buttermilk Chocolate Cake is in fact delicious!

Monday, May 31, 2021

Make Your Own Grit for Backyard Chickens.

Have you joined the ranks of chicken keepers? If so, here is a frugal method for keeping costs down, Make Your Own Grit for Backyard Chickens! Just a few moments and you will have exactly what the girls need!

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Funtastic Friday #334

Old Dresser to Toy Shelf, Easy Cupcake Decorating Fun with DIY Octopus Cupcakes, DIY Rustic Wooden Serving Tray, Upcycling Wooden CD Crates, Yellowstone Summer Tours, and Baked Blueberry Donuts are this week's featured posts!

Encouraging Hearts and Home 05.27.2021

Strawbale Potato Gardening,  How to Make Whole Wheat Self-Rising Flour, How to Make a Homemade Wedge Pillow, and How to Make Easy to Peel Hard-Cooked Eggs are this week's featured posts!   

May Thrift Store Challenge!

 Hello and Welcome to the May Thrift Store Challenge!

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Angela | Simply Beautiful By Angela - Melynda | Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household - Beverly | Across the Blvd

Our Thrift Store Upcycle group of bloggers is always looking to expand -- and we need your help! Why not consider joining in our thrift store upcycle challenge on the last Thursday of each month? Make some friends while having fun and share your love of DIY with the world. It’s a win-win! Sound like something you’d be interested in? Just leave a comment at the end of this post with your contact info and a link to your blog. Someone will get back to you right away. We can’t wait to meet you!

How to Make a Rain Boot Succulent Garden. The perfect little garden to greet your guests, share about a special occasion or simply enjoy on the way into your own home!

Turn colorful rain boots into garden planters!

I have always enjoyed taking something and making it into something better, or prettier, or even something fun. I come from a long line of folks taking not very much at all, and turning it into something greater than the sum of its parts. My grandmother never wasted anything, scraps of fabric became quilts, seeds saved from a piece of fruit or vegetable became a crop in her garden. In her home, there was always something more to be made from whatever she had!

My dad use to bring home broken refrigerators from work, and turn them into freezers by running additional copper tubing for the liquid freon/ With more tubes of freon, a simple refrigerator became a freezer (this was back in 1965 before freon restrictions). He would give them away to folks needing a freezer. He also had a knack for finding old Accordions that no longer had working bellows. He would rebuild them, play them for a while and gift them forward. I guess you could say, it is in my blood to be crafty with what I have and make it work, for what I need or want. 

Add a touch of whimsy to your flower bed, add some Rain Boot Succulent Garden Spots!

When I saw the opportunity to be a part of a monthly Thrift Store Challenge, I took it! I knew it was time to have some fun with my ideas and creativity. Last month I worked on Barbed Wire Wreaths, both large and small. In the end, I made two! The big wreath sits at the corner of the root cellar along the walkway to our little apartment door. And while I loved having it there, it needed a touch of color. Or to put it another way, a touch of whimsy! Whimsy is new for me, but I thought "what the heck!", let's go for it!

Here in Montana a lot of folks take an old pair of cowboy boots and use them as garden planters. And while we do enjoy that look, so far I have not found a pair of cowboy boots to use for this project. You see around these parts, used cowboy boots are a specialty item, high enough in price that they won't be used in my yard, honestly, I am way too frugal for that! But I did find these bright cheerful rain boots, and as luck would have it, there were two pairs to play with...

Turn rain boots into garden planters.

Step one: You will want to drill holes in the bottom to let excess rain or irrigation water out, a standard drill and bit work great for this.  Again, "we" worked on this project together, my husband worked on the tool side of things!

Next, you will need to fill the bottom of the boot with small to medium-sized rocks (potato size?) deep into the toe area and all along the inside of the bottom of the boot. With the rocks in the bottom, the boot is bottom-heavy and will stand up better.

Good soil for long term healthy plants, for your Rain Boot Succulent Garden planters!

Step two: Time to fill the boots with a rich mixture of 50/50 topsoil and compost. We had both of these readily available here at home. Fill each boot almost to the top, then make a divot in the center to place the plant, and then fill in around the plant with any additional soil as needed. Press gently downward, to set the plant. 

Step three: I found that they were still a bit tippy. To keep them from falling over and have each pair stand together, I made a connecting wire "U" from some of the old fence wire used for the barbed wire wreaths. 

Step four: Now the fun begins, place them where you want them! Because these rain boot planters are at the beginning of our walkway, it turns out to be the perfect place to share an announcement!

As is the case when completing a project for the first time, you learn as you go. This also means you adjust and repair as you go! It doesn't really show in this photo, but they are still a bit tippy and unstable. The last thing I want is to come outside one morning and find a pile of soil and a mangled this point, I knew I would need to put a wooden platform under them to sit on. I found some scraps of 2X 6 boards and a bit of plywood and put them down, to keep everything upright and stable. 

Here they are now with a wooden platform to stand on, and rocks over the top of the wood. The boots stand up together and are more stable, and they look just fine. It will be fun to decorate or share a special message in this flower bed. And in a couple of years, the succulents will have grown and begin to tumble down the sides of the boots! 

Materials list:
  • 2 pair of used rain boots from the local thrift store
  • rocks
  • wood scraps 
  • soil
  • compost
  • succulents, from our local neighborhood plant lady 
  • drill
We did purchase the boots, and the succulents, otherwise it all came from home.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

How to Make A Rain Boot Succulent Garden.

How to Make a Rain Boot Succulent Garden. The perfect little garden to greet your guests, share about a special occasion or simply enjoy on the way into your own home!

Turn colorful rain boots into garden planters!

Our Favorite Dry Rub, so good with pork, beef and chicken.

Are you looking forward to the upcoming BBQ season? We sure are! Make up a batch of Our Favorite Dry Rub, and you will be ready to light up the grill, and cook all of your favorite cuts of meat!