Homeschool Makeover: Chalkboard Desk

Chalkboard desk

It has been three weeks since I’ve posted a weekly wrap! That’s because the past two Fridays I was sharing our 10 Days of Lasagna Learning: Teaching Multiple Ages. If you missed it, I invite you to click the big button in the sidebar. This week I shared about our chalkboard desk at Heart of […]

Homeschool Makeover: Flag Art Over Mantel


Many years ago we needed some art work for the family room. There was a big, empty spot over the mantel that needed just the perfect, happy, family-friendly piece. The flag was Nana’s suggestion. Back when we it was just the older three children, they all joined in the process. We got out a long […]

Valentines to Make: Crafts, Pastels and Recipes

wedding shower paper chain

A recent example of love.. I hear myself let loose a long, exasperated sigh as I bend down to pick up the tiny scraps of paper that litter the floor. Across the room a small voice says, “I love you Mama.” My littlest guy keyed into my tone and he turned it around. Love does […]

Top Ten Frugal Living Posts Plus Frugal Friends


Aren’t we all looking to save some money this time of year? I thought so. With that in mind, I’m sharing the top ten Hodgepodge posts of 2011 in celebration of frugal living… Back to Basics Series Meal Plan: Cheap Eats for Two Weeks Frugal Living: Homemade Wheat Thins Frugal Living: Homemade Laundry Detergent (or […]

For the Birds: Gift Idea

Gift Idea for Bird Lovers

from the 2010 archives…We spent an entire afternoon Saturday making treats for the birds – and the bird lovers we know. Nana came across a really neat recipe for birdseed wreaths. I was especially excited about it because it is peanut free for our crew. Just three ingredients! Gelatin, water and birdseed. We made ten, […]

Homemade Wrapping Paper


Wrapping paper made that old-fashioned way. Oh, the money you can save making your own. Oh, the fun painting time the children get. Just a reminder about how simple… …using a big roll of paper from the warehouse club… carving some slightly past prime potatoes… and using newspaper as a palette… how easy it can […]

Frugal Living: Homemade Wheat Thins


Yep! Can you believe it? I made homemade wheat thins. What prompted me was not only my addiction to these crispy delicious snack crackers but the $3.50 for a family-sized box. The box that lasts less than a week around here. Now, the recipe is fairly simple. And all together it didn’t take too much […]

Homemade Handprint Beach Crab T-Shirt


With a make-your-own souvenir t-shirt you can save money (whatever the cost of souvenir t-shirts are x seven family members). And, dipping everyone’s hands into red paint sure builds memories. My kind of stuff! With these cute crabs, we preserved children’s handprints too. So, last week at the beach, we made beach crab t-shirts as […]

Homemade Cookie Dough: Frugal Living


I’ve talked about them a lot. Even given them as gifts. But it’s been a while since I shared the steps to goodness. Now, I will tell you up front that this, our favorite cookie recipe, is not published online anymore for free. But…Bread Beckers Ranger cookies are similar. Plus, they are a time investment. […]

Nana’s Homemade Hummus

Nana's Homemade Hummus Recipe - the Frugal Way at

Folks, hummus is awfully expensive ready-made in grocery stores but it is easy to make yourself, inexpensive, and good for you! : Nana’s Homemade Hummus Ingredients: One 16 oz. can of chick peas (or you can get a bag of dried chickpeas MUCH cheaper; follow the directions on the bag and you will have enough […]

Smoothies: More on Slow Cooker Yogurt


The essence of summer – peaches. Smoothies made with our homemade yogurt. I have timed it the last several times I’ve made the yogurt so that it will be our breakfast the next day. Oh how slow cooker yogurt has changed our lives! Smoothies! Just pour your fresh yogurt into your blender. Add your choice […]

Homemade Suet


We are making some of this today, so I thought I’d post the recipe from our old site… We did a science project to see what the birds like best. We used this recipe. It is allergy safe with my little sister and brother around. You can also add some Sunbutter. Danny Lipford’s suet cake […]