Cuban Bread Recipe

Whip up this delicious no-knead Cuban bread and have it on the table in just over an hour!

[Full disclosure: links to products in this post are my referral posts.] Back when I was tutoring a Western Civilization class, I came across this random tidbit that about made my head spin. Especially with the whole gluten-free diets that have swept the country. The daily ration for monks in Carolingian society was 3.7 pounds […]

Mocha Muffin Recipe

Looking for a delicious mocha muffin that's made with (mostly) whole food ingredients? Try these moist mocha muffins.

Deliciously moist and rich, these mocha muffins are a family favorite. Like most regular American recipes, the original recipe called for a ridiculous amount of sugar. Thanks to the bananas, you can cut the sugar by more than half and still have a perfectly sweetened muffin! So that’s what I do. The “healthified” version started […]

Hootenanny Recipe

Simple, delicious, and healthy, hootenanny is a Sunday morning breakfast tradition.

Hootenanny. It’s got to be one of the funniest-named breakfasts ever. And it sure looks funny as it rises and topples in the oven. But hootenanny is delicious, delightfully simple, and (with a light dusting of powdered sugar) a fancy way to serve eggs. Joshua grew up eating it and now we’re all fans. Because it’s […]

Recipe: Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Granola was a staple in our house growing up. My mom rarely bought cereal, but we had granola at least twice a week. Homemade granola is simple to make, cheaper than cereal and much, much more nourishing which is why it’s one of our favorite healthy frugal breakfasts. We eat it topped with raisins, chocolate chips, […]

Recipe: Homemade Lime Soda

Delicious homemade lime soda

When I was morning sick with Edmund, a friend recommended club soda to calm the nausea. It helped. For weeks, club soda was a regular staple at the dinner table. Even though it didn’t take the nausea away, it really helped take the edge off. Then when three weeks of the stomach flu hit our home, we […]

Recipe: Spinach Chips

Spinach chips tossed in oil

“Mama, can I please have more spinach chips?” my two-year-old begged. “Yes, but finish the rest of your food first,” I said. As I answered, I could hardly keep from chuckling. Since first trying these delicious spinach chips, “more spinach” has been a regular request at our dinner table. Spinach has become a reward for finishing […]

DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade vanilla extract is delicious and delightfully easy to make! It only has two ingredients, but makes a lovely addition to any recipe (and amazing DIY gift!)

Of all the DIY projects to try, homemade vanilla extract is among the easiest. It just takes two simple ingredients, but makes a rich, fragrant extract to use in your kitchen or give as a lovely gift. Plus, your kitchen will smell simply delightful for hours and hours after you make it. Vanilla beans and […]

Nourishing Protein Bar Recipe


Slightly-crunchy with the perfect touch of sweetness, these protein bars are one of my favorite snacks. (If I’m in a hurry they work for breakfast too!) Unlike many store-bought protein bars, they’re jam-packed with nourishing whole foods. Since first reading about these bars a couple years ago, I’ve made them dozens of times and adapted the recipe to […]

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cake


Fall is here, and with it the delightful smells of soups, stews, and pumpkin! This moist pumpkin spice cake is a family favorite and tastes even better a day or two after you make it. Plus, if you don’t polish it off in a day or two, it freezes well for later. It’s not exactly […]

How to Make Kefir Water


Lime flavored kefir water, garnished with fresh mint.  When a dear friend offered me a glass of homemade kefir water, all sorts of alarms sounded in my mind. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting. It sure wasn’t a drink that tasted like an amazing sparkling limeade. What exactly is kefir water? It’s a […]