DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  Switching from mainstream cleaners to natural alternatives is honestly one of the easiest possible baby steps toward a greener, more natural life. Throw a few ingredients in a spray bottle and toss your Mr. Clean in the trash. It’s pretty much that simple, and the benefits far outweigh the 30 seconds of your time that it takes. In our home we don’t buy commercial cleaning products for anything (except for a natural dish soap). We make our own – and we reduce […]

DIY Dishwasher Detergent Pucks

DIY Dishwasher Detergent Pucks

Making a DIY version of dishwasher pucks was something I stumbled upon completely by accident – like many good things, of course. Over at DIY Natural, Matt and Betsy had shared their very excellent dishwashing detergent recipe, which includes citric acid for shine and non-cloudy glassware and which does its job well. The problem is, citric acid is hydrophilic – that is, it loves water, and thus when mixed in the recipe, it attracts moisture like crazy and if you don’t stir the mix every […]

Cranberry Apple Kale Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Cranberry Apple Kale Salad

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Does your family enjoy kale salads? Try serving them this family friendly recipe for Cranberry Apple Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette and I bet they will! Kale seems to be the “hot” superfood of the day, doesn’t it? My family’s love affair with kale has grown over the years. We started out hiding it in smoothies as a way to get more veggies into our diet. Sure it turned our smoothies green, but with lots of fruit, we got all […]

Savory Enchilada Pot Pie (GF, DF)

Gluten-Free Enchilada Pot Pie

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Enchiladas were a real favorite of mine before I went grain-free and recently, after a little whining about how much I missed them, my brilliant 11-year-old son asked a simple question, which eventually led to this awesome recipe. “Mom, why not just make them without the corn tortillas, like a casserole or something?” I know I’m a little biased here, but seriously, this kid is a genius! Not only is this savory Enchilada Pot Pie perfect for those who are […]

Maple-Walnut Pie Recipe (MightyNest Review + Giveaway)

Maple-Walnut Pie Recipe

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer It’s Spring Giveaway Week! Mighty Nest is a favorite go-to for healthy bakeware, cookware, kids lunch gear, and much, much more for your family and home. Plus, their Mighty Nest for Schools program generously supports the school of your choice when you buy any of their high quality, eco friendly, healthy gear, by donating 15% of your purchase.  Enter the Mighty Nest giveaway below to win a Total Pie Kit for yourself plus $100 for your school! A free afternoon […]

Pear and Ginger Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Pear and Ginger Slow Cooker Oatmeal

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer If breakfast time in your house is anything like mine, there’s a prerequisite that it be quick and easy. Even on our “slow” mornings, making breakfast just isn’t something I want to take the time to do, despite the fact that I love sitting down and sharing breakfast with our kiddos. So, lately I’ve been relying on the slow cooker to provide morning meals that don’t take any thought or time to prepare. Just serve and go! It started when […]

Let These Frozen Berry Recipe Ideas Chase Away the Winter Blues!

Frozen Berry Recipe Ideas

By Andrea, Contributing Writer By February, I am tired of winter. Living in Colorado, the winter means crops are dormant. Any fresh fruits or vegetables we get are usually trucked in from a warmer part of the country. This is the time of year when I am so thankful for frozen berries. Nothing speaks to me of the promise of spring quite like the taste of berries. The burst of sweetness from a frozen berry can transport me to warm summer memories. Using frozen berries […]

Lavender Beef Stew: A Taste of Home

Lavender Beef Stew in the Slow Cooker | KeeperoftheHome.org

By Kresha, Contributing Writer Several years ago, I moved to an area of the U.S. where lavender grows natively. I had never been in a place where a small gust of wind could suddenly surround you with such a heavenly scent, and I cherished those blustery moments. Now, of course, whenever I smell or taste lavender, I am reminded of that wonderful place. So, I started adding lavender to various dishes and have been surprised at what a lovely, subtle, sweet note it adds to […]