Homemade “Jiffy” Corn Muffin Mix: Simple, Healthier Cornbread, with Three Variations

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Guest Post by Jessica Smartt After I moved to “the South,” I realized a few things about Southerners: They say “y’all,” and you will, too, if you live there long enough. They don’t know a stranger. They love their cornbread. I enjoyed the first two, but the cornbread? I was never all that impressed. That is, until I had a Jiffy corn muffin. And the world stood still. Moist, crumbly, sweet – delicious on its own, but just perfect paired with chili (even in the […]

11 Herbs and Spices for the Holidays

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As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer The holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy herbs and spices. There are so many opportunities to use them in baking and cooking as well as medicinally. Today we are going to look at eleven herbs and spices and how they […]

Real Food Holiday Recipe Roundup: 398 Wholesome Recipes

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I thought of this recipe roundup again as I was pondering all of the amazingly delicious and nourishing recipes that are available throughout the blogosphere for the holidays this year. It can be tough to find “real food” recipes. I know, because I’ve gone to local stores and looked around online and found little. Yes, there are books on whole foods, but rarely with traditional techniques. There are books that don’t use processed foods, but they shun animal fats and dairy. It’s not hard to […]

Using Stoneware for Baking and Cooking

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With all that I’ve been learning over the past few years about toxic materials in my various pots, pans and muffin tins, it has been so refreshing to find a safe alternative that I love using! I’ve discovered that high-quality stoneware easily meets all of my qualifications, being 100% safe, durable and effective. I have slowly been building up a collection of stoneware, for both baking and cooking, and I could not be happier with it. Just today I told my husband that another piece […]

Using Sourdough in Wonderful and Unusual Ways

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I tend to be a creature of habit. I like to do things the usual or “normal” ways. I color inside the lines. I like clothes in classic styles that match easily. I prefer using tried and true recipes or simply adapting an existing recipe rather than creating my own from scratch. It shouldn’t surprise you, then, to know that I use my sourdough starter for making (what else?) bread. Just bread. How much I’ve missed by believing that sourdough is only good for bread […]

1000th Post Party Giveaway: 5 Homestead Blessings Videos and $25 Gift Certificate from FBS Books

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As a homeschooling mom myself, I’ve found that it’s not always easy to find all of the curriculum and resources that you’re looking for in one place. So it was wonderful to realize that one of my current advertisers, FBS Books, not only has almost all of the curriculum that I have chosen for our next school year, but they even carry the one resource that I couldn’t find anywhere else! (It’s Leagues and Legends– geography for early elementary students, in case you were wondering) […]

Making Your Own Sprouted Grain Flour

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Ever wonder how you can get around the need to soak the flour for baked goods, when you’re baking something that just doesn’t lend itself to soaking? Or what about when you’re short on time and need to bake something to fill a need, but just don’t have the time for soaking? Enter sprouted grain flour. I’ve noticed that there are now companies beginning to sell flour made of grain that has already been sprouted! What a fantastic idea! The only problem? It costs more […]