After testing and tweaking a few different recipes, I finally settled on a homemade ranch dressing that I really love and that tastes even better, in my opinion, than the kind I grew up with!

Simple Homemade Ranch Dressing

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Whether a topping for salad, a dip for crudités, or a way to get your kids to eat something they might not otherwise eat, ranch dressing is a staple for many families. But as those of us who have been around the real food/natural living world for more than a few weeks know, the ingredients in most store bought ranch dressings, like soybean oil, MSG, sodium benzoate, and others, are not something we want our family to eat on a […]

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Weekend Links

Links for this week: One More @ Preparing the Soil Longing for a Resourceful, Old-Fashioned Way of Life @ Accidentally Green Fudgy Flourless Black Bean Brownie Bites – Grain and Refined-Sugar Free @ Health, Home, & Happiness Mother’s Day for the Motherless Mother @ Lisa-Jo Baker Moms Who Aren’t in the Trenches, We Need You @ Intentional By Grace Cinco de Mayo Meal Plans for 5 Special Diets @ GNOWFGLINS Making Your Loudest Voice Calmer & Your Truest Voice Stronger @ Hands Free Mama When My […]

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I love this recipe for orzo salad with spinach and sun dried tomatoes for many reasons.

Orzo Salad with Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer I love this recipe for orzo salad with spinach and sun dried tomatoes for many reasons. First, the dressing is a simple red wine vinaigrette. Because it’s not a mayo-based dressing, it’s perfect for packing in lunches or for picnics. Second, the classic Mediterranean flavors are always a crowd pleaser. Double or triple the recipe to bring it as a potluck side dish and everyone will be asking you for the recipe. Finally, whole wheat orzo is my favorite whole wheat pasta. […]

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The Benefits of Cooking and Baking with Stoneware

This post was originally published in 2010, but with more and more people looking for safer alternatives to their non-stick cookware, this is a great topic to revisit! With all that I’ve been learning over the past few years about toxic materials in my various pots, pans and muffin tins, it has been so refreshing to find a safe alternative that I love using! I’ve discovered that high-quality stoneware easily meets all of my qualifications, being 100% safe, durable and effective. I have slowly been […]

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Real Deals: This Week’s Sales and Discounts on Natural Products You Really Use

This week’s top deals: Just $2.99  Simply Organic Cinnamon Ground Certified Organic, 2.45-Ounce Container.  FREE shipping with a qualifying order. List Price $39.99 On Sale $22.97   Stroller Organizer Bag  Highest Quality  Fits Britax, City Mini, Bob, Uppababy, Umbrella and most others – New & Improved With Two Larger Insulated Drink Holders – Keeps Phone, Keys, Drinks and Other Personal Items Within Arms Reach – Lifetime Money-Back Guarantee.  Made of eco-friendly machine washable fabric. BPA-free and Phthalate-free.  Get FREE Shipping on qualifying order.  As Low As $14.13 […]

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Homemade body scrubs are easy to make: mix sugar and oil and you're good to go! But, if you add a few extras, you can take this floral body scrub to the next level.

Floral Body Scrub (plus gift ideas & DIY links for Mother’s Day!)

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer After the depths of winter have passed, skin is often dull and dry. Heated indoor air and lack of moisture are two of the main culprits in creating such thirsty skin. Thankfully it’s quick and easy to get skin soft, smooth, and vibrant again. A gentle exfoliation via a simple body scrub will usually do the trick. Scrubs made with sugar are quite effective in removing dead skin cells, and revealing fresh, glowing skin beneath. You are likely aware of how simple […]

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Keeper of the Home

Weekend Links

Links for this week: When You’re Ready to Make Your Space about Grace instead of Perfectionism @ A Holy Experience The Time When We’ll Be Present & Content @ zen habits Sugaring Off and Bacon-Wrapped, Maple-Glazed Roasted Carrots @ Simple Bites Your Predisposition is Not Your Future @ Becoming Minimalist The Truth Is I Am Tired @ (in)courage Fermented Tex-Mex Salsa @ GNOWFGLINS Why My Boys Wore Spiderman Costumes to Church Today @ Micah J. Murray The One Question That Can Also Be an Answer @ […]

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The 5 Best Natural Remedies for Beginners

Are you eager to start making the switch over to natural remedies, but unsure of where to start? I know that when you’re first getting started with the world of herbs, essential oils, alternative medicines and so on, it can feel daunting. Walking into a health food or vitamin store is an exercise in overwhelm. And googling what you’re trying to find out can be even worse! Growing up, we took Tylenol for headaches, Nyquil for colds, Neosporin for cuts, and Pepto Bismal for stomach-related […]

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