25 Healthy & Delicious Summer Salads {Plus 5 Tips for Creating The Perfect Salad}

25 Healthy Summer Salads Tips {Keeper of the Home}

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer The warmer weather of summer lends itself to lighter meals like deliciously fresh summer salads. They’re not only a satisfying and refreshing way to beat the heat, they’re also simple to put together, and can easily be adapted based on what you have on hand. Perhaps the best part about salad is it’s a wonderful way to showcase a variety of fresh seasonal produce, and thereby provide a nutrient-dense meal that almost everyone enjoys! If you’re looking for some fresh […]

42 Summer Recipes That Won’t Heat Up Your Home

42 summer recipes that won't heat up your home!

By Jami Leigh, Contributing Writer As the long, hot, lazy days of summer drag on, I dread starting my oven at night to cook dinner. We have a nice swamp cooler in our house but once that oven gets going (especially to make a 40-minute dinner), our house heats up and it just gets too hot! This summer I’ve been exploring ways to cut down on the heat from my oven and also cut down the time I spend in the kitchen. I want to enjoy […]

Growing and Using Fresh Mint

Growing and Using Fresh Mint {KeeperoftheHome.org}

photo credit By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer If you are someone who has always believed you’ve got a brown thumb, I’d encourage you to try your hand at growing fresh mint. Mint is a prolific grower and therefore it is hard to screw it up. Mint isn’t picky about sunlight. While it prefers a cool, moist spot in the yard, it will do fine in full sun. When picking out a mint to grow, all varieties do equally well. While I prefer the classic taste of […]

Your Camping Menu Primer (With 50+ Food Ideas!)

Your Camping Menu Primer {KeeperoftheHome.org}

Guest Post by Elsie Callender For the adventurous, camping is one of the best summer excursions. It carves out time to do the things we want – but often fail – to do in everyday life: live more simply, closer to nature, with less technology, more movement, more relaxation. Oh, and camping also gives us plenty of time to savor delicious food! We need hearty fare to bookend days of hiking, canoeing, or seeing sites along the road. Whether you’re grilling, cooking over an open fire, or using […]

Warm Potato Salad with Bacon, Asparagus and Swiss Chard

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You don’t even understand how good this potato salad is. A month or two ago, Ryan and I were out on a date. We had just discovered that our new home came complete with a very responsible teenage girl living next door. After our year of non-stop togetherness with four kids, being able to go out on date nights sounded divine. We found ourselves at Earl’s, a local restaurant chain we enjoy. Not feeling particularly picky, we ordered the seasonal special, which included a steak, […]

Frozen Banana Bites: The Perfect Summertime Treat!

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By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer In just a few more days, summer will officially arrive, and we simply cannot wait! In anticipation of “no more pencils, no more books” … we’ve already dusted off the ice cream maker and of course, our ice pop molds. That’s because making homemade frozen treats is one of my family’s favorite summertime traditions. In fact, the ice cream man has given up on visiting our neighborhood since my boys and I whip up a never-ending supply of delicious ice pops […]

Simple Summer Salad Recipes {& Vinaigrette Dressings}

Simple Summer Salad Combinations and Vinaigrette Dressings {Keeper of the Home}

Guest Post by Marci Ferrell I do enjoy summertime with the abundance of fresh produce whether through a home garden,  CSA, farmer’s markets or your local grocery store.  I didn’t used to be a salad lover but it could be because a salad used to consist of head lettuce and ranch dressing.  Not too healthy or tantalizing on the taste buds. Since being captivated by real food and love for a good salad with a tasty homemade dressing, salads have become a staple on the […]

A Month of Smoothies — 31 Recipe Links to Keep You Happily Slurping All Summer

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Image by Miriam Our blender sees a lot of action once the warm weather hits. We’re smoothie fiends all year long, but our cravings go into overdrive during summer. For my family, there is nothing like a frosty glass of something smooth and sweet, not to mention how easy it is to use smoothies to add superfoods into our diet. I aim to always keep several types of frozen fruit, as well as fresh fruit, kefir or yogurt or coconut milk, greens (fresh and dried), […]