What’s Helping Me Conquer Our Runaway Grocery Budget

What's helping me conquer our runaway grocery budget - Keeper of the Home

I bet you’d never guess the tools I find most useful when it comes to sticking with and maximizing our grocery budget. You might think it has to do with meal planning. Or perhaps a kitchen appliance like a grain grinder or crockpot. Maybe it’s planting a garden or using my farmer’s market. Or finding ways to get great bulk prices. Actually, it’s so much simpler than that. Almost too simple and it barely seems worth sharing EXCEPT that I so often forget to do […]

Pea Guacamole Dip Recipe: Guacamole That Stays Green!

Pea Guacamole

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer The first time I made this pea guacamole dip recipe, I served it to my family without telling them what the secret ingredient was. They could taste the avocado. They could taste the tomatoes. They could taste the cilantro. NO ONE detected the peas! On my honor. This guacamole tastes like the real deal. So why add peas to guacamole? They certainly aren’t a traditional ingredient. The benefit to adding peas to guacamole is it will keep the guacamole looking […]

Frozen Banana Bites: The Perfect Summertime Treat!

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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 […]

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 […]