This is your real food camping menu primer (AND recipes!) whether you’re grilling, cooking over an open fire, or using a gas camp stove.... Read More
By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer When I was little, we always attended my grandmother's church on Good Friday. They were Lutheran, and it was a somber, holy service. (Except for the time we sang a hymn with the line "I am but... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
Guest post by Tiffany Terczak 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... Read More
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... Read More
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. [Tweet "Dressing up the table for the holidays can be both inexpensive and fun."]... Read More
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... Read More
By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Pumpkin and I have had a great relationship ever since I first met this handsome "gourd." I remember picking out my first plump round pumpkin as a preschooler and watching my mom turn that hard, rough sphere of... Read More
By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I’ve never been a fan of medications. Over the counter or prescribed … it doesn’t matter. After being prescribed antibiotics for a good two years of my childhood – and developing severe allergic reactions to them –... Read More
By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer There's just something so right about a fresh, in-season, mouth-watering green salad in the summer, don't you think? I was raised by a mother who believed in eating seasonally, which meant that I never even knew... Read More
By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer One of our family's most favorite things to do in the summer is to visit local U-pick farms and spend the day enjoying the beauty and bounty of God's creation. We have fun and work together... Read More
By Rachel Marie, Contributing Writer The middle of summer means a lot of heat, sun and hopefully fun. In the midst of summer business of swim lessons, vacation Bible school, and staying up later, we love to have fun outside. We go... Read More
I grew up drinking sweet iced tea made from your standard black tea. And when the sweet tea pitcher ran out, someone was sure to throw a fit. Sweet tea was a part of life, and it wasn't until I... Read More
By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer The warmer weather of summer lends itself to lighter meals like deliciously fresh summer salads. They’re not only a satisfying and refreshing way to beat the heat, they’re also simple to put together, and can... Read More
By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Remember the summers of your childhood? Did you spend long days outside? Were they spent riding bikes, climbing trees, playing hopscotch, or building sandcastles? Mine were. I can remember lying on my back on the... Read More
photo credit By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer If you are someone who has always believed you've got a brown thumb, I'd encourage you to try your hand at growing fresh mint. Mint is a prolific grower and therefore it is hard... Read More
You don't even understand how good this potato salad is. A month or two ago, Ryan and I were out on a date. We had just discovered that our new home came complete with a very responsible teenage girl living... Read More
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