Family Traditions that Keep Christ at the Center of Christmas

Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Singing Christmas carols, lighting the Christmas Tree, putting out the Christmas decorations, lighting the Advent candles, giving and receiving gifts, rejoicing in the birth of our Lord and Savior. Christmas is such a special and magical time of year; filled with family traditions and warm memories.  But, it is also a busy and full time, where we can easily get swept up by all that we “have” to do, and miss out on truly celebrating the Reason that we […]

Real Food Holiday Recipe Roundup: 398 Wholesome Recipes

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 […]

Chewy Gingersnaps (No Gluten, No Grains, No Dairy)

These cookies may be “free” of a lot of things (gluten, grains, dairy) but they do definitely have some things in abundance: ginger, protein, taste, yumminess. Since we have two little munchkins who don’t do gluten or dairy at all, I like to find treats to make that everyone can enjoy, rather than trying to make different things for different people. Brown rice is something that my kids get commonly (whether it’s actual rice, or rice flour in baked goods) so I set out to […]

Green Bean Casserole (The Real Food Way)

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Green Bean Casserole is a staple side dish for many holiday dinners. Tasty green beans, creamy white sauce, and a crunchy topping, make it a well-loved family favorite. Unfortunately, many recipes include canned condensed soup, bacon bits, and French fried onions (also in a can); enough to make a real foodie cringe! Most of these undesirable ingredients can be completely avoided by using homemade alternatives such as made-from scratch sauce and home cooked bacon. Simply replacing these in your […]

Preparing My Heart for Christmas

It’s been a hard year. As I begin to look back and reflect upon 2010, and anticipate celebrating Christmas this year, my heart is a bit heavy. It feels as though this year has been one of loss, struggle and discouragement. We’ve lost family and friends to cancer, and heard of more diagnoses just recently. Walked through financial difficulty, legal issues and infertility with close friends. Saw the end of a loved one’s marriage. Faced continued health challenges for my husband, and our two youngest […]

Green Christmas: Hard Lotion Bars and Fabric Gift Bags

Wouldn’t it be nice to stay away from the mall and the big-box stores this holiday season? To support some smaller companies, and be able to choose more natural, earth-friendly and unique gifts for your loved ones? Green Christmas is a 3-day focus on some of the less conventional stores and products available, to get you started in your search for the perfect gifts to bless those around you! Starting today and going until Friday (skipping Thanksgiving on Thursday), I will be highlighting 2 new […]

Whole Foods for the Holidays: Main Dishes

During the holidays, main dish entrees are the belle of the ball. This is one of the few times of the year when we really go all out with time-consuming meals, expensive ingredients and make fancier courses that will knock our family’s socks off. Of course, I’m referring to the traditional turkeys and hams, but also to the special meals that we make for potluck gatherings, family breakfasts or brunches, Christmas Eve dinner, and any other holiday meal you can think of. In my husband’s […]

Nourishing Wife-Saver Breakfast Casserole

I grew up eating a “wife-saver” casserole each Christmas morning, with eggs and bacon and Corn Flakes crumbled on top. It was delicious and hearty, and best of all, my mom could make it the the day before and pop it in the oven while we opened gifts as a family. Pancakes and waffles are a more typical “fancy” breakfast around our house, as we all love to smother them with our frozen berries we pick each summer, and a big ol’ dollop of whipped […]