20 Holiday Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes That Will Fill Your Home with Cheer

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer This time of year, the sense of home and holiday cheer is SO tied in with the smells of the season. That pumpkin pie baking in the oven… The smell of hot cocoa rising from your mug after a hike through the snow…. That fresh Christmas tree scent of a tree that was just brought in from outdoors…. Now, despite the fact that I recently compiled and published a printable guide on how to use essential oils safely, the one […]

Homemade Herbal Throat Spray for Cough, Cold, and Flu

  By Kresha Faber, Contributing Editor Now that it’s autumn, cold season is just around the corner. However, having this homemade herbal throat spray on hand can help give relief to sore throats and aid healing. I love having it around! This recipe came about sort of as a cross between my homemade cough drops, homemade herbal lozenges, and homemade cough syrup, but it’s all in a convenient spray form. My daughter in particular appreciates this, because out of all my kiddos, she’s the one […]

4 Sure-Fire Tips to Help Picky Eaters Actually Eat That Healthy School Lunch

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer There’s an unspoken stigma amongst moms these days, namely “picky eaters are created by moms who cater to their kid’s every whim.” Or better said, your kid wouldn’t be a picky eater if you didn’t LET him be. And while an element of this certainly may be true, picky eating isn’t quite that simple. Sure, the concept of a “picky eater” is largely a first-world one. But that doesn’t mean it’s not REAL or not worth our attention. Nor does it […]

How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything: Part 2

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer Did you miss Part 1 of How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything? Go right on over HERE to read it. It will give you some fantastic information about: Why we preserve food The 7 types of food preservation A note about safety How to choose which method of preparation to use Tips for getting equipped to start preserving But today, I want to share with you just a few of my favorite preserving websites, recipes, tutorials, resources and inspirations! Handy How-To’s […]

How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything: Part 1

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer It’s nearly August, that time of year when zucchini show up unannounced on your doorstep, peaches are offered for sale by the bushel, and tomatoes proliferate. Needless to say, it’s a time of bounty, when everything is growing great gonzos, so it’s the time of year when every year I feel underprepared for processing and dealing with all the delicious food that is at the height of flavor and nutrition. Thus, about two years ago, I started compiling all of […]

How to Make Colorful Homemade Sprinkles (plus DIY yellow cake mix!)

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer While I was writing my book, The DIY Pantry, it was essential to me that the book include the staples that people actually USE regularly in their kitchens. A few things were obvious, like taco seasoning and ketchup, but of all the vast array of foods we eat, what’s actually essential? And perhaps more importantly, what are the items people really want to skip at the store yet still want to have available as they cook? So I asked my readers […]

Are These Hidden Toxins Lurking in YOUR Chocolate?

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer Chocolate has served as a sacred elixir, an aphrodisiac, and a comfort food for multiple civilizations since the time of the Aztecs. With a scientific name like theobroma, which literally means “food of the gods,” there’s little question why. But through all of those thousands of years of civilization and up until the 1920s, chocolate bars and chocolate products were made exclusively from chocolate – that is, from various products from the cacao plant itself. However, in the latter part of […]

The Fake Food You Don’t Know You’re Eating (Part 2)

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer Have you ever wondered what you would see if you could examine the inside of your body under a microscope? Would you find traces of benzene? Mutated DNA? Or perhaps thinned or irritated cell walls along your colon or a small tumor you didn’t know about? Modern food manufacturers have at their fingertips thousands of substances to make our food taste better, look better, and last longer, but most of these food additives are synthetic. Or, they’re highly-processed versions of once-natural […]