Mediterranean Summer Salad

This Mediterranean Summer Salad is an all-in-one meal that doesn't heat up my small kitchen and uses some of my favorite garden vegetables and herbs. Whole grain rice and protein from convenient canned tuna and fresh mozzarella round out the salad.

Guest Post by Kristen Smith Though summer is winding down to a close, many of my garden plants are still in high gear. Even if you don’t garden, chances are the farmer’s markets and gardeners around you also have an abundance of some fresh, delicious homegrown vegetables! I love taking all of the fresh vegetables I grow or buy and making simple meals during the warm months. Especially now as our family is getting back into the swing of homeschooling, simplicity in the kitchen is […]

A Two-Week Summer Meal Plan

I've put together enough recipes for a two-week Summer Meal Plan to include as many of the flavors of the season as I could.

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It’s the time of year where the local Farmer’s Markets and our gardens have begun to overflow with the season’s harvest which make it the perfect opportunity to incorporate a wide variety of produce into our meal plans! I want my family to enjoy as many of the different fruits and vegetables that are in season right now as possible. My kids will easily devour an entire carton of raspberries or blueberries almost as soon as I wash them and set […]

How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything: Part 1

When it comes to food preservation, there are seven options when you need to preserve your food.

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer It’s nearly August, that time of year when zucchini show up unannounced on your doorstep, peaches are offered for sale by the bushel, and tomatoes proliferate. Needless to say, it’s a time of bounty, when everything is growing great gonzos, so it’s the time of year when every year I feel underprepared for processing and dealing with all the delicious food that is at the height of flavor and nutrition. Thus, about two years ago, I started compiling all of […]

65 Fabulous Gluten-Free Strawberry Recipes for Spring

If you’re wondering what to do with overflowing baskets full of fresh, ripe strawberries, grab your kiddos and start slicing ... because we've gathered 65 fabulous gluten-free recipes, perfect for celebrating the sweetest treat of the season!

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Strawberry season has arrived! And even though these bright red beauties are calling to us everywhere we turn – from roadside stands to farmers markets to local grocery stores – my family’s favorite way to get our hands on them is to pick them ourselves. Nothing compares to the taste of fresh-picked, sun-ripened strawberries! Plus, there are so many other benefits to picking fresh berries yourself. It’s a fun family activity that enables us to teach our children about where real food comes […]

Allergy-Friendly Menu for Spring and Summer Entertaining

This allergy-friendly menu for spring or summer entertaining is filled with easy, delicious dishes to serve to friends and family.

  By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer We are eagerly, painfully, awaiting the coming of warm weather here in the southeast United States. It has been COLD! We love to have friends over during the warm-weather months and I’m always looking for easy, delicious meals to serve to our friends and family. Today I’m sharing an allergy-friendly menu for spring or summer entertaining. These items are free of dairy, eggs, nuts, and wheat, and perfect for grill-outs, picnics, or entertaining in the sun! Appetizers Classy Spinach Salad Creamy […]

Best Classic Eggnog – Easy, no-cook, refined sugar free

Best Classic Eggnog - an easy, no-cook, refined sugar free recipe for the holidays!

  Guest post by Dena Norton Eggnog seems to be a love-hate thing. Well, starting now, it’s a love-LOVE thing. This easy, classic eggnog recipe is thick and rich, with the perfect amount of natural sweetness and warm holiday spice — eggnog fans and skeptics alike will find it irresistible! Real Eggnog The raw cream and pastured egg yolks give it a beautiful color and creamy texture; the honey and maple syrup add it a light, natural sweetness; and the nutmeg and cloves bring in just enough […]

“Seasons Greetings” Homemade Gift in a Jar

"Seasons Greetings" Homemade Gift in a Jar {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer When it comes to holiday gift-giving, there are few things as special as receiving a gift handmade with love. It’s a simple, thoughtful way to show you care, and really expresses the true spirit of the holidays – giving from the heart! Of course, there are all kinds of gifts you can make from scratch – from crafts to candles to body care – but my family’s favorite Christmas tradition is to select a few of our favorite recipes and turn them […]

Frugal Real Food Thanksgiving Menu + Stress-free Cooking Timeline

Frugal Real Food Thanksgiving Menu {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

Guest post by Tiffany Crumbs I’ll be the first to admit — this is the time of year when we typically throw caution out the window. We toss aside “healthy” recipes and reach for the shortening and corn syrup and pre-packaged short-cuts that we’ve always used, all for the sake of tradition. I’m including myself in this category too. I’ve been craving hot chocolate for WEEKS, and I’m not talking about the healthy kind. I’m wanting the instant hot chocolate, ripped open from a single-serve […]