by Merissa Alink
Published by: Simon and Schuster
From the immensely popular blogger behind Little House Living comes a motivational homemaking book, inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder;s Little House on the Prairie, featuring creative, fun ways to live your life simply and frugally.
Shortly after getting married, Merissa Alink and her husband found themselves with nothing in their pantry but a package of spaghetti and some breadcrumbs. Their life had hit rock bottom, and it was only after a touching act of charity that they were able to get on their feet again.
Inspired by this gesture of kindness as well as the beloved Little House on the Prairie books, Merissa found that a life of self-sufficiency and simplicity could be charming and blissful. She set out to live an entirely made-from-scratch life, the “Little House” way, and as a result, she slashed her household budget by nearly half—saving thousands of dollars a year. She started to write about homesteading, homemaking, and cooking from scratch, and over the next few years developed the recipes and DIY projects that would one day become part of her now beloved website, LittleHouseLiving.com.
As whole foods became staples of the family diet, Merissa realized the dangers of putting overly processed ingredients not only into our bodies, but on or near them as well. In addition to countless delicious, home-cooked meals, she developed natural, easy-to-make recipes for everything from sunscreen to taco seasoning mix, lemon poppy hand scrub to furniture polish. With their simple ingredients, these recipes are allergen friendly and many are gluten-free.
With over 130 practical, simple DIY recipes, gorgeous full-color photographs, and Merissa's trademark charm in personal stories and tips, Little House Living is the epitome of heartland warmth and prairie inspiration.
Do you crave making your own bath salt, shampoo, cleaners or making your own brownie mix? Then the Little House Living: The Make-Your-Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life by Merissa Alink is the perfect book to add to your collection. It would also make a wonderful gift for a bride to be, your frugal neighbor, or those difficult friends on your holiday shopping list.
Beautifully bond with colorful images and inspiring thoughts for becoming self-sufficient this book has something for everyone. Each time I pick it up I am inspired to try new things. Alink’s recipes and suggestions are easy to follow with readily available ingredients.
I decided to make Bath Salt and choose her Vanilla recipe, since it is my fragrance of choice. This recipe took me seconds to make and I emerged from the bath relaxed and refreshed. I cannot wait to try more. I want to make some of the jar recipes for brownie mix, cookie mix and cake. With a pretty jar these would be lovely gifts for neighbors, teachers and friends.
Vanilla Bath Salts
- 1/2 cup sea salt
- 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Makes 8 ounces of bath salt. Just mix the 3 ingredients together, place in a fancy jar and enjoy.
Little House Living has recipes for weed killer, cat and dog treats, shaving cream, bug cream and so much more. Each time I open the book I discover a new item to try and each cost pennies to make. I found the author’s personal journey thoughtful and insightful. She is the owner/author of the blog, Little House Living.
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