Preserving and Cooking with Blueberries


Blueberries are in season!

I love the sweet flavor that bursts into your mouth when you bite into them. If you are blessed to live near a blueberry patch, now is the time to harvest and preserve them. I went blueberry picking a few weeks ago and brought home 12 pounds! My only regret is that I didn’t have time to pick more.

The taste isn’t the only thing blueberries have going for them; they are also packed with nutrients and antioxidants like Vitamins C, A, E, K, B12, potassium, manganese, and magnesium. That’s just naming a few!

Because of blueberries’ antioxidant power, they may help prevent cancer-causing cell damages of the body. It is thought that the pterostilbene (another antioxidant) found in blueberries helps to lower cholesterol. These benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other amazing health benefits found in blueberries.

Join me at Frugal Granola to learn the basics to preserving and cooking with blueberries! 

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The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is Back for 48 Hours!

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is Back for 48 Hours!

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is Back for 48 Hours!-

 If you missed out on the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle it’s back! In 48 hours it will be gone for good! Don’t miss out before it’s gone! 

Dear Homemaker,

Are you tired and overwhelmed? Regardless if you are newlywed, a mom of many, or a single gal we all reach a breaking point.

We are all keepers of our homes no matter what phase in life we are in. We want out house to be a place of beauty, refuge, and peace, yet the day to day life makes us feel like helpless at times and want to pull out our hair.

One 0f my favourite phrases I have seen that I plan to have in my house someday is “Grace and Peace Reside in this Place”.

I was totally one of those little girls that dreamed of getting married, becoming an mommy, and having my own home.

And then real life happened…

…piles of laundry, bills, people that want to be fed, church commitments… holiday stress, balancing work, home, and family… dirty showers, bugs getting into your pantry… and still the desire for my house to be a home, a safe haven for all who enter.

Did it happen for you too?

And that’s why Erin and Stephanie created the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… because as rewarding as it is, homemaking is hard work and it doesn’t always come easily.

I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

To help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker – help, inspiration, tips, encouragement, resources at your fingertips…

… the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is just for you.

It is a complete library of carefully selected eBooks, eCourses, audios, online conferences, and printable packs designed to help you turn your house into a home… without all the overwhelm.

What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

The first step in putting together this collection was to find the critical homemaking skills that you need to transform your house into a home.

Here they are:

  • Cleaning… create a healthy, toxin-free home
  • DIY/Homemade… fun and frugal ways to express your personal style
  • Devotionals and Faith… take a break from the daily grind to renew yourself
  • Finances… build a budget that works
  • Cooking & Meal Planning… serve easier, tastier meals in less time
  • Holidays & Special Events… brighten up old family traditions and create new
  • Homeschooling… homeschool with grace and ease
  • Marriage… heat up your marriage
  • Motherhood… find peace, balance & joy in mothering
  • Organizing… conquer the clutter and simplify your life
  • Pregnancy & Babies… enjoy a healthy pregnancy and prepare to nurture your baby
  • Health & Wellness… soothe aches & pains with natural remedies
  • Working from Home… hone your talents, live your passions and earn money to help your family

… a complete library of 86 eBooks and eCourses to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships.

Are there too many books in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

Let me ask you a question.

Have you ever taken your family out for a buffet dinner… and then been disappointed when you couldn’t eat every single morsel on display?

Of course not!

Sure. There’s that first, breath-taking moment when you see and hear and smell the amazing meal spread before you… and you think, “Where will I even start?”

But that’s the thing… because you do start… with something.

Maybe it’s a tender flaky biscuit or a piece of delicious roast beef, or maybe you’re like me and start with a piece of pie (mmm, blueberry or apple with whipped cream)?

So relax, enjoy, and start anywhere you like. Come back to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle “buffet” as many times as you like. It’s all here for you.

Is the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle worth it?

In a word… yes!

To be absolutely certain, Erin and Stephanie asked questions, tried techniques and just about drove themselves crazy making sure that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle was the very best homemaking resource anywhere.

They dug through hundreds of websites and connected with dozens of authors and teachers.

And then we all worked together to make these resources the most affordable possible.

And They Were Delighted to Help…

The result? This collection is a fraction of the price of what someone would pay for each resource individually!

For a short time, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… a complete library of:

  • 63 eBooks
  • 6 eCourses
  • 1 audio download
  • 2 online conferences, and
  • 14 printable packs

…86 carefully selected resources designed to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships… is only $29.97. (A total value of $913.88.)

That breaks down to 30 cents per book.

Your 30-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If for any reason, you decide that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is not for you, then please send an email to and we will refund 100% of your investment. No questions asked.

Don’t Forget the Bonuses…

Of course, no Ultimate Homemaking Bundle would be complete without the generous, inspiring gifts donated by companies that understand homemakers like you. Every gift is yours to keep and enjoy.

  • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)
  • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)
  • FREE $15 Credit to Hope Ink PLUS 2 FREE 8×10 Art Prints ($71 Value)
  • FREE $80 Healthy Moving Class Credit ($80 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt ($30 Value)
  • FREE 65 Tyndale Rewards Points to Be Used for a FREE Book or Towards Any Book of Your Choice ($15 Value)

Now It’s Your Turn

I think Laura Ingalls Wilder said it best…

“Just as a little thread of gold, running through a fabric, brightens the whole garment, so women’s work at home, while only the doing of little things, is just like the golden gleam of sunlight that runs through and brightens the whole fabric of civilization.”

The proven, simple, and effective skills you need to transform your house into a home are all waiting for you in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

This is your chance to get all the love, support, guidance and inspiration you need to nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker.

But time is running out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is back for just 48 hours, until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 3rd.


Once the flash sale ends, this offer is gone for good!

Act now!

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Best wishes and happy homemaking!

Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Please know that I do earn a commission (with no additional cost to you) from each sale I make through these links. When you buy through my links it blesses my socks off. It supports this site, allowing me to continue to run it and put food on the table, quite literally dear ones. If you do decide to get a bundle today thank you from the bottom of my heart!


10 Tips for Small Space Homesteading

10 Tips for Small Space

Fields of grass tickling your bare feet as you walk to your large garden plot with the breeze running through your hair. A toddler is beside you and a baby on your back. That’s how my dream went anyway…

From the time I was little I knew that I was made to be a homesteader, only then I just called it “living in the country with all the fun extras”. My first two years were spent playing outside in a little garden plot near our double wide then life took a turn and my family packed up and moved to a city 2000 miles away.

10 Tips for Small Space

Aren’t we cuties? 🙂

We’d love back to the country they said, but God had other plans and in the city we stayed. When I was 19 I skipped the country (not the country side 😉 ) and moved to Mexico. I had a garden there but still my heart longer for a big, green patch of land to call it my own. I wanted to be a homesteader, not the Charle’s Ingalls kind, though, there needed to be some limits. At least I had chickens because well chickens are the gateway to homesteading, don’t you know?

10 Tips for Small Space

As God would have it I am sitting writing  this back in the States in the city… Nothing like where I saw myself but somewhere along the way I realized that I was already a homesteader, a small space one.

You don’t need acres of land or even a yard to be a homesteader (though a yard is a nice perk). If you long for a “bit of earth” to call your own or even if you don’t you can be a homesteader. These 10 tips for small space homesteading are what I have done or currently do.

1. Grow your own food

Did you know you can grow herbs in a window seal? Or tomatoes on your tiny patio? I grow tomatoes, basil, echinacea, and cucumbers in a flower bed. I also have a few pots for my mint, parsley, calendula, and stevia.

Do I grow enough food to last us through the year? No, but I do find joy in the fact that there are some things I don’t have to buy at the store frequently. I recently made a batch of pesto with my home grown basil. It’s the little things.

2. Start a compost bin

I recently started a worm compost bin and put it in the backyard. You can also keep it on your patio or garage. I made my own, but you can also buy a kit online.

3. Line Dry Your Cloths (or Use a Wooden Drying Wrack)

There is something beautiful about clean cloths drying in the fresh air. I remember helping my paternal grandma hang cloths on the line, dashing back and forth through lines of cloths while the grass tickled my feet. Then I moved to Mexico where you dried your cloths over concert slab with hot, dry, dusty winds… Not every day was like that. Some days there was no breeze and clothes came off the line nice and dry with not dirt. 😉

If you don’t have lines or prefer not to use them you can hang your clothes in the shower like I do sometimes or you can buying a wooden drying rack.

4. Raise Chickens

Many cities allow you to raise 5 or less chickens in your backyard. Fresh eggs daily are wonderful. Plus most kids LOVE having chickens around. I miss it so much since the city I currently live in doesn’t allow for chickens.

5. Recycle and Repurpose

I grew up in the an area of California where recycling has been a big deal for almost 30 years. I don’t remember a time when at least some of our recycling wasn’t picked up.

Recycling is great but not an option for everyone. I am a huge fan of repurposing. I add shredded paper, cardboard, and newspaper to my compost bin. The occasional glass jar is often used for storage.

6. Keep Records

Keeping records in important thing for any homesteader. You keep track of expenses, what you feed your animals, what you grew- what worked and what didn’t.

7. Preserve Your Food

I love pulling a jar of home canned peaches off my pantry shelf. There is something so satisfactory about preserving your own food. I can, dehydrate, and freeze.

8. Borrow Someone’s Land

Ask a friend or family that has a bit of land if you can borrow or lease land to grow a few raised beds.

9. Cook from Scratch

Fresh home cooked meals alway make me think of my Grandma Stanley or Ma Ingalls. I have a bit of “healthy” convenience food on hand like pasta and some canned goods, but overall I try to make simple nourishing meals from scratch.

10. Cook with “garbage”

Of course I don’t suggest cooking with actual garbage but instead I am referring to bones, a vegetable trimmings like radish tops and cilantro stems. Simple things like that often end up in the garbage or compost yet are part of creating flavorful, nutrient-dense foods.

10 Tips for Small Space

Small space homesteading is a journey. You can’t do it all right away, that leads to burnout and disappointment. Take baby steps. Bit by bit you will find that you are able to take more things on. Will you be able to do and raise all the things that a homesteader with multiple acres is able to? No, but that’s okay. Embrace the small homestead you have give yourself grace, and if you have a dream for a spacious homestead of your own someday don’t stop dreaming.

10 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

10 Uses for Peppermint Essential

Peppermint, it is invigorating and refreshing while soothing at the same time. What’s not to love? It was my favourite herb as a child so it’s no wonder that it was one of the first essential oils I purchased.

Essential oils popping up in homes across the country. It seems that everywhere I look someone is buying essential oils. This is a good and negative thing in my option since essential oils are a much higher concentration than their herbal counterparts. That being said I love essential oils!

I always keep a bottle or two of peppermint on hand. I’m currently waving a bottle of it under my nose to keep me going as I write this.

(Note: Peppermint essential should be completely avoided under the age of two. Some are okay with cautious use until the age of 6. Do not use while breastfeeding as it is not safe for infants even through breast milk, it also can dry you up. For more essential oil safety tips check out these resources.)

10 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

1. Defuse to Improve Energy and Mood

When I am tired or stressed I find that defusing a few drops of peppermint essential oil to be just what I need.

2. Add to an Epsom Salt Foot Bath

Sore, achy feet feel so much better after you give them a soak in a foot bath of cool water, Epsom salt, and essential oil. I used to soak my feet every week and somehow forgot about it. I’m thinking it needs to become a weekly tradition agian.

3. Defuse with Lemon and Lavender for Allergies

Many have found that when a couple drops of peppermint are defused with lemon and lavender essential oil that it can help ease seasonal allergies. (Find out how to get all three for free.)

4. Use in Homemade Lip Balm

I am such a sucker for chocolate, add peppermint to it and I am on Cloud 9. Homemade lip balms is easy to make and is a great gift (think Christmas approaching). One of my favourite lip balms  to make and use cocoa butter and peppermint essential oil. Chocolate peppermint lovers will be delighted with this!

5. Use in Homemade Lotion

If you thought that chocolate peppermint lip balm was amazing how about a peppermint patty inspired hand lotion? It soothe tired and achy hands while leaving your hand temporarily smelling like my favourite treat!

6. Use in Cookie Recipes

I tend to be cautious when it comes to using essential oils internally. If I am making my favourite soaked and sprouted oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and I am out of extract I add a few drops of peppermint essential oil. It is extremely diluted and mixes right in.

7. Keep Ants and Spiders Out of Your Home

You can add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to a cotton ball and place in corners of the house or window frame where ants and spiders tend to get it to deter them.

8. To Ease a Headache

Mix peppermint essential oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil to make a headache rub. Gently massage the temples, forehead, and back of the neck with the oil blend for a bit of releaf. You could add lavender to an additional boost.

9. Use in a Vapor Rub

I have been making vapor rub for years. The base is coconut or olive oil with congestion soothing herbs. For an extra boost, essential oils like peppermint can be added.

10. Use in Homemade Toothpaste or Tooth Powder

Who doesn’t love to have refreshing breath after brushing their teeth? I use peppermint essential oil in my coconut oil toothpaste, my squeezable bentonite clay toothpaste, and in my toothpowder.

 What are your favourite ways to use peppermint essential oil?

How to Grow Mint from Cuttings {2 Methods}

How to Grow Mint from Cuttings {2 Methods}

Mint is easy to grow and hard to kill — which makes it one of the best plants for a beginning gardener! You can buy a plant at the store or grow your own from cuttings.

Peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, pineapple mint… there are so many types of mint in the world! As a refreshing glass of cold tea, as a condiment in Middle Eastern and Thai dishes, in ice cream, mint is a worldwide favorite. It’s especially known for its soothing effect on the stomach.

Learn to grow your own mint at Traditional Cooking School

Do you want to learn to regrow more food you have around your kitchen? The Shoestring gardener is a great resource that I have been pouring over. I can’t wait to start regrowing ginger and lemongrass. Both are in my fridge right now! You can pick up this book along with many other healthy living resources for an amazing price!