Frugal Christmas Gift Ideas: The Family Homestead Archives #5

With Christmas just around the corner it is time to start thinking  about gift giving, it you have not done so already! As a single income family we are on a budget and I am always on the look out for frugal fun Christmas gift ideas. The ideas I am sharing with you here are a few of the different things I have done over the years as well as some ideas that I may be doing this year. Perhaps it will spark some new ideas for you this Christmas season! 

Gift Baskets are always popular:

Breakfast Basket

Pick one or two food type gifts:
Pancake & waffle mix along with homemade syrup
Homemade granola
Homemade raisin bread
Homemade cinnamon rolls

Then add any of the following:
Homemade pot holders
Dish towels
Coffee mugs

Dish towels, spatulas, coffee mugs can be found at dollar stores or Wal-Mart very inexpensively.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Pancake Mix
Crystal Miller

2 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour, freshly ground if possible
2 T baking powder
4 t cinnamon
1 t salt

To this mi…

DIY Window Cleaner

Hello Friends! I'm sharing with you today a homemade window cleaner. You can see more about it my newest video:

DIY Window Cleaner 2 cups water 1T cornstarch 1/4 cup alcohol 1/4 cup white vinegar
Combine all ingredients and put in a spray bottle. Spray on windows and use a lint free cloth to wipe windows clean.

Sweet Blessed Days

Hello friends! In today's video I share bits and pieces of my days and take you along for our Thanksgiving Day visit to my husbands parents up north in Washington.
I'm still figuring out the best way to do my previous “Wednesday on the Homestead” in video format. I'm thinking it will be a work in progress as I learn more.
I hope you enjoy!


The Empty Nest Journey

Good morning friends! I'm starting a new series on my YouTube channel called, Coffee with Crystal. I plan on sharing thoughts and topics that are on my heart and mind.
Today's video is about my own empty nest journey and my thoughts on it. It's a challenging change of seasons for many of us moms (and dads!).
 I am almost 2 years into my empty nest journey and I hope by sharing some of my own insight and experiences it might encourage any of you walking the same path or seeing it coming soon.

Grocery Haul for Two

Good morning friends! Here is my most recent grocery haul..

The Family Homestead Archives #4 - What to do with Leftoverr Turkey

Do you have leftover turkey meat to use up and need some ideas?  We usually eat Thanksgiving dinner the day after but by the 3rd day we are ready for something different.  I find just about any recipe that uses cooked chicken works quite well with cooked turkey.  The recipes below are actually chicken recipes but you can just sub turkey in place of the chicken:

 Turkey Enchiladas

Fill corn or whole wheat tortillas with chopped up turkey and cheese. Roll them up and place in a 9x13 pan (or 9x9 or 11x15 pan, depending on how many people you are feeding). Pour your favorite enchilada sauce (canned or homemade) over all, top with more cheese and bake at 350 until all is hot and bubbly and cheese has melted.

Sweet and Sour Chicken (Turkey) Crystal Miller
2 cups cut up chicken pieces, cooked 1 T olive oil 1 cup celery, chopped ½ cup green pepper, chopped 1 small to medium sweet onion, sliced thinly 1 20 oz. can pineapple, drain and save juice 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar ¼ cup honey 2 T soy sauce …