Day 2: Make Something You Would Typically Buy

Hey guys!  Welcome to Day 2 of our Challenge!!  This is a really wide open challenge.  You can pick anything that you would normally purchase and make it yourself.  It will save you a trip to the store (hopefully) and it will definitely save on the packaging.  Less waste and more family time….yes sir!

Here are a few of my go to recipes that I make at home instead of purchasing premade:

Homemade Chocolate Syrup (for my mochas of course)

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (buy in bulk if possible)
  • 1 cup organic white sugar
  • 3/4 cup water (if you like it thicker, just decrease a small amount of the water)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt (do NOT omit!!!  The salt totally makes it!)


Combine your cocoa powder, white sugar, water, and salt in a saucepan.  Give it a good whisk and then bring the mixture to a boil.  Let it boil for a minute, while stirring, but do not let it boil over (big mess).  Take it off the heat and let it cool.  (If your life is similar to mine, this means making it in the morning and letting it ‘cool’ all day until you get back to it when your children are snoozing.)  When it is cool, add the vanilla extract.  Stir it up and put it in jars.  I store mine at room temp, but frig it if it is going to last more than a week or so.  Enjoy!

Homemade Granola

I wrote about this one a little while ago and if you missed it, you should totally go back and get this one cooking.  Playing around with various ingredients in granola is fun and yummy too!  You are welcome!

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

I bet you have all of these ingredients in your pantry right now.  Cream of Chicken Soup is a go to ingredient for a lot of casseroles and one dish meals.  You are able to control the quality of ingredients and I guarantee that this is a lot more tasty and appealing to the eye than what you may have in your pantry.  Try it and see what you think.

Homemade Chicken Broth or Beef Broth

  • Beef or chicken bones
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Other seasonings of your choice
  • Splash of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Carrots, Onions, Celery

We throw chicken or beef bones into our slow cooker.  Then, we simply add the rest of the ingredients.  There really is no exact measurements to this.  Let it simmer on low for 24 hours, strain, and place in jars.  We let it cool on the counter after we put it in jars.  After it cools, place the lids on and you can put it in the frig or freeze it.  If you are freezing it, make sure to allow some space for the broth to expand.  You can use the broth in all of your favorite recipes.  It is an amazing go to helper to heal you when you are sick.    20151103_172625This broth has all the goodies in that your body needs to start healing!  Enjoy!

Can you tell that I love food?  If I could make dark chocolate, I would!  Give me a shout if you try any of these.  Please share your favorite things you make, food or not, that you would typically purchase.  I am SOOOO excited to hear what you come up with for Day 2!