Kate Tietje, Author at Keeper of the Home
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25 Pantry Staples for Last Minute Mealsby  

Image by Larry Hoffman Guest Post by Kate Tietje There’s nothing worse than looking at the clock and realizing you need to have dinner on the table, soon. Only you have no idea what to make.  (Hmm...pantry staples to the... Read More

Simple, Safe Cold and Cough Teaby  

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Nobody likes getting colds.  That runny nose, the pounding head, the congestion -- everyone wants to get rid of these unpleasant symptoms as soon as possible! There are many commercial products on the market.  We... Read More

A Day in the Life: Kate, a Homeschooling WAHM of 4by  

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer These posts are always so fun -- I love getting a peek into others' lives!  I hope you're enjoying it, too! I wrote a similar post last year, but my kids were younger, I had... Read More

Conversation: Balancing Healthy Food and Real Lifeby  

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer When I first started eating real food, I was pretty strict. I would not buy any white sugar or white flour.  I would not use wheat (spelt, then grain-free).  I was convinced all that stuff was... Read More

A Modern Alternative Mama’s Two-Week Meal Planby  

By Kate, Contributing Writer This is an average meal plan in our home.  We have four kids who are 5.5, 4, 2, and 4 months (the baby doesn't eat with us yet).  Our goal right now is to increase the... Read More

Fun, Frugal Outdoor Summer Activitiesby  

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer One of the aspects we enjoy most about the summer is the warm weather.  As soon as the sun starts peaking out and tendrils of warmth drift through the air, we are ready to go... Read More

7 Homemade Recipes I Always Make (and 7 I Don’t)by  

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer There are homemade recipes out there for just about anything.  I have tried many of them over the last few years. I consider myself a big "DIY-er" and I love to try anything I run... Read More

5 Spring Super Foods and Spring Sun Safetyby  

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I am so excited that spring is finally here!  In the last few weeks, my kids have been obsessed with playing outside and have spent several hours out each day.  We're lucky to have a... Read More

Keeping a Morning Routine During Busy Seasonsby  

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I just recently had my fourth baby.  My oldest turned 5 a couple of months ago. As you can imagine, it's pretty busy around here!  I have been lucky enough to have my husband stay... Read More

Safe Bath Products for Kidsby  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer When I was expecting my first baby, I bought so much stuff.  Some of what I bought was all the "usual" baby care products -- shampoo, baby wash, baby lotion, and so on.  All... Read More

The Grain Controversy: Should We Eat Them or Not?by  

Written by Kate Tietje, 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... Read More

New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Have to Be Clicheby  

By Kate, Contributing Writer We're coming up on the end of December, and the end of 2012, pretty rapidly. A lot of people are starting to think about New Year's resolutions. Still others have given up the practice...they consider resolutions... Read More

8 Ways to Enjoy Holiday Meals Without the Junkby  

By Kate, Contributing Writer Thanksgiving's coming--really, really soon!  And after Thanksgiving we have an onslaught of holiday festivities that will last until we begin 2013.  What we find at these festivities, in whatever form they take is...food. Lots and lots... Read More

Homemade Teething Tea for Babiesby  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I have tried all kinds of methods for soothing teething. With my oldest two, we relied on Hyland's teething tablets and then either chamomilla (my oldest) or belladonna (my second).  These worked.  We have... Read More

A Day in the Life: Work-At-Home Mom with 3 Kids (4.5, 3, 1 and pregnant)by  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I'm a busy mom. Obviously I'm not alone!  Is there really a way to be a mom and not be busy?  Probably not.  I guess if you're rich and you can afford a live-in nanny...but... Read More

Taking Care of Yourself While Pregnantby  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer When you're pregnant, especially in the beginning, ordinary life may be difficult.  When you have a job, other kids, or any semblance of a life, you can't just take time off!  Many pregnant women... Read More

Backyard Medicinal Plants: Do You Have Herbal Remedies Right Under Your Nose?by  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Last summer, my husband spent a few hours cleaning up our yard.  We had a lot of vines growing everywhere, some of which were poison ivy.  We were worried the kids would get into... Read More

7 Fun Seasonal Snacksby  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer This is a pretty awesome time of year.  At the end of July, almost everything is in season!  Yes, strawberries and greens and a few other "early" things are gone, but there is such... Read More

10 Foods to Include in Your Summer Meals (And Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe)by  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer In the summer time, there is an abundance of fresh food available, no matter where you are.  At farmer’s markets and even local grocery stores, you’ll find locally-grown fresh produce in all varieties.  Some... Read More

Farmer’s Market Project: Make a Salad with Kidsby  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I am so excited.  It's finally May, which means that the farmer's market is now open!  Well...we're lucky -- there is a winter market near me.  But I never went (I know, I know).... Read More

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