Homemade in the Kitchen
Banana Pudding, I remember fondly eating many of these made by my Mom and Granny.
I have very early memories of planting gardens and helping process the harvest. I remember snapping green beans, shucking corn, shelling beans, gathering potatoes, picking tomatoes, and sterilizing jars and lids. We did this not only at home but would go up the road (a whole ½ mile) to my Granny’s house to help her do the same. There is a lot of family together time while snapping 2 – 5 gallon buckets full of green beans! Now we do these same things but have also added some new things as well. We love to can salsa, and make our own spaghetti sauce. We have enjoyed canning soups and have found that canned wild meats are fantastic! Jeremy loves to make homemade sausage, pepperoni and jerky. I enjoy making pesto that I freeze in ice cube trays and then put in a large freeze bag. It is handy to take a cube out to season various foods or to put on bread with olive oil.
Pesto ingredients, basil from our garden.
Pesto ready to freeze.
Blueberry Pie!Most of our meals are homemade as well. We especially love my homemade granola, deer kabobs, banana pudding, yogurt fruit freezer pops, ice cream, persimmon cheesecake, chocolate chip walnut cookies, mashed potatoes, and a variety of soups and stews.
Fish Quilt that I finished for Brayden last week!
I enjoy making homemade gifts as does my hubby. My chosen medium is, of course, cloth. His is wood or meat!! We also love to give homemade food gifts such as granola, summer sausage, or jams. We have made mostly homemade gifts for many years now. While this can be a frugal choice, sometimes it isn’t. For the most part we choose to make gifts because it shows how much we care, as we know time is more valuable than money. We have made many things over the years. Jeremy has made lots of neat things from wood, mini picnic tables, twirling acrobats, climbing bears, shelves, signs and many other things.
Jeremy has made names like these for most of the children in our lives!
I have made lots of clothes, pj pants, robes, appliquéd t-shirts, bags, soft books, banners, quilts, pillow cases and aprons. I’ve also made grapevine wreaths, trellises from saplings, photo books, Christmas ornaments and plenty of other things I’ve long forgotten about! Don’t tell anyone, but I do believe I get as much out of the process as the receiver. I so enjoy making things and thinking about the person that will get it.
Homemade DécorWe make various things for our home at home. I love being at home and am now very much a homebody. I don’t want to go out to the stores to get everything for my home; I’d rather make some of it at home. We have made furniture, quilts, pillows, curtains and many other things for our home. I actually have many home projects on deck for this year. I plan to make placemats, table runners, pot holders, decorative pillows, pillow shams and more roman shades. I also have several tree stumps that I want to turn into coffee tables!
What homemade things to do you love? What’s your favorite homemade gift? What homemade things do you like to make? Answer these questions by commenting on the blog and I will choose one commentor at random to receive one of my homemade gifts….and it’s a surprise!