Nourishing Homemade Sugar Scrub

This Nourishing Sugar Scrub is great for making your skin silky smooth. It's super simple, and frugal, and you can add your own fragrant essential oils as you like. Makes a great easy-to-make gift!

In order to keep as many toxins out of our home and off of our bodies, I try to make as many homemade personal care items as possible.   My repertoire includes Homemade Eye Makeup Remover, Alcohol-free Hairspray, Nourishing Lip Scrub, Nourishing Hair Rinse, Hand and Body Cream, and Tooth Powder. Today I've got a great new DIY beauty care recipe to share with you--a Homemade Sugar Scrub. If ...Read The Full Post

Top 10 Posts of 2011 (Kitchen Tips, Health, Food Freedom and More!)

Fireworks Photo

So here is my final "Top 10" post of the year. I have to say, these have been a lot of fun. It was so neat seeing what interested you all! Anyway, I already shared the Top 10 Recipe Posts and the Top 10 DIY / "Make Your Own" Posts, and these are well, the others :-).  Everything from autism to food freedom to kitchen tips. I really hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed writing them ...Read The Full Post

The Easiest Way to Preserve Tomatoes

Can Tomatoes or Freeze Tomatoes

Got a lot of tomatoes coming in from your garden and wondering how to preserve them? We had that problem just this past weekend. We got a LOAD of tomatoes from our CSA and well, a lot of them needed to be processed right away or we were going to lose them to the compost pile. I will be writing a post in the near future on homemade sun dried tomatoes, but today I am going to share with you ...Read The Full Post

The Easiest Way to Preserve Herbs

The Easiest Way to Preserve Herbs. Really. Try this technique and you'll be enjoying herbs year round without a lot of fuss.

It's summer.  That means gardens and CSAs. And for us, right now, that means lots of fresh herbs.  Basil.  Parsley.  Dill... Are you wondering what to do with all of it? Actually, for that reason, I almost never bought fresh herbs, mostly because I didn't know what to do with the leftovers! Two years ago when we got a whole bunch of parsley and basil, I just dried everything and it ...Read The Full Post

The Easiest Way to Peel Garlic

This is the Easiest Way to Peel Garlic--for now :). How do YOU peel garlic?

Garlic, garlic and more garlic... I love the flavor of garlic and of course, everyone's read about all of the great health benefits that garlic has. What a great thing to be able to add something that tastes great and is great for you to your everyday meals! But the peels - now that's another thing. ...Read The Full Post

How to De-Gas Beans

How to De-Gas Beans. This REALLY works! Find out how to take the gas out of beans and make sure you don't end up "gassing" everyone else out after eating a bean-filled meal!

Good gut health is key to your body getting the nutrition you need.  Probiotics are key and so is getting rid of things like candida, heavy metals, and toxins. On top of that, however, preparing your foods the right way to encourage proper digestion is key--and that brings me to this post on how to de-gas beans. Beans, beans, the magical fruit.... It's a funny little ditty, but a not so ...Read The Full Post

How to Save Time and Money Cooking Pasta

Save Time Cooking Pasta

One of my favorite kitchen memories as a child was my mother's spaghetti and meatballs. My mother worked full-time following my parents' unfortunate divorce, and so convenience foods and fast food were not entirely unknown around our dinner table. However, there were some classic home-cooked meals that my mom turned out for us -- one of them being her spaghetti. She would let the sauce ...Read The Full Post

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Homemade Taco Seasoning! Ditch the overpriced teensy packets with all kinds of chemical nasties--whip up this simple yummy seasoning instead!

  I just love making my own homemade seasonings.  Like chili powder, celery salt, this all-purpose seasoning and an amazing Dorito® seasoning. Making your own seasonings insures you will almost never be out of a seasoning you need for something you're cooking. For example, just the other day, I had a craving for taco salad, but hadn't made taco meat in years!  And on our budget (and ...Read The Full Post

Frugal Pantry Storage Tips – {Guest Post at Kitchen Stewardship}

Bulk Food Storage - Fruits and Vegetables

Do you find yourself wondering how you are going to feed your family healthy, real food while staying on a budget? Well, gas prices are climbing and food prices are following and...guess what?!  Things probably aren't going to get much better anytime soon! As the manager of your home, you have a big job ahead of you, but I have some tools that are sure to help. I was honored to be asked ...Read The Full Post

How and Why to Dehydrate – Part Two (Saving Time and Space with a Dehydrator)

Excalibur Dehydrator

In yesterday's post, I outlined how a dehydrator can save you money -- LOTS of money. And as if that weren't enough to get you to add one of these to your list of "kitchen must haves," as promised, I will continue by explaining how this great black box can: Save you time Save storage space, and Boost the nutritional value of food Today we'll cover the first two and we'll get to ...Read The Full Post