Are you tired? Overwhelmed? Read this.

Are you tired? Overwhelmed? Come re-discover how to thrive!

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer Just a quick note before we begin: I purposely didn’t title this post “5 Ways to Fight Overwhelm” or “5 Tips to Living More Simply” because while the five items listed below are the five things *I* remind myself of when I get into overwhelm mode, I know you wise mamas have lots of tried-and-true ways of making life feel less crazed and more meaningful as well. So please share with all of us in the comments what YOU do to […]

Green Tea Panna Cotta: The Easiest Summer Dessert You’ll Ever Make

Green Tea Panna Cotta: The Easiest Summer Dessert You'll Ever Make {KeeperoftheHome.org}

  By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer Summertime is no time to be cooking in a hot kitchen. It’s also a time when we want things easy. I’m not saying we’re lazy – I’m just saying I’d rather be playing a board game with my kids or enjoying the sunshine with a good book than coming up with new recipes or laboring over supper. (And I LOVE  to cook – like, serious LOVE LOVE LOVE, so that’s sayin’ sumthin’.) That’s why I love panna cotta, the […]

Perfect Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Granola Bars {keeperofthehome.org}

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer I absolutely love granola bars. They’ve been a favorite snack since I was a kid. Whether it’s a road trip, camping, hiking, a toddler snack in the diaper bag, or just to have something on hand for a mid-afternoon energy slump, granola bars always seem to fit the bill. They’re that lovely combination of protein from the nuts, quick sugar from the maple syrup and dried fruit, and long-lasting energy from the oats. I also happen to love peanut butter, […]

5 Ways to Eat Kale You (Likely) Haven’t Thought Of Before

5 Ways to Eat Kale

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer In my final year of university, all graduates were encouraged to attend a multi-course dinner hosted for the sake of teaching its graduates some basic etiquette. This wasn’t an act of compassion for society at large, per se, but specifically for the reason that the powers-that-be at the university wanted to give us the tools we needed to succeed in business – including business lunches. Toward the end of the first course, I began demurely munching on the kale set […]

DIY Dishwasher Detergent Pucks

DIY Dishwasher Detergent Pucks

Making a DIY version of dishwasher pucks was something I stumbled upon completely by accident – like many good things, of course. Over at DIY Natural, Matt and Betsy had shared their very excellent dishwashing detergent recipe, which includes citric acid for shine and non-cloudy glassware and which does its job well. The problem is, citric acid is hydrophilic – that is, it loves water, and thus when mixed in the recipe, it attracts moisture like crazy and if you don’t stir the mix every […]

Pear and Ginger Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Pear and Ginger Slow Cooker Oatmeal

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer If breakfast time in your house is anything like mine, there’s a prerequisite that it be quick and easy. Even on our “slow” mornings, making breakfast just isn’t something I want to take the time to do, despite the fact that I love sitting down and sharing breakfast with our kiddos. So, lately I’ve been relying on the slow cooker to provide morning meals that don’t take any thought or time to prepare. Just serve and go! It started when […]

Lavender Beef Stew: A Taste of Home

Lavender Beef Stew in the Slow Cooker | KeeperoftheHome.org

By Kresha, Contributing Writer Several years ago, I moved to an area of the U.S. where lavender grows natively. I had never been in a place where a small gust of wind could suddenly surround you with such a heavenly scent, and I cherished those blustery moments. Now, of course, whenever I smell or taste lavender, I am reminded of that wonderful place. So, I started adding lavender to various dishes and have been surprised at what a lovely, subtle, sweet note it adds to […]

The Fake Food You Don’t Know You’re Eating (Part 1)

The Fake Food You Don't Know You're Eating | KeeperoftheHome.org

  By Kresha, Contributing Writer Good morning! Have you eaten your wood pulp today? Now, I know I’m kind of weird in that I do make sure my kids eat dirt (as does Stephanie) and I try to fill them with as much offal as possible, but… wood pulp? While clay and liver may be excellent for our children’s diets, processed wood pulp most certainly is not. Yet it’s found in everything from packaged hamburgers and shredded cheese to ice cream and breakfast cereal. (source) […]