Nourishing Homemade Sugar Scrub

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. My ...Read The Full Post

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

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

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

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

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

 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, ...Read The Full Post

How to Save Time and Money 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

This Taco Seasoning Recipe fits in perfectly with how I run my life--and my kitchen.I just love making my own pantry staples, from non dairy milks (like Easiest Almond Milk and this Easiest Coconut Milk), Powdered Egg Replacer, Easy Homemade Ketchup, Homemade Salad Dressings, and more.But one thing that I really get a kick out of (yes, I really get into this) is making my own homemade ...Read The Full Post

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

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)

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, andBoost the nutritional value of foodToday we'll cover the first two and we'll get to ...Read The Full Post