Real Food Substitutions and No-Bake Cookie Dough Balls {a perfect holiday treat}

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Written by Rachel Marie, Contributing Writer I’m always on the look out for natural alternatives and healthy recipes, and I’m sure you are, too–especially if you read Keeper of the Home frequently. With all the gluten intolerances, food allergies and reduced sugar guidelines so many readers face today, I’m glad to be able to make quick substitutions like these: You can also substitute 1 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon of pure powdered stevia. (Not truvia or another similar brand; those are equal substitutions and often have fillers in […]

How to Identify and Use Winter Squash

how to identify and use winter squash

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer While most can identify pumpkin and butternut as varieties of winter squash, many of us don’t know much about other types of winter squash or how to prepare them. Today I want to dive into the world of winter squash and open the door to new eating possibilities. Health Benefits of Winter Squash Winter squash, especially those with darker flesh (like pumpkin and acorn) contain high amounts of carotene. Carotene has been shown to help protect against cancer, heart […]

34 Healthy Living eBooks For Less Than $1 Each — 5 Days Only!

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This sale has now ended. Thanks, everyone!  What if, in one very affordable package, you could get 34 different ebooks that would help you to: Put delicious, real, whole food meals on your table Take more steps towards a truly holistic and healthful lifestyle Save money even while using higher quality products and eating better foods Make pure and simple skincare products for yourself and your family members, and even to give as gifts. Prevent and treat illness and injury with safe and natural remedies […]

Homemade Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap

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By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Over the course of the past couple years, I’ve enjoyed learning how to make homemade products–like homemade liquid dish soap, homemade deodorant and various homemade food products, like bread crumbs and cream of chicken soup. Today I’m giving you a recipe for a safe antibacterial foaming hand soap. Besides being void of the harmful triclosan found in conventional, store-bought antibacterial soaps, this soap recipe is easy, frugal and 100% natural! The antibacterial ingredient in this soap is thieves essential oil. Thieves […]

Homemade Cocoa Body Scrub and Body Butter

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Written by Brandy, Contributing Writer It’s getting to be that time of year again when I sometimes like to smell a little bit festive.  Ya know…aside from the ordinary scent of oatmeal, honey, and whatever my toddler ate for lunch.  As the gift-giving season approaches, too, I’m glad to have these two fantastic recipes for making the most delicious-smelling body scrub and body butter ever! I’ve already made my own batch, of course, and I need to go get some more half-pint mason jars so […]

When Food Choices ARE a Moral Issue

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By Mandi Ehman, Contributing Writer A couple months ago I wrote a post called “Food Choices Are Not a Moral Issue.” There were several who commented that disagreed with the title of the post…and I actually agree with them! My main goal in that post was to open a discussion about judging other people’s food choices, and I stand by the assertion that it’s not my place to judge what other people choose to eat. On the other hand, what I choose to eat is […]

HealthIER Camping Food: 7 Tips for Taking Real Food With You

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Written by Stacy Myers, Guest Writer I’ve been camping since I was 8 years old. At my request, my parents decided to try it once – and they ended up LOVING it. We’ve been every year since then.  My first child, Annie, went on her first camping trip at 2 months old. We started out in tents but my parents graduated to a pop-up camper. However, when we camp we like to “rough it.” We usually don’t use electricity, but we do use gas for […]

Fast and Frugal Snacks Straight From Your Garden

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Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer During the month-long Eat From Your Pantry & Freezer Challenge, some of us have an added advantage–our summer gardens. If you live in a warmer region like I do, you may already have some yummy produce ready to harvest. So if your pantry or freezer starts to look bare, why not just walk outside and grab a fast and frugal snack straight from your garden?! From the super easy veggies that require nothing more than picking, washing and (sometimes) cutting […]