Being part of the Self Reliance Challenge has been a fun challenge. It’s gotten me to re-think about our goals and why we want to be as self-reliant as we can. Saving money is one of the main reasons and cooking from scratch not only helps us save money but I know exactly what we are eating. You will find very little processed food in our From Scratch


One of the items I cut out long ago was cereal. When the children were young I would often have a box of cereal in the cupboard for a quick breakfast. Then I started making my own granola. I purchase the oats in bulk and make up a fresh batch of granola every two or three weeks. My recipe is just as delicious as that expensive store-bought granola. Click on this link for my simple and delicious granola recipe. Not only have I been making it for years but my mother made it for years as well!cooking from scratch


My daughter once won a year’s supply of Eggo waffles. It was a wonderful prize, which the whole family enjoyed. However I usually make my own waffles and freeze the extras so we can enjoy our own freezer waffles. My recipe for Amazing Overnight Waffles can be mixed p the night before. It’s all ready to go when you wake up in the morning. I freeze the extras and I guarantee they are tastier that any store bought waffle!cooking from scratch


Have you made your own yogurt yet? I started making yogurt on a regular basis once I found out how easy it was. I usually make it plain but it’s easy enough to add fruit or vanilla to flavor it. No special equipment is needed from scratch


I’ve been making bread for years! When we had four children under the roof I made it every week. The kids would often consume one loaf as a snack after school! You can use a mixer or your hands to make this easy and no fail recipe. By making you bread at home you know exactly what it in it. I double the recipe so I make three loaves at a time. I still make three loaves at a time but two go into the freezer to enjoy from scratch


Where we live take out is not an option. As a result we have learned that cooking from scratch is better than any take out. My husband has developed the talent for making a pizza that is better than anything we can find from scratch


If you have the yearning for Chinese you can cook a stir-fry dinner in less than thirty minutes. Make your own stir-fry rice, you can use up leftovers from your fridge and it will taste better than anything you can buy. With a little practice you will find that cooking from scratch is easy, saves you money and you may find yourself tossing that takeout menu collection!cooking from scratch


If you are interested in seeing how other bloggers are involved in the Self Reliance Challenge visit their sites. Join us as we challenge ourselves to live a more self reliant lifestyle for the entire month of May!

AnnMarie – 15 Acre Homestead

Nancy – Nancy On The Homefront

Kathi – Oak Hill Homestead

Robin – A Life in the Wild

Candy – Candy’s Farm House Pantry

Farmgal – Just another Day on the Farm

Ashley – Practical Self Reliance

ShawnaLee – Homegrown Self Reliance

Frank – My Green Terra

Maria – Maria Zannini

Lisa Lynn – The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

7 comments on “Cooking From Scratch

Jean Scholefield on May 28, 2018 9:06 pm

I cook most things from scratch. I used to do yogurt when the children were young and also did granola. Now I eat either porridge or homemade muesli for breakfast. I don’t make waffles but I don’t buy them either except when in Bruges. I used to have a bread maker and used it for 8 years until it packed up this year and now I am making my own bread. I like to know what I am eating and most things do not take that long to cook from scratch. I just try and keep it simple. It is cheaper, healthier and tastes better.

Nancy Wolff on May 29, 2018 1:36 am

You’re right cooking from scratch is cheaper, healthier and tastes better! It’s also interesting how your cooking habits change when it’s just you and your husband!

Margy on May 31, 2018 7:30 pm

I do some baking from scratch like sourdough bread, pizza and cakes. I also use some store bought mixes like the pancakes I made this morning. I doctor it up though. – Margy

Nancy Wolff on June 1, 2018 12:32 am

I cook from scratch most of the time but occasionally I do use the King Arthur mixes!

Mother of 3 on May 31, 2018 11:15 pm

I try to cook most things from scratch too; I like knowing what we’re eating and I am able to cut out a lot of fat and sugar from our diet that way.

Miz Helen on June 1, 2018 7:20 pm

What a great challenge, and I love it. I may do your challenge all by myself as you are doing many of the things that we do here at the cottage. This is awesome!! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
Miz Helen

April J Harris on June 3, 2018 3:54 pm

Everything looks so delicious, Nancy! You are right, cooking for scratch really is so much healthier and cheaper than take away and processed foods. I love that you are still using your Mom’s recipes – as you know I use many of my Mom’s recipes as well. You’ve shared some great recipes here, and I’m featuring this post at Hearth and Soul tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing it, and for all your support. Hope you are having a lovely Sunday!

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