Showing posts from December, 2019

New Year Thoughts & Direction

Good morning Friends! Happy New Year! :) I hope you all had a good Christmas and are ready to move into the New Year :)
In today's video I share a few New Year thoughts and my channel direction for 2020.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Friends!
I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Simple Content Days

Good morning!
In my weekly (hopefully weekly :) vlog video I'm sharing bits and pieces of recent days with you all. 

How I Menu Plan: Menu Planning Chit Chat

Good morning! In today's video I am sharing how I menu plan. I've had a few people ask me and thought I'd show you how and what I do...

Homemade Vanilla in the Instant Pot: Easy Frugal Christmas Gift Idea

Good morning Friends!! If you are looking for a quick and simple gift idea you might want to consider making some homemade vanilla.  It's so easy to make!

Grocery Haul For Two

Today's video is my weekly grocery haul. I got some amazing deals on meat at Costco!

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.