“Seasons Greetings” Homemade Gift in a Jar

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

Guest post by Tiffany Terczak 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 […]

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Donuts (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free)

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Mmm, pumpkin donuts! The aroma of sweet pumpkin pie spices filling the air with subtle maple syrup undertones is enough to wake even the sleepiest sleepy heads in our home. Combine these irresistible fall treats with a side of crispy bacon sizzling in a pan and I can guarantee you there will be a stampede making its way to the breakfast table! While it’s not everyday that we enjoy donuts for breakfast, there’s no reason to feel guilty about enjoying these treats on occasion […]

Cinnamon Apple Salad Recipe: A Perfect Holiday Side Dish

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer My mom is a great cook. She grew up on a farm in Northwestern Ohio with vegetables from the garden, fruit from their fruit trees, fresh milk from their cow with real cream and homemade butter, eggs and meat from the neighbors’ chickens, and fresh beef from their cattle. She learned how to cook from her mom, my grandma, who was also an amazing cook, and then she passed her love of fresh, local, and homemade food on to my […]

Celebrate Fall with 35 Favorite GF Pumpkin Recipes

  By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Pumpkin and I have had a great relationship ever since I first met this handsome “gourd.” I remember picking out my first plump round pumpkin as a preschooler and watching my mom turn that hard, rough sphere of orange into a squishy-squashy puree of pure delight! Seriously, who doesn’t love pumpkin? It’s truly the quintessential fall favorite! Click To Tweet Unfortunately, here in sunny Southern California, the only way we know it’s fall is when the local markets haul in big loads of […]

11 Fresh and Unique Green Salad Recipes

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  There’s just something so right about a fresh, in-season, mouth-watering green salad in the summer, don’t you think? I was raised by a mother who believed in eating seasonally, which meant that I never even knew that you *could* buy things like peaches, strawberries, and tender baby lettuce leaves in the dead of our Canadian winter. I thought they were strictly a summer-only treat. They were in our house, at least. That’s why I tend to especially enjoy salads in the […]

How to Pit and Freeze Sweet Cherries & 18 Unique Cherry Recipes

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer One of our family’s most favorite things to do in the summer is to visit local U-pick farms and spend the day enjoying the beauty and bounty of God’s creation. We have fun and work together as a family, and we leave with fruit-stained fingers and boxes full of the most delicious fruit to eat and preserve to use throughout the rest of the year. One of our favorite fruits to pick in the summer is cherries. We prefer sweet cherries […]

Chocolate Avocado Popsicles

By Rachel Marie, Contributing Writer The middle of summer means a lot of heat, sun and hopefully fun. In the midst of summer business of swim lessons, vacation Bible school, and staying up later, we love to have fun outside. We go to splash pads to keep cool, play in the back yard with the hose and often go for bike rides in the evening as the sun is setting. Always remember to use a good sunscreen or cover up in the sun to prevent skin damage. […]