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7 Homemade Recipes I Always Make (and 7 I Don’t)
Posted By Kate Tietje On May 20, 2013 @ 3:00 am In Baby Steps,Cloth diapering,Do it yourself,Frugality,Healthy Living,Homemade,Homemade skincare and beauty,Living healthy,Natural living,Natural Remedies | Comments Disabled
By Kate Tietje , Contributing Writer
There are homemade recipes out there for just about anything. I have tried many of them over the last few years.
I consider myself a big “DIY-er” and I love to try anything I run across, or create my own recipe for anything I can. Sometimes, it doesn’t last past that initial experiment — I really only do it that one time. Other times, it becomes part of my normal routine and I do it over and over again.
Some things aren’t worth it to me to “DIY” while other things definitely are. Curious which are which…and why?
There are some recipes I come back to, over and over again. They are so easy, often frugal, and usually something I use a lot. Your favorites may vary, of course! Everyone’s needs are different. I’m sharing what works for me.
I do it a lot of baking, and in the summer we make a lot of ice cream. I like things rich with vanilla, so we go through it pretty quickly.
I can make 4 – 5 bottles in 15 minutes (I do it every few months; I have two “sets” of bottles and one is brewing while I use the others), and I spend less than $2.50 per 4-oz. bottle!
It’s easy. It’s frugal, and I use it a lot — all my requirements. (Try this delicious, healthy vanilla buttercream frosting ! That’s another thing I like to make.)
One of the quickest meals at our house is taco salad. We serve it with rice since we don’t do corn now.
We don’t use store-bought seasoning since it contains maltodextrin (corn) and often MSG and other yucky ingredients. I make our own  20 – 30 lbs. worth at a time and store it in a mason jar  in the pantry (that is — enough to season that much meat, not that much actual seasoning!).
We use 1 – 2 tbsp. per lb. of meat, depending on how spicy we want it. I also use it to easily season taco soup  and chicken chili. These are all really frugal meals!
The store-bought dressings are filled with soybean oil (we don’t eat soy), corn and even MSG sometimes. It only take 5 minutes, maybe less, to make up a bottle of salad dressing! I have a go-to recipe for a simple Italian-style vinaigrette  I make often.
For a long time, we went without. I prefer to soak my nuts to make “crispy nuts ” first, which increases the nutrition and digestibility. You can buy soaked nut butters from a couple places, but they are very expensive. We’re talking upwards of $18 for an 8 – 12 oz. jar.
I finally perfected it, and now I make almond and pecan butter  pretty regularly. It’s a great and fairly inexpensive snack on bread or as a dip for veggies. My kids like to eat it with a spoon, too. One of these days I need to make chocolate hazelnut “butter”  again (like homemade Nutella!).
This is the one fermented food we really consume on a regular basis. We’ve been brewing consistently for three years now. The kids all drink it, and the oldest probably even knows how to make it! (She’s 5 and not allowed to use the stove mostly, though, so she couldn’t make the tea.)
It costs almost $4 to buy a 16-oz. bottle in the store, but just over $1 to brew a gallon of it at home. There are lots of other fermented foods that I dabble in, but we don’t consume them often enough for me to make them myself. We usually buy pickles  and yogurt even though I can make them.
I know — not a recipe. But I do make them myself!
I have sewed over 9 dozen diapers that are still in use. I just put away the 3 dozen newborn diapers a couple weeks ago. I cannot believe my fourth is already 10 weeks old!
I am not the world’s greatest seamstress by any stretch, but the diapers are quite forgiving, plus, they’re just meant to catch poop! I spend $2 – $3 per diaper in materials, and each takes about 30 minutes to put together.
My oldest set is 4 1/2 years old and on their third child. They have literally been in daily use the entire time and they are going strong. Plus, despite my lack of talent in sewing, most people think the diapers are professionally made. That’s always fun to hear. :) (But it really isn’t hard! My pattern is available online free , and I also have a photo tutorial  to follow. There’s a mama cloth pattern there too, which I also make.)
I love the idea of homemade body products  a lot more than the reality. I just don’t usually use very many of them.
This one, though, I keep coming back to. It’s a wonderful lotion  to keep skin soft, but it also contains magnesium, which can get rid of headaches, help insomnia, soothe sore muscles and muscle cramps, and even combat morning sickness (and a lot more !). It’s my go-to “remedy” for anything and I use it on the whole family. It only take 10 – 15 minutes to make a jar and that usually lasts several months.
There are lots of other things that can be made at home. I don’t make many of them, though! I’ll tell you why I don’t — but you might! — and where you can find the recipes.
I’m sure there are plenty more things I do or don’t make that I’m forgetting right now…but these are things that are on my mind.
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 Kate Tietje: http://www.modernalternativemama.com
 Image: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/finished-vanilla-1024x680.jpg
 Quality store-bought vanilla: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ELL26A/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001ELL26A&linkCode=as2&tag=keeofthehom-20
 I make my own: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2010/9/20/how-to-make-vanilla-extract.html
 vanilla buttercream frosting: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2012/04/05/recipe-collection-refined-sugar-free-vanilla-buttercream/
 make our own: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2011/3/10/recipe-collection-taco-seasoning.html
 mason jar: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005T6FBOK/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005T6FBOK&linkCode=as2&tag=keeofthehom-20
 taco soup: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2010/2/11/recipe-collection-taco-soup.html
 simple Italian-style vinaigrette: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2011/9/29/recipe-collection-simple-salad-dressing.html
 Image: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/almond-butter-finished-.jpg
 crispy nuts: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2011/12/1/recipe-collection-how-to-make-crispy-nuts.html
 almond and pecan butter: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2012/10/11/recipe-collection-mixed-nut-butter/#.UY6D9qKmiAg
 chocolate hazelnut “butter”: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2011/6/16/recipe-collection-chocolate-hazelnut-sauce.html
 pickles: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BIXSUE6/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00BIXSUE6&linkCode=as2&tag=keeofthehom-20
 Image: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Jacob-diaper.jpg
 pattern is available online free: http://rctdiapers.webs.com/freepatterns.htm
 photo tutorial: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2009/11/29/cloth-diaper-tutorial.html
 homemade body products: http://www.modernalternativehealth.com/2013/04/26/5-minute-morning-body-scrub/
 no ‘poo system: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2010/12/11/green-personal-care-no-poo-and-oil-cleansing.html
 Castile soap: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HK1OOY/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000HK1OOY&linkCode=as2&tag=keeofthehom-20
 wonderful lotion: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2012/12/17/monday-health-wellness-magnesium-lotion/
 a lot more: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2012/11/12/monday-health-wellness-magnesium-may-solve-common-health-issues/
 Image: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ketchup.jpg
 Jill Marks: http://www.modernalternativekitchen.com/2013/04/make-your-own-ketchup/#.UY6IqKKmiAg
 Mayonnaise: http://www.modernalternativekitchen.com/2013/04/30-second-homemade-mayo-video/
 Ketchup: http://www.modernalternativekitchen.com/2013/04/make-your-own-ketchup/
 Laundry Detergent: http://www.modernalternativehealth.com/2013/04/05/diy-laundry-detergent/
 soap nuts: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2010/1/16/natural-laundry-soap-soap-nuts.html
 Baking Mixes: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2013/04/13/homemade-bisquick/#.UY6Cl6KmiAg
 quick and easy swaps: http://www.modernalternativekitchen.com/2013/03/6-quick-and-easy-baking-swaps-to-improve-nutrition/
 Sunscreen: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/07/how-to-make-your-own-sunscreen-lotion.html
 Badger: http://www.keeperofthehome.orgie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0012ZMBDQ&linkCode=as2&tag=keeofthehom-20
 sun lotion: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2013/04/22/monday-health-wellness-skin-soothing-post-sun-lotion/
 Yogurt: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2010/12/4/how-to-make-yogurt.html
 this recipe: http://www.modernalternativehealth.com/2013/04/16/easy-fast-diy-toothpaste/
 this version: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/10/homemade-clay-toothpaste.html
 Earthpaste: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0080L9G9C/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0080L9G9C&linkCode=as2&tag=keeofthehom-20
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