Herbal Honey: A Sweet Holiday Gift

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Written by Meg, Contributing Writer With the holidays nearly upon us, I know many of us are already thinking of the many gifts we are preparing to share with others this season.  If you’re like me, you also have the burden of wanting to share with those around us, but feeling the pinch of a tight budget.  Today I’m going to share one of my favorite ways to ease the burden, and sweeten your holiday gift-giving. Flavored honey is among the easiest and most delicious herbal treats. […]

Cream of Tomato Soup: Quick and Easy Fall Comfort Food

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With fall and cooler weather comes the return of soup simmering on my stove. Too hot for summer dining, it is just the perfect, warming end to a crisp autumn day, and so soup begins to find its way back on our table once again. I have been making this simple Cream of Tomato soup recipe for probably 3 years. Provided I remember to thaw a jar of stock earlier in the day, it makes for such a simple and easy dinner that is satisfying, […]

Whole Foods for the Holidays: A Real Food Progressive Dinner!

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With both Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to begin thinking about holiday menus! Serving food that is both nourishing and frugal (and still delicious!) is absolutely possible and our family and friends will thank you for it. I’ve paired up with 7 of my favorite real food bloggers and for the next 8 weeks we will be hosting Whole Foods for the Holidays– a real foods progressive dinner. A progressive dinner – real food style! Starting this coming Tuesday we’ll take turns hosting […]

Making Healthy Smoothies With Your Fresh Summer Greens (at Simple Organic)

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It’s a rare day that goes by in our home when we don’t make a fruit smoothie. Call us addicted. It’s a wonderful addiction to have! Since I have 3 little ones and a husband that rely on me to help them get in maximum nutrition with each and every bite they take, I frequently use our family’s beloved smoothies as a way of getting that nutrition in without fight and without fuss. One of our favorite ways to do this is by adding fresh […]

Go Bananas Preserving!

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Written by Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer Imagine with me for a moment:  a crisp night, crackling fire, blankets, loved ones all around enjoying hot beverages and warm, fresh out of the oven, banana bread. Are you drooling yet? I was too until I looked at the thermometer and remembered it was over 100°F outside!  I know it’s Summer right now and many places are sweltering and hot fires are the last thing you would want in your den, but…isn’t that one reason why we preserve […]

Strawberry Coconut Cream Popsicles (Dairy-Free Indulgence for Summer Days)

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I made this recipe accidentally the other day, when I realized I had blended too many strawberries and didn’t want them to go to waste. It was a hot, hot day so popsicles sounded like the perfect fix, and they were! Most ice-cream style popsicle recipes are incredibly simple. Blended fruit, mixed with a creamy base (like yogurt, kefir, or in our case, coconut milk), some sweetener and you’re done. Blend up: 500 ml of strawberries- this measurement is after they are blended up. I […]

Healthy Snacks to Go Ebook: Review and a Giveaway

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This giveaway has now ended. One area that is really tough for a lot of mamas is figuring out what kind of simple, fast and nourishing snacks they can feed their kids. Committed to whole foods myself, there are the odd days when I long to be able to just grab a few packaged fruit roll ups or plastic containers of apple sauce or crackers as we fly out the door. We all crave convenience sometimes. One of the fastest ways to start making unhealthy […]

Real Food Encouragement: Whole Wheat Bread

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By Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer Confession:  I am not so skilled in the kitchen. Conflict:  I need to write a blog post about a real food kitchen for Keeper of the Home. Solution:  Write about hope.  Hope for those of us who feel clueless and overwhelmed at the thought of making better choices for our families.  Hope that no matter how unskilled in the kitchen we are, we can still make a difference simply by trying. Hope that one day, with a little practice and […]