Making Stuff

Want to get crafty or get cooking in the kitchen? Scroll down for craft projects and easy, kid-friendly recipes, including lots of gluten-free options. Because wheat-free should taste good.

Making Crafts by Hand

Did you know handmade is the new black? It really is. It’s all about adopting a simpler lifestyle, being environmentally friendly, and rejecting the corporate and mass-produced culture of the super mega store. Or maybe it’s just about enjoying yourself as you make stuff. Either way, I am totally into handmade, because as you all know I am nothing if not a trendsetter.

(Anyone who’s ever met me and witnessed my white-knuckle grip on clothing trends that went out of style 15 years ago is now laughing uproariously. But I know that these shoes will come back in again if I hold out long enough, so there.)

If you want to get on the handmade bandwagon I have a few fun projects to get you started. Click on one of the snazzy buttons to check them out.

Toy Diaper Bag Sewing InstructionsGreen and Frugal Picnic Roll-up Sewing InstructionsFelted flower instructions, including video

Free as a Bird Tote Sewing Pattern

Making (Gluten-Free) Stuff in the Kitchen

Because I am a suburban mom, I also make stuff in the kitchen. It’s also frugal and environmentally friendly, just like crafting. Plus, homemade food just tastes better. My recipes are kid-friendly, because that’s how I roll. Also, sometimes I use a rolling pin, which is another way to roll. Although, truth be told, I’m not very good with a rolling pin. That’s beside the point, though. The goal is to feed the masses and keep the whining to a minimum, and I’ve compiled some suggestions for how to do that.

Gluten-Free Food

I also happen to be gluten-free. Here are the recipes that I regularly make that are gluten-free, or can be easily adapted:

Banana Bread Recipe with Gluten-Free OptionPancake Recipe with Gluten-Free OptionMacaroni and Cheese Recipe with Gluten-Free Option

Homemade Granola Recipe with Gluten-Free OptionChocolate Chip Cookie Recipe with Gluten-Free OptionChocolate Coconut Snack Ball Recipe Gluten-Free

Toasted Coconut Ice Cream Recipe Gluten-FreeRaspberry Ice Cream Recipe Gluten-FreeMaple Walnut Ice Cream Recipe Gluten-Free

Cinnamon Heart Bark Recipe Gluten-FreeDandelion Blossom Fritter Recipe Gluten-FreeCinnamon Ice Cream Recipe Gluten-Free

Candy Cane Ice Cream Recipe Gluten-Free

Wheaty Goodness

These recipes, while totally yummy and easy to prepare, aren’t readily adapted for a gluten-free diet: