Little House Living:
The Make-Your-Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life

by Merissa Alink 1

“After she left our house, I promised myself that when we were in a better place, I wanted to be that person to help others get back on their feet and try to live the life they really want.”

I enjoy learning more about homesteading and making things from scratch. I discovered a treasure trove of recipes and tips in Little House Living: The Make-Your-Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life by Merissa Alink. She explains how she grew up living off the land and eating real food. When she started eating food from the grocery store, she started getting sick and developing allergies. As she and her husband struggled to start out in life and have a family, she starting learning how to make things from scratch so she knew what was included in the product.

I’ve been following Merissa Alink on Facebook on Twitter and have wanted to read her book for a while. I borrowed it as an e-book from the library, but plan on buying a copy soon. I want to have the recipes on hand.

About half of the recipes are for cleaning and toiletry products. She even has a recipe for dust spray that is all natural. The second half is food recipes. The only downside for me to the food recipes is that a lot of them are for mixes, like homemade pancake mix, homemade hamburger helper mix and homemade soup mix. I tend to just make those kinds of recipes as I’m going instead of pre-making the mixes. I really liked the variety of recipes for cleaners and toiletries, though. I am planning to try her oven cleaner recipe and make my own lotion bars.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to start living more naturally. With this book, you can make more food from scratch and start making your own natural cleaning supplies. Do not try to do everything at once, but make small, permanent changes to better your health.

Buy the book here (affiliate link).

About Sarah Anne Carter

Sarah Anne Carter is a writer and reader. She grew up all over the world as a military brat and is now putting down roots with her family in Ohio. Family life keeps her busy, but any spare moment is spent reading, writing or thinking about plots for novels.