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PSL – with Real Food Ingredients

If you're like me, you hoard your boots and scarves and specialty hot coffees for that glorious time of year called "Fall." It just doesn't seem right to bring out the pumpkins, fall decor and warm clothes till it's good and chilly. But since I'm in the south (though much more north than most of my life!), I simply can't wait much longer than the First Day of Fall for a good Pumpkin Spice Latte (hereafter referred to as #PSL). No matter the weather, we're celebrating the dying of summer heat and the rebirth of the cooler days of autumn....with a fantastic, homemade PSL. Unfortunately, I cannot handle the local chain stores' versions and always have to reduce the number of syrup pumps or … [Read more...]

Parsley, Rosemary and Thyme – an Interview

I'm doing something uber fun today! Danielle from Parsley, Rosemary and Thyme recently asked if she and her blog-mate, Laura, could interview me for their Real People Wednesday series. I said, "Absolutely!" Danielle has been around Growing Up Triplets for a while - we've chatted by email about how-tos on this or that. ( <---- Psst! I love it when you guys, my readers, email me! You make me think and work my brain - I love that! So, don't be shy! Use the comments section, email, Facebook, Google+ - and of course Pinterest, Twitter...oh, yeah, Instagram! That's a new one for me but I'm thinking convos won't be really long there. ;) ) These girls' knowledge about all things food and … [Read more...]

Sourdough Bruschetta Nachos with Balsamic Glaze

I have a love affair with food. But with food that is beautiful and tastes good - because food should be beautiful and taste good. I usually give recipes an extra point or two when the ingredients alone sound fun and enticing. And I'll often toss another point at it if my mouth waters while reading the recipe or looking at the pictures. Makes sense, right? But the real kicker is when the end result looks as if I've slaved all day over it...when I haven't. And this bruschetta, my real-foodie-lovin' friends, is one of those recipes. Kids will love that it's called nachos and you can get them involved with stacking everything up. Or you can make this as a more elegant summer dinner with … [Read more...]

84 Resources Every Homemaker Needs – $900 value for only $29!

What costs a teeny-tiny bit but packs a punch with value? This bundle sale!! It's true! Every homemaker needs a little encouragement, some freebies and support every once in a while You guys, I wouldn't even think about joking with you on this. The values of these sales continue to amaze me, and this one is no different.  For the cost of a few espresso drinks, you'll reap the benefits of these resources (and freebies!!) for years to come! Oh, I know you're going to *love* these resources! By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and it's better than ever! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a complete library of great eBooks on … [Read more...]

Why I Let My Kids Eat More Ketchup

These days, it's pretty common knowledge that condiments are "bad for you." From mayonnaise to BBQ sauce, these dips can jump to our hips! Ketchup is no different. That is...unless you serve up the "good for you" kind. Ketchup - The Bad for You Kind So, what exactly is in ketchup and why is it so bad for you? Well, according to the Heinz website, the basic recipe contains high fructose corn syrup as the third ingredient! The fourth? Corn syrup. The last ingredient? Natural flavoring. "Oh, that doesn't sound so bad," you say. Well it might not be too bad if it truly was "natural" flavoring. However, it is anything but natural. Natural flavorings are chemically altered and don't … [Read more...]

Get Healthy and Fit: $600 Giveaway in Healthy Living Products + Weeding Out Wheat Book Launch

Are you preparing to change your health for the better in 2014? Wanna get healthy and fit? Let us help! One change you can make in your life that could result in significant health benefits is going wheat-free. The book Weeding out Wheat is now available and we are celebrating with a BIG GIVEAWAY and SALE! Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win $600 worth of healthy living products! And you can purchase the book Weeding Out Wheat below: Buy it on Amazon (Kindle) for $9.95 Buy the paperback book for $14.95 Buy it in our store (PDF) for $9.95 Get Healthy and Fit in 2014 Bulk Herb Store Making Vegetables Vol. 1 Book and the Making Vegetables … [Read more...]

Mocha Frappuccino Recipe

Oh, coffee. Let me list the ways I love thee: warmth versatility taste comfort refreshing calming exciting familiar essence aroma romantic and... expensive. Now, hold on. I am not about to suggest you toss those filters and your mugs out the window. (I do value my life, after all. ;) ) I just mean the kind of coffee you head into the coffee shop to buy can be quite a hit on your wallet. But that doesn't mean ya gotta stop enjoying your cuppa joe! Real Food Ingredients - Mocha Frappuccino Recipe Clearly, I am a sucker for coffee. And I love associating different coffees with different seasons, memories, etc. (C'mon, you know you do, too!) For example, I love … [Read more...]

Sombrero Dip!

If you're like me, you RSVP to a party ( do RSVP, right? ;) ) and then wonder what you might be able to eat while there. And, if you are gonna bring something - what do you bring that's a crowd-pleaser that doesn't seem to shout "I'M HEALTHY!?" Enter The Sombrero Dip! This recipe actually came from a cookbook in my sweet mother-in-law's cupboard - the original microwave cookbook! Apparently when microwaves first came out, they came with cookbooks...and I was fascinated! I didn't know such cookbooks existed! I didn't know that microwaving food was such an art! Did you?? Anyways, so this dip (originally supposed to be prepared in the microwave) is a Fountain Holiday Staple. And … [Read more...]

Healing from Dairy Allergies – Why You Don’t Have to Live Dairy-free

I'm gonna make a guess that you know at least one person who is allergic to some form of dairy. And I am going to go a step farther and guess that at least one person in your family is allergic to some form of dairy. These days, it is no surprise to run into someone who is experiencing unpleasant symptoms of dairy-induced allergies. And, of course!, there is a form of dairy in so many things we eat. So what's a mom (or teacher, friend, play-date coordinator, wife) to do? Did you know that you may not have to remain dairy-free for the rest of your life? Many people have experienced healing from dairy allergies...could you? Some sources say that an allergy to cow's … [Read more...]

How to Make Coconut Milk – a Dairy-free Alternative

I'm gonna make a guess that you know at least one person who is allergic to some form of dairy. I'm going to go a step further and guess that at least one person in your family is allergic to some form of dairy. These days, it is no surprise to run into someone who is experiencing unpleasant symptoms of dairy-induced allergies. Many are looking for alternatives, and today I'm letting you in on a little secret: how to make coconut milk. This coconut milk is easy, nourishing, and delicious! How to Make Coconut Milk 1  13.5oz can whole coconut milk (I usually buy in bulk from either Vitacost or Amazon.) 1 cup filtered water 1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup (this one is … [Read more...]