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Throwback Thursday: Weighing In With Kitchen Scales

The beautiful scale pictured above is a workhorse in my kitchen. You can tell it has been loved because it’s definitely showing some wear and tear. Just like…

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Throwback Thursday: Cutting up Whole Chickens & A Buffalo Wings Recipe

Today’s Throwback Thursday is in honor of my dear friend Cheri whose son Ty is headed to Madagascar for two years. She has been teaching him how to…

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Throwback Thursday: Kale Chips with Nutritional Yeast – Yummy!

Nicole and I were sampling some tasty Chicago mix popcorn the other day and were hatching a plan to make it from scratch with nutritional yeast. That got…

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Throwback Thursday: Tomatillo Salsa

Today’s throwback is a post about a delicious tomatillo salsa. Summer gardens are just starting to produce their bounties and if you planted tomatillos in your garden this…

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Throwback Thursday: Simple Weeknight Roast Chicken

Today’s throwback post is a quick and easy dinner option. Now that school is out, we want to be doing fun things into the evening instead of cooking…

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Throwback Thursday: Kombucha

I finally have time to try making my own kombucha. So today’s throwback post is how to make kombucha at home. Wish me luck! Have you discovered Kombucha…

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Throwback Thursday: How To Make Ghee

You guys! I got the best suggestion the other day at the Everything Food Conference. It was about keeping home made popcorn from getting soggy. Instead of using…

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If Life Gives You Lemons…

Summer is right around the corner and kids will be home. Here is a fun activity that keeps kids busy and happy on those warm summer days. My…

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Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

One semester in college my roommates and I decided we would take turns cooking dinner for the apartment. We spent the semester recreating foods our mothers had made for…

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Easy Summer Supper: Cobb Salad

At our house, one of our favorite dinners when it’s warm outside and I don’t feel like cooking, is Cobb Salad. I typically have all of the ingredients on hand,…

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Are You Nuts?!

Phytic acid: It’s been an inside joke between my husband and me the last few years. When I started soaking oatmeal, using sprouted wheat and soaking nuts, my…

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Healthy Food on a Budget: Buying Local Meat

When I first decided I wanted to change the way my family ate from conventional to more natural/organic, I really felt like my only option as to go…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Cast Iron

One of the things I get excited about is cast iron.  I know that sounds funny, but I love the stuff. Really. In my opinion, a cast iron skillet…

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Saturday Surfing

It has been a whirlwind of a week, as always, right?! This week I spent time picking out light fixtures for the house we’re building. I’m most excited…

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Easter Brunch: Hot Cross Buns

{First of all…CONGRATULATIONS to Margaret Anne, the winner of our Green Week Giveaway! You will be receiving an email confirmation so that we can ship this lovely gift…

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Green Week: Henna Hair Color

When I think green I think of the environment, right?! As I’ve admitted before, I don’t necessarily consider myself crunchy, but I do have a few things I do…

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Repost: Backyard Chicken Reality Check

I thought I would re-post this article I wrote on Backyard Chickens last July because chicks are starting to pop up in the farm supply stores and if you…

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Corned Beef & Cabbage

It’s March and the only thing keeping my kids going at this point (because spring is not quite in sight) is the countdown of semi-pointless holidays…President’s Day, Valentine’s…

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Saturday Surfing

Things have been more than hectic around here, so although I haven’t been doing much aimless perusing of the world wide web, I have been utilizing it. Between email,…

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Weekday Brining 101

Typically people associate brining with Thanksgiving as something special someone might do to prepare their turkey. But brining doesn’t have to happen just once-a-year.  Because it is so…

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How to Help Your Struggling Reader

It is frustrating to have a child who struggles with reading and school. So much of their day you can’t control. You hand your child over to the…

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Saturday Surfing: Beach Wear

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Stocking Your Pantry with Healthy Fats

This week I’m off soaking up sun and relaxation, so I thought I would re-share this post on healthy fats. This is the perfect place to start with…

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Family Favorite: Beef Stew

Very few meals get approval from all four of my children, but surprisingly enough, beef stew happens to be one of them. My family loves it, which honestly,…

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My Favorite Reusable Bags

As I’m sure all my loyal readers remember, I admitted last spring that although I considered myself somewhat earth-friendly I typically didn’t bring reusable bags to the grocery store. That isn’t…

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Saturday Surfing

The kids have been on winter break for the last two weeks, so not much surfing has been done around here. My time has been spent partying with…

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Eat Like Your Great-Grandparents

As 2016 approaches and we have all been overindulging this last month, I’m sure many of us are starting our obligatory diets. I decided to share this post…

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Merry Christmas!

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Homemade English Muffins: A Holiday Tradition

As a child I remember running down the street to deliver English muffins to neighbors the first part of December (we always tried to get them out before people were…

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Homemade Holiday Egg Nog

I love egg nog. I even love the thick, goopy stuff at the grocery store that is so rich I can really only handle a few swallows. But after drinking homemade…