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Kefir Ranch Dressing

By | April 29, 2014

By Robyn, Contributing Writer One of the first things I switched to making solely from scratch was salad dressing.  It was a very easy, early switch to make.  The store brands are loaded with junk that I didn’t want to consume and making your own is so simple.  I’m embarrassed to say before I started Read More

Homemade Sausage: with a hidden superfood

By | April 22, 2014

  There are many reasons why you might want to DIY sausage with all homemade ingredients. It may be difficult to find pastured sausage, it may be more expensive, or you may be trying to avoid sugar which is in many sausages. Or…because you want to hide liver in it. Liver has a lot of Read More

DIY Snack Bags

By | April 21, 2014

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is from Kat. Kat is a self proclaimed “red-neck country wife” to one wonderfully amazing man, mother to many outrageous children, daughter of the ONE Glorious God. Learning to be more self-reliant & self-sufficient in a semi-homemade, homesteading way! How many bags (baggies) do you go through each and every Read More

How to Make Perpetual Broth in Your Crock Pot

By | April 16, 2014

Have you ever made a big batch of bone broth, simmered it all day, smelled the goodness, bottled it up… and then were hesitant to use it because then it would be gone? Maybe that’s just me, but when I found myself making broth, even in the slow cooker, I didn’t want to use it Read More

Homemade Cleaning Cloths (aka Un-Paper Towels)

By | April 7, 2014

It’s DIY month around here — we do this every April, and this is our third annual DIY month! We love to encourage you to do things yourself, in your home. All month long we’ll be sharing projects, recipes, remedies, crafts, and more with you. Be sure to pin your favorites, and subscribe to our Read More

A Natural & Classy DIY Scent for the Home

By | October 16, 2013

By Megan Ciampa, Contributing Writer Now that it’s fall and most folks across the country are spending less time outside, it seems I find myself hosting more get-togethers inside my home versus out. This is a natural progression of the seasons, where we gather more frequently inside and share holidays and other special occasions together. Read More

Recipe Collection: How to Soak Rice

By | January 19, 2012

Rice is something of an enigma of grains.  It’s both low in phytates and phytase (the enzyme that helps break down the phytates).  That means that it doesn’t “have” to be soaked, which is why many people choose it when they need something fast.  It’s still better to soak it, though.  The method is somewhat Read More

Recipe Collection: How to Steam Vegetables

By | January 12, 2012

Image by whologwhy One of the easiest ways to cook vegetables is to steam them.  Of course, we all have visions in our heads of overcooked, yucky-smelling vegetables from cafeterias or perhaps well-meaning parents who didn’t know how to cook.  You know…the ones that are totally limp and have no flavor left to them.  Who Read More

Recipe Collection: How to Make Bread Crumbs

By | October 13, 2011

**This post has been entered in Pennywise Platters at The Nourishing Gourmet!** My family really enjoys meatballs and meatloaf.  While I’ve been making them with shredded veggies and/or coconut flour in place of bread crumbs, sometimes I just crave that good old-fashioned taste that comes along with using those bread crumbs. But of course, the Read More

Recipe Collection: How to Make Onion Powder

By | May 5, 2011

Image by Atomicjeep I used onion powder a ton before I started with real food.  And now I still do…but I felt weird about it, until I realized how easy it actually is to make in my own kitchen.  Oh, and it’s a lot cheaper too.  I figure if it’s something I can make myself, Read More

Recipe Collection: Homemade Beef Stock Tutorial

By | April 14, 2011

Beef stock is…tricky. I tried making it over and over with not-so-yummy results.  We ate it.  But I didn’t really like it.  I really wanted to resort to just buying boxes of organic “broth” on the rare occasions I really needed beef stock.  I didn’t, but…I wanted to. Then I got some bones from my Read More

How to Make Chicken Stock

By | February 15, 2011

As I was looking back through my archives and working to make some changes to the site a few weeks ago, I realized I had never posted on how to make chicken stock.  I can’t believe that!  It’s such a basic food, and a staple in any real food kitchen.  I constantly have several ice Read More


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