Best Classic Eggnog – Easy, no-cook, refined sugar free

Best Classic Eggnog - an easy, no-cook, refined sugar free recipe for the holidays!

  Guest post by Dena Norton Eggnog seems to be a love-hate thing. Well, starting now, it’s a love-LOVE thing. This easy, classic eggnog recipe is thick and rich, with the perfect amount of natural sweetness and warm holiday spice — eggnog fans and skeptics alike will find it irresistible! Real Eggnog The raw cream and pastured egg yolks give it a beautiful color and creamy texture; the honey and maple syrup add it a light, natural sweetness; and the nutmeg and cloves bring in just enough […]

Healthy Ways To Handle Seasons of Stress

Healthy Ways To Handle Seasons of Stress {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

  By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Are you in a busy or even difficult season of life? Are you looking for healthy ways to survive (and even thrive) during these days? Look no further for help! Maybe, in full disclosure, I should first list all the unhealthy ways of dealing with stress. Because trust me, people, I’ve thoroughly experimented with these, too. These may include (but are not limited to) taking it out on your husband and kids, eating potato chips and snickerdoodles way into the night, and […]

8 Tips for Spending Less and Giving More

8 Tips for Spending Less and Giving More {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

By Nina Nelson, Contributing Writer A few years ago, our pastor showed a video at church that completely changed my approach to Christmas giving. The video was by a wonderful group known as Advent Conspiracy. They create thought-provoking videos to inspire change and a shift in mindset when it comes to Christmas. They have four main tenets: Worship Fully Spend Less Give More Love All Before learning about Advent Conspiracy, I had taken a “more is better” approach to giving. I would make long lists of […]

10 Ideas for Celebrating Christ at Christmas with Young Children

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This post was originally published in December of 2012 but we find these suggestions to be a great list to revisit each year for inspiration and ideas as to how to introduce the holiday season to your little ones! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Isn’t Christmas with little ones wonderful? It’s been quite a Christmas here, already. We’ve suffered three broken ornaments (one vintage), one ripped Christmas book, two discovered presents, a missing baby Jesus, and our monstrous tree has toppled over twice. (Don’t worry: two tree stands, […]

Frugal Real Food Thanksgiving Menu + Stress-free Cooking Timeline

Frugal Real Food Thanksgiving Menu {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

Guest post by Tiffany Crumbs I’ll be the first to admit — this is the time of year when we typically throw caution out the window. We toss aside “healthy” recipes and reach for the shortening and corn syrup and pre-packaged short-cuts that we’ve always used, all for the sake of tradition. I’m including myself in this category too. I’ve been craving hot chocolate for WEEKS, and I’m not talking about the healthy kind. I’m wanting the instant hot chocolate, ripped open from a single-serve […]

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Donuts (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free)

Grain-Free Maple Glazed Pumpkin Donuts

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Mmm, pumpkin donuts! The aroma of sweet pumpkin pie spices filling the air with subtle maple syrup undertones is enough to wake even the sleepiest sleepy heads in our home. Combine these irresistible fall treats with a side of crispy bacon sizzling in a pan and I can guarantee you there will be a stampede making its way to the breakfast table! While it’s not everyday that we enjoy donuts for breakfast, there’s no reason to feel guilty about enjoying these treats on occasion […]

3 Easy-to-Make Centerpieces Under $5

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  By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer With the holidays right around the corner, many of us will be hosting friends and family for dinners, desserts, games, and festivities. Dressing up the table for the holidays can be both inexpensive and fun.Click To TweetPowered By CoSchedule First, you’ll want to enlist the help of your kiddos. Head out on a nature walk and you can gather up the natural supplies together. These centerpieces require you to gather up colorful fall leaves and/or pinecones. The cost of these […]

Cinnamon Apple Salad Recipe: A Perfect Holiday Side Dish

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 By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer My mom is a great cook. She grew up on a farm in Northwestern Ohio with vegetables from the garden, fruit from their fruit trees, fresh milk from their cow with real cream and homemade butter, eggs and meat from the neighbors’ chickens, and fresh beef from their cattle. She learned how to cook from her mom, my grandma, who was also an amazing cook, and then she passed her love of fresh, local, and homemade food on to my […]