Menu Plan Monday – August 11th {Whole 30 Edition}

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Last week, I shared my first menu plan, and I was so glad to hear that it was helpful to so many of you! We are currently on Day 15 of the Whole 30 Challenge. This week puts into the back half of the challenge! A Whole 30 Update Briefly, my experience with the Whole 30 Challenge so far has been a roller coaster. I expected this to be a relatively easy challenge, seeing as my family has been Continue Reading

Menu Plan Monday – August 4th {Whole 30 Edition}

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Last week, I asked in my weekly newsletter if anyone would be interested in me sharing our weekly menu plan. I was blown away by how many emails flooded my inbox with a resounding, "YES!" Now I know if I ever just need to fill up my inbox to just ask about menu planning! I guess we're all in this boat together - the one where menu planning is necessary, good and true, but can be a serious Continue Reading

A Garden Update {July 2014}

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This month of gardening flew by! Much of my time this year has been learning, learning, and learning some more by ... well, failing a little bit here and there. No, my garden isn't a flop - not by a long shot. However, I'm not pulling in the harvest I hoped I would be by now. But before we talk about what isn't doing as well as I expected, let's talk about what has gone well, shall we? A Continue Reading

My 3 Favorite Herbal Iced Tea Recipes to Beat the Heat

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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 went to college that I discovered not everyone drank tea the way I was raised to drink it. Some people had the audacity to drink their tea unsweetened, and even still, others drank their tea hot with Continue Reading

Thirteen 20-Minute Fish Recipes You Could Make Tonight

Thirteen 20-Minute Fish Recipes {You Could Make Tonight} |

  By contributing writer, Jane I'll be honest. I didn't know how to cook fish (and make it taste good) until about three months ago. Before that, my fish repertoire consisted of tuna sandwiches and way overcooked frozen salmon. I was completely intimidated by the idea of buying and cooking fresh fish (and definitely doubted I could make it taste good). As a result, fish didn't Continue Reading

Table Scraps that Naturally Fertilize Your Garden Soil

Table Scraps that Will Naturally Fertilize Your Garden Soil |

Hold it right there, lady! Don't throw away those eggshells, coffee grounds, and banana peels; use your table scraps to naturally fertilize your garden! Since starting my vegetable garden, I've been researching like crazy how to boost my garden soil and help my vegetables grow. I don't want to pump my soil full of chemicals and other unhealthy things. However, I do want my vegetables to Continue Reading

What I’m Growing in My Vegetable Garden


We started our first vegetable garden this year. Wait. Let's be real. Technically, this is our second vegetable garden. I tried container gardening once when we lived in a town home, but I didn't have a water source anywhere near my patio where my containers made their homes. I didn't mind at first. I just filled my trusty, gallon-sized watering can over and over again, trekked it Continue Reading

Homemade BBQ Sauce

A very simple homemade bbq sauce recipe. Great for summer bbqs! |

I cannot bring myself to buy BBQ sauce in the store. It's expensive to get the kind without high fructose corn syrup, and we just can't find one we love. Therefore, I decided to just start making it myself. I've toyed with several recipes and finally landed on one that I keep making time and time again.   Continue Reading

My Favorite Herbs to Grow in My Backyard

List of herbs you can grow in your back yard. It's too easy not to try! |

I love gardening. It's not something I thought I would ever be good at, but with time, and a whole lot of failures, I'm slowly discovering that I don't have a black thumb anymore. I don't know that I'd go so far as to say that I have a green thumb just yet, but each year I learn a little more and get a little bit more garden savvy. I love growing herbs. They are probably my favorite things Continue Reading

6 Quick and Easy Ways to Use Shredded Chicken

6 Quick and Easy Ways to Use Shredded Chicken |

This post is written by contributing writer Victoria at Creative Home Keeper. As summer is well underway and we are spending the long, hot, lazy days doing various activities, the last thing anyone wants to think about is having to heat up the kitchen to cook a meal... let alone spending a lot of time actually doing the cooking! My kids are still little so we aren't doing a whole lot of Continue Reading