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We’re Starting a Business from Scratch

Starting a business using homesteading and coffee skills. Continue reading We’re Starting a Business from Scratch

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Making Yogurt

Sometimes it’s hard to decide what’s going to get discussed on Scratch Living. If we’ve made something from basic ingredients, it should naturally be open for publication. In reality, there are multiple reasons, both valid and ridiculous, that go into determining what gets posted here. This was the case with the yogurt, and the reason why I’m only discussing it now, a week after I … Continue reading Making Yogurt

Guest Post: Advanced Pumpkin Carving with Mr. Julian Seiden

Hi everyone… Today you’re in for a treat! We’ve asked our friend Julian Seiden to drop some education regarding the pumpkin carving process. Julian’s pumpkins are feats of vision and obviously love; if anyone can encapsulate the experience of turning this basic staple of Halloween into an art form, it is him. Continue reading Guest Post: Advanced Pumpkin Carving with Mr. Julian Seiden

The Pinterest Conundrum, Vol. 1: So Many Choices

Most DIY enthusiasts know the feeling well: a loved one sends you a link, you’re looking for craft ideas, etc. and you head to Pinterest, where you’re bathed in page after page of well-lit, perfectly crafted examples of exactly what YOU want to create. Welcome to the first installment of “The Pinterest Conundrum,” where we discuss the woes (and relative joys) of the craft-centric website, … Continue reading The Pinterest Conundrum, Vol. 1: So Many Choices

The Great Lasagna Challenge, Day 1: Marinara Sauce

We wanted to start the first day of the lasagna challenge with the marinara sauce for a very simple reason: Whatever is made first will need to keep for a few days before it’s actually used. The cheese will be best if used within a day or two, and the noodles are definitely best on the same day they’re made, so the choice was simple: … Continue reading The Great Lasagna Challenge, Day 1: Marinara Sauce

The Great Lasagna Challenge: Introduction

Personally, part of the joy that comes along with making things at home is looking at the way things can build off of each other. Making ketchup, for example, can lead to making barbecue sauce, cocktail sauce, meatloaf, etc. This is the rationale behind the great lasagna challenge, which is going to be a week-long celebration of bringing projects together. Here’s the rundown of events: … Continue reading The Great Lasagna Challenge: Introduction

New Spice (Simple and Affordable Bodywash)

Most of the projects I opt to tackle, particularly in the winter, stem from a combination of laziness and curiosity. First I look at something I need and think, “It’s way too cold outside; I really don’t feel like going to the store,” which is quickly followed by “I wonder if I could make this at home.” This is the thought process that led to … Continue reading New Spice (Simple and Affordable Bodywash)

Playing with Peirogies

Being born and raised in close proximity to Pittsburgh, peirogies are a big deal. For anyone that is unfamiliar, peirogies are a type of dumpling that may contain a variety of fillings. The variety that is familiar to me is filled with a mashed potato base, which can then include cheese, garlic, spinach, etc. As of late, the issue with making peirogies, which are one … Continue reading Playing with Peirogies