How To Make Homemade Apple Cider From Scratch!

Fall is in the air!

And what better way to celebrate than with a nice tall glass (or hot mug) of apple cider?

I have been craving that liquid gold for weeks now, but couldn’t get my hands on the stuff!

Any of you who’ve read my How To Can Pink Applesauce post, know that I won’t eat non-organic apples.

The reason, is because apples are always on the top of the Dirty Dozen list of foods with the most pesticides/chemicals sprayed on them. In fact, this year marks the ninth year in a row that apples were number one on the list!

There are so many pesticides, acaricides, fungicides, bactericides, herbicides, nematicides and rodenticides found on apples it’s sickening.

“Well what’s the big deal with pesticides?” you might ask.

Check out this post from to learn about the Wide Range of Diseases Linked to Pesticides, and you’ll find out. It’s pretty disturbing!

After learning all of these disturbing facts, I’ve decided that any apple product I (or my family) consume needs to be organic. Including apple cider!

Unfortunately, I have not found organic apple cider in any of the stores near me. In the past I would buy organic apple juice and heat it up in a pot on the stove with some added cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and allspice! It’s delicious, but still kind of pricey!

This year I was lucky enough to score a TON of apples from my parent’s yard. They have a bunch of apple trees that have not been sprayed or treated with anything, and the best part is…they were FREE!!! My favorite word!

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49-Cent Friday: Refashion Runway Sew Along: Week One – Plaid!

For this week’s refashion, I wanted to sew along with the theme for this first week of Season Two’s Refashion Runway Competition, which is plaid!

Since Season One of the Refashion Runway Competition has ended, I’ve really missed it, so I was super excited to hear that there would be a second season!

With the first week’s theme being plaid, I knew I could use the leftovers from my plaid bathrobe to infinity scarf refashion.


Bathrobe To Infinity Scarf Refashion | Diary of a MadMama
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49-Cent Friday Refashion: Bathrobe To Infinity Scarf

Howdy folks!

I purchased this bathrobe a year ago with a very specific refashion in mind…

Bathrobe To Infinity Scarf Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Not too shabby for 49-cents, ‘eh?

Unfortunately, when the hubs saw it, he thought I had gotten it for him.
Not wanting to disappoint, I went ahead and let him believe that.
He wore it a lot at first, but lately, it’s just been collecting dust.
When I asked him if he would let me refashion it, he kindly obliged. Yay!

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49-Cent Friday: How To Make a Produce Bag From A Shirt

Hey everyone!

I found this awesome shirt a while ago from Mel Trotter (my favorite local thrift store) for a mere 49-cents (of course).

How To Make A Produce Bag From A Shirt | Diary of a MadMama


As you can see, this thing is odd-fitting and just all around odd.

Don’t get me wrong, I clearly saw potential in it or I wouldn’t have bought it in the first place.

I loved the bright colors and the fruit is kinda fun and funky.

The thing is, I’m really not into wearing my fruit.

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