Fancy, Flavored Oatmeal Made 4 Ways {Better Than a Coffee Shop}

Make your own fancy, flavored oatmeal 4 different ways {better than a coffee shop}

Written by Stephanie, Creator and Editor of Keeper of the Home Eating oatmeal has suddenly become trendy. I’m not sure when or how it happened, but lately I’ve seen more and more coffee shops (even McDonald’s, for goodness sake!) offering cups of oatmeal packed with wholesome ingredients like fruits and nuts. I’m pleased to see this real food making a comeback. Oatmeal is a hearty, nourishing, traditional food, and if I end up in a situation where I or my kids need something filling while […]

Grain Free Granola: Super Easy, Use What You Have

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Homemade granola and yogurt with fresh berries is almost perfection-in-a-bowl for me. During a grain-free stint we did earlier this summer, I quickly realized that I needed an alternative to eggs or breakfast meat or plain yogurt (without grains, breakfast can get boring fast). Could granola still be filling and tasty without the ever-present oat? To my delight, I realized it could indeed. In fact, I appreciate this granola more in a sense. It’s a bit heartier than a regular granola because it packs such […]

11 Alternative Uses For a Coffee Grinder

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As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. As I’ve been learning that less is more and working hard to purge and pare down the things that we own, I’ve been reminded of the beauty of having multi-purpose appliances. Today’s post is a feature of the handy, inexpensive little gadget that we know as a […]

Benefits of a Protein-Rich Breakfast (and a Protein Pancake Recipe)

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but with so many choices (and conflicting information), it can be difficult to know what to serve our family. While cereal or toast may seem easy and convenient, these high-carbohydrate choices lead to elevated blood sugar levels which drop quickly and soon leave us feeling tired and hungry. Research shows that a breakfast high in protein actually stabilizes blood sugar and prevents hunger for a number […]

How to Make Nut Butter

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If only I had known how quick and easy it was to make my own nut butters, I would have started doing it a long time ago! I think that for most people, the idea of making smooth and creamy nut butters feels daunting. They’re the kind of thing that, even if you love making food from scratch, you just buy anyways- like hard cheeses and macaroni noodles. The truth is, they require little more than absent-mindedly watching a cookie sheet of nuts in the […]

Dry to Preserve: A Quick Guide to Dehydration

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Written by Stacey T, Contributing Writer So you’ve started your garden, and other than a few minor hiccups (which always seem to happen regardless of skill or experience), things are probably going pretty well, right? Are you preparing to preserve the fruits of your labors (pun intended)?  Preserving your own food is an inexpensive and healthful way to feed your family, prepare for emergencies and practice self-sufficiency. There are many options available to those wanting to preserve their own foods.  Some experienced in food preservation […]

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, […]

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

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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 year and a half now. I keep it on my kitchen counter the way that most people have a microwave or toaster oven. Yes, I use it almost that often! As someone who uses my dehydrator so extensively, I can’t imagine going back to the […]