30 Things to Make Instead of Buy

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By Brandy, Contributing Writer As homemakers, there are so many things that we can easily make at home instead of buying products that contain ingredients that are potentially harmful to our health.  And with the internet at our fingertips, ordering supplies to make a product here or there has never been so easy. I love when I walk through my favorite stores and pass right on by the baking mixes, the household cleaners, and vanilla extract, because I know I have everything I need at […]

Healthy, Homemade Food for a Crowd

Healthy, Homemade Food for a Crowd

By Brandy, Contributing Writer When it comes to feeding a crowd, I need look no further than my own kitchen.  And when it comes to social gatherings, I’m usually not the least bit intimidated about the large amounts of food needing to be prepared. So many times, we think it’s much easier, and therefore really tempting, to simply grab ready-made food from the store.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  There are many homemade foods that can be whipped up in a snap […]

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade: Soups, Sauces, and Simple Dinners

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade

By Brandy, Contributing Writer Putting together fresh, homemade meals becomes easier once  you’ve got a few basic recipes for soups, sauces, and simple dinners under your belt. Make Your Own Stock Many recipes begin with a simple beef or chicken stock.  You can learn how to make these nourishing, simple soup bases by reading this tutorial. If a recipe calls for a cream soup, here’s a simple recipe for making that from scratch, too. From these stocks and cream soups, you can create the most […]

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade: Baked Goods

Simple Steps to begin Cooking Homemade: Baked Goods

By Contributing Writer Brandy Ferguson If you missed the first post in the Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade series, we talked about some essential pantry staples that will help you get started cooking from scratch. And this month, we’re discussing one of the most obvious, and probably one of our most favorite aspects of cooking homemade – baking! I’d always loved to bake, and as we began to have children, I realized more and more the importance of using simpler ingredients.  Even if I […]

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade: Pantry Staples

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By Brandy, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! Across the globe exists two extremes of eating:  the fast food, junk and convenience food diet, and the all home-grown, whole foods diet.  Somewhere in the middle is probably where most […]

No-Bake Pumpkin Seed Chewy Granola Bars

Pumpkin Seed Chewy Granola Bars

By Brandy, Contributing Writer I needed to come up with a new granola bar recipe that was both wheat-free AND rice free since my son is allergic to both.  And since I usually make my favorite granola bars with crispy brown rice cereal, I wondered what I could use that would be remotely close. On the cereal aisle, I explored my options.  The choices were slim, but one bag of cereal that I’d never tried before caught my eye. Puffed millet.  I decided to give […]

Homemade Cocoa Body Scrub and Body Butter

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Written by Brandy, Contributing Writer It’s getting to be that time of year again when I sometimes like to smell a little bit festive.  Ya know…aside from the ordinary scent of oatmeal, honey, and whatever my toddler ate for lunch.  As the gift-giving season approaches, too, I’m glad to have these two fantastic recipes for making the most delicious-smelling body scrub and body butter ever! I’ve already made my own batch, of course, and I need to go get some more half-pint mason jars so […]

Day in the Life: Brandy (A Monday in the Life of The Marathon Mom)

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Written by Brandy, Contributing Writer A day in the life of who? Truth be told, I don’t claim the title of The Marathon Mom, although I totally envision motherhood as a marathon.  And yes, my blog is called The Marathon Mom.  But the reason for that is because I realized a LONG time ago, that I am anything BUT Supermom. Oh, it’s something I commonly hear when I am in public with my entourage of eight sons and my celebrity husband.  (He’s not a REAL […]