How to Read Food Labels

How to Read food labels

                        Written by Rachel, 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! When it comes to reading food labels, you may be wondering where to start. And I have definitely […]

Holiday Lattes in the Crock Pot {with Free Printables!}

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By Rachel, Contributing Writer There is something about this time of the year that makes us love having a hot beverage treat to warm our hands and indulge our taste buds. I think Starbucks and McDonald’s may be the ones responsible for that craze, but who knows the amount of sugar and artificial ingredients that are in those! If you are really curious, take a look into this research! The favorites seem to be the gingerbread latte, eggnog latte, peppermint mocha and then the pumpkin spice latte. These […]

Real Food Substitutions and No-Bake Cookie Dough Balls {a perfect holiday treat}

No Bake Cookie Dough Balls

Written by Rachel Marie, Contributing Writer I’m always on the look out for natural alternatives and healthy recipes, and I’m sure you are, too–especially if you read Keeper of the Home frequently. With all the gluten intolerances, food allergies and reduced sugar guidelines so many readers face today, I’m glad to be able to make quick substitutions like these: You can also substitute 1 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon of pure powdered stevia. (Not truvia or another similar brand; those are equal substitutions and often have fillers in […]

Jump into Fall with over 30 Pumpkin Ideas

Jump into Fall with 30+ Pumpkin Ideas

Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer Y’all, you know I don’t really say that in real life but there is just something about this time of year that brings out that southern greeting. It’s Fall Y’all and that means pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! Pumpkins are used in recipes, for decorations and soon to be carved into silly faces, for themed crafts and learning activities and so much more, you literally can get overwhelmed if you search pumpkin on Pinterest. This post will give you a rundown on […]

Day in the Life: Rachel (Busy Mom of a 3 and 5 year old)

Lincoln with Legos

Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer I am 30. This might be young to some while older to others, and even though age isn’t significant in motherhood, at 30 this year has been the hardest year of my life. Although I would like to give you my “ideal” scenario day, this is my life… for now and sometimes the day that I think would be better if x, y, and z, I know the Lord is preparing my heart for something beyond my dreams! God can do anything, you know—far more than you […]

10 Real Food Salad Dressing Recipes

raspberry dressing

Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer In almost every fridge there are common items; the dairy, the veggies, the fruits, the meats, and there are a lot of sauces, jelly’s and always a couple bottles of salad dressings which are in the doors usually, those items are overloaded with all kinds of fake food ingredients. Here’s a list of ingredients from a typical bottle of ranch dressing: Vegetable oil, water, egg yolk, salt, sugar, cultured nonfat buttermilk, natural flavors, spices, dried garlic, dried onion, vinegar, phosphoric […]

Homemade Lemon Citrus Produce Wash {Natural, Fast, & Easy}

Homemade Natural Veggie Wash

Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer It’s berry picking season and that means strawberry shortcakes, blueberry banana smoothies and berry jams & crisps but if you are like me, you make sure your fruits (and your veggies) get washed before you ever eat or make anything with them. Did you know that simply rinsing them under water does not get all of the contaminants like pesticides, bacteria or even other toxic chemicals off of your produce? You might as well not even rinsed them. In my opinion, I think produce should be washed in the […]

Applecado Smoothie

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My 4 year old son’s favorite fruit is an apple, he literally eats one every day.  Apples are easy for snacks by themselves or even with a dollop of peanut butter. It never occurred to me to put an apple in a smoothie until recently, so I decided to add 2 ingredients I had never added before into this recipe, an apple and avocado. Avocados are good for your heart, are a great healthy fat, and are anti-inflammatory so adding these to smoothies are great […]