How to Do a Facial Steam with Essential Oils

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve enjoyed giving myself the occasional “spa night.” I would pick a night when I didn’t have any lingering chores–or competition for the bathroom–and set the scene for a relaxing, pampering experience. Spa night usually involved a bath with some special bath salts or sugar scrub I’d received as a birthday gift, plus an edible treat, a good book (usually an Agatha Christie mystery), and perhaps toenail painting afterwards. I also liked to […]

Why I’m Going to Start Using Plan to Eat For Meal Planning (and You Might Want To, Too)

Meal planning might be the death of me…or not, thanks to Plan to Eat. Here’s why I’m going to start using Plan to Eat for meal planning starting NOW.

Planning and Preparing a Real Food Thanksgiving Dinner

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Growing up, Thanksgiving dinner was a wonderful time with family and plenty of food. Yet many of the dishes served were made with processed food: Green bean casserole made with cream of mushroom soup and French friend onions, Pre-made rolls, Gravy from a jar, Canned sweet potatoes topped with brown sugar and marshmallows, Canned cranberry sauce, Pumpkin pie made with ready-made pie crusts and canned filling. My husband and I both love to cook real food, so a few years […]

How to Make Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer If you’re a pumpkin pie aficionado, you’re going to fall in love with this delightful pumpkin-spice spread that captures the delicious flavors of fall with every smooth and creamy bite! This spread also makes a thoughtful gift! Simply spoon it into adorable little mason jars and add some pretty ribbons or twine for a sweet, wholesome gift everyone will love! Lest you think pumpkin butter is merely for spreading on toast, below you’ll find some of my favorite drool-worthy ways you can […]

Bullet Proof Coffee DIY with 4 Ingredients

By Ann Timm, Contributing Writer I rarely ever drank coffee, even as an adult. The only exception was driving by a Starbucks on a wintry day and wanting something hot to warm my frozen self. Often I would bypass the coffee and go for a hot chocolate instead. Salted caramel was addicting! I tasted those fall and winter flavors a few years ago and I began looking forward to a peppermint or eggnog latte. Even then, it was just a treat during those cold months. […]

Perfect Grain-Free Pumpkin Bars

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer With just one taste, I’m sure your family will be amazed at just how delicious grain-free baking can be! With its aromatic fall-inspired spices paired with rich pumpkin flavor and light, moist texture, this easy-to-make pumpkin bar recipe is a delight to each of the senses. Developing healthy and delicious recipes the whole family will enjoy – whether they’re living gluten-free or not – is a real passion of mine. It’s the reason I spent an entire year writing and photographing my first published […]

The Great Pumpkin: 5 Ways to Enjoy the Season with Real Pumpkins

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer This October, you can embrace the fall season with pumpkins – and not just your pumpkin spice latte. Instead of focusing on a spooky Halloween, real pumpkins look great – and they’re the source of a lot of family fun. If you’re ready to enjoy fall with the Great Pumpkin, here are 5 different ideas: Visit a pumpkin patch If pumpkins can be grown in your part of the world, try to find a pumpkin patch to visit. Many pumpkin patches […]

Parmesan Red Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer I love a good slow cooker recipe. And this is a GOOD slow cooker recipe. Parmesan red potatoes in the slow cooker only needs to cook between 3 and 4 hours on high, depending on your slow cooker. The quick cooking time means I can get everything in the slow cooker before picking up the kids from school. Then, when all the after school lessons and activities are done, the potatoes are ready for dinner! Start by scrubbing your red […]