Making Healthy Smoothies With Your Fresh Summer Greens (at Simple Organic)

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It’s a rare day that goes by in our home when we don’t make a fruit smoothie. Call us addicted. It’s a wonderful addiction to have! Since I have 3 little ones and a husband that rely on me to help them get in maximum nutrition with each and every bite they take, I frequently use our family’s beloved smoothies as a way of getting that nutrition in without fight and without fuss. One of our favorite ways to do this is by adding fresh […]

A Gardener’s Look at Life

Written by Anne Elliot, Contributing Writer I’m not much of a gardener, but over the last few years, I’m been attempting a little bit more each summer. It started three summers ago when I planted just a few things in a small bed in the back yard. A friend of mine had been gardening for years, and she came over and helped me figure out what to do when. My backyard was too shady for things to grow well, but it was a good start […]

Beekeeping: A Matter of the Heart

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Guest Post by Kate Ferry A few years ago, the Ferry family experienced a traumatic death. We lost all our girls. During the winter, approximately 50,000 honeybees vanished from my backyard. They went into hibernation after Halloween and never woke up. I don’t know where they went, but come spring, there was no one home in either of my hives. As the air began to warm and the flowers started turning their faces to the sun, the hives remained dark and empty. No one was […]

Cultivating a Servant’s Heart as a Mother

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Do you ever feel that some of the duties of motherhood are not quite what you expected? Or that many of the mundane and trivial tasks are not what you thought you were signing up for? This weekend I was reading “The Mission of Motherhood” by Sally Clarkson and one chapter in particular just hit me over the head. I am perpetually in awe of the way that the Holy Spirit can guide us to read the very thing that we need to hear, at […]

Go Bananas Preserving!

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Written by Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer Imagine with me for a moment:  a crisp night, crackling fire, blankets, loved ones all around enjoying hot beverages and warm, fresh out of the oven, banana bread. Are you drooling yet? I was too until I looked at the thermometer and remembered it was over 100°F outside!  I know it’s Summer right now and many places are sweltering and hot fires are the last thing you would want in your den, but…isn’t that one reason why we preserve […]

Get Outdoors and Get in That Sunshine!

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Guest Post by Kait Curran Palmer Summer is upon most of the Northern Hemisphere at this point–minus the cloud-covered and still-chilly Pacific Northwest–but for the rest of you lovely people you are kicking off your flip flops and getting to have a grand ole time basking in the warmth of long and sun-filled days. No bitterness here as I sit wearing flannels and a fleece. None at all… Seattle drudgery aside, as the kids are out of school and it is the season for “fun […]

Strawberry Coconut Cream Popsicles (Dairy-Free Indulgence for Summer Days)

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I made this recipe accidentally the other day, when I realized I had blended too many strawberries and didn’t want them to go to waste. It was a hot, hot day so popsicles sounded like the perfect fix, and they were! Most ice-cream style popsicle recipes are incredibly simple. Blended fruit, mixed with a creamy base (like yogurt, kefir, or in our case, coconut milk), some sweetener and you’re done. Blend up: 500 ml of strawberries- this measurement is after they are blended up. I […]

Enjoying the Blessings of Today

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Guest Post by Amy It seems that I have learned so much about myself and my walk with God since becoming a mom! One day I was watching my son, Joshua, eat some crackers. (He absolutely loves crackers!)  When he started eating the ones that I gave him, I noticed that he wasn’t even really enjoying them.  He was shoving them in his mouth as quick as he could so he could get more! When he got more, he still had his eyes on the ones […]