Frugal Real Food Thanksgiving Menu + Stress-free Cooking Timeline

Frugal Real Food Thanksgiving Menu {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

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 […]

Cinnamon Apple Salad Recipe: A Perfect Holiday Side Dish

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  By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer My mom is a great cook. She grew up on a farm in Northwestern Ohio with vegetables from the garden, fruit from their fruit trees, fresh milk from their cow with real cream and homemade butter, eggs and meat from the neighbors’ chickens, and fresh beef from their cattle. She learned how to cook from her mom, my grandma, who was also an amazing cook, and then she passed her love of fresh, local, and homemade food on to […]

Celebrate Fall with 35 Favorite GF Pumpkin Recipes

Celebrate Fall with 35 Favorite GF Pumpkin Recipes {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

  By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Pumpkin and I have had a great relationship ever since I first met this handsome “gourd.” I remember picking out my first plump round pumpkin as a preschooler and watching my mom turn that hard, rough sphere of orange into a squishy-squashy puree of pure delight! Seriously, who doesn’t love pumpkin? It’s truly the quintessential fall favorite!Click To TweetPowered By CoSchedule Unfortunately, here in sunny Southern California, the only way we know it’s fall is when the local markets haul in big loads […]

Breaking Free from Real Food Burnout

Breaking Free from Real Food Burnout

Guest post by Trina Holden Have you ever experienced Real Food Burnout? It’s an actual condition, typified by an aversion to the kitchen, phobia regarding shopping or menu planning, and surprisingly strong cravings for junk food. Sufferers often experience amnesia in regards to meal ideas, paralysis when it comes to trying something new, and general depression on the topic of food. How do I know so much about this condition? Because I have suffered from it many times myself. We succumb to Real Food Burnout when […]

15 Strategies for Eating Well & Avoiding Take-Out During Busy Seasons

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I think I’ve finally learned how to keep serving our family real, whole foods, even when life is busy and I don’t feel like I have time to cook properly.  Every once in a while, when we have one of those days (you know the ones), my sweet husband will offer that we should order take-out. Tempting as it is some days, I’ve found myself telling him “No, it’s all right. I can pull something together just as fast, and much cheaper.” For example, last week, during the […]

A Back-to-School Change for our Family & How I’m Getting Ready for School Lunches (plus Cinnamon-Raisin Quick Bread)

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The school year is upon us. And didn’t it happen so fast? Where did the summer go?  For our family, this is a novel year. We’re trying out a special program, just for homeschoolers in our area. It’s called Innovations, and it means that our two biggest (Abbie, 9 1/2 and Caden, 7 years old) will be attending “school” twice a week.  In a nutshell, the program functions sort of like small one-room schoolhouse, with a max of 16 kids per class and one teacher. Each child […]

A Day in the Life: Kelly {Food Blogger & Cookbook Author}

A Day in the Life: Kelly {KeeperoftheHome.org}

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Five years ago if someone would have told me that I was soon to become a grain-free food blogger and cookbook author, I would have replied, “what in the world?”  That’s because I had no idea that anyone wrote about food outside of the arena of cookbooks and cooking magazines. On top of that, at the time, the term “grain-free” would have been as foreign to me as “mise en place” was the first time I heard it.  Fast forward to today, […]

11 Fresh and Unique Green Salad Recipes

11 Fresh and Unique Green Salad Recipes {KeeperoftheHome.org}

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  There’s just something so right about a fresh, in-season, mouth-watering green salad in the summer, don’t you think? I was raised by a mother who believed in eating seasonally, which meant that I never even knew that you *could* buy things like peaches, strawberries, and tender baby lettuce leaves in the dead of our Canadian winter. I thought they were strictly a summer-only treat. They were in our house, at least. That’s why I tend to especially enjoy salads in the […]