September 2011 - Keeper of the Home

Tips for School Lunchtime Successby  

Written by Diana Bauman, Contributing Writer September has been an exciting month for my five year old son and I.  He started kindergarten and I became a first time parent with a child in school. My husband and I met all... Read More

September at Our Homeby  

I can hardly believe that fall is upon us already, but the beautiful crimson leaves outside my window attest to the fact that it's true. I am always sad to see the summer go, especially since we had such a... Read More

Seven Strategies for Home Schooling Momsby  

Written by Natalie Klejwa, Guest Writer When my oldest child was three years old, I began one of the most exciting and stretching challenges of my life.  I started home schooling.  Fifteen years later, I am teaching children in the... Read More

Plan It- Don’t Panic: The Official Start of the Meal Planning Challengeby  

Welcome to the "official" (see last week) start of the Plan It- Don't Panic Meal Planning Challenge! This challenge will be running for the next 6 weeks (Sept.26- Nov.7). Every Monday I will be posting both my own menu plan... Read More

Pumpkin Walnut Breadby  

Written by Brandy Ferguson, Contributing Writer This bread is perfect any time of year, but I especially love to make it in the fall. Slightly crunchy on the outside, and super moist on the inside, it's a favorite in our family.... Read More

Gentle, All Natural Deodorant Stick Recipeby  

 Although I've been using more natural deodorants for years, it can be hard to find the right one that actually works for you and doesn't cost a fortune. I hear many complaints that people simply don't want to use natural brands because... Read More

A Warm Welcomeby  

This month, I'm happy to welcome 4 new contributing writers to Keeper of the Home! Brandy @ The Marathon Mom Diana @ A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa Erin @ The Humbled Homemaker Courtney @ Simply Nurtured Also joining... Read More

How Do You Deal With Challenging Behavior? (An Attitude Check for Moms)by  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer There was one morning early in my third pregnancy when I was still exhausted and I was attempting to sleep just a little more after my kids got up.  I would leave my bedroom... Read More

Plan It- Don’t Panic: Week 1 of the Meal Planning Challengeby  

Welcome to Week 1 of the Plan It- Don't Panic Meal Planning Challenge! What? You're not ready? You thought it started next Monday, the 26th of September? Oh, you mean the date on the pretty graphic I had made? Ahem... you... Read More

Depression During Pregnancy: My Experienceby  

This post is not intended to diagnose or treat any symptoms.  If you feel this is something you are dealing with, it’s very important that you talk to your doctor or midwife about it as soon as possible. Typically when... Read More

Resources and Recipes to Make Your Meal Planning Successfulby  

With the Plan It- Don't Panic meal planning challenge beginning this Monday morning, now seemed like the perfect time to share some really helpful resources to help you succeed with your menus. Learn more about how to make meal planning... Read More

Gardening with Herbs 101: Preserving Your Herbsby  

Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Last time we talked about how to harvest your herbs - now that you've harvested them, what are you going to do with them? Here are my favorite ways to preserve herbs for out-of-season... Read More

Backyard Chicken Challengesby  

Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer It's been about about 2 1/2 years since my husband and I - inexperienced as we are - first took on the hobby of keeping backyard chickens; and what a joy it's been. But... Read More

Why My Husband Rocks (and Union 28 Giveaway)by  

*Giveaway has now ended* A few years ago, I remember seeing one of my dear friends in the cutest shirt. It said: "I love skinny guys with glasses" and it had a stick drawing of a skinny guy wearing (what... Read More

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream (A Giveaway)by  

*Giveaway has now ended* Ever read a recipe book that had you drooling from practically the first page? Considering that summer is promising to stay hot for a while longer, when I first read Just Making Ice Cream, I could... Read More

You Asked For It: Plan It- Don’t Panic! {A 6-Week Meal Planning Challenge}by  

All those who know that meal planning is a good idea, but struggle to actually do it, put up their hands! (Is yours raised?) I definitely relate. I have been meal planning on and off (more on than off) for... Read More

Gardening with Herbs 101: Harvesting Your Herbsby  

Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Our weather may not be showing signs of Autumn, but our plants and gardens are certainly indicating it is time for harvesting! If you have been consistently using your herbs throughout the summer, you... Read More

Small Batch Dehydrating for the Summer Bountyby  

There's a woman who lives a few blocks down from me with this miraculous garden that seems to go from a freshly tilled plot to a wildly abundant gardener's delight in about one month flat (my husband keeps telling me... Read More

Benefits of a Protein-Rich Breakfast (and a Protein Pancake Recipe)by  

Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but with so many choices (and conflicting information), it can be difficult to know what to serve our family. While cereal... Read More

How to Peel Peaches and Tomatoes for Canningby  

Although I've been canning for 4-5 years now, it was only about 2 years ago that I learned this simple trick for peeling peaches that has made canning an easier task. I was missing out! My 6 year old and I... Read More

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