Simple Summer Salad Recipes {& Vinaigrette Dressings}

Simple Summer Salad Combinations and Vinaigrette Dressings {Keeper of the Home}

Guest Post by Marci Ferrell I do enjoy summertime with the abundance of fresh produce whether through a home garden,  CSA, farmer’s markets or your local grocery store.  I didn’t used to be a salad lover but it could be because a salad used to consist of head lettuce and ranch dressing.  Not too healthy or tantalizing on the taste buds. Since being captivated by real food and love for a good salad with a tasty homemade dressing, salads have become a staple on the […]

Why Quinoa Deserves a Permanent Spot in Your Diet (with recipe links!)

Why Quinoa

Image by Jennifer via Flickr CC By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer It was the year 2001. I was a high school kid on a short-term missions trip to Bolivia. We were doing a touristy day trip to Lake Titicaca, and I trepidatiously boarded a sketchy looking boat to go out on the lake for a little tour with my trip mates. What I didn’t know at the time was that I was in the very place where quinoa first originated thousands of years ago! I’m […]

What Can You Actually DO with all those Fresh Spring Greens?

Pasta with Spinach Pesto

Guest Post by Krissa Jeldy One of the things I love about getting a CSA box is getting introduced to all kinds of vegetables that (if I’m honest with myself) I probably wouldn’t pick up on a regular basis at the grocery store. At this time in the year my CSA box is filled with tons of fresh spring greens: spinach, kale, chard, collard greens, all varieties of lettuce, and more! Leafy greens are well known for their health benefits. Loaded with vitamins, fiber, and […]

Homemade Custard Ice Cream {Without a Machine}

Homemade Custard Ice Cream without a Machine - KeeperoftheHome.org

Guest Post by Elsie Callender Did you know that you can make homemade ice cream without a fancy machine? It’s easy, and only adds a little extra hands-on time. And for this rich, custard-based ice cream recipe, a bit of stirring by hand is utterly worth it. It tastes really, really good. In fact, I’m pretty sure this recipe will turn any ice cream apathetic into a raving fan. Personally, I think the custard is key to making this the best, most spoon-lickin’ good ice cream […]

16 Amazing Citrus Recipes

16 Amazing Citrus Recipes

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Citrus fruits satisfy a deep longing within my soul. Okay, that might have been a tad dramatic. But there’s something about citrus fruits – oranges, grapefruits, even lemons. They just taste wonderful to me. I went to college in frigid western Pennsylvania, where fresh fruits seemed a rarity in the cafeteria line. For four years straight, I would literally eat an orange after lunch and dinner. Not the most balanced eating, but it sure tasted good to me! Juicy, tart, […]

6 Steps To a Naturally Clean Home {Plus 48 recipes}

6 Steps to a Naturally Clean Home

By Jami Leigh, Contributing Writer When I first began my natural living journey, it all started with food. I was concerned with eating healthy and what I  put into my body. But it wasn’t long before I realized that the chemicals, lotions, and cleaners that I used everyday can actually seep into our skin and affect us as much or more than the food we eat. I began doing research and it didn’t take long for me to land on The Environmental Working Group’s Guide to […]

20 Nourishing, Whole-Foods Dinners That Kids Will Eat!

20 Nourishing, Whole Foods Dinners That Kids Will Love!

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Y’all, I am far from being the perfect parent. I yell more than I should. At times, I’m addicted to my iPhone. Sometimes, anxiety just plain gets the best of me. And, I’m not spending time reading the Bible nearly as much as I’d like – the perpetual struggle (sigh). So believe me, no obnoxious “mommy pride” from this girl. But can I share with you one teensy, little victory, that my husband and I are probably inordinately proud of? […]

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 […]