Day 26 of the January Money Diet – Make Something From Scratch

Chocolate truffles at Happy Simple Living blog

Handcrafted chocolate truffles – photo by David Leggett

Homework assignment #26: Today’s challenge is to make something from scratch that you might normally buy at the store. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Graham crackers

Dim Sum

Pita bread






Spaghetti sauce

Ricotta cheese



Greek yogurt


Chocolate truffles


What do you love to make from scratch? If you make something at home this week, be sure to let us know what you create.

By the way, if you’re on Pinterest you can check out all these foods and more on my “Foods From Scratch” board.

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P.S. In case you’ve just joined us, the January Money Diet is a challenge to take a 31-day break from nonessential spending. You can learn more about the money diet here — and jump right in!


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In honor of the January Money Diet, I’ll be giving away a gift basket chock-full of home and garden goodies plus several books at the end of the month. On January 31, 2013, I’ll draw one random name from everyone who commented during the month and that lucky person will win the gift basket. I hope you’ll stop by often this month and share your own ideas, thoughts and experiences about taking a 31-day break from nonessential spending.


About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Day 26 of the January Money Diet – Make Something From Scratch

  • Mariah

    I make my own grain free, corn free, yeast free, sugar free bread every week. It’s the best bread free of the before mentioned ingredients that I’ve ever tried. Its nice to be able to eat a sandwich! 🙂

  • Anja

    I love to cook from scratch, my favorite.. hhm a toss between tomato sauce made from last years tomato harvest and fresh bread. I love the kneading the dough and the smell of the fresh bread through the house

  • Carolyn

    Made cranberry white chocolate bars (copycat recipe for a special treat sampled at coffee bar) – yummy and way cheaper. Love your list of goodies – gotta try those ginger cookies – and your truffles (haven’t made those lately)! Thanks for the inspiration and resource!

  • Deborah Gore

    Pizza! The kitchen smells wonderful!

  • Martha

    One batch of blondies cooling on the table,and one batch of banana muffins in the oven (got to use up the overripe bananas).

    • Cynthia

      Martha, you’ve reminded me, it’s time to make a batch of banana muffins from the overripe bananas stored in my freezer. Thanks!
      My goal this month is to add enchilada and pizza sauces and pizza dough to my list of freezer food. We already make our own chili, spaghetti and marinara sauces. Enchilada sauce is my first priority, as the store bought is so salty and enchilada casseroles make such a good vegetarian dish. Eliza, thanks for the suggestion list. Haven’t made our own yoghurt for decades. Maybe it’s time to try it again.

  • Belinda

    I have a double batch of Greek Yogurt in my oven right now! Using your recipe, it is so easy and SOOOOO GOOD! I buy ‘ready to expire’ fat free milk at my grocers at 99 cents a gallon. That makes it really inexpensive. I also make my own flour tortillas, they can’t be beat and not hard to make either!

  • GC

    Corn and flour tortillas….they are fun to make and eat

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