November 2010 - Keeper of the Home
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Preparing My Heart for Christmasby  

It's been a hard year. As I begin to look back and reflect upon 2010, and anticipate celebrating Christmas this year, my heart is a bit heavy. It feels as though this year has been one of loss, struggle and... Read More

Green Christmas: Natural Kids Toys and Gifts for Guysby  

This is the last of the 3-day Green Christmas event, and today I want to share with you some options for children and the men in your life (because goodness, aren't they always the hardest ones to buy for?)... Oompa--... Read More

Green Christmas: Organic Women’s Clothes and Reusable Glass Strawsby  

Welcome to Day 2 of Green Christmas, where I'm featuring some great "green" companies and products for more sustainable gift giving this holiday season! You can learn more about how and why I decided to run this series and what... Read More

Green Christmas: Hard Lotion Bars and Fabric Gift Bagsby  

Wouldn't it be nice to stay away from the mall and the big-box stores this holiday season? To support some smaller companies, and be able to choose more natural, earth-friendly and unique gifts for your loved ones? Green Christmas is... Read More

How To Quickly Get Your Home Ready For Guestsby  

Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer The holidays are in full swing, and along with holidays usually come guests.  It is a blessing to host others in our homes, whether for a week night family dinner, weekend party, or small... Read More

Giveaway: 6-pack Happy Heiny’s Cloth Diapersby  

Written by Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer As I have written to you all before, more and more people (and many of you) are making the switch to cloth diapering for so many reasons!  Thanks to our ever-expanding internet technology, most... Read More

How to Plant Garlic in the Fallby  

Garlic has stolen my heart as an organic gardener, because it is hands down one of the easiest and most reliable crops that I've grown so far. For some reason, I initially had this idea that garlic was only for... Read More

Whole Foods for the Holidays: Main Dishesby  

During the holidays, main dish entrees are the belle of the ball. This is one of the few times of the year when we really go all out with time-consuming meals, expensive ingredients and make fancier courses that will knock... Read More

Nourishing Wife-Saver Breakfast Casseroleby  

I grew up eating a "wife-saver" casserole each Christmas morning, with eggs and bacon and Corn Flakes crumbled on top. It was delicious and hearty, and best of all, my mom could make it the the day before and pop... Read More

Homemade and Frugal Christmas Ideasby  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Christmas is coming…soon!  It’s a huge, commercial, and expensive holiday. Many families spend well over $1000, and some far more than that, on Christmas presents and paraphernalia every year.  For families who are trying... Read More

Herbal Honey: A Sweet Holiday Giftby  

Written by Meg, Contributing Writer With the holidays nearly upon us, I know many of us are already thinking of the many gifts we are preparing to share with others this season.  If you're like me, you also have the... Read More

Cream of Tomato Soup: Quick and Easy Fall Comfort Foodby  

With fall and cooler weather comes the return of soup simmering on my stove. Too hot for summer dining, it is just the perfect, warming end to a crisp autumn day, and so soup begins to find its way back... Read More

Using Stoneware for Baking and Cookingby  

With all that I've been learning over the past few years about toxic materials in my various pots, pans and muffin tins, it has been so refreshing to find a safe alternative that I love using! I've discovered that high-quality... Read More

Looking Forward: An Advent Calendarby  

Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer What and When is Advent? The word "advent" means arrival or coming in Latin. Specifically, it relates to the coming of the Christ at the incarnation. Advent is celebrated in the weeks leading up to the... Read More

My Simple Cast Iron Care Routineby  

Written by Shannon, Contributing Writer For so long I avoided cast iron because I was intimidated by the seasoning and care process that I had read about. Then my husband came home and surprised me one day with a cast... Read More

Natural and Eco-Friendly Laundry Soap Reviews: 5 Moms Test and Compareby  

In light of the growing interest in more natural and environmentally friendly products over the past several years, the number of cleaning products lining the shelves of your local health food store (and even conventional stores) has grown enormously! For... Read More

Giveaway Winners: In the Kitchen, Real Food Basicsby  

Out of 239 entries, the winners of In the Kitchen: Real Food Basics are: Elizabeth (lizhull@...) MomOfFour (reaching5678@...) Christine (rivdet@...) Congratulations! For those who didn't win, Kate is offering a coupon code, KOTH25, for 25% off Real Food Basics.  This... Read More

Holiday Card Making with Kids Using Recycled and Re-Purposed Materialsby  

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer It never ceases to amaze me just how much joy a simple act of kindness can bring. A thoughtful card often takes very little effort, yet provides so much encouragement. Taking the time to... Read More

Book Sale Has Been Extended!by  

Due to a few technical "bumps" we had at the beginning of the sale and the fact that the response has been so absolutely tremendous, we've decided to extend the sale until this Friday! Some of the coupon codes for... Read More

Home Remedies Carnival: Share Your Resources for Staying Healthy Naturallyby  

After spending an entire month focused mainly on natural home remedies, herbs, homeopathics, real food prevention and more, I still feel like we've only scratched the surface. Though most of it isn't complex (in fact, often home remedies are very... Read More

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