Organized Meal Planning Made Simple

Written by Kari, Contributing Writer Meal planning has never been one of my favorite activities. I remember when I got married almost 13 years ago the dread I faced every time I went to the grocery store. I never had a plan, I never knew what to get and I had no creativity. My husband was a trooper, because I sure didn’t woo him with my amazing skills in the kitchen. As time went on, I moved from the same ole repeated 5 meals to a broader menu, but I still despised the duty of planning meals … [Read more...]

Healthy & Delicious 4th of July Recipes

Written by Jenn, Contributing Writer I LOVE summer food! Anything tastes better on the grill and our family can't get enough of the in-season fruits and fresh veggies! If you're planning a 4th of July get together and want something other than hotdogs and chips, here are some great ideas for Independence Day recipes that are both delicious and healthy! And really, you could make them anytime during the summer! Just click on each link to find the full … [Read more...]

Easy Cocoa Almonds {A Healthy Sweet Treat}

Do you ever just open the cupboard or pantry and stand there thinking I need a tasty sweet treat but there is nothing to be found? Or since you can't find a healthy sweet treat, instead of grabbing a piece of fruit you grab some crackers or chocolate. I have found myself there many times and then regretting the decision later.  Not that chocolate or crackers are bad, unless you keep grabbing handful after handful or breaking off more and more chocolate... Ahem.  So, these easy cocoa … [Read more...]

Satisfying Paleo Brownies

Paleo, have you heard of it?It's all over the the web, magazines, cookbooks and more. It's a diet, not like weight watchers or jenny craig but an everyday diet (meaning what you eat) that is becoming very popular. I've heard it being described as the "caveman" diet and the only foods you should eat are what the hunters and gatherers ate in the Paleolithic era.  "A Paleo diet involves eating meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, little starch, some fruit and no sugar.  It means no grains, legumes, … [Read more...]

Holiday Lattes In the Crockpot {Plus Free Printables}

There is something about this time of the year that makes us love having a hot beverage treat to warm our hands and indulge our taste buds. The favorites seem to be the gingerbread latte, eggnog latte, peppermint mocha and then the pumpkin spice latte.  Join me over at Keeper of the Home to take a look at the recipes!  And check out these Free Printables! Give the gift of a warm holiday beverage this Christmas! Print recipe "tag" cards for all four of these holiday lattes and attach them … [Read more...]

Homemade Whipped Cream {Perfect to Top Pies or Holiday Treats}

Growing up during the holidays we always had pie at family gatherings along with all the other sweets. And we always had cool whip to top them but It really was the combination that had to go together. Still to this day, I love to top my pie (pumpkin is my favorite) with whipped cream. Instead of buying the little tub in the frozen section, we make our own. It only takes a couple minutes and it tastes a lot better! What you need:  1 C heavy cream (dairy or coconut) 1 t spoonable stevia … [Read more...]

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

I'm always on the look out for natural alternatives and healthy recipes, and I'm sure you are, too--especially if you read this blog. 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 for 1 teaspoon of... find the rest of the recipe here at Keeper of the Home. What is your favorite recipe to use healthy real food substitutes? … [Read more...]

Guilt Free Apple Crisp

Photo credit: bookgrl / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND Written by April, Past Writer I love fall desserts, but the trouble with them is that many can be loaded with artificial ingredients and processed sugars. Here is tasty apple crisp recipe made with fresh produce, whole grain and natural sugars ... completely guilt-free! What You Need: 5 medium-large apples, peeled and thinly sliced 2-4 tablespoons coconut sugar 1/2 cup rolled oats 1/4 cup sucanat(ground sugar cane) 1/4 cup … [Read more...]

Delicious Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Have you seen the pumpkin cream cheese muffins at Starbucks? I'm not gonna lie, those look so delicious and I might have had one, especially since I love all things pumpkin. However, recently the food babe did a real food investigation on that place and found some crazy findings, so I decided to try out a healthier version made with real ingredients. Yields: 20-24 muffinsWhat you need:3 C whole wheat flour1/2 C flax meal 1 T pumpkin harvest spice1 t salt1 t baking soda4 large eggs1 t vanilla1 C … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Harvest Spice

Fall is my favorite season! And I already have my pumpkin decor hanging on our front door... once that happens there is no turning back (as far as seasonal traditions go)!This pumpkin harvest spice is also known as pumpkin pie spice but I came up with that name especially now that Fall is on the way! Can't you feel the crisp air on the bright sunny mornings lately? And soon the leaves will begin to change and of course football is starting up. Who are you rooting for?Most of the pumpkin pie … [Read more...]