Cinnamon Apple Salad Recipe: A Perfect Holiday Side Dish

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer My mom is a great cook. She grew up on a farm in Northwestern Ohio with vegetables from the garden, fruit from their fruit trees, fresh milk from their cow with real cream and homemade butter, eggs and meat from the neighbors’ chickens, and fresh beef from their cattle. She learned how to cook from her mom, my grandma, who was also an amazing cook, and then she passed her love of fresh, local, and homemade food on to my […]

5-Ingredient Southwestern Enchiladas

By Rachel Marie, Contributing Writer I see a lot of friends asking in social media about dinner ideas – and I, for one, can always use more ideas. One night a friend posted that she was having chicken enchiladas so I clicked over to the link, especially since I love Mexican food. The recipe had cream of chicken soup; I don’t normally use that since most of the canned varieties have MSG or even hidden MSG, which gives me terrible headaches. But I wasn’t going […]

Are You Using That Kitchen Knife Properly? How I Learned to Save Time (and My Fingers!)

I’ve occasionally been known to spend a happening Friday night puttering around my kitchen making things like laundry soap and homemade deodorant. I’m a party animal. What can I say? Still, I surprised myself by happily spending two hours taking a free online “mini” knife skills class until I finally realized it was almost midnight! Truth be told, I’ve never thought much about the way that I cut food. Sometimes I’ve frustrated myself, struggled to do a job properly, nicked myself in the process, or ended […]

A Day in the Life: Leigh Ann {A Work-at-Home Mom Relying on Grace}

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer It had been a long night. I made it 30 years without pulling an all-nighter. But we were down to the wire, and we had to get the Fruit of the Spirit Curriculum for Toddlers to market on time. It was 5:30 a.m. before I crawled into bed for a prayerful couple of hours of sleep before my children woke from a full night’s rest ready for a new day. The cost of being a work-at-home-mom can be steep at times. […]

Breaking Free from Real Food Burnout

Guest post by Trina Holden Have you ever experienced Real Food Burnout? It’s an actual condition, typified by an aversion to the kitchen, phobia regarding shopping or menu planning, and surprisingly strong cravings for junk food. Sufferers often experience amnesia in regards to meal ideas, paralysis when it comes to trying something new, and general depression on the topic of food. How do I know so much about this condition? Because I have suffered from it many times myself. We succumb to Real Food Burnout when […]

A Day in the Life: Andrea {Stay-at-Home Mom to Teenagers}

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer I captured our day in the life on the first day of school for my girls. This first day of school is extra special in our house because my oldest daughter is a senior this year. Just typing that brings me to tears. My goal for this year is to soak up every moment I have with both girls at home. So this is how our day goes: 5:45 a.m.  I’m out of bed and head straight to the coffee […]

A Day in the Life: Kelly {Food Blogger & Cookbook Author}

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Five years ago if someone would have told me that I was soon to become a grain-free food blogger and cookbook author, I would have replied, “what in the world?”  That’s because I had no idea that anyone wrote about food outside of the arena of cookbooks and cooking magazines. On top of that, at the time, the term “grain-free” would have been as foreign to me as “mise en place” was the first time I heard it.  Fast forward to today, […]

11 Fresh and Unique Green Salad Recipes

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  There’s just something so right about a fresh, in-season, mouth-watering green salad in the summer, don’t you think? I was raised by a mother who believed in eating seasonally, which meant that I never even knew that you *could* buy things like peaches, strawberries, and tender baby lettuce leaves in the dead of our Canadian winter. I thought they were strictly a summer-only treat. They were in our house, at least. That’s why I tend to especially enjoy salads in the […]