Getting Back in the Swing of Meal Planning (and My Two-Week Plan)

Do you ever wonder what the writers on Keeper of the Home really eat? Wonder no longer. This is the first of many posts to come, where one writer each month will take a turn to share an actual two-week menu plan. Natalie, a busy wife and mom of 9 is the first to share, and I love her honesty. And I want her rice cooker. Read on… I snickered when Stephanie asked us to write up a two week menu plan.  Ten years and […]

Fast and Frugal Snacks Straight From Your Garden

Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer During the month-long Eat From Your Pantry & Freezer Challenge, some of us have an added advantage–our summer gardens. If you live in a warmer region like I do, you may already have some yummy produce ready to harvest. So if your pantry or freezer starts to look bare, why not just walk outside and grab a fast and frugal snack straight from your garden?! From the super easy veggies that require nothing more than picking, washing and (sometimes) cutting […]

How to Make an Amazing Green Salad

We’ve all had one of those amazing salads, that was so good we just had to keep shoving forkfuls into our mouths. On the other hand, I imagine we’ve all had a boring salad. Just greens, a veggie or two, and a drizzle of dressing. You eat it because you know it’s good for you, and that’s the extent of it. I know those salads well, because I used to make a lot of them. Over the past year, I’ve realized that the salads that […]

Kids, Veggies, and Grace: What to Do With a Picky Eater

Written by Brandy, Contributing Writer There was once this little girl who hated tomatoes. The very thought of them nauseated her, and so if one dared touch her food, she grimaced disdainfully, and flicked the slimy debris from her plate as best she could. Annoyed that the food she would have eaten had been tainted by this undesirable, unnecessary addition to her plate, she chose to not eat anything at all. There were other times. Like when her mother made casseroles with tiny, chopped onions. […]

Farmer’s Market Project: Make a Salad with Kids

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I am so excited.  It’s finally May, which means that the farmer’s market is now open!  Well…we’re lucky — there is a winter market near me.  But I never went (I know, I know).  I just love the outdoor market in the summer, with all of its fresh produce, warm sun, lots of healthy people running around….  It can be overwhelming, but it is an amazing experience.  Even when things are a bit expensive, I go at least once a […]

Seven Reasons to Love An Important Kitchen Tool for Healthy Food Prep

It’s visionary to eat healthy. What we put into our bodies today will, in many ways, determine our health tomorrow. God gave us food to delight us as well as to nourish our bodies, and there is beautiful balance in the natural foods He has provided. Over the years I’ve tried to feed our children as healthy as possible, knowing that in certain seasons it is less possible than other seasons. For example, after a new baby comes into the house, the spelt pancakes and […]

Don’t Like Fish? I Bet You’ll Like These Salmon Cakes

My salmon cakes have always been a hit with our family, but when a good friend’s daughter had them with us and raved about them to her mom, I knew it was a “must share”. (And now you have the recipe, sweet Reese, so your mommy can make them.) Even those who don’t care for fish might be happily surprised to find that these don’t taste all that fishy. They are well-seasoned, and frying anything in good fats can only make them taste even better. As […]

Fake Food: Removing Food Toxins

Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer This month at Keeper of the Home, we are all focusing on Spring Cleaning the Toxins. This is something my family has been working on over the past several years. Late last year, I wrote this post about 9 toxins to remove from your life, they are everywhere so we really have to be mindful if we want to raise healthy families and kids! Most people think about the environment, household cleaners, personal care products, upholstery and carpet and even […]