Simple Summer Salad Recipes {& Vinaigrette Dressings}

Simple Summer Salad Combinations and Vinaigrette Dressings {Keeper of the Home}

Guest Post by Marci Ferrell I do enjoy summertime with the abundance of fresh produce whether through a home garden,  CSA, farmer’s markets or your local grocery store.  I didn’t used to be a salad lover but it could be because a salad used to consist of head lettuce and ranch dressing.  Not too healthy or tantalizing on the taste buds. Since being captivated by real food and love for a good salad with a tasty homemade dressing, salads have become a staple on the […]

Raspberry Coconut Popsicle Recipe

Raspberry Coconut Popsicle {keeperofthehome.org}

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer Go with me here. It’s a sticky kind of hot outside. Your t-shirt clings to your skin. The air is so thick you don’t just breathe the air, you eat it, chew it really. Sweat rolls down your spine, and you crave something sweet and refreshing – like a popsicle.  If you’re 8, then you don’t care what’s in the popsicle. You just know it will taste so good, make your tongue turn a fiery red or orange or […]

Perfect Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Granola Bars {keeperofthehome.org}

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, […]

Strawberry-Peach Salsa Recipe

Strawberry-Peach Salsa {keeperofthehome.org}

  By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Summer is a wonderful tine to enjoy fresh salsa. It’s so flavorful and delicious! Plus, it’s easy to make. However, you may want a change from tomato-based salsas. (I’m sure that’s mortifying to some die-hard salsa fans!) If so, this fruit-based salsa will be a welcome change. Made with fresh peaches and strawberries, it makes good use of in-season produce and adds an unexpected sweetness to meals. To make this Strawberry-Peach salsa quickly, you will need a food processor. The wonderful […]

Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars (nut-free!)

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars

Looking for a yummy, real-food homemade granola bar recipe? This is a great one! It’s nourishing and also allergy-friendly … no gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts or peanuts! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but it feels like my kids are always hungry! Come to think of it, my husband and I are always hungry, too. Maybe the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! It can be a real struggle to find foods that are filling and nourishing (and don’t cost […]

Why Quinoa Deserves a Permanent Spot in Your Diet (with recipe links!)

Why Quinoa

Image by Jennifer via Flickr CC By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer It was the year 2001. I was a high school kid on a short-term missions trip to Bolivia. We were doing a touristy day trip to Lake Titicaca, and I trepidatiously boarded a sketchy looking boat to go out on the lake for a little tour with my trip mates. What I didn’t know at the time was that I was in the very place where quinoa first originated thousands of years ago! I’m […]

What Can You Actually DO with all those Fresh Spring Greens?

Pasta with Spinach Pesto

Guest Post by Krissa Jeldy One of the things I love about getting a CSA box is getting introduced to all kinds of vegetables that (if I’m honest with myself) I probably wouldn’t pick up on a regular basis at the grocery store. At this time in the year my CSA box is filled with tons of fresh spring greens: spinach, kale, chard, collard greens, all varieties of lettuce, and more! Leafy greens are well known for their health benefits. Loaded with vitamins, fiber, and […]

Homemade Custard Ice Cream {Without a Machine}

Homemade Custard Ice Cream without a Machine - KeeperoftheHome.org

Guest Post by Elsie Callender Did you know that you can make homemade ice cream without a fancy machine? It’s easy, and only adds a little extra hands-on time. And for this rich, custard-based ice cream recipe, a bit of stirring by hand is utterly worth it. It tastes really, really good. In fact, I’m pretty sure this recipe will turn any ice cream apathetic into a raving fan. Personally, I think the custard is key to making this the best, most spoon-lickin’ good ice cream […]