October 2009 - Keeper of the Home

The Last Great Giveawayby  

I've owned a cheaper dehydrator for years. It came from a thrift store and it did the job. It wasn't particularly fun or enjoyable to use, but it worked for me. This last year it started to show it's age... Read More

Giveaway: Beautiful Silver Handmade Mementos and Earringsby  

Have I got another treat for you! Today's giveaway is from bylynnkrestel's lovely jewelry shop on Etsy. Lynn is a designer who works primarily with silver, as well as vintage or found items, and is inspired by objects in nature.... Read More

Book Giveaway Winnersby  

Here are the winners from the first giveaway: Paperback edition of Healthy Homemaking: One Step at a Time Jennifer Baker (jenniferkimbaker@) Cream of the Crop ebooks Misty (mistynewsome@) Fruitful Harvest (littlepeasinmypodforgod@) Emily Murphy (emily_murphy@) Bashtree (makeway4ducklings@) Nicole (FoundProdigalDaughter) To the... Read More

Introducing the Forum!by  

Oh, this is such an exciting week for me! All of these things that I have been dreaming up and planning for so long are finally taking place! For quite some time, I've wanted to launch a forum here at... Read More

Giveaway: Stainless Steel Food Storage!by  

**It's my 2nd Blogiversary and I'm celebrating all week! This is the second of 4 giveaways so make sure that you come back each day to see what else is happening around here!** Ever wished that you could ditch the... Read More

2 Year Blogiversary Celebration: What’s New and a Giveaway!by  

Image by robyn michelle-lee photography Can you believe it's been 2 years already?!? I can hardly believe that two years have gone by since I first started Keeper of the Home, but this week marks the second anniversary of my... Read More

I Tweet! (Oh yes, I do!)by  

Did you think you'd ever see the day when I joined Twitter? :) I haven't been shy in my dislike for social media or the fact that I think it can tend to be a time-stealer and get in the... Read More

Cleansing and Detoxing: A Few Simple Ways to Do Itby  

One of the things about living in a polluted world, full of toxic chemicals in the water, air, food supply, etc. is that they don't just stay on the outside but many of them end up on the inside, too.... Read More

Raw Milk Substitute for Cultured Dairy Productsby  

Image by tellgraf Raw milk is a luxury around this household. As I've mentioned before, we pay about $18 a gallon for our grass-fed, raw milk from a nearby farm. It is truly my liquid gold and I consider it... Read More

Some Housekeeping (in the Midst of the Chaos!)by  

First off, a big ol' apology to everyone for the train wreck that is my blog right now! This week we are in the midst of a switchover from my previous blog platform (Typepad) to a self-hosted site through Wordpress.... Read More

There’s a change in the air…by  

Just wanted to let you all know that there are some big changes happening behind the scenes on my blog this week! (And no, I didn't whip them up while I was sick- this has been in the works for... Read More

A Trip to the ERby  

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments, your prayers and your patience with me as I recover and get back to normal! It has meant so much to come on to my blog and read through each of... Read More

Quick Updateby  

Me again :) Thank you all so much for your prayers! I know that God was using them this morning, as I was able to get into the ER with a relatively short wait time, and the doctor who was... Read More

Please Prayby  

Hi Everybody,This is Ryan, Stephanie's husband.  I usually wouldn't hijack Stephanie's blog, but Steph has just left for the emergency room at our local hospital.  She's extremely sick and things only seem to be getting worse.  In the Langford family,... Read More

Keeping the Home Fires Burning While Mama’s Sickby  

Image by alibreeIt's been a rough week. This mama has not been feeling her best, that's for sure! Last Wednesday I found myself the unwitting victim to a nasty throat virus that still hasn't realized he's no longer welcome around... Read More

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Canning Pearsby  

Ripe (very, very ripe) pears waiting to be peeled and cut. I bought a 25 lb box of Bartlett pears several weeks ago and was surprised to come home from a couple days away to discover just how ripe my... Read More

Upcoming: The Annual Organic Gardening Carnival!by  

It's time again for the Annual Organic Gardening Carnival! About this time last year, I realized just how helpful it might to be able to purposefully reflect on the past gardening season, write down our observations and lessons learned and... Read More

Herbs for the Fussy Babyby  

 Johanna at about 1 month old, during the worst of her colic and baby acne Colic and fussiness in young babies just isn't fun for anyone. Not for the baby. Certainly not for the parents. It can be downright exhausting,... Read More

A Small Favor to Askby  

I know this has absolutely nothing to do with my regular blog topics, but it sure is relevant for our family right now, so indulge me if you will! As many of you know, my husband has recently finished working... Read More

Delicious Homemade Baked French Friesby  

Whenever I make these baked french fries, we just can't get enough of them! They really are good! If you're wondering why it looks like some of my french fries have turned an interesting shade of blue, it's because they... Read More

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