1. What a fun post! I always love the little glimpses into your childhood you offer here…so different than my own, suburban upbringing that featured almost nothing DIYed or home-grown… I still have not mastered homemade yogurt, and really must try it again (it’s the 8 hour incubation time that I struggle with most…hard to manage when I work away from home). My DIY list is very similar to yours: kombucha, beans (though I sometimes grab a can out of convenience), granola, nut milks and salad dressing are my DIY staples. I like to make crackers with almond pulp leftover from making milk. I’m trying to get away from buying snack bars, making my own bars or balls instead. My exception to the rule is local products that I want to try/support–we have lots of great granola, kombucha, bread, etc available here in Charlottesville!

  2. What a great post! Growing up we made yogurt all the time too, have never made it as an adult though. Might need to revisit that. Salad dressing is a definite DIY in our house, pickles too. This post really is food for thought on what my list would be. I want to sit down and get mine listed for each one. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jeanette

    Burritos are a staple here in our home, we eat them 2-3 times a week so we were eating a can of beans every time we made them. One day I was dumping a can of beans into a dish to heat up and it hit me-why am I not making these myself? Now I make a huge batch of beans and they are so much more delicious and way less expensive. And I love that my guys rave over them when we eat our burritos 🙂

    • gracefulfitness

      Nice! I also like that dried beans are so much lighter, tons of cans can really weigh down a shopping bag!

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