Why Is It So Hard to Have Self Control With Food?

I probably shouldn’t write this post. Beside me sits a small bowl of homemade treats from the freezer, which I certainly don’t need but definitely want. I fully intend to eat them. If you could taste what I’m tasting (creamy, chocolate-peanut buttery goodness), I bet you’d eat them, too. Two weeks ago, our family completed the whirlwind 9-week Europe portion of our one-year journey around the world (this seems unrelated, but stick with me). From Paris we worked our way through Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and […]

5 Unconventional Uses for Crock Pots

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 lunch of a slow-cooked roast beef with a side of slow-cooked carrots and potatoes made a huge impression. In fact, it wasn’t until I had been married for a total of four years that I even branched out and used my own crock pot for […]

30 Sensational Summer Salad Recipes

By Diana, Contributing Writer Summer is officially here!  During this season, my family eats lighter meals which includes an abundance of salads made with the season’s freshest fruits and vegetables from the farmers market or my own backyard. Often, we get stuck and salads become green lettuces with tomatoes, cucumbers, and cheese.  Really, salads can be made in a hundred different ways. From vegetables, to fruits, cheeses, legumes, nourishing fats, and vinaigretts – you can build them anyway you’d like. Pick what’s in season. Add some vinegar and […]

Unhealthy Pantry Staples Remade

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 the 1940s: image credit Today, most pantries are stocked with stuff that is not even real food, with unhealthy fats, loads of sugar, BPA-laden cans of condensed soups filled with MSG and lots of other “junk” that most people have no idea is unhealthy for […]

How to Cook Perfect, Fluffy Quinoa

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 today I wanted to share with you my tried-and true-method for how to cook perfect, fluffy quinoa. We’ve eaten quinoa in our household regularly for several years now. However, it took me at least a year of serving either overdone and mushy quinoa or underdone […]

How to Make Healthy Ice Pops & Frozen Treats

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 street, and so my little brother and I would make a mad dash inside the house to plead for some cash – and quick – so we could make it back outside in time to get our hot little hands on a cool, refreshing ice […]

How I learned to cook whole fish, Sicilian style (and how you can, too)

This week, I was over at Simple Bites, discussing the open-air markets, which I love, and how I braved the fresh fish markets here in Italy. I also shared a recipe detailing how to cook whole fish, Sicilian style, which I learned to do while here. I’ve arrived in the land of open-air markets, and I’m not quite sure how my husband is going to drag me onto the airplane that will take me away from this wondrous place. For those blessed with access to […]

Homemade Freezer Smoothies

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 I’m hungry in an hour. Breastfeeding, anyone? I’ve seen those awesome “smoothie kits” at the grocery store sold in the frozen section. However, they are kind of expensive, considering they only feed two…and who am I kidding? I can drink that WHOLE THING. I repeat […]