Many of us love the idea of homesteading… but are unable to do it yet. I’m here to tell you, just because you do not grow and raise most of your own food right now, this does not limit you to the grocery store as your only source of food. Ironically, although there are grocery stores galore, the conventional grocery store is often the hardest (and most expensive) place to find well-raised or well-grown, quality natural foods. Fortunately, there are numerous alternatives! [by Christy Greer]
I live in suburbia, right smack-dab in the heart of the big city suburbs. I’m a wanna-be homesteader, dreaming and planning to buy a few acres one day soon. Yet, I am gardening in my postage stamp yard, and last year harvested over $500 worth of food from my little garden beds. If you are a wanna-be homesteader, too, now is the time to “dig in” and learn how to garden — even in small spaces! [by Christy Greer]
Every year I give away gifts of food to many of my neighbors and friends. I know I’m not alone in this as I also receive many food gifts from friends and family during the holidays. With the onset of gift bags and red and green plastic storage containers, I’m afraid the art of wrapping and presenting gifts is becoming a dying art. Today I want to encourage you to resurrect this art this holiday season with the gifts of food you give — through ideas for frugal and simple wrappings for bottles, jars, tins, boxes, and more. [by Christy Greer]
When my daughter’s birthday rolled around early this fall, she wanted to have a no-bake cheesecake. We’ve made no-bake cheesecakes before, but always in the spring and summer when fresh fruit abounds. As I was looking at various recipes one morning, it hit me — it’s fall, so skip the fruit altogether and instead add pumpkin! My daughter loved this idea, and so I worked with a favorite recipe of ours and came up with this deliciously creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Pie. [by Christy Greer]
Yesterday I shared with you some principles that guide me through the holiday season and all the sweets and food it brings my way. Today, I am continuing the conversation by sharing some practical tips that help me make the best choices for my family. You will notice that those principles I mentioned yesterday — walking by faith, loving others, and not casting judgements — undergird these practicals. As with pretty much every aspect of life, having a plan is crucial to success. Don’t let the Great Sugar Deluge take you out! Take a few minutes now to come up with a plan for how you will handle the inevitable. So you can meet it head-on with grace, joy, love, and faith. [by Christy Greer]
October is here and the holiday season is just around the corner… and you know what that means, right? The Great Sugar Deluge is about to begin! As if sugar, sweets, treats and junk food aren’t around enough on a regular day-to-day basis — from snacks at baseball games to birthday parties to the doughnuts at work. But as soon as the holidays hit, sugar is everywhere! And it’s all well meant. For me, this is where it gets tough. How do I value and love the people around me, yet not consume (or allow my kids to consume) every single dessert and treat offered? over the years I have landed on a few principles and a few practicals that have helped me greatly. Today I’m sharing the principles that guide me in my decisions, and tomorrow (in Part 2) I will share the practicals that help me. [by Christy Greer]
Many of our family traditions are based on food. While some were thoughtfully instituted, others spilled out of every day life. Many of our traditions follow the seasons through the year, as foods come and go with the changes in season. In our neck of the woods, September is the height of apple season, so, for our family, September means apples. We visit our local farm and pick pounds and pounds of apples!
I love to combine two great things into one: a really good book and some really good food. Books are a fun, imaginative way to explore real, whole foods with your children. The foods mentioned in classic literature is generally real, whole foods because the books were written in a time when everyone ate real food. Reading these books aloud can be a smart way to introduce your children not only to quality literature but also to quality food. Even picky eaters are often interested in trying something they just read about in a book.
I’m a firm believer in an attractive plate. It’s not just about how food tastes, but how it smells and how it looks. Before your kids taste their food, they see it. An attractive plate of food draws them to the table and excites their minds and tongues for what they are about to taste. A visually striking plate can perk up an ordinary meal time and encourage adventurous eating and exploration of new foods. Try perking up your kids’ appetites for real, whole foods with a plateful of color!