By Lynnie Stein / December 26, 2019

Frugal Xmas

Wishing you radiant health, abundance and the joy of love all around you.

From what my parents told me, hard times can be faced and overcome if there is a positive, happy attitude in the family.

Simple pleasures, simple food well prepared, more time spent on people than things.

Mum’s ability to rise above the occasion stemmed from thick soups (for example, barley, vegetable, and dumpling), lots of singing, reading, gardening, chickens and keeping busy.

Traditions are the glue that keeps a family together.

We all have very busy lifestyles and adding a small tradition here or there can make all the difference to your family.

You are not obligated to continue Christmas Traditions that leave you Broke, Overwhelmed, or Tired.

Grab a few re-purposed glass bottles or baskets and fill with treats for special gifts.

Tie with ribbon and Christmas trims.

Some inspiration to get you started ….

Honey infused garlic (recipe in garlic + ginger e-book)

Ginger and Turmeric fermented in a lime brine (recipe in garlic + ginger e-book)

Fermented edible wildflowers (recipe in bush food)

Grainy Kombucha Mustard (recipe in kombucha e-book)

Fermented vegetables … cucumber pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi etc.

Baked treats and raw probiotic treats

Christmas Relish

A flip-top bottle or 2 of homemade beverage … water kefir, kombucha, ginger beer

Just be sure to keep refrigerated because a bubbly explosion is not the right kind of surprise.

For alcohol lovers check out our beverage books for Country Summer wine and more.

Homemade fresh cheeses are a unique gift.  Make kefir green cheese extra special by marinating in an herb oil. (recipe in Say Kefir Cheese Book).

A block of homemade Smen butter (recipe in Feral milk book)

And a rustic loaf of sourdough bread is beautiful and delicious. Just add a few bottles of spreads … bread, butter and spreads special delivery ❤

Homemade rustic pasta (recipe in Motherhood bread e-book) and a quick and easy tomato salsa (Recipe in Fermented Vegetables e-book)

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