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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 fears of using a 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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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...
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. 

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 no refined sugars.

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 coming our way. Because this soup is easy to make, delicious and made with basic pantry ingredients. 

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...and thank you for you visits!

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!
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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Friday, September 24, 2021

Oven Roasted Tomatoes for Sauce or Freezer Storage.

How to make Oven Roasted Tomatoes for Sauce or Freezer Storage. These delicious roasted tomatoes are another recipe for your "freezer pantry". They are perfect for the home gardener, who is harvesting more tomatoes 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!  

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Morning Oats with Blueberry Maple Compote & Toasted Hemp Hearts

If you are looking for a new breakfast recipe that is a step-up from the usual bowl of oatmeal served at your house, you have come to the right place! Morning Oats with Maple Blueberry Compote and Toasted Hemp Hearts is one you will want to make very soon!

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Marigolds are perfect for Chickens, and a tour of our Montana chicken coop!

Show your hens some love. Harvest the Marigold flower tops for your chickens! Marigolds are perfect for chickens! Fresh or dried, Marigolds added to nesting boxes will help repel insects and keep bugs out of the coop. Plus they will help keep your chickens insect-free. From the DIY Homemade Household side of the blog!

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Funtastic Friday #350

Farm style Tiered Tray Vignette, Chunky Yarn Pumpkins, Best Lemon Bar Recipe, Why Is It So Hard to Declutter?, DIY End of the Bed Bench, and Repurposing a Collapsible Rack into a Shelf are this week's featured posts!

Encouraging Hearts and Home 09.16.2021

Sauce from Garden Tomatoes, Simple Crochet Face Scrubbies, Repurpose an Expandable Rack into a Shelf, and Menu Planning Fall 2021 are this week's featured posts!  

Monday, September 13, 2021

Chinese Spaghetti. Fun, frugal, and the family will love it!

Chinese Spaghetti is my go to recipe when I need to get a frugal dinner on the table fast! Calling for half a pound of ground beef, this delicious pasta main dish will keep everyone happy and fed, while helping to keep food costs in check...

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Funtastic Friday #349

How to Make Fire Water, Natural Cold and Flu Remedy, a Spoon Display Transformation, a Luxe Rustic Fall Wreath, Instant Pot Applesauce with Cinnamon, and Bread Pudding Muffins with  Crumb Topping are this week's featured posts! 

Encouraging Hearts and Home 09.09.2021

When Lightening Strikes, the Universe Pays Back, Exploring Pepin WI and the Laura Ingles Wilder Museum, Happier Holidays Begin in September, and 75 Self-Reliant Skills to Learn are this week's featured posts!  

Monday, September 6, 2021

How to Make an Egg Shovel, for the times your hens didn't use The Nesting Box!

New to Chicken Keeping? So are we! Recently we discovered two caches of eggs laid by our young hens outside of the nesting box...although we are not experts in any way, we thought it would be fun to share what we have been learned about keeping chickens, like how to make an Egg ShovelFrom the DIY Homemade Household side of the blog!

Friday, September 3, 2021

Brandied Cherry and White Chocolate Quick Bread, naturally sweetened and whole grain

Brandied Cherry and White Chocolate Quick Bread sounds like something you would go to a gourmet gift shop to purchase! But you don't have to, because it is easily (and deliciously!) made at home. 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Funtastic Friday #348

How to Make A Stylish Entry, How to Make A Fall Leaf Book Page Garland, A Coral Chalk Paint Dresser, How to Reupholster A Kitchen Chair on a Budget, Zucchini Salad, and Zucchini Tomato Gratin are this week's featured posts!

Encouraging Hearts and Home 09.02.2021

Pickled Green Beans, 8 Oat Recipes to Try Out, Things To Do On Your Vegas Vacation Besides Gamble, and The Strategy I Use To Maintain My Optimism As I Lose are this week's featured posts.  

Monday, August 30, 2021

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix, easy, delicious and so convenient!

With all due respect, we need to respect Ranch Dressing a little more! Why? Because Homemade Ranch Dressing is always good, and with your own supply of premade mix packets, you are ready for salad at a moment's notice...

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Funtastic Friday #347

Subtle Changes, Big Changes, and Sunflowers, How to Create an Entryway, Repurpose a Crib Farmhouse Style, Single Serve Baked Blueberry Oatmeal, and Crocheted Lemon Slice Pillow are this week's featured posts!

Encouraging Hearts and Home 08.26.2021

How to Make Healthier Pizza, Pickling for Beginners, Gas Grill Tips for Beginners, and A Book Blast are this week's featured posts!  

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Funtastic Friday # 346

Thrift Box Surprise, Faux Sea Glass Trinket Bottle and Votive, a Fall Wood Leaf Garland, 33 Trending Bathroom Faucets, Easy DIY Denim Bracelet from Old Jeans, and My Screened in Porch and Video Walk Through of my Vegetable Garden are this week's featured posts!.  

Encouraging Hearts and Home 08.19.2021

Amazing Date and Apricot Bread, My Top 10 Favorite Food Blogs, Upcycle Tee Shirts to Gift Bags, and How to String Outdoor Lights are this week's featured posts!  

Monday, August 16, 2021

One Cup Two Cup Three Cups Lentil Soup!

Lentil soup is one of the most delicious soups to offer your friends and family! But it does not have to be heavy with too many flavors. One Cup Two Cup Three Cups Lentil Soup is fresh, bright, and just what you need in the way of the perfect recipe for lentil soup...

Friday, August 13, 2021

Raspberry Sauce with Port and Cinnamon, a delicious taste of summer!

Raspberry Sauce with Port and Cinnamon is bursting with the taste of summer! Fortunately, you can store some in the freezer, and enjoy that same taste of summer, all winter long...

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Funtastic Friday #345

Adventures in Thrifting Part 12, Leopard Overalls, Chocolate Chip Zucchini Chip Bread, Cute DIY Tin & Soda Can Planters,  How to Make a Small Artificial Succulent Garden, DIY Grill Tools Organizer, and Black Bean Salad are this week's featured posts!

Encouraging Hearts and Home 08.12.2021

Bacon Jalapeno Red Eye Jam, How to Make a Floral Crown, and Tri-Fold Card with Cute Mice, and Lemonade Recipe are my featured posts this week!