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Perfect Peanut Butter Granola Bars

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, […]

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Strawberry-Peach Salsa Recipe

  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 […]

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Chewy Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars

Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars (nut-free!)

Looking for a yummy, real-food homemade granola bar recipe? This is a great one! It’s nourishing and also allergy-friendly … no gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts or peanuts! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but it feels like my kids are always hungry! Come to think of it, my husband and I are always hungry, too. Maybe the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! It can be a real struggle to find foods that are filling and nourishing (and don’t cost […]

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Weekend Links

Links for this week: Confessions From an {imperfect} parent of an {imperfect} child @ The Better Mom Why I’m Listening to Jerry Seinfeld @ chatting at the sky Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream (Dairy-Free) @ The Nourishing Gourmet Calling out the Illusion of a Superficial Life @ (in)courage Simple Lavender Salve @ A Delightful Home Almond Joy Cookie Bars (Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar Free) @ Kitchen Stewardship Should you use a Vinegar and Baking Soda Mixture for Cleaning? @ Live Renewed (This is a great follow-up to this […]

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What to include in your natural first aid kit this summer

We’re on the road again and we couldn’t be happier. For our family, pursuing adventure together is becoming part of our DNA. The past two weeks we’ve been traveling down the West coast, starting from our home outside Vancouver, Canada and making our way through Washington and Oregon all the way to the Bay area in California. The original impulse for this trip came out as a result of something called Maker Faire, a massive fair in San Mateo, CA, designed to equip, inspire and […]

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Homemade Foaming Facial Cleanser

This post was originally published at Simple Homemade. When I clean my face, I want something that leaves it clean and soft, but I’m very leery of using conventional products that contain harsh chemicals. I’ve been a fan of the Oil Cleansing method for a long time, but I have just one issue with it. I’m a lazy face washer. At the end of a long day, I buck at the idea of spending 4 to 5 minutes going through the process of getting my water really hot, steaming my […]

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Best Summer Slaw

Best Summer Slaw with Kale, Brussels, Apples & Almonds

Guest post by Dena Norton Happy Memorial Day! Guess who’s coming to my picnic today? This slaw, that’s who. I like traditional cole slaw, but I love this recipe – as in, LOOOVE it. It’s perfect alongside a Memorial Day burger and some oven fries, but it’s also simple enough to throw together for a weekday lunch, and pretty enough to serve when guests come for dinner. I’ve dubbed this slaw, “The Salad of Summer 2014″ and have already decided we will be eating it […]

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Weekend Links {and Giveaway Winners!}

100 Days of Summertime Winners! Congratulations to joellyn a and BethAnn Rivers, who won our 100 Days of Summertime ebook giveaway last weekend! Enjoy your summer plans! If you’re interested in adding this wonderful summer planning resource to your ebook collection, you can pick up a copy at Links for this week: Marking Storms and Making Choices @ chatting at the sky To Build (or Break) a Child’s Spirit @ Hands Free Mama 2 Summer Spritzers @ GNOWFGLINS Chicken and Fries @ Jen Hatmaker A one-room […]

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