A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Quick, Healthy Meals for Your Family

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Quick, Healthy Meals for Your Family {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

  By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer It’s five o’clock. What’s for dinner? For many years, if I didn’t have a menu plan with printed off recipes, when five o’clock rolled around we’d resort to going out to eat or grab carry out. We had the delivery pizza guy on speed dial and knew which nights had happy hour for cheap appetizers. I didn’t know how to create healthy meals for my family without a detailed recipe telling me exactly what to do. Fast forward a […]

Ways to Use Clearance Produce

How to Use Discount Produce {Keeper of the Home}

We originally published this post in June of 2012, but with an increase in food prices in recent years, the advice and tips that Erin offers here are still very useful! Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Since this season is all about incorporating more veggies into our diets and eating from our pantries and freezers, I thought it would be a prime time to share one of my favorite frugal grocery shopping tips: how to take advantage of clearance produce. You can stretch your weekly produce allowance a lot […]

How I’m Learning to Make Incredible Artisan Bread (and a Giveaway So You Can, Too!)

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Of all the foods we ate while on our trip, one that stands out most to me was the bread in France. It didn’t matter where we were. Rural town or large city, we would seek out a local bakery and get a fresh loaf each day. Sometimes we chose the large, rounded loaves with a cross etched in the middle. Other times a simple, crusty baguette. There was sourdough, and chewy white loaves, and hearty multigrain breads. So many options, but what they all […]

Blendtec vs. Vitamix: Which Blender is Better?

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If you’re going to spend a big chunk of money on a high-quality blender, you want to make sure it’s going to do the job and do it for years to come.  For most of us, an expensive purchase like a Vitamix or Blendtec high speed blender is a carefully-made decision, and a purchase for which you’re likely to spend time saving up for. Ultimately, the cost is worth it in my opinion. It was 8 years ago that I first saved up to purchase a Vitamix […]

Are You Using That Kitchen Knife Properly? How I Learned to Save Time (and My Fingers!)

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I’ve occasionally been known to spend a happening Friday night puttering around my kitchen making things like laundry soap and homemade deodorant. I’m a party animal. What can I say? Still, I surprised myself by happily spending two hours taking a free online “mini” knife skills class until I finally realized it was almost midnight! Truth be told, I’ve never thought much about the way that I cut food. Sometimes I’ve frustrated myself, struggled to do a job properly, nicked myself in the process, or ended […]

A Day in the Life: Rebecca {Mom of 2 and Work-at-Home Virtual Assistant}

Day in the Life: Rebecca {Keeper of the Home}

By Rebecca, Contributing Writer There really is no such thing as a “typical” day in my house. I grew up without a mom, so becoming a mother four years ago was quite challenging to me in that I didn’t have an example of my own to emulate. This resulted in a kind of go-with-my-gut approach to parenting that works well for me some days and not so much other days. We also went from a one-kid household to a two-kid household seven months ago after the birth of […]

Breaking Free from Real Food Burnout

Breaking Free from Real Food Burnout

Guest post by Trina Holden Have you ever experienced Real Food Burnout? It’s an actual condition, typified by an aversion to the kitchen, phobia regarding shopping or menu planning, and surprisingly strong cravings for junk food. Sufferers often experience amnesia in regards to meal ideas, paralysis when it comes to trying something new, and general depression on the topic of food. How do I know so much about this condition? Because I have suffered from it many times myself. We succumb to Real Food Burnout when […]

15 Strategies for Eating Well & Avoiding Take-Out During Busy Seasons

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I think I’ve finally learned how to keep serving our family real, whole foods, even when life is busy and I don’t feel like I have time to cook properly.  Every once in a while, when we have one of those days (you know the ones), my sweet husband will offer that we should order take-out. Tempting as it is some days, I’ve found myself telling him “No, it’s all right. I can pull something together just as fast, and much cheaper.” For example, last week, during the […]