How to Become a Real Food, Natural Homemaker {Plus 2 recipes}

Learn how to make - Homemade Tortillas

By Jami Balmet, Community Manager When I was first discovering what it means to eat healthy – I mean, really healthy – none of this tofu, low-fat junk – I felt like I was in over my head. How had I lived my whole life and didn’t know all of this stuff? I felt like I was learning how to cook, run my kitchen, and be a homemaker all over again. But now I was doing it with my twin boys crawling around my feet, trying […]

Conversation: Balancing Healthy Food and Real Life

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer When I first started eating real food, I was pretty strict. I would not buy any white sugar or white flour.  I would not use wheat (spelt, then grain-free).  I was convinced all that stuff was “poison” and I was pretty proud of my high standards. Fast forward four years. Yes, I buy white flour and white sugar (although I try not to use it too often).  Yes, I use wheat.  Yes, I buy the occasional packaged item (but I do […]

Why Is It So Hard to Have Self Control With Food?

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I probably shouldn’t write this post. Beside me sits a small bowl of homemade treats from the freezer, which I certainly don’t need but definitely want. I fully intend to eat them. If you could taste what I’m tasting (creamy, chocolate-peanut buttery goodness), I bet you’d eat them, too. Two weeks ago, our family completed the whirlwind 9-week Europe portion of our one-year journey around the world (this seems unrelated, but stick with me). From Paris we worked our way through Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and […]

Homemade Condiments for Fantastic Summer Barbecues

Homemade Condiments for Fantastic Summer Barbecues from KeeperOfTheHome.org

By Kresha, Contributing Writer The summer holidays are just about to be upon us in North America and with them come summer barbecues. Oh, goodness, I love summer…. ::sigh:: With Memorial Day in the U.S. and Victoria Day in Canada just around the corner, summer picnics, pool parties, and backyard barbecues will soon be in full swing. But as conscientious mothers and homemakers, there is a niggling question: In striving to feed our families healthy, nourishing whole foods, we often focus on the big food […]

Empanadas: The perfect pocket food (Recipe: Apple Pie ‘Panadas)

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This week, I was over at Simple Bites, discussing the empanadas that I learned to appreciate and make during our time in Argentina, and sharing my delicious recipe for Apple Pie ‘Panadas (mmmm… hand held, perfect little apple pies). Have you ever noticed that nearly every culture has its own variation on a “pocket” food? Chinese gyozas, Japanese rice balls with fish inside, German bierocks (beef, onion and cabbage filling), Mexican burritos and tamales, Italian calzones, Polish pierogies, Indian samosas, English hand pies. Hand held […]

From Soups to Salads: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

A Cookbook Review from Soups to Salads

By Natalie, Contributing Writer Picking a Cookbook for Picky Families I love trying new recipes, but one of the big bones I have to pick with a lot of cookbooks is that they require exotic ingredients, and, frankly, exotic taste buds. Since my husband and children were born with your average, run-of-the-mill taste buds, I have to be careful not to waste a lot of time and money on expensive dishes that will end up in the garbage disposal. Always on the look out for […]

Weekend Links

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One of our first looks at Iguazu Falls. The white that you see at the bottom of the photo is the mist from the falls, which rises so high that it obscures much of the bottom view. These are some mighty powerful falls. I was blown away by the sheer volume of water that falls each second! Links I loved this week: In Defense Of Stirring The Pot @ Shaun Groves for when you’re taking your work too seriously @ chatting at the sky 7 […]

Serving My Family Real Food in Imperfect Situations Part 2 (With a 4-day Meal Plan)

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Did you miss the first part of this post? You can read it here. Now that you know what we’ve been buying are you curious what I’ve made with those foods, in sub-par kitchens at that? I tracked our actual meals and snacks for four days, to give you a genuine example of how we’re eating as we travel. A real look at what we ate for 4 days Monday Breakfast- Eggs, baguette, fruit (apples, pears, plums), and whole milk Small lunch- Fresh fruit and […]