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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. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Mary's Pineapple Raisin Sauce for Ham

Pineapple Raisin Sauce for Ham is piquant and easy to make. And perfect for your next Ham dinner. It can be made from basic pantry ingredients, for a quick and enjoyable addition to your table, that the whole family will love.

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 chores. These Sweet and Salty Cashew Blondies are exactly what you will want to make. So convenient 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.

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

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!  

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 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. 

Friday, September 17, 2021

Cashew Butter Granola, with no refined sugar to start your day!

Cashew Butter Granola, only 30-minutes for homemade granola with no refined sugar, only whole grains, and totally delicious flavor! Why not add this new favorite granola to your morning breakfast routine! 

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!  

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Two Day Sweet Pickle Chips, no canning required!

If you and your family are fans of sweet pickles, you will love this easy recipe for Two Day Sweet Pickle Chips, crunchy and delicious, refrigerator storage with no canning required. 

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...

Friday, September 10, 2021

Make Your Own Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap

If you are looking for Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap, you have come to the right place! Easy to make with easily obtained ingredients, with a simple straightforward process, plus you will love how clean your clothes get. 

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!  

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

How to make Whole Wheat Self-Rising Flour

Whole Wheat Self-Rising Flour is an easy-to-make pantry mix you will want to keep around! There are countless ways to use this mix, from simple biscuits to a rich pan of Nutella Brownies...easy to make Whole Wheat Self-Rising Flour will save you loads of time in the kitchen!

How to make Whole Wheat Self-Rising Flour.

Monday, September 6, 2021

How to Make an Egg Shovel for those times hens don'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 Shovel!

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 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.  

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Dessert Apple Slices, made in your pressure cooker!

Do you love homemade apple pie? Maybe short on time to bake one? Never fear, this tasty recipe for Dessert Apple Slices will come in quite handy when the desire for pie strikes!  But the truth is, it is really just a delicious bowl of fruit, healthy and so good!

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...

Friday, August 27, 2021

Eggplant Stacks, A Jimmy Carter Family Recipe.

When you see a chubby shiny eggplant, think of this recipe! While eggplant is one of those vegetables I am learning to enjoy, cooked in new ways, I knew right away what I first read this recipe I would enjoy it, and I do each time it is made!

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!  

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Tuscan Bean Salad with Tomatoes and Oregano

Sometimes we find the best recipes in the last place we would expect to find one! Such is the story of Tuscan Bean Salad with Tomatoes and Oregano...come and take a look.

Monday, August 23, 2021

How to Prepare A Lacinato Kale Tossed Salad, easy preparation and delicious results.

I have become a fan of Lacinato Kale in my salad bowl. For me, a salad with a bit of "chew" as well as enough structure to hold onto the dressing is my favorite choice in salad greens. You will probably find a few other names for this type of kale such as Dinosaur Kale, and Tucson Kale. Usually, my local market offers it as Tucson Kale

Friday, August 20, 2021

Ham Bone Soup with White Beans, Sweet Potatoes and Kale

Soup is like a blank canvas! Ham Bone Soup with White Beans Sweet Potatoes and Kale came about cooking with what I had on hand. Sometimes the most delicious recipes come from cooking from the pantry. Like this one!

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!  

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Honey and Applesauce Cake, another whole grain delicious dessert!

Just because I cook and bake using whole food ingredients, doesn't mean I want to give up dessert! And to make sure I don't have to, I enjoy finding and trying naturally sweetened and other whole wheat desserts. And I have to tell you, this Honey and Applesauce Cake is just the ticket! 

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!