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101+ Meal Ideas for Late Summerby  

  By Kresha, Contributing Writer It's that time of year again. Yup, the time of year when there's still a month of summer left and yet we've already made all our favorite recipes to beat the heat. Yes, there is... Read More

A Modern Alternative Mama’s Two-Week Meal Planby  

By Kate, Contributing Writer This is an average meal plan in our home.  We have four kids who are 5.5, 4, 2, and 4 months (the baby doesn't eat with us yet).  Our goal right now is to increase the... Read More

5 Unconventional Uses for Crock Potsby  

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer When I was a child, I thought the crock pot was for one meal alone: roast beef. Oh, I am sure my mother used it for other meals, but for some reason the common Sunday... Read More

Unhealthy Pantry Staples Remadeby  

Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer Back in the days before most of us were even born, when our mothers or grandmothers were girls growing up, pantries were stocked very differently than in today's world. Here's a picture of a pantry from... Read More

How to Cook Perfect, Fluffy Quinoaby  

By Mindy, Contributing Writer I posted a recipe for quinoa pancakes last month here at Keeper of the Home that called for three cups of cooked quinoa as one of the ingredients. Some readers asked how to cook quinoa, so... Read More

How to Make Healthy Ice Pops & Frozen Treatsby  

By Kelly, Contributing Writer Growing up, there were few things more exciting during summer than hearing that little ditty playing that meant only one thing … the Ice Cream Man is coming! Soon he’d be rounding the corner of our... Read More

Homemade Freezer Smoothiesby  

By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer In this house, smoothies are a regular thing. I make them almost daily as either a snack or a supplement to a meal. I can’t just eat a smoothie and call it done – or... Read More

Homemade “Jiffy” Corn Muffin Mix: Simple, Healthier Cornbread, with Three Variationsby  

Guest Post by Jessica Smartt After I moved to "the South," I realized a few things about Southerners: They say "y'all," and you will, too, if you live there long enough. They don't know a stranger. They love their cornbread.... Read More

Easy Quinoa Pancakes (Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar Free)by  

By Mindy, contributing writer Fluffy, easy, nutritious, delicious, and low-glycemic pancakes...what more could anyone ask for?! These simple pancakes make a great breakfast when you have leftover quinoa from supper the night before. Quinoa is more gentle on your blood... Read More

Homemade Condiments for Fantastic Summer Barbecues (with 4 Recipes!)by  

By Kresha, Contributing Writer The summer holidays are just about to be upon us in North America and with them come summer barbecues. Oh, goodness, I love summer.... ::sigh:: With Memorial Day in the U.S. and Victoria Day in Canada... Read More

Host An Afternoon Tea Party! {includes Classic Tea Sandwich recipe}by  

By Kelly, Contributing Writer Hosting a simple, yet elegant afternoon tea party is a delightful way to celebrate the special women in our lives whether it’s honoring our moms on Mother’s Day, hosting a bridal or baby shower, or just... Read More

How to Make Mayonnaiseby  

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Today I'm going to share my favorite mayonnaise recipe and give you the details on how I make it. It's not complicated, but it does take a little patience. The first time I made... Read More

Healthy, Homemade Food for a Crowdby  

By Brandy, Contributing Writer When it comes to feeding a crowd, I need look no further than my own kitchen.  And when it comes to social gatherings, I'm usually not the least bit intimidated about the large amounts of food... Read More

From Soups to Salads: Everything You Ever Wanted to Knowby  

By Natalie, Contributing Writer Picking a Cookbook for Picky Families I love trying new recipes, but one of the big bones I have to pick with a lot of cookbooks is that they require exotic ingredients, and, frankly, exotic taste... Read More

Making Mealtimes FUN! {5 Super Fun Family Dinner Ideas}by  

By Kelly, Contributing Writer Sometimes we get so busy with the demands of daily life that we can easily forget to have some good ole-fashioned family FUN, especially when it comes to sharing meals together. The remedy? Well, besides the... Read More

Food Allergies & Healthy Eatingby  

Guest Post by Jessica Smartt My son Sam has food allergies. Every so often, I meet another mom who manages food allergies. It’s like I’ve found a soul mate. We lock eyes and share a sympathetic smile: “You, too? Wow!”... Read More

Serving My Family Real Food in Imperfect Situations Part 2 (With a 4-day Meal Plan)by  

Did you miss the first part of this post? You can read it here. Now that you know what we've been buying are you curious what I've made with those foods, in sub-par kitchens at that? I tracked our actual... Read More

Serving My Family Real Food in Imperfect Situationsby  

Did you know that eating real food isn't dependent on eating a set menu, based on particular "health" foods that you have to be able to find or afford? (did I just hear a collective sigh of relief?) This winter... Read More

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade: Soups, Sauces, and Simple Dinnersby  

By Brandy, Contributing Writer Putting together fresh, homemade meals becomes easier once  you've got a few basic recipes for soups, sauces, and simple dinners under your belt. Make Your Own Stock Many recipes begin with a simple beef or chicken... Read More

10-Minute Lunches: “Tea Room” Chicken Saladby  

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer I've always loved chicken salad. To me, it's the perfect feminine tea party food. Give me chicken salad, a freshly-baked croissant, a cup of fresh fruit and a spot of hot tea, and I can... Read More

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