Pumpkin is loaded with Nutrition

Pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene which is converted to vitamin A in the body with many essential health benefits. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), B vitamins such as Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate and important minerals such as Iron, […]

Gluten Free Baking Questions/Answers

I’m going to try making Thursdays our question of the week day, where you teach me and other readers the answers to important cooking and health related topics.

I received this question in my email last week and would love to get lots of reader feedback to help her out.

“Is it possible to make […]

Monday Menu – Layered Mexican Lasagna

Ed Note: This recipe was adapted by my sister who got it from a Pampered Chef Consultant/friend. She serves it to company with a big green salad, guacamole, and extra tortilla chips. It’s delicious. I would like to hear from my Real Food Friends on how to make this “healthier”. Ingredients: 1/4 cup lightly packed […]

Roasted Tomato Marinara Sauce

After I finished the apple sauce Saturday, Belinda and I still had time to chop up the end-of-the season tomatoes to make roasted marinara sauce.

The beauty of this recipe is that you use what you have including tomatoes that are going over the hill. Oven roasted vegetables of any kind are extra flavorful and […]

Dehydrating – Food Preserving the Easy Way

Why Dehydrate?We’re hooked on dehydrating! Most foods can easily and successfully be dried with very little preparation time. What’s more, they are even easier to use!

With all the surplus apples at a good price, Stephen and I are going to get busy dehydrating later this week before he leaves for his officer training. He […]

Baked French Toast


I like to treat myself and the family to an extra special breakfast Saturday or Sunday morning. Try this sometime soon!

1 loaf French Bread – slice 1 1/2-2 inches thick

Place bread slices in a 13X9 buttered pan close together.

6 large eggs

1 1/2 cup milk (full fat […]

Value Meals For Busy Moms

Today’s paper featured this headline:

Economic outlook gets gloomier

“Economists meeting in Denver downgraded their 2011 forecast for economic growth in the U.S. by nearly 20 percent and predicted sparse improvement in unemployment.”

I think busy homemakers need to ignore these headlines and focus on what positive […]

Holiday Planning -List Week-Oct 3-8

I believe the best way to avoid holiday stress is by starting your planning now. It doesn’t need to be complicated, either. This is the first week devoted to putting your thoughts and details down on the various forms provided or make your own. Details follow.

Week #1: Items to Do (excerpted […]

Healthy Snacks for Kids

Junior High Students toured a local Organic Farm this week and treated to a bountiful harvest of healthy, fresh fruit and vegetable snacks. Everything was locally produced.

The healthy snack assortments of colorful produce inspired me to share a few simple ideas and recipes you can serve to your children. Prepare an assortment of […]

Busy Mom Strategies for Grocery Shopping

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Whether you are facing a difficult pregnancy, recovery from surgery, other long term illness, death of a loved one or other losses, or just a busy mom, there are times when we really need to simplify grocery shopping and menu planning drastically.

Recently, I haven’t had the energy to […]

FREE – Bonus Lesson for How to Cook Real Food!

Bonus Lesson: Nuts & Seeds

In this bonus lesson for How to Cook Real Food, the online cooking class hosted at Nourished Kitchen, you’ll receive a quick, sneak-peak into the cooking class through this brief video covering how to properly prepare nuts and seeds including recipes for a basic pesto sauce and a […]

The Living Farm – Joining a CSA

Thursday, my assistant Renee and I received our first newsletter from The Living Farm CSA in Paonia, Colorado (Community Sustained Agriculture) we have just joined. Although I dream of a fabulous garden in the five large raised beds Duane built, the reality is, my gardening skills have yet to yield enough produce for Mary and […]

Holiday Open House for Neighbors

Ed Note: My 2nd Annual Neighborhood Open House was held yesterday afternoon. The following vingette is written from my daughter Laura, a 20-something’s point of view. Enjoy!

12 guests arriving. 11 coats a’hanging. 10 dripping boots. 9 plates of cookies. 8 people eating. 7 cups a’sitting. 6 ladies chatting. 5 children screaming. 4 degrees […]

Appetizing Appetizers

Mentoring Moms created an Open House Buffet in about 45 minutes last week. Here is the fruit tray:

The BLT Bruschetta recipe below is a simple gourmet delight, very delicious, you must try it!

BLT Bruschetta

5 Slices Maple flavored Bacon, cooked and crumbled ½ C. finely chopped seeded tomato ½ […]

The First Thanksgiving – an Historical Perspective and Contest

Ed Note: According to here is a huge reason to not only be humbled but exceedingly thankful to our Puritan ancestors as we prepare for the big day. “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for if we do not give up we will reap a harvest of righteousness.” I am so grateful […]