March 2010 - Keeper of the Home
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Whole Chickens – Less Waste, More Mouth-Watering Goodnessby  

By Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer Without exception, I always buy whole chickens – free-range, sustainably raised, local whole chickens. You may wonder why I bother with whole chickens when I could simply buy the particular cut I want, prepackaged, and... Read More

Keeper of the Home’s Pocket Diaper Reviewby  

Why pocket diapers? For over 4 years, I used fitted diapers with covers, and I was happy with them. Yes, they could be a bit bulky but I didn't have any major issues. They were simple to use and cost... Read More

29 Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Home (and Save Money While You’re At It)by  

Image by rezlab 1. Cloth diaper your baby. 2. Buy in bulk whenever possible. 3. Shop with an eye for packaging, and try to buy only products with minimal or recyclable packaging. 4. Compost your kitchen scraps. (Or try worm... Read More

Simple Ways to Improve your Digestion and Gut Healthby  

Image by David Niergarth "We tend to take our gut for granted, and it costs us dearly. We continually eat wrong foods that are rarely digested properly. The by-products of incomplete digestion clog the gut with accumulated debris. This coating... Read More

When Good Nutrition Doesn’t Seem to Helpby  

By Anne Elliot, Contributing Writer I’ve been trying to feed my family with healthy, nutritious food for about thirteen years now. Before that, I ate just about anything, but one day I began reading books that changed the way I... Read More

Our Favorite Budget Management Toolby  

Image by Bohman My wonderful hubby, Ryan, is as busy as he can be, working on our new business, Resound School of Music. Nonetheless, he agreed to write this short review post of our favorite budgeting software, You Need a... Read More

Reducing Waste with Earth-Friendly Disposablesby  

Does it seem just a little bit contradictory to suggest that you can reduce waste by choosing to use disposables? Most of the conversation so far this month on the topic of reducing waste has centered around choosing products that... Read More

Recipes and Ideas for What to Eat on the GAPS Introduction Dietby  

Image by carbavor We've just begun our 3rd week on the GAPS diet, and all is well. We are beginning to see some very positive results in our family, including less eczema for the baby and toddler, a decrease in... Read More

Reducing Waste by Using Cloth Diapersby  

Image by mhofstrangd Post by Contributing Writer Sherrie Cook For years prior to 1961, parents used cloth diapers on their children because there was no other option. Since the 60’s, paper diapers have grown with such popularity that many moms... Read More

Upcoming: Four Families are Going to Get a Real Food Makeover!by  

Image by Nina Matthews Photography **Update- I have had a huge response- thank you so much everyone! I won't be accepting any more email applications for this, but will be choosing from those who have already contacted me!** Is your... Read More

How to Make Fabulous Soup From Scratch Without a Recipeby  

Image by Magic Madzik Learning to cook without recipes can be not only a huge time-saver in the kitchen, but a money-saver as well. Soup is an incredibly versatile food. It can be hearty and chunky, or light and refreshing,... Read More

Gardening Season Has Officially Begun!by  

Just a couple of weeks behind schedule, all of my garden seedlings have been planted! It doesn't look like much, but yesterday morning I planted 7 heirloom tomato varieties, Purple Beauty peppers, 3 winter squashes (Sugar Pie Pumpkin, Butternut, Delicata)... Read More

Cutting Down on Waste in the Kitchen: Tossing the Paperby  

The kitchen is probably my favorite room in my house. I spend a lot of time in there every day. After all, with four kids, I have a lot of meals to cook, meals to eat, dishes to wash, and... Read More

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: Making Room for Bulk Storageby  

When you think of storing bulk food, what comes to mind? Do you wonder where you will ever keep it? Do you dismiss the idea because your kitchen storage is already on the small side? Do you envision hefty, 25... Read More

An Update on Our GAPS Diet and Related Q&Aby  

Last week I shared why our family is doing the GAPS diet and what it is all about. We actually began this Monday morning. We haven't seen any amazing results come out of the first 4 days, but we are... Read More

Real Food Recipe Roundup: Marchby  

[caption id="attachment_3440" align="alignnone" width="400"] Beef Pot Roast with Winter Root Vegetables, a la Nourished Kitchen (see below)[/caption] I love passing on real food recipes, whether they're tried and true, or newly acquired favorites. Lately, though, I just haven't been cooking... Read More

Homemade One-Size Cloth Diaper Pattern and Wipes Recipeby  

Angela Beery, has created her own pattern for making a homemade, one-size cloth diaper and it looks excellent! Making your own diapers is a wonderful way to use up extra material, and to make diapers that are extremely frugal as... Read More

Heirloom Seeds: A Frugal and Healthier Option for Gardeningby  

Today's guest post from Phoebe of Getting Freedom is on a topic near and dear to my gardener's heart. I am a huge advocate of heirloom seeds, for so many of the reasons that she talks about in this excellent... Read More

The GAPS Diet: One Mom’s Experienceby  

[caption id="attachment_3370" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Blended vegetable soup- the basis of the GAPS intro diet!"][/caption] Image by Qfamily After all the GAPS diet talk last week (what it is and why we're doing it), I thought it would be good to... Read More

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