Accepting what is and journeying to become better; wholesome food made from scratch, handmade home, and debt-free living.
Roll up your sleeves, and let’s get to it.
Hello, I’m Madison!
My fiancée, Damon, and I had our first house built in rural Maryland at the ages of 22 and 23 after operating our dog walking and pet sitting business daily (and nightly!) for four years. We have since added our Golden Retriever puppy, Finn, to our family. Now, we are focused on living a debt-free lifestyle (working on the mortgage!) while providing for and decorating our home.
Here you’ll learn how to cook from scratch with my growing collection of gluten free recipes, discover budget-friendly DIY’s to save on home and garden projects and add a touch of handmade to your home, and (if you want to live a simple, debt-free life) join along my Mortgage Monday – DEBT PAYOFF JOURNEY YouTube series.
Like many, the pandemic has opened my eyes to the fine line the world operates on. In 2022, I will be focusing on learning gardening, preserving, and more skills such as sewing, so that in the future we will be able to provide more for ourselves, and save along the way.
For starters, the word “housewife” kind of gets a bad rep. The 1950s comes to mind for many — I think we all know the image of the dress, the perfectly manicured hair, the rotary dial telephone in hand, a steaming pot in the other. Now, please do me a favor and burn that image from your mind.
Like most modern women, I am juggling career while maintaining a clean home, providing wholesome yet frugal meals, managing finances, etc. While nowhere near “just a housewife”, I am proud to be housewife-like.
I also take the “like” in Housewifelike to mean that I am not perfect. By no means am I the best cook to ever exist. By no means am I the best at managing finances. By no means am I the most meticulous at cleaning my house. By no means am I the best housewife, but I am housewife-like.
Does that make sense?
My Goals and Values:
- To live a simple life (debt-free!) with an emphasis surrounding family and the home.
- Cook with only natural ingredients/whole foods. (Eliminating all artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and fillers such as all forms of corn syrup, food colors, and words that can’t be pronounced.) As well as cook with ingredients that are gluten-free.
- Eliminate pesticide exposure (specifically glyphosate) on foods by buying organic whenever feasible. At this time, I can’t afford only organic produce, so I prioritize buying thin-skinned and more susceptible produce organic, such as tomatoes and lettuce. If any recipe includes corn, whether it be fresh, canned, or cornstarch, it will always be organic corn. This is my personal preference as I experience symptoms similar to my Celiac Disease when ingesting any form or quantity of non-organic corn. (If interested, you can find organic cornstarch on Thrive Market and find organic frozen and canned corn at most grocery stores. I live near several organic farms and buy local when using fresh.)
- Buy less/no packaged foods or individually packaged snacks. Instead, I make these goods myself for a lower cost while yielding a higher quality and higher quantity.
- Make EVERYTHING from scratch. For example, breads, tortillas, sauces, salad dressings, gravies, granola bars and granola, trail mix, pickles, etc. Tip: If you are a beginner at making things from-scratch, focus on things like sauces, salad dressings, and snacks. These are the easiest and quickest to make and also happen to be the stuff with the most horrible of ingredients at the grocery store. If you need a down day, you can also sub for a store bought organic sauce instead.
- Make a house a home on a tight budget & decorate with elements that are handmade and inexpensive.
- Ferment foods on a weekly basis to aid healthy gut bacteria and digestion.
In 2017, I started a food blog and gave up that same year because I didn’t feel “good enough” (and partially believed the lies that blogging was dead). I wrote a book in the meantime (YA, Fantasy) and here I am, again. Starting another blog. I don’t know if my querying will be successful or if I will become an author or if my blog will succeed. Here I am anyways because gosh darn it, I love to write.
I have to be honest — I failed my first blog because I didn’t know how to say this:
I am still growing.
At 24, do you think I’ve checked the box on all my values? Heck no. But, I am getting there. Life is a journey for a reason.
Gluten Free Recipes
Since 2016, I’ve suspected that I have Celiac Disease (I do have one of the DNA genes, but didn’t get the scope done — kind of a long story for another time). Either way, I experience a reaction to gluten (wheat, rye, barley, biproducts) and have been eating 100% GF ever since. As a result, this is the place to find delicious gluten-free baked goods & classic, heartwarming dinners. While I specialize in GF foods, my recipes are enjoyed by everyone and can easily be converted to many diets by simply switching out ingredients. (i.e. switching GF all purpose flour for regular flour, switching almond milk for regular milk, etc.)
Fun facts (?)
- Constantly battling bugs, mud, & all things country in our own backyard.
- I watch 18th century inspired cooking videos in my spare time
- I spent one and a half years vegan and another year vegetarian after that. Some of the habits stuck. To this day, I still don’t drink cow’s milk and we prefer to use vegan butter (except for baking).
Please feel free to check out some of my recipes, home and garden projects, or debt free living tips before you go!
Most popular recipes:
Gluten Free Dinner Rolls (that rise!) – Great Value Recipe – Most popular on Google Search
Pineapple Pork Chops with Easy Glaze – Gluten Free – Most popular on Pinterest
Gluten Free Cheddar Bay Biscuits – Red Lobster Copycat – Second most popular on Pinterest
Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancakes – Thick and fluffy – Third most popular on Pinterest
Gluten Free Coconut Shrimp with Peach Lime Sauce Fourth most popular on Pinterest