How to Cook Perfect, Fluffy Quinoa

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By Mindy, Contributing Writer I posted a recipe for quinoa pancakes last month here at Keeper of the Home that called for thre cups of cooked quinoa as one of the ingredients. Some readers asked how to cook quinoa, so today I wanted to share with you my tried-and true-method for how to cook perfect, fluffy quinoa. We’ve eaten quinoa in our household regularly for several years now. However, it took me at least a year of serving either overdone and mushy quinoa or underdone […]

Easy Quinoa Pancakes (Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar Free)

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By Mindy, contributing writer Fluffy, easy, nutritious, delicious, and low-glycemic pancakes…what more could anyone ask for?! These simple pancakes make a great breakfast when you have leftover quinoa from supper the night before. Quinoa is more gentle on your blood sugar than most other grains, and it also happens to be delicious! (Note: Quinoa is technically a seed, but it is commonly referred to as a grain.) If you like quinoa then you will love these easy, simple pancakes. However, if you are not fond […]

What are the Benefits of Skin Brushing?

Benefits of Skin Brushing

Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer When I first read about skin brushing several years ago, it took me a while to grasp the concept. I didn’t really understand what it was or why anyone would want to do it. The idea did intrigue me however, so I continued to research and soon found out that the practice of skin brushing had so many benefits that I had to give it a try. So try it I did, and I have been hooked ever since. It […]

Natural Homemade Carpet Freshener

Natural Homemade Carpet Freshener

By Mindy, Contributing Writer By nature, I am not a clean freak. Don’t get me wrong. I like everything to be clean, neat, and tidy, but I am not one of those people who just loves to clean. (On a side note, do those people really actually exist? If you take joy in scrubbing floors and toilets, then I think you and I could become quick friends, and I would love to have you over to my house!) Although, I don’t find it particularly thrilling […]

10 Tips for Transitioning to 2 Kids

Transitioning to 2 Kids

By Mindy, Contributing Writer Although I was beyond happy and excited, I will admit that I was a bit anxious about adding a second child to our household. I had heard from countless people that the hardest transition was going from one child to two. Despite my anxiety, I was still so thrilled when we welcomed our baby girl into the world a few short weeks ago. We were blessed to have an awesome home birth, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. However, […]

20 Easy Real Food Switches and Substitutions {with Free Printable Chart}

Real Food Substitutions

By Mindy, 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! Starting out on a real food journey can be very overwhelming–especially when all of your old favorite recipes call for less than ideal ingredients, and you just don’t know what to […]

6 Cultured Foods to Make at Home

Cultured Foods to Make at Home

Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer Probiotics are a great way to keep your digestive system working properly.  Lots of people take probiotics in pill form, but I love getting in as many probiotics as I can through my food and drinks. What are the best foods to eat to fill your body up with all of those beneficial probiotics?  Cultured and fermented foods!  They are full of probiotics, and they are easy to make yourself at home. Here are six different cultured foods that you […]

Naturally-Sweetened Homemade Marshmallows {A Fun Holiday Treat}

Naturally Sweetened Homemade Marshmallows

By Mindy, Contributing Writer Homemade Marshmallows are one of those things that sound so elusive to most people. I mean, who makes their own marshmallows? Only crazy people, right? Well, what if I told you that you can make homemade marshmallows that are not only easy to make, but also much tastier than their store-bought counterparts? And they just so happen to include only real food ingredients, including a completely natural sweetener. Sound too good to be true? It’s not! I’ll show you how to […]