45 Real Food Slow Cooker Meals for the Summer

Chicken crockpot meals

Today Stacy brings you a roundup of 45 excellent slow cooker recipes, categorized by protein type. This is a continuation of Jami’s roundup a few weeks back, where she shared 42 recipes, divided by meal type (breakfast, lunch/dinner, sides, dessert/beverages). Now you can easily fill that crock pot every day for the rest of the summer! I’m inspired myself, actually, to go pull mine out and get dinner started right now (it’s 8am as I write this)! ~ Stephanie  By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer No one wants to […]

Strawberry-Peach Salsa Recipe

Strawberry-Peach Salsa {keeperofthehome.org}

  By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Summer is a wonderful tine to enjoy fresh salsa. It’s so flavorful and delicious! Plus, it’s easy to make. However, you may want a change from tomato-based salsas. (I’m sure that’s mortifying to some die-hard salsa fans!) If so, this fruit-based salsa will be a welcome change. Made with fresh peaches and strawberries, it makes good use of in-season produce and adds an unexpected sweetness to meals. To make this Strawberry-Peach salsa quickly, you will need a food processor. The wonderful […]

Maple-Walnut Pie Recipe (MightyNest Review + Giveaway)

Maple-Walnut Pie Recipe

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer It’s Spring Giveaway Week! Mighty Nest is a favorite go-to for healthy bakeware, cookware, kids lunch gear, and much, much more for your family and home. Plus, their Mighty Nest for Schools program generously supports the school of your choice when you buy any of their high quality, eco friendly, healthy gear, by donating 15% of your purchase.  Enter the Mighty Nest giveaway below to win a Total Pie Kit for yourself plus $100 for your school! A free afternoon […]

How to Deal with Sugar Cravings

how to deal with sugar cravings

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer It’s 4 p.m. and you find yourself in the kitchen pantry, rummaging through the baking supplies, trying to find that half used bag of chocolate chips. You know they must be somewhere. And you must find them right now! Is this you? It’s certainly been me on more occasions than I care to admit. Sugar cravings are well known to most of us. For some they come here and there, for others it is a daily occurrence. Why do we […]

Family Craft: Hand-painted Mugs

Family craft - hand-painted mugs

By Stacy, Contributing Writer When the cold days of winter seem to drag on, a family craft can be a welcome distraction. Yes, crafts can be messy, and even a little chaotic, but the act of working together to create something beautiful is fun and fulfilling (as long as you keep things fairly simple). Besides being simple, the nice thing about making hand-painted mugs is that the end product is useful and not just clutter (which, let’s face it, some crafts are)! How to paint […]

What’s Wrong with Hydrogenated Oil (and How to Avoid It)

what's wrong with hydrogenated oil

By Stacy, Contributing Writer While many oils are healthy and nourishing to the body and brain, hydrogenated oil is not one of them. You’ve probably heard that hydrogenated oil isn’t good for you, but perhaps you are not sure why. I always find it easier to stay away from foods that are unhealthy when I understand why they are bad for me. It also helps to know suitable replacements. Today we will examine hydrogenated oil to get a better understanding of why it is unhealthy […]

50 Homemade Gift Ideas {and DIY Packaging tutorials}

50 Homemade gifts

By Stacy, Contributing Writer I’ve always thought that homemade gifts bring a sense of love and care with them. Knowing that someone took the time to create something with their own hands has a way of making you feel special. It’s also good for the gift-giver. Working hard to prepare a gift warms the soul. It can be a little stressful, too. So, might I encourage you to choose homemade gifts that are simple? Below I’ve listed homemade gifts that are fairly quick and easy to […]

Time Saving Tips for Natural Cleaning

time saving tips for natural cleaning

By Stacy, Contributing Writer Do you want to clean your home naturally, but feel overwhelmed by the idea of making the cleaners yourself? If you are anything like me, you might get carried away and think you need a new cleaner for every task. Eventually this becomes a burden that is just too much to handle. It might seem a little silly to allow the desire to clean your home naturally drive you crazy, but when added to the mountain of tasks a wife and mom […]