(It's still early enough in the year to still wish you a Happy New Year, isn't it :-)?)
As I mentioned in my post on the Top 10 Recipes of 2011 (all with special diet options – of course!), this year has been really something as far as this blog is concerned. I have really enjoyed interacting with all of you – getting great questions, fabulous ideas, and well, I've just liked sharing what I've learned over the years as far as our health, special needs and dietary challenges go.
Well, all that being said, it was really fun for me to see what the most popular posts over the year were. Some were surprises and others — were not.
In case you haven't noticed, I like figuring out how to make things from scratch.
If I can do it cheaply and easily – then I'm for sure going to try to figure out how to do it. I personally think that making things from scratch is one of the best frugal, simple living things that you can do for yourself and your family.
Now, with all of the dietary restrictions in our family, many of my “DIY” or “make it yourself” posts have to do with things in the kitchen (though I do have a post on the Easiest Deodorant and hope to post on the Easiest Lip Balm and DIY body lotion soon :-).)
Anyway, this is the second post in my “Top 10” series. The Top 10 DIY / Make It Yourself Posts of 2011. Next and finally, I will be sharing my final Top 10 list with you all and then we'll be back to regular blogging.
So once again, could I have a drum roll please? (I probably never told you that I played the drums in elementary school, did I?)
This handy-dandy recipe replaces those icky, way-too-expensive, MSG and other “stuff” laden packets. And it tastes good too :-)!
In case you missed this one (it was one of my earliest posts), this is a breeze to make. And I've added a new moisturizing tip too!
Here's a way to make your own powdered sugar if you've run out, or more importantly a way to make a healthier alternative to standard powdered sugar. Super simple!
These are super easy and really good. I will add one caveat – since this post I've revised the recipe, but haven't updated it yet. A few ways that I think taste better and also with a better consistency. Please stay tuned for details!
You won't believe how easy this is! And it really works!
I'm not advocating that you make your own plastic with some special chemical procedure :-). Come and find out how long it's been since I've bought plastic wrap!
There are a lot of recipes for this on the internet – but this one is for sure the easiest. And it tastes great! Can't you tell from this smile?
This is another post that I am going to be revising with a better formula. But this should get your through until then!
What? Aluminum in baking powder? Yes there is – in a lot of it.
This is great for avoiding aluminum, for those with corn allergies and for any time you are in a pinch and have run out of baking powder! Read this post to find out how to make it and what I ended up using a botched cake recipe for!)
Have you ever tried coconut butter? It's super yummy – and super expensive.
But it doesn't have to be and this is one of the easiest things to make!
And, because I couldn't resist adding these because they are some of my favorites:
Did you know that there is aluminum in food coloring too? It's also just plain old not good for you. I've been able to pull off other colors pretty easily, but blue was a toughy. You won't believe what you can make blue coloring from!
Whether you've got egg allergies or not, this is a must have for your kitchen. If you've ever run out of eggs while baking, this will get you out of the bind!
So – did you find your favorite in the list? Or a new thing that you just have to try?
I'd love to hear about it.
And if you have something you'd like me to take a run at, please share – I need to watch that family comes first, but I love a good challenge :-).
Please share if you have a “DIY” or “Make Your Own” idea that you'd like me to tackle.