11 Herbs and Spices for the Holidays

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As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer The holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy herbs and spices. There are so many opportunities to use them in baking and cooking as well as medicinally. Today we are going to look at eleven herbs and spices and how they […]

3 Tips That Will Truly Help You to Manage Your Grocery Budget Better

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Once upon a time, there was this girl who was very careful with her budget. So careful that her husband trusted her implicitly, and she carefully maintained her grocery budget with cash each month, so as not to overspend. She was so insistent that this method worked, she even wrote profusely on the topic. This worked well for several years. Then this girl discovered that upon returning home from an overseas trip, she was pregnant with her 4th child. Then two homestay students arrived, fatigue and nausea […]

You Asked For It: Plan It- Don’t Panic! {A 6-Week Meal Planning Challenge}

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All those who know that meal planning is a good idea, but struggle to actually do it, put up their hands! (Is yours raised?) I definitely relate. I have been meal planning on and off (more on than off) for about 6 years. I know the benefits. I write about them. My budget and our family’s nutritional status can attest to the fact that meal planning most certainly works. Still, it isn’t always easy. We go through different seasons of life and routines changes. We […]

Preserving the Harvest: Sweet Fruit Chutney

by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Summer, and the fruit it brings, has a way of overwhelming many of us. If you’ve got a pile of peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots or any other kind of fruit sitting in the middle of your table, you need to figure out a way to deal with it!  One of the reasons I love this recipe is that it not only lets me preserve a little taste of ripe fruit for a few months, but it adds great probiotics to […]

Affording Cloth Diapers on a Low Income

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Guest Post Written by Erin Odom After Keeper of the Home’s recent series on cloth diapers, you may finally be thinking: Hey, I CAN do this! She makes cloth diapering seem so EASY! But have the upfront costs of modern cloth diapers frustrated you? I’ve been there. And I found a solution. Image by chahad My Story It wasn’t long after the birth of my second daughter when I realized my family would barely be able to afford diapers for both our children, since our […]

3 More Reasons That Cloth Diapering is Easier Than You Think

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Last week, I began to dispel some commonly held myths about cloth diapering. I began with two of the biggest myths, that cloth diapering is more expensive and that it is more disgusting. The reader response was fantastic and I think that you will find the comments section extremely valuable to take a read through. {As well, the cloth diapering $75 gift certificate giveaway is still going for a few more days… go get entered!} Today I want to continue on with three more myths, that cloth […]

Planning What to Preserve

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Are you new to preserving food – or maybe just curious about it?  Maybe you’d like to give it a shot, but don’t really know where to start. I was in your shoes last year!  It was my very first year preserving food for my family.  I had no idea what we would realistically eat in a year, given availability, and definitely didn’t plan it as well as I could have!  Many things ran out with months yet before the […]

Building a Grain-Free Pantry

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer If you’re grain-free, what to keep in the pantry may be somewhat of a mystery. Most pantry staples tend to be grain-based: crackers, chips, rice, wheat berries, different types of flour, and so on.  And what about snacks?  Those, too, are usually grain-based. Of course there are lots of options for grain-free pantries, but they can be more expensive.  And there are so many substitutes it can be hard to know what is really worth it to buy and […]