Christmas Crafts: Dough Ornaments


I know Christmas is almost here, but if you're looking for some good old-fashioned fun for the kiddos and maybe the start of a pre-Christmas tradition, why not make some of your own ornaments? They could even make sweet gifts for neighbors, friends and family members! Here are three different kids of homemade dough perfect for ornaments: ... [ Read More ]

Risking it All Recap: Episode 4


TLC's new show "Risking It All" is a sort of reality television show following the journeys of three families as they move away from their tech-embedded lives to live 'off the grid' out in the middle of nowhere. All three families have several children and their own reasons for moving. The show is on TLC every Tuesday at 10/9 Central. Until I can get my cable set up, I'm going to be a week behind the actual airing of the episodes. So, for those of you who DO have cable, I'm going to do a brief ... [ Read More ]

10 Cookie Gift Wrapping Ideas


Giving someone cookies as a gift can be a sweet, inexpensive and old-fashioned way to show that you care. So here are 10 ways to make your cookie gift look as fantastic as it will taste! ... [ Read More ]

Overnight Breakfast Casserole

bkfst casserole

I love a good old-fashioned big Christmas morning breakfast just as much as anyone, but that doesn't mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying their Christmas gifts. Here is one of my favorite recipes for an overnight breakfast casserole. Make it on Christmas Eve before everyone goes to bed, and then just pop it in the oven in the morning! Overnight Breakfast Casserole   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 20 mins ... [ Read More ]

New Series Shows Families Living Off the Grid


Generally, I am not really at TV person, and I really don't like reality television shows. I will watch movies sometimes as background or simply for light entertainment, but I'd much prefer to listen to music or do something more creative. However, Matt turned me on to this show that I wanted to share, because I think you guys might appreciate it. The show is called "Risking It All" and is focused on three families that decide to try their hand at living off the grid out in the middle of ... [ Read More ]

Introductions and New Beginnings for OFF


To some people, "Old Fashioned" means antiquated or even backwards ways of doing things. The dictionary defines it as "adhering to customs of a past era" with synonyms like "outdated." However, I would argue that the old-fashioned way is often the best. In this high-stress, fast-food world I think that we could all use a little bit more old-fashioned, which, conveniently enough, is exactly what this blog is about, and I mean to keep it that way as much as possible. Due to personal reasons, ... [ Read More ]

Saying Goodbye to More Than Just a Blog


For the past 16 years I have been online in one form or another, either owning websites, writing for them, or spending time on them. Last week I sold the last of my blogs, and have called my internet life quits. This includes OFF, and while I will miss the people here that have followed me, as well as those on the forums, I am excited to be moving on to another life, something that has been missing in my world for years. Starting in January I am going back to college. My main focus of study ... [ Read More ]

End of the Summer Squash Relish

End of the Summer Squash Relish

That moment when we think we cannot eat another bite of summer zucchini. This relish is much like a cucumber relish, except that it is very mild. This makes it perfect for using not only as a condiment for hot dogs and burgers, but also as a side for just about any meal. This is a great way to use a up a bit more of an abundance of zucchini, the ingredients are very simple, and it is quick and easy to make. End of the Summer Squash Relish Ingredients: 8 cups of green zucchini, finely ... [ Read More ]

Get the Lowdown on Different Dehydrators and Choose the Best One For You

Nesco Fd-1040 Gardenmaster

  I love my dehydrator probably more than any other appliance I own other than my kitchen aide mixer. It is also my favorite preservation method. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dry everything I grow or bring home, and I actually canned far more than I dried, but I love my dehydrator for the versatility it offers me. There are so many things I can do with the dehydrator, in terms of snacks and extras I would not otherwise be able to afford, that if I had to choose one appliance from my ... [ Read More ]