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: 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.

Pioneering Today: Creating a Budget

podcastbudgetAugust 29, 2014 – Tips for creating a budget if you’re tired of stressing on money. Plus, money saving tips to help now and help you up your preparedness game.

Pioneering Today: Planting a Fall Garden

PodcastFallgardeningAugust 8, 2014: To harvest vegetables throughout the fall, you need to sow them at the end of summer. Most cool weather crops need to be planted 6 week before your last hard frost date.

We discuss cool weather crops to plant from seed and which ones to use transplants or seedlings.

Pioneering Today: How to Raise Backyard Chickens

BackyardchickensJune 27, 2014: In this episode you’ll learn how to become self-sustainable by raising your own laying hens.






  • How to care for chicks
  • Where to get chicks
  • How to get laying hens
  • Ways to keep chickens free ranging
  • How to protect free ranging chickens from predators
  • Advantages of chicken tractors
  • How to keep your feed bill down
  • What to expect from free ranging chickens
  • Tips for cleaning eggs
  • Ways to preserve eggs without electricity

How to tell if an egg is good or bad

Pioneering Today: Holiday traditions

family holidyDecember 20, 2013:  Holiday traditions are an important part of our lives and celebrating, but sometimes they need to change. In this episode we’ll discuss:

  • The importance of having traditions
  • When traditions need to change
  • How to decide which traditions to keep
  • One new tradition everyone should start

Resources: Holiday Processed Replacements Podcast a new Christmas Recipe for those of you who are part of a cookie exchange tradition.

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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