Homemade Vanilla Extract: An Awesome, Inexpensive Gift

Homemade Vanilla Extract - Awesome, Inexpensive Gift Idea

  If you have been reading this blog for a while, then you may remember me posting around a year ago about making homemade vanilla extract.  Have any of you been making your own vanilla?  It is seriously awesome stuff! I wanted to write another post highlighting this extract because I know that a lot of you like to give handmade gifts as presents, and now is the perfect time to start your vanilla extract so it will be done in time to give away at Christmas this year!  It takes eight weeks for the vanilla beans to steep in the alcohol, so if you order your vanilla beans now, it … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding

Have you ever tried chia seeds before?  Yes, these are the same chia seeds that everyone has heard about from the Chia Pets! Well, it turns out that not only are they good for making your very own Shrek head houseplant (haha!), but they also happen to be a powerhouse of nutrition and contain more Omega-3 fatty acids than salmon!  If you've never tried them before, I highly recommend them as a great, easy, way to get some more nutrition in your diet. Not sure what to do with the chia seeds once you have them?  Join me at Keeper of the Home today as I share a delicious recipe for Chocolate … [Read more...]

Made At Home Mondays: January Wrap-Up


Today I thought it would be fun to highlight the three most popular posts that were linked up to Made At Home Mondays in the month of January.  All the posts that have been entered are awesome, but here are the three that you all gave the most clicks!  Make sure you check them out if you haven’t yet – there’s some good stuff in there! 1. How to Make Homemade Cough Syrup from Jill’s Home Remedies.  “Making homemade cough syrup is easy, very effective and does not have those questionable ingredients you can't pronounce like the syrups at the store.” 2. Green Tea Kombucha … [Read more...]

Easy, Homemade Chicken Gravy: Made At Home Mondays


Thise super easy, super delicious homemade chicken gravy takes less than 10 minutes to make and tastes incredible.  Once you make it you’ll never buy another can or packet of gravy again! [print_this] Easy, Homemade Chicken Gravy Ingredients: 1/4 cup butter (or chicken fat) 1/4 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour 2 cups chicken broth (homemade gives the best flavor) Salt & pepper to taste (for me this is 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper) Preparation: Melt the butter in a medium size saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour to make a smooth paste. Over medium … [Read more...]