Simple Freezer Cooking for the Freezer Cooking Failure

By Meg Bateman, Contributing Writer I’m going to come right out and say it – I’m a horrible freezer cooker. I’ve tried many many times to put together several full meals and freeze them, but they honestly never got much further from being aspirational. Well, I was successful getting full meals into the freezer a few times – but then got discouraged when a few bags would get the tiniest of holes and leak all over the place in my meat drawer. However – I did […]

Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin D in 600 Words

  By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but I’ve been hearing a lot about Vitamin D lately. But because I’m busy being a homemaker, working, and taking care of a 9-month-old who’s doing his best to walk before his first birthday, most of what I hear and read goes in one ear and out the other! I figured it was time to get my facts straight about Vitamin D. I decided to find answers to a few basic questions about Vitamin […]

5 Foods That Slash Stress

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Stress can be detrimental to our bodies. Stress leads to anxiety, grumpiness, sleep problems, and lack of concentration. All of these then contribute to heart disease, digestive upset, high blood pressure, and even thyroid problems. Most of us are familiar with the term “stress eating” and it’s negative effects. When stressed, we often grab for the wrong foods in search of a quick fix. Caffeine, sugar, and refined flour products can boost our moods temporarily, but inevitably lead to mood […]

Struggling to Get Your Kids to Eat Real Food? Here’s How Our Family Did It

By Ann, Contributing Writer Believe me, I know that getting your kids to eat real food is not always easy. For my husband and I, it’s been trial and error… a lot of error on my part, but through grace and patience, together we are getting there. You see, we married almost four years ago, blending two families. We each had three kids (yes, I know, the modern day Brady Bunch right? More on THAT later…) and each family had different eating habits. Thanks to my midwife, […]

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 […]

3 Simple and Healthy At-Home Date Nights

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer After years of marriage, date nights have the potential to become a bit humdrum. Especially when a husband and wife are tired from the busyness of daily life – of if they’re spending most at-home hours as dad and mom – date nights may even be pushed aside. Speaking from experience, I know how easy it is to wait for dates until there’s a break in schedules. But sometimes a break doesn’t come for months. In some hectic seasons, my husband and I […]

The Fake Food You Don’t Know You’re Eating (Part 2)

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer Have you ever wondered what you would see if you could examine the inside of your body under a microscope? Would you find traces of benzene? Mutated DNA? Or perhaps thinned or irritated cell walls along your colon or a small tumor you didn’t know about? Modern food manufacturers have at their fingertips thousands of substances to make our food taste better, look better, and last longer, but most of these food additives are synthetic. Or, they’re highly-processed versions of once-natural […]