15 Strategies for Eating Well & Avoiding Take-Out During Busy Seasons

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I think I’ve finally learned how to keep serving our family real, whole foods, even when life is busy and I don’t feel like I have time to cook properly.  Every once in a while, when we have one of those days (you know the ones), my sweet husband will offer that we should order take-out. Tempting as it is some days, I’ve found myself telling him “No, it’s all right. I can pull something together just as fast, and much cheaper.” For example, last week, during the […]

Even Home Organization Has Limits

Even Home Organization Has Limits

I read Lorilee’s book 3-2-1 Stop this spring. It really resonated with some things that have been stirring in my own heart and mind, and I asked her to share more about her journey with you… Written by Lorilee Lippincott, Guest Writer I was always good at organizing.  I had never been accused of being a horder.  I usually knew what I had and where it was. I was just like any other mom with 2000 square feet of happy home and little feet.  But […]

Lessons I’ve Learned In Frugality

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Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer I will be honest with you. When I found out that I needed to write about frugality for my blog post this month, my heart sunk.  You see, frugality is something that I have definitely not mastered, and I feel I have so little to offer in this area.  But, at Stephanie’s encouragement, I am sharing my heart with you today. The more I have grown as a Christian, the more I have seen the importance of the wise […]

Selecting Seeds for Garden Success

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Shelves stuffed full of beautiful envelopes that seem about to burst with potential. Page after glossy page of glorious looking, boldly colored vegetables. No wonder it’s so hard to choose seeds for your garden with all the options out there! Beyond the sheer variety, what about the practical issues like will these tomatoes get blight like the ones I grew last year? How should those mysterious “days to maturity” numbers like 65 or 90 impact my decision making? What on earth does open-pollinated or F1 mean? And how many seeds […]

Finding Joy in the Early Morning

When morning gilds the skies my heart awaking cries: May Jesus Christ be praised! Alike at work and prayer, to Jesus I repair: May Jesus Christ be praised! When you begin the day, O never fail to say, May Jesus Christ be praised! And at your work rejoice, to sing with heart and voice, May Jesus Christ be praised! I have blessedly fond memories of waking up in the early morning to find my mother huddled in her robe, praying at the kitchen table – […]

How to Keep a Clean Home: It’s all About Prevention

Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer We’ve been talking about a lot of different natural preventions and remedies here at Keeper of the Home over the past several weeks, but today I’m going to venture off the beaten path a little bit and talk about a different kind of prevention – around the home. We’ve all heard the saying, “An ounce of preservation is worth a pound of cure”, but I’ve come up with a little different version that I use to motivate me around […]

Keeping Kids Entertained While You Work in the Kitchen

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Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer While it is definitely a great thing for our kids to help us with cooking in the kitchen, sometimes we just may not need, or want, their help, or they may be really too young to be helping. But, we still need a way to keep them happy and occupied while we cook and prepare healthy, real food meals for our family. Easier said than done, right?  I know how hard this can be at times, I have two […]

Shopping for Time – A Good Read for the Summer

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Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer The Theme of the Book One of my summer reads has been a small book that I’ve found to be most encouraging – Shopping for Time by Carolyn Mahaney and her three daughters. The premise of the book is founded on the text in Ephesians 5:15-16, which says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Carolyn writes about this verse, “This phrase, […]