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Little House Living: The Make-Your-Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life Hardcover – October 20, 2015
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About the Author
Merissa A. Alink fully believes in her mission statement of “making the most with what you have” and commits each day to taking the best possible care of her family. Since 2009, she’s been writing her blog, Little House Living, and sharing tips about simple living with from-scratch recipes, make-your-own tutorials, and much more. Merissa loves living a quiet life with her family of four on a little 125-year-old farm that they are renovating in rural South Dakota. Visit her at LittleHouseLiving.com.
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I also love that learning this process has allowed me to convert some of my own time-honored recipes into mixes. Now when friends beg for my cornbread recipe (depending on how good the friend is, lol), I can hand over a mix AND the recipe. I can't wait for Christmas this year. I LOVE it when a book isn't merely recipes, but instruction, and something that helps me in my life in general. This book is definitely one of those.
The body care and household recipes are also excellent, especially the honey body wash. The ONLY problem I've found is that I don't have nearly enough jars, lol, no matter how many I buy! Too fun! I obviously highly recommend this book.
I admit I grew up in the era of quick and convenient. I bought pre- mixed cake mixes and scoffed at the idea of making anything from scratch. Instead of home remedies, I bought over the counter pain relievers and cold medicines, and never would have considered making my own soap, dish detergent, or other household products.
But, my daughter would tell me about making her own facial scrubs and using peppermint essential oils for various maladies, but I still never imagined myself doing any of these things myself.
First of all, you have to buy all the ingredients, and when I did the math, and figured in the amount of time it would take, I figured I was just as well off buying it from the store… until I got this book.
First of all, it should be noted that this is not just a recipe book for cooking or food. This book has a little bit of everything in it.
Body and Beauty 'do it yourself' recipes such as:
Household items such as:
Dusting Spray and furniture polish
Ideas for Children and Pets
Diaper Rash Cream
Pet treat mix
Pet Flea Wash
And of course food-
Make ahead mixes:
Hamburger help mix
These are just a few examples of the items listed that you can make yourself at home.
Are you on a busy schedule and don't think you would have time to make your own products?
This book is packed with very easy recipes for those on a busy schedule, such as deodorizer disc made out of everyday baking soda and water with a drop or two of essential oils, placed in a muffin tin and left to dry for a day or two. The disc can be placed discretely in odor prone areas of your home. It took me all of five minutes to do this, and the essential oil is not necessary. Baking soda is a natural odor absorber.
Well, for some of the projects, there would have to be some investment on your part, especially if you want to put the mixtures into cute containers and such. I made the chest rub, but I didn't have a glass jar to put it in, but I did have a very small Tupperware container that worked perfectly.
Most of the ingredients can be purchased at Amazon for less than buying them at a health food store, and I had no trouble finding the ingredients. A few items were a little pricey, but once I had everything I needed, I saw that I could make double, even triple, the amount of goods, which meant I saved money and time by making the items at home.
The Items I Made:
I made the chocolate cake mix and the cake turned out great, but it wasn't as moist I am accustomed to. But, the flavor was fantastic and there were some variants on the recipe that I may try in the future.
I made bath salts for colds:
This is super easy-
One half cup Epsom Salts
One half cup Sea Salt ( I bought bulk, because it was cheaper)
5 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
Just mix together! That's it!
I also made the chest rub which was simply coconut oil and peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils. Just stir together, and store in a container. It took less than five minutes to make this and it smells like chest rub you buy at the store. I rubbed some on the soles of my feet one day when my allergies were bothering me, and it worked wonders.
As I noted earlier, I made the deodorizer disc, too. But, the disc dried out quickly and broke easily. I ended up putting some of the mix into small Dixie Cups instead.
I also made the dusting spray which consisted of white vinegar and oil ( I used EVOO) and a few drops of lemon essential oil.
Overall, this is a fun book and I loved how easy it was to make the products and the ingredients weren't some kind exotic stuff I could never find anywhere. I'm planning on making more of the food recipes and want to make up some of the body butter for Christmas gifts.
The only disclaimer I noticed was in regards to the use of essential oils, so be sure to read the directions carefully and do not allow children to use the oils unattended, or at all if they are very young.
This is a hardcover book with color pictures and illustrations on glossy paper. The sections are well organized and planned out, with step by step instructions and money saving tips.
Overall, I am a happy customer and will be referring to this book often for many household items and beauty aids.