The 3-Gift Christmas

3-gift-christmas

Written by Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer When our first daughter was born, we gave great thought to how we would celebrate Christmas. It was our desire to make sure she knew the REASON for the Christmas season. We didn’t want her growing up thinking Christmas was about Dora and Diego toys or stuffing yourself full of candy until you couldn’t zip up your pants. Because of that, we set out to make sure we fill our Christmas with family traditions that make Christ the main focus. We […]

No-Bake Pumpkin Seed Chewy Granola Bars

Pumpkin Seed Chewy Granola Bars

By Brandy, Contributing Writer I needed to come up with a new granola bar recipe that was both wheat-free AND rice free since my son is allergic to both.  And since I usually make my favorite granola bars with crispy brown rice cereal, I wondered what I could use that would be remotely close. On the cereal aisle, I explored my options.  The choices were slim, but one bag of cereal that I’d never tried before caught my eye. Puffed millet.  I decided to give […]

8 Ways to Enjoy Holiday Meals Without the Junk

8 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays Without the Junk at KeeperoftheHome.org

By Kate, Contributing Writer Thanksgiving’s coming–really, really soon!  And after Thanksgiving we have an onslaught of holiday festivities that will last until we begin 2013.  What we find at these festivities, in whatever form they take is…food. Lots and lots of food. I imagine the average person who eats a Standard American Diet can expect to gain 5 to 10 pounds during this time of year.  Those who eat a traditional diet, especially those who are new to eating real food, may find this time […]

Making A Family Gratitude Journal {A Simple Thanksgiving Tradition}

A Family Gratitude Journal at KeeperoftheHome.org

By Courtney Dunkin, Contributing Writer Throughout history, many cultures have held celebrations of thanksgiving to recognize their gratitude for what they have. Most often, traditional thanksgiving celebrations have been held during harvest time in the fall. In the United States of America, our Thanksgiving has evolved into the start of the Christmas shopping season. You’ve probably heard jokes about how we give thanks for what we have and then race to the stores to buy more things the very next day. There is certainly some […]

31+ Fun & Frugal Thanksgiving Activities & Freebies for Kids

31+ Thanksgiving Crafts & Freebies

By Crystal Paine, Contributing Writer Looking for some inexpensive and simple Thanksgiving-related activities for your tots, preschoolers, or grade schoolers? I’ve culled the internet and put together a list of over 31 of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed activity ideas, plus a number of free downloads and printables. Enjoy! Fun & Frugal Activities Make Turkey Footprints or Turkey Spice Handprints. Play Turkey Color Bingo. Image from Frog Prince Paperie Stitch some Thanksgiving Turkey Finger Puppets. Create your own Pilgrim Hat. Sew turkeys from old socks and felt. […]

Real Food Substitutions and No-Bake Cookie Dough Balls {a perfect holiday treat}

No Bake Cookie Dough Balls

Written by Rachel Marie, Contributing Writer I’m always on the look out for natural alternatives and healthy recipes, and I’m sure you are, too–especially if you read Keeper of the Home frequently. With all the gluten intolerances, food allergies and reduced sugar guidelines so many readers face today, I’m glad to be able to make quick substitutions like these: You can also substitute 1 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon of pure powdered stevia. (Not truvia or another similar brand; those are equal substitutions and often have fillers in […]

Classic Pumpkin Pie {Made with Fresh Pumpkin}

Pumpkin Pie Recipe 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

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 […]