5 Ways to Use Blueberries this Season

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer Full of flavor, sweet and nutritious, a blueberry in season is one of summers greatest pleasures. Fresh blueberries are delicious on their own and need no special preparation. However, they do go bad quickly, so it’s important to have a plan for using and storing them in order to minimize waste. Below are 5 simple ways to use blueberries this season: 1. Add blueberries to food you are already preparing Blueberries are an excellent addition to smoothies, pancakes, yogurt, […]

How to Make Nut Butter

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If only I had known how quick and easy it was to make my own nut butters, I would have started doing it a long time ago! I think that for most people, the idea of making smooth and creamy nut butters feels daunting. They’re the kind of thing that, even if you love making food from scratch, you just buy anyways- like hard cheeses and macaroni noodles. The truth is, they require little more than absent-mindedly watching a cookie sheet of nuts in the […]

Meal Plans from “100 Days of Real Food”

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Written by Lisa Leake, Guest Writer At the beginning of last year our eating habits were just like those of any other average family. We thought we were making fairly healthy food choices, although we certainly didn’t mind the occasional fast food meal or bag of chips. Then came a series of events, including an Oprah show, a book by Michael Pollan, and the documentary Food Inc., which forever changed the way we looked at food. As it turned out, a lot of what we […]

Eating Seasonally This Spring: An Interview with Shannon of Nourishing Days

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If you’ve ever thought about learning to eat more seasonally, now is the time. Farmer’s markets all over the continent are beginning to open up, and overflowing with seasonal harvest like peas, lettuce, spinach and other green leafies, garlic, strawberries, rhubarb, green onions, fresh herbs and more. One of our contributing writers here at KOTH also happens to be a huge advocate of eating locally, seasonally and sustainably. So much so that this past winter she put out her first ebook, Simple Food {for Winter}, […]

Simple Summer Herbs: Refreshing Infusions

Simple Summer Herbs- Refreshing Infusions {Keeper of the Home}

By Meg Dickey, contributing writer Behold the flowers that deck the field, The gentle breeze perfuming And tender herbs their fragrance yield Are health and life diffusing. ~Harvard Shaker Community Herb Catalog, 1843~ For some of us, the tantalizing breezes of summer are already wafting over our gardens.  As the days warm and the herbs in our gardens increase in size and production, there’s no better time to indulge in a pitcher of iced herbal tea, or herb flavored water kefir. There are some standard […]

Simple Soup for the Spring and Summer

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Soup is an excellent way to get a frugal and nutritious supper on the table without much effort. Often relegated to the fall and winter months, soup is still a wonderful choice for spring and summer, where it can offer a hearty meal using in-season produce. The following recipe makes good use of the vegetables available at your local Farmer’s Market or CSA. It could be served as is, or act as a base for something more complicated. Adjust […]

Need Grain Free Recipes? Against the Grain eBook Giveaway!

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During the past 14 months, our family has gone on the GAPS diet twice. The first time we had excellent success, but I gave up too early because we were in a hectic season of life and I feared that I couldn’t keep up with the demands of the extra kitchen time. The second time, the biggest challenge I was experiencing was a lack of interest in the meals that I was making. It seemed that my kid’s and husband’s eating preferences had changed in […]

Frugal and Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Mothers work hard for many, many years. Because of how hard our mothers work, it is natural to want to break the budget and spend a small fortune, just to show we care. Thankfully, most mamas don’t want that. In fact, a simple gift that expresses your love and gratitude, is usually more than enough. So how can we honor Mom on a budget? Here are a few ideas: Write a heart-felt note Mothers are often unappreciated and their […]