Classic Pumpkin Pie {Made with Fresh Pumpkin}

By Mindy, Contributing Writer I never was a big fan of pumpkin pie during my childhood years.  Every year at Thanksgiving, I would choose cherry or apple pie over the classic pumpkin pie.  I never understood why it was such a big deal around the holidays! Until… I had my first pumpkin pie made out of fresh pumpkin.  Wow!  What a difference it made in the taste and texture of the pie!  I finally had an appreciation for this time-honored dessert that I had never […]

How to Identify and Use Winter Squash

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer While most can identify pumpkin and butternut as varieties of winter squash, many of us don’t know much about other types of winter squash or how to prepare them. Today I want to dive into the world of winter squash and open the door to new eating possibilities. Health Benefits of Winter Squash Winter squash, especially those with darker flesh (like pumpkin and acorn) contain high amounts of carotene. Carotene has been shown to help protect against cancer, heart […]

Homemade Clay Toothpaste

Cleaning your teeth with dirt sounds pretty oxymoronic, right? You might be surprised to know that clay toothpaste actually leaves your teeth feeling very clean. One of the things I like best about it is that it doesn’t contain glycerin, which doesn’t clean but actually coats your teeth. This coating, while it may sound like a good thing, prevents teeth from being able to remineralize and can actually weaken teeth over time. Many of us have gotten off of conventional brands of toothpaste and switched […]

Natural Homemade Facial Toner for Clean Skin

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Using toner (or astringent) as part of a regular skin care routine is helpful in removing dirt, tightening pores, and preparing the skin to be moisturized. Toners are also known to remove excess oil from the skin, which is helpful for those with extremely oil skin. That said, the pore-tightening effects of toner are beneficial to most skin types. Many of you may already use toner, and I expect you’ve also heard that witch hazel is an excellent, inexpensive alternative […]

Homemade Laundry Powder: 3 Ingredients. 10 Minutes.

I’ve been making a lot of my own cleaning and beauty products over the years, but for some reason, laundry detergent is one that I haven’t given a try until now. Now that I know how easy and inexpensive it is to make, I probably won’t be going back! This recipe actually comes from a good friend of mine. Renee and her family have lived overseas as missionaries for years and hope to be back on the field in the near future, so she’s always […]

Make it Yourself: Homemade Ricotta Cheese Tutorial

Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer I have a strange fascination with making things myself.  I’m one of those weird people who likes to make things like homemade peanut butter, homemade vanilla extract, and even my own deodorant.  I’m sure many of you are just like me when it comes making things yourself! Homemade cheese is one area of “make-it-yourself” that I haven’t researched too deeply yet.  I don’t have any special cheese making equipment, and I don’t own any cows or goats (yet!); so, I […]

Grain Free Granola: Super Easy, Use What You Have

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 […]

Does the GAPS Diet Make You More Sensitive?

I’ve talked about the GAPS diet on this blog previously, and I know that there are many of you that have been or are currently on the diet. Today we’re privileged to have Caroline share with us. I was blown away to read the blog of this very spunky, knowledgable and passionate 18 year old, and today she has graciously shared some of her own GAPS story with us. Meet Caroline Hi, I’m Caroline! I am 18 years old and I have a passion for nutrition and […]