Getting Organized in the Garden: Seed Starting and Planting Schedule

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One step to ensuring a really good gardening season is knowing in advance what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. This will help you to avoid planting things too late because you weren’t ready or didn’t have the right supplies on hand at the right time. This year I found a really simple tool to help me make my garden plans: This is my seed starting schedule from my ListPlanIt membership. It’s simple as can be, but it forced me […]

Real Food Recipe Roundup: January

My salsa in a canning jar, waiting on the counter for 2 days while fermenting before being moved to the fridge

It’s time to share a few favorite recipes and recent finds with you once again! Here are some that we are either really enjoying these days, or that I’m dying to have again once we’re finished with our grain/sugar/starch free diet (the Maker’s Diet): Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos With the odd combination of sweet potato and black beans, I would have not guessed just how good these would be, but they really are amazing and addictive! We like to eat them with sour cream/creme fraiche […]

Your Turn to Get Organized with a Meal ePlanner!

My newest daily routine which I am still working to fully implement!

As requested, here are the closeups of some of the pages from my homemaking binder. Believe me, if you’re looking for someone’s routines and schedules to emulate, mine probably aren’t the right ones! Organizing is something I strive for, but not necessarily something I always achieve. And please always remember that when I share things like this, this is just me. Just my family, our season of life, our preferences, etc. It shouldn’t tell you the “right” way to organize your own home or time, […]

Organization in the Garden: Evaluating What You Have and What You Need

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January tends to find me just a little bit giddy. Throughout the fall and early winter, I am just pooped from gardening and preserving season. I don’t really want to see another canning jar, or hardly even another fresh tomato, and going out to get the garden prepped for over the winter is the last thing I feel like doing. And then comes January. Christmas is finished. Plans for the new year have begun. Seed catalogues begin to look oh-so-appealing once again. Suddenly I am […]

Steady Days: Book Review and Giveaway

Jamie reading to her 3 sweet children

“I am not a perfect mother. Often I struggle with impatience; sometimes I lack the enthusiasm I long for. I make many mistakes, just like my children. As they are maturing as children, I am maturing as a mother… We need to equip ourselves with practical tools that allow us to give our personal best to our young children, helping us thrive in our strengths and overcome our weaknesses. We aim for professionalism in every other area of our lives; why should our children get […]

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: My Recipe Binder

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We’ve talked about some ways to streamline our meal planning, as well as how to use lists of your favorite recipes for ease of planning and quick reference. Here is the last step of the recent meal planning/recipe overhaul that my own kitchen has been receiving lately: My beloved recipe binder! It doesn’t get much simpler and cheaper than this, and yet this system is a really efficient way to manage all of my favorite recipes. Since I began using the internet in a more […]

Forum Highlights: January

Oops, I skipped December! So now it is definitely high time that I let you know about some of the fantastic conversations that have been taking place and questions that are being asked and answered in the Keeper of the Home community forum! For those unfamiliar with the forum or who aren’t members yet, you can learn more about my vision for the forum. To take a look through the forum you can click here, or visit the link in my navigational bar above, or […]

Eating More Nutrient-Dense Foods (Yes, I Really Tried Fish Eggs)

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It’s difficult to read Weston A. Price’s book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, without having a sudden urge to bolt to the store for some fish eggs and liver. No, really. It is. You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. After spending more than a week devouring this fascinating book full of Dr. Price’s nutritional research and investigations into exactly what it was that made native, isolated populations eating traditional foods so very healthy, I was inspired. These traditional people valued fish eggs (among many other […]