Gardening with Herbs 101: What to Grow

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Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer This month at Keeper of the Home, we’re discussing Gardening 101, and we’re continuing this week with the second part of Gardening with Herbs 101.  Let’s jump right in to my favorite part of gardening: what to grow! First, consider your needs: What herbs do you love the smell of?  What tastes do you enjoy adding to your food?  What tea are you always splurging on?  What kinds of medicine does your family use during the year?  Do you want […]

Lists for Homemaking and Home Educating (And a Giveaway!)

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*Giveaway has now ended* As I take some downtime this winter to recover and allow my body some time to heal, I am also contemplating my schedule for the upcoming months. One of my major goals has been to clear a lot of the busyness off of my plate, making my schedule more realistic with a whole lot more margin for rest, the regular interruptions of daily life (messes, unexpected visitors, phone calls, etc.) and mostly for being able to stop and savor those golden moments that […]

Learning to Live With Less

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In a little over two months, our family will be moving to a new abode. This move is exciting for a number of reasons. The new house has more bedrooms and will allow us to have a girls bedroom and a boys bedroom (yes, we only have one boy so far, but we hope to have more one day!), in addition to an office and guest room. It will also allow my husband to set up his own studio for his music school- very exciting! […]

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: Ferments Everywhere

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“Hi, my name is Stephanie and I have a problem. I’m addicted to fermenting, culturing and soaking foods and they’re taking over my kitchen! Help!” Having a lot of cultured, soaked, sprouted and lacto-fermented foods around is a wonderful problem to have since these are incredibly nutritious and beneficial to consume. Sometimes, though, it can get a little bit challenging to find a place for everything that I want to store in my kitchen. Two things to consider when deciding what to do with all […]