Frugal Real Food Thanksgiving Menu + Stress-free Cooking Timeline

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Guest post by Tiffany Crumbs I’ll be the first to admit — this is the time of year when we typically throw caution out the window. We toss aside “healthy” recipes and reach for the shortening and corn syrup and pre-packaged short-cuts that we’ve always used, all for the sake of tradition. I’m including myself in this category too. I’ve been craving hot chocolate for WEEKS, and I’m not talking about the healthy kind. I’m wanting the instant hot chocolate, ripped open from a single-serve […]

Naturally Sweetened Chewy Molasses Cookies

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By Diana, Contributing Writer It’s that time of year where the warmth of my oven brings forth sweet treats and smiling faces.   My boys and I, coated in flour, sugar and everything sticky, find delight in baking holiday treats. Of course we have our traditional favorites like polvorones, bunuelos, and turron de navidad that my boys always seem to ask for as soon as large snowflakes turn to blankets of snow. Besides our traditional favorites, we also spend time making buttered sugar cookies to ice […]

8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas

8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas!

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  Disposable wrapping paper is a multi-billion dollar industry that sells a product designed to be used and then immediately torn up and thrown in the trash. Not the most eco-friendly practice, obviously. However, we cannot deny that gift-giving is fun, partly due to the surprise element. So what’s an eco-conscious, naturally-minded gift-giving mama to do? I wrote a guest post at Simple Homemade last year on the 3R’s and how to prioritize them. In it, I talked about how I had learned the […]

Entertaining For Food Allergies: A Whole-Foods, Allergy-Friendly Holiday Meal Plan

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In need of a whole foods, allergy-friendly holiday meal plan? Jessica has you covered! By Jessica, Contributing Writer Do you have family or friends with food allergies? It can be tricky feeding folks on special diets, but I can help! Unfortunately, I know it well…because we’re the ones with the food allergies. We’re the ones with special requests, the anxious bringing-our-own-dishes, the trying-not-to-be-rude refusals. If you’re trying to cook for someone on a special diet, I just want to say one thing. Thank you. I know […]

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 […]

Introducing the 2013 Christmas Gift Guide!

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Are you thinking Christmas yet? I’ll confess, I wasn’t really. Until this weekend. As I went through and selected my favorite picks from each shop that is participating in our Christmas Gift Guide, my brain was spinning with perfect ideas for all those on my list. There really is a fantastic selection of items here! How to use this Gift Guide Take a look through now and get some ideas. If you’re ready, go ahead and be one of those awesome, uber-organized people who does […]

50 Christmas Morning Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

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By Diana, Contributing Writer Christmas is my favorite day the year.  I’m a stickler for tradition on Christmas Day. Each year, my boys and I wake up in the darkness of the early morning.  I put on a pot of coffee while the boys take turns jumping on dad, screaming that it’s time to wake up.  As a family we sit in a circle, hand-in-hand, in the living room while Dad leads us in prayer. We thank God for the gift of his Son and […]

Stephanie’s Homemade Salted Caramel Mocha Recipe {plus 20 More Holiday Treat Recipes!}

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By Stephanie, Creator and Editor and Erin, Contributing Writer Homemade Salted Caramel Mocha I have long been a self-proclaimed coffee snob, and while I can easily walk away from candy, sodas, and most assorted desserts or sweets, fancy coffees just might be my downfall. I’m pretty sure that Starbucks created their Salted Caramel Mocha for the sheer purpose of tempting me beyond what I can handle. Since I try to keep my sugar intake low, and avoid refined sugar in particular, I had to figure […]