Thanksgiving Meal Planning Made Easy

Thanksgiving Meal Planning Made Easy!

By Kresha, Contributing Writer I love big feasting holidays. I love the excuse to gather with people I love to give thanks for the blessings in our lives, I love the little traditions that spring up over the years, and I LOVE the food. But when it’s a large meal with more food than can fit in the oven at once and lots of family favorites to accommodate, it can become unwieldy and overwhelming to make sure everything gets done. The key is just to […]

Why Is It So Hard to Have Self Control With Food?

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I probably shouldn’t write this post. Beside me sits a small bowl of homemade treats from the freezer, which I certainly don’t need but definitely want. I fully intend to eat them. If you could taste what I’m tasting (creamy, chocolate-peanut buttery goodness), I bet you’d eat them, too. Two weeks ago, our family completed the whirlwind 9-week Europe portion of our one-year journey around the world (this seems unrelated, but stick with me). From Paris we worked our way through Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and […]

Unhealthy Pantry Staples Remade

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Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer Back in the days before most of us were even born, when our mothers or grandmothers were girls growing up, pantries were stocked very differently than in today’s world. Here’s a picture of a pantry from the 1940s: image credit Today, most pantries are stocked with stuff that is not even real food, with unhealthy fats, loads of sugar, BPA-laden cans of condensed soups filled with MSG and lots of other “junk” that most people have no idea is unhealthy for […]

How to Make Mayonnaise

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Today I’m going to share my favorite mayonnaise recipe and give you the details on how I make it. It’s not complicated, but it does take a little patience. The first time I made mayonnaise it was a complete flop. I rushed it, and well, I never actually got mayonnaise. Since then I’ve tried a few different methods and have settled on the one that works best for me. If you’ve attempted to make mayonnaise before and it didn’t […]

Healthy, Homemade Food for a Crowd

Healthy, Homemade Food for a Crowd

By Brandy, Contributing Writer When it comes to feeding a crowd, I need look no further than my own kitchen.  And when it comes to social gatherings, I’m usually not the least bit intimidated about the large amounts of food needing to be prepared. So many times, we think it’s much easier, and therefore really tempting, to simply grab ready-made food from the store.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  There are many homemade foods that can be whipped up in a snap […]

5 Spring Super Foods and Spring Sun Safety

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I am so excited that spring is finally here!  In the last few weeks, my kids have been obsessed with playing outside and have spent several hours out each day.  We’re lucky to have a fenced-in backyard, so I can send them out and watch from the kitchen window.  They dig in the dirt, run, kick balls, and come up with lots of creative games. The shifting of the seasons means that it’s time to start thinking differently: local, fresh, […]

Making Mealtimes FUN! {5 Super Fun Family Dinner Ideas}

5 super fun family dinner ideas

By Kelly, Contributing Writer Sometimes we get so busy with the demands of daily life that we can easily forget to have some good ole-fashioned family FUN, especially when it comes to sharing meals together. The remedy? Well, besides the obvious rule of not overbooking our calendars … some purposeful planning may also be in order. Thinking ahead and scheduling a little family fun at mealtimes can reduce the urge to eat-n-run, and instead help to ensure more quality time together! Here are some fun […]

Review of Trim Healthy Mama

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By Natalie, Contributing Writer Sporting a hefty 619 pages, Trim Healthy Mama by Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett is one of the newer healthy eating reads on the block, having been released in August of 2012. You might benefit from reading this book IF you: Struggle with your weight Have a hard time sticking to a diet Lack energy Are still learning about healthy eating and nutrition Want to learn a bit about the science behind food – in an easy-to-understand format Want to find […]