Simple Summer Salad Recipes {& Vinaigrette Dressings}

Simple Summer Salad Combinations and Vinaigrette Dressings {Keeper of the Home}

Guest Post by Marci Ferrell I do enjoy summertime with the abundance of fresh produce whether through a home garden,  CSA, farmer’s markets or your local grocery store.  I didn’t used to be a salad lover but it could be because a salad used to consist of head lettuce and ranch dressing.  Not too healthy or tantalizing on the taste buds. Since being captivated by real food and love for a good salad with a tasty homemade dressing, salads have become a staple on the […]

What Can You Actually DO with all those Fresh Spring Greens?

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Guest Post by Krissa Jeldy One of the things I love about getting a CSA box is getting introduced to all kinds of vegetables that (if I’m honest with myself) I probably wouldn’t pick up on a regular basis at the grocery store. At this time in the year my CSA box is filled with tons of fresh spring greens: spinach, kale, chard, collard greens, all varieties of lettuce, and more! Leafy greens are well known for their health benefits. Loaded with vitamins, fiber, and […]

Hope Runs: The Power of Letting Our Stories Shine

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Guest post by Claire Diaz-Ortiz I never meant to share this story. Of course, I never meant to live this story at all. It started on a trip unlike the others. A trip around a small-big-tiny world with a twenty-something best friend in tow. A year-long trip through nineteen countries, and hundreds of books and one pair of running shoes that took me to the finish line of a Spanish marathon and to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest. A trip that ended in a country where […]

The Soy Decoy: Why Soy is Not a Health Food

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This post was originally published in June of 2010, but the topic is still pertinent today! Soy is one of the most commonly mistaken modern “health foods”, and unfortunately, can be found in just about everything in the form of soy lecithin. This article covers why this plant is not at all what we should be putting in our bodies and explains why soy is not a health food! Guest Post by Katie Fox I know it goes against everything we hear these days about healthy […]

Is the Pomegranate Worth the Price? {5 Reasons + 3 Recipes to prove that it is!}

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Guest Post by Dena Norton Pomegranates are everywhere lately – food blogs, Pinterest boards, clothing lines and magazine covers. Pomegranates have been on the scene for a while now (some say since the Garden of Eden), and it doesn’t look like they’re giving up the spotlight any time soon. They hit peak production worldwide in 2013, but some are projecting new records in the coming year. Pomegranates are definitely popular, but they’re also pricey! My (usually affordable) grocer charges $5.00 for a 5-ounce package of […]

Homesteading in Suburbia – Five Easy Ways!

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Guest Post by Scott Morefield Rolling pastures in the middle of nowhere. A silo shading a barn full of dairy cows. Chickens clucking in the yard. A gigantic garden guarded by an imposing scarecrow, just a bit higher than the corn stalks waving in the wind. A farmhouse right out of the 1880’s, surrounded by a wrap-around porch and a white picket fence… Maybe this is the reality you are surrounded by every day, right up to Grandma sitting on her front porch rocking chair, […]

If Motherhood Isn’t a Competitive Sport, Then Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up?

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Guest Post written by Kresha Most days, life is overflowing. Overflowing with goodness, overflowing with activities, overflowing with… well, life. Some days that’s wonderful, but most days I end the day with more than a bit of discontent and guilt gnawing at my heart. This isn’t the type of guilt that comes from true wrongdoing. This is competitive guilt. I feel guilt for not having a tidier home, for having too much stuff, for not being more frugal, for not being more organized, for not […]

Creating a Culinary Experience with Cheese

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Guest Post by Kane Holbrook of Real Milk Cheese “ And he will give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you shall eat and be full.” -Deuteronomy 11:15 Cheese has been an important part of healthy cultures since the domestication of livestock. The scriptures refer to cheese more than a few times: Abraham fed his guests curds (Genesis 18:8). David’s father, Jesse, sent him to deliver bread to his brothers and cheese to the commander of the Israel army (1 Samuel 17:18). (This […]