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Ways to Use Clearance Produceby  

We originally published this post in June of 2012, but with an increase in food prices in recent years, the advice and tips that Erin offers here are still very useful! Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Since this season is... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

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,... Read More

Confessions of a Formerly Picky Eaterby  

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... Read More

Could you have a farm… in your own backyard?by  

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... Read More

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

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... Read More

How to Take Advantage of Clearance Produceby  

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... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

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... Read More

How to Make Water Kefirby  

Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer What is water kefir? Water kefir is a lacto-fermented beverage made with water kefir grains and sugar water. It is easy (and relatively quick) to make, and provides an abundance of probiotics to improve... Read More

1000th Post Party Giveaway: Deluxe Excalibur 3900 9-Tray Dehydrator ($220 Value)by  

It's been a hard secret to keep, but at last I can announce that after the smashing success of our Excalibur Dehydrator giveaway last fall, it's time to give away another one! I've owned a 9-Tray Excalibur for about a... Read More

Questions to Ask at Your Local Farmer’s Marketby  

Photo by shaggyshoo I grew up in West Michigan where the local farmer’s market was always a highlight of the summer.  Early on Saturday mornings my sisters and I would head to the market with mom to buy yummy, fresh,... Read More

Real Food Makeover: The Anderson Familyby  

I am just loving these makeovers! They are long and take more work than my usual posts, but to me, there is nothing like really digging in and getting practical for particular families. Are you enjoying these posts, too? I... Read More

Getting Organized in the Garden: Seed Starting and Planting Scheduleby  

One step to ensuring a really good gardening season is knowing in advance what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. This will help you to avoid planting things too late because you weren't ready or... Read More

Organization in the Garden: Evaluating What You Have and What You Needby  

January tends to find me just a little bit giddy. Throughout the fall and early winter, I am just pooped from gardening and preserving season. I don't really want to see another canning jar, or hardly even another fresh tomato,... Read More

Celebrate with Joy: Week 3by  

Image by ishane For this week's Celebrate with Joy post, I'm going to take a pause from giving more ideas or activities for adding to your Christmas celebration. Instead, I would like for you to be encouraged and inspired as... Read More

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