The Benefits of Cooking and Baking with Stoneware

This post was originally published in 2010, but with more and more people looking for safer alternatives to their non-stick cookware, this is a great topic to revisit! 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 […]

30+ Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer I was going to start out by seeing if anyone could relate to that weeknight rush where you neglected to plan dinner properly and have to scramble at the last minute, but seriously – do I even need to ask? I know I’m not the only one. It happens far more frequently than I care to admit (though not quite as frequently now that I figured out how to make menu planning work with my type-B personality! Yeah!) I have slowly built […]

Healthy Back-to-School Lunches Made Easy!

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Ready to get your lunchbox groove on? Oh yeah! It’s that time of year again … back-to-school season! And whether you homeschool, or your children attend school outside of the home, having a plan for what to serve (or pack) for lunch makes getting ready for the busy school year a whole lot easier! Of course, it can be a real challenge to come up with healthy lunch ideas day after day. And let’s face it, as adults, we (often […]

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

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

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

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 […]

Frozen Banana Bites: The Perfect Summertime Treat!

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 […]

Perfect Peanut Butter Granola Bars

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer I absolutely love granola bars. They’ve been a favorite snack since I was a kid. Whether it’s a road trip, camping, hiking, a toddler snack in the diaper bag, or just to have something on hand for a mid-afternoon energy slump, granola bars always seem to fit the bill. They’re that lovely combination of protein from the nuts, quick sugar from the maple syrup and dried fruit, and long-lasting energy from the oats. I also happen to love peanut butter, […]