Savory Treats and Appetizers

Take a class and learn to compliment holiday sweets with savory appetizers and classic winter dishes – spiced nuts, yogurt cheese spread, braised winter herbs and plenty of nourishing dips. Register Here.

VIDEO: How to make radish roses, carrot curls and other vegetable crudites VIDEO: How to make chicken liver pate VIDEO: How to roast […]

Will Wheat Prices Become Volatile?

I just read this article on the New Harvest Homestead Discussion group that suggests that the wheat market may become volatile because Russia, a major wheat exporter, ceased exports this past summer because of a poor crop harvest. That means that the countries that depended upon Russia (including Iraq) will now be looking elsewhere for […]

Loss Leader Menu

This week chuck roast is on sale at my local grocery store. I will buy at least a five pound roast because there are so many ways to use the leftovers. *Leftover ideas are posted below.

Here is the menu I’m going to use to take advantage of the savings. I already have a whole […]

The Power of Motherhood

I love this quote to encourage weary mothers to keep on keeping on.

“If only mothers might see how powerful for good or evil is their influence; how the affections and the mental powers may be molded by prayer and maternal love, and how the groundwork for the future of the child may be laid […]

Battling the Grocery Gremlin

By Laura Moll Coble (Laura is also author of Value Meals for Busy Moms)

I don’t know about you, but my most frustrating shopping experiences happen at the grocery store! It never seems to fail that when I think I have about $50 worth of groceries in my basket, they add up to $100. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Would you love a Bosch Mixer?

Nearly 25 years ago, my neighbor a mother of four, told me why she loved her Bosch mixer for making whole grain bread. She said she had already burned out three food processors in bread making.

Besides, she said, she was cleaning up her kitchen while the mixer did the […]

Teaching Good Things DVD Coupon Code and Contest Winner

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands… 1 Thess. 4:11

Thanks for participating in the DVD give away.

Laura Hoy is the winner of her choice of the Patchwork, Crochet, or Cake Decorating DVD. You can still purchase Kathy’s DVD’s by […]