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

Homemade Condiments for Fantastic Summer Barbecues from KeeperOfTheHome.org

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 just around the corner, summer picnics, pool parties, and backyard barbecues will soon be in full swing. But as conscientious mothers and homemakers, there is a niggling question: In striving to feed our families healthy, nourishing whole foods, we often focus on the big food […]

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

Host An Afternoon Tea Party

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 sharing a fun afternoon with good friends. Simply dress up your table with some pretty linens and fresh flowers. And don’t be shy about borrowing extra china or serving platters from friends. Personally, I love the eclectic look of mismatched dishes and platters. Keep the […]

How to Make Mayonnaise

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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 mayonnaise it was a complete flop. I rushed it, and well, I never actually got mayonnaise. Since then I’ve tried a few different methods and have settled on the one that works best for me. If you’ve attempted to make mayonnaise before and it didn’t […]

From Soups to Salads: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

A Cookbook Review from Soups to Salads

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 buds. Since my husband and children were born with your average, run-of-the-mill taste buds, I have to be careful not to waste a lot of time and money on expensive dishes that will end up in the garbage disposal. Always on the look out for […]

Food Allergies & Healthy Eating

Food Allergies & Healthy Eating {Keeper of the Home}

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!” And we sort of fight the urge to hug each other. We know what it’s like. We know how overwhelming it is at first, when you wonder, what in the world will he/she eat? We know the fear and stress that follow you to restaurants, […]

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

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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 meals and snacks for four days, to give you a genuine example of how we’re eating as we travel. A real look at what we ate for 4 days Monday Breakfast– Eggs, baguette, fruit (apples, pears, plums), and whole milk Small lunch– Fresh fruit and […]

Serving My Family Real Food in Imperfect Situations

Serving my Family Real Food in Imperfect Situations {Keeper of the Home}

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 we’ve talked a lot about real food made simple— what it is (and isn’t), how to take baby steps towards eating better, how to afford it, and even how to buy it in a regular grocery store. I feel like I’m on the ultimate real food […]

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

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade

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 stock.  You can learn how to make these nourishing, simple soup bases by reading this tutorial. If a recipe calls for a cream soup, here’s a simple recipe for making that from scratch, too. From these stocks and cream soups, you can create the most […]