The BEST Homemaking Advice

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer One of the best pieces of homemaking advice I’ve ever encountered was written in calligraphy and framed above our kitchen doorway. I read it every day of my life from the time I could read until it was packed away before our move to Costa Rica when I was a teenager. The words were simply this: “Doe the next thing.” And they didn’t make a lick of sense to me. “Doe?” A deer? A female deer? “Do,” my mom explained. […]

All You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Tea and THEN SOME!

By Meg Bateman, Contributing Writer I love tea. I’ve never really been a fan of coffee, except for a short period of my life where a Keurig took up residency in our kitchen. (Please, whatever you do – DO NOT brew tea with your Keurig!) I’m not sure when my love for tea started, but one of my favorite stories about my great-grandmother involves the proper making of tea. My great-grandparents and grandparents moved to the states from England in the 1950s. One day, after […]

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 […]

7 Gardening Lessons from a Novice Gardener

Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Growing your own organic vegetables is a great way to provide your family with nourishing and frugal food.  Last summer was my first real attempt at growing our own food in a garden. Although it did not go nearly the way that I envisioned, I learned some important lessons that I am excited to put into practice this year. I know many of you reading are seasoned gardeners, much more knowledgeable than I am, but if you are a […]

In the Kitchen- Real Food Basics eBook (Interview and Giveaway)

Are you still new to real food or making slow but sure changes? Would you love to have a simple, affordable resource that will give you more info, more resources and more recipes and kitchen how-to’s? Many of you have already met Kate as one of the fantastic contributing writers here at Keeper of the Home, or perhaps you’ve visited her blog, Modern Alternative Mama. Passionate about sharing the things she has been learning, and that have changed her family’s health dramatically, she has written […]

Cutting Down on Sugar: 21 Ways to Eat Less Sugar

We’ve all agreed that we tend to eat too much sugar, that we crave it, and that we want to learn to eat less of it (or even none at all- don’t miss tomorrow’s post!). So here’s the really challenging part… how do we do that, practically speaking? There is a lot of information out there about the dangers of sugar, it’s effect on our bodies, and much more. For these posts, I purposefully chose not to get all educational on you, and instead, focus […]

Beekeeping 101: Let’s Get it Started

Guest Post by Kate Ferry A few weeks ago, I introduced myself and talked about my past experience with beekeeping in a post titled “Beekeeping: A matter of the heart”. The response was quite welcoming and many people were interested in getting more information about beekeeping as a hobby. Keeper of the Home invited me back and asked me to put together both a “Beekeeping 101” intro for those of you who are interested in possibly starting beekeeping and another snippet on “Welcoming Honeybees” that […]

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Tomato Canning Tutorial

I know that canning is a daunting process to many. It was for me, too, until my sweet friend Jen took one summer day about 5 years ago to teach how to do it myself. Once you see how someone else does it, the whole process begins to be demystified. My goal in showing you this tutorial is to remove the “I can’t do this” element of canning, and show you just how simple and do-able the process really is! How to Can Diced Tomatoes […]