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Spring Cleaning

April 3, 2014

Time to get rid of the winter grime!

By: Leanne Ely   The days are getting longer, y’all! And you know what that means? It’s just about time to get those gardens in, the patio furniture out, and to tackle that spring cleaning. I like to keep a clean kitchen, but every few months I just love giving the kitchen a good scrub… Read more

Budget Crock Cooker Ideas

March 27, 2014

Budget-friendly crock pot meals

By: Leanne Ely   It seems like the more you do to feed your family properly, the harder it is to keep the grocery budget in check. Using the crock cooker is a great way to stretch a dollar for several reasons. • You can use tougher, less expensive cuts of meat • Traditional crock… Read more

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March 20, 2014

Surprising things to prepare in your slow cooker

By: Leanne Ely   I’m all about making dinner easy, and I’m all about taking as much help as I can get. My slow cooker is one of my most used kitchen items. It really surprises me how so many folks out there aren’t using this convenient little appliance. I think part of the reason… Read more

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March 13, 2014

Focus on what you CAN have

By: Leanne Ely   When people first hear the Dinner Diva’s gone Paleo, they almost always say the same thing: Oh I know this Paleo diet is supposed to be healthy, but I could never give up [bread/potatoes/pasta/corn/dairy/etc.]. Why is everyone so focused on what you can’t have? I like to twist that negative around… Read more

Dinner time manners

March 6, 2014

Don’t let kids leave home without manners

By: Leanne Ely It is one thing to have a vision for your family; it’s another thing to have a perfect vision for your family. Take the family dinner table (please! as some exasperated families might exclaim). This is a great way to reconnect as family, feed and nurture souls and make sure that your… Read more

Guide to Buying Grass-fed Beef

February 27, 2014

Guide to Buying Grass-fed Beef

By: Leanne Ely The “best” beef hands down, is grass-fed beef. It’s the best options for a couple of reasons: it’s better for the earth and it’s better for your health and well-being. It’s better for the earth because it produces better soil when you allow cattle to forage for their own food in a… Read more

KidsFreezerCooking

February 20, 2014

How to get the kids involved in freezer meal prep

By: Leanne Ely As far as I’m concerned, basic kitchen skills are every bit as important to teach our children as are basic hygiene skills. We brush our teeth and wash our hands multiple times every day of our lives, and we also have to eat multiple times a day, every day of our lives.… Read more

organic-why buy

February 13, 2014

Why you should try to use organic food in your recipes

By Leanne Ely Around here you see a lot of articles and recipes calling for organic ingredients, you probably wonder why. Sometimes it is difficult to get organic ingredients so my feeling is that you should do your best to use the most naturally grown and prepared organic ingredients in all your dishes that you… Read more

Steam escaping from new pressure cooker pot

February 6, 2014

Get food on the table quick with a Pressure Cooker

By: Leanne Ely Ever come across a recipe that you have all of the ingredients for, but you’re lacking in the hours of cooking time it requires? (This always happens in that precious hour you have before supper is due to be ready, doesn’t it?) Enter the pressure cooker. A pressure cooker is a special… Read more

Macadamia nuts-paleo

January 29, 2014

One of nature’s perfect snacks: Macadamia nuts

By: Leanne Ely Just like eggs, coconuts and avocados, macadamia nuts have gotten a bit of a bad rep over the years due to their high fat content. As we now know, however, all of these foods (eggs, coconuts, avocados and nuts) are very nutritious, and the fat they contain is monounsaturated fat, the kind… Read more