A Month of Smoothies — 31 Recipe Links to Keep You Happily Slurping All Summer

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Image by Miriam Our blender sees a lot of action once the warm weather hits. We’re smoothie fiends all year long, but our cravings go into overdrive during summer. For my family, there is nothing like a frosty glass of something smooth and sweet, not to mention how easy it is to use smoothies to add superfoods into our diet. I aim to always keep several types of frozen fruit, as well as fresh fruit, kefir or yogurt or coconut milk, greens (fresh and dried), […]

Fabulous Fruit Pizza {Kids in the Kitchen Summertime FUN!}

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By Kelly, Contributing Writer Summertime is the perfect time for cooking with kids! For us busy moms, the slower pace of summer often makes it a bit easier to orchestrate than during the school year when life can be, well, a bit chaotic to say the least. And spending time in the kitchen with your kiddos is definitely time well spent, because it not only provides many opportunities to teach practical life skills, but, best of all, it provides a wonderful opportunity to build special memories […]

Confessions of a Formerly Picky Eater

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Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! Written by Stephanie, Creator and Editor of Keeper of the Home Would it surprise you to know that I was an insanely picky eater as a child? I ate meat-and-potato type meals just fine, along […]

Could you have a farm… in your own backyard?

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About 5 years ago, I first stumbled upon the “homegrown revolution” and the idea that it was not only possible, but liberating to be able to grow one’s own food. From that first spark, my backyard gardening attempts have continually grown, and I’ve learned how to support local farmers for my meat and dairy, and the produce that I am not able to grow myself. I wouldn’t say that I have a backyard farm. At this point, I’d call myself a somewhat ambitious suburban gardener, […]

10 Foods to Include in Your Summer Meals (And Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe)

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer In the summer time, there is an abundance of fresh food available, no matter where you are.  At farmer’s markets and even local grocery stores, you’ll find locally-grown fresh produce in all varieties.  Some of these you may not be familiar with.  Time to try some new foods, and celebrate interesting ways to prepare familiar ones! Additionally, summer lends itself to some unique preparation methods.  I always crave fresh, simple, and often cool dishes in the summer, like salads, […]

How to Take Advantage of Clearance Produce

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Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Since this season is all about incorporating more veggies into our diets and eating from our pantries and freezers, I thought it would be a prime time to share one of my favorite frugal grocery shopping tips: how to take advantage of clearance produce. You can stretch your weekly produce allowance a lot further if you check out the marked-down, overripe fruits and veggies! I actually map out my grocery trips to stop at the clearance shelves and bins first. […]

Kids, Veggies, and Grace: What to Do With a Picky Eater

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Written by Brandy, Contributing Writer There was once this little girl who hated tomatoes. The very thought of them nauseated her, and so if one dared touch her food, she grimaced disdainfully, and flicked the slimy debris from her plate as best she could. Annoyed that the food she would have eaten had been tainted by this undesirable, unnecessary addition to her plate, she chose to not eat anything at all. There were other times. Like when her mother made casseroles with tiny, chopped onions. […]

The Nitty-Gritty on The Real Food I Buy and Where I Buy It, Part 2

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Yesterday I began by sharing about where I buy our meat, fish, eggs, dairy and fats. Today I’ll continue on, sharing the particulars of what I buy where. The goal isn’t to tell you that you should buy your foods just as I do, but rather to give you a detailed, inside look at how it works for one family, and to help inspire you as you seek out affordable sources of real food for your own family! Organic Grains and Flours At this point, […]