Pioneering Today with Melissa K. Norris

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Melissa K. Norris found her own little house in the big woods, where she lives with her husband and two children in the Cascade Mountains. Her goal is to help you implement the best of the pioneer lifestyle into your modern one. She hopes you’ll be inspired to grow your own food, cook real traditional food, increase your home food storage, consider livestock, and drawer closer in your relationship with Jesus. 

She is the author of Pioneering Today-Faith and Home the Old Fashioned Way, and Pioneering Today-A Homemade Christmas.

You can visit Melissa’s website here.

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Pioneering Today: 6 Great Depression Era Tips and Recipes to Stretch Your Food Budget

Pioneering Today: Depression Era TipsNovember 21, 2014:   Learn more tips on how to stretch your food budget using potatoes, including old-fashioned recipes and swap outs to save you money.

Pioneering Today: Depression Era Tips Stretch the Food Budget

Pioneering Today: vintage milk cans on old wooden tableNovember 14, 2014:  The Depression Era defined a nation.  We can take the tips from folks who went through hard times to stretch our own food budgets and live more frugally.  These are recipes handed down in my family from generation to generation, and now, from me to you.  I hope these tips are as helpful for you as they have been for me.

Pioneering Today: 8 Ways to Preserve Pumpkin

Pioneering Today: Pumpkin on Wooden BackgroundOctober 31, 2014:  This week, Melissa talks about ways to preserve pumpkin from the abundance of the season.

Pioneering Today: Grinding Flour at Home + 6 Fresh Flour Baking Tips

White flour in a bowl on a wooden tableOctober 24, 2014 – Grinding my own flour at home makes me feel like a real pioneer woman. However, the first few weeks of baking with my fresh ground flour left me more than a little frustrated with dense breads and spread out pancake cookies. I’ve now been grinding my own flour and using fresh flour in all of our baking for almost two years and I’ve learned some tips to save you some time.

Pioneering Today: 6 Fall Canning Recipes and Tips

Pioneering Today: Fall Canning RecipesOctober 10, 2014: Grab these 6 fall canning recipes to take advantage of in season produce, building up your food storage, and some time saving tips!

Pioneering Today: Tips from Depression Era to Use Now

Pioneering Today:  8DepressionEraTipsOctober 3, 2014:  The Great Depression was a time when people learned how to make do with very little, something we could all benefit from. I share frugal tips from my grandma (via my aunt) that they used to get by during the Great Depression and beyond in both the kitchen and the home.

During the Great Depression people learned to make do with very little. We are so spoiled today in our modern society. I’m grateful we don’t know those times, but we take so much for granted. I love having a more frugal mindset because it makes us appreciate what we have more.

Pioneering Today: Building a Great Depression Era Pantry

PodcastGreatDepressionSeptember 26, 2014

Pioneering Today: Fall Garden Prep

Lots of maple leafs a rake and wheelbarrow are ready vertical formatSeptember 19, 2014 – Melissa shares 10 tips to implement this fall to improve your soil over winter for a healthier garden come spring.

Pioneering Today: Seed Saving

PodcastseedsavingSeptember 5, 2014 – Learn how to save your garden seed for the ultimate in survival and preparedness plan. Find out which seeds need to be fermented, why, and how to do it. Plus tips on drying and storing your seed.