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—perfect for fans of Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman.
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.
“With her own experiences as guide, [Merissa] Alink demonstrates that some aspects of rural living translate to any situation…Alink brings a bit of [Laura Ingalls] Wilder’s life into the present. This title will find a comfortable home in most library collections. Especially warranted where Wendy McClure’s The Wilder Life has found popularity.” (Library Journal)”Author and popular blogger Merissa A. Alink shows us how easy it is…A fabulous array of simple, wholesome and delicious recipes, both savory and sweet, rounds out this heartwarming guide to modern homesteading. Some household tips are timeless indeed.” (Bookpage Top Pick)”In our fast-paced lives, Alink’s book is a welcome reminder that we don’t always have to buy ready-made and over-processed products.” (Bust)
About the Author
Merissa A. Alink fully believes in her mission statement of “making the most with what you have” and commits each day to taking the best possible care of her family. Since 2009, she’s been writing her blog, Little House Living, and sharing tips about simple living with from-scratch recipes, make-your-own tutorials, and much more. Merissa loves living a quiet life with her family of four on a little 125-year-old farm that they are renovating in rural South Dakota. Visit her at LittleHouseLiving.com.
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What a great book to get you started on a life of wholesome living at a bargain! I love the “recipes” for so many things I used to purchase at much higher costs, plus I am able to use my own organic ingredients to make them my own. I plan to purchase other copies of this book for gifts.
Having been a follower of her blog, I actually pre-ordered this book before it came out. I received it, glanced through it, and then it went to rest on the shelf with my other recipe books. I did notice immediately that it was beautifully photographed and well organized, but I just didn’t have time to really go through it. Well recently I broke my leg very seriously and suddenly found myself with a ton of extra time to read. As I’m going through it I am repeatedly amazed by the type of things she has recipes for. For example, there’s a recipe for antibacterial cleaning wipes!! I buy these at the store all the time and even the generic brand is super expensive. I love the convenience of them, but I won’t let my kids use them because of the nasty chemicals. Which means more cleaning for mom to do. This is not just a book with a few homemade lotion and food recipes, it is so much better. I had no idea that such a gem of a book was on my shelf; I wish I had dedicated some time to it sooner! Besides recipes there are also helpful little ‘money saving tips’ throughout the book. Like the recipes, the tips are so simple and yet so genius. Many of these leave me wondering why in the world I didn’t think of them myself. Merissa is definitely an expert at homemade recipes of all sorts. I don’t know how one woman could have come up with so many wonderful recipes but I’m so glad she decided to share them! Probably the best thing about this book is that it is genuine and has heart. As another reviewer mentioned, she doesn’t just share her knowledge she also shares herself. I think that really pulls the book together and makes it actually interesting to just sit and read.
This book is stunning in its scope and simplicity. Rich with content, easily adapted to any family’s tastes/portion sizes, and full of wonderful, time saving ideas for healthy meals in a fast paced world. Substituting ingredients is easy: prewashed quinoa for rice, sprouted spelt flour for all purpose, whole wheat pasta for regular pasta, etc… No matter your family’s eating style or budget, you’ll find something here. I also love that learning this process has allowed me to convert some of my own time-honored recipes into mixes. Now when friends beg for my cornbread recipe (depending on how good the friend is, lol), I can hand over a mix AND the recipe. I can’t wait for Christmas this year. I LOVE it when a book isn’t merely recipes, but instruction, and something that helps me in my life in general. This book is definitely one of those. The body care and household recipes are also excellent, especially the honey body wash. The ONLY problem I’ve found is that I don’t have nearly enough jars, lol, no matter how many I buy! Too fun! I obviously highly recommend this book.
- Title: Little House Living: The Make-Your-Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life
- Autor: Merissa A. Alink
- Publisher (Publication Date): Gallery Books (October 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 1501104284
- ISBN-13: | 978-1501104282
- Download File Format: EPUB, PDF