3 Things That Are Easier Homemade

I’m not a huge homemade kind of gal. If I can buy it in the store, I’m usually ok with that. But there are a few things that are better or easier or cheaper when you make them at home, enough so that I’m willing to do it.


I love popcorn. Of the things I love, popcorn probably ranks third behind, like, books and puppies. I used to make it in those microwave popcorn bags. It was ok. But I discovered that it’s easier, much cheaper, and actually tastes better to make your own microwave popcorn bags.

You need:

  • a package of standard lunch bags
  • a jar/bottle/container/whatever of unpopped popcorn
  • butter
  • salt

Measure 1/4 of a cup of popcorn kernels and dump them in a lunch bag. Fold the top of the bag over twice. Throw it in the microwave. Wait until there are a few seconds between pops. Take it out, pour it in a bowl, and dump however much butter and salt you want on it. It’s SO GOOD. Nice and fluffy and way fresher tasting than the prefab microwave bags.

Facial Cleansing Cloths

I used to spend a fortune on these, but you can make them! Check out White House, Black Shutters for the recipe. I modified it a bit.

You need:

  • 2 Tablespoons of whatever oil you want (I used Neutrogena body oil.)
  • a couple little squirts of face wash (I used Mary Kay.)
  • Bounty select-a-size paper towels
  • 2 Cups water
  • a container with a lid

Easy as pie and gets off your eye make-up, too (even waterproof).


Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving is coming up. If you want to be the most impressive potluck participant for the least amount of effort, make cranberry sauce. It’s so easy, and looks like you are some kind of gourmet because everyone is so used to the can-shaped cylinders of cranberry sauce.

You need:

  • a bag of cranberries
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup water

That’s it, for real. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil; add cranberries, return to boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. (The cranberries make awesome popping noises. That’s part of the fun.) Cover and cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate until serving time. Bask in awe and praise.

So what are your favorite home-made items? Give me your secrets!

  • Andrisbear

    Hubby LOVES popcorn–gonna have to try that recipe. 😉

    • Let me know what you think! I love it!

  • Rebekkah N.

    I’ve got a bunch of cranberries waiting to be sauced…

    Great post!

  • Love the face cleansing cloths idea!! I may have to try that! 🙂 One thing I love to make at home is frappuccinos!  I blend ice, milk (either Calorie Countdown or unsweetened almond milk), cold coffee (or instant), and sweetener together.  Easy peasy and tasty! 😀  Sometimes I add protein powder to it if I want some extra protein or for it to take on the taste of the powder. 

    • Carrie, that sounds delicious! And the Starbucks version costs enough to make me lose my appetite, so double win. 😉